March Menu Plan #1

Why not get started plugging away at March goals straight away, right? I know when I put a weekly meal plan in place, it helps me tremendously to stay on track and to spend less money eating out. I actually went grocery shopping on Saturday this past weekend since my fridge was so bare after my Philly trip, and then spent a little time on Sunday preparing some things for the week. Breaking these tasks up definitely made it feel less daunting and only took a little time out of each day of the weekend.

Prep on Sunday involved making Pulled Salsa Chicken in the crockpot:

Salsa Chicken

1 medium chopped onion, 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, and 1 cup of salsa on high for 3 hours. After 3 hours is up, take the chicken out, shred it with two forks, and then throw it back into the crockpot with the lid off for 30 minutes or so until the liquid dissolves. This made 5 servings that were just under a cup each for 4 PP per serving. I ate one serving on Sunday and then 4 left to use throughout the week. I made this at least every month, sometimes more.

I also sautéed up some fajita veggies:

fajita veggies

1 red onion, 1 yellow pepper, and 1 orange pepper.

And then I made a batch of plain steel cut oatmeal for the week. I use the heat and eat method, where you put the oats with a 1:4 ratio oats:water, bring them to a boil for 2 minutes, and then remove the pot from the heat, cover it, and leave it on the stove overnight. In the morning just mix it up and all the water will be dissolved and the oats are ready to heat and eat. I do that almost every single Sunday and it’s a lifesaver. And now I’ve managed to make myself unable to cook steel cut oats any other way because I always burn them to the bottom of the pan otherwise!

That little bit of prep went a long way for this week’s menu plan since the only active thing was the fajita veggies, and those took about 20 minutes.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks
Monday savory oatmeal w/spinach + cheese Fajita Salad w/Salsa Chicken, fajita veggies, corn, w/salsa + greek yogurt dressing Soft boiled eggs w/english muffin + smashed avocado red peppers + cottage cheese
Tuesday oatmeal w/banana + peanut butter Chicken soft tacos w/fajita veggies Big salad w/black beans, corn, avocado, cilantro, tortilla strips vanilla greek yogurt w/frozen cherries
Wednesday savory oatmeal w/spinach + cheese Fajita Salad w/Salsa Chicken, fajita veggies, corn, w/salsa + greek yogurt dressing Dinner out at Thai Xing (!!) string cheese + grapes
Thursday Egg sandwich w/cheese + avocado Chicken burrito w/fajita veggies, black beans, corn, and guac Roasted Chickpeas and sweet potato fries green smoothie
Friday Egg white omelet w/veggies + cheese Leftover Roasted Chickpeas and sweet potatoes over greens Takeout with my sister! cottage cheese w/frozen mango

Can we just talk about last night’s dinner for a second? I tend to hate cooking extravagant meals during weeknights (read: anything that takes over 20 minutes to prepare), so eggs are one of my go-to weeknight dinners when it’s just me. This one was so simple, but SO delicious and satisfying.

Eggs   Avocado

2 soft boiled eggs (using this method), a toasted english muffin, and 30 grams of avocado mashed with a little sea salt for 8 PP total. The eggs were peeeeerfectly runny.

Runny Egg

Yum. And the second best part was I threw together my breakfast and lunch for today while the eggs were cooking and the english muffin toasting, which took no time at all since everything was prepped! Two birds.

Are you a fan of eggs? Do you like the yolks runny or cooked through?

Also, random throwback, here’s what I was doing one year ago today!



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26 Comments on March Menu Plan #1

  1. Rebecca W.
    March 5, 2013 at 9:07 am (2 years ago)

    That looks fantastic! I just got to eating eggs sunny side up (the gooey yolk used to gross me out!) when I was in England and had pizza with an egg on top — so good, by the way! I think I might try that for lunch some time.

    Reply
    • Beth
      March 5, 2013 at 11:18 am (2 years ago)

      Hey Rebecca. I LOVE having egg on pizza – it’s one of my favorite things! That sounds like a perfect splurge to include soon. :)

      Reply
  2. Rachel
    March 5, 2013 at 10:39 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Beth. Thanks for another great post. I’d also love your help with something as both a WW devotee and leader. I’ve tried to get on board long-term with WW for a long time – I definitely see it start to work when I start but never stay the course long enough for real long-term results – and I’ve identified that what makes me frustrated is eating foods whose every ingredient I can’t exactly identify, especially by quantity. I live in New York City and we eat out/take in a lot – good, healthy foods usually – but out nonetheless. I find trying to track what you don’t count out yourself SO hard and it makes me want to give up each time. Please also know that I would cook more – and have in the past – but am right now struggling with having no cooking gas for over a month while they install new pipes in my building so I can only prepare food in a toaster over or eat fresh food. I’d be so grateful for any insights – thanks!

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    • Beth
      March 5, 2013 at 11:17 am (2 years ago)

      Hey Rachel! Thanks for your comment.

      A few tips:
      - Pick a few places that you frequent, look at the menus, and try to estimate the PointsPlus values in some dishes so you have a few go-to options identified at some of your go-to places.
      - Look up dishes in e-tools for comparable dishes at restaurants that ARE in e-tools if where you’re going isn’t. there’s a ton of cross over with menu items.
      - Realize that tracking is ALWAYS an estimate, and it’s built to have some wiggle room! As long as you’re focusing on eating filling foods including fruits and veggies, lean protein, whole grains, etc. MOST of the time, you should have success.
      - If you’re really fed up with tracking, you could try the Simple Filling Technique to change things up, OR try Upside Down Tracking. I’ve written posts on both of these topics so if you search for them it’ll give you more info.
      - Start small. If tracking is really hard for you, commit to tracking just breakfast, or breakfast and lunch during the week. Once you feel like you have a good grasp on that and what you are generally eating, you can move on to include dinners. Set yourself up for success!!

      Hope this helps!

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      • Rachel
        March 5, 2013 at 11:27 am (2 years ago)

        Thanks so much, Beth – I really appreciate your response. That makes a lot of sense – I’m on it!

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  3. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    March 5, 2013 at 11:28 am (2 years ago)

    Those eggs look delicious. I can never get a soft boiled egg quit right, I’ll have to try that method :)

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    • Beth
      March 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm (2 years ago)

      HEY CARLY!!! It’s pretty fool proof! The trickiest part is not cracking the eggs when you drop them into the boiling water.

      Reply
  4. Roz@weightingfor50
    March 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Runny eggs are the BEST!!! Going to try this method, because mind don’t turn out that well. Have a wonderful Tuesday.

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    • Beth
      March 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm (2 years ago)

      I totally agree. This method is seriously foolproof!

      Reply
  5. Sue
    March 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Beth,
    I guess you just never know what will inspire you next, but the combination of a good day yesterday and this post this morning, and I’m psyched to get back into a healthy weightloss routine. Thanks! I don’t have a food scale – how much is 30 grams of avocado? A quarter-cup? (I will get a food scale, but after I get a weight scale!)

    thanks,
    -sue

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    • Beth
      March 11, 2013 at 9:19 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Sue! 30 grams is just under a quarter of an avocado. I always use my food scale because you get more by weight than you do by eyeing it!

      Reply
  6. Nancy
    March 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Beth..I have been using your soft boiled egg method for a few months and have shared it with others. Perfect eggs every time! I lost 65 pounds on WW and I find your blog so inspiring. Keeping it off is way harder than losing it was! I’m totally trying your smashed avocado thing. :)

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    • Beth
      March 11, 2013 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Nancy! Isn’t that method foolproof!? I love it! So glad you found me and I 100% agree that maintenance is so much harder than losing it was!

      Reply
  7. Anne @ eatcleaneatreal
    March 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I think I could live off of eggs. And avocado. But mainly eggs. I like the yolks runny, but Im always a little leery of eating too many rawish yolks. Hmmmm…..

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    • Beth
      March 11, 2013 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

      Eggs (and cheese) are the reasons I could never ever go vegan!

      Reply
  8. Betsy
    March 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Beth! I tried the smashed avocado on an English muffin this week and just soft boiled some eggs for dinner-I was wary of the yolk, but it was delicious!! I sprinkled some Parmesan cheese on top and that made it even better. I love your recipe ideas!!

    Reply
    • Beth
      March 11, 2013 at 9:22 am (2 years ago)

      Oh yum adding parmesan sounds like such a great idea!

      Reply
  9. Betsy (a different one than the last commenter :))
    March 6, 2013 at 9:17 am (2 years ago)

    First, thanks for these menu plans. I think they are fabulous and really inspiring. I have 2 questions. First, do you find that having the plan and the food ready keeps you from “rejecting” what you should be eating? In other words, how often do you look at what you have planned and just think “I can’t eat that right now?” I find I sometimes have trouble with that and I wonder if I’m alone.
    Also, I was a successful WW member in my late 20s…now I’m in my late 30s married with two kids and I struggle more with meal plans (my family would not deal well with eggs for dinner even though I would love something so simple). Do you have any WW recipe blogs that you recommend for those of us with families? I’ll never stop reading your blog of course, but it sometimes makes me miss the simple life when it was just me!

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    • Beth
      March 11, 2013 at 9:26 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Betsy! Thanks for your comment. To answer your questions:

      1.) I do struggle with that sometimes, but my meal plan is ALWAYS flexible. Like if I get home, and I don’t feel like having eggs or whatever I have planned, I always keep a few things on hand for other quick dinners I can whip up. I also can change out the days pretty easily. That said, I do stick with it a lot of times because it takes the guess work out of what to eat. I like not having to think about it!

      2.) I totally get that and sometimes forget how easy I have it with only me to worry about!

      Skinnytaste.com is a really good one. DanicasDaily.com is another one i’d check out. Someone also recently recommended SlenderKitchen.com for receipes at one of my WW meetings. I’ll let you know if I think of any others!

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  10. EmmaE
    March 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the menu ideas! With the impending snowstorm, the pulled salsa chicken sounded so inviting. Made it today for the first time and loved it – and so did my husband! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    • Beth
      March 11, 2013 at 9:27 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Emma! So glad you tried the salsa chicken and loved it! it’s sooooo delicious and versatile. Recently, my mom made it with marinara sauce instead of the salsa, so that’s another easy twist!

      Reply
  11. jennyinarizona
    March 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I love eggs, and I’m all about the runny yolk! But they’ve got to have salt, pepper, and tobasco on them! YUM.

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    • Beth
      March 11, 2013 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

      Mmmm tobasco!

      Reply
  12. tam
    March 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm (2 years ago)

    That looks amazing and so jummy:)Love eggs in any kind, will try your recipes for sure! Thanks for sharing!!

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  13. Jess
    March 11, 2013 at 11:11 am (2 years ago)

    Eggs are great for keeping you shape ! They are also pretty nutricious and lets not forget that they are quite tasty as well :)

    Reply
  14. Catherine
    March 19, 2013 at 3:56 am (2 years ago)

    Love the recipe Beth! That was an instant hit. Yummy! When I saw the recipe I decided to try it at once. I’m still licking my lips :)

    Reply

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