Menu Plan October 24 to 30 A week of eating out and quick dinners...

I struggle with interesting and healthy ideas for those nights when we need to get out the door quickly.  Since lunches for the girls often involve sandwiches and I am a fan of the midday salad, I feel like I should be offering different choices for supper.  Often my different choice is Baked Mac & Cheese and a plate of chopped veggies.  Don’t get me wrong, Baked Mac & Cheese is a hit with the kids and Paul – in fact I know that I can put this dinner on the table and it will disappear down hollow legs without hearing the words ‘gross’, ‘disgusting’ or ‘no’.  The issue is that since September, this dish has been in weekly rotation and I think it would be nice to add to my quick meal repertoire without using my other staple – breakfast for supper.

If you have ideas to share, I would love to hear them.  Be forewarned, I am working under strict parameters…soups are a tough sell, as are stews, chilli and most other things that are one pot meals.  If it is green, it must be green beans or broccoli – no leaves please.  I do make meals from ‘the banned list’, but only when the whole family is together and we can take time with our food.

In this week’s plan, you will notice that Saturday and Sunday are missing.  We went away on the weekend and ate our meals in restaurants.  You will also notice that I have included baked Mac & Cheese for Thursday’s dinner, and that we planned homemade pizza for Monday when it was on our plan to eat last Friday.  We ended up joining friends for dinner last Friday so I had the ingredients ready to go for this week.

October 24 – 30

Saturday – Restaurant

Sunday – Restaurant

Monday – Homemade pizza and chopped veggie tray

Tuesday – Roast chicken, quinoa and roasted cauliflower

Wednesday – Mini quiche with broccoli and carrots

Thursday – Baked Mac & Cheese and chopped veggie tray

Friday – Pork chops, roasted potato and broccoli

 

Grocery List

Grapes

Bananas

Apples

Peppers

Cucumbers

Zucchini

Lettuce

Garlic

Broccoli

Celery

Snap Peas

Tomato

Lactose Free Milk

Lactose Free Cheese

Halloween Candy

Lunch Meat

Pumpernickel Bread

Milk – 2%

Perrier

 

10 Comments

  1. By the way, I’m also training for my first triathlon (sprint distance) next summer. I think it’s a great goal to have and keep you motivated. Maybe I’ll see your husband on the course on a few years! 🙂

  2. Hi Christine,
    There are several books in the series. I would start with the GI Clinic as it includes lots of useful information including a meal plan and a bunch of recipes at the back (including snacks, which are always tough to eat healthy and have variety!). We make lots of Cranberry Cinnamon Bran Muffins and Whole Wheat Fruit Scones and freeze them to have on hand. Pack them in a lunch and they’re thawed by snack time. For meals, we like Salmon Pasta, Horseradish Burgers, Chicken Fried Rice.
    Another good book is the GI Express as it contains quick healthy meals. Our family loves Salmon with Leeks, Beef and Bowties. Once you’re sold on the style of recipes, you can get the GI Cookbook. Some of the recipes are repeated, but it’s still a good resource for additional inspiration. Hope you like them!
    Pascal

  3. Hi Pascal! I’ve read the GI Book, but I haven’t read the cookbook. I will have to make a trip to the library! If you get a chance, I would love to know what your favourite recipe from the GI Cookbook is. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Hey Sam! Thanks for the thoughts and the website recommendations. You know, our after-kids diet is a lot less adventurous. I tried out a squash cheese sauce and I really liked it, but the reviews from the rest of the family weren’t as positive. You have reminded me that I should be making a squash version for myself when the rest are enjoying the cheesy goodness.

    Dal is delicious. I thought I had a decent recipe – if I find it I will send it your way.

  5. Hi! I highly recommend the GI cookbooks by Rick Gallop. They are very simple meals with excellent substitutions and they taste great! My wife and I used these recipes to lose weight and it really worked well for us. The GI Clinic even has a 13 week meal plan to follow (I have no affiliation with these books). Good luck!!

  6. Hey Christine,
    An easy way to work with the mac and cheese is to do it vegan – butternut squash and nutritional yeast is what most recipes call for. Most recipes still call for some butter – and you don’t have to use vegan – but it’s often less than a regular mac and cheese, and you’ve cut out the fat from the cheese (and included a whole squash!), so generally a good bet. One thing I will say for almost all vegan imitations is that they’re usually quite good, but they’re not the same thing. I think many of the recipes are created by those who haven’t had the real deal in years. So maybe sell it to the kids as orange pasta, not mac and cheese? Another new discovery – I know it’s on your banned list, but they’re totally worth trying – brussel sprouts roasted with a bit of apple cider vinegar and maple syrup. They. Are. Crack. Broccoli roasted in the oven too; it’s a whole new way to experience broccoli.

    Another go to cheap and easy for me is dal. I know it might not be part of your standard flavour rotation, so it may take some easing in. It’s just so easy though – garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, lentils, 30 mins, serve with rice and yogurt. Done. Still looking for a recipe that does what I want it to though…

    Also, here are some sites I love that have health in mind 🙂
    http://www.poorgirleatswell.com
    http://www.ohsheglows.com
    http://www.mynewroots.org
    http://www.thugkitchen.com (also, hilarious)

  7. Thanks Kirsten! I got a sideways glance from Paul when I mentioned the quinoa substitution…but I’m going to give it a try. Any recipes you suggest for the quinoa to cheese sauce ratio?

  8. Thanks for the great ideas Eleanor! I normally roast our potatoes as I go – this would be much quicker for those nights I don’t have much time to spare!!

  9. Hey Christine,

    This weekend I boiled up a big pot of little new potatoes. Then during the week I cut them in half and fry in pan with a bit of oil and chopped green onions – they go all crispy and hubby loves them.
    My other quick recipe is ‘salsa chicken’ – sear chicken breasts for a couple of minutes on both sides in a hot pan with a little oil, chuck salsa-from-a-jar on top, put a lid on it and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is done. It’s delicious!

  10. plan looks awesome, Christine. A friend of mine suggested I “healthy up” my own Mac and cheese recipe by swapping the noodles for quinoa. I tried it. You need to add some broccoli to give it a little texture that you lose from skipping the noodles, but I see broccoli is on your “acceptable” list.
    Anyway, I tried it and it came out DELICIOUS!

    Another big favourite around here is brown rice, edamame and fish or shrimp.

    Also “assemble yourself” meals like tacos with whole wheat tortillas, Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, fresh veggies, cheese, etc. are a good quick meal here that hit all of the food groups and are a resonably easy sell with the kids.

    Sounds like you’re doing awesome over there!!

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