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So, with out further ado, let’s menu plan!
Monday: Gingery Pork Lettuce Wraps are a fun and healthy dinner – serve with brown rice!
Tuesday: We usually have Taco Tuesday around these parts, but I’m thinking this Healthy and Hearty Taco Casserole might be a welcome substitution!
Wednesday: Lean grilled pork loin chops with Curry Roasted Cauliflower and salad of arugula tossed with lemon juice and olive oil.
Thursday: Baked potato bar – top with healthy toppings of your choice. I like salsa, low fat cheddar and light sour cream. Broccoli and shredded cheese is delicious as well. Serve with fresh fruit or a green salad.
Friday: Homemade pizza night. My favorite is BBQ Chicken Pizza…or you can use this basic dough and top with your favorite toppings!
Saturday: I’ve been cooking all week and we’ll be getting some kind of takeout. Better yet, maybe this mama will get taken out to dinner (side eye to husband).
Sunday: This General Tsao’s Chicken is SO easy and delicious. Serve with brown rice instead of white.
As promised, the printable grocery list is below. Yes, it’s long. But I’m sure you’ll find many of the items already in your pantry.
Gingery Pork Lettuce Wraps
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 pound ground pork
1 cup mushrooms
1 red bell pepper
1/2 yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
4 ounces water chestnuts
1 cup bagged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
small pinch of red pepper flakes (more or less depending on your palate)
bibb or romaine lettuce leaves, for serving
sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish
Hearty Taco Casserole
2/3 cup uncooked brown rice
1-1/3 cups plus 4 to 5 tablespoons water, divided
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 garlic cloves
1 envelope taco seasoning
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup salsa
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
Curry Roasted Cauliflower, Pork Chops and Arugula Salad
1 head cauliflower, rinsed and cut into florets
1-2 teaspoons curry powder
4 lean pork chops
1 bag of arugula (you could use any dark, leafy green)
Baked Potato Bar
4 large baker potatoes
Toppings – choose what you love:
container light sour cream
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
broccoli (steam and top potatoes)
canned turkey chili
whatever else your family loves!
BBQ Chicken Pizza
1 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 3/4 cup all purpose white wheat flour
1 cup cake flour
Toppings (or use your favorite for a different pizza!)
8 tablespoons barbeque sauce
2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced (to make your life easy, use the bagged grilled chicken in the freezer section)
2 green onions, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
8 ounces shredded part skim mozzerella cheese
8 ounces shredded low fat cheddar cheese
handful of chopped cilantro
General Tso’s Chicken
4 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
4 garlic cloves
2 teaspoon fresh ginger
2 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 pound broccoli
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
two cups prepared brown rice
green onions and sesame seeds (optional)