Merciful God, You are great in compassion and Your tenderness for us is without measure. We ask You to give us today our daily bread, and also provide for the needs of all of Your hungry children around the world. Through Christ Your Son and Our Lord. Amen.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Weekly Menu

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I feel like my life has been taken over by low-fat cooking. I have spent most of my spare moments these past few weeks pouring through heart healthy cookbooks to find recipes that my family will eat and I can eat (i.e., they are low acid dishes). Ultimately, I have decided that cooking is cooking, and if I'm going to plan and cook meals, I might as well plan and cook healthy (heart healthy) meals. So far the meals we have tried have mostly been pretty darned good. It's just going to take a while to establish a repertoire of recipes that fit the bill. I'll probably buy a few of the cookbooks that I have checked out of the library so I won't feel the need to look at every recipe right now. The recipes that I post here will be good recipes. The criteria will be that it has to be a dish I would eat even if I weren't watching my fats. And, of course, there will still be treats because my family loves treats and I just don't think low-fat treats are worth eating.

This week there are some feast days to celebrate, namely Candlemas -- the feast of Saint Brigid of Ireland and the Presentation of Jesus/Purification of Mary.


Saturday
Lunch: we'll probably have no water -- plumber coming
Dinner: Teriyaki Burgers
, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, salad

Sunday
Brunch: Egg McMuffins (home style), fruit salad
Dinner: Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Apricot Mop Sauce, Mashed Winter Squash, Pan-Roasted Brussel Sprouts, bread

Monday -- Feast of St. Brigid of Ireland
Lunch: Lunchy Munchy Corndog Muffins
Dinner: Irish Shepherd's Pie baked in Ramekins, Irish Brown Bread
(my link for Shepherd's Pie seems to have been removed -- I'll post it again after Monday; email me, or leave a comment, if you want it before)

Tuesday -- Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)
Lunch: Pancakes
Dinner: Turkey Meatballs with Pasta Alfredo
, tossed salad, Candlemas Crepes

Wednesday
Lunch: Turkey wraps
Dinner:
Oven Roasted Chicken, Roasted Potato Salad with Peppers and Parmesan, steamed green beans

Thursday

Lunch: Baked potatoes with steamed veggies and low-fat cheese sauce
Dinner:
Chicken Philly Sandwiches (roast extra chicken on Wednesday), Spinach Salad

Friday
Lunch: Tomato Soup and grille cheese sandwiches
Dinner: Shrimp and Corn Chowder, Corn bread


* Tried and true
* New to me

4 comments:

Amedy said...

I always love your weekly menu its amazing

Crafty P said...

mmmm..... sounds awesome. I wish my family liked Shepherd's Pie. Maybe I'll make potato soup or just do a baked potato bar!

Crafty P said...

ps. can I have the recipe for low fat cheese sauce? please.

Barb, sfo said...

Think I'll be trying that brown bread recipe! Thanks!