My goal for next week is to plan five healthier dinners for Monday through Friday.   First I think I need to decide what I’m going to shoot for in terms of “healthier”.  We’re back to that frustrating question, “what is healthy?”  After these months of reading and cooking, I’m going to base my “a little healthier five-day meal plan” on the following:

  • Real food I make myself is better than processed
  • I need to control our portion sizes (no supersized fat)
  • It’s better to eat more vegetables
  • Watch out for “hidden” salt
  • It’s good to keep track of the numbers, like saturated fat, salt, and sugar, but it’s just as important to get enough nutrition (and enough to eat, no one needs to feel hungry)

So with those things in mind I’m going to start planning for next week. For each dinner, I’m going to try to stay under 675 calories, with less than 6 grams of saturated fat, and sodium below 1000 mg or better.  I need to make a shopping list for the weekend and at least the first couple of days of the week.  Dave and I have the day off on Monday, so I think that would be a good day for chicken chili.  Actually I think I might make it on Sunday and we’ll have leftovers on Monday.  Sunday (New Years Day) will be football all day and chili goes great with football.  The chicken chili recipe I use makes a ton (enough for 12 one cup servings) so we will definitely have left-overs even if we end up with guests on New Years Day.  Dave requested tacos for next week, so Tuesday will be meatless tacos.  Two days down, three to go.

Grocery list for the first two days:

2 large chicken breastsphoto-oct-23-5-47-11-pm

4 can of white northern beans

1 can of pinto beans


1 can of black beans

1 can of re-fried beans

2 – 4 oz. cans of green chilies

1 box of Carroll Shelby’s white chicken chili mixtacos-meat-free

1 tomato

1 avocado

1 bag shredded lettuce

1 small sour cream

1 pack of corn tortilla shells

Now I just need to figure out what kind of snacks I’ll be making for football bowl game weekend, and I’ll be all set.