Week 27

Shopping List:

30 caramels

Creamy peanut butter

Peanuts

5 apples

Envelope of brown gravy mix

Jar of sliced mushrooms

Horseradish

4 beef tenderloin fillets (5 oz each)

2 bagels

1 or 2 tomatoes, depending on size

Bacon

4 oz mozzarella cheese

Ranch salad dressing

Spinach

Strawberries

[Also needed: pepper]

 

Lunch: Bacon-tomato bagel, peanut-caramel dip with slices of apple, and a couple strawberries

Dinner: Beef fillets, potatoes, and spinach/strawberry salad

 

Bacon-Tomato Bagel Melts

Split bagel in half and toast half of it. Place cut side up on a baking sheet. Top with 2 slices of tomato and two stips of cooked bacon. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Broil 5″ from the heat for 1-2 minutes. Serve with ranch dressing.

 

Festive Fillets

Prepare an envelope of brown gravy mix according to package directions. Add a jar of drained sliced mushrooms and 2 tsp of horseradish. Set aside and keep warm. Cook fillets over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet, turning once. Season with 1/8 tsp of pepper. Serve with the gravy.

 

Caramel Peanut Butter Dip

Unwrap 30 caramels. Microwave caramels and 3 Tbsp of water in a glass bowl for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave one more minute. Add 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp of peanut butter and mix well. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in 1/4 cup of finely crushed peanuts. Eat warm with sliced apples.

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Week 2

Shopping List:

3-4 cups worth of raspberries. Buy a fresh flat if you can afford it, or buy one or two bags of frozen ones and then let them thaw.

2 lemons

Orange

Vegetable oil (the big one! You will use this a lot!)

Boneless sirloin steak

Can of mandarin oranges

Can of whole-berry cranberry sauce

Pkg of cream cheese

6 onion bagels (or another flavor, if you prefer)

1 lb. thinly sliced deli turkey (or 500 g)

Arugula

Grapes

Pkg of whole oats

Pkg of chia seeds

Pkg of ground flax

[Also needed: garlic, tea bags, sugar]

 

Breakfast: Whole oats with flax and chia seeds with a bit of milk and brown sugar. Super healthy (if you use the sugar in moderation of course)

Lunch: Turkey bagel, grapes, and a glass of raspberry iced tea

Dinner: Steak, arugula with ranch salad dressing, and potatoes

 

Cranberry-Orange Turkey Bagel

Drain the can of mandarin oranges and then mash them in a bowl with a fork. Stir in the cranberry sauce. Spread cream cheese on the bagel and top with some turkey and a spoonful or two of the cranberry-orange mixture. I think onion bagels are the best, but other good ones for this combo are poppy, sesame, and wheat.

 

Raspberry Iced Tea

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Stir in 2/3 cup of sugar until it dissolves. Remove from the heat and add 5 tea bags. Steep for 5-8 minutes and then discard the tea bags. Add 4 more cups of water to dilute.

In another pot, bring 3-4 cups of raspberries and 1/4 cup of water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Strain and discard the pulp. Add raspberry juice to the tea mixture. Serve over ice.

 

Citrus Sirloin Steak

(Note: This recipe requires marinating so must be started 9 or more hours before you intend to eat it)

Cut the lemons and orange into quarters. In a skillet, cook the lemon and orange wedges in 1/2 cup of vegetable oil over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Stir often. Add 1 clove (or 1 tsp) of minced garlic. Cook and stir for 1-2 more minutes. Place steak in a shallow glass baking dish. Pierce meat every inch with a fork. Pour citrus mixture over the steak and then turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, turning 3 or 4 times.

Drain and discard of the marinade. On a BBQ, covered grill, or whatever kind of grill you can come up with, cook steak for 9-10 minutes on each side over medium-hot heat or until it reaches desired doneness. I believe its a crime to cook steak well-done so the meat thermometer should read between 140 and 150 if you have one. If not, cut into the middle after the first 10 minutes and see how you’re doing! Garnish with a bit of fresh parsley if you have some leftover from last week.