Monday, August 23, 2010

Menu Plan Monday ~ August 23

Hi, friends. It’s been a while, but I’m back. I’m alive and I’m well.

I know I owe you some details into how my personal training is going (which has been going for almost five months and I’ve YET to tell you anything about it).

Well, let’s stop the small talk and get to it shall we?

My trainer Barry (or Bo Barry Biscuit as I call him) is always getting onto me about my diet habits. They are no good. He’s always saying it’s ‘80% diet, 20% exercise.’ I told him that I begged to differ. I think it’s ’90% diet, 10% exercise.’

But, I love food. I love to watch Food Network. I love to read cookbooks. I love to try new foods. I love to eat at neat restaurants.

However, I do not love to sit down and make a plan. Lack of planning is hurting me. I spend many a night leaving work at 7:00 wondering what in the world I’m going to eat. So, I do one of two things. I pick up take-out or I simply don’t eat. I went through a spell of not eating dinner. Not good.

Over the past few weeks, I keep saying to myself and friends that I need to plan my meals. I need to plan my meals. Well, I said it to Shelly and she said ‘Me too! Let’s do it and hold each other accountable!’ She’s my friend that loves to do stuff like this that all my other friends are like “you wanna do what?” That’s why I love her!

Here are the house rules we came up with:

1. We menu plan for dinners only to start with.

2. We load our menu for the week on our blog on Monday mornings (see Menu Plan Monday hosted by

3. We are required to confirm that we have stuck to our meal plan (blog/post pictures of our meals as we go or on our next Monday menu plan post, we recap the previous week). Sure we can abandon a meal here or there, but this will help us stick to it.

So, here you have it. My first Menu Plan Monday. I’m excited and hope to make it better as time goes on.

A few things to point out about my first meal plan. Barry tries to get me to eat only protein after 5:00 p.m. I did it for a week straight back in July and saw some good results. The downside though is I get bored and then, I pig out. So, I’m going to try to get more creative with it and eat only protein after 5:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday leaving to weekends free to have fun. So, if a dinner recipe calls for things other than protein, I will probably double the protein, eat only the protein for dinner and take the protein/veggie/side for lunch the next day. Weird, I know. We’ll see if it works and if I can stick to it.

Monday: Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce, Spinach Salad, New Potatoes

Tuesday: Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Wednesday: Stuffed Acorn Squash

Thursday: David’s Noodle Bar with the girls

Friday: Two-Tomato Turkey Sausage Pizza, Salad

Saturday: Annual Euchre Tournament and Cookout – hot dogs!

Sunday: Butternut Squash Ravioli, Spinach Salad (I’ve been dying to try to make this and I need a lazy Sunday with some time to get it done!)


Shelly said...

Sounds yummy!! I love that you wrote about our rules. I went back to the email this morning and thought about including it, but decided not to. I'm gonna go back and add a specific link to this post in mine.

Amanda H. said...

What are you doing for the stuffed acorn squash? I have two of them waiting for some good attention from me!

Ashely said...

I'm going to use the recipe on the back of this past week's produce box newsletter.

Amanda H. said...

:( I didn't get a box last week.

Betty Crocker wannabe said...

I've been trying to do this as well. I told my mom the other day that I have a new respect for her because she always had dinner planned out, and I'm now realizing how much planning it takes.

Ashely said...

Mrs. BCW - feel free to join us and start posting on your blog!