Monday, December 12, 2011

Menu Plan Monday--The "I Really Need To Get Groceries" Edition

I made Pumpkin Curry Soup last week for the first time! Wasn't sure what to expect but it seemed interesting! And since we don't eat many baked goods anymore, I've been wanting some other ways to eat pumpkin. This recipe was very very good. Quite mild tasting actually. I cooked up a pumpkin we had used for decoration throughout the fall and used some of the homemade pumpkin puree for this soup. I didn't add carrots but made the recipe as stated otherwise. Because of no carrots and not-so-orange pumpkin puree, this soup wasn't as vibrant as I expected. Instead, it was kind of a yellow color. But it was yummy and comforting, none the less. A plus--I really liked the smooth texture after running it through the food processor.

**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 and we feel great! And for the record, we do eat a lot of brown rice and eggs!**

I didn't get to the grocery store this past weekend and it looks like it will be later this week before we get there this week. So I'm doing as much as I can with what we have in the pantry, fridge and freezer. We have enough food, just not as much variety as usual and running low on a few staple items. I think we'll live!

We would like to make some Christmas goodies this weekend using some of our favorite recipes. They won't be completely healthy but it is the holiday season and we'll just make probably 3 different things!

**hard-boiled eggs, chicken
**scrambled eggs, chicken
**scrambled eggs (3x)
**scrambled eggs, bacon (2x)

**Regular potluck lunch with church fellowship-- applesauce and broccoli/cauliflower blend
**Rice noodles with tuna
**Leftovers (4x)
**Whatever's left!

**yogurt with apple butter
**yogurt and kiwi
**orange, kiwi, almonds
**hard-boiled eggs
**applesauce (2x)

**Snacks for church meeting--took some mixed nuts.
**Chicken gravy on rice, variety of bits of leftover veggies--green beans, limas and turnip greens.
**Roast chicken, roasted butternut squash, mashed cauliflower
**Chicken Rice Soup(new recipe)
**Stir fry(bag of stir fry veggies!),with a chopped chicken breast and rice. 
**Crustless Quiche, tomato soup from a can--Didn't use this meal from last week's plan.
**Meeting: TBD

**This post is part of Menu Plan Monday!

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