Here we go!

So, after visiting the doctor I had a coming to Jesus party for myself. Things have got to change or else my life will be miserable and I don’t want to be miserable. I’ve implemented some changes in my life that should help with that and here is what they are. First of all, I’m using weekly menus. This will help me keep a record of what I eat AND it will help me spend more wisely at the grocery store. Another thing I have done with the weekly menus is get the kids in on the action. Right now, they eat pretty much what they want which means I’m preparing at least 3 different meals, 3 times a day. I’m not going to do that anymore so we’ve made a compromise. They get to choose their meals 4x a week and then in turn, they must eat what I choose for them 3x a week. You can’t make a kid go cold turkey onto grownup food so this seems like a decent way to get them to make the eventual switch to healthier eats. The kids and I sat down together and figured out or menu for this week and here they are, their menu and mine:

Kids
Friday: Chicken Nuggets, french fries (all from frozen)
Saturday: Pizza (homemade)
Sunday: My choice
Monday: My choice
Tuesday: Corn Dogs, Grapes
Wednesday: Spaghetti, Meatballs, Salad
Thursday: My choice

Me and Sean
Friday: Fish, Green beans, Rice
Saturday: Homemade pizza
Sunday: Meatloaf, broccoli, Potatoes
Monday: Oven Fried Chicken, Peas, Rice
Tuesday: Leftovers from Meatloaf night
Wednesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Thursday: Turkey Sloppy Joe’s and Salad (from Rachael Ray’s 30 minute meals 2 book)

There are some meals that we will eat with the kids like pizza and spaghetti because I use whole wheat crusts and noodles. And on the nights when the kids don’t eat with us I’m able to incorporate leftovers into our meals. It’s economical and healthful. I’m liking our plan thus far.

Here are some photos of what we’ve been eating this week. My new favorite breakfast is something the Pioneer Woman featured on the cooking portion of her website and it’s called Egg-in-a-nest. I freaking love this now and eat it almost every day. There’s just something about the combination of lightly toasted bread, seasoned with salt and pepper paired up with a gently fried egg in the middle. It is, in one word, divine.
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I use a whole grain bread and cage free egg because the yolks are a million times better.

Another breakfast I make when I have the time is an egg and some sauteed potatoes.
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For this version, I used red potatoes which I diced along with a green pepper that was grown organically in my container garden. The homegrown peppers pack a lot of flavor into them and are really sweet and delicious. I love eating an egg for breakfast, in case you couldn’t tell. It just is a great start to the day.

Salmon is a favorite fish around here. It’s hearty, pretty, and doesn’t need a lot of adornment to bring out the wonderful flavor of this fish. Here is a piece of wild Alaskan Salmon that I bought at the store:
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Isn’t it beautiful? Anyway, I cook this under the broiler skin side-up after I season it with a tsp of olive oil, and a tsp of lemon-pepper. Once the skin begins to bubble, I pull it out of the oven, pull the skin off, flip it over and finish it off under the broiler for a few more minutes. The times will vary depending on the thickness and cut of your fish but this particular piece took 5-7 mins start to finish. I served it with a long/wild rice blend, and steamed green beans that I tossed in a pan with some garlic infused oil. Mmmmmmm. So good.
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Yesterday, I got a little crazy in the kitchen and decided to make my own pizza dough from scratch. Baking and I don’t usually get along because, let’s face it. I’m one lazy sucker and I don’t like have to be so precise with my measurements. Eyeballing it is more my thing but in order for me to have a healthy dough, I was going to have to make it myself. Last year, I bought a Wolfgang Puck food processor and it came with a couple of recipes for pizza dough. I used the one for whole wheat dough and it turned out all right but I don’t think I would use it again. Anyway, here is the pizza in all it’s crispy, golden glory:
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Again, I used homegrown peppers, canned black olives, and canned mushrooms. Calm down! I was going to use fresh shrooms but they had gone bad. I’ll use fresh next time, ok? Here is the pizza up close:
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Can’t you just smell it?

I’m feeling really positive about this direction in which we’re going. It feels good including the kids in the menu-making process and it helps all of us make healthier choices. Since I’ve added wheat products back into my diet I’m expecting to see my weight go back up a bit but this week, I’m putting exercise into my routine and am hoping it may offset the gain.

I’ll be back tomorrow to post pics of tonight’s dinner!

KMDuff - We have homemade pizza night almost every week. I love it so much. 🙂 Tasty food photos! 🙂

I use meal planning too – it really helps with the grocery bill.

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