Meal Plan Monday

I just have not been able to get it together to post more than twice in the past two weeks!  But, I’m trying to get back in the swing of things, and am back for Meal Plan Monday for the first time in quite a while!

So, for the past two weeks, I have been doing Weight Watchers to try to (FINALLY) get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (did I mention Ben will be THREE in September?) and stay there for good.  I did WW once before Brantley was born, and then again after she was born with great results both times.  I’m hoping it works well again for me this time!  To be very honest, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit that it’s been over two and a half years since Ben was born, and I’m still hanging onto this weight.  Am I great at making time to be active?  No.  Am I great at managing a consistent diet?  No.  I don’t like to work out and I love to eat things that are bad for me.  Bad combination.  But, daggumit, something’s got to give.  So, WW it is, and so far so good.  And, in the effort to be as honest as possible, and in keeping it real, I think that sharing my struggle can be great motivation!  So this week and last have been full of Weight Watchers dinner recipes.  And there are so many great options on the WW website (and all over Pinterest, of course), and I have had good luck with everything so far!  And here’s what we’re having this week:

Loaded Potato and Cajun Chicken Skillet with Green Beans

How good does this look?!  I love skillet dinners since they usually are one-pot meals, which means less dishes to wash for me (and I am ALL about that).  Potatoes, and cheese, and chicken, and spice sounds delicious to me, and very comforting.  Add some green beans on the side, and I think it’ll be a homerun dinner.

Ham Steak, Macaroni and Cheese, and Green Peas

An old standby, my go-to meal when I can’t come up with anything else is always a winner with Scott and the kids.  Ham sautes in the frying pan, peas and mac heat up on the stove, and dinner is served in about 15 minutes.  Easy.

Spicy Black Bean Soup with Cornbread

I love black bean soup, and think it makes an easy dinner when paired with a corn muffin on the side.  I also love how affordable it is!  I like to have at least one meal a week without meat, and this is a great option to keep the grocery bill a little lower, while still filling your tummy and not missing out on flavor.  Hoping to have some leftovers for lunch, too!

Make Your Own Pizza

We’re going to knock another item off our summer bucket list again this week, with homemade pizzas!  I bought some flatbreads, marinara sauce, mozzarella, turkey pepperoni, olives, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions, and I’m going to let the kids build their own mini pizza just to their liking.  I think they’ll love making their own dinners and will be more likely to eat it all since they made them!  I will probably top mine with some fresh basil, cheese, and sliced tomatoes, and am anxious for the first pizza I’ve had in weeks!

Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken and Light Caesar Salad

This pasta dish also looks so warm and comforting, and will be super easy to make with shredded rotisserie chicken and a bagged salad.  Perfect for a busy night this week, full of Vacation Bible School and Beach Trip packing!

That’s our menu for this week.  What are you eating?  I love new ideas and recipes, so please share!

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