I really didn’t expect people to be so disappointed that I was stopping my menu plan posts! But I stand by my decision because I think this way will work better for me. Why will it work better, you ask? Well, for one, I’ll have made all the meals so I can write about how they turned out. And having made the meals, I’ll also have photos to post with the recipe links. Yay for that, right? Finally, doing it this way allows me to skip over the boring nights with leftovers or frozen pizza. Anyway, I hope you will find these posts to be a suitable substitute for the meal plans.
So! This week was my first week back on Weight Watchers. One of my pet peeves is when people talk about weight loss all the time, so I promise I will not bore you with the details of my Weight Watchers plan in these posts. But I thought it merited mentioning this week because a) it’s my first week back on plan and b) look, I’m eating real! actual! food! (Another pet peeve? Diets that make you eat processed crap. Because that’s totally sustainable, right? Mmm, isn’t that 100 calorie pack of stale pretzels satisfying!?)
Anyhoodle, off of my soap box and onto my meals:
Edamame Pate Sandwiches // These were so flipping good. We had them for dinner one night and then I had the leftovers for lunch the next two days. They tasted so fresh and they were really filling too.
Tofu Dengaku with Celery Root Puree // This was good, but it didn’t knock my socks off. My husband was even less enthused, but mostly because the celery root for the recipe cost $9. Yikes. Too bad celery root is one of my favorite pureed veggies. If you’ve never tried it before, you must! (But maybe when celery root is on sale.)
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Shallots // Brussels sprouts are so tasty when they’re sauteed. And adding shallots? Ooh, even better. We had this with the Parsleyed Israeli Couscous.
Parsleyed Israeli Couscous // This was good, but it wasn’t good enough to be a keeper. I feel like I have about a dozen recipes that are very similar to this one.
I also took the time to eat some healthy snacks this week. Typically, finding that time for snacking is difficult for me, so I’d eat more for dinner (and then want dessert because I was so hungry by the end of the day). I’m making a real effort to take breaks from work 2-3 times a day to eat. Here are some of the snacks I’m really digging right now:
Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups and Champagne Mangoes // (I’m sorry, but “mangoes” just doesn’t look right to me. Mangos looks better! But my spellcheck is informing me that this is wrong.) Champagne mangoes were on sale at Whole Foods last weekend, so I bought a bunch. I made fruit roll-ups with some and ate the others. I love regular mangoes too, but champagne mangoes are a real treat when they’re available. They always seem to be perfectly soft (never hard!) and perfectly sweet (never tart!). Using them in the fruit roll-ups meant that I hardly had to add any honey because they were so sweet on their own.
Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips + Frontera Chipotle Pumpkin Salsa + Fresh Fruit // Have you had these chips? Oh, they are so good! You know how sometimes chips are supposed to taste like something and they really just taste like chips? These actually taste like sweet potatoes. I’ve been eating kiwis all week long too. I like to cut them in half and scoop out the insides–no muss, no fuss.
Concord Grapes + Honeycrisp Apple + 1 tbsp. Justin’s Maple Cashew Butter // CONCORD GRAPES ARE THE MOST DELICIOUS GRAPES ON THE PLANET. Forgive my shouting, but it’s true. The first time I had them was at the farmers market in Madison. It was such a revelation to me–“Oh, this is what grapes taste like!” When I was at Whole Foods last weekend, I could smell these before I could even see them. And once I saw them, well, I knew they had to go into my cart posthaste.