I was chatting about dinnertime challenges with a couple of co-workers Thursday and when I shared that I plan our dinners for the week, they were surprised. Although they were sold on the benefits, there were no takers. Hopefully, they’ll convert in the future!
Here’s how last week’s plan went. As usual, there were a couple of changes.
Monday: Meatless: Grilled Cheese Sandwich with green salad
These were small sandwiches made with low calorie bread and 2% cheese slices. I added some avocado to the salad for a healthy fat!
Tuesday: Roasted Chicken, brown rice and corn
We changed the side dishes to reduced fat macaroni and cheese and green beans.
Wednesday: Dinner Out
We had a voucher for a nearby restaurant from Living Social or some other daily deal site. I had Pasta Primavera in marinara sauce over linguine and a side salad. This lasted two meals. My husband selected a meatball sandwich with onion rings.
Thursday: Chicken Caesar Salad
I had the Chicken ceasar salad AND a Vitapizza. Both were delicious!
Friday: Salmon, baked potatoes and asparagus
Instead of baked potatoes, we had brown rice. Unfortunately, the asparagus had a bit of freezer burn although it looks pretty in the picture.
Saturday: Chicken Tortilla Soup
A local restaurant specializing in “home cooking” had a weekend special for a Rib-eye steak dinner for $9.99. My husband wanted to go so we did and I had a veggie burger (on sourdough) with a side salad. He had the salad, steak and baked potato.
Sunday: Turkey Meatloaf, fried potatoes, broccoli
We pulled chili out of the freezer (I made it the week before last) and served it over baked potatoes. I roasted brussel sprouts for the side.
This Week’s Meal Plan
You probably can’t tell from the above menu, I’m transitioning to a plant-based diet with occasional fish. I refuse to waste food though so I’m still cooking what I have in the house.
Monday: Vegan Sloppy Joes with green salad
Tuesday: Shrimp Fajitas with Spanish rice
Wednesday: White Bean, Spinach and tomatoes over Penne Brown Rice pasta
Thursday: Lamb Meatballs with Pita Bread, Hummus, Tzatziki Sauce & Salad
Friday: Dinner Out
Saturday: Fish, fried potatoes and green beans
Sunday: Easter Brunch out
What’s your dinner plan this week?