Menu Planning and BSI – Vinegar!

Some weeks my menu plan comes to me so easily, and then some weeks, like this one, I am having a hard time coming up with dinner menus!Β  What are you planning this week??

I had so much fun at my Mom’s house, hanging out with my brother and his family, then yesterday my sister and her kids came over – I know my mom loves how busy her house becomes when we all ascend upon her home, but I am sure she is enjoying the quiet today! πŸ˜€

It’s been cold here – today’s high only 8 degrees!Β  But I loved how the sun looked yesterday morning.

Even though my brother went to Giordano’s for dinner the night before, they didn’t mind having pizza again!Β  I ended up making a sausage deep dish and a thin crust cheese.Β  Although I didn’t realize how much smaller my Mom’s cast iron skillet was, so it turned out a bit doughy, but still good!Β  Charlie caught me in action! πŸ˜€

I had leftover dough and decided to make my brother my breakfast pizza – although I think my Mom’s stove doesn’t get as hot as mine, because the pizza got done before the eggs set!Β  But I had to take a picture for Sophia and Brandi – both who love runny eggs!

So while it was nice hanging out, I always love coming home to Tony and my kitchen.Β  I remembered that I still needed to make a recipe for BSI – Balsamic Vinegar – I was happy Melissa extended it a week!Β  I had a thawed turkey breast I needed to cook up, so I decided to use the vinegar in my side dish:

Biz’s Rosemary Balsamic Potatoes and Zucchini

  • 1 pound Idaho potato, scrubbed, skin left on and quartered
  • 1 sliced medium zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Heat oil over medium heat.Β  Add garlic and potatoes and over medium heat, put a lid on the pan and let cook until potatoes are tender – about 5 minutes.Β  Stir it occasionally so one side doesn’t get too dark – since I only used a small amount of oil, I sprayed with Pam every once in a while so they wouldn’t stick.Β  Remove lid and add the remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until the zucchini is done.Β  I will admit that next time I may add the zucchini separately, because my potatoes didn’t stay as crunchy after I added the zucchini.

I liked the nutmeg in this dish! Very subtle but good.

I have to say the last two days I’ve been temporarily insane.Β  I have paid absolutely no attention to what I have put in my mouth, other than to figure out how much insulin to take!Β Β  Nachos, McDonald’s – its been crazy!!Β  It’s like I somehow in my mind decided I wasn’t going to get back on track until Monday!Β Β  But I am picking myself up, dusting myself off and plan on hitting the gym later today, and get my healthy meal plan for the week.Β Β  I can do this – just give me a pep talk, okay?! πŸ˜€


21 thoughts on “Menu Planning and BSI – Vinegar!

  1. I feel kind of the same way, Biz! Like all this time “off” and w/ family and friends and plans and holidays just has been a whirlwind. You’ll get back on track – look how many months you’ve been ON track – it’d be too hard for you to stay off track now!! I love the breakfast pizza, I still need to make that!

  2. Oh man, I’ve been going through the same thing! I’ve been trying to get back on track too, but I figure it will be so much easier starting tomorrow!

    Your potatoes and zucchini look amazing!

  3. You can totally do it Biz! and you will!!!

    Those potatoes are making my mouth water!

  4. You have had A LOT going on the past couple of weeks – no wonder you are feeling a little flustered. But Monday will be back to normal – everybody goes back to work/school, out-of-town visitors will be back home, and I think you will feel much more in control once your alarm goes off tomorrow morning.

    Your BSI veggies look great – oh, and I’m glad Charlie took a picture of you making your pizza…you should designate a photographer and get in the shots more often!

  5. I love the breakfast pizza idea. Of course, you can’t go wrong is a deep dish pizza in a cast iron skillet. Good job.

  6. I’ve been back off track since New Years, but a few days is ok. As long as we get back on now, we’ll be just fine! C’mon Biz!! Let’s get back to bein our healthy selves!! πŸ™‚

  7. Monday is the first week of 2010 – you can get back on track! No doubt in my mind πŸ™‚

  8. Need a pep talk? Okay!

    You can do this! If you decide you have to go through a drive-thru, you don’t have to eat all of it. Sometimes one bite will satisfy that craving. I know cuz’ I have done it. You are on the right track, as it all starts with planning. Now you just need to hold yourself accountable and follow through to success!

    I am going to be here to help support you all the way. I believe in you and so do many other readers. Have a super night!

  9. That breakfast pizza looks amazing. As always jealous of all your pizza making skillz!

  10. LOL… This is the first week I have really tried menu planning. I have always gotten up and decided what to cook that day (many trips to the store a week). So… this week we are having…

    Cajun Shrimp and artichoke soup with Anna Damn Her rolls

    Sausage and peppers with green beans

    Hamburgers (and wait til you see the post for those… not just any hamburgers)

    and Risotto

    OK… I am only planning til Thursday. I decided that my week would start on Friday, as that is entertainment time and something would always mess the plans anyway.

  11. Happy New Year, Biz! Wow, Matthew would definitely love that breakfast pizza. He loves eggs on anything!

    I think the first few days of the new year are chaotic for everyone to get out of the holiday eating routine. Be easy on yourself and ease back into your normal healthy eats! πŸ™‚

  12. Well, we are having fried rice tonight but the rest of the week is up in the air. I’m going to make soba noodles one night, and I think we’ll do pizza another day. I’m too busy to plan!!

    Happy New Year!

  13. You can do it–that’s what holidays are for! Now it’s back to reality and for us all!

    That breakfast pizza looks absolutely aaaamazing btw!

  14. wow those potatoes look amazing! I might have to try that recipe =)

  15. Oh my gosh that breakfast pizza looks divine! I love runny eggs too. YUM!

    So Kev and I are back from Jamaica (last Sat.) and I have been sick this week but ready to get back into the swing of things this coming week.

    We have to meet up sometime soon! Maybe we could do dinner with our hubby’s, that would be fun.

  16. You CAN do it! I’ve been feasting with family for the past 48 hours and TOTALLY feel you. Tomorrow is a new day – woo! That breakfast pizza looks awesome!!

  17. I’m right there with you Biz! We can do it!

    I like your BSI entry this week, that looks quite yummy!

  18. AAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!! That pizza is CRAZY!!! Looks utterly lickably delicious!!! Thank you for that runny yolk picture! You know me too, too well! πŸ˜‰

    And great BSI entry!

  19. You can do it, you can do it! Monday my biggest loser contest starts at work, so I know how you’re feeling – even if you don’t at all believe in the “I’ll start tomorrow” trap, it’s so easy to fall into!

    Best of luck!

  20. Runny yolks are the best! πŸ˜‰

    Tomorrow is today! You can do it!

    Meal planning this week is tough here as well. I think it is the single digit temperatures…makes me want to bake! lol
    I made chili over the weekend (nope, no recipe – just toss & taste) so we’ll have leftovers one night. Aside from that I’m thinking a beef roasted in the oven along with potatoes, onions, carrots & parsnips one day, a low fat chicken corn chowder one night, crispy baked fish or fish tacos (non breaded fish) w/cilantro slaw another and…then I’m out of ideas. lol

    Best wishes for a great week!

  21. No menu planning this week for us, hubby is out of town. I’m sure you will come up with a good plan today! I love your potatoes and zucchini with balsamic vinegar!

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