Gingerbread Pumpkin Squares (Dinner for Two Week 7)

Breakfast: Gingerbread Pumpkin Squares

Lunch: Corn Salad, Orange Buttermilk Salad, Ham, Nectarine or Peach, Nuts

Dinner: Italian Chicken Dinner or Peachy Pork and an endive

Dessert: Cool Waters Shake

Gingerbread Pumpkin Squares

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking pan with oil or non-stick spray.

Combine 1/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour, 3/4 cup of vanilla whey protein powder, 1/2 cup of oats, 2 tsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp of salt, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of ground cloves, 1/2 tsp of ground ginger, and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg in a medium-sized bowl and stir well. Stir together 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 3 Tbsp of molasses, 2 tsp of vanilla, and 3 packets of Stevia in a larger bowl until a smooth mixture forms.

Gradually pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of walnut pieces.

Scrape the batter into the greased pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool before trying to remove the cake. Lift it out of the pan with a large flipper and cut into 9 squares.

Orange Buttermilk Salad

Bring a can of crushed pineapple to a boil in a pot. Remove from the heat. Add a package of orange gelatin and stir to dissolve. Add 2 cups of buttermilk and mix well. Cool to room temperature. Fold in carton of thawed whipped topping. Pour into a dish. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Cut into squares. Great side dish to ham.

Creamy Corn Salad

Combine a drained can of whole kernel corn, a seeded and diced tomato, 2 Tbsp of chopped onion, 1/3 cup of mayonnaise, and 1/4 tsp of dill weed in a small bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Peachy Pork

Cut 1 lb of pork tenderloin into 1/4 inch slices. Saute in a large skillet in 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil for 4 minutes. Add 4 minced garlic cloves. Cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in a jar of salsa and 1/4 cup of peach preserves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 2 minutes. Serve over rice.

Italian Chicken Dinner

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut up a 3 lb fryer/broiler chicken and place in a greased baking dish. Cut up 1 lb of red potatoes into chunks and arrange around chicken. Drizzle with 3/4 cup of Italian salad dressing. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp of Italian seasoning and 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover. Bake 20-30 minutes longer.

Cool Waters Shake

Combine 3/4 cup of cold milk, 2 Tbsp of berry blue gelatin, and 3/4 cup of vanilla ice cream in a blender. Cover and process for 30 seconds. Pour into a glass and drink immediately.

Stovetop Snacks

Saute 2 cups of nuts in 2 Tbsp of oil or melted butter over medium-high heat, stirring often, until they begin to brown. Sprinkle with your choice of seasonings (salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, curry powder, etc], tossing the nuts with a wooden spoon. Turn out onto paper towels to cool, then store in an airtight container.

SHOPPING LIST:

Almond milk

Buttermilk

Parmesan cheese

Red potatoes (at least 2 lbs)

6 nectarines

6 peaches

Tomato

3 endives

Onion

Garlic

Ham

1 lb pork tenderloin

Broiler/fryer chicken (3 lbs)

Vanilla ice cream (at least 1 quart)

Frozen whipped topping (8 oz)

Salsa (16 oz)

Can of whole kernel corn (15 oz)

Can of crushed pineapple (20 oz)

Peach preserves

Pumpkin puree

2 pkgs of berry blue and 1 pkg of orange gelatin

Rice

Walnuts

Italian seasoning

Dill weed

Ground ginger

Molasses

Stevia

Chocolate chips

Potato starch

[Also needed: nuts, vegetable oil, butter, favorite seasoning, milk (at least 1 L), mayonnaise]

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Week 14

Shopping List:

Cream cheese

Dried thyme

Dried parsley flakes

Crackers (You probably have saltines leftover from last week, but get another box of a different kind so you have some variety for the spread we’re making this week)

Small broccoli florets (fresh or frozen) or asparagus

Envelope of hollandaise sauce mix or cheese sauce mix

8 oz of sliced deli turkey

8 oz of sliced deli ham

Sourdough bread

1 lb salmon fillet

Dill weed

Reduced-fat plain yogurt

Salt-free seasoning blend

Green beans

Cranberries

[Garlic and sugar also needed]

 

Breakfast: Oatmeal

Lunch: Sandwich, crackers with spread, and cranberries

Dinner: Salmon, rice, and green beans

 

Creamy Thyme Spread

Combine a package of cream cheese, 1 tsp of dried thyme, 1 tsp of dried parsley flakes, and 1 tsp of minced garlic in a bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with crackers.

 

Open-Faced Sandwich Supreme

(This recipes yields enough veggies, sauce, and protein for 4 sandwiches. You will have extra bread. It is absolutely imperative that you divide the sauce into four portions before you make it as hollandaise sauce cannot be reheated and cheese sauce is never as good the second time either. If you can eat 2 sandwiches at once, make half the sauce. If you are just doing one, make a quarter. Cook all the veggies the first time though so next time you make a sandwich, it’ll be faster)

Cook 3 cups of broccoli or 3 cups of asparagus in a small amount of water in a pot until tender and drain. Prepare the hollandaise sauce or cheese sauce according to the package directions (remember that you divided it!). Warm 2 oz of turkey and 2 oz of ham, if you want. Layer over a slice of toasted sourdough. Top with broccoli/asparagus and sauce.

 

Salmon with Dill Sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place a 1 lb salmon fillet in a baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of dill. Cover and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine 1/2 cup of reduced-fat plain yogurt, 1/2 tsp of sugar, 1/2 tsp of salt-free seasoning blend, and 1 tsp of dill in a small pot. Cook and stir over low heat until warmed. Serve with salmon.