Monday, January 21, 2008

One of my New Year's resolutions was to get back on the diet I should be following for my acid reflux problems, as well as getting Aaron back on track with his eating. To that end, I found this great website, which features "Menu Plan Monday".

Here is my menu for the week, stealing the host's idea for Tortellini Primavera. Not too original, but it's my first one.

Monday: Leftovers from the weekend, rotisserie chicken, steamed broccoli.
Tuesday: Crockpot beef stew, biscuits, slaw.
Wednesday: Baked chicken tenders, baked potato bar, tomato soup, salad.
Thursday: Tortellini Primavera (see recipe below), hot Italian bread.
Friday: Out-to-eat (a tradition on payday Fridays)
Saturday/Sunday: Sandwiches, leftovers.

Tortellini Primavera
1 pkg (19 oz) frozen cheese tortellini (I use the deli whole wheat variety)
1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons butter
2/3 cup fat-free milk
1 pkg (8 oz) fat-free cream cheese, cubed
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 large tomato, chopped
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, saute the mushrooms, onion and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in milk; heat through. Stir in cream cheese until blended. Add spinach and Italian seasoning; heat through. Drain tortellini; toss with sauce and tomato. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Yield: 5 servings

Any suggestions, anyone?



Just Dave said...

Looks good. Don't blow it on eating out night by going to McDonalds. And drink lots of water.

Jay said...

What time should I come over for dinner each night?

coffeypot said...

Yeah! Eat less!

e.Craig Crawford said...

Yes, J. One suggestion. And that is .. invite me over for dinner. Sounds delicious. :-)

eatmisery said...

How about turkey wraps? Or tomato, mozzarella, and fresh basil wraps?

You could make a pasta chicken salad. Or a hummus and pita night. Or toasted ravioli.

The possibilities are endless! How I love menu-planning!

Brother Dave said...

Re: "Any suggestions, anyone?"

Yes. Munch.

Anonymous said...

I'd double x 2 up on the "rooms". In your instance, double up the whole meal. (hungry boys) Use real butter. It's actually better for you + speeds up the browning / cooking process.
Add the tomato at the end + don't add with the parmesan ch. The cheese will stick to the tomato.
You can safely use all the parmesan you wish. Very low calories.
I'll be working on a return load asap. Did I mention that I drive for food?

HoosierGirl5 said...

Just Dave - We don't do McDonalds. "Out to eat on payday Friday" is usually someplace medium-nice, like Olive Garden.

Jay - You know you are ALWAYS welcome. Git on up here!

Coffeypot - This is not a diet post, silly. I have children to feed!

Craig - If I invited you, you would never actually come. You're scared of me.....(grin)

Eatmisery - I like the turkey wrap idea. And I make a mean toasted ravoli. Thanks!

Brother Dave - With 3 teenagers, and 2 of them boys, we do PLENTY of munching around here!

Sweet Man - I can see you've witnessed my boys eat firsthand!
I'll be working on a return load asap. Did I mention that I drive for food?
Is THAT what it takes to get you back here faster? Consider it done!


Canadian flake said...

I have been looking for a good recipe to make beef stew in a crock any good ones???

The tortellini sounds yummy too...