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Weekly MAMIL Food Plan April 29th-May 5th

The overall goal for this week is to ease into a new routine.  Eating healthy is a lifestyle built upon the routine of meal planning, cooking, lunch packing, etc.  AND this routine is brand new for him.  Never before in his adult life will my dear husband been so meticulously fed.  Fresh ingredients, nothing pre-packaged, home cooked, packed away, and made with thought and care.

I sincerely hope he knows how hard I am working to accomplish this because, I gotta tell you, feeding my dear MAMIL is no easy job.  He hates faff.  He refuses to eat fruit (because he says it makes him poop).  He considers the potato as the only vegetable he needs. He gets hungry throughout the day but stubbornly refuses to eat.  His spirit animal is Bernie Sanders. Yada, yada, yada….  I would say menu planning for my toddler is easier.

To further complicate matters, my husband refuses to eat anything at home before riding to work, opting for a fasted workout and eating after his commute.  Since he rides 25 km to and from work everyday in the tropical heat of Malaysia, everything in his lunchbox needs to be pannier friendly.  NO liquids that could spill.  Nothing too delicate that might flatten. Nothing that can easily spoil in the heat.  It  also needs be something that he wants to eat so that he doesn’t ‘accidentally’ forget it and hop out to McDonald’s on his lunch break.  AND, oh yeah, it has to have the right amount of carbs and protein not to mention his daily 5-a-day of fruit and vegetables.

So, as you can see, this task is becoming daunting.  I am starting to think that my MAMIL is high maintenance.

With that being said, I need to take a breath and remember that:

1 – This is an experiment and will be adjusted to fit his needs over time so there is room for error.

and

2 – This is the first week.  So give yourself some slack and gently walk into it.

Overall, the meal plan is simple.  A breakfast and lunch that he can carry with him with snacks for the morning and afternoon.  As for family dinners, I usually plan the menu around a lean protein such as lamb, pork, chicken or fish and seafood with one night being meatless/vegetarian.  We will try to stay away from anything fried (sad), sugar and high calorie dairy.  I allow for one cheat meal a week because I don’t believe in all work and no play.  It is only natural that people will succumb to temptation every once and while and a diet that does not allow for that possibility just isn’t sustainable in the long run.  Since he goes for a long bike ride every Sunday morning, we carb load the night before with the usual pasta/noodles.  To help with recovery, we feast on a Sunday roast.  The method to my madness is delicious to say the least.

So, ladies and gentlemen….HERE it is.  The first MAMIL menu:

Sumac Roasted Vegetables with Naan

Monday

Breakfast: Lean Breakfast Burrito

AM Snack: Mandarin Orange (A FRUIT HE’LL ACTUALLY EAT!!!)

Lunch: Noodles tossed in a special peanut sauce with strips of cucumber and a sprinkling of cilantro.  Served with oven broiled chicken satay.

PM Snack: 2 oz bag of nuts (about 50 g)

DinnerLamb Chops marinated in garlic and rosemary, sumac roasted vegetables, naan bread

Pork and Celery Stir-Fry

Tuesday

 Breakfast: Lean Breakfast Burrito

AM Snack: Mandarin Orange

Lunch:  Noodles tossed in a special peanut sauce with strips of cucumber and a sprinkling of cilantro.  Served with oven broiled chicken satay.

PM Snack: 2 oz bag of nuts (about 50 g)

Dinner:  Pork and Celery Stir-fry, jasmine rice

Marsala Mushroom French Omelette with Chevre

Wednesday

Breakfast: Lean Breakfast Burrito

AM Snack: Mandarin Orange

Lunch: Chicken roasted in curry spices wrapped in a tortilla with lots of veg, a dab of Sriracha and garlic sauce

PM Snack: 2 oz bag of nuts (about 50 g)

Dinner:  Marsala Mushroom and Chevre French Omelette, Oven fries, tomato salad

Hoki in Thai Yellow Curry

Thursday

 Breakfast: Lean Breakfast Burrito

AM Snack: Mandarin Orange

Lunch: Chicken roasted in curry spices wrapped in a tortilla with lots of veg, a dab of Sriracha and garlic sauce

PM Snack: 2 oz bag of nuts (about 50 g)

Dinner: Hoki in Thai Yellow Curry, jasmine rice, green papaya salad

Cheat Meal

Friday

Breakfast: Lean Breakfast Burrito

AM Snack:  Mandarin Orange

Lunch: Chickpeas lightly fried in Indian spice and tossed with freshly chopped tomatoes, cucumber, onions and cilantro.  Serve with tortillas.

PM Snack: 2 oz bag of nuts (about 50 g)

Dinner: cheat meal

Spag Bol

Saturday

Breakfast:  Kedgeree and coffee

AM Snack: Fresh fruit

Lunch: Soup and Sandwich

PM Snack: Nuts

Dinner:  Spag Bol, side salad with balsamic vinaigrette

The Perfect Roast Chicken

Sunday

Breakfast: Eggs and toast

AM Snack: Fresh fruit

Lunch: Leftover Spag Bol

PM Snack: Nuts

Dinner:  The Perfect Roast Chicken, mashed potatoes, lemon green beans

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