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Weekly Dinner Menus - Cindy Style

Menu for Oct 31 - Nov 6 
Oct. 31, 2009 3:39 pm 
Updated: Dec. 17, 2009 4:43 pm
This is my first time ever "blogging" so I thought I would start putting up a weekly menu (posting only the main dish), not only to help myself, but hopefully someone else.  First, a little about myself.  I'm currently unemployed so I take advantage of that and cook just about everything from scratch.  I love to cook and bake and would probably call it my passion.  I would love to try so many new recipes but alas, I have a very picky husband.  He is from the deep south and likes his meat & rice and maybe a way overcooked veggie.  I can't blame him, it's what he grew up on.  Thankfully he will tolerate most of the meals I make, and that works out just fine, since I usually love everything I've made!  We have been on a low fat diet (we were both mucho overweighto) so you will see most of the recipes have been altered to be lower in fat and therefore healthier.  My husband has lost a total of 42 lbs so far and I've lost 61.  He's almost at goal but I have a long way to go (all my good, fattening cooking in the past!).  So, here is my first weeks worth of meals.  I hope you check back in each week to see what the Shiver's House is having!

Saturday, Oct. 31 - Easy Chicken Marsala (I add mushrooms, onions and canned artichoke hearts.  I also make it very low in fat using mostly chicken broth to do the "frying".)

Sunday, Nov. 1 - Ham Steak & Red Eye Gravy  I love this stuff but again, make it much lower in fat.

Monday, Nov. 2 - Tenderloin steaks on the grill

Tuesday, Nov. 3 - Teriyaki Chicken Cor Don Bleu  - this is my personal recipe but it has been submitted for publication, it's very yummy!

Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Baked Pork Chops - this is one of the first recipes I ever made off of AR (my print out just calls it Baked Pork Chops, before there was a II), and it's still yummy.  I cut down on the fat by using cooking spray to fry the chops and then 98% reduced fat cream of mushroom soup.

Thursday, Nov. 5 - Baked Scallops - this is one of those really decadent meals, but we're worth it!  I picked up the U-10 scallops at Sam's Club for $18.50 for 2 lbs.  I can get 2 really nice meals for me and my hubby out of that so it's still cheaper than going out!!  Again, way lower in fat and I use Panko breadcrumbs instead of the crackers. (Edit on 11/3 - we are going to use all our leftovers tonight instead of the scallops and I'm going to save the scallops for my birthday dinner on 11/11)

Friday, Nov. 6 - Sesame Chicken - I love this stuff!

There are usually enough left overs for us to have them for lunch the next day.  Often times I make enough to freeze the left overs so I can take a day off in the future.

I hope you enjoy reading this, and forgive me if it's boring -- it is my first blog!!  I'll try to post here each week and let you know what's going on.  Thank you!  Cindy

Oct. 31, 2009 3:55 pm
Ok Now you can just STOP about it being boring. It is Not!! Very informative and way helpful! I love the fact that you are not willing to compromise when it comes to feeding your family! You make them how You see fit. Period end of story. That is who you are and I like that! I also eat a lot of leftovers and I have not got a picky eater hubby to contend with. BTW, are you a WW? Just curious, you mentioned hubby being at Goal, I think of this word as a WW word. I lost 35 lbs on it and actually made lifetime 2 years back. gained a few of them back but not too much! Thanks for listening and good job on the first time! Patty
Oct. 31, 2009 3:57 pm
I enjoyed your blog! It's nice to see someone else's thought process in their menu planning. And look mahvelous!!
Oct. 31, 2009 3:57 pm
congrats on your weight loss! i think a weekly menu blog is a great idea :)
Oct. 31, 2009 4:00 pm
i am a housewife and enjoy making "from scratch" stuff to save on groceries as well. it is nice to see someone else sharing my passion for cooking for the hubs :)
Oct. 31, 2009 4:13 pm
Nice job Cindy. I like the idea of a blog. I do a weekly meal plan for the people I cook for. You have given me some new ideas.
Oct. 31, 2009 4:27 pm
great will power for both of you! it's dang tough giving up up on any addiction! great blog. i to try to plan a weekly menu and be seasonal as well as cost effective about the process. again..always interesting to see someones menu for their family.
Oct. 31, 2009 4:33 pm
Wow Cindy - Congrats to you and your hubby on the weight loss - what a great accomplishment. Very impressive and inspirational!!! Thanks for sharing your menu.
Oct. 31, 2009 4:36 pm
I'm impressed! Both with your blog and your weight loss. Keep going on your weekly menu!
Oct. 31, 2009 4:55 pm
Thank you all for posting great postings!! I will try to post everything on each Saturday. It was fun but I sure don't want it to be boring!!
Oct. 31, 2009 4:58 pm
I want to move in with you! Your meals sound delicious.
Oct. 31, 2009 5:03 pm
Come on swchef, it's just me and hubby and kitty.. there's room for 1 more!! :)
Oct. 31, 2009 5:30 pm
Hi Cindy! What a great topic for your first blog; I'm envious because you can select a whole weeks worth of recipes, not to mention the shopping and alas, commit to a menu...I get so distracted with new cravings that I can't stick to a menu. Keep on blogging! And congrats on reaching your goals! :)~
Oct. 31, 2009 5:45 pm
Hey Cindy. The blog was anything but boring! I love hearing people's menus. And finding new ways to make things healthier is even better :)
Oct. 31, 2009 6:34 pm
I liked reading your blog too. It's always interesting to see what is on every one's menu. I'm sure that's how AR fans see and try out new meal plans. Your weight loss is fantastic. I'll bet you feel wonderful. Your husband too, although I think it takes women longer time wise and is harder to shed. $-wise has become a necessity in everything I do. That sounds cra**y but now I like everything about it. In my humble opinion I believe that well-portioned servings of anything homemade is a boost to health and weight loss in almost every sense. I look forward to hearing from you on your next blog. Thanks for sharing.
Nov. 1, 2009 1:16 pm
I like this! I am trying to make healthy weekly meal plans for my family- the hubby, me, the toddler- so it's good to have ideas, like using broth to cook with instead of alot of oil and things. All 3 of us in the family have different dietary needs, so it can become quite the hassle to make things work! (pregnant woman, toddler,
Nov. 1, 2009 1:17 pm
Not boring at all! If you just wrote: mon-pb&j, tues-hotdogs, weds-leftovers, thurs-bread & water, etc, I'd still be intrigued. I LOVE to read others menus-guess it makes me feel more connected & normal:) Great job on your weightloss!! I spent years yo-yoing until I finally gave in & had weightloss surgery. Honestly, the best thing I've ever done just for myself but I certainly don't recommend it. Keep plugging away-you're doing fantastic-and you're doing it the right way by eating what you love!!
Nov. 1, 2009 1:24 pm
The Flower photo you asked what flower it is. Its a Cyclamen
Nov. 1, 2009 1:32 pm
I enjoy reading other's food menus. I went to Aviation Ordnance school in Pensacola, the beaches and water were beautiful there.
Nov. 1, 2009 1:51 pm
It all looks so yummy... i might just keep coming back to see what's for dinner!!! lol.. might help me decide a little better.. .we have too many choices on AR to just come browse for something good to make!
Nov. 1, 2009 2:15 pm
Great blog ! anxiously awaiting next week's. You go girl.
Nov. 2, 2009 6:08 am
Thanks for the menu & great blog! I love reading about other people's menus, gives me ideas and options.
Nov. 2, 2009 11:18 am
Great blog! Sounds tasty and good job on all the weight loss!!!
Nov. 2, 2009 11:22 am
Good job, Cindy! I have seriously thinking about sitting down and making a menu for the week so I don't have to wrack my brain everday! I sort of did one last week and ended up cooking everyday with mucho leftovers for the weekend!
Nov. 2, 2009 5:57 pm
congrats on your healthy eating and weight loss! great blog---it will be great to read your thought processes and main dishes. some of us are stuck in a rut (i've kept off over 100# for 5 yr but keep going back to the same meals....need inspiration. thanks! pc
Nov. 2, 2009 8:29 pm
It's so hard to lose weight, & the minute you drop your guard, it comes sneaking back & then is super-glued to you! I have to re-lose that last ten pounds, & w/the holidays coming up, it's doubly hard. So, keep it simple & save some time for yourself to stay in an exercise program. I'll be looking for future blogs!
Nov. 2, 2009 9:53 pm
Thank-you, thank-you...can't wait to try these even if my picky boys don't like them it gives us variety!
Nov. 3, 2009 6:14 am
This is not boring, its fun and gives us ideas for what to cook this week too!
Louise C 
Nov. 3, 2009 8:04 am
I think you are in business already. Love your "menu" for the week idea. Will be watching for more to come. Gets boring after awhile trying to come up with ideas. Thanks Louise
Nov. 3, 2009 9:54 am
Your meals look great! It's nice to "see" what others are making for dinner for a change...I'm going to try the Sesame Chicken recipe next looks awesome! Thanks for sharing...
Nov. 3, 2009 11:39 am
I think this is great Cindy. I'm always looking for some new ideas. Especially easy items that are low in fat and calories.
Nov. 3, 2009 11:48 am
Conrats on first blog and also losing the weight! I'd like to lose some but it's hard; love to eat! lol... :)
Nov. 3, 2009 11:54 am
i do the same thing, sit down on thursday to write the menu and grocery list and go shopping on friday....whole week taken care of. i also have a chicken recipe that i flatten breast meat, roll up with ham and cheese but i call in communist chicken cause i got the idea from a recipe for chicken
Nov. 3, 2009 12:09 pm
Looking forward to reading more. Come on ... we're foodies. Nothing about food is boring - I can read about it for hours. :-) Keep up the good work!
Nov. 3, 2009 12:20 pm
Thank you all for all your kind words. Hopefully you'll be back to see more!
Nov. 3, 2009 1:09 pm
I love the blog. I came from a family that did not cook, we prepared from a box. SO I love your blog. especially the "notes" about cutting fat or making with this instead of that. thanks!
Nov. 3, 2009 1:36 pm
I think your blog is great! I love the idea of a weekly menu plus the aspect of how you made it lower fat. I always like to hear how others manage to make things lower fat and better for them. It gives me ideas! Congrats on the weight loss! You look wonderful!!
Nov. 3, 2009 2:43 pm
keep it comming! I love having the hassle of planning done for me! You go girl on the weight loss- I'm so proud of you!
Nov. 3, 2009 3:50 pm
Great first blog, Cindy! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing how you modify recipes to make them lower fat. Congrats to you and your DH on the weight loss!! I'm going to use some of your tips and hopefully I'll join you in the "Biggest Losers Club" :-)
Nov. 3, 2009 6:29 pm
Cindy; what an inspiration you are. My MD told me yesterday that because of a problem with my foot I HAVE to lose weight. Looking at this is a great motivation. Encouraging stories are more helpful than anything. TY for sharing and I hope this works for me like it did for you. How long did it take you to lose the 61 pounds? And if you have time I would love to chat about how you made things low fat. TY again. Bev
Nov. 4, 2009 3:47 am
This is just what i've been looking for! Thank you for wrighting this! I'm also trying to lose weight(lost 22 and have 8 to go)and I find it hard to come up with low fat/ low cal meals. Thank you for the inspiration! also do you fry the sesame chicken and cheat on that day or do you cook it different? It looks sooooo good!
Nov. 4, 2009 6:25 am
Beverley - thank you for posting and I know how difficult it is to loose weight. We started on Feb. 26, 2009 so it's been about 8 months. It's slow going but I think I may be able to eat like this the rest of my life (that's what my goal is at least!). You are welcome to email me at if you want to talk privately.
Nov. 4, 2009 6:26 am
greenbabby - Thank you for posting also! On the sesame chicken I coat it and spray with cooking spray and bake at 450 for about 10 minutes. No frying. Even for recipes that seem like they would be too high in fat I can usually tweak them to make them work. I know it's not quite the same, but it works for us and I know it's so much more healthy.
Nov. 4, 2009 9:20 am
Yay me! You are going to make my life a living Heaven!
Nov. 4, 2009 12:28 pm
I love this idea!! This way I can "steal" from what someone else is fixin' without having to think about what in the heck are we going to have...really enjoyed the info on you, I'm unemployed now too and also enjoy cooking up a lot of different things because now I have the time---keep it coming...check out my blog at isnt about cooking, just life in general!
Kelly P 
Nov. 4, 2009 2:09 pm
I have wanted this for soooooo long. At the risk of sounding a little granola, I have often thought it would be so much easier if a community of women shared meal planning. We all are at home trying to figure out what is best to feed our family without spending 2 hours on each meal (i.e. planning, shopping and cooking). Why not consolidate our efforts and share the work so we all benefit. Including our families! I love to cook, but it is really difficult to execute a good wholesome meal in this day in age. Thank you so much for starting this. Please know you are helping so many families out there eat better because you have reduced the amount of time required to do it.
Nov. 4, 2009 4:24 pm
Thanks for a great blog. Your menus do the work for me!! Am anxious to try the scallops and the sesame chicken. Love to cook but hate to scour the internet for great recipes.
Nov. 4, 2009 4:39 pm
Love it! Keep it coming!
Nov. 5, 2009 5:39 am
I like knowing what others are eating. Thanks for posting.
Nov. 5, 2009 1:15 pm
Love the blog! I hate not knowing what to make for dinner, and as a working mother your ideas will definitely help. Congrats on the weight loss. Maybe your recipes will help me loose a few pounds.
Nov. 7, 2009 6:42 am
You are doing so great on your weight loss! I'm doing Weight Watchers and have lost 26lbs, so far. Great menu.
Nov. 18, 2009 2:35 pm
I love this idea and totally agree with so many of the comments. I love to cook, but can never decide what to cook! @Kelly P - I am with you 100% - I keep trying to get more of the moms/wives around me to work together more to save us all some time and work.......Thanx!
Nov. 19, 2009 7:03 am
this is the BEST blog. Thanks
Dec. 17, 2009 4:43 pm
Thank you for a great blog...I'll definitely check back.
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About Me
I grew up in Stockton, CA and then lived most of my 1st married life in Lemoore, CA. We raised our 3 boys (twins and one more 20 months later)up together but when the youngest son graduated from high school, I realized life was too short to stay in an unhappy, dead marriage. After 23 years, a divorce and a new life. I moved to the Biloxi, MS area and met my wonderful husband now. He is all I could ask for. We have a kitty and a camper and we love them both! She camps with us all the time. I quit my job in August, '08 and my husband is retired (again) so we are enjoying our time together. ***UPDATE*** I'm working again and really liking my job. I don't have to bring it home with me and it's 32 hours per week, which works out perfect. Very happy to report that we are very happy again with a new job!!!
My favorite things to cook
My new favorite is finding low fat, healthy recipes to try. I'm really up for anything to cook.. it's truly my hobby.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Right now I would have to say that having a fish fry is the closest thing to a tradition I have. Not healthy but it sure is good! Fried fresh caught fish, hushpuppies, okra, french fries. All deep fried and all soooo good!!
My cooking triumphs
Beef Tenderloin With Roasted Shallots from this site. I served it to guests and they could not believe that this was a home made meal. For something so easy it's the best meal I've ever made. Also feel very good about my submitted recipes. I'm not one to usually make something up but I like to follow recipes and then maybe make a few tweaks to our liking and needs.
My cooking tragedies
HAHA - It still makes me laugh. My very first meal I cooked for my 1st husband was supposed to be eggs, bacon and pancakes but the skillet I tried to use was not a non-stick. Needless to say.. we had scrambled eggs, torn up bacon, and worst of all, scrambled pancakes.
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