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Phase 2 of the blog

Now that there are 5 weeks’ worth of shopping lists and corresponding recipes, I’m going to change things up a bit.  If you still want to follow one of the lists, I will finish putting links for all the recipes at the bottoms of them by the end of the week.  In the meantime, I’m going to be posting some new recipes.  Some I have tried, some I haven’t, but all will be using ingredients that are healthy and tasty.

In a couple of weeks, I will start doing shopping lists again, incorporating some of these new recipes.  If there are any ingredients you’re particularly fond of, let me know and I will try to find some good recipes for them.

And if you haven’t tried the white bean soup from my last post, you must!  All of the kids liked it – and that’s really saying something!

February 25, 2008 at 11:45 am 1 comment

Weekend Dinner Options

Here are some ideas for dinners this weekend.  If you need any of the ingredients, you can always add them to your shopping list, but hopefully at least one of these will be something you can make from items on hand.

Baked Tilapia with Tapenade

  • 1 tilapia fillet per person
  • 1 small can of black olives
  • 1 small jar of capers
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Finely chop the olives and 2 Tbsp of the capers.  Combine with the olive oil and lemon juice.  Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray or lightly drizzle olive oil on the bottom to prevent sticking.  Arrange the fillets in the dish, then spoon some of the tapenade on each fillet.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes (or 30 for frozen fish).  Serve with steamed veggies.

Chicken Caesar Pasta

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups cut fresh asparagus
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat or fat free Caesar dressing
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan

Cook pasta according to package directions.  6-8 minutes before it is done, add the asparagus.  Meanwhile, saute chicken in oil until no longer pink.  Remove from heat.  Drain pasta and asparagus.  Add the chicken, tomatoes and salad dressing.  Cook over low heat until heated through.  Sprinkle with onions and Parmesan and serve.

Simple Lemon Fish

  • 1 tilapia fillet per family member
  • Lemon-pepper seasoning
  • Olive oil

Oil the bottom of a glass baking dish and arrange fillets in it.  Sprinkle liberally with lemon pepper and bake until done, 20-30 minutes, at 350.  Serve with cooked brown rice or steamed veggies.

January 19, 2008 at 1:38 pm 2 comments

Thinking forward to the weekend

For the weekend, what I’d like to do is have you, the readers, tell me what type of recipes you’d like for Saturday and Sunday’s dinners.  Do you have some extra chicken?  A pound of ground beef?  What type of things does your family like?  Let me know today and by Saturday morning I will post three options for weekend dinners.  As far as breakfast and lunch goes, I usually have a Banana-Walnut Shake both mornings because it’s quick and easy.  Lunch around here is either leftovers or a tossed salad.  And of course, you’re free to have your own healthy options as well.  If you’re really stuck, just go back to any of this week’s breakfast and lunch posts for ideas.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this first week so far!  I know it’s helped to keep me on track!

January 17, 2008 at 10:28 am 1 comment


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