Happy Monday Everyone!
It has been quite the cold snap here in New England. Today I saw a high of 14 degrees on my car thermometer this afternoon while I was out grocery shopping. It felt glorious!
I used the weekend to do my weekly menu plan and prep as much food as I could for the busy week ahead. As a teacher, I have been very lucky to have some time off due to the holiday vacation and two unexpected snow days. I used my time wisely because I know this week we are back to our normal busy schedule of soccer, after-school meetings, and the normal exhaustion of working and being a full-time mom.
I used part of my time to menu plan. Menu planning has been a key to my weight loss success. Planning keeps me focused and on track for the week. If I have healthy choices at my fingertips I will be less lucky to go head first into the Goldfish bag. Those little fish are always around!
I use a menu planner to keep me organized and keep track of what I am planning for the week. This is the particular menu planner I use is pictured below (affiliate link-this helps support the website at no cost to you, and I genuinely appreciate your support). I found this great tool while a Weight Watcher Member. There is a great community for Weight Watcher menu planning called Weight Watcher Plandemonium. This is a great resource for anyone who needs help with menu planning. There are a lot of great ideas, tricks, and tips.
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I am extremely boring in this area. I need something that I can inhale quickly while driving the mini-van to school. I usually go for a protein shake with 2 tbsp of PB Fit. Somedays I add half a frozen banana or frozen cherries. Depends on my mood.
This week I have made two soups to alternate between. Whatever I do not use will go in the freezer for a week I don’t have as much time to make multiple lunch choices.
Monday– Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore (Pictured Above- Recipe coming this week)
Wednesday– Taco Fiesta Bubble Up from Drizzle Me Skinny (Going to make substitute cabbage for the biscuits as a base)
Thursday– Crock Pot Chops From Slow Roasted Italian (I will be substituting ingredients in the recipe to meet my current dietary preferences) Substitutions include:
Sunday Pot Roast (Instant Pot Recipe) by Favorite Family Recipes (Will not be using the Onion Soup Mix)
Weekends: We usually eat whatever is leftover from the week. Whatever does not get eaten is frozen for those nights I don’t feel like cooking.
I will be posting my weekly menus on Mondays to not only keep myself accountable but to give others ideas for healthy dinners to cook in their own kitchens. After I cook each meal I will make sure to review it and share my thoughts and substitutions.
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