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Menu Planning Monday: Week 3

Did you see my Monday Menu Plan from last week? I ate great tasting food and lost weight! Another great week for me. One of the things that I am finding that is helping me on this journey is being so prepared for food. Meal planning and sticking to the plan keeps me accountable for the food I eat. I am also trying to cook a few meals at a time so I can just heat and eat when we get home from whatever practice or event we are coming from. This strategy works even if your plan for the week gets turned upside down on Day 1.

For example this week….The Flu struck its ugly head with one of the littles. Between having to sterilize everything, keep a 7 year old quarantined, running to get meds, and trying to keep myself well (If Mom goes down you know what happens),  I was exhausted. Hence why I am posting this today and not yesterday. Thankfully I had been able to cook a few meals on Sunday and had food ready while playing nurse to the sick ones!

Meal Plan Week #3:

Breakfast:

This is one area I have not deviated from when it comes to meal planning.  I love using a protein shake for my breakfast on the go. Personally, I need something I can quickly mix and drink in the car. I use an affordable protein powder that I get from my Naturopathic Doctor. For me, its simple and gets me through the morning.

Lunch:

Due to it being winter, I usually bring a soup or stew. I made a quick Chicken Chili in the Instant Pot. I literally dump a pound of chicken breasts, 1 can of black beans rinsed and drained, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, and 1 jar of organic salsa. Set to high pressure for 15 minutes and you are good to go. Flavor is great and it is extremely filling.

Dinner:

Skinnytaste’s Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk 

This was a fabulous dish that I highly recommend. I will be honest when I saw the ingredient list I was not sure how all of this would taste. This dish will not disappoint. Your family will think you were in the kitchen for hours!

Instant Pot Orange Chicken-   From Sweet and Savory Meals (I did have to heavily modify this recipe for my dietary needs. The end result was kid and family approved!)

Tomato Chicken with Basil Garlic Sauce-   From Savory Tooth

Spinach Stuffed Meatloaf- Healthy Mom on the Run Orginal *Recipe Coming*

Carne Asada Steak Bowls- Healthy Mom on the Run Orginal *Recipe Coming*

Snacks:

1/4 of Almonds

Hard Boiled Eggs

Roasted Chick Peas

I try to keep my plan simple and easy to follow. This plan is working for me and I am making sure I am documenting the food I eat so I can go over my choices with my nutritionist. It is always good to have a second pair of eyes to see if anything needs tweaking. Slow and steady will win this weight loss race!

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