Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Goals and Meal Plan for the week of 9/2 with coupon help from this weeks deals!

Hello again everyone!  This last month was way too busy and the amount of stuff I had to do and get done made me so so fatigued.  I used all of my energy up each day and spent too many days borrowing from the next day.  This of course just made my pain worse overall.  You would think I would have learned this from all of my past experiences like this, but no.

Anyway, it is now a new month and a new chance to go in the right direction.  For September I have three major things that I am going to work on:

  1. Work on Meal Planning and Figure out a 4 week meal rotation that will work to repeat for a month or two.  Hopefully this will be something I can use again next Autumn.  I am also wanting to do this for each season to try to use produce that is in season at that time.  
  2. Work on "Spring" cleaning.  We have recently finished construction in our home and had a mold issue before that, so everything needs to be washed down or painted or put through the laundry.  
  3. Work on Balance in my life.  Eating a more balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting on a better sleep schedule are all things I am wanting to make happen in my life.  
So to start off September, here is a meal plan for the first week with my grocery list and links to the recipes I am going to use.  

Wednesday 9/4 - Honey Soy Salmon with a side salad
Thursday 9/5 - Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake with Fresh Green Beans and Quinoa
Friday 9/6 - Smoothies
Saturday 9/7 - Beans and Steaks on the grill
Sunday 9/8 - Breakfast for Dinner - Pancakes?

My Grocery List:
Produce:
Sweet Potatoes
Bagged Lettuce for salad (on sale at Cub tomorrow on BOGO)
1 Medium Tomato
Carrots for salad
Cucumbers for salad
Green Beans

Meat:
Steaks (No Name Steaks from Cub on sale tomorrow for $10.99 for the pack)

Dairy:
Shredded Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Canned Goods:
1 Can Coconut Milk
Tomato Paste
Vegetable Broth
Baked Beans (on sale at Cub tomorrow on 2 for $3)
Diet Coke (on sale at Cub tomorrow for $1.98 for a 12 pack of cans because I love Diet Coke)

Pantry Items that I already have & buy at Cost Co or Penzeys when needed (I keep our pantry and freezer well stocked):
Salt
Black Pepper
Curry Powder
Cloves
Cumin
Coriander
Red Pepper Flakes
Ground Red Pepper
Paprika
Cinnamon
Pesto - I keep this made up in the freezer
Soy Milk
Honey
Soy Sauce
Garlic
Quinoa
Brown Rice
Chickpeas
Olive Oil
Frozen Broccoli 
Yellow Onions
Diced Tomatoes
Frozen Salmon
Frozen Chicken

So, we will see how this meal plan turns out!  Let me know if you enjoy seeing a meal plan and the progress on how it works out for my family.  Also, do you like the coupon help?