7-Day Weight-Loss Meal Plan (March 2-March 8)

A free 7-day, flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and updated WW Smart Points. 7-Day Weight-Loss Meal Plan Now that the Lenten season has begun, make sure to check recipes like Cod Fish Tacos, Easiest Pasta and Broccoli Recipe, or any of my […]

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A free 7-day, flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and updated WW Smart Points.

A free 7-day, flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and updated WW Smart Points.

7-Day Weight-Loss Meal Plan

Now that the Lenten season has begun, make sure to check recipes like Cod Fish Tacos, Easiest Pasta and Broccoli Recipe, or any of my vegetarian recipes for those meatless Fridays.

WW has changed their plan to now include a Blue, Purple and Green Plan. All the recipes on my blog are updated for the Blue plan. I’ve been updating all my recipes (over 2000) and have completed 2019 with the other two colors, and I am working my way down so please be patient.

Why Should Everyone Meal Plan?

Meal planning is a great way to organize your meals for the week ahead. You also save time and money in the supermarket! And of course, planning ahead helps you stick to your goals!

About The Meal Plan

If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible healthy meal plans (you can see my previous meal plans here) that are meant as a guide, with plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food, coffee, beverages, fruits, snacks, dessert, wine, etc or swap recipes out for meals you prefer, you can search for recipes by course in the index. You should aim for around 1500 calories* per day.

There’s also a precise, organized grocery list that will make grocery shopping so much easier and much less stressful. Save you money and time. You’ll dine out less often, waste less food and you’ll have everything you need on hand to help keep you on track.

Lastly, if you’re on Facebook join my Skinnytaste Facebook Community where everyone’s sharing photos of recipes they are making, you can join here. I’m loving all the ideas everyone’s sharing! If you wish to get on the email list, you can subscribe here so you never miss a meal plan!

Also, if you don’t have the Skinnytaste Meal Planner, now would be a great time to get one to get organized for 2020! There was a print error last year, but it’s perfect now! You can order it here!

THE DETAILS:

Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, are designed to serve 1 while dinners and all meals on Saturday and Sunday are designed to serve a family of 4. Some recipes make enough leftovers for two nights or lunch the next day. While we truly believe there is no one size fits all meal plan, we did our best to come up with something that appeals to a wide range of individuals. Everything is Weight Watchers friendly, I included the updated WW Blue SP for your convenience, feel free to swap out any recipes you wish or just use this for inspiration!

The grocery list is comprehensive and includes everything you need to make all meals on the plan. I’ve even included brand recommendations of products I love and use often. Cross check your cabinets because many condiments you’ll notice I use often, so you may already have a lot of them.

And last, but certainly not least, this meal plan is flexible and realistic. There’s plenty of wiggle room for cocktails, healthy snacks, dessert and dinner out. And if necessary, you can move some things around to make it work with your schedule. Please let me know if you’re using these plans, this will help me decide if I should continue sharing them!

MONDAY (3/2)
B: ½ cup quick oats* (4B 4G 0P) with 1 teaspoon honey (1B 1G 1P), ½ a diced apple (0B 0G 0P) 1 tablespoon 1%
milk (0B 0G 0P), 1 tablespoon chopped pecans (2B 2G 2P), pinch salt
L: Food Cart-Style Chicken Salad with White Sauce (8B 8G 8P)
D: Air Fryer Falafel (1B 5G 1P) in a whole wheat pita (4B 4G 4P) with ¼ cup Tzatziki (0B 0G 0P), 2 tablespoons each
cucumber and tomato and 4 slices red onion (0B 0G 0P)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 20B 24G 16P, Calories 935**

TUESDAY (3/3)
B: 1 slice whole grain bread (3B 3G 3P) with 1 tablespoon peanut butter (3B 3G 3P) and ½ medium banana (0B 0G
0P)
L: Food Cart-Style Chicken Salad with White Sauce (8B 8G 8P)
D: Skillet Taco Cauliflower Rice (5B 5G 5P)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 19B 19G 19P, Calories 849**

WEDNESDAY (3/4)
B:  ½ cup quick oats (4B 4G 0P) with 1 teaspoon honey (1B 1G 1P), ½ a diced apple (0B 0G 0P) 1 tablespoon 1%
milk (0B 0G 0P), 1 tablespoon chopped pecans (2B 2G 2P), pinch salt
L: Food Cart-Style Chicken Salad with White Sauce (8B 8G 8P)
D: Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables (9B 9G 8P)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 24B 24G 19P, Calories 1,019**

THURSDAY (3/5)
B: 1 slice whole grain bread (3B 3G 3P) with 1 tablespoon peanut butter (3B 3G 3P) and ½ medium banana (0B 0G
0P)
L: Food Cart-Style Chicken Salad with White Sauce (8B 8G 8P)
D: Pepper Steak (5B 6G 5P) with ¾ cup brown rice (5B 5G 0P)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 24B 25G 19P, Calories 944**

FRIDAY (3/6)
B: ½ cup quick oats (4B 4G 0P) with 1 teaspoon honey (1B 1G 1P), ¼ cup blueberries (0B 0G 0P) 1 tablespoon 1%
milk (0B 0G 0P), 1 tablespoon chopped pecans (2B 2G 2P), pinch salt
L: Spiralized Raw Zucchini Salad with Avocado and Edamame (6B 8G 5P)
D: Basil-Parmesan Crusted Salmon (3B 6G 3P) with Raw Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Oil (2B 2G 2P)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 18B 23G 13P, Calories 870**

SATURDAY (3/7)
B: Czech Crepes with Berries and Cream (4B 4G 4P)
L: Arugula Salad with Crispy Prosciutto, Parmesan and Fried Egg (6B 8G 6P) (recipe x 2)
D: DINNER OUT!

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 10B 12G 10P, Calories 524**

SUNDAY (3/8)
B: Quinoa Huevos Rancheros Bowls (6B 11G 5P)
L: Broccoli and Cheese Potato Soup (7B 9G 5P) with 2 ounces multigrain baguette (3B 3G 3P)
D: Stuffed Baked Pork Chops with Prosciutto and Mozzarella (7B 7G 7P ) with Mashed Cauliflower (2B 2G 2P)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 25B 32G 22P, Calories 963**

*Prepare oats with water according to package directions

**This is just a guide, women should aim for around 1500 calories per day. Here’s a helpful calculator to estimate
your calorie needs. I’ve left plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food such as coffee, beverages, fruits,
snacks, dessert, wine, etc.

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Nana’s Spaghetti Soup: Not Your Typical Italian Grandma Story

Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more. In My Family Recipe, writers share the stories of dishes that are meaningful to them and their loved ones.

“How’s your friend, that nice boy?” my grandma Clara asked. Read More >>

Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more. In My Family Recipe, writers share the stories of dishes that are meaningful to them and their loved ones.


“How’s your friend, that nice boy?” my grandma Clara asked.

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This Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Dinner Ideas for Busy People

This meal plan is all about adjusting and adapting. Being on the go, needing quick and easy dinner ideas, or figuring out how to get those 5 a day doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Don’t sacrifice — enjoy Freezer Chicken Burritos, Pasta Pomodo…

This meal plan is all about adjusting and adapting. Being on the go, needing quick and easy dinner ideas, or figuring out how to get those 5 a day doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Don’t sacrifice — enjoy Freezer Chicken Burritos, Pasta Pomodoro with Shrimp, and Baked Sweet Potato Taquitos.

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Break out your food processor and make this creamy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus! This hummus is the perfect dip for vegetables and pita, or use it as a healthy sandwich spread. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Continue reading “Roasted R…

Break out your food processor and make this creamy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus! This hummus is the perfect dip for vegetables and pita, or use it as a healthy sandwich spread. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is.

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Currently Crushing On.

Happy Saturday! And leap day! This week on the blog I shared this delish toasted cauliflower brie BAKED risotto! It’s so easy and good. We also made homemade lemon garlic fish sticks with jalapeño tartar sauce and brown brown chocolate chip cookie bars. There’s also a new what to eat this week post, as well […]

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currently crushing on

Happy Saturday! And leap day!

This week on the blog I shared this delish toasted cauliflower brie BAKED risotto! It’s so easy and good. We also made homemade lemon garlic fish sticks with jalapeño tartar sauce and brown brown chocolate chip cookie bars. There’s also a new what to eat this week post, as well as a new week in the life post.

Also shared everything I read in February along with my February favorites!

xoxo

What I’m loving this week:

These baja fish tacos look irresistible.

Fried pickles! Hello!

Love these tahini banana muffins.

Blood orange creamsicle semifreddo. Officially dying.

Tortellini zuppa toscana. Craving this.

These migas look so delish.

Homemade sprinkles forever!

Want to try this vegan ranch dip.

Apple cinnamon spiced kombucha. YUM!

Whoa whoa: cheddar scallion english muffin bread.

Crispy tofu basil stir fry. Sounds wonderful.

How cool are these black sesame cookies and cream cupcakes?!

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February Favorites: Lifestyle.

A list of all the things I loved in February! xo FOOD My weeknight peanut noodles. I could eat these every single day. They are so delicious and so easy. Definitely my highlight of the month. Tajin seasoned glass rimmer. I was SO excited to find this. I mean, who doesn’t love a chili lime […]

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february favorites

A list of all the things I loved in February! xo

FOOD

My weeknight peanut noodles. I could eat these every single day. They are so delicious and so easy. Definitely my highlight of the month.

Tajin seasoned glass rimmer. I was SO excited to find this. I mean, who doesn’t love a chili lime salted rim for their margarita? BRB going to make one right now!

Maldon Salt Flake Tub. On that same note, I can no longer find Maldon Salt at my Target, so I ordered this almost 5LB tub on amazon. Um, it’s amazing and the best purchase ever. Also great to split with friends/family. It’s the best finishing salt.

FASHION

Ganni Pleated Georgette Blouse. Ganni has quickly become my favorite brand! I bought this top in the original print back in November and it is probably the most worn clothing item I’ve bought in years. I wear it ALL the time. It is just so flattering, so fun, looks great with jeans and is really comfortable. And now it’s in a pink version so I had to buy it for spring. I LOVE IT.

Gorjana Star Stud Earrings. Any stud-like earrings? I’m in. These are so cute and wearable.

Heart Hoop Earrings. But another fave of the month are these heart hoops! I love a good hoop every now and then and these ones are so cute.

Good American Good Legs Jeans in Blue 308. I know, I know, I’ve talked about good american forever, but these ones are SO good – these are so stretchy (but always look like jeans) and the color is AMAZING!! I love a dark wash and this takes it to a new level. By far my most favorite pair of jeans right now.

MEDIA

The Idea of You. This was my favorite book by far of the entire month. You can see my review of it here!

Atomic Habits. I also loved this book so much! It took me a while to get through since I listened to it, but it has SO many great points and I took a ton of notes. I love it.

HOME

GreenPan Oval Roasting Pan. I feel like I haven’t shut up about these pans since the fall, but this oval roasted is incredible. It’s larger than a skillet so you can make a big meal in it, but it’s SO much lighter than a dutch oven or pot. It’s just EASY. I absolutely love this entire line but the oval roasted is pure gold. And yes, it can go in the oven!

Milk and Oatmeal Reed Diffuser. I know I mentioned the soap last month, but this is the BEST diffuser ever. It is pretty strong (every time Max walks into the bathroom he’s like IT SMELLS SO GOOD IN HERE!) and smells wonderful. A mix between comforting and fresh.

Porter 24oz glass jars. I’ve seen the larger version of these for a year and while I don’t necessarily need that, these have become my new go-to for overnight oats! I have two that I rotate between and aside from being cute and adorable, they are so much better than my years-old plastic containers.

KIDS

Kid’s Yeti Rambler Jr. The kids take water everywhere and we’ve always used the thermos canteens and the kid’s hydroflasks. This past month, we tried the yeti kids for the first time and LOVED them. They are super heavy duty and keep the water cold. This is the bottle Max takes to school now and he has decided it’s his favorite. Absolutely no leaking with this either, and it’s easy to get the straw flipped up.

Mini Melissa Sprinkle Donut Mary Janes. You know what a huge mini Melissa fan I am and um, well… HELLO!! Donut shoes for Emilia. I am hear for it. She can’t wear them for another month or so (unless she wears tights now) but she has been wearing them all over the house.

Mosaic Sticker Puzzles. Max has been loving sticker puzzles for at least a year but there weren’t many out there (we’ve done them all, and then some!). I finally found these ones and he is loving them. He will sit and do a few puzzles at once and they are perfect for when we go out to eat and wait for the food.

Barefoot Dreams Baby Blanket. So these are the blankets we fight over in our house, and now we all have one! I bought this frozen one for Emilia and Max really wanted his own, so I got this kid-sized one in the ocean wild print. He is obsessed and now we all cuddle with our blankets. Really wish I had known about the little ones when my kids were born!

[none of this is sponsored, i just love to tell you what i love every month! there are a few general affiliate links above! xo]

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The Weekend Dish: 2/29/2020

Hello and Happy Leap Day! It seemed like January was a year long and February has been over in about two seconds. And this last week has been A WEEK. Phew! It was good to have the last couple of days to catch my breath and get ready for another, thankfully slower, week. What have […]

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Hello and Happy Leap Day!

It seemed like January was a year long and February has been over in about two seconds. And this last week has been A WEEK. Phew! It was good to have the last couple of days to catch my breath and get ready for another, thankfully slower, week. What have you been up to? Anything fun? Eaten anything great lately? Share with me!

As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week, the most shared recipes, my Sunday dinner menu, and recipes I’ve bookmarked from other blogs. Enjoy!

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Friday Things – Pajama days, a new allergy treatment, soup, cleaning, rosti, cake, cookies, and more!

Top 5 Most Popular Posts This Week:

1. My Favorite White Bread Recipe

2. Paczki (Polish Doughnuts)

3. Apple Turnovers (From Scratch!)

4. Classic Burger Sauce

5. Grandma’s Banana Nut Bread

This Time Last Year…

These were the recipes that hit the site during this same week last year…

Chicken Pot Pie

10 Fabulous Recipes Using Store-Bought Rotisserie Chicken

Sunday Dinner Menu

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
Veggies TBD

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes and posts from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like, too:

Dying to make homemade garlic knots that rival the ones we had on vacation the year we got married!

I feel like a big batch of crockpot pork carnitas should always be in the fridge.

Literally cannot wait to make these chicken burritos.

Yessssssss! >> Skillet Cornbread with Chipotle Honey Butter

Reuben casserole is totally happening for St. Patrick’s Day!

Have a delicious weekend!

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Indian Fried Rice

Fragrant, turmeric-infused, Indian Fried Rice- full of healthy veggies that can be made in under 30 minutes. Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and Vegan adaptable, it is a fast and easy weeknight meal- great for using up leftover rice or stray veggies in the fr…

This fragrant, turmeric infused, Indian Fried Rice is full of healthy veggies and can be made in under 30 minutes. Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Vegan adaptable, it is a fast and easy weeknight meal- great for using up leftover rice and veggies in the fridge.

Fragrant, turmeric-infused, Indian Fried Rice- full of healthy veggies that can be made in under 30 minutes. Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and Vegan adaptable, it is a fast and easy weeknight meal- great for using up leftover rice or stray veggies in the fridge.  Serve over a bed of spinach with optional Raita.  One morning in while...

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Irish Brown Bread

A couple of years ago I made my first loaf of Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day, and instantly fell in love. I loved the thick, hearty texture and simple, yet complex, flavor. It’s perfect for toasting and slathering with butter and jam, to soak up extra broth from your favorite Irish stew or […]

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A couple of years ago I made my first loaf of Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day, and instantly fell in love. I loved the thick, hearty texture and simple, yet complex, flavor. It’s perfect for toasting and slathering with butter and jam, to soak up extra broth from your favorite Irish stew or to eat alongside corned beef hash. Any way you cut it, it’s a fabulous bread that I have enjoyed over and over since first trying it. This year, I started seeing mention of Irish brown bread and went about trying to find some authentic recipes. Well, I found tons. And they all seemed to contradict each other in terms of what makes Irish brown bread truly “authentic” – some had to contain oats, some said absolutely no eggs, some said only four ingredients, and the list goes on and on. In the end it seemed that there was no one set of rules for Irish brown bread and I decided on this version from David Lebovitz’ blog, which comes from the chef/owner of Longueville House in Ireland.

I loved this version because it included such a wide variety of flours and grains – all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and a combination of wheat bran and wheat germ. I used a stone-ground whole wheat flour and oat bran since I didn’t have any wheat bran or wheat germ on hand. It takes the hearty texture of the bread to a whole new level and is absolutely, utterly delicious. I cut the original recipe in half since the original calls for such a large amount of flour. David suggested dividing the recipe into two loaves, but I just halved it and made one. For the full recipe, be sure to check out David’s blog.

I think I am now officially converted to the brown bread version of Irish soda bread – it’s delish!

One year ago: Asiago Bagels
Two years ago: Baked Oatmeal
Three years ago: Royal Crown’s Tortano
Four years ago: Mexican Rice

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Irish Brown Bread

A classic bread recipe from Ireland
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings (1 loaf)
Calories 223kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 1½ teaspoons whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup + 1½ teaspoons wheat bran oat bran or wheat germ, or a combination
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cut into small pieces
  • cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon molasses

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and put it on the center oven rack.
  • 2. Whisk together the whole wheat flour and wheat/oat bran or wheat germ in a large bowl.
  • 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the wheat flour mixture and whisk to combine.
  • 4. Add the butter pieces and rub them into small pieces with the flour mixture using your fingers, until as small as possible.
  • 5. Stir in the buttermilk and molasses until the dough is uniformly damp. Turn out onto a lightly floured countertop and knead gently, until the dough forms a smooth ball.
  • 6. Use a sharp serrated knife (or a lame) to slice a cross deeply into the top of the bread, about 1-inch deep. Place the loaf on the hot baking sheet.
  • 7. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until the loaf is firm on top and when you tap the bottom, feels hollow.
  • 8. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for about one hour before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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4 Practical Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Pandemic

The Center for Disease Control is currently monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus throughout communities in the United States. For one thing, coronaviruses are actually pretty common—usually manifesting as mild sicknesses, like the common cold. But a …

The Center for Disease Control is currently monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus throughout communities in the United States. For one thing, coronaviruses are actually pretty common—usually manifesting as mild sicknesses, like the common cold. But a novel strain, COVID-19, has been said to cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (symptoms include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath—though the illness has also been reported to cause body aches, sore throat, vomiting, and diarrhea), and can be fatal for those with already compromised immune systems.

Because it is possible to be a carrier of COVID-19 without showing symptoms, it is imperative that we all practice excellent personal and household cleanliness, stay home as much is possible, maintain at least six feet of distance between ourselves and others, and to wear a cloth face covering if you must be around others. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, and so the best way to prevent and slow the spread of illness is simply to avoid exposure.

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