Monday, April 23, 2012

Our Weekly Menu

This week's menu plan-- We're having a bit of a cold snap so soup is on the menu again!
**For weight loss and general health, we eat a diet low in grains but higher in protein, healthy fats, vegetables and fruit.  For the most part, we avoid wheat, corn, refined sugar, starchy vegetables such as corn and potatoes and most processed foods. It is a work in progress--our diet isn't always perfect and we are far from eating all organic but we have both lost a good bit of weight since changing to eating this way in March of 2011 and we feel great! And for the record, we do eat a lot of brown rice and eggs and we're ok with that!**

I menu plan from Wednesday to Tuesday each week.

1. Hot dogs (chicken, nitrate/nitrite free), sweet potato and beet fries
2. Grilled Israeli spice chicken legs, brown rice, big green salad with Basic Vinaigrette
3. Chicken lentil soup (crockpot), baked sweet potatoes
4. Salmon, baked sweet potatoes, steamed veggies
5. Leftovers
6. Meeting #1: Take Shrimp Jambalaya (crockpot)
7. Meeting #2 (Finger Foods): Take veggies and homemade onion dip, chips (To make dip, I used about 2 1/2 Tablespoons homemade mix (click link for recipe) added to 16 ounces sour cream.)

Green salad with tuna and lots of veggies, cottage cheese
Leftovers 3x
Hot dogs, cottage cheese, rice chips
Church fellowship: Take veggies and dip, applesauce cake

We typically eat eggs as part of our higher protein/lower grain diet. This week we're eating scrambled eggs and a baked egg and cheese casserole for breakfasts.

Our snacks are typically fruit. This week we have apples, pears, red grapes and bananas to choose from. We also add some applesauce, plain yogurt and peanut butter to some of these.

What are you eating this week?

This post is part of Menu Plan Monday over at Organizing Junkie!


Anonymous said...

I've been reading about your dietary changes and wanting to eat less grains, but I was curious as to why you eat rice, but not potatoes?

Thanks. :o)

Mary Ann said...


Thanks for the comment!

From what I understand and from what our nutritionist friend has told us, white potatoes are very starchy and convert to sugar very quickly. Brown rice is easier to digest than wheat and some other grains and has a low glycemic index meaning that it breaks down more slowly and converts to glucose in the bloodstream more gradually. Sweet potatoes are also a good carb and he recommends that we could eat up to one medium sized one per day with butter and a drizzle of raw honey.

Our bodies still need carbohydrates to function properly so we do try to get enough without eating a lot of grains/bread and that's why we haven't embraced a total low/no carb plan. Most of our carbs come from fruit, sweet potatoes, lentils and brown rice and small amounts of nuts. Granted, the information we have been given has been geared more to weight loss rather than other health issues. And it has worked very well for us and helped some other issues in addition to the weight loss.

Hope this helps! Keep in mind that I'm not a medial professional but just sharing what I've learned from my own experience! :-)

Good question!

Mary Ann