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I took last week off from blogging to spend some time with my husband's family who was in town. It was a great week filled with fun, laughter and a lot of food. Unfortunately, most of that food was not on plan. So I'm back at it this week again.
As I was reflecting on why I made such poor food choices last week, two things really stuck out.
- I didn't make a meal plan. People were in and out and we made plans as we went, which is great, except for when it came to meal times. I realized again the importance of having a solid meal plan and sticking to it. I am much less tempted to stray off plan if I have something in place.
- We ate out, A LOT! Now don't get me wrong, I love to eat out as much as the next girl and this was a great treat for our family of 6 to get to eat out as many times as we did last week. However, a lot of restaurants don't have many great "on-plan" choices so things kind of just went out the window.
By the end of the week I felt so gross, tired and sick to my stomach. It definitely was the motivation I needed to get back on track this week.
Here's what we'll be eating this week:
B - Peanut Butter Shake (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - Hard-boiled egg and celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Burrito Bowl made with beef taco meat, lettuce, fajita veggies, sour cream, cheese and 1/4 c. Spanish Rice (S Helper) ***Substitute brown rice for white in the Spanish Rice. Also increase the cooking time to about 45 minutes.
B - Green Smoothie (E) ***Omit the banana
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Loaded Cauliflower & Chicken Casserole with side salad (S)
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - leftover Loaded Cauliflower & Chicken Casserole (S)
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Egg Roll in a Bowl (S)
B - (2) Scrambled eggs and bacon (S)
L - leftover Egg Roll in a Bowl (S)
S (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Colorado White Chili (E)
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - leftover Colorado White Chili (E)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Stuffed Peppers with green beans (S) pg. 363 ***Adding ground beef to these to make them a full meal.
B - Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (FP) ***I use almond milk instead of the coconut milk.
L - (2) Caveman BLTs with a side of strawberries (S)
S - Apple with 1 tsp. peanut butter (E)
D - Slow Cooker Herb Chicken over brown rice with steamed broccoli (E) ***I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of the chicken thighs.
B - Breakfast Ham Cups (S)
S - handful of almonds and 1 oz. cheddar cheese (S)
Have a great week and happy eating!!!