Menu Plan November 28 – December 4 Featured Cookbook of the Week - Rose Reisman's Weekday Wonders

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In the name of expanding our repertoire of weeknight meals, I thought it would be fun for the FATKitchen to experiment with reader recommendations.  Every so often, I will build our weekly menu plan around recipes from a featured cookbook or blog.

Our first weekly feature comes from Malka who suggested that I look at Rose Reisman’s cookbooks.  Its been ages since I pulled out my collection (I have 4!!) of Reisman’s recipes so this was a perfect place to start.  We flipped through Weekday Wonders which promises quick-to-prepare meals that are also delicious and picked out 10 recipes that we haven’t tried before, but should.

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Now that we have narrowed our chosen recipes to 6 and stocked our fridge and cupboard with ingredients, I look forward to a week of shorter prep times on some great looking dishes!  Check The Fat Project’s Instagram feed (@thefatproject) to see how the meals turn out this week – and every week!

This week’s menu:

Saturday: Date night!  Dinner out for the adults, pizza in for the kids

Sunday: Creamy Baked Beefaroni pg. 155

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Monday: Veggie Burgers pg. 210

Chick pea burgers

Tuesday: Greek-Style Chicken pg. 176

Greek Style Chicken

Wednesday: Roasted Chicken with Plum Tomatoes, Green Peppers and Olives pg. 174

Thursday: Old-Fashioned Baked Macaroni and Cheese Casserole pg. 144

Friday: Tilapia with Coconut Peanut Sauce pg. 189

What is this FAT Project? Time to give some details...

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I thought it was time to give an outline of what is going to happen over the next few years.  At the start of the Project I weighed in at 417 pounds (measured at the medical clinic) and my goal is to become fit and healthy.  I haven’t set a target but BMI suggests that is should be around 185.  To get there I have decided to train for an Olympic triathlon at the end of 3 years (2018).  My target weight loss is 1 pound a week, a pace that I feel is reasonable.

The FAT Project Goals are:

  • to document in rigorous and honest detail the journey of a 400lb+ man to better fitness and health;
  • to inspire others on a journey to better fitness -> that ‘better’ is truly attainable; and
  • to reduce the stigma of being fat, reclaim the word and debunk myths about fat people.

Aspects of the Project:

  • I am undertaking a medically supervised approach. I have partnered with a local medical clinic and plan on capturing some meetings and interviews on film.  I will be seeing a dietician, nutritionist and a doctor, with an option of exercise and physical support.
  • The FAT Project is partnered with RoadWest Pictures, a local film production company to capture the high-quality moments and opportunities that occur during the project.
  • I am working with WildPR, to promote and engage the media for project support.
  • Seeking opportunities to partner with trainers to get physically ready for the next 3 years.
  • My wife will be doing most of the menu planning and cooking.  She will post our weekly menus and may share recipes at the #fatkitchen.
  • Many friends and colleagues have offered support on different aspects of the project, I will be taking them up on opportunities for exercise, activity and fun.

My own tasks:

  • I will Eat well to promote health and weight loss.
  • I will begin exercising more frequently and train in preparation for the triathlon in 2018.
  • I will work with the doctor to find the best medically advised path to health.
  • I will photograph everything I eat until the Project is over and share the photos on Instagram, 3-6 times a day.
  • I will share videos of my progress.
  • I will share Facebook and Twitter posts highlighting special aspects of the Project on a regular basis.
  • I will update www.fatproject.ca also known as www.fat.community on a regular basis.
  • I will share my experience through speaking engagements and interviews about the Project.

It has begun, I am four day in…including Canadian Thanksgiving. I am feeling good, things are feeling easy right now as they have during previous weight loss experiences.  I look forward to the journey.