Monday, April 18, 2011

Using Stumble Upon To Make a Weekly Menu Plan

I love using Stumble Upon to find cool articles, craft tutorials and unique recipes. For the last few weeks, I have been using recipes that I have found while stumbling to create my weekly menu plan and it has worked out great! You get to sample a variety of recipes from many different sources and this leads to a broader range of options. Check out the menu I have planned for this week!

Meals:

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf - I mainly just got the idea for this from stumbling. I plan on using my own recipe for the meatloaf and then adding turkey bacon for a lower calorie meal. The rest of the family will have mashed potatoes with this, but I will have a few different vegetables with mine.

Lemon Garlic Chicken With Alfredo Noodles - The lemon garlic chicken breasts are pre-seasoned from the store, but the simple Alfredo sauce is one I found while stumbling. The only change I will make is whole grain pasta.

Mini Lasagnas - These were adorable and looked so easy, so I have to give them a shot. Plus, there are many ways to make them lower in fat and calories, but still tasting great!


Drunken Irish Stew - This Irish girl couldn't pass up a recipe like this. Made with plenty of veggies, this should be a tasty dish.

Rigatoni Chorizo and Chicken Al Forno - Okay, so there is nothing healthy about this meal, but it looks so so good I have to try it. Instead of heavy cream, I will be using a combo of low fat cottage cheese and non fat powdered milk to make a substitute.

Desserts:

Cheesecake Filled Strawberries - Seriously? How could you not make this? Maybe I will just have one or two lol.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake - This looks like it will be a yummy dessert that the boys will enjoy and I can make some substitutions to lower the calories and fat as well.

Helpful Tips:
  • Do not choose more than one recipe from each website that you Stumble Upon. The variety makes it much more fun.
  • Choose only the "Food/Cooking" category from the Stumble toolbar to return websites that feature only food and cooking posts. This eliminates all other topics for the time being.
  • Don't be afraid to branch out and try a recipe or type of food that is different than what you are used to.
  • Change up the recipe to fit your own needs. This can include eliminating ingredients your family won't eat or adding substitutes to lower the fat and calories.
Have you ever used Stumble Upon to create your weekly meal plan? How did it go?

5 comments:

  1. Looks like it's going to be a yummy week at your house.

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  2. Stumbleupon rocks! I've made tons of recipes from recipes I've stumbled on:)

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  3. I love using Stumble Upon for recipes. That's a great idea about the menu plan!
    Kas

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  4. You put together a tasty menu here. Can I come over for dinner:)

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  5. I love Stumble! You're so creative to plan a whole menu with it.

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