Menu Plan Monday – 1/24-1/29 – Frugal Novice

Menu Plan Monday – 1/24-1/29

Menu Plan Monday

Whew, I’m tired from our weekend! Friday night we babysat for our friends’ daughters. They’re great kids, but being outnumbered 4 to 2 keeps you on your toes! Saturday we ran some errands (we’re finally starting to remodel our master bathroom… I’m so excited!). Sunday morning J was sick. I knew something wasn’t right when he woke up fussy, because he is the lone morning person of our family. He and Brian stayed home yesterday morning while C and I went to church, and even after taking it easy all day he was still running a fever and feeling pretty crummy. Poor little guy! We’re taking him to the doctor this morning. I’m hoping this is short lived and that C doesn’t get it too.

This was my first full week back on Weight Watchers and I am loving it! For me it’s easy to fit into my day-to-day life. I did splurge Thursday night when Brian and I had a date night at our favorite hibachi grill, but still only used 18 of my 49 extra points for the week. This week I’m trying several of their official recipes, including one for chocolate chip cookies that use part whole wheat flour.

Monday: Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. This sounds SO good and I’m really hoping it lives up to my expectations. We’re having it with a baguette and a salad of baby greens with cucumber and carrots.

Tuesday: The plan is to go out for dinner with friends, but we’ll have to see if J is feeling better by then. If we can’t go out we’ll probably have leftovers from Monday.

Wednesday: Chicken with Honey Balsamic Glaze. I’m going to do some cooked carrots and rice to go with this chicken – it sounds like the glaze would be great soaked into the rice. Yum!

Thursday: Tostadas with refried black beans; I haven’t figured out what sides to serve with this yet!

Friday: Assuming everyone’s healthy, we’re supposed to have some friends over for dinner. I’m going to make chicken taco soup, and Brian will be in charge of guacamole & salsa (we love The Pioneer Woman’s recipe). I’m also going to make an apple pie and our favorite cinnamon ice cream (I’ll be saving ALL my extra points this week for Friday – thankfully the soup is really healthy).

I’ve made pie crust quite a bit, but I’m trying a new recipe this week… you’ll never¬† guess what the secret ingredient is: VODKA. I don’t know a lot of the science behind cooking, but when water mixes with the flour it forms gluten. When vodka, which is 50% alcohol, mixes, it doesn’t form as much gluten so you get a flakier, moist crust (and the alcohol cooks off). I’ll let you know how it goes!

Saturday: Leftovers, which seems to have become our Saturday night tradition. I’m hoping we’ll get a lot done on our bathroom, so we will probably be too tired to cook dinner anyway. I might try to make these chocolate chip cookies, though.

So, there’s our week in food. I’m really excited to try some new twists on chicken, and I’m looking forward to having an excuse to bake!

Oh, and speaking of food, I’ll be posting a new food-related giveaway later today! Have a great week, everyone!

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  • Cyndall January 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Found you via Meal Plan Monday. Your blog is great! I’ve got you on my RSS now, and look forward to reading more!

  • Abi January 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    THANK YOU!!!! I was sitting here yesterday going… ” so I need to make a meal plan but I am trying to be healthier. and I had like super brain fart and could not think of anything but fattening unhealthy foods. Like bacon cheeseburger meatloaf with cream cheese mashed potatoes..” so thank you. I Love your blog. Mine is still inthe process of being a regular thing.