Sep 14, 2014

What's Going On + Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 15, 2014

As I mentioned on Facebook the other day, since reading Lisa Leake's 100 Days of Real Food, my eating habits have changed dramatically - far more than I expected. The idea of eating minimally processed food was not only appealing, but rather doable, so that's what I've focused on. Instead of eating a store-bought cookie, I eat a homemade one. Instead of drinking soda, I drink tea. I've also been cooking more than ever - especially snacks, which I've never included in my menu plan - and what's happened has blown my mind: The less processed food I eat, the less process food I want to eat. I'll be honest and admit that having a piece of fruit for a snack has never satisfied me. Until now.

Obviously, this is a great change that I am going to keep up. It's a little harder to get the rest of the family on board, but I can force change on them without them really noticing because I'm the one who buys the food and cooks the meals. When I buy prepackaged snacks (and I do, because we're out and about so much that I can't keep up with demand), I'm now looking for items that are not just natural and organic, but also GMO-free and contain as few ingredients as possible. And of course, I'm minimizing the amount of processed food I use when I'm cooking as much as possible.

We'll see how these changes play out, but in the meantime, here's what I'm planning for dinners this week:

Monday - Dinner out

Tuesday - Slow Cooker Paella, Bread, Salad

Wednesday - Cauliflower Fried "Rice" with Shrimp and Peas

Thursday - Pasta Bolognese, Steamed Broccoli, Garlic Bread

Friday - Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Chirashizushi

Saturday - Breakfast {Overnight Caramel French Toast, Bacon, Fruit}

Sunday - Leftovers

See more weekly menus at I'm an Organizing Junkie.


jan said...

The menu looks great! I agree that 100 days of food really opens your eyes! I'm curious what you think of the cauliflower rice ... I buy cauliflower every few weeks with intention of making same and always get too busy and end up with food waste:-(

Chief Family Officer said...

I have to admit I'm a little skeptical of the cauliflower rice but it would be so great if it works that I have to try :) I'll post an update on it in next week's menu plan post!