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Meal Planning – Is a Pain-free Week Possible?

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 10, 2010 @ 2:47 pm In Meal Planning | 18 Comments


Last week, I whined and moaned about a bad head cold and a sore back [5]. This week? Yeah, I’ve got some new ailments to report.

On Friday we went to our homeschool park day. I spied some kids being a little too wild on the play structure where FishChick 2 was playing so I started to bolt toward her, hopefully to whisk her to safety. Unfortunately, Little Speed Demon on Training Wheels came out of nowhere!

I have no idea where he came from, and like an awkward, animated cartoon figure, I flopped over him to land with my chin and throat on the pavement.* Needless to say, it brought back all kinds of flashbacks of my sophomore year in college when I flew over the handlebars of my own bike and landed the same way.

That time I broke my jaw, banged up a knee, and got stitches in my chin. This time, I banged up a knee and got four stiches in my chin. And the slit is in the exact place as it was 19 years ago. Weird.

I am soooooo very thankful that I did not break my jaw. This experience brought back 52 kinds of unhappy memories, including the five-week liquid diet. I know I want to lose weight [6], but not that much. Sheesh.

(For the brave of heart, there are photos on my Facebook page [7].)

The only thing that went according to plan on Friday was my meal plan! ‘Member I had said we were going to have Costco pizza? Well, Costco is right around the corner from our medical group. Whoohoo! All was not lost. I must confess, I took a little pride in that fact that at least dinner was not tanked.

This week, I’m hoping for quick healing, less pain, and hopefully, some good eats.

[8]ChiChi’s Salad [9]

Here’s the plan, subject to change, of course:

10. Lawnmower Taco [10], Green Salad
11. Pepper Steak, Rice, Salad
12. Pancakes [11], Turkey Sausage [12], Fruit
13. Pasta with Red Sauce [13], Roast CSAVeggies (TBD) [14], Salad
14. Baked Chicken [15], Quinoa Pilaf, Veggies, Cornbread
15. Pizza Night [16], ChiChi’s Salad [9]
16. Burgers, Veggies and Dip [17], Fruit Plate

Some tips for Pain-free Meal Planning

How do you make meal planning pain-free?

* The biker involved in this incident rode off into the sunset without a scratch.

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[5] whined and moaned about a bad head cold and a sore back: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/10/meal-planning-from-the-freezer-2.html

[6] I want to lose weight: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/losing-it.html

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[9] ChiChi’s Salad: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/chichis-italian-salad/

[10] Lawnmower Taco: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/freezer-cooking-with-ground-beef-and-turkey.html

[11] Pancakes: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/01/.html

[12] Turkey Sausage: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/ask-the-readers-breakfast-freezer-cooking.html#comment-34483

[13] Red Sauce: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/homemade-croutons-shredded-chicken-and-red-sauce.html

[14] CSAVeggies (TBD): http://lifeasmom.com/2010/10/grocery-geek-presents-trying-out-a-csa.html

[15] Baked Chicken: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/09/good-cheap-eat-baked-chicken/

[16] Pizza Night: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/tgif-make-pizza-yourself.html

[17] Veggies and Dip: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/super-easy-veggie-tray/

[18] a weekly meal planning grid.: http://lifeasmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Weekly-Meal-Grid.pdf

[19] weekly themes: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/meal-planning-theme-nights-rock.html

[20] some meals in the freezer.: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/10/freezer-cooking-recipes-you-can-count-on.html

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