Meal Plan Monday Post

Last week was fairly "normal" for us - no major plans during the week and then a fun activity for the weekend. I'm quite proud of ourselves for sticking to our meal plan though. There were a few nights where we were starting to cook (somewhat late in the evening) and would realize the designated recipe for the night had quite a bit of prep. I think last week was the most we've actually switched around the meal plan. We may have eaten everything on a different night than was intended. We resisted the urge to do take-out on those nights which means we cooked dinner every night last week. Our reward was seeing Wicked at DPAC with my parents! We enjoyed lunch at Tyler's and then saw the show. Great Saturday afternoon!

We continued our food challenge and the focus of week two was beverages.

Week 2: Beverages will be limited to coffee, tea, water, and milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup). One cup of juice will be allowed throughout the week, and wine/beer will be allowed in moderation (an average of one drink per day).

Week 2 was quite successful! Fortunately we have already instituted most of these lifestyle changes. I no longer buy soda and rarely buy fruit juice anymore. Patrick does occasionally drink sodas on his lunch break so he put that aside for the week. We've both been drinking more water and aiming for 8 cups a day - it's a daily struggle! Up until last fall I always put sugar and milk in my coffee but decided to drop the sugar otherwise that part of the challenge would have affected me. Patrick also had to give up his favorite breakfast drinks - chocolate milk and an occasional Starbucks mocha on his way to work. We were also mindful of our alcohol consumption but we are usually in that recommended amount - an average of one drink per day.

The meal plan doesn't reflect any of the food challenge since it was beverages. However you may have noticed that there was some carryover from Week 1 - we have continued to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our diets.

Meal Plan for Monday January 19 - Sunday January 25

   Monday - Lemon garlic shrimp with vegetables
   Tuesday - Scallops with Apples
   Wednesday Spicy Asian mushroom soup

   Thursday Lemon chicken fettuccine
   Friday Stir fry
   Saturday - Theatre outing | Lunch at Tyler's Taproom | Wicked matinee at DPAC

      Dinner Balsamic chicken
   Sunday - Brunch Savory mushroom spinach crepes
      Dinner Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich


  1. Sounds great - I am curious how the balsamic chicken turns out.

  2. Saturday was great! Wicked was so good. We really enjoyed it, and also being with you two. We really liked Tyler's too. We were there about this very time last week. Those garlic fries were great - not so healthy but what a treat!