Monday, January 11, 2010

Recap of Last Week, Menu Plan Monday & Thought For Today

We did it! We were able to go one week without meat! For dinner, that is. My dear husband “forgot” a couple of days and had grilled chicken (either in sandwich or salad form) a couple of days.

Here’s a recap and review of what we ate:

Monday – The spinach lasagna went over well. There was enough left over for another full meal.

Tuesday – Big thumbs down to the “Sweet and Spicy Stuffed Peppers” recipe. We ate it, but we didn’t enjoy it. And we won’t be doing it again.

Wednesday – We flip-flopped Wednesday and Thursday, so we had salmon croquettes. Instead of spinach and orzo, we had green beans and steamed corn. Salmon croquettes are always a big hit.

Thursday – The bean and cheese burritos were good. I tried my hand at making refried beans from scratch using some frozen leftover pinto beans. I also tried making the tortillas from scratch using a recipe I found here. Tortillas, like biscuits, are something you must make repeatedly in order to get them “right.” I cooked mine a bit too long, and they were chewy. Still they were edible. The Mexican rice would have been great if not made with brown rice. We are still having to adapt to that texture.

Friday – It was so cold and yucky that we stayed in Friday night and ate the leftover spinach lasagna. I added a salad and bread.

Saturday – We also flip-flopped the Saturday and Sunday menus. The veggie pizza was good. I made the crust with half whole-wheat flour.

Sunday – We enjoyed the crockpot black bean chili. If you’re interested in trying it, the recipe is here.

All in all, I think we had a successful week, excluding the stuffed peppers. We are going to try another week of meatless meals.

Here is the plan:

Monday – Pecan crusted tilapia (recipe here), steamed broccoli, rice pilaf

Tuesday – Baked macaroni and cheese, cooked carrots, mustard greens

Wednesday (New Recipe Night) – Rapini (broccoli rabe) with orzo and sun-dried tomatoes, salad, bread

Thursday – Baked red beans and rice, slaw

Friday – Out

Saturday – Corn chowder, cornbread, salad

Sunday – Whole Wheat Veggie Calzones, Salad

Thought For The Day

Part of my reading this morning included this verse:
He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8
This was God’s response to Micah’s question whether sacrifices and burnt offerings were sufficient for covering sin.

Doesn’t it sound simple?

After I read this and finished my morning meditation, I was feeling equipped to face the day. I was excited to share with you the words I found. But lo and behold, I let an incident trip me, and in my response to it I failed horribly. I won’t go into details, but suffice it to say it was as if I had never seen the words from Micah before in my life let alone just a few minutes prior.

I was so utterly disappointed with myself, that I decided not to share with you. I felt hypocritical and ugly. How could I offer hope and inspiration if I can’t even put into practice the things I share?

But as some time passed, the words from Micah kept going over and over in my mind. Sure, it would have been better if I had responded well to the incident. But I didn’t. Now I needed to repent of my behavior (act justly), forgive for the behavior of others (love mercy) and then I could be back on the correct path (walk humbly with your God).

So I will say this. The thoughts I offer to you are not sermons. They are things I am learning. Maybe, just maybe, if I’m transparent you can glean something from them, too.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope your day is filled with blessings.


  1. Hi Jenny. I can so relate to what you mean regarding your incident. But sweetie, we are all just mere humans in need of God's loving grace and mercy. If we were perfect, He wouldn't have had to die for us! Don't beat yourself up too bad. Sometimes it kinda makes me feel better to know that I'm not the only Christian to mess up and have to repent and try harder. Not that I'm glad others make mistakes, too, but it just shows that we Christians, as hard as we may strive, are not perfect and never will be. Thanks for sharing!! Have a blessed day!!

    Donna Hunt

  2. Thank you for the encouragement Donna. So happy you visited.

  3. Oh, how I love real mac and cheese ;-) we have a favorite recipe that we only use on special occasions... and one of those is coming up soon!!

    as for the doughnuts -- they are more airy than cake-like.


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