Menu Monday: October 6, 2014

It’s going to be a busy work week for me.  As such, I’m planning accordingly.  I’ll be using the crock pot and making a couple of casseroles.  And honestly, one of my meals is just an idea at this point, I’m not exactly sure how it will work out…

Experimentation is good, it’s part of creating.  And creating is one of my favorite things to do.  I’ve always felt like a creative person, but I’ve almost always followed my scientific mind.  Remember in school how you were either good at math and science or you were good at language arts?  I was one of those kids that liked and did well at both.  Now, I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but even back in my school days students were tracked: left brain dominate or right brain dominate.  I never felt I was one or the other.  When Emron was five years old he wanted to be an artist and a super-hero; right brain and left brain.  Now, we tend to label our children even more than when I was in school…  It’s an interesting aside.  And has nothing to do with Menu Monday, but it’s my blog, so I can go stray from topic if I want to.

The photo below is one of my leftover meals from last week.  I make leftovers look good, right?

Leftover steak salad, yummy and easy.

Here’s what we are eating:

Sunday:  BBQ Chicken Thighs, Paleo Coleslaw, Sweet Potato Chips

Monday:  Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Italian Sausage and Tomato Sauce, Green Salad

Tuesday:  Beef Tacos, Paleo Tortillas, Guac,

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday:  Slow Cooker Maple Ribs, Veggies and Dip, Sweet Potato Fries

Friday: Butternut Squash, Rosemary, Bacon Casserole (this is the experiment recipe of the week), Green Salad

Saturday: Leftovers or Out, probably out (just being honest!)

What are you making this week?  I hope it’s a good one!

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Menu Monday: September 15, 2014

Phew!  What a busy week!  The training I attended was long and at times painful (one of the workouts they put us through left me with a swollen and tender right knee), but it’s over!  Thank goodness for that.

Looking back at last week, keeping it paleo wasn’t terribly difficult.  I didn’t follow the menu plan exactly, but I was happy with the food choices I made throughout the week.  I’m even happy I took a couple of recovery days during the week, too!  I struggle a bit with days off.  I want to push myself every day, but I know that it’s my body needs a break every once in a while.  So there you have it.

Now, looking forward.  This week is another busy one but instead of being trained I will be spending most of my working hours working as a personal trainer!  WOOT!  I can’t say it enough, I LOVE my job.  That’s the rant, nice and short.  And here’s the plan for the week:

Sunday: Tostones (twice fried green plantains), Coconut Lime Shrimp (recipe testing), Guac.

Monday: BBQ Ribs, Corn (not strictly paleo, and leftover from last week’s menu plan), Sweet Potato Chips, Paleo Coleslaw.

Tuesday: Eggplant Bolognese.  Eggplant was on sale this week and I grabbed a huge one.  I’ll use part of it for the Bolognese, the other part I’ll roast and turn into some sort of baba ghanosh.  If you need more eggplant ideas here’s one for you, or just ask!

Quick leftover idea! Steak, eggs and lots of veggies.  Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner,

Wednesday: Leftovers, see above.  Leftovers get such a bad rap, but the steak and egg dish above was made with leftover steak from the crock pot, a couple of freshly fried eggs and lots of veggies.  And I bet you are thinking that it looks pretty dang good!  Am I right?  Give leftovers a chance…

Thursday: Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash Soup (recipe coming soon) with Veggies and Baba Ghnanosh, see notes for Tuesday.

Friday: Spaghetti Squash Pie with Green Salad.  This item was on last week’s menu, too, but when I went to the store they didn’t have any spaghetti squash, so I bought a butternut squash, but as it turned out last week we didn’t eat that either!  It’s a big squash week over here!

Saturday: Out for dinner – or leftovers, which ever sounds better.

And that’s the plan.  Even if I do not follow the plan perfectly, I love having it down on paper, like really, I have a notebook full of menu plans!  I’m just sort of old school that way…  I love making my grocery lists based on the menu because I don’t love going to the store every day, I’ve got other things to do!  Hope it’s a great week!!