Last Friday I shared how I was finally starting to feel like myself after a few very difficult and demanding months.
I also was finally able to go the gym Friday after having some vein procedures done in August and September. Yes, I am officially nuts. I should have cancelled them, but I’d waited so long, and I thought “How much worse can it get?” Well, apparently, not being able to exercise doesn’t help with a lack of focus.
A friend met me at the gym, and I was sharing with her how difficult it’s been to focus. And as I was speaking, I had an aha moment. I realized that I’d taken for granted how easily focus has come to me. I’m very left-brain dominate, which means my thinking is very logical and I can easily look at a problem and break it down into steps. Except for these past few months. Now, I understand what other women feel like when they can’t think straight.
I’ve felt that way before, but not to this extent. I think God allowed me to experience this time of extended fogginess so that I can 1) have more empathy with others (I really get it now), and 2) figure out how to get out of it so I can help others. So, Sunday I decided to tackle something I haven’t done in months. And that’s make a weekly menu.
(Insert sounds of the Whitwer family going wild with joy!)
I decided to walk you through my process, and show you my menu for the week. I’m sure many of you do this already. But in case there’s one little piece of my process that is new to you, I invite you to peak into my menu planning. So here we go.
First – I’m very thrifty. So I always start with my grocery ads. This week, I found a few great sales: chicken ($1.70 lb), salmon ($3.99 lb), red peppers (3 for $1.00), lean hamburger ($2.77 lb), chuck roast (BOGO). Also, one store had a special on Ragu and pasta – when you buy 4 they cost 75 cents a piece.
Next, I got some ideas from my favorite magazine “Taste of Home.” And I got an idea from Food Network’s “The Best Thing I ever Made – Cheese show”. Also, I read that women who eat beans or lentils 2 or more times a week have a 34% lower breast cancer risk than those who eat them once a month or less. And so, I’m determined to add more beans to my diet. Hence the white chili recipe.
When I make my menu I also make a note where I got the recipe … because my memory stinks. I actually write it out by day and put it on my refrigerator with notes on where to find the recipe. But here, I’ve given you a link when possible. So, here’s what we are having this week:
Monday: Jerk Chicken Alfredo (Inspired by Blackened Chicken Alfredo by Guy Fieri – but I have Jerk seasoning on hand so that’s what I’m using, plus the 75 cent Garlic Alfredo sauce, & fettuccine) Fresh steamed broccoli
Tuesday: Beef Barley Soup with Roasted Vegetables from Taste of Home, with French bread
Wednesday: Chicken Fajitas (I just season chicken with garlic salt, cumin and chili powder before pan grilling the chicken, then I serve it with sauteed peppers, onions and warm flour tortillas. Sides include cheese, sour cream, salsa & guacamole if you like it.) I’ll also serve a platter of fresh veggies like cucumber, carrots and celery.
Thursday: Oven baked salmon with sweet corn/zucchini fritters. This recipe is only for corn, but I’m going to double it and use half corn and half shredded zucchini.
Friday: Stuffed peppers with green salad. Normally I make these the pepper filling from scratch, but this easy recipe sounded interesting. I’ll probably top it with cheese.
Saturday: White Chili, corn bread (I love Jiffy mix and add sour cream, half a can creamed corn, green chilis and cheese) and fresh fruit.
I hope this has given you some ideas for your own menu. Oh – and I have one more tip. Make your menu when you are hungry. If you sit down after dinner, nothing will sound good. Trust me on this.
I so appreciate all of you reading my blog. You are such a blessing to me.
In His love,