Meal planning is a good way to keep the weight off, keep cool too!

Cold salad is great in the middle of a hot day.

Cold salad is great in the middle of a hot day.

I gained a few pounds over the last month – I hate that North wind, so I just stayed in the house alot. When I realized what was happening, I started trying to pay more attention to what I was eating. At the same time, I realized, Summer is early this year, and I have to start planning meals in the morning and getting the worst part of the cooking over with.

A salad is nice, but lettuce and cabbage don’t make a meal. I add pasta, which can be cooked any time of day, and I marinate the pasta with olive oil and salt and pepper to keep it moist.  Then I can also add meat and cheese when I eat it if I want. I just found out – two slices of lean roast beef is less than 50 calories.

I don’t like too many carbo’s or processed grains, but sometimes I’ll crumble some of those “multi-grain” Saltines on top.

I like to make my own croutons with the remains of a loaf of bread, but I’ll be honest – I use butter, lots of it, and that’ll stick to your butt like a wad of chewing gum.

And, when I’m trying to lose weight, I try to stay away from my fave creamy dressings, even the tofu stuff, and stick to olive oil and vinegar.  

The nicest thing about this meal is, it’s waiting for you in the fridge when you come in from yard work at 11 am. 

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