Menu Monday 1/19

Heather says:

Mr. Heather is back on a body building kick. For those who are unfamiliar with the idea, it involves consuming more calories, but with no refined carbs (white sugar, white flour, etc). I’ll support him to a point. Neither the children nor I are on the diet, but I will do my best to ensure each meal offers at least some items he can eat. However, there will be times where he’ll just have to dig into a refrigerator stockpile I’ve created. Our grocery budget will be expanding, but it will also include much more in the way of fresh vegetables.

This plan is subject to change at my discretion.

  • Monday – Pan seared ribeyes, stir fried vegetables, rice noodles
  • Tuesday – Brinner – scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese grits, fruit
  • Wednesday- Chicken fajitas, refried beans, Spanish rice
  • Thursday – C.O.R.N.
  • Friday – Blackened tuna steaks (adults, fishsticks for the unappreciative short ones) Caesar salad
  • Saturday – Ham, baked sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower, green beans
  • Sunday – Date night (using a gift card and promised babysitting services)

Tell me Home Eccers, what is on your menu and how do you cope with an adult who chooses a difficult diet?


  1. Would-be Housewife on January 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Ok, ok, I’ve got to start menu planning. You can read my blog about it, but tonight proved I’ve got to do this!

  2. Veggiemomof2 on January 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Here is what we are having this week. For recipe links, come to my blog.

    Save-A-Lot Mexican Casserole
    Nacho Spuds
    Hamburger Stroganoff
    Super Easy Pot Pie
    Tuna Cakes
    Cheesy Tuna Casserole

  3. Julie on January 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    My husband has to eat ultra-low-sodium and low-potassium, low-protein because of chronic kidney disease. Meanwhile I like most overweight Americans, am trying to watch the fat and simple starches/sugar. We eat a lot of vegetables!

    I’d be perfectly content eating low-sodium vegetarian meals all the time, but he craves meat, so we have to strike a happy medium. We eat vegetarian breakfasts and his lunches, and about 3 nights a week for dinner. I pretty much always eat dinner leftovers for my lunches.

    The low-sodium is a pain in the neck sometimes because pretty much anything packaged in a box, can, or bottle is out. I cook a LOT from scratch. My husband is a good soux chef, he does all the vegetable washing and chopping and he makes homemade bread for us on the weekend. (Commercial bread, also full of salt!)

    I haven’t made this week’s menu yet but here’s some examples from recent weeks:

    chili (mostly beans & veg with a small amount of stew beef) w/ cornbread muffins
    penne w/ zucchini & marinara
    whole wheat burritos (mexican-spiced black beans, rice, corn, peppers, tomatoes, cheese, guac)
    moroccan chicken & chickpea stew over wheat couscous
    cauliflower & carrot soup w/ homemade wheat bread garlic toast

    When summer produce starts to get less expensive we’ll do more salads, but you get the idea.

  4. laura on January 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I don’t really have a blog…a little computer illiterate here. Sorry!

  5. Heidi @ Carolina Dreamz on January 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    @Laura, from comment above.. link us to your blog??

  6. Heidi @ Carolina Dreamz on January 19, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I feel your pain.

    I used to plan meals around “allergic to chicken,” “won’t eat any seafood at all,” and “don’t really like to eat pork.”

    I used to buy foods for me, separate from foods for others, in my attempt to “control” foods. More like do my part to not contribute to the weight/health problems, around here.

    Then I realized that all *my* food was gone, all the time, and *their* food was still in there, for ME to eat or throw out.

    Now you know why I double and triple all my casseroles. Its so there are always leftovers for a day or two.. for lunches, snacks, and those who refuse to, or can’t eat whatever I feel like cooking.

    My son just started making “Heather’s version of tuna salad.” I think we are hooked on it, now.

    Our menu, this week has a lot of new things to try. I have some “new to me” cheeses in my fridge, too. I’m going to write a cheese post, I think..

    Tonight’s dinner: Meatloaf type burgers, made into a “parmisan” experience, with Penne/Brocolli/Ricotta side dish, and roasted garlic muffins. I better get that garlic roasting and make some muffins, for my 101 in 1001 challenge, too.

    Can you freeze Ricotta? I think I have seven pounds of it. I’ll have to check the dates.

  7. laura on January 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    What is C.O.R.N? I’m new to the website and have seen this a couple of times. Just wondering. I’m also a newly wed so if anyone has so tips I’d appreciate them! Thanks!!!

  8. Mom of three on January 19, 2009 at 11:35 am

    My husband only eats meat. No veggies (except for french fries and whole kernel corn. He eats nothing mixed together, no sauces. So it’s basically hamburgers, steak, pork chops, chicken anything…

    What I did was set up 21 meals with a few meals that the kids and I like and if he doesn’t like what I am fixing he has a bowl of cereal. I figure if he wants to eat like a three year old, let him, but why should I?

    He loves Burger King and I hate it, so every time he decides we are going to Burger King, I tell him I get to go to my favorite Mexican restaurant. Haven’t eaten at Burger King in months. 🙂

    I say if he’s going to start expecting something way out of the ordinary, that can’t be part of what the family eats, let him prepare it himself. Why should the extra burden fall on you?

    As for hubby, as long as we have a meat with dinner and it’s served plain, he will eat it happily, so I just plan around his meat and it’s fairly easy to cook.

    When I need variety, I go out to lunch. 😉

  9. Heather on January 19, 2009 at 11:27 am

    It’s good to know I’m not the only one who gets frustrated. I want to be supportive, but as chief menu planner and grocery shopping it gets annoying when there are sudden changes.

  10. Heather on January 19, 2009 at 10:40 am

    My hubby likes to go on an all steamed meat and veggies diet every few months. He’ll only eat steamed fish or poultry, no red meat. And, the veggies must be steamed without the sweet essence of SOME butter.

    When we encounter these trying times, I make dinner as usual for myself and the little guy but make ziploc bags that are prepped with fresh cut veggies and a filet of fish or chicken. That way i can just season and toss it in the steamer. You know, while the short one and I intake large amounts of deep fried chicken legs and mashed potatoes with homemade gravy. Oh, and I pray marriage counseling is not on the way. These truly are trying times.

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