Thursday, March 31, 2011

Why I Didn't Bother With A Menu Plan

This week I made a soup with leftover mashed potatoes, bacon, corn, mushrooms, and onions with milk and chicken broth.  It was fairly good.  I have about 2 bowls left however that will probably go down the drain because the thought of them earlier turned my stomach.  I think it ended up being a heavier soup than I had intended.

So instead of soup last night I ate 2 kiwi, a banana and a can of Italian tuna in olive oil.  I considered making some popcorn but didn't feel like making the effort.  Instead I used the energy to make a pot of coffee, since I hadn't had any in a couple days. 

And tonight?  Well, so far I've had a pretzel roll from Whole Foods (like a roll made from pretzel dough where it's chewy and salted on the outside) and a small bowl of grapes.  The rest of the grapes are in the freezer because I haven't had frozen grapes in a looooonnnng time and they're one of my favorite treats.  I might have some tuna later for protein along with steamed broccoli.

Basically I'm beginning to fail at eating well.  It's a circle really because I've been lacking energy all week, so I don't feel like cooking anything, but I don't have extra energy because I'm not eating well enough.  I did make moules mariniere on Sunday and it's been downhill since then.  I think I need to sit down and figure out a menu plan for next week.  Involving pasta (which I like cold, so it's good for leftovers) and lots of fruits and veggies with lean meats (like seafood).  Spring is so close I can feel it, so hopefully it brings a renewed energy to my eating. 


  1. I go through these eating phases too. I just eat whatever I can find to get the job done. Spring is just around the corner and that means delicious fruits and veggies. Love your blog, the wallpaper is beautiful. Thanks for commenting on mine.

  2. Maybe you should make it easier on yourself and just stock up on salad fixings, maybe get some housemade soup from Whole Foods, cook simple things like scrambled eggs or omelettes. You could also make a simple tomato sauce (look for Orangette's tomato/onion/butter sauce on her blog, fantastic) and have it on pasta, packaged gnocchi from an Italian market, whatever; make enough of it to keep for a week or two. Keep it simple. No need to literally bite off more than you can chew right now if your energy is flagging.

    You mentioned some time ago the possibility of getting a part-time job at Williams-Sonoma. It might feel good to have something regular, predictable, and social outside of the house to do several days a week. Routines are good.

  3. hey, sorry you are feeling low-energy. All of LuxeBytes advice is good. Another thing I do is have easy basics in the house that can later be tweaked to suit my mood. Rice, pasta, lentils, veggies, onions, garlic, tomato sauce, soya sauce, olive oil, eggs: these give you enough healthy, varied (Italian, Asian, Indian) and balanced meals to last a month. and hot chocolate always helps. take care.

  4. I agree with LuxeBytes too, routine is a good thing. It sucks cooking for one, I know.
    I try to have prepared meals in the freezer: like homemade gnocchi or dumplings. I also make stew in bulk and freeze single portions.
    As for pasta here's my latest favourite:

  5. I find that if I have a routine, I'm much better about taking care of myself. When I was in school I used to forget to eat (no joke!) until I was way past the point of no return. Once I built regular meals/mealtimes into my schedule and made myself stick with them, I started getting more involved in what I was making and actually had fun with food again. Hope this helps and that you're feeling better soon!

  6. LuxeBytes is right; maybe just tackle one new recipe a week, but keep the rest simple. It sounds to me that physcially you are not getting enough protein, and that is starting to have a toll emotionally/mentally while you are going through an emotionally stressful time anyway. I will grill four chicken breasts at once, slice them, and then eat off them during the week with salads or a quick saute of a vegetable. I also make a pot of rice for my husband the carb eater, and he eats off that all week, too.