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

Two Days Before Launch Nervous, excited and eating too much

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When you are about to something that is bigger than yourself, that you have waited your whole life to do, there is a level of anticipation, fear and excitement.

I have lost 50-65 pounds three times in my life: in 2008, 2001 and 1998. A few other times I put in some effort and lost 15-30 pounds.  I have always been a little afraid of weight loss programs, either because they are scams or because they restrict me in some way.  I have worked with a physician for two of the larger weight losses and I am ready to begin that side of the journey again.

This time I plan on using my 36 years of experience to my advantage.  Right now, I know that external forces are very motivational for me.  That’s where I will start.

 

Definition of Extrinsic Motivation: Taking action in order to obtain an outcome.  In the longer term, I do truly hope that I can exercise and eat well because I enjoy it, but it will take a while to get there.

And here’s a video about Extrinsic Motivation in Psychology. Enjoy.