Weekly Menu

For almost thirty years I have created a weekly menu for our nightly dinners.  Based on this menu I then create a grocery list.  I literally do not know how to go to the grocery store without doing this.  I tried winging it once, just walking up and down the aisles without a plan in mind.  I came home with many things, but not everything I needed for a single meal.

Many times I move the dinners around based on what I am feeling like that night or if we decide to go out.  Sometimes I do not even make everything on the list for that week, but that just means I am covered for at least one night the next week.  I know, I am strange.

Anyway, I thought for fun I would share this week’s menu with you. Last night Dave grilled pork chops, and I made garlic mashed potatoes and roasted veggies.  It was a really good dinner if I say so myself.  The mashed potatoes are a healthier, lower-fat version than what I normally make.  I found the recipe on the Skinnytaste blog.  They are amazing, and I did not miss the high fat content at all.  For you ww’s out there, they are only 4 points for a generous ¾ cup.

Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Servings: 5 servings • Size: 3/4 cup • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 159.6 • Fat: 1.7 • Carbs: 32.3 • Fiber: 3.2 • Protein: 4.5


  • 2 lbs (4 medium) yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons skim milk
  • 1 tbsp light butter
  • kosher salt to taste
  • dash of fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs of choice: parsley, thyme, tarragon

If you are looking for healthy recipes to prepare you must check out Skinnytaste.

I also roasted a pan of carrots, celery and cauliflower.

My love of roasted carrots started at a very young age.  Almost every Sunday as I was growing up, my mom made a beef roast with potatoes and carrots for lunch.  She also made hot dinner rolls every week.  Boy what I would give for one of those rolls right now!  My sister inherited her ability to make these rolls without even thinking about a recipe.  Unfortunately I did not.

Here is what is on the agenda for the week:

Happy Tuesday!!

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