{Meal Planning} Pinning and Planning Our Dinner Menu – Week of February 7

Today is Super Bowl 50 and it’s also the last few days of Mardi Gras with Fat Tuesday (or as we like to call it in our house – Pancake Day) just around the corner. As much as I love celebrating every delicious moment with special menus and festive fare, I’m finding it very challenging to plan fun meals while closely following the Body Back menu plan.

The Body Back Menu Recipe Guide is full of low calorie meals rich with leans meats, fresh veggies and fruits, proteins and good for you carbs. Most of the time I do follow a similar meal plan, but, truthfully portion control is my biggest problem. Then, pour in my lack of portion control with alcohol and we have a serious situation. The struggle is real, y’all!

But that all changed at the start of the year and with the help of Body Back. I’m back on track watching and measuring portions, not skipping meals such as breakfast and journaling it all. (I’ve logged into one week straight on MyFitness Pal! Yay me!) And of course, I’ve definitely cut back on the drinking.

Grilled Buffalo Wings

Grilled Buffalo Wing are perfect lightened-up Game Day favorite!

With two big festive events back to back, Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, there will be a lot less libations on Game Day for me and certainly no cocktails like Hurricanes on Fat Tuesday. But one thing is for certain: you count on a lightened up menu being planned.

Chicken Sausage Gumbo is a great Mardi Gras meal or Fat Tuesday dish!

Here is this week’s dinner menu full of lightened up Mardi Gras meal options:

Sunday – Grilled Buffalo Wings served with Mixed Greens Reduced Fat Blue Cheese Crumbles

Meatless Monday – Vegetarian Red Beans with Brown Rice and a Mixed Greens Salad

Fat Tuesday – Pancake Day Pancakes for the Kids (leftovers for me)

Wednesday – Chicken Sausage Gumbo with Maple Syrup Cornbread

Thursday – Lightened Up Baked Shrimp Po’ Boy Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Remoulade Sauce

Friday – Pizza

Why not make Game Day a SOUPer Bowl Sunday?

Check out these delicious soup options to heat up your Super Bowl Sunday.

Run DMT Pinning and Planning Dinner Menu

What healthy tailgating dishes are winners for Game Day? What is your favorite Mardi Gras meal? What recipes are you pinning and planning?