Monday, June 18, 2007

MENU PLAN MONDAY 6/18

I'm so excited!! Last week I decided I wanted to make a healthy homemade whole-wheat buttermilk biscuit. So I seached out the internet and came up with this recipe. It was SO GOOD! The second time I made them I doubled the recipe and mixed the butter in using the food processor. Thanks to the Barefoot Contessa, I've learned that one secret is to use really cold butter and only process it until the chunks are pea-sized. I've always mixed the butter in too much, but this time I followed her directions. I could see chunks of butter and thought, "uh oh," but I shouldn't have worried. The results were heavenly!
The reason I wanted to find a good healthy biscuit recipe is because I've been wanting to make my own ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches. We've been known to get the ones from various fast-food establishments every once in a while. Recently DH has been keeping better track of his eating and nutrition and has even lost 20 pounds in the last couple of months. He's the one who pointed out to me how bad some of these sandwiches were from the fast food places. Here's some stats I found off of the web.

Hardees Ham, Egg & Cheese Bisuit (the worst offender)
Calories: 560
Fat 35 grams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Do they stock extra lard just for the purpose of adding it to these??
Carbs: 37 g
Fiber: 0 g

McDonald's Biscuit w/ Bacon, Egg and Cheese (I couldn't find the ham one)
Calories: 440
Fat: 25 g
Carbs: 36 g
Fiber: 1 g

Burger King Ham, Egg and Cheese Croissawich
Calories: 340
Fat: 18 g
Carbs: 26 g
Fiber: 1 g

Anne's Homemade Ham, Egg and Cheese Biscuit (pictured here)
Calories: 275
Fat: 13 g
Carbs: 20 g
Fiber: 3 g

Wow, you could eat 2 of mine for every one from Hardees! I'm planning on making mine up in batches with just the ham and cheese on them and (that's right) freezing them! I'll toast them in the toaster oven and cook up the egg fresh. I'm thinking it will be perfect for a quick morning breakfast! I don't think I'll ever be getting one of those from Hardees again! And McDonald's is off the list since I haven't been to one for over three years and don't plan on breaking my record now. If I have to cheat, I'll probably stick with Burger King as theirs weren't as horrible as the others though I know they aren't natural and wholesome like mine.

Anywho, it was fun researching and comparing this. It's pretty silly that I get so excited about finding a tasty and healthy recipe! Now on to the menu plan:

Monday: Chicken Burgers (from the freezer), Corn on the Cob, Fresh Cherries
Tuesday: 40-Clove Garlic Chicken, Steamed Broccoli
Wednesday: Steaks w/ Mushroom Sauce, Baked Potatoes, Green Salad w/ Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
Thursday: Smothered Chicken Italiano, Tray of Health
Friday: Oven-Fried Fish Nuggets (X2), Oven Fries

***Dessert of the Week*** S'Mores (Em's pick)
Go over to I'm an Organizing Junkie's blog to discover lot of great menus!

16 comments:

tegdirb92 said...

oooh, some great meals you have planned--anxious to hear how the enzyme salad tastes. Benn wanting to try it.

Christy said...

Love the High-Enzyme Salad! Thanks for sharing that recipe. I'll have to check out Sally Fallon's book.

Amy said...

Your breakfast sandwiches sound great! I make mock mcmuffins at home this way: http://www.recipezaar.com/32544 and it tastes pretty close to the Mc version. But your homemade bread sounds even better!

Christi said...

Your menu sounds fantastic!

Good for you for finding a healthier biscuit alternative - we'll have to try that one as we love biscuits around here.

Have a great week - and thanks for stopping by my blog!

gail@more than a song said...

It all looks very good! That's cool about the biscuits and doing whole wheat ones, we love that. Wonder if there's anything to use besides butter, I still need to steer clear of that for us sometimes.

~Melissa~ said...

Everything sounds great!! I'll have to try those biscuits - thank you for the link!

Seraph said...

Great menu. And thanks for posting the link to the biscuit recipe. I've been meaning to dig one up but other things keep taking priority. I'll have to print that one out and put it in my book to try. Thanks!

Megan said...

Do you grind your wheat for these? I've been planning to look up good recipes (besides just normal bread) using fresh whole wheat flour and this is a great place to start.

I'm copying this one right now!

Anne said...

Megan,
No I don't grind my own wheat- but that is on my medium-term list of things to buy/do. I bet it would be yummy! Do you grind your own?

I'm also going to be posting (within the next couple of weeks) a whole-wheat herb bread recipe and a couple of tasty muffin recipes using whole wheat which I think would be wonderful with freshly-ground grain. You might like these.

:)

Betsy said...

Looks great!

annie said...

Happy Monday!
Your menu looks delicious!
♥♥♥♥
annie
My Life as Annie!

Char said...

Great looking week!!! Thanks for stopping in at Casual Keystrokes today.

ashley@twentysixcats said...

20 Lbs! I'm impressed!!

Those look good. I love those egg and cheese biscuits... It's good to have an alternative healthy one. :-)

Jamie said...

Can I come eat at your house this week? Thanks for the biscuit recipe- I've been looking for something healthy and yummy for breakfast.

jettybetty said...

DH lost 20 pounds! That is great! Your biscuits look amazing. I am with Jamie, can I come eat at your house???

sara - The Estrogen Files said...

Oooo, looks so good!! Thanks for the visit and comment - the blog design is about a month old. I love pink, but blue is my favoite!!