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Meal Plan – Week 2

So, the first week on the plan was a little tough, especially Monday-Wednesday. I craved everything; sugar, cheese, meat and fresh bread. I managed to stay with the plan most of the time, and was happy when I found suitable options that I could eat at my favorite Friday lunch place.

I plan to pre-make some meals this week, especially for breakfast as I find it hard to make the time for it. I prefer to get the extra time in bed :-). Tonight, I am making a vegetable chill in the slow-cooker to have on hand for lunch or dinner, when I change my mind. For lunch, which I normally pick up at work, there were great options in our new cafe. It has a new global section that has a vegan/vegetarian option, it varies from stir fries to indian to mexican; there is also a great salad bar.

I plan on making dessert tonight – found several recipes for date balls which sound great. I am picking things out from several recipes and combining it into something I hope I like 😉

Here’s this weeks menu:

Day Breakfast Dinner
Saturday Vegetarian Omlete Lentil and Kale Soup
Sunday Oatmeal with grated apple + sultanas Steamed Fish and Vegetable Pockets + Quinoa
Monday Oatmeal with Banana+Unsalted Peanut Butter Stir Fry + Brown Rice
Tuesday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Curried Pumpkin Soup
Wednesday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Pizza (using FlatOut Bread instead of Whole Wheat Pita)
Thursday Oatmeal with grated apple + sultanas Vegetable Omlete
Friday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Bean Burgers + Salad
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Meal plan week 1

Today is the first day of my life style challenge, and to help keep on track here’s my first week’s meal plan. We use the meal plan as a guide, we will mix up the meals depending on what we feel like but typically these are the meals for the week. This is a short week as I will typically post every Saturday.

Day Breakfast Dinner
Monday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Ratatouille Casserole + Brown Rice Pasta
Tuesday Oatmeal with grated apple + sultanas Lentil and Kale Soup
Wednesday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Vegetable Paella + Quinoa
Thursday Oatmeal with grated apple + sultanas Curried Pumpkin Soup
Friday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Falafel and Greek Salad + humus

Meals may also include fruits or unsalted Pistachios.

Budget constraints were $70; in total we spent $60 and only a portion of that contributes to my meals.  Additional groceries are being purchased for the rest of the family. In future, I can provide a shopping list if anyone is interested.

Meals on a Budget: Roast Chicken into 10 meals

We try to live of $70 (USD) a week on food for two adults and one child (5 years old). We do this by pre-planning the meals to make sure things get used in multiple ways through the week. Below, is how we got 1 full main course, 3 light dinners, 6 lunches and a core pantry ingredient from one meal – Roast Chicken.

Starting with a main course

Last week, I made a roast chicken (whole chicken) with roast potatoes, sweet potatoes and green beans for dinner.

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From the left overs

I boxed up two lunch-size portions of the meal above
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From the left over potatoes/sweet potatoes we made a light dinner of Bratkartoffeln (Recipe in previous blog).

There was significant amount of chicken meat left over which went towards 3 x Chicken Sandwiches and a Chicken Vegetable Pie.
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Finally, I used the chicken carcass to make chicken stock (broth) which I separated into two batches – 1 batch I froze into large Chicken Stock Cubes and the other I placed in a jar and put in the fridge to use during the week in things like casseroles, stews or chicken noodle soup.

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I will continue to share “now” and “later” meals and weekly menu’s throughout December. Feel free to add suggestions or let me know if you have any questions.