Menu Plan Monday- March 10

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I think I got a bit of my motivation back, after last week (I was feeling frustrated with cooking for my very restricted diet and planned a bunch of the same meals we had just recently eaten). All new recipes for this week!

On a side note, I’ve been losing weight on this cleanse, unintentionally, but significantly. I didn’t realize how much until we were at the naturopath’s yesterday for my son’s re-test and I weighed myself and realized I had lost 10 lbs! Wow! I had been wondering why all my clothes felt and looked so baggy- no wonder!

The good news is that he is doing very well- his Candida levels are back down to zero, and the parasites are gone. Much of his eczema has cleared up and we are hopeful that the rest of it will continue to decrease as well. I am so thankful for this, praise God!

As for me, I’ve had more energy and clarity lately, but I’ve also had wickedly bad indigestion, and my eczema has been quite bad this past week (likely because I am not absorbing my fats properly due to the indigestion). The recommendation is for me to use a digestive enzyme until this clears up, and continue on with the diet for at least another month, as planned. I am also adding avocados back into my diet, and upping my intake of fats and protein to try to regain the lost weight.

Here’s this week’s menu, and a yummy chicken recipe below:

Monday: Lemon Chicken with dried figs (recipe below), quinoa and breaded zucchini on the side.

Tuesday: Brown rice pasta with Sage Cream Sauce (from The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook, lent to me by a friend who did the diet I’m on a couple years ago), and steamed cauliflower.

Wednesday: At a church event, our last week before it’s back to cooking on Wednesdays. :)

Thursday: Samosas with plum sauce (Nourishing Traditions recipes), and Lentil Dahl (I might make Roti, Indian flat bread, as well but we’ll see how much time I have that day).

Friday: Polynesian Chicken Dinner (a type of sweet and sour dish, with pineapple and green peppers), over rice (probably millet or quinoa for me).

Saturday: Beans/rice/cheese burritos, made with homemade spelt tortillas (I’ll make these Monday during my Kitchen prep time), and salsa or guac, plus sour cream (my husband hates to eat Mexican food without sour cream- is this a male thing?)

Sunday: Crockpot Moose Stew with salad (the stew based loosely on this recipe).

And a recipe (oh, this is so, so yummy!)…

Lemon Chicken with Dried Figs (from The Enlightened Eater’s Whole Foods Guide-a cookbook about phytonutrients, with amazingly delicious recipes)

Heat:   2 tsp olive oil (med-high heat)

           Add 4 chicken breasts, saute until brown, about 5 min. each side.

           Remove chicken and place in baking dish.

Add to large frying pan:

           2 tsp olive oil

           1 cup chopped onions

           2 cloves minced garlic

Reduce to med. heat and saute until onions are soft.

Add:

            1 cup slivered dried figs (I often use dates instead)

            1 cup chicken broth

            1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

            2 Tbsp lemon juice

Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until figs are quite soft (about 15 minutes). Season with salt and pepper. Spoon fig sauce over chicken; cover baking dish and bake about 15 min at 350 F. Serve sprinkled with 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro.

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About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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Comments

  1. Cathy, I just do mine by hand, although I would love to use a tortilla maker! They’re actually fairly easy to do by hand- I would give it a try!

  2. Stephanie,
    I want to make our own tortillas. Do you roll yours out by hand or do you use a tortilla maker? If so, what brand/model do you use? Thank you.

  3. Stephanie,

    As far as your eczema being bad, somestimes your skin can get worse when you go on a restricted diet as you get rid of toxins, or even as your body start addressing the skin issue more. Or so I am told (I have some relatives that have been going through the same thing). So take heart! Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better! I hope everything keeps improving for you!

    (As far as gaining your weight back, olive oil is very helpful)

  4. Your menu sounds so tasty! I’ve never had moose before.

  5. Carrie, wonderful questions. Mind if I answer them as a post? Thanks! :)

  6. Stephanie,

    We currently give our 15 mo. son oatmeal for breakfast, and I usually mix it with unsweetened applesauce for a little bonus. He seems to be getting bored with it, and I wondered what you do for breakfast with a toddler? He has other things in addition (fruit, yogurt, and sometimes a muffin if we have them), so I’m wanting to ask specifically about whole grains.

    Also, do you have any snack suggestions beyond the typical Cheerios? Thanks for your help!

  7. Your menu sounds awesome! I think the lemon chicken and figs would go over well in our house; I’ll have to give it a try.

    Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Reese

  8. Wow – that chicken dish sounds wonderful – I’m going to add it to my menu plan for next week!