This is a continuation of my 52-Weeks of 1200-Calorie Menus. This week’s menu is 1198 Calories every day. I think I might have miscalculated my foods because it didn’t feel like so many calories. I’ll use this menu again and come back to this post and adjust it slightly if I need to. The Carrot Cake yogurt had amazing flavor, both complex and crunchy. This was the first time I’ve made meatless tacos, and I’m surprised by how good they are! And wow! The Bacon-fried Brussels sprouts was so filling and packed with bacony good flavor. See within for a grocery list, preparation, recipes, and macros.
Step One : Decide which of these items you will need to pick up at the store. Arranged roughly by department for your convenience.
- Fruits & Vegetables:
- 1 Package Shredded Carrot
- 1 Container Fresh Pico de Gallo
- 1 Package Wholly Guacamole (4 Minis)
- 1 Package Organic Arugula
- 1 Bell Peppers
- 1 Bag Small White Onions
- 1 Jar Minced Garlic
1 Package Celery hearts
- 1 Package Baby Carrots
- 1 Handful of bulk Chia Seeds
- 1 Package Hummus (Your favorite flavor)
- 1 Package Hormel Applewood Smoked Thick Cut Bacon
- Dairy Coolers:
- 1 Carton Half and Half
- 1 Large Carton Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 Single-Serving Milk
- 1 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Package Salted Butter
- Frozen Foods
- 7 Bags Steam-able Brussels Sprouts
- Dry Goods:
- 1 Package 15 Stand and Stuff Hard Shells
- 1 Package Low-Sodium Mexican Seasoning
- 2 Cans of Kidney Beans (look around for a chili flavor)
- 1 Package of 4 Snack-Sized Diced Pineapple (in own juice)
- 1 Case Diet Pop or Sparkling Water (your favorite kind)
- 1 Container Coffee (Your favorite flavor)
- 1 Container Truvia
- 1 Package of Snack-Size Raisin Boxes
- 1 Jar Ground Cloves
- 1 Jar Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Jar Ground Nutmeg
- Household Goods
- (21) – 4 oz. Reusable Snack Containers
- (21) – 9 oz. Reusable Containers
- Saran Wrap
Step Two : As soon as you get home from the store, you can start making your meals, and repackaging your goods into single servings. I know it seems like overkill, but trust me, it’s worth it. It’ll help you stick with the menu when you’re feeling weak-willed. Weak will + Laziness = Cheat City.
- 7 – 9 oz. Containers / Carrot Cake Yogurt (recipe below)
- 7 – 4 oz. Containers / Chili Beans (Evenly divide taco seasoning seven ways)
- 7 – 9 oz. Containers / Fill with arugula, and Sprinkle with Cheddar Cheese
- 7 – 4 oz. Containers / Pico de Gallo and Chopped Red Pepper (Evenly divide up seven ways)
- 7 – 9 oz. Containers / Celery and Carrot Packs (2 celery stalks, 4 baby carrots)
- 7 – 4 oz. Containers / Hummus Containers (2 tablespoon dollops)
- Cut bacon in half and fry it up
- Save grease in a cup and set it by your stove, covered in saran wrap.
- Put bacon slices in a container and leave in fridge. (Make a mental note on how it will be evenly divided up seven ways)
- Cooking bacon usually leaves a really messy pan. Dice up a whole onion and throw into your messy pan to deglaze and losen the stuck on bacon. Set this onion mixture aside and use for day one and two of this meal’s sauted onions.
When you get done with this step, your fridge will be full of little containers. Good news: it’s mostly coasting from here until your next trip to the store.
Calories / Macros Breakdown
Here is a breakdown of the entire menu for the week. Follow this same meal-plan for seven days.
|Carrot Cake Yogurt, 1 serving||177||34||7||2||5||29|
|Coffee with Truvia and 1.5 fl oz Half and Half||59||2||1||5||0||0|
|Meatless Hardshell Tacos, 1 serving||399||42||14||19||11||4|
|Carrots, Celery & Hummus, 1 serving||115||14||3||5||5||5|
|Bacon-Fried Brussels Sprouts, 1 serving||448||45||22||20||14||8|
I give 100% credit to the users that originally published these recipes, but I wanted to copy-paste them into my blog so that they remain for as long as I continue using this menu plan. Websites come an go, and I’d be heartbroken to lose a favorite recipe.
Carrot Cake Yogurt
This was such a great idea from Reddit user jkurlander. Measure out the ingredients into 9 oz containers—no need to mix up until you’re ready to eat it. Recipe Source.
.25 C. Plain Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Chia Seeds
2 Tbl. Milk
.5 of a snack container of canned pineapple
sprinkle of shredded Carrot
dash of ground cloves
dash of ground cinnamon
dash of ground nutmeg
1 Snack box Sunmaid Raisins. These snack boxes comes in a pack of six, but you need seven to eat them all week. Pull a couple of raisins out of each box and set aside for your last portion of the week.
Meatless Hardshell Tacos
I saw this one from Reddit user sorrxsky. Mine’s just a bit different with more calories, and it’s super tasty. If you’ve already portioned out your ingredients in the earlier step, then you’re pretty much ready to go! Recipe Source.
2 Stand and stuff taco shells
Open one wholly guacamole mini and spread 1/4 of it on each taco. Set aside the other half for tomorrow.
Open one of your containers of beans and distribute it between the two tacos
Open your arugula and cheese container and distribute it between the two tacos
Open your pico de gallo container and distribute it between to two tacos
Bacon-fried Brussels Sprouts
I saw this one from Reddit user gameboycolor. Mine’s a bit different with less effort and fewer calories. This person probably used fresh Brussels sprouts and took the time to cook them until they’re brown. I wanted to rely on frozen steamer packs since they are always really tender and cooked to perfection. Recipe Source.
Cook a bag of Brussels sprouts according to instructions on the bag
Heat up a skillet
Put 1 Tablespoon butter on pan
Spoon a little bit of bacon grease on pan
Dice up half a white onion
Also, there seems to be quite a bit of shredded carrot leftover from the breakfast dish, so throw some of that in too.
Saute until tender
While that’s cooking dice up your bacon into smaller pieces and throw in with the onion
include your cooked Brussels sprouts and cook a few minutes longer to let the flavors mingle