This week I wanted to stretch my roasted chicken as long as possible. So you will see a lot of chicken dinners included in this menu plan. To download my Week Nine plan, simply click on the title above.
E- Apple Pie Crunch Granola p. 255 w/ Almond Milk
S- Deconstructed Deviled Eggs on a bed of greens (or your favorite deviled egg recipe)
S- Salmon strips w/ yum yum sauce + green beans (brown rice for kids)
E- Pumpkin Crunch Granola w/ Almond Milk p 255
S- Mufflets p. 237 + (toast w/ butter for kids)
S- Whole chicken roasted with roasted veggies, side salad, (macaroni for kids)
E- Berry Creamy Grains p. 252
S- Cauliflower patty mini chicken pizzas (recipe for patties here)
S- Chicken Tacos (use wonder wraps for myself; for kids: flour tortillas w/ beans)
See me demonstrating the Wonder Wrap Recipe HERE
S- Greekie Swirl p. 340 (follow instructions for S style)
E- Bean Burgers & side salad and/or sweet potato fries (baked)
E- Quickie White Chicken Chili w/ baked blue tortilla chips
S- Chia Pud (make 4 batches) p. 344 + Coffee
E- Bean Burgers, leftovers
S- Tomato Chicken Bisque p. 93 + side salad (bread n butter for kids)
S- Egg Stacker photo in link and description below + Coffee
S – Crabby Patties w/ side salad
E- Lentil Soup p. 89 + side salad + sourdough bread
E- Dessert: Apple Crumble p. 338
S- Chia Pud p. 344 + berries
S- Cream of Broccoli Soup (my own recipe)
E- Steamed White Fish + Quinoa Salad p. 232
Snacks & Things
I try to keep my snacks really simple. I have a full schedule like most people, so I don’t want to have to think about it.
——> Almonds – always in my purse and in my car for when things take longer than expected
——> Chia Pud – it’s just so fun to eat, it’s simple and a superfood
——> Slushies p. 372 – I love lemons and eat them all the time
——> TrimQuik p. 494 – I keep a jar of this in my fridge so I can have hot cocoa or chocolate milk if a craving hits (I use Gentle Sweet)
——> Rohnda’s Ranch Seasoning p. 492 – I keep this made in a jar in my pantry at all times
——> Trim Bouillon Mix p. 491 – I keep this made in a jar in my pantry at all times. My kids even grab this and mix up a cup to drink at night sometimes. I use it in lots of recipes where I used to just use plain Nutritional Yeast. I’ve even sprinkled it on my little bowl of dry popcorn! My kids make “Yucky Popcorn” a couple times per week, and I grew up with a mom who ate it all the time, so I usually have my “dry” popcorn about once a week, but I limit my serving, just like Pearl says 🙂
I like to do a little bit of meal prep to save myself time during the week. You don’t have to do that, but if you do here are a few of my tips.
I don’t always add my grocery list with my menu plans. Most of the time I am feeding a large family so I tend to make bigger meals. The reason my menu this week includes so many chicken recipes is because I was trying to stretch roasted chicken for the entire week to save time and money!
Day One: Lay your chicken(s) in the fridge to thaw for the following day, if frozen. If you have time and are planning to use Wonder Wraps go ahead and make them. Don’t be afraid, it’s not as hard as it looks. When I make Wonder Wraps I don't season them except for salt, this way I can use them for sweet or savory recipes. I buy egg whites in bulk at Costco and the Psyllium Flakes come from Trader Joe's.
Now, before you put away your skillet, go ahead and make the granola in the same pan to save yourself the extra wash. While the granola is cooling in the bowl, go ahead and whip up your Chia Pud, it literally takes less than 5 minutes! I usually make a triple or quadruple batch so I have extras for snacks! If you have to pack your lunch, you might want to make your cauliflower patties today to save time. Since the cauliflower is used raw instead of cooked, it doesn’t take much time at all.
Day Two: Since you are saving time with the granola, you could whip up your mufflets in the morning if you want to, or make them the day before, but they are quick so if you don’t it won’t matter. I don’t always use meat in my mufflets, the eggs have plenty of protein and it is a budget stretcher to just use veggies. Make sure your chicken is thawing today, you’ll cook it tonight for dinner!
Day Three: These cauliflower patties are so easy to make but if you work, you may want to make these on Day One, they keep well in the fridge for several days or the freezer for a month or two.
Day Four: If you’re one to make things from scratch, you will want to make your beans ahead of time. I do that sometimes, but when I have a lot going on I use a can of beans from my pantry. I keep canned beans in my pantry just in case I need them. It’s better to be prepared. I also keep coconut milk and a variety of canned tomatoes that I buy at Costco.
Also, remember to use only the white meat in your E meals (chili and lentil soup) save the dark meat for S meals (pizza, tacos, bisque).
Just a note of encouragement for those who are looking at the “special ingredients” and thinking it’s just too much. I want to say that I have been using these ingredients and following this plan for a long time! I didn’t buy all the “special ingredients” all during week one!
As you can see from my photo below, the fonts are different on my labels…which drives me crazy but by the time I added Super Sweet to my pantry I forgot which setting I had my label maker on and it was different. Rather than waste a label (they’re so expensive) I used it anyway, but I really notice it every time I go in my pantry! You will build your stash as you go!
My containers have all been bought with JCPenney rewards or on sale. They also do not all match because I have been collecting them for almost a decade!
My bean burger recipe is as follows:
- 2 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 egg whites
- onion, chopped
- 1 1/4 cup dry oats, ground
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, to taste (or other)
- spray oil
On Plan Bun & Burger toppings
(If following Trim Healthy Mama: no cheese or mayo to stay in E mode. Cheese and mayo would make this a healthy crossover)
Instructions: Put beans in a large bowl and mash well with a fork. Add egg, onion, ground oats, basil, garlic, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Mix well to combine then shape into 10 patties.
Spray a large skillet lightly with coconut oil spray, then heat over medium. Cook patties in a single layer until golden brown, flipping once, and continuing on both sides till cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to buns, top with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions or even kraut! They taste great paired with a few baked sweet potato fries.
Day Six: My egg stacker is simply a fried egg with lunch meat and a slice of cheese… this time I am using a little leftover chicken with Munster cheese, YUM!
Day Seven: You can follow the Broccoli Soup recipe in the book or substitute any of the “single serving” S soups on this day. Also, Day Seven is a good day to use up any leftovers.
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