Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chicken Dishes Dominate the Week - Meal Plan #2 Review

I felt like week #1 was a good start to this weekly meal plan experiment I'm doing. I hope by sharing what I posted on my kitchen blackboard also gave you some recipe ideas and inspiration to set your own weekly plan.

I wanted to do EVEN better on week #2!

Here's the meal plan I posted last Sunday on the Cookapalooza Facebook page.

Here's how things went.

Monday: My Mom's Minestrone Soup 

The week started off GREAT as my mom sent over some of her amazing Minestrone Soup! It was sort of spooky since I had Soup and Sandwiches on my meal plan. Weird eh? This soup is absolutely delicious! The funny thing is, I never ask my mom for this recipe. I think it's because I always want it to be "Mom's" soup and it wouldn't be the same if I started making it myself. 

Tuesday: Chicken and Vegetable Pita Pockets 

The plan on the kitchen blackboard was to make Veggie Pockets. They turned into Chicken and Vegetable Pockets because I had some leftover chicken to use up. These were tasty! I've shared the recipe below in case you want to use your leftover chicken up in a different way.
  1. Take a bag of frozen veggies (stir-fry variety), toss them in a skillet. Cook over medium high heat.
  2. Once veggies have thawed toss in leftover chicken. Cook and stir for a few minutes to warm the chicken.
  3. In a bowl, mix together 1/3 low-fat cup mayo, 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream, 1 tbsp grated Parmesan and a 1/4 tsp each dried dill, garlic powder and ground black pepper.
  4. Take a pita (with a pocket), cut in half. Spoon some of the sauce inside and then fill the pita with the veggie and chicken mixture.  
Wednesday:  Grilled Jerk Chicken 

I had prepared the marinade for this Jerk Chicken on the weekend and was waiting for the weather to warm so I could get outside and grill. Wednesday served up a balmy 5 degrees celsius and that was warm enough grilling weather for me.

I can't tell you how many people have asked me for this recipe. I think it's because it's sweeter than your typical Jerk Chicken and not nearly as spicy. It's also one of my favorite dishes! As for the recipe, well you'll find that on page 71 of The Cook-a-Palooza Experience Cookbook. Hey, I can't give away all my secrets! ; )

Thursday:  Spaghettini and Salad

I had a beer league hockey game at 7 pm and needed something quick for dinner. I cooked some spaghettini (thinner than spaghetti), warmed the leftover pasta sauce I had in the freezer and made a healthy lettuce, cucumber and tomato salad. Not on the meal plan. Not fancy...but good!

Friday: Mickey Dee's Southwest Chicken and Fries

Yeah, my meal plan sort of fell apart on Friday. At least what I ordered was slightly healthier than a Big Mac...that's what I'm telling myself.

Move over week #2. It's on to Week #3!!!!
If you want see what I have planned, you’ll find a picture on my menu plan on the Cookapalooza Facebook page this Sunday!

I hope you have an amazing week ahead! Feel free to tweet me or contact me on Facebook to let me know how YOUR meal plan is going for the week!

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