Our Meal Plan April 12th – 18th

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I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I lost another 1.6 pounds for a total of 18 POUNDS! 

What a difference in a taste between non-GMO and organic food and the “food” I used to buy. I know I keep saying my eyes are open, but they truly are. It is horrible and sickening that in order to save money you are forced to buy overly processed foods for your family. I remember being so happy that I could feel my family a dinner on less then $2.00, but everything I bought was overly processed and full of sugar. I rather spend the time cooking natural grains, beans, and rice and mixing them with organic veggies and protein.

LOVE the bulk section at Whole foods…just buying the grains, rice, dried fruits I need for the week (minus the packaging and brand names) is a wonderful idea and saves money. Giving Dino real fruit and vegetable snacks instead of imitation ones makes me feel better. I have noticed that I feel better by eating real food. I love that I am getting healthier with weight watchers, but they encourage low-fat and fat-free products to lose weight. All those products are full of chemicals…if I eat NON-GMO products they are full of points…I am thinking about ditching Weight Watchers and just doing it on my own. 

Sat Dinner roasted whole chicken, fingerling potatoes, and broccoli
Sun Dinner friend’s birthday party – dinner out
Mon Dinner leftover chicken, broccoli, and potatoes with barley, mushrooms and chicken broth
Tues Dinner  porkballs with quinoa, pasta, mushrooms, tomatoes
Wed Dinner Tilapia, fries, california veggie mix
Wed Dinner rice, beans, black eyed peas, mediterranean veggie mix 
Fri Dinner  leftovers

Sat Dinner:  I don’t think I ever roasted a whole chicken, but thanks to my mom’s help it came out great. With the fresh herbs and apple I placed inside it was beyond delicious. I LOVE the fingerling potatoes and so did Dino..they were the only potatoes he seems to really like. 

roasted chicken collage

Sun Dinner:    we had a great time at my friend’s 30th birthday party. It was a 1920’s murder mystery…we went as Al Capone and a suffragette. It was a blast and my “cheat day”.  Yes I went as a suffragette, if you know me then you know I HAD to make a statement about women’s rights! What better way then to go as a suffragette?  Yes, a women’s right to vote was added as the 19th amendment to the constitution in August 1920.

It was wonderful to get out and just be Tony and Karen, enjoy ourselves and not have to worry about feeding a little dinosaur. 

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Tuesday– I boiled organic barley that I got from Whole Foods Bulk section (which I LOVE). I saved some to mix with veggies and breakfast chicken sausage-get tired of eggs and veggies sometimes. Now I have FIVE wholesome breakfasts all set to go.

Anyway, I sauteed sliced portobello mushrooms and added chicken broth I made and froze. Then I tossed in the barley and stirred it all up. I added the the leftover chicken once the soup was already in individual bowls. What a HEALTHY big hit. I love learning about new grains and how they can benefit from them. I don’t think hubby was too fond of this, he still prefers the old way I cooked with all the processed foods. Dino ate almost all his soup, at least he loved the dinner. 

barley and mushroom soup Collage

Wednesday – 

I made my new favorite porkballs (prefer pork over ground beef because it’s less greasy)…only this time I used cooked quinoa and. I LOVE how they came out, Dino and Hubby weren’t thrilled. I think by not adding veggies they were a little dryer. When I reheat them I am going to chop and mix them with sauteed tomatoes. Annie’s cheesy noodles were a big hit though. 

cheesy noodles and porkballs Collage

Thursday – What a great meal, boneless tilapia paired with the remaining mac and cheese, and California mix of veggies. IT was a BIG hit and so healthy.

fish and veggie collage

Friday –  From the bulk section at Whole Foods that I love so much, I bought dry black eyed peas and made rice and beans form scratch and used a Mediterranean veggie mix. Sure it took extra time to soak..but it was so worth it. I used a combo of spices to make my own seasoning. Hubby didn’t like it, said it was tasty enough. Sadly he’s still enjoying the pre-seasoned foods that I refuse to buy. Dino LOVED it. rice and bean collage

Saturday –  We went out to eat. Hubby suggested it since I’ve been cooking all week. We went to Prime Burger in town and it was awesome. Basically it’s a healthier version of 5 Guys and Fries. Dino ate five of the six chicken fingers…he loved it that much. 



MONDAY: I’m off this week, so just going to post Dino’s snack and lunch…. Snack: chocolate chip pancakes with a carrot. Lunch: ham and cheese sandwich, raisins, strawberries, and tomatoes. 

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Dino’s Lunch: leftover chicken salad (made with mustard, spices, and tomatoes), grapes, cucumbers, and oranges.
Dino’s Snacks: chocolate chip pancake, raisins, applesauce, annie’s graham bunnies, fruit chew, and juice,

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WEDNESDAY: forgot the pic again…Dino wanted pizza for lunch and I added strawberries and grapes. For snacks he has a chocolate chip pancake, a big carrot, popcorn, and breakfast bar. 

THURSDAY: Lunch: Swiss cheese, turkey and ham slices, tortilla chips, avocado, and tomatoes. Snack: hard boiled egg, mandarin orange slices, pretzels. 

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FRIDAY: Totally forgot to take a pic and forgot what I made him…ooops…this Easter weekend was just too busy. I am sure it was healthy though, LOL


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Our Meal Plan April 12th – 18th — 13 Comments

  1. First of all, yay to losing more weight and am seriously so very proud of you. Second, I love the picture of you and Tony. Looks like you had a fun time and so glad you got to be able to go to this party and celebrate a bit 🙂

  2. The party looks like fun, Karen! The conundrum with the weight watchers approach vs. healthier eating is an interesting one. Good luck with that choice — you’ve got me thinking about GMOs for sure!

    • it was a blast Seanna…so much fun. The more research I did, the more I was horrified about GMOs…but I know I can only control what we eat in our home.

  3. I think you should ditch WW and do your own thing, it seems like you’re ready to lose weight AND eat healthy and shouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other.
    Love that party pic, looks like you had so much fun.

    • Thanks Karen! I really do want to get in shape, going to keep going with it until my susbscription is up, then I am not paying. That extra money can go towards exercise equipment. It was a great party…I loved being able to just have fun.

  4. Congrats on your continuing weight loss! All of the emphasis on low-fat or reduced-calorie foods at WW was one of many reasons I stopped. Back when I re-started my weight loss journey I actually had to force myself to stop looking to that stuff as a crutch. I can’t claim to be truly eating clean, but we try to keep most of our food from whole sources. Good job on getting Dino to eat a wide variety of foods. I’ve tried to get my kids to eat more soups, but they’re adamantly against it. 🙁

    • Thanks Leslie. I know I can do it on my own and don’t need to follow weight watchers. I want Dino to dip pancakes, french toast, and bread…in jellies and soups…but he’s not a dipper and it really annoys me, LOL

  5. What a fun photo of you two and a fun evening! Your food plan looks wonderful! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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