Menu Plan Monday: when things don’t go as planned!

I started doing Menu Plan Monday (MPM) again last week in an effort to get myself cooking regularly again. I ended up making a few new dishes (Vietnamese Shrimp Salad, Summer Rolls).

I realized though that I can’t decide on Sunday what I’m going to eat on Wednesday or Thursday or even the very next day (Monday). I usually don’t know what I want until 10 seconds before it’s time to eat… Unless I plan a salad, because I’m always in the mood for a salad.

Last week I made 2 noodle dishes that were really yummy (will post soon). I brought them for lunch, but I don’t like having noodles for lunch. I like having a salad from downstairs, or oatmeal, or some other weird Maggie food that probably smells funny.

Anyhow, I did find a new breakfast favorite. I have been eating eggs cooked in butter again after listening to these podcasts (Dishing Up Nutrition). Along with my eggs I have veggies – cabbage sauteed in some butter is simple and delicious. I tried a few other veggies but none were as good as the cabbage and butter.


I told my dad he should try eggs with butter for breakfast and he looked at me like I was nuts. But I really do believe that healthy fats are so important and my skin is agreeing with me. So are my energy levels and my mood.

I won’t be doing an MPM this week, but I will be eating my usuals – lots of eggs and veggies for breakfast; salads, sushis, oatmeals , and whatever else I want for lunch; and probably salads and veggieful meals like these ones for dinner. I also plan on lots of Whole Foods hot/cold bars for lunches and dinners (which happened a lot this past week).

I had a really great weekend in New Jersey (we got back last night) and I do have a few pictures and adventures to share, but I want to go enjoy the last moments of the weekend so I’m going to save that for later. I have also been walking with my new iPod (built in pedometer) while listening to those podcasts I mentioned earlier, and I still love the step count way more than measuring my walks in miles. I like walking and steps are a great way to measure my walks.

One more thing I want to mention is yoga – I haven’t talked about yoga recently because I haven’t really been doing it, but I have snuck in a few 20-minute yogadownload sessions and they have been great. I want to start doing these a few times a week. Just have to get in the habit of doing them after work or after dinner.

What are your favorite standard eats?

8 Replies to “Menu Plan Monday: when things don’t go as planned!”

  1. i am the same way about menu planning! and then all the groceries i bought for the planned meals go to waste. i am definitely a better two-days-at-a-time planner, if that.

  2. I actually don’t mind planning far in advance – I like knowing that I only have to plan/shop once a week!

    Cheese mostly plays a starring role in my diet – along with pizza and egg sammies! 😀

    Glad you had fun in NJ!

  3. I’m like you – I don’t know what I’ll be in the mood for. That’s why I create a “loose” menu plan where I list like 10 meals I have the ingredients for. Then the day before I go through the list and decide that way. I find it to be a lot more flexible than a defnite “Tuesday is ___” rule.

    Foods I eat all the time are cereal, vegetables, fruit, and beans. I go through phases of eating yogurt and oatmeal too.

  4. I’ve been having eggs with cream cheese for breakfast. It’s totally addicting.

    I can’t keep up with all the podcasts that are coming out, it’s a real motivator for going out for walks just to listen to my podcasts. I love them!

  5. Eggs with butter? Hm, I can get used to that…but would round it off with some good crusty bread 🙂
    I don’t like planning menus for myself. My cravings are always changing.

  6. I know what you mean when you say it’s hard to know what you want to eat in few days time. That’s exactly why I can’t do meal plans because I would end of changing the plan every day 😀

    Cabbage with butter?! sounds DELICIOUS. I love cabbage!

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