We have decided to work harder toward eating more whole foods, and this means I needed to find some new recipes. Places like All Recipes are good for finding “standard American diet” recipes, but not that great when you want to cook with foods mostly found on the perimeter of the grocery store – where the “healthy” foods traditionally live (this isn’t a hard and fast rule, of course, just a general one). Because it’s a new month, it seemed like a great time to kick start the new meal plan into high gear, so I spent a couple of hours earlier this week searching out new recipes. The trick was that when I did a Google search for “creative whole foods recipes,” every single link (on the first page) was from Whole Foods market. That wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. So I tried again, this time with “creative real foods recipes.” I was glad to find two blogs pretty high up on the list this time, both with loads of delicious looking recipes using only real ingredients. I’m not at a place just yet to tackle homemade mayonnaise or marinara sauce (but I do plan on making those jumps in the next six months or so), so I’ll still use the processed versions of some foods, but even so… I’m glad to be making some changes now. I want a healthier me and a healthier family. Fortunately, Will’s on board too 😉
So, with that in mind, here’s what we’ll be eating this week (Wednesday [today] through next Tuesday). I’ve opted to have the list of meals separated into “Lunches” and “Dinners” but not to assign each one a specific day. This allows me to keep the feel of the daily shopping we used to do but without the stress of starting completely from scratch and having to figure out and shop each day what we’ll need. I’ll just pick the lunch and dinner for the day from the list, knowing that we’ll have the ingredients on hand.
Chicken Salad Sandwiches on whole grain bread with pear slices (twice)
Bagel Cheese Pizzas, served with apple slices (twice) (whole grain bagels, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese, broiled until the sauce bubbles and cheese melts)
Healthy Chicken Parmesan Nuggets, with marinara for dipping, apple slices, and baby carrots
Garlic Thyme Slow-cooker Chicken with steamed, smashed butternut squash and corn
Chicken Parmesan served over steamed zucchini sticks with marinara sauce
Peach Chicken in the slow-cooker with rice and green beans
Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple Beef with couscous
Moroccan Chicken with Nectarine Sauce with rice and steamed carrots
Turkey Veggie Meatloaf with smashed potatoes and lightly sauteed apples
Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Rice and steamed broccoli
Whew! This will be an interesting week, food-wise for us. What are you eating?