Comfort food is on this week's clean eating meal.
This week's clean eating meal plan is all about comfort foods. The weather here is still cold and when I'm cold I crave comfort foods. Comfort foods are those foods that get you feeling sentimental and give you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. In my house that doesn't mean a standard meat and potatoes dish. We like a bit of international flare to our comfort food. This week my clean eating meal plan includes comfort food dinners like these:
- Tex-Mex: Chicken and spinach enchiladas
- All American: Cheese stuffed bacon cheddar meatloaf
- Classic Comfort: Chicken and vegetable soup
- Eastern European: Potato pancakes and applesauce, pork chops
- Sausage hotspot (Dutch dish with potatoes, kale, and smoked sausage), Apple crumble
Write down your plan to see what you're eating
Last week, I started adding breakfast and lunch menus into my meal plan. Writing EVERYTHING down was really helpful. Nutritionists say to get an accurate assessment of what you eat, you should write everything done. Now I can see why they say that. Writing all of my menus down, excluding snacks, gave me a sense of how my family eats. It put a few things in perspective.
First, we eat a lot of carbs. I love my bread, but even I was saying that we were getting too many carbs. My goal this week is to decrease the amount of carbs we eat. I'm not eliminating it, just cutting down a bit.
Second, we weren't eating enough vegetables. So this week, I'm really laying on the veggies and fruit. I'm adding them to omelettes and mini frittata cups (omelettes baked into muffin tins), serving greats salads, and mixing up sides with dinner.
This week's clean eating meal plan
These week we continue with our Clean Eating Meal Plan including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners. I will be out of town on Saturday all day. My husband and kids will be home, so they'll probably go out or have a “fend for yourself ” lunch. Do you do any meals like that? For us a “fend for yourself” menu can be anything in the fridge and freezer. Everything is free game and you just make what you like. This is a great way to finish up leftovers at the end of the week. For dinner that night, I will make enchiladas the night before. My husband or oldest son can pop it in the oven while I'm gone and I can enjoy tasty enchiladas when I get home.
This week, I'm trying a few recipes. On Wednesday, I'm making potato pancakes with applesauce to go with pork chops. I saw a recipe for potato pancakes at Real Fit, Real Mom that I want to try. Thursday's Breakfast is baked eggs in avocado halves. I found this recipe at Noshing with the Nolands that sounded really good. I like to add sliced avocado to my eggs, so I should enjoy this version. On Friday, we're having baked salmon. I'm not sure how I'll prepare it yet, but I have plenty of lemon, herbs, and other seasonings to add to it. I have this pin on my boards that has potential too. On Saturday, its homemade enchiladas. Real Food Real Deals made an easy homemade enchilada sauce that I want to use. Here's the recipe. I like a little heat in my sauce, so I'm planning on roasted a few poblano peppers and adding them to the sauce. It should be great. I'll let you know next week.
Breakfast- Chorizo Scramble (scrambled eggs with chorizo sausage, bell pepper, onion, and tomato), orange slices
Lunch- Veggie Crunch Salad
Dinner- Sausage Hotspot (Smoked sausage, potatoes, and kale), Apple crumble with an almond crust
Breakfast – Strawberry Soup
Dinner Oven baked barbecue chicken, 3 bean salad, yellow squash casserole
Breakfast- Mini Frittatas (cooked in muffin tins) with potato, kale, and cheese
Dinner – Pecan Pork Chops (omit Greek seasoning from recipe), potato pancakes with apple sauce, buttered peas with dill
Breakfast – Baked Eggs in avocado halves with cheese,
Dinner- Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Breakfast- Oatmeal with maple syrup, almonds, and cinnamon,
Lunch- Apple and Walnut Spinach Salad with a Poppy Seed Dressing
Dinner – Baked Salmon, Herbed Spinach Quinoa, roasted green beans with almonds
Breakfast- Maple sweetened yogurt with blueberries, and strawberries
Lunch- Lunch out
Breakfast- Huevos Ranchero (corn tortillas with over easy eggs, and spicy tomato sauce)
Dinner- Barbecue Bacon and Cheddar Meatloaf, Roasted beets, steamed green beans
If you want to print this out and use it yourself, I've saved it as a pdf. Just click this link, Clean Eating Meal Plan Week I will have my plan on my fridge. That small thing has helped me stick to my meal plan. It can help you too.
What are you planning to cook this week?
Do you have any meal planning tips you want to share?