Broccoli rice casserole or chicken spinach puffs
mac and cheese
I know it seems weird that my meal plan runs Wednesday thru Tuesday. I typically grocery shop mid-week, so I plan the menu the night before I go to the grocery store. Yes, we eat a lot of chicken! I have a whole board devoted to chicken recipes on Pinterest. The original pancit recipe calls for pork but I am switching it a little and doing only veggies. I’m also leaving the chicken out of the chicken veggie pizza. We have done at least one meatless meal a week for over a year now, but this year I am trying to work in meatless meals 2 or 3 times a week on a regular basis. This week, I’ve got 4 planned. The pancit, veggie pizza, mac and cheese and tortellini. With the pizza, mac, and tortellini, we will also have a salad.
Also, some of those things listed above are meals that I have made for years, so I don’t use a recipe or I’ve posted before—like the mac and cheese. We are on day two of no sugar as a family and so far there have been no complaints or uprisings. I’ve made E “ice cream” with milk and frozen banana slices the last two nights. He thinks it is awesome and I don’t think he even realizes yet that I’ve cut out sugary foods. And we are eating tangerines like crazy around here for the last three weeks. I am shooting for 5 fruits and/or veggies a day for each of us. I think we are each at 3 right now. I’ve found that the trick is that we have to start with fruits and veggies first thing in the morning. This weekend I made 10 “smoothie packs” for this week. (you can check out the source post here) I didn’t add the nuts or the seeds this week. I didn’t have the seeds and didn’t have any nuts that would work—I didn’t think salted peanuts were appropriate. 🙂 I put 1/4 C of oatmeal, 1C of frozen mixed fruit in a sandwich size ziploc. Then I crammed in spinach to fill up the bag before zipping it closed. They are filling. Yesterday, I didn’t get hungry until about 1:00 and I had drank my smoothie at 7:30 while dropping the kids at school. And even at 1:00 I just ate some cheese cubes and an apple. I do think I need more sweetener for my taste though. The milk I used was unflavored so I think I am going to try vanilla almond milk next week and maybe a little vanilla greek yogurt, if needed. The Mr. was not excited about the green color of his shake. “I don’t typically drink things that are GREEN.” But he tasted it and then decided it wasn’t repulsive, so I take that as success!