Yes…a new year. A new determination to make this MY year and get my diet where I want it to be. Not where others prefer, maybe not even in their comfort zones, but to take the knowledge I gained in college courses on fitness and nutrition, what I have learned from life and from reading, and from what my body says makes me feel best and make some changes.
First up. The dreaded…cover your eyes…no don’t, then you can’t read this, lol…Monthly Menu! Meal Plan! Whatever you choose to call it, it is a great idea that makes me crazy.
One…. it doesn’t really allow for shopping on a budget. In my case, I shop around sales and coupons and what is in season. Not easy to plan for those.
Two…. I don’t know ahead what I ‘feel’ like cooking, how much time we’ll have after events, traffic, life…or what the boys will want to eat on any given night.
Three…. my very ADHD brain just doesn’t WANNA.
Okay, that’s not a very good reason, and the OCD part of me is grinning and rubbing her hands together in anticipation of my actually creating a plan for any part of my life.
Now, there was a time, when I was a younger mom with a house full of kids, homemade, adopted and foster, and a hubby who provided us a good income, that I actually was very good at monthly menus. Yeah. Not sure where she went. So here we go. Feel free to hold hands if it gets too scary. (Don’t worry… there won’t be an entire month here today… baby steps 😉 )
In everyday America meal plans are planned around the meat. Not mine.
Monday: Breakfast: overnight oatmeal with coconut and chia seeds/juice Lunch: pita sandwich with cabbage/carrot/brocci slaw, hummus, tahini, and whatever else I feel like throwing on…sometimes diced egg, or leftover tempeh…just fill it up Afternoon snack: (because without it the boy spawn might eat me!) apple slices/peanut butter and popcorn Supper: spagetti squash with mushroom/pepper sauce and veggie meatballs
Tuesday: Breakfast: Fruit smoothie of whatever fruit and veggies are in the fridge plus flax Lunch: southwestern salad with corn, black beans, peppers and tortilla strips Afternoon snack: chips and dip Supper: Coconut Thai Curry with jasmine rice
Wednesday: Breakfast: cereal with berries and almond milk/juice Lunch: onigiri and salad
Afternoon Snack: banana and peanut butter sandwiches Supper: vegan Chili with Tortillas (make lots, it is great to have leftovers)
Thursday: Breakfast: Fruit smoothie plus hemp seed Lunch: Veggie kebabs on pretzel sticks with carrot chips and ranch dip Afternoon Snack: goji berry raw snack chunks
Supper: BBQ pulled ‘pork’ (jackfruit is amazing!) sandwiches, spicy fries, brocci-slaw
Friday: Breakfast: steel cut oats with fruit and almond milk/juice Lunch: Veggie Taco roll ups Afternoon Snack: Bababahummus with carrots/celery/pita chips Supper: Chili Nachos with guacamole and hot corn salsa
Saturday: Breakfast: pancakes with fruit/juice Lunch: pasta salad with veggies Afternoon Snack: PB Energy snack balls Supper: Mushroom pho soup
Sunday: Breakfast: Fruit and veggie smoothie with chia seeds Lunch: Mediterranean wrap, grapes Afternoon snack: roasted spicy chickpeas Supper: Mimi Taters and vegan sausage
There…that wasn’t so bad. And I had a lot of the ingredients on hand or they are staples. Gonna make this work.