Labor Day

Joe and I have had a nice day off today. Joe went on a nice, long run; Lucy and I napped; and we just spent time together as a family here at home, which is what we enjoy doing the most. I kept thinking it was Sunday today, which is what always happens when we have a Monday off. It’s amazing how fast a four-day weekend can go by.

This afternoon, Joe had a photo shoot, so Lucy and I headed out to the grocery store to pick up a few things before this week’s sale ends. She LOVES going to the grocery store. Seriously. This kid just looks all around and smiles and laughs. She’s just so much fun to take places.

I’m trying to make it more of a habit for us to eat here at home. It’s so easy for us to just grab takeout on nights that I work really late, so I’m trying to keep some “easy” meals in the house for those days. It will be cheaper and healthier. What we really need to work on is not going out to eat after church. We’re normally starving by the time church is over, and since it’s about 30 minutes away from home, it’s just easier to stop somewhere to eat. Maybe we’ll try to knock that down to every other week? I’m not sure yet.

Last night, we had haystacks for dinner since we have SO many ingredients left over from Lucy’s dedication, and tonight we had baked potatoes, vegetarian buffalo wings and veggies. Light, healthy and yummy! Here’s my plan for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: Rice and stir fry (a late night for me, most likely, so one of our “easy” meals)
Wednesday: Sloppy joe pasta, veggies
Thursday: Chili
Friday: Red beans and rice
Saturday: Provinos — belated anniversary dinner!

What’s on your menu this week?

Menu Plan Monday

I know it’s actually Tuesday, but I thought I’d go ahead and post my menu for the week anyway. We usually end up deviating from it, especially if I end up getting home late from work, but at least it’s a guide.

Monday: frozen pizza
Tuesday: sloppy joe’s, salad
Wednesday: spaghetti, garlic bread, mixed veggies
Thursday: chili (yes, I know it’s ridiculously hot out, but we love chili. Plus, it makes good leftovers.)
Friday: pizza

What’s on your menus this week?

Taking the First Step

The Weight Watchers meeting wasn’t so bad this morning. It wasn’t really how I thought it would be, but that’s not such a bad thing. I definitely don’t feel comfortable yet, but I’m sure that will come. I was happy to discover that I can still eat pretty much what we have had in our dinner rotations. I’m still a little skeptical that it will work since the counting calories thing didn’t go over so well, but I’m hoping I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I have found some good recipe ideas that I plan to try. I figure our dinners will probably look pretty similar week-to-week until I find more meals to put into the rotation. One thing we did decide on: burrito night. I think that will be a lot of fun. This afternoon, I made four-bean enchiladas for dinner, minus all the cheese of course. Those with brown rice and broccoli will make a good and filling meal. And there will be plenty of leftovers for lunches, plus I have more of the bean mixture and tortillas to whip up another batch next week. Yum. I did change a couple of the beans because I forgot exactly which ones I needed to pick up. I ended up with garbanzo beans, black beans, kidney beans and chili beans, but I think it’ll still turn out well. I’ll share pictures tomorrow.

I have a way to go. It turns out I need to lose close to 40 pounds. I really didn’t think I had that much to lose, but I guess I do. However, the scale at WW was 3.5 pounds heavier than mine. I really didn’t like that much at all. Oh well. As long as the number on my scale goes down, I’m sure the number on theirs will as well.

new recipes

i think i’m going to try out some new recipes. i’ve been looking for things to add to our dinner rotation that don’t take too much prep and cooking time, since i usually get home later than the average person.

tonight, i think we’re going to try a vegetarian version of ra’s skillet chili mac, substituting veggie burger for the ground beef. it sounds really good.

i also found a recipe for slow cooker vegetable curry, which also sounds delicious. i love curry, and we got spoiled having indian neighbors in maryland. they would constantly bring delicious food over to us. i can’t wait to try this recipe. i have only used my slow cooker a few times because it’s hard to find vegetarian recipes, but i’ve found a few, and it would be so nice to come home to a ready-to-eat meal.

i’ll make sure to report how these dishes turn out.

menu plan monday


ok, i’m trying *again* with menu plan monday. hopefully i’ll stick with it each week this time. we stopped by a produce stand near my parents’ house yesterday and got some great veggies, so i’m incorporating those into our meals this week.

monday: garlic and olive oil vermicelli, eggplant with marinara sauce, green beans

tuesday: red potatoes, corn on the cob, broccoli and green beans — my mom used to make vegetable meals like this a lot in the summer, and i absolutely love them.

wednesday: pasta, steamed squash and zucchini

thursday: tacos, spanish rice

friday: dinner at nana’s

saturday: dinner at nana’s

sunday: pizza

now it’s your turn! what are your meal plans for the week?

menu plan monday


since i’m on this new kick to try to plan my meals better and try to find new recipes (let’s see how long this lasts!), i’m participating in menu plan monday. i’ve been reading organizing junkie’s blog for a while now, and i love seeing the different menus posted each week. there are even several vegetarian ones!

monday: leftovers/snacky foods (late lunch and no one’s very hungry!)

tuesday: baked chicken/vegetarian buffalo wings, wild rice, mixed veggies

wednesday: dinner out at highland grill with jon and michelle

thursday: hamburgers, baked beans, chips

friday: dinner on the way to the cabin

saturday: at joe’s parents’ cabin

sunday: pizza

now it’s your turn! what are your meal plans for the week?