The New Year is upon us, so you know what that means, right? Time for all of those New Year’s Resolutions and goals that most people set. Time to wipe the slate of 2012 clean and start with a bright, shiny, and sparkling new 2013.
For most people, one of the top resolutions is to lose weight. There’s just something about starting a new year that makes people want to shed those holiday pounds and start dreaming of summer, right?. Of course, one of the biggest challenges for meeting that weight loss goal is preparing and eating healthy foods that are tasty. Meal planning takes a lot of time — looking up recipes, making a shopping list, etc. You want to eat healthy and lose weight, but you just don’t have the time. So, what’s a Resolutioner to do?
Well, Kristen over at Slender Kitchen may have just the answer for you! If you aren’t already familiar with her site, do yourself a favor and check it out! Anyway, she just introduced a new Meal Plans subscription service. It includes not only a meal plan of three meals per day for the entire week, but it also includes a shopping list and the recipes for the plan. Pretty cool, huh?! If you want a sneak peek, you can view a complete sample weekly meal plan here (PDF link).
If you’re interested in more information, you can check our the Questions and Answers page on the Meal Plans website. Here are the quick highlights of what the Meal Plans membership includes:
- Weekly Meals Plans for 2 or 4
- All PointsPlus and nutritional information
- Complete, categorized shopping lists
- Quick and easy breakfasts
- Packable lunches
- Delicious dinners
- Fallback meals to swap in
- Bonus recipes
- Ideas for snacks and desserts
- Time saving tips on meal preparation
- Month-to-month unlimited access!
- Printable and cell phone/tablet friendly
I grabbed a copy of the sample meal plan last week and spotted a couple of recipes that I really wanted to try. One in particular that stood out to me was the Curried Chicken Salad recipe. I love curry. I love chicken salad. It was a match made in heaven for me.
I decided a few nights ago to give the recipe a try. Unfortunately, since I hadn’t been to the grocery store for the week, I didn’t have a couple of the ingredients (carrots or grapes) on hand. Since I didn’t have carrots, I just doubled up on the celery which I loved in chicken salad anyway, so that worked well. I didn’t really have anything to substitute for the grapes, so I just left them out completely. with my changes, it came out to 4 PointsPlus for a generous serving. Since I was also out of bread at the time, I served mine on a bed a lettuce rather than serving it as a sandwich per the recipe. Here’s a pic of my finished product:
I will say that it definitely needed the grapes or some other sweet element to balance the spice of the curry, but it was still really good! I think it would also be tasty with some raisins or currants which go quite nicely with curry. Of course, you would need to account for the extra PointsPlus value for that since dried fruit isn’t 0 PointsPlus like fresh fruit. All in all, this recipe is definitely a keeper!
Now comes the fun part! Kristen is offering one of my readers a complimentary one-year membership to her Meal Plans service. I’ll be using Rafflecopter for this giveaway, so please be sure to read the details carefully. The giveaway will be open until 11:59pm PT on Saturday, January 5. The winner will be announced on Sunday, January 6 and will be contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If they don’t, an alternate winner will be selected. There is one mandatory entry and all the others are bonus optional entries. For the mandatory entry, leave me a comment below letting me know whether you currently do a weekly menu plan. If not, why?
Good luck and I hope everyone has a VERY safe and happy New Year’s Eve! As a friendly reminder, please be smart. Don’t drink and drive!
Until next time …
Image of 2013 courtesy of sdmania / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Disclosure: Slender Kitchen provided me with a complimentary one-year membership for the giveaway winner. I received no compensation and, as always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.