Monday, March 18, 2013

Menu Plan Monday and some diet changes: March 18-31

Not going to list which day we have what here, just list meals we plan on for the next two weeks:

I am on a chicken kick if you can't tell.  We are trying to eat healthier and although these recipe's do not seem healthy (and aren't in some cases) I am using as many ingredients as possible to make the them in a  "healthier" way while still making it something the kids and Dave will eat.  IT is also about portion control in my own home!  They will eat the things they like in huge portions..
So I plan on simply making enough! 
I am going to sneak a few veggies in here and there. Wish me luck!

Chicken Parmesan and a few Parmesan Red Snapper to try! baking both to see if the kids besides Kate will like it!
Enchilada Casserole
 (using ground turkey and 2% cheese) and home made enchiladas sauce for the first time!
Roast Chicken

General Tso's Chicken

Chicken and Dumplings

grilled chicken/ couscous

grilled chicken with fettuccine Alfredo
(making this with half Alfredo sauce and half a navy bean Alfredo sauce-- we will see!!!)

sour dough bread paninis w/ soup

Taco Ring

Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Chicken Flautas

and making this Chicken Salad for lunch-

Skinny Chicken Salad :
1 lb. chicken breast (chopped);
 1/2 c. diced red onion;
1/2 c. diced apple;
 2/3 c. grapes, halved;
 1/3 c. dried cranberries;
1/4 c. sliced almonds;
 1/2 c. Greek yogurt;
 1.5 T. lemon juice;
 1/2 tsp. garlic powder;
salt & pepper.

We are in the process of implementing a
few "diet" rules at home:  NEXT 2 WEEKS

*water all week (with treat of soda on the weekend) or unsweetened tea (no artificial sweeteners)

*snacks (making sure it is a serving!)

*having popcorn or chips with salsa for snacks (these are cheap and can be healthier if done right)

*meals planned to allow a set number of carb meal items to be consumed in one day.  (i.e. if you eat pasta you don't have bread, if you have bread you don't have chips.. etc)

* more protein allowance per person

* dessert type snack once a day

* no reward of food

* Wii exercises video OR other exercise video must be done BEFORE other electronics are played

* simply portion control of certain foods.. Yes, we can have pancakes but you will get two pancakes AND eggs instead of pancake being the whole source of the meal

THIS IS ALOT to do and keep track of for 5 people until a really good system is set up and it becomes the norm.. so I am saying I am focusing on this for 2 weeks and we will see how it goes, what worked, what didn't etc.  I know there will be mess ups and I am not going to worry about it.. my motto is basically doing something is better than not doing anything!

We will simply do our best to DO BETTER!


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