Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Meal Planning Tuesday?

  • Spicy Orange Chicken Stir-Fry  I alter this recipe a little bit. I add more veggies; some carrots and green onions, and I also dice all my chicken and veggies into a small dice and serve with brown rice.
  • Homemade Chicken Soup-  so simple, I boil 2 chicken breast in enough water to cover the chicken plus a little more. In a separate pot I saute diced carrots, 1 onions, and a couple celery stalks in a little EVOO until about 1/2 way cooked. Once the chicken in cooked (10 min or so), you dice or shred it and add it along with the cooking liquid and a box or 2 of chicken stock or more water and some bouillon cubes to the pot with the veggies. Add in salt, pepper, marjoram, and poultry seasoning to taste. Boil covered for 30-40 minutes. Then add 1 cup of any shaped noddles you like the last 15 minutes of cooking. I like rotini or small no yolk egg noodles.
  • Roast Chicken with Balsmic Bell Peppers served with sauteed broccolini (first time making it, any tips?) and roasted new potatoes.
  • Cheesy Zucchini Enchiladas
  • Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole with a side salad.

I thought I would also share some of my favorite places to find recipes and inspiration for my weekly meal plans. The way I meal plan is buy sitting down over the weekend sometime (usually Sunday) and navigating through my favorite cooking websites to find what I want to make, while also considering what I already have on hand, and making my shopping list for the week of the ingredients I need along with my staples. Here are a few of my go to cooking websites:

Cookinglight.com,  I love the magazine but also love that they allow you to easily see each recipe from every issue here on their website for free! I find it easy to use and they seem to have lots of healthy recipes that are easy to prepare.

Skinnytaste.com, a great resource for lots of yummy healthy and weight watcher friendly meals with step by step pictures.


Epicurious.com, although I find it can be a little "stuffy" and a lot of the recipes are labor intensive and requite ingredients i dont normally keep on hand.


Crockpot365.blogspot.com, crock pot recipes for every day of the year. Enough said.


Eatingwell.com another resource for healthy yummy meals.

Hope this helps you with your meal planning, it can be daunting task! But boy does it save money and time during the week. And please share some of your favorite places to go for recipes, I am always looking for new ones!


Erin said...

I love weelicious.com - there are some baby food recipes but it's mostly recipes that the entire family can eat, and they are all fairly healthy and simple!

SpontaneousMom said...

I come here for recipe ideas- LOL! Just kidding- well kinda- I do "borrow" some of your ideas- and then I also use Gina's Skinny Taste, Epicurious, The Sweets Life, and The Tasty Kitchen Blog- I try and plan a month in advance- but I only cook twice during the week- then we do leftover's and the weekend... well I should probably plan better on the weekends :)

Lisa said...

Good, thats why I post them here...to try and make it easier on others :) Thanks for the other sites, I'll check them out!