exchanging meal plans

the heart
By the heart Latest Reply 2010-10-27 12:08:45 -0500
Started 2010-10-22 20:38:46 -0500

hi everyone what do you think about shareing your bk,lunch and dinner menu so everyone can eat something diff you know we cook the same thing most of the time. and if we could share a meal it would be great. i do a bake chicken with cream of chicken soup and i add carrots and broccoil its a complete meal you have your meat and veggies.let me know if you think this is a good idea.

6 replies

mo91108 2010-10-27 12:08:45 -0500 Report

my favorite thing to eat is breakfast. If I want something sweet for breakfast I eat turkey bacon, egg whites, and whole wheat toast with splenda and cinnamon mixed together. Mmmmmm

- Monica

CaliKo 2010-10-27 11:34:27 -0500 Report

I think its a great idea! Two things I make quite often that dresses up my left-overs is stir-fry with brown rice and vegetable omelettes. I can't say I'm always practical, but I try to use up everything.

jeffrey9127 2010-10-23 09:55:21 -0500 Report

Hello, That sounds like a great idea! I get tired of eating the same things day after day. I am sure that everyone here has a great recipe or meal idea they would like to share.

catwalker 2010-10-24 09:10:49 -0500 Report

Hi Jeff this sounds really good because I would like to add other things to my menu's that other people eat and still keep my sugar levels down. Some times I eat boiled eggs with very little salt on them so I can help keep down my blood pressure at normal and then add a pinch of cimminon on the eggs which have no sugar in them and the cimminon helps my body to burn up the sugar in my body. This something I eat when I'm running late to work.

RAYT721 2010-10-23 08:24:30 -0500 Report

I'm all in favor! I had started a thread some time ago called "What's on your Plate?" but it really didn't take off as much I had hoped it would. The premise was to be an exchange of menu planning ideas, based on what people really eat as opposed to all of the wonderful looking and sounding things you find on tv cooking shows, in cookbooks, and just wish you could duplicate from restaurant menus which are over loaded with preservatives, fat, etc.

Some time back I reviewed a series of books from the "Eat This, Not That" series which offers information on product a versus product b. I only wish the authors had thought to make a diabetic friendly version of the series relating more to carb counts than sodium, calories and fat. The best diet / menu plan is one which combines safe and sane combinations.

Let's face it… there are a lot of discussions here about healthier eating so your concept is a good one. Many of us question what we should or shouldn't have when it comes to menus. Not only am I interested in what others have on a regular basis but also concerned about the finances involved because short of ones housing expense and often transportation costs, eating is right up there on the list of expenses. While housing and transportation is normally a relatively fixed cost, there is room to wiggle with the costs of foods whether eaten at home or while out and about.

My wife and I just did our shopping for the week this morning. Prior to our trip, we assembled the menu plan based on store specials and coupons. Here's what we are planning for dinners for the week ahead:

Chicken Wings (Baked) with Caesar Salad
Stuffed Peppers (brown rice)
Baked Fish Fillets w/ Aparagus
Jambalaya (we make batches and freeze)
Spaghetti (low carb) with Sauce
Chicken & Asparagus Skillet
Pizza (homemade) with Salad

Combining those items with leftovers (there's only two of us), we will eat well for the week and beyond. Our shopping trip cost around $80 using coupons but included snacks, breakfasts, and lunches. We also purchased non-grocery items which included paper products, cat litter, etc. We may have been able to purchase the non-food products elsewhere to save a few bucks however sometimes the trips to other stores ends up putting even more non-planned purchases (impulse) into the cart. Where's the savings there? Perhaps our weekly food budget is around $60 for the two of us. We occasionally splurge with more expensive meals (steak, shrimp, scallops) but make up for it with less expensive options (fish = $2.99/lb, leftovers in freezer, homemade soups, egg dishes, etc).

Meal Planning and money planning may be two separate concerns but in our household, they hold hands. Another consideration is time planning. Most of the entrees (very limited use of potatoes, rice, bread, etc) are rather healthy but also quick to prepare for those nights on the go.

Anyway, I agree that a "What's on Your Plate?" discussion is a good one and hope that others will contribute to their daily and/or weekly menu planning tips and tricks.

Let's get this rolling!!!