Here is a new favorite. This is from the French Women don’t get fat Cookbook. It’s great for breakfast/lunch or a filling snack. It’s called Magical Breakfast Cream. If you substitute this for your regular breakfast for 3-5 days, you may lose 3-5 lbs. It weirded me out slightly the first time I ate it, but now I really like it. Here is my variation.
1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt (or Greek)
1 tsp flax oil (I use coconut oil instead since I hate the taste of flax)
1 Tbls toasted, sliced almonds (any nuts will do)
1 tsp honey
2 Tbls finely ground oats
This is Chicken Stew with bacon (officially, Creamy Chicken Stew). We passed around a nasty flu for the last couple of weeks and I made this since the boys in the house don’t appreciate broth soups. It was very good. I think I also added peas and pearl onions to the recipe because I had them in the freezer and I almost doubled most of the ingredients (because I usually do with most recipes). It was very good. The leftovers would have made lovely Chicken Hand Pies (with just a little more flour to thicken), but we ate it too quickly.
I am trying to get back on track with planning menus (menus that involve new recipes) again. I find I am great at creative menu planning for a little while and then I get lazy for a while. But I have found that I enjoy cooking so much more when I am trying new recipes instead of just doing the same old things that don’t require recipes ( ie. American dinner stand-bys like hamburgers and spaghetti).
I started a Pinterest board for food (finally!). **Look at my side bar to see my latest pins on pinterest!!!** That made me feel inspired to plan the meals this week. I printed out all recipes I will need for the week and stuck them on the fridge next to my menu.
Here is what we are eating this week. I planned one meat dinner (chicken on salad), one fish (shrimp) and the rest are vegetarian. I usually try to plan at least one or two nights a week where we eat eggs for dinner. This week is omlettes and Huevvos Rancheros. Sunday is a busy day for me (laundry and cleaning for the week ahead) so my goal is to do crock pot meals that also provide plenty of leftovers. The Ratatouille I can have for lunch next week and the leftover brown rice I will use for Monday’s curry spiced veggie burgers.