Pinning and Planning – May 26

Like many of you, my family and I will be spending the holiday weekend at numerous cookouts.  Having given up carbs recently, it’s been quite challenging as a carb addict to pass on the bun, soft tacos, tortillas, wraps and other typical breads served at cookouts.

At the Margarita Festival yesterday, I did really well by choosing to eat chicken tacos with extra salsa minus the soft taco.  I used a chip as my spoon, but didn’t eat a single bit of the chip.

Today, we will be swimming and grilling at Chrissy’s house and I’m bringing Skinnytaste’s Southwest Black Bean Quinoa Mango Medley as a side dish for the potluck.

Last week, I had pinned and planned such wonderful low-carb meals, but the chicken I purchased was spoiled.  Has that ever happened to you?  It happens quite a bit during the summer months in Florida.  Milk and meats spoil much quicker, even if you buy it well before the sell-by date.

Anyway, it put a monkey wrench in our menu and dinners needed to be moved around; however, on the actual night I attempted to prepare dinner with spoiled chicken, it was too late to run back to the store to buy one.  So, pizza became a Thursday night dinner instead of our usual Friday night meal.

And that’s how we roll.  (I mean that in a carb-free way, of course.)

With the holiday weekend, we’re skipping out on our usual Meatless Monday, because nothing tastes better than a red, a juicy burger for Memorial Day.

Here’s our menu for the week.

S – Mojo Marinade Grilled Chicken Breasts with Skinnytaste’s Southwest Black Bean Quinoa Mango Medley

M – Hamburgers (For a bunless burger, I may try a healthy version of this Big Mac Salad.)

T – Chicken and White Bean Stuffed Peppers

W – Cilantro Baked Tilapia with Mashed Cauliflower

Th – Iron Chef Allan will prepare pasta while I’m at the Straz Center’s Fall Season Premiere.

F – Pizza

What are you pinning and planning? What’s on your dinner menu this week?  Are you passing on the carbs at your holiday weekend cook-outs too?


  1. Jenny says:

    Your menu looks yummy!! I’m crab free from breads, etc., as well and have been for a while. Totally changed my body 🙂

  2. Jackie says:

    Has giving up carbs affected your running at all? I was eating less carby foods and I felt like it affected me. I dunno if I just needed time for my body to adjust or I just wouldn’t be able to adapt. I need to make some sort of changes…but I’m scared. Ahhhhhhh! Lol.

  3. meghan @ little girl in the big world says:

    SkinnyTaste has the best best stuff!! I’m so thankful for the day that I found that website. I made an avocado, black bean, cucumber salad for our gathering yesterday and it was delicious! I’ve never made anything from that site that I didn’t like!

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