This morning I baked a batch of blueberry muffins in an effort to get my very picky eater to eat something for breakfast, but he turned his nose up at them. I managed to get him to eat about half a cup of frozen blueberries and a graham cracker while I was making the muffins, so I guess that’s something!
I’m feeling a little off today, which I think might be because of the weather. It’s cloudy and cold, and all I want to do is go for a walk and sit outside in the sun…or sit in front of my space heater…or soak in a hot bath. Maybe I’m just cold? I don’t know, but I think it’s going to be a long winter. Trying to focus on what I can control today, and get pumped for the week ahead!
One thing I’m determined to do this year is get more organized with my meal planning, so I thought I’d come up with some healthy dinners to serve my family this week. I’m not feeling especially innovative, so this is just our typical weekly meal plan with a few healthy tweaks to aid me in my never ending quest for a smaller waist. I am doing well despite my sudden urge to eat every single morsel of chocolate in our home today. I’ve already lost 4 lbs and I stayed under my calorie limit 5 out of 7 days last week.
I’m doing a weight loss challenge through the LoseItChallenges sub on Reddit. (Signups are still open if you’re looking for a free motivational tool!) You get sorted into teams, set a goal, and log your weight and activity minutes each week. I have done these challenges several times over the past few years and they really help me to stay focused. I set a goal to lose 12 pounds over the 8 week challenge period and since I’m already down 4 after my first week, I’d say I’m doing pretty great! Got to keep the momentum going though! I have a tendency to hit it hard for a few weeks, then get kind of lax.
Being alcohol-free is definitely giving me an advantage, though. I am way more focused and I don’t have to worry about empty calories or drunk munchies. I also have so much more energy to exercise! I got a free hand-me-down stationary bike from my sister recently and I have been using it almost daily. I’m hoping sharing weekly healthy meal plans will be yet another way to keep myself motivated! Here’s what we’re going to be eating in my house this week…
Monday- Tuna and green bean fry up. This is my favorite, super easy, healthy meal when I am not feeling very creative or energetic. It’s very comforting too, which is great for a day like today. All I do is combine 2 cans of tuna (in water, drained) with 2 tbs of light mayo, 1tbs of yellow mustard, and 3-4 tbs of dill relish in a bowl. Then I fry the tuna mixture with 2 cans of french style green beans (drained). I cook the tuna and green beans until everything is heated all the way through and slightly browned. Then, I top it with ½ cup of shredded mozzarella and cook until it melts. My husband thought I had lost it the first time I made this, but then he tested it and it’s one of his favorite meals now. It’s like a cross between a tuna melt and green bean casserole. If you like those two foods, you’ll probably love this concoction.
Tuesday- Chicken fajitas with corn tortillas for the boys and steamed veggies for me. I usually fry up a bag of frozen onions and peppers with sliced chicken until everything is browned. I add my own seasonings, usually 2 tsp of chili powder, 1 tsp of cumin, ¼ tsp of cayenne, and 1 tsp of salt. I squeeze a few lime wedges over the whole thing when it’s done and serve with corn tortillas, black beans, and steamed veggies (whatever I have on hand).
Wednesday- Spaghetti (spaghetti squash for me), marinara sauce, and beanballs. These are really just for me. My husband doesn’t like them and he won’t eat regular meatballs either. I’m not a big meat eater myself, but I really like this vegetarian meatball recipe. It’s from a cookbook called the Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and I have been making it for years.
Thursday- Baked salmon with roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes. I place the salmon and veggies on parchment on a sheet pan and bake them together. I usually just squeeze a lemon over the salmon and veggies after I bake them. Super easy and healthy with minimal cleanup!
Friday- Pizza friday! Our Friday night tradition and my favorite meal of the week! I make pizza dough in my bread machine and Buffalo chicken bites in my air fryer. I usually top one of the pizzas with turkey pepperoni and the other with caramelized onions. I bread the chicken lightly with flour, a whisked egg, and panko bread crumbs before cooking the bites in the air fryer. Then, I toss the cooked chicken with 2 tbs of melted butter and ½ cup of Frank’s hot sauce. I also mix a packet of ranch seasoning into a container of light sour cream to make a dip for the Buffalo chicken bites. It’s a great meal that goes well with a movie and copious amounts of sparkling water.
Saturday-Baked barbeque chicken with roasted veggies. Similar to my salmon and veggie bake, except I douse the chicken in barbeque sauce when it is almost finished cooking. It’s an easy, healthy comfort meal and the parchment makes cleanup really quick.
Sunday-Vegetarian chocolate chili with homemade bread. Another vegetarian favorite in our household from the cookbook Vegan with a Vengeance. I have been making this chocolate chili for well over a decade and it always turns out delicious. It might sound a little odd to add cocoa powder to chili, but it really just enhances all the flavors.
This is a pretty typical week of meals for us with a few substitutions to make the meals healthier. I hope this gives you some inspiration for your meals this week. I’ll try to add links to my recipes as I add them to my blog.
Everyone usually does their own thing for breakfast and lunch, and we’ll be working on the blueberry muffins for the next few days, for sure! Hope this post was helpful to you! What have you got planned for meals this week?