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Menu Plan Monday – Aug.22-26 – Frugal Novice

Menu Plan Monday – Aug.22-26

Menu Plan Monday

I always hear about how kids need routine… well apparently I do too. Today our church switched to two services, and we got up to go to the early service. This means we had to get out of the house TWO HOURS early than most Sundays, which also meant I got a nap in later today. On the plus side, it meant we ate lunch earlier, got home earlier, and the boys napped earlier. I’m still tired, and am about to go crash after finishing this post!

Monday: Lime chicken with black beans & rice, with German chocolate cake for dessert – for everyone but me, that is! My brother’s 20th birthday was Saturday, so we’re having him over for a little celebration with his dinner & dessert of choice.

Tuesday: Chick-Fil-A – C has gymnastics class, so we’ll go early and all eat together as a family beforehand.

Wednesday: Date night!!!

Thursday: Chicken, veggies & brown rice. Something plain and simple! I got broccoli, which is now one of C’s favorites.

Friday: We’re having friends over and will be sampling some Schwan’s food for an upcoming review – they’ve got a lot of good meal options perfect for how busy things can get at the start of the school year.

I noticed a difference in the way a pair of my pants fit today – wahoo! I think one of the hardest things for me in regard to losing weight is impatience. I want to see a difference – a payoff – for all my hard work. It’s been nice actually seeing a little bit of a change, because that provides me with motivation to continue onward. I also had a realization – if someone dangled a candy bar or a healthier lifestyle in front of me, I would choose the instant gratification of the candy bar. I’m realizing that there’s some maturing that had to take place. I had to have the willpower to hold out for the long-term goal.

Breakfast: Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Basil & Mozzarella with Turkey Bacon and Fresh Fruit (290 calories)

I’ll be honest – I didn’t get to eat very much of this meal. We were rushing around trying to get out the door on time, so I was just able to take a taste of everything for review purposes. I’d love it if Freshology offered a couple of “on the go” breakfast options because so many people do have to rush in the mornings. I was SO hungry all through church, but I was really proud of the fact that I resisted the donuts in our class! We met some friends for lunch at their choice of location – a Mexican restaurant. I had hoped to hit up Jason’s Deli where I could get a side of fruit, but since that wasn’t an option at this place, I googled the amount of calories in tortilla chips and portioned out the number I could afford to eat calorie-wise, along with salsa. I won’t lie, this was a difficult lunch, but being able to munch a little and gulp down three glasses of water really helped. I was a little jealous of everyone’s sour cream chicken enchiladas, but I couldn’t even imagine how many calories would be involved!

Lunch: Grilled Chicken Salad Nicoise with Sherry Vinaigrette (410 calories)

I’d never had this kind of salad before, although I had heard of it. It had grilled chicken, green beans, various colors of potatoes, half of a boiled egg, red peppers, and spinach leaves. I know this is a classic salad preparation, but it was a different combination than anything I’m used to! The flavors were great, though. I don’t think I’ve ever had a blue/purple potato before. :)

Dinner: Pork Tenderloin with Baby Carrots, Dried Fruit & Nut Stuffing, & Applesauce (380 calories)

I’d always heard of the combination of pork chops and applesauce, but had never tried it before today. The sweet/tart flavor of the applesauce was SO good with the pork! The stuffing was slightly sweet and had a mixture of textures thanks to dried fruit and sliced almonds. And the carrots were awesome! See that skinny one second to the right? C totally stole it – and wanted more. Oh well, he’s cute. :) He passed up french fries for it, so that’s saying something! This was a nice, filling dinner. It felt a little like an autumn dish, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it!

Dessert: Sweet Potato Chip Cookies (160 calories)

You can find out my thoughts on these cookies here.

Hope you all have a great week!

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