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Weekly Menus: Week of 1/6/2013

Gentle Readers, it’s that special time of year between the holiday cookie rush and physical fitness. Each year this is punctuated by my yearly cholesterol check. So chances are extremely high that I will clean up my Deep Fried habits. Tomorrow.

Blackberry Salad with Sweet Pecans and Mozzarella Cheese

Blackberry Salad with Sweet Pecans and Mozzarella Cheese

I jest, I know it is time to focus again, and so I will eat salads and grapefruit and run more than usual to beat the odds.

Which means on this week’s menus we have:

Weekly Menus: 1/62013

Weekly Menus: 1/62013

The Four-Square Grocery List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 1/6/2013

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 1/6/2013

Translating into a reasonably healthy:

Sunday: Salmon and Veggies
I will have a fall-back plan, probably eggs, for the TPCs Junior. But I’m craving salmon, and listening.

Monday: Leftover Surprise
We’ve been rocking out the leftovers in the last couple of weeks, recommitting to not wasting food. It’s always a good challenge to use what’s on hand.

Tuesday: ??? Dine Out ???
This is scheduled to be our night out eating some culture’s cuisine with our favorite crankypants, Waldorf. The challenge is answering history and culture questions about the “country” in which we land. I’ll keep you posted.

Wednesday: Burgers and Fries
While at first glance this may not look like healthy living, it will probably be a combo of actual burgers and veggie burgers. We are hosting the handiman with the mostest, TPCs Dad, and that means beef is what’s for dinner. Food on a bun is an easy compromise. Plus the fries will be sweet potato, and there will be serious green veg on the side.

Thursday: Fake Chicken and Broccoli
Look for a full review on this one soon. We tested a new line of soy chicken (again, I don’t love meat replacement products, I prefer unadulterated ones, but this is transitional), and it was a huge hit. Even I’ll admit it was tasty. With broccoli and brown rice or noodles, it’s a quick weeknight dinner, and we’ve got a busy week.

Friday: Salad Bar!
We bought three kinds of salad greens (each of us has a preference), and this will be the last call to use up whatever has not been consumed during the week.

Saturday: Dine Out!
More field research is to be done! I’ve heard rumblings that a place I tested and disliked has improved, and there are several others untried in the area. As always, ping me with suggestions, I’m happy to try new spots!

Are you committing to good health in 2013? Any changes on the horizon? I’m still trying to walk the line between raising vegetarians and my own personal drive for protein. I do not want to raise pastatarians or cheesetarians. Sigh, onward and upward. Comment away!

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Coming up Wednesday, Review of Rise in Durham: Biscuits and Doughnuts, Oh My.

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The Practical Cook Confessional Booth Is Open

Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook is intensely aware of the irony of this blog post considering the fried pickle extravaganza she just experienced. Yes, today’s post is a confession, so lean in. Though my love of Fried as a category is well established, so is my love of salad. However, I will admit, holiday cookies won this year.

My Arch-Nemisis, The Ordinary Scale

My Arch-Nemisis, The Ordinary Scale

Yes, I’m currently at war with my scale. It is foolish, I know, because the raw number matters less than my overall health, which seems good. However, I will admit to recalibrating and standing on said scale at different angles. There, I’ve confessed. You see, the last few years have been about fitness, and this year is about maintenance. I believe I’ve hit a plateau, which means, egads, I have to do more to stay the same.

The Grapefruit

The Grapefruit: My Love That Keeps Me Honest About Cholesterol

There’s a cholesterol test looming in my future, and I’d like to pass. Since I have no desire to perform some ghastly home test on a regular basis, I use my arch-nemesis, the ordinary bathroom scale, to keep me honest. Though apparently only Mr. Rogers is capable of maintaining exactly the same weight all the time, and maybe that’s an urban legend.

Cheese Fries at The Standard in Chapel Hill

Cheese Fries at The Standard in Chapel Hill: Yeah, I ate those for dinner.

So I am making a few subtle changes, going back to my roots of eating more mindfully. The irony: I had the opportunity to eat really good food amongst friends this evening, and I took it. So while the confessional booth is open, and I’ll admit that I have to run further, crunch more, and not eat every peanut butter cup my heart desires, I’ll also say that this is my one life. I  more than like food, I love it. So if I have the chance to eat great food, I take it. And if the chef  brings out some fried pickles, I will try one without blinking, two if no one claims the final one.

One dark chocolate peanut butter cup from Trader Joe's.

One dark chocolate peanut butter cup from Trader Joe's.

But I shall also do the extra crunches, keep trying to do that stupid pull-up I’ve resolved to do, and make a point to not eat anything that’s not absolutely delicious or truly good for me in some fashion.

There’s my confession, what’s yours? Are you guilty of standing on tiptoe on the scale? Of feeling guilty when you really just like fried pickles? Post a comment, I’m listening!

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Tomorrow, Greens at Every Meal.

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What Not to Eat When You’re Feeling Green

Gentle Readers, this subject is not so gentle, and The Practical Cook will do her best to be mild in the language used regarding the enemy of food lovers (and people of all ages): the upset stomach. Having recently faced down this beast in the household (the stomach bug is running rampant right now), this topic is timely.

For authenticity purposes, let me also state, this is an area of unfortunate expertise for me, courtesy of my body’s reaction to pregnancy. So I can tell you what not to eat when you’re feeling green, and what you might want to try when an encore presentation is possible.

Let’s start with the “not to eat list”:

1. Granny Smith Apples. OMG, I literally almost died on this one. I remember thinking, so this is what happened to Joplin, Morrison, etc. . .

2. Dairy. Don’t do it. The medical peeps will tell you it can be an irritant, and I can tell you it is not good.

3. Pomegranates. Or anything that is used to dye clothing in nature. Trust me on this.

What to eat to calm the stomach:

1. Nuts. If you’re at the “am I hungry or feeling unwell” decision calculus stage, these are the perfect test balloon, assuming you’re not allergic.

A Few Cashews: Just what the doctor ordered

A Few Cashews: Just what the doctor ordered

2. Dry cereal. Don’t be tempted to add milk, and choose something basic, like Cheerios, Corn Flakes, etc. Chew very slowly.

The Practical Cook's Cereal Warehouse

The Practical Cook's Cereal Warehouse

3. Baked potato. Easy to microwave, add some salt but nothing else. Sometimes the warmth of the potato will help you feel better.

Thinly Sliced Russet Potatoes

Thinly Sliced Russet Potatoes

4. Popsicles. Cold works. You can freeze anything, just use ice cubes if you have nothing else.

Beautiful Blackberry-Lime Popsicles

Beautiful Blackberry-Lime Popsicles

5. Grapefruit. Okay, that’s probably just me, and best for morning sickness, not the flu. But I craved them, ice cold. And apparently, if you’ve been unwell for a while, something acidic is just your body replacing what has been lost. Point being, take all advice with a grain of salt (possibly literally), and trust your cravings.

The Grapefruit

The Grapefruit

Of course, rice, bananas, plain pasta, all wonderful choices, but if you’re the cook, I’m providing some options that you can try without expending much effort. Though many people swear by ginger ale and soda crackers, they are so guilty by association for me now that they make me feel ill on sight.

So pass the Lysol, take small sips of water, and I hope you all avoid whatever is going around!

What do you crave when you’re unwell? Post a comment, or Tweet!

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Tomorrow, we’ll move to corrective measures,  Homemade Chicken Soup Recipe.

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