Sunday, February 7, 2016

Weekly Menu 2 - Chicken Tacos and Taco Salad



So this round of monthly grocery shopping, the husband and I decided to prep for a week at a time instead of changing the menu out daily throughout the week which is what we did last month. See last month's meal plan HERE.

So we bought for 4 different weeks but the meals within the week stay the same, although 1 day each week I take a maintenance day at 1900 cals.

We thought this would be a good experiment to try out, and would make prep time a snap.

You see, we have two kids who are involved in sports, church, and music. Every night of the week (almost) one or the other has an practice or meeting. I usually have time to cook, but sometimes it gets a bit hectic.  The idea of getting it all ready to go ahead of time and then just grabbing to eat together sounded really nice!

You can see week #1's meal plan HERE

And here is week #2's menu from the monthly shopping trip:

Breakfast
VenusCrossing PB&J Protein Oats
313 cals – 25 g carbs – 10 g fat – 31 g protein
Lunch
4 oz chicken breast, cooked in crockpot with Rotel and taco seasoning
2 corn tortillas
Handful of baby carrots
245 cals – 28g carbs – 4g fat -26g protein
Snack
Pure Protein Chocolate Peanut Caramel Bar
190 cals – 17g carbs – 6g fat – 20 g protein
Dinner
4 oz 90% lean hamburger, cooked with taco seasoning
1/4 cup black beans
¼ white rice, cooked
1 cup baby spinach
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp salsa
391 cals – 22g carbs – 14g fat – 41g protein
Dessert
½ cup strawberries, sliced
½ cup 2% cottage cheese, unpacked
126 cals – 10 g carbs – 2 g fat – 16 g protein
TOTALS
1265 cals – 102 g carbs – 36g fat – 154g protein


I also have coffee with a tbsp of creamer in the morning as well as a couple of other supplements with a few calories, of course since those are personal preference I did not include those here.

We just picked a few meals we really like and are going to rotate through them for the month. Basically 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 snacks, 4 dinner, and 4 dessert options. We spent $503.37 for everything this month including extra options for our kids and household items like dog treats.


BREAKFAST: VenusCrossing PB&J Protein Oats

313 cals – 25 g carbs – 10 g fat – 31 g protein

I blended the oat water with spinach before cooking in the picture above. We buy the big containers of fresh spinach at Sam's Club. I freeze the spinach before it turns bad and continue using it frozen.

LUNCH: Chicken Tacos

4 oz chicken breast, cooked in crockpot with Rotel and taco seasoning
2 corn tortillas
Handful of baby carrots
245 cals – 28g carbs – 4g fat -26g protein


SNACK: Pure Protein Chocolate Peanut Caramel Bar

190 cals – 17g carbs – 6g fat – 20 g protein

See the above image, I buy these in bulk at Sam's Club with two others in the variety pack. They are really good!

DINNER: Taco Salad

4 oz 90% lean hamburger, cooked with taco seasoning
1/4 cup black beans
¼ white rice, cooked
1 cup baby spinach
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp salsa
391 cals – 22g carbs – 14g fat – 41g protein


DESSERT: Cottage cheese with Strawberries

½ cup strawberries, sliced
½ cup 2% cottage cheese, unpacked
126 cals – 10 g carbs – 2 g fat – 16 g protein


We buy the large tubs of cottage cheese, and buy frozen sliced strawberries. I defrost them in the microwave for about 30 seconds before mixing with my cottage cheese.

Next week, I will share weekly meal plan #3 for the month!
X- Liss