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Menu planning, eating well and cookbooks

So many times I get stuck in a rut.  I make the same meals over again, week after week.  I do try to work in new recipes, but if I do not plan our weekly meals, I stick to standards.

There are tons of places to get good recipes online, but I am still partial to a good, old fashioned, paper bound cookbook.  Luckily, I have some cookbooks that I love.  And, as long as I take the time on the weekend to plan our meals, I work in a lot of new and fun meals for the family.  And, the extra bonus . . . they are healthy too. 


Here is our menu plan for dinner from this week:

Monday: Teriyaki Stir Fry Chicken and vegetables
Tuesday: Shepherd's Pie (from the Clean Eating Cookbook)
Wednesday: Beef Broccoli Stir Fry (from Clean Eating Magazine)
Thursday: Chicken Lime Soup (from Clean Eating Magazine)
Friday: Homemade pizza with fresh basil and mozzarella balls
My favorite cookbooks:

1. The Best of Clean Eating Cookbook.  I have this cookbook and I love it.  It is full of yummy, healthy recipes.  The family has loved all of the recipes that we have tried from it.  But, I think I like the Clean Eating Magazine even better!   The best recipe so far: Orange Chipotle Chicken. Yummy!

2. The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook. By Jillian Michaels.  This cookbook has many, good healthy recipes.  I love the recipes for the muffins and pancakes in this cookbook.  They substitute maple syrup, honey and agave syrup for sugar and use yogurt too!  Although this is definitely not a "go to" cookbook, I really like it and am glad i have it on my shelf.

3. Eating For Life. By Bill Phillips.  It is old and many of the recipes are basic, but it keeps me grounded and reminds me what healthy eating looks like.

So, what are some of your favorite cookbooks or places to get recipes?

Comments

  1. Those look awesome! My kids wouldn't eat Shepards pie though.. I mostly just make stuff up or use the internet to find things. Have a great day!

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