Monday, July 21, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 7/21-7/27/14

Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals and my 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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It's supposed to be a warm week here in West Michigan, (for those of you that live in the south you'd think it's a cooler week for you, ha!) so I once again am trying to use our grill and slow cooker as much as possible. I've also decided that I'm going to institute a soup night once a week. I know, I know it's summer and it's hot so the last thing most people want is soup. Soups are a great way to stretch your grocery budget, help your family to consume more vegetables and typically have enough for lunch the next day. 

We've been enjoying the meat from the quarter of the cow we purchased last week. Again you will continue to see quite a bit of beef in our S meals. I was a little concerned that the grass-fed beef would taste a little odd seeing as we have only been consuming conventional beef our whole lives. We were so pleasantly surprised and honestly feel like it's the best beef we've ever had. If you've been hemming and hawing about whether or not to buy grass-fed, do it!

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

B - Snickers Protein Shake (FP) ***Must use peanut flour or it will become a S by using more than 1 tsp of peanut butter
L - BLT on a low-carb wrap with a side of strawberries (S)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad with Ranch and Bleu Cheese on top (S) pg. 324 ***Use the recipe from the book, but grill the chicken instead of broiling it in your oven.

B - Raspberry Cheesecake Shake (S)
L - leftover Buffalo Chicken Salad (S)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Crock Pot Chicken & Quinoa (E) ***Reduce butter to 1 T.

B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - leftover Crock Pot Chicken & Quinoa (E)
S - Hummus with vegetables to dip (celery, cucumbers, snap peas, few carrots) (S Helper)
D - Crock Pot Balsamic Roast with green beans and broccoli (S)

B - Fudgey Cheesecake Shake (S)
L - Very Berry Salad with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette (S)
S - Peanut Butter Whip (S)
D - Wet Chicken Burritos filled with grilled fajita chicken, green peppers and onions and black beans on a low-carb tortilla, sprinkled with very little cheese (E) ***Use this recipe for enchilada sauce

B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - leftover Chicken Burrito (E)
S - handful of almonds and 1/4 c. blueberries (S)
D - Pizza Casserole (S) pg.  327

B - Trim Healthy Pancakes with 1/2 c. blueberries (E) pg. 223
L - Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Salad (S)
S - (2) Lite Rye Wasa Crackers with wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)

B - Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (E) ***Use the Laughing Cow Cheese instead of the pudding mix
L - hot dog (without the bun) and side salad with Ranch (S)
S - peanuts and strawberry lemonade (S)
D - Cheeseburgers (without the bun) with Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad and strawberries (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!


  1. I am going to print this out and follow...I need to get myself back on plan