Monday, March 26, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - March 26

I don't know about where you live, but here in Michigan - spring seems to have gone away. I'm back to making body-warming foods, such as the chicken pot pie that my husband and children will enjoy. It's a less fattening version than the usual pot pie but I'm hoping they'll like it.

Today I want to talk a moment about the good qualities of coconut. You may have noticed that coconut water seems to be the rage right now, and for good reason. It has electrolytes and potassium in abundance but with zero fat. It's a healthier alternative than sports drinks because it does not contain the harmful brominated oil that the sports drinks do. (read my article on brominated oil in last week's Menu Plan Monday)

If you want to drink coconut water, you should use only that which is all natural and does not contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Don't drink coconut water exclusively. You should always get plenty of good old regular water as well.

What is the difference between coconut water and coconut milk? Coconut water is taken from young, green coconuts while coconut milk is taken from mature, brown coconuts - the "milk" from within the white, meaty part of the coconut. Coconut milk is good too, but make sure you buy milk that does not have added sugar or a bunch of other "extras" in it.

Coconut has many, many health benefits. Research is showing that coconut oil holds great promise in treating Alzheimer's disease and other diseases, even AIDS. See the information on Coconut Research Center's website for more details.

Now, for this week's menu plan:


Steaks on grill
Baked Potatoes
Creamed Corn
Fresh Pineapple
(I work late so will have a bowl of spaghetti squash)


Spanish Rice
Chips  & Salsa


Oven Baked Chicken


Mild Crock-pot Chili Beans (vegan)


Pizza & Pop


Spaghetti & Meatballs (brown rice noodles - meatballs on the side)


On Your Own


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