Ya’ll, I ATE last week. After two years of craving southern food, I let myself indulge in all of it. The only thing I held back on was the She-Crab Soup and sweet tea (although I did make my hubby order it so I could have a few sips. Oh, how I miss sweet tea!)
Key lime pie. Hush puppies. My aunt’s homemade pistitso (that’s a Greek dish). Fudge from Scotch Bonnet. Fried pickles. Frozen coffee drinks. A bag of Swedish Fish on the drive down. My body is in shock after 8 months of counting every point on Weight Watchers. But WOW was it worth it!
And now I’m back to the daily grind, and considered doing an all-liquid diet just to detox but my husband talked me out of it. Which I’m kinda happy about, because I think I’d get sick of an all-liquid diet after, oh, an hour or so. Give or take a few minutes.
In leiu of an all-liquid diet, here’s the menu plan for this week. I’m trying to stay away from a lot of packaged food (you’ll see I deviated slightly) and also am trying to work the menu around what’s on sale this week at my local grocery store. I’ve excluded Noodle’s food because she’s on a special diet, and I’m sure you don’t want to hear about pureed avocados.
Breakfast: I eat the same thing every morning: yogurt. My husband usually grabs a Special K bar, which I stocked up on at Target last week and we got them almost for free! On the weekends we usually have popovers one morning and get a bagel (for me) and donut (for hubby) on the other. I’d like to try these low-cal muffins, too– for breakfast OR a snack. Plus coffee. Decaf for me and fully loaded for my husband.
Lunch: Eggo Nutri-Grain Low Fat Waffles (those things are the BOMB!), light tuna salad on whole-wheat english muffins, three-bean salad, salad salad (I’m a salad addict) topped with leftover salmon or chicken, tomato soup with a little plain yogurt or goat cheese added
Snacks: carrot sticks, melon wedges, mixed nuts in moderation, sugar-free jello, apples, part-skim cheese sticks, and “Cheese on Wheat Crackers” for you-know-who.
Monday: admittedly, we fended for ourselves. I had soup (partially liquid) and hubby had a hoagie from Wawa since I haven’t gone grocery shopping yet.
Tuesday: Salmon with a honey balsamic glaze (from my Weight Watcher’s cookbook) and corn and pecan rice pilaf on the side (also from that cookbook).
Wedneday: Panko covered baked chicken with a side of veggies and low-fat Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (got them on sale, and stacked a coupon– good deal!)
Thursday: Grilled shrimp kabobs– I season the shrimp with a spice mix, then put them on the kabobs with veggies and lemon wedges. When they are done, I squeeze the lemon over the shrimp for a burst of freshness. I’m thinking a side of whole-wheat pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil might compliment it nicely.
Friday: Homemade pizza. I make the dough in the bread machine and double the recipe– one for tonight and freeze one for next week. Then top it with part-skim cheese and veggies (on my side). A little parm cheese and you have a much healthier yet still tasty pizza!
Saturday and Sunday: We’ll probably go out to dinner one night just to get Noodle out of the house. On the other I’ll probably make breakfast for dinner– an egg white frittata with fresh veggies, and low-fat biscuits.