Menu Plan Monday: Balance

I'm feeling a little bit under the weather as I plan this week's menu and I'm trying to balance the need for comfort food with sticking to my diet -- pardon me, lifestyle. Paleo is a lifestyle and the only way I have been able to lose and at this point, maintain and not go back up to 180 or higher. Especially since for the longest time my back didn't allow me anything more than walking.

I got on my scale this morning for the first time in about 6 months and was so pleased to see that I have only gained .5lbs, which I know is from emo-eating (work has been extremely stressful and, well, Mrs. Fields is right downstairs at work). For those of you who are following my weight-loss journey, it appears I've been holding steady between 168/169 since November of 2013. In the last few weeks I've started adding in a little yoga and core work.

And now for what  you came here for:

Monday: Grilled Pineapple Chicken Burgers
Tuesday: Bacon Apple Cheddar Fritatta (with avocado) - recipe forthcoming

Wednesday: Caribbean Chicken with Black Bean Sauce - Experimental recipe for the week
Thursday: Lentil Stew
Friday: Shortcut Red Beans and Rice - this time with Trader Joe's Chicken Andouille sausage
Saturday: Leftovers, if there are any

Oh, and The Teen is home from college, hungry, and quite possibly on another growth spurt. I thought I was done with those from him ... so I will be making a few batches of banana bread and possibly homemade granola bars as well.