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Late Winter Weekly Meal Plan

February 24th, 2008 · 7 Comments

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I’m still on the road to recovery from anemia, though I am feeling somewhat better and was able (yay!) to do a run yesterday without the deep, sickening exhaustion that had been accompanying my exercise. (That was my first run—a short one, just a mile—after taking a week off from exercising while I get my iron level up.) It was such a relief to run and not feel like every step was a strain. And my mile time was down to 10.5 minutes—verrrry slow for a typical runner, but very quick for me. (Hey, I’ve mentioned part of my running thing is doing something I’m not good at, and sticking to it anyway, right?)  And actually, pleasingly, I could have even run faster, but I was trying to pace myself to see how my body was going to hold up on the run.

Below is my meal plan for the week—which remains higher in red meat (combined with Vitamin C for absorption) that I normally would consume, though all of my meat is sourced from either the wild or from organically grown, pastured sources—and most of the time from local sources.  Pastured meat appears to be healthier than factory-farmed meat due to the ways that animals process what they eat naturally (pastured) or what they eat in a factory farm (force-fed).  Pastured meat is higher in CLA, a form of fat that appears to be an antioxidant that may even help people lose weight. (I am skeptical of many nutritional claims.) As I’ve mentioned previously, I also feel it’s important to buy from pastured sources because if an animal is giving up its life to nurture mine, I feel responsible for making sure that the animal lived in decent, natural conditions before its death.  I think that’s only fair.

I’ve also been focusing on beans and greens, two other sources of iron, and that entirely healthy trend continues this week.

As always, my meal plan is gluten-free, egg-free, casein-free, and soy-free (plus oyster-free, but you know, that’s really not that hard to come by if you aren’t at the coast).  It’s also high in vegetables, low in processed foods, moderate in fat, and pretty healthy overall . . . oh, and tasty.


Lunch:  Eat from the Whole Foods salad bar while grocery shopping.

Make Ahead: Breakfasts for the week–freeze ’em
Dinner: Simplicity Circle: Take gluten-free, egg-free almond-vanilla cupcakes with chocolate-amaretto icing


Dinner: Sweet & Sour Meatloaf with smashed red potatoes and turnips, steamed green beans with caramelized onions, and grapefruit/avocado salad


Dinner: Baked Potato of the Week: broccoli, gooey goat cheese, sauteed onions & mushrooms


Dinner: Sally works really late–eat leftovers at work


To Do: Pick up CSA order!

Dinner: Margaret & Brett over for dinner: Chard-Feta Pasta with white wine and, for dessert, homemade, dairy-free, egg-free nutella spring rolls


Dinner: Pizza & Movie Night: Vegetarian Pissaladiere (onion and tapenade pizza)


Brunch: Homemade gf, egg-free, etc. waffles with sauteed cranberry/orange pecan topping and chicken sausage

Snack: Citrus smoothies (Got a good citrus smoothie combo you love? Leave the ingredients or a link to the recipe in the comments for me!)

Dinner: Beanie Wienies for Grown-Ups (using grass-fed, organic beef hotdogs) with dairy-free, mayo-free, soy-free coleslaw


To Do: Start incorporating vegetables, and especially greens, into breakfast–my March new activity of the month. (This new activity of the month developed from reading Meg Wolff’s blog about eating for cancer prevention/treatment.)

Breakfast:  Garlicky grits with sauteed chard (Make several servings to freeze a few for later breakfasts.)

Make Ahead: Breakfasts for work

Lunch: Go out to eat.

Dinner: Quick & Easy Parmesan Fish Fillets with baked sweet potato fries and pan-fried broccoli with lemon peel

As always, I’ll be submitting my menu plan to the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, which Natalie at Gluten-Free Mommy is hosting this week.

Tags: 2/3 veggies · allergen-free recipes · baked potato of the week · meal planning · new activity of the month · winter

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HotThickChick // Feb 24, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Hi SPA!
    I’m just now catching up on blogs. I’m sorry to hear about your anemia, I can certainly empathize and I’m glad that you seem to have found an iron supplement that doesn’t upset your stomach. I’ve been forgetting to take mine lately but am fighting to get back in the habit because I’m sure my energy levels would improve.

    Also – thank you so much for your post about being gentle with yourself. I’ve always been an all-or-nothing dieter and in the past year have really been trying to be more gentle, more reasonable, more balanced. Your post is a great reminder to refresh my mindset.

  • 2 Ricki // Feb 24, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Those nutella-filled spring rolls sound intriguing–will you be posting a recipe? And I adore pisalladiere, though have never made it from scratch (it seemed too long to wait for the onions to caramelize!).

    Congrats on doing the run. Hope your energy continues to build back!

  • 3 Astra Libris // Feb 25, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Congrats on the run!

    I am so impressed that you plan out your whole menu for the week… You are so organized! Wow! Your menu sounds positively delicious, too…

  • 4 cris // Feb 25, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    So those cupcakes sound AMAZING. Is the recipe easy to get to?

    Cris, I’m still not doing much baking from scratch in this gluten-free, egg-free life I’m pretty new to. So both the cupcakes and icing were mixes I doctored from Sweetie Cakes Co., a company you can find easily with some googling. I highly recommend the chocolate mixes–cake and icing. The vanilla cake came out a bit dense and tasted vaguely of corn to me, but my friends swore it was tasty to them.–SJPA

  • 5 michelle // Feb 25, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Yeah, I’m really curious about these nutella spring rolls – do share!! Sounds like another week of eating great food! I like the thought of grits and greens for breakfast too – I get stuck eating the same few things for breakfast, and it’s such a good time to get some of your essential nutrients! Congrats on the run (that would be speedy for this gal too!)!

  • 6 Meg Wolff // Feb 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Sally,
    Glad to hear that you are feeling better, back to running and that you are also adding more veggies!! Especially the leafy greens … I guess you know by now I am a BIG fan. 🙂 Thanks for mentioning Becoming Whole. ox

  • 7 Roxie // Feb 27, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Thanks for sharing your menus and recipes! Your spaghetti squash recipe inspired me to create my own version last night. It was wonderful. Reading your blog is like a trip to the spa – always inspiring and refreshing. Thank you for doing this.

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