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What's on the Menu tonight, Mrs. Riccio?

Moira Riccio

Many of you may be surprised to know that yes, I do post a weekly menu.  Why?  Well, at this point in my life, raising four children especially, I have come to realize how much actual time I spend shopping for food, cooking food, serving food, and sometimes even disposing of food....  It's pathetic.  So I figured if I organized a menu and literally wrote down what I planned to cook when, I wouldn't forget about that bunch of kale or red grapes I bought at the grocery store.

Even if you are single, or married without kids, buying the rights foods is critical to healthy eating and overall wellness.  And of course, when you choose the right foods, you feel better and you are more apt to get in your car and drive to the gym, right?  Right. (!)

I also like to be efficient with my time in the kitchen.  I "powercook" ~ a new word perhaps ~ make 2 meatloaves, cook one and freeze the other.  Create a huge batch of turkey chili and freeze it in individual portions so you can sit down with a hot bowl when you get in from a long day.  When your kitchen is stocked with good food choices, you will eat better and feel better.

Remember the 80/20 rule: Eat well 80% of the time and snack 20% of the time.  That and a menu and you're "good to go!"

Here it is:

Monday      meatloaf (beef with herbed stuffing mix, eggs, ketchup and water), prepared mashed potatoes (I grew up in an Irish household and I HATE to peel my sister gave me the tip of the refridgerated ones in the medium-sized black container.) & kale chips, peas
Tuesday      roasted chicken on the bone, with mini potatoes and onions, green salad
Wednesday DiLuigi turkey burgers, angel hair pasta with park cheese, corn
Thursday    DiLuigi chicken sausages, reduced fat cheddar cheese (whole grain) quesadillas and salad
Friday         chicken kabob salads from North Beverly Roast Beef 978-927-7353~awesome
Saturday     takeout pizza from Mangia
Sunday       salmon on the grill, brown rice pilaf,  salad

Bon Appetit!