Hello, Menu Monday! This week is pretty busy so I took a fairly simple meal planning route. If you are looking to cut calories, use ground turkey for the spaghetti, tacos, and burgers. Enjoy!
Spaghetti – Brown and drain 1lb ground turkey that has been lightly sprinkled with garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. While that is cooking start your spaghetti noodles. (TIP: I use whole grain thin spaghetti for our “thin noodle meals”.) Once the noodles are done, add the ground turkey and a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce. Stir and enjoy!
Tacos – Again, I will be using ground turkey to cut out some calories.
Chicken Burrito Bowl – I substitute an apple for the jicama. I also only use about 4-5 cups of lettuce because this makes a massive amount of food.
This week’s menu is here and includes a lot of breakfast. Eggs are high in protein and only 70 calories each, making them a great choice if you are trying to lose fat and build muscle. Plus, breakfast is awesome.
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It’s Meal Planning Monday so you know what that means! Here is this week’s menu and the accompanying recipes. We went out of town this weekend so I didn’t make the pancakes from last week’s menu. They got pushed to this week! Enjoy!
Pancakes – We will be eating them with turkey bacon and eggs!
Chicken Burrito Bowl – This comes from MyFitnessPal.com. I do substitute one medium apple for the jicama. Please be aware this makes about 18 cups of the salad!!! We usually eat on it for nearly three days! I don’t make the dressing in the recipe… Kegan eats it with fat-free Ranch and I love it with sour cream on top!
Tacos (made with 93/7 lean ground beef) served with cilantro-lime rice (made with long-grain brown rice!).
Chili – This is a hard one to write up a recipe for. I add the amount of spices based on my sniffer…I tried to track it once so I could write up my recipe and it was not nearas good as when I wing it. The basics: two cans of mild chili beans, one can diced tomatoes with green chilies, one small can tomato sauce, then chili powder, cumin, garlic, paprika, pepper, and just a little cinnamon. I brown a pound of ground beef and add it to a crock pot with everything else. Cook on low for about 2-3 hours.
Pizza – No recipe here! Just store-bought pizza.
Breakfast Wraps – Low-calorie tortilla/wrap filled with eggs, turkey bacon, and cheese!
As always, don’t forget to check out the coupons page to see if you can snag any great deals this week!
Low Calorie Breakfast Skillet Recipe – Before Adding the Eggs and Bacon!
So we’ve been trying to eat better…lower calories, more protein, more vegetables. My whole family loves eggs, but they can get a little boring! I wanted a good meal to make that is easy, quick, and healthy. This Low Calorie Breakfast Skillet is what I came up with!
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Chicken breasts are pretty healthy and low-calorie, especially if baked or boiled. I like to lightly bread chicken breasts and serve them with vegetables or a light pasta. This baked chicken recipe is super simple and doesn’t cost very much or add a bunch of calories to your daily count. Depending on the brand/type of bread crumbs that you use, each chicken breast half is roughly 200 calories. And it’s really filling! Win-win!
Two skinless, boneless chicken breasts, each cut into two flat halves.
1 egg, lightly whipped
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 425. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Lightly beat the egg in a medium-sized bowl and put the bread crumbs in a separate pan or large plate. Once the chicken breasts have been halved and rid of any fat, coat in egg and then put in the bread crumbs. Cover the breast in crumbs, lightly shake off any excess, then place in the sprayed pan. Repeat for each piece. Bake for about 25 minutes (or until fully cooked through), flipping about half way through.