Sunday, February 28, 2010

Menu Plan 2/28

Sunday - FIFI (find it, fix it)

Monday - crockpot chicken, brown rice, steamed veggies

Tuesday - chicken spaghetti with veggies

Wednesday - tomato-veggie soup

Thursday - salmon casserole with quiona pilaf

Friday - something with venison in the crockpot

Saturday - not sure yet (depends on grocery shopping!)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Menu Plan 2/21

Sunday: homemade pizza

Monday: dinner at the in-laws

Tuesday: ham & potato casserole, steamed veggies

Wednesday: salmon casserole, brown rice, steamed veggies

Thursday: grilled cheese sandwiches, carrot sticks

Friday: tomato-veggie soup

Saturday: will be at an anniversary party

Healthified Mac and Cheese

I'm trying to "healthify" a lot of our favorite recipes. This is your standard homemade mac and cheese recipe, using whole wheat pasta and the addition of carrot puree for nutrition.

    1 box whole wheat pasta
    3 T butter
    3 T flour
    2 cups nonfat milk
    2 cups shredded lowfat cheddar cheese
    1 cup carrot puree
    salt, pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. With remaining ingredients, except carrot puree, make a cheese sauce. Pour sauce and carrot puree over pasta, stir to combine. 8 servings

Number of Servings: 8
Per serving: 290 calories, 6.5 g fat, 44 g carbohydrates, 14 g protein

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Menu Plan 2/14/10

I didn't make a menu plan last week, and I felt like I was floundering all week long. Won't make that mistake again. I hate that feeling.

Sunday - pizza tortillas

Monday - baked whiting filets, roasted vegetables

Tuesday - Mardi Gras dinner at church (I'm taking healthified mac-n-cheese)

Wednesday - crockpot chicken, quinoa pilaf

Thursday - grilled cheese, carrot sticks

Friday - tomato/veggie soup

Saturday - chicken & veggie stir fry with brown rice

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Oat Pancakes

I adapted this recipe from to make healthy pancakes on our snowy February morning.

1 1/4 c. oats
2 c. skim milk
1 egg
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. toasted wheat germ
2 tbsp. ground flax meal
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix oats and 1 cup milk; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients until well mixed. For each pancake pour a scant 1/4 cup batter on hot well greased griddle over medium low heat. Cook, turning once, until well browned on both sides and cooked through.

Makes 12 pancakes. Approximately 95 calories per pancake.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

French Bread

Another recipe for my bread machine. I have a French cycle on mine that gives this a nice crust, or you can use the dough cycle. Then shape the bread, allow to rise 20 minutes in a warm place, and bake in a 350 degree oven until golden (about 25-30 minutes).

French Bread

1 cup warm water
2 tsp sugar (or honey)
1 tsp salt
3 cups bread flour (you can slightly healthify this by using 1.5 cups bread flour & 1.5 cup whole wheat flour)
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Add to bread pan in order specified by the manufacturer.

NOTE: You can also add 2 Tbsp ground flax meal to increase the nutrition.