Week 2 Meal Plan

Again, I’m so sorry there are no pictures. This is a terrible way to start a blog. Hang tight, I swear they’re coming. Here’s one of my dog to pull you through.

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So this week, my husband is in between semesters so I’m actually cooking almost every day. I actually love to cook and I feel more in control of all of this if I’m the one doing it. My dad is Italian so naturally we always bond over food.

On a personal note, one of the reasons I suddenly got so dedicated to all this is him. He was recently diagnosed with diabetes and I decided that, coupled with the fact that I’m the biggest I’ve ever been, was reason enough to make a change. Also, I will not tell you how much I weigh. Partially because I don’t think it’s the number that matters as much as how you feel, but also because hell no.

Okay you guys, chill, I’m trying to tell you what I ate last week!

Monday:

Breakfast salad is so good and filling. I wasn’t hungry for a long time after eating that, and it’s so easy to meal prep which I deeply appreciate. The pasta salad was a hit, we wanted to eat it all but I was dedicated to not cooking on Tuesday so I held back. I’ve never had sprouts before this meal, they were VERY hard to get on skewers so I said F it and we threw them on the grill on top of foil. Worked out fine, and they were delicious. I used a raspberry balsamic glaze from Trader Joe’s and really loved that.

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast – BLT Salad 6pts
  • Lunch – Overnight Oats
  • Leftovers

See above. Pro tip for the salad: don’t add the avocado until you’re about to eat it because obviously, avocados get gross and brown really quickly. I just wrap the other half REALLY tightly in saran wrap and that keeps it pretty green until I’m ready to eat it. Oh, and I buy the very small avocados, for storage and sustainability reasons. If I’m only supposed to eat 1/4 of an avocado, wrapping up 3/4 is obnoxious and I won’t do it.

Wednesday:

This day was my nephew’s 3rd birthday so I needed something quick and easy before going over for cake and presents. Super quick, super easy, super delicious. An added bonus for me was the easy clean up. I love anything where I can throw foil on a pan and not have to worry about washing it. Also, I made the rice but didn’t necessarily need to since I also made a LOT of veggies without thinking. So there are leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Thursday:

That burger was AMAZING. I love portobello burgers, if I’m at a restaurant and see it on a menu, I’m getting it. Hands down. Even Joey (husband) loved it and meat is his favorite food. The loaded mash bake was also great, I just wish that I knew a trick to make the cauliflower less wet. It’s not bad or anything, just a little gross to look at.

Friday:

  • Breakfast – Overnight Oats 7pts
  • Lunch – food truck at work
  • Dinner – Pickle-Brined Baked Chicken
    • with this recipe, but not in a jar, and with spinach because I hate arugula

This was my attempt at knock off knock off Chic Fil A. Joey had a breakfast biscuit from them the other day that I was drooling over so I needed this. It was good, but not very Chick Fil A-y, if you know what I mean. You have to brine the chicken in pickle juice for 8 hours, I used two jars I think, and I did it for 10 because work. But we both liked it a lot, I made knock off Chick Fil A sauce that was really easy and delicious. Its BBQ sauce, honey (I used agave because that’s what I have), mustard, and lemon juice. I’m one of those people who doesn’t measure when I cook, I inherited the ability to eyeball everything from my dad so I’m sorry. The salad was fantastic, I love feta and balsamic. And the watermelon gave it a fresh taste that I liked a lot. I think next time I make it I’ll put less dressing though, it was a little over-powering.

Saturday:

  • Breakfast – Overnight Oats 7pts
  • Lunch – Fish Tacos 5pts
  • Dinner – out to eat

Bless my husband. He did all the hard work of cutting up the cabbage and mango for the tacos. I did a difficult workout this morning and didn’t eat nearly enough so I was laying on the floor with the dog waiting for death while he did this. He’s a winner. And they were very good. Fish tacos is a house favorite in our family, so I was so happy that these passed our snob test. Will make again.

Sunday:

  • Breakfast – Since it was Mother’s Day, we had brunch at my parent’s. Whole wheat french baguette french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, and fruit salad. Oh and champagne because who needs the extra sugar of orange juice with it?
  • Dinner – Bruschetta Turkey Burger 6pts

Today is Tuesday and my parents are STILL talking about how good these burgers were. My mom apparently spent such a long time telling my aunt about them that my aunt texted me to ask about them. A big problem I usually have with turkey burgers is that they’re dry as hell and bland as hell. You really have to season the crap out of them. But not these. The zucchini added the moisture I’ve always wanted. Needless to say, they went quickly. The macaroni salad….. is missing something. We had some leftovers from it last night and will have more tonight, and I am still trying to decide what it is. I know that it’s mayo, but I refuse to add that. I think maybe I’ll put some more garlic powder, and maybe even some dry mustard? I’ll let you know how it goes.

We also had the most delicious cake from Whole Foods because in addition to Mother’s Day, it was also my mom’s birthday. Did not track, did not feel guilty.

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