Monday oh Monday, you seem to come so quickly these days! I hope you all had a stellar weekend! Back to the grind today, so here we go!
As I’ve mentioned before, Monday is my grocery shopping day. Sunday evening I take the time to plan our dinners for the week, I make a list of the groceries we need from the menu (and other needed items), and head out on Monday after work to tackle my list. This method really seems to work for us. It allows my grocery store visits to be shorter, it’s easier for us to stick to our grocery budget, and I don’t have to think about what we’re going to eat each night because it’s already planned. Cody loves it because he can see ahead of time what we’re having for dinner. I love it because he doesn’t ask me.
I don’t do this regularly, but I thought I’d share with you our dinner menu for this week. I used to have a cute pad of paper that was specifically for writing out a weekly dinner menu, and I would post it on our fridge. I just recently ran out of it, so I need to find a new one. I haven’t looked super hard, but I do know they don’t have any at Wal Mart. Any ideas as to where I could find one? As of now, I just use a piece of paper and stick it on the fridge. Here it is!
A few things to note from my list… 1) I always make sure we have a vegetable with dinner; 2) at least one night of the week we have leftovers for dinner to eat up extra food; 3) Wednesdays and Sundays are both usually saved for easy prep meals or leftovers since Wednesdays we have church and Sundays we have Bible Study or I just feel lazy.
Another thing I thought I’d share: I love “healthifying” traditional favorites. And when I say “healthifying”, I mean making them taste just as good as the traditional but being better for you. There’s small steps you can take with each meal you cook that will slash calories, lower fat, and add more produce without losing the quality taste of a good meal.
For example, let’s take a look at my above menu for the week. Today (Monday) we are having turkey soup, whole wheat rolls, and salad. I chose whole wheat rolls instead of regular white rolls to add in some extra fiber and whole grains to our meal. Wednesday we are having breakfast for dinner (woo hoo! – one of my favorites). I plan to make pumpkin whole wheat waffles with an egg frittata that will have a bunch of veggies thrown into the mix. See where I add the veggies in wherever I can? Thursday we are having chicken and veggie fajitas. I planned chicken to keep the meat leaner over steak, I am adding in a lot of extra veggies to pack into our fajitas, and I’ll use whole wheat tortillas for extra whole grains. Friday we are having homemade pizza. Pizza is a food that instantly sounds unhealthy to most, but I love to “healthify” it, and make it taste just as yummy as a traditional pizza. I use whole grain pizza crust, cover the pizza with mostly vegetables, and sprinkle a thin layer of mozzarella cheese rather than going crazy with it. See what I mean? Making simple swaps can make huge differences in the nutritional quality of each meal.
What are you waiting for?? Make some simple swaps today! Feel free to email me or comment with questions about how to “healthify” some of your traditional favorites.
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- Do you make a weekly dinner menu for you and/or your family?
- How do you “healthify” some of your traditional favorites?
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