Monday, July 1, 2013

Menu Plan Monday ~ July 1

Welcome to this week's installment of Menu Plan Monday, hosted by I'm an Organizing Junkie.  She's hosting a Give-away this week:  the lucky winner will win this A Taste of Home magazine with all sorts of yummy looking recipes in it, so link up your menu plan and get entered. 

summer slow cooker meals

I mentioned in an earlier post that I've lost a few pounds recently.  Actually, I've lost 89 lbs.  I've been eating a low carb/high protein diet, walking like a mad woman, and working full time has limited my access to Little Debbie Snacks. Oh - and I got a lap-band a few years ago.  I had some allergies and sinus drainage that got "stuck" in my band a couple of years ago, forcing me to have most of my fluid taken out.  Weight loss was slow going ever since then, and because I was a little ashamed of gaining weight, I never went back in for a fresh fill.  So I've been operating on empty for about 2 years.  The good news is that I didn't gain all of my weight back, just a few pounds (about 10).  The bad news is that I didn't lose any more either. 

Well, a couple of months ago, the Hubby and I decided to get back with the program and now we're doing really well with the low-carb/high protein thing.  He went cold turkey (losing about 20 lbs. the first month!) I have to ease into it.  I have done away with most sweets and breads (I do allow myself an occasional treat).  And I've lost about 15 more lbs. (included in my 89 total lbs. lost).

Anyway, a couple of my girlfriends and I walk every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at a cute little park-like track at our local college.  So on those nights, I'm using my crockpot - it's so much easier to already have dinner ready when I get home.  I'm usually hot and sweaty and it just makes it easier for me (and probably more appetizing for my family).  Another plus is that I don't have to get hotter by heating up my kitchen. 

Here's what's on the menu board this week:

Sunday - Fried Chicken (no skin/crust for Hubby and me)
MondayCrockpot Rootbeer Pulled Pork (made with very little BBQ sauce, and diet root beer)
                 In lieu of buns, we put ours on carb-balance tortillas with some sour cream. DIVINE!)

Tuesday:  Spaghetti / Lasagna Peppers

Wednesday Crockpot Italian Chicken, Salad

Thursday:  Burgers/Dogs/Brats on the Grill (I REALLY want to try this Oopsie Bread recipe for "buns"!!!)  Found it on Baby Granny's Chronicles via Pinterest, and I really can't wait to try it!  I'll let you know how it goes!

Friday:  Pizza / Low Carb Crust Pizza for Us

Saturday:  Leftovers

That's about it for us this week, food-wise.  Hope everyone enjoys their week! 



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