16 February, 2013

Psuedo Primal Meal Plan #2

They're Back!  MEAL PLANS!  Let's see how far we can go this year?
3 weeks?

Anyway we've moved to a whole food/primal (paleo but with dairy) diet.  We have drastically cut our sugar and carbs and after just a week of it I already feel much better.  So here is our meal plan for this upcoming week.  I think it sounds delish!  I do leave some room for a few carbs - because being too strict with a diet will likely equal failure.  So here goes:

(Breakfast is almost always plain oatmeal with a tbs of Pure Maple Syrup for the kids and oatmeal or an egg for me.)

Saturday Lunch: Going Out Lunch (our once a week treat)
Saturday Dinner:  Salmon Patties, Salad and Apple Slices

Sunday Lunch: Ham and Egg Crepes**
Sunday Dinner: Tuscan Chicken, Asparagus Soup, Salad

Monday Lunch: Chicken Quesadillas
Monday Dinner: Beef Tostadas*, Avocado Salad

Tuesday Lunch: Ham and Crepe Roll-ups, Yogurt (A) or Applesauce (G), Dried Fruit (Lunch Box)
Tuesday Dinner: Slow-cooker Pork, Old Bay Roasted Potatoes, Salad

Wednesday Lunch: Quinona Cakes and Fruit
Wednesday Dinner: Chili-Lime Chicken, Bacon Potato Salad

Thursday Lunch: Elbow Veggie Noodles with Pesto, Hard-boild Egg & Yogurt (A) or Diced Ham & Applesauce (G), Dried Fruit (Lunch Box)
Thursday Dinner: Cheese Ravioli with Apples and Almonds, Salad

Friday Lunch: Leftovers!
Friday Dinner: Cottage Pie, Salad

*Whole Wheat Tortillas
**Homemade Crepes with Whole Wheat Flour

I realize that there are grains in this weeks meal plan, but very limited and drastically cut from our previous heavy-carb diet.

15 February, 2013

Pseudo Primal Meal Plan #1

So this is our meal plan from last week.  We did pretty well sticking to the plan, too!

Saturday Dinner: Meatballs, Spinach Salad, Carrots and Asparagus

Sunday Dinner: Thai Pork Salad

Monday Dinner: Chicken Sausage and Broccoli over Soba Noodles, Spinach Salad

Tuesday Dinner: Spiced Braised Beef with Sweet Potatoes

Wednesday Dinner: Marinated Chicken, Carrot and Asparagus Stir Fry

Thursday Dinner: Veggie Fritatta, Red Leaf Salad

Friday Dinner: Pork Scallopini (beaded with ground almonds), Mashed New Potatoes and Parsnips, Red Leaf Salad

08 January, 2012

Recipe: Banana Waffles

This weeks waffles made use of our many mushy bananas.  I love making a batch of waffles on Sunday and freezing them for the week.  It makes breakfasts so much easier later.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg - lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Heat waffle iron
  2. Mash banana in a large bowl
  3. Sift in flours, baking powder, spices and salt
  4. Pour in milk and egg and stir
  5. Pour 1/4 cup into waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron directions
Makes about 15 waffles

These are pretty dense and not very sweet waffles, but since they usually get topped with butter and syrup our house I don't want the waffle themselves to be too sweet.

07 January, 2012

Meal Plans: Week 2

I've decided to just come up with a list of meals for the week and not assign days to them. 8 meals - the week's dinners plus lunch on Sunday.

  1. Chicken enchiladas and couscous
  2. Potato Soup, leftover BBQ sandwiches
  3. Pasta and meatballs with salad and toast
  4. Slow cooker roast with bulgar wheat and dried fruit
  5. Sloppy Joes, kale and sweet potato salad
  6. Grilled Chicken over salad
  7. Homemade pizza and salad
  8. Baked Salmon, salad, steamed kale and couscous
Lots of salad this week.  I'm craving the leafy greens!

Grocery Budget: Week 2

This week we tried shopping at Trader Joe's.  I both like and dislike TJ's.  It's handy (right in my neighborhood) but almost everything is heavily packaged and I don't love that.  Plus I always end up buying more than I planned - it is even worse when I bring the whole family, which I did this week.

  • Organic applesauce: $2.29 (Trader Joes)
  • Organic white bread: $2.99 - hardly a good bread choice, next week it is back to whole wheat! (TJ)
  • Sliced almonds: $2.49 (TJ)
  • Apple/Carrot pouches: $2.99 - for G's lunch (TJ)
  • Cereal bars: $1.79 - (TJ)
  • Coconut oil: $5.99 (TJ)
  • Sweetened condensed milk: $2.49 (TJ)
  • 2 bags golden berry dried fruit: $6.58 (TJ)
  • Buffalo jerky: $4.99 (TJ)
  • Organic baby spinach: $2.49 (TJ)
  • McCann's Irish oatmeal: $5.99 -.50 coupon:  $5.49 (TJ)
  • 4 Organic sweet onions: $2.49 (TJ)
  • Organic kale: $2.29 (TJ)
  • Organic romaine: $2.69 (TJ)
  • 1lb Organic carrots: $.89 (TJ)
  • Packaged peppered turkey slices: $4.99 (TJ)
  • Packaged rosemary han slices: $2.99 (TJ)
  • Organic Fiji apples: $2.07 (TJ)
  • Lunch at Oklahoma Joes: $22.30
  • 1/2 gallon local milk plue bottle deposit: $4.99 (WF)
  • 3lbs Ground beef: $9.24 (WF)
  • Chuck roast: $6.18 (WF)
  • Salmon Filet: $6.62 (WF)
Tax: 5.65

Total spent so far: $114.47
Amount left: $5.73
Plus rollover: $29.08

Still need to buy:
  • dozen eggs
  • more milk

06 January, 2012

Why I don't coupon more

Last year I was a couponer.  I got the Sunday paper, cut things out, watched the sales, I even had a binder complete with Velcroed on calculator.  It was intense.  I thought I would be saving us tons of money, but the truth was it didn't.  Not for us anyway.  I was spending more and yes, buying more - but it wasn't stuff we really needed. Plus we were eating tons of processed foods and just a lot of junk that I knew we shouldn't be eating but since it was such a "good deal" I let it slide. Looking back it was NOT a "good deal" at all in terms of taking care of my family.
So I no longer worry about coupons.  Yes, I still have an envelope of them in my purse in case I see a really good deal on something we already use.  Sometimes I leave coupons in the store for other people to use.  But for my family, we get a better value without coupons.

Note: The bad for us hot dogs and tater tots we ate last night came from my freezer and couponing days.

05 January, 2012

truth time: Week 1

I have not stuck to our meal plan.

Tonight we are eating hot dogs and tater tots that I had in the fridge.  UGH!
Aside from tonights festival of nitrates we've been doing okay.

New reality.  I just need to make a list of 7 dinners and 7 lunches, have all the items for them and not worry about cooking meal A on Monday and meal B on Tuesday.  At the end of the week I don't want food going to waste and I want us to be eating better in general.

Now I'm off to cook up some tater tots!

01 January, 2012

Grocery Budget: Week 1

$120.00 a week.  Any extra rolls over throughout the month.  At the end of the month any extra goes into our vacation fund.  Budget includes eating out.

  • 2 1/2 gallons of local dairy milk (plus bottle deposit): $9.98 (Whole Foods)
  • 4 lbs ground beef: $17.96 (WF)
  • .25 lbs wild rice: $1.56 (WF)
  • 1.25 lbs fair trade organic cane sugar: $2.43 (WF)
  • 1 package deli turkey: $5.99 (WF)
  • 1 Dozen Free-Range Eggs: $3.50 (Farmer's Market)
  • 2 scoops cinnamon: $2.00 (FM)
  • 1 scoop granulated garlic: $1.00 (FM)
  • 1 scoop smoked paprika: $1.00 (FM)
  • 1 turnip: $0.50 (FM)
  • 3 lbs bananas: $1.00 (FM)
  • 1 loaf fresh brioche bread: $7.00 (FM)
  • Picnic Lunch from Quiznos: $13.08 
  • Loaf local bread (although white and fluffy and not very good for us): $2.59 (McGonigal's - small, local family owned grocery store)
  • Block of cheese: $3.99 (MG)
  • Bag of shredded cheese: $2.99 (MG)
  • Blue Sky soda (6-pack): $3.99 (MG)
  • Whole Chicken: $5.67 (MG)
Tax: $7.69

Total spent so far: $90.92
Amount left: $29.08