As Mr. Cozi and I begin yet another meal plan, we are attempting to lose a few pounds and hope to do so with a low carb plan. This week’s plan is as follows.
Here are the recipes for the few dishes that have more than one or two ingredients:
- 1 package(s) Cole Slaw Mix
- 3 to 4 Green Onions, chopped
- 2 package(s) Ramen Noodle Soup Mix, crushed
- 1 cup(s) Sunflower seeds
- 1 cup(s) slivered almonds, toasted
- 3/4 cup(s) Oil
- 1/2 cup(s) Sugar
- 1/3 cup(s) Vinegar
- Seasoning packets from soup
Mix together and refrigerate at least 4 hours. I add the ramen noodles and nuts/seeds right before serving.
Oven-fried Parmesan Chicken
- 1 clove crushed garlic
- 1/4 pound butter, melted
- 1 cup dried bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 (4 pound) chicken, cut into pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a shallow glass dish or bowl, combine the crushed garlic with the melted butter or margarine. In another small bowl mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Dip chicken pieces into garlic butter, then into crumb mixture to coat.
- Place coated chicken pieces into a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Drizzle with remaining garlic butter and bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
Baked Beans (recipe from Joy Bauer)
- 1 onion, 1/2 bell pepper diced small
- 2 fifteen-ounce cans no-salt-added navy beans, drained and rinsed (may swap in pinto or cannellini beans)
- 1 cup low-sugar BBQ sauce (like Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce)
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup (my addition)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Sauté onions in a skillet misted with oil spray for 8-10 minutes until soft and translucent. Turn off heat.
Add the navy beans, BBQ sauce, and balsamic vinegar to the onions. Stir until well combined.
Transfer mixture to an oven safe baking dish and bake uncovered for 60 minutes until sauce is thick.
Makes eight ½ cup servings
Green Bean Bundles
- 3 (14.5 ounce) cans whole green beans, drained
- 1 pound bacon, cut in half
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (original recipe calls for 1 cup)
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
- Wrap 7 green beans with bacon and place in prepared dish. Repeat, using all the green beans and bacon.
- Combine butter with brown sugar. Pour over green bean bundles and sprinkle with garlic salt.
- Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
I don’t know about you, but sticking to a meal plan is one the biggest challenges I face at the beginning of the year. In hopes of being more successful, we are incorporating the lowest sugar amount possible in some of our favorite recipes. We’ve decided it’s more important to enjoy most of what we eat, than to deprive ourselves and then go off of our “diet” in two weeks. How are you doing with your new year’s meal planning? Share tips with us and perhaps we can all help each other end the year with another word….