Saturday, February 24, 2007

oh la la, a contest

ETA: I guess the main purpose for this is because I'm lazy and wanted help coming up with some new and exciting meal plans for next month. I don't really know what will be the prize... just something, that's sure to have my "stamp" on it :) whether or not it's really worth anything is up for debate!

Check it out, I'm running a contest ! I thought it might be fun to have everyone, who is interested, submit meal plans for next month. So here's how it works: an entry counts as one planned week and you can enter up to 4.5 weeks (a month's worth) of meal plans. You can submit your plans here or there, either as a comment or an email (found in my profile). At the beginning of March I will have a drawing and the winner will receive a little prize or a gift of sorts, Beth style.

Now don't fret my dears, this isn't supposed to be stressful to anyone. So if your week's meal plan happens to contain three off days (whether it's take out, restaurant, frozen dinner, etc.), that's ok because it's your plan! And you don't have to use any of my recipes or any of my tastes (aka. healthy meals :) This is just for your family, however and whatever you want to cook. Savvy?

I'm also thinking of expanding my Mess to include more meals outside of my style of cooking. So you are more than welcome to email me one of your favorite recipes (even if it calls for a cup of mayonnaise) if you'd like it to be added to the site, just for fun. I'll also be adding another label to the site named "just plain tasty" for recipes that aren't necessarily concerned with calories and taste dang good! Basically, I want people out there to feel like they have a variety of recipes and meal plans (not just mine) to choose from and to have the courage (because it does take time, initially) to plan their meals. I guess I decided this because there are so many cute girls out there posting their digi-recipes for truly tasty, albeit sinful, dishes and treats... and what do I post? Protein Bars! Hahaha! I've accepted the fact that I'm a food nerd, particularly a health nut nerd. But not everyone is and that is just fine with me :)

So happy planning! You have the next few days to plan away, so get busy! And have fun, I don't want this to be a chore or a bore!

credits: Shabby Princess & Misprinted Type.

4 comments:

E & J said...

Beth--I have a meal plan set up...do you want recipes? Here's our meal plan:

Monday--
Salmon cooked in foil served w/ Balsamic greenbeans and mushrooms.

Tuesday--
Lime chicken Tex-Mex salad bowl

Wednesday--
Lettuce wrapped turkey burgers with avocado

Thursday--
Steak with sauteed veggies

Friday--
Italian grilled chicken with broccoli

So, none of these have any carbohydrates! Since I have to be following a strict diet right now. We also have a meal plan for breakfasts if you want to see that to! Love ya... J

Robin said...

Two weeks' meal plan for Robin:

Monday- curried lentils on basmati rice

Tuesday- cheese quesadilla and steamed broccoli

Wednesday- balsamic chicken with pasta, zucchini, tomatoes & mozzarella

Thursday- turkey chili with cheese and tortilla chips

Friday- mac & cheese and steamed broccoli

(I'm not doing weekends-my mom usually gives me food)

Monday- Hawaiian haystacks

Tuesday- mandarin orange chicken pasta salad

Wednesday- spaghetti and steamed broccoli

Thursday- pad thai from a box

Friday- turkey chili and chips

My menu usually revolves around all these foods - but I never get sick of my favorite things!

Lindsey said...

Beth--

I am new to your blog, and I haven't entered the blog world myself...but I saw your blog linked on one of my daily reads, and decided to enter your contest!

I plan my meals and grocery trips two weeks in advance. I teach junior high and I seem to always be running behind, both in life and in school work! So not having to think "What's for dinner?" at 5:00 each day is a blessing! I am also a newlywed and after 26 years of being single, needed to be organized in order to feed my new husband dinner each night!

Sorry this message is going to be so long...but here is my meal plan for two weeks, starting tomorrow:

Wednesday:
Late-Night Pasta (foodnetwork.com)
Veggie: zucchini mix
(pick-up low-fat Swiss cheese at Cost-Co)

Thursday:
Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu & Spinach Salad

Friday:
Out to Eat

Saturday Breakfast:
Homemade Egg McMuffins
(I use whole grain English muffins when I can find them, low-fat cheese & Eggland’s Best Eggs)

Saturday Lunch:
Homemade Veggie Pizzas/Salad
(Whole-wheat crust and low-fat cheese, for a treat, we sometimes add a little chopped pepperoni)

Saturday Dinner:
Dinner with the…McCalebs
Late Night Pasta
Bread/Salad/Steamed Veggies
Brownie Dessert/Ice Cream

Sunday:
Hawaiian Haystacks & Rice

Monday:
Homemade Mac & Cheese
Veggie: Baby Carrots

Tuesday:
Campbell’s Tomato Bake
(campbellssoup.com)
I use shredded chicken, low-fat cheese, sour cream, and Healthy Request Soup

Wednesday:
Stir Fry Veggies and Rice

Thursday:
Bagel Sandwiches & Sun Chips

Friday:
Super Nachos/Low-Fat Sour Cream/Homemade Guacamole/Olives/Onions/Tomatoes/Jalepenos
(Make a new batch of Salsa for the week)

Saturday Breakfast:
Waffles OR Pancakes/O.J.
Scrambled Eggs OR hashbrowns

Saturday Lunch:
Nacho Leftovers

Saturday Dinner:
Out to eat

Sunday Lunch:
Turkey Sandwiches & Veggie Chips

Sunday Dinner:
Chicken Crock-Pot Meal & Steamed Veggies

Monday:
Chicken Enchiladas & Tossed Salad
(I use whole grain quesadillas and low-fat cheese)
(Cook extra chicken for Wed.)

Tuesday:
Stove Top Chicken Bake

Wednesday:
Homemade Taco Soup

So then, two weeks from today, I make a new meal plan (I keep a list of meals that we LOVE and choose new meals from that), and a grocery list, hit the store on my way home, and dinner is served!

Thanks! Lindsey Z.
lindsey.golightly@gmail.com

Bryan & Katie's family say-HOOK EM HORNS! said...

Okay, here goes-I hope this how you wanted it. Please let me know if you need the recipes.
SUNDAY- (crockpot) a small pot roast w/ veggies (potatoes, carrotts, celery, onions etc) all cooked together in a great mix
MONDAY- talapia (it's a thin fish and I don't know if I spelled it right) cooked in a little bit of lemon juice w/ some pepper, and broccoli
TUESDAY-Spaghetti w/ garden veggie and lean meat sauce, corn and fruit
WEDNESDAY- chicken and pasta w/ sun roasted tomato sauce and broccoli
THURSDAY- (crockpot) cranberry turkey (my favorite) with salad and veggies
FRIDAY-(crockpot) cranberry/apple chicken w/ salad
SATURDAY- grilled Salmon cooked in some great spices and veggies

Week #2
SUNDAY- dinner at my parents
MONDAY- Chinese Sundaes (also known as Hawaiian haystacks)
TUESDAY- chicken and brocolli stuffing skillet
WEDNESDAY- italian chicken salad (chicken cooked in italian dressing and cut up and placed on a yummy salad)
THURSDAY- steaks and veggies
FRIDAY- chicken enchildas w/ rice
SATURDAY- home made potato soup

I'm excited to see everyone's menu. I love getting new ideas. What a great idea you have! Love ya!