Thursday, March 8, 2012

Menu Planning

Well, I tried the, and here is my honest critique: the recipes were sometimes complicated, and the ingredients were hard to find. I found it hard (impossible) to eat leftovers for lunch every day. Also, I didn't love all the recipes. Some were moderately good, some great, and some yuck. Well, that's about the same or worse track record as I have doing my own menu planning, and it doesn't cost me $10 a month. So I have decided to invest the 2 hours in making my own menu again.

I am so indecisive about whether to commit to Paleo (don't want to give up dairy, don't feel all that satisfied on it, plus is it low enough carb for me to lose weight?), or whether to go back to Atkins style low carb (find myself eating a lot of Splenda, and a few digestive problems- don't know why) or whether to eat normally for a while (because of the time crunch, kids complaining, and just plain enjoyment of food.)

I have decided to try alternating days for a while. This would mean I would be eating either low carb or Paleo for 5 days of the week, and eating normally for 2. I don't know if this will work for me, but time will tell, I guess. I'm guessing if I want to lose weight I will have to eat "normal" less than 2x a week.

Because it takes me 2 friggin' hours to plan my menus and make my grocery lists, I thought I'd share them so maybe others could benefit from them. Truthfully, this menu plan might even last you up to 2 weeks because you will have a lot of leftovers (not the yucky kind, the good kind.)

Here is the google doc for the grocery list. (This might not be perfect. It's hard not to forget things- I usually end up running to the store for things that somehow disappeared from the list.) Or if you're only using a few recipes, is a great way to clip recipes and automatically add the ingredients to an online grocery list, then there is a mobile app, so you can use your phone for a grocery list. Also, I may only shop for a few days at a time since our fridge is so small, and this calls for A LOT of big bulky produce. #wearesohealthy

Here is the menu plan (well, it turns out Blogger can't show the whole thing b/c it's too wide, but here's a little sample for you, then the whole thing is posted at this google doc:

highlighted =can be prepared ahead and frozen

Low Carb



Low Carb



Low Carb


Bacon & Swiss Quiche

Scrambled Eggs w/ bacon and sausage

Green Smoothie

Eggs & bacon

Spinach & Mushroom Quiche (scroll down to day 5)

Baked Eggs w/ Bacon and Cheese & English Muffin

Broccoli Quiche


Cauliflower Bisque

Egg Salad wrapped in lettuce leaves

Italian White Bean Soup

Leftover Bacon & Swiss Quiche

Spinach & Apple Salad

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

Tuna Muffins

Tartar Sauce


Taco Salad

(Use Boston Lettuce)

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork Salsa Verde

Sauteed orange & yellow peppers plus sautéed garlic spinach

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Alice Springs Chicken

Zucchini Gratin

Green Salad

Slow Cooker Paleo Beef Stew

Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts and Faux-Tay-Toes (steam cauliflower till tender; drain; mash with a little olive oil, coconut milk and salt and pepper to taste till you get a mashed potatoes texture)

Spring Minestrone Soup


Chicken Divan

Green Salad

2 Snacks, 1 for during the day and 1 dessert

Cajun Smoked Salmon Dip with Almond Thins

Jello Fluff

Dried fruit & nuts

Almond Macaroons

Frozen Egg Rolls

Buttermilk Brownies

Cheese Sticks, Macadamia Nuts

No-Bake Jello Cheesecake

Fruit of Your Choice & Crunchy Veggies

Carrot Cake

Energy Bites

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Deviled Egg

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (replace sugar w/Splenda)