Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekly Menu

We got back from camping with friends and spent most of Sunday at kids' games, so I'm doing well to at least have most of the shopping done. I've got a short break from packing lunches this week.



Today is the weirdest last day of school - pouring rain!

Breakfasts, lunches and snacks:

eggs
leftover pork
coffee w/ cream
yogurt w/ honey
almond butter and jam roll-ups
salami
cheese
blueberries
pistachios
grape tomatoes
fruit leather

Dinners:
Monday - roasted chicken thighs, sweet corn, kale salad (Costco kit)
Tuesday - taco salad w/ mango pico
Thursday - salmon, broccoli, rice optional
Friday - sloppy joes (no buns), roasted green beans
weekend - tbd

I like dresses. And shorts.
I love this-

source

While I've come around to accepting leggings as pants on other people, I personally have been resistant to wearing them very much, other than in the winter when it is cold and I'm wearing them with a dress and boots. I have a fear that my clothing might split apart. Or be see-through. I also don't want to exacerbate the sweat factor. But. I bought some leggings this weekend, the look-like-I-might-work-out but also might be going to the grocery store kind. (I know I'm behind). I might be converted still. The verdict is still out.

good reading-
a quote on Wounds & Calling

also- makes me think-
source?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Weekly Menu

Not much to say. It feels like winter today. I want to stay in bed and watch movies. No can do.
This will be quick.
Here's the menu plan.

Breakfasts:
kids - bananas or apples and peanut butter, chocolate muffins
adults - egg, avocado, hot sauce (smoked chipotle tobasco is our fave)
coffee, cream

Lunches:
kids - ham and cheese on gf bread, veggies straws, apples
adults - leftovers

Dinners:
Monday - roasted chicken thighs, broccoli, potatoes
Tuesday - taco salad (maybe try out this recipe for chimichurri sauce?)
Wednesday - leftovers
Thursday - smothered pork chops (new recipe), roasted brussels sprouts
Friday - homemade thin & crispy primal pizza

That's all for now. Have a good week.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Meatballs

This is my favorite basic meatball recipe. They have good flavor and are not dry.

Ingredients:
2 pounds ground beef
2 eggs
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup yellow mustard
2 Tablespoons coconut flour
2 teaspoons dried minced onion or onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until well blended.
Form into meatballs. (I use a 1/8 cup scoop to make it go fast. I don't make them perfect.)
Place into oven safe baking dish or pan. (My method fills a 9x13 inch baking dish and a 8x8 inch dish.)
Bake for 25 minutes or until done.


Weekly Menu

Wow, it's here - the semester is officially over! Could not have done it without my village! Family members who do anything to help me, friends who love my kids like their own, down-to-earth instructors, the best classmates I could have asked for, and of course my husband who bends his schedule so I can do just a little of the stuff that keeps me sane, too... I'm inching toward graduation... 1 semester to go!

But first, summer.

:) :) :)

I'm in list making mode. Lists of stuff to clean out at home. Lists of projects for work. Lists of books I wanna read (what? read? do I remember how to do that?). And of course, groceries.

I (we) had too much sugar at the end of the week and am (are) feeling the effects. Finals study session = donuts. Bribing my kids = donuts. Staff meeting = donuts. Time to get back to simple eating.

Shopping at Aldi and Costco this week.

Breakfasts:
kids - plain yogurt w/ gluten free granola or yogurt berry smoothies
adults - eggs, sautéed spinach, coffee w/ cream or w/ protein

Lunches:
(today my husband is grilling burgers for lunch, with roasted brussels sprouts and tater tots)
kids choice - ham and cheese on gluten free bread, bell pepper slices w/ homemade ranch, apples
adults - dinner leftovers

Dinners:
Sunday:  salmon, roasted broccoli
Monday: AmyLu mozzarella and kale chicken burgers, sweet potatoes
Tuesday: almost 5 ingredient pizza spaghetti pie  (I saw spaghetti squash for a good price at Costco)
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: roasted chicken, kale salad
Friday: tbd (I still have pork tenderloin in the freezer and didn't make it last week, so maybe that.)

Have a good week!

Cinco de Mayo

Monday, May 2, 2016

Weekly Menu

Greetings :)

The end of the semester is in sight. One more week until FREEDOM! Or freedom for a little while. I'm going to enjoy every ounce of it. Summer is my favorite season, in case you didn't know.

I'm not sure my brain is functioning enough to make a menu plan, but I'll try. I need to so that I can make my grocery shopping list. I made it through the weekend without grocery shopping, but I have to go today. I think we'll do Tex-Mex type twice since all that is on sale for Cinco de Mayo.

Breakfasts:
coffee with cream
I'm so tired of breakfast right now. Is it the warm(er) weather?
Maybe I'll make the kids some muffins so I don't have to think about it for a few days.
Maybe I'll get some good breakfast sausage and sauté some greens?

Lunches:
kids - almond butter and strawberry jam on gf bread (their pick)
adults - kale and mozzarella chicken burgers (AmyLu from Costco, thanks TP) or leftovers
carrots, hummus
apples


After school:
coconut milk smoothies
ants on a log (celery, almond butter, raisins)

Dinners:
Sunday - one dish chicken fajitas (no tortillas) with cabbage, cilantro, mango, and lime juice
Monday - leftovers
Tuesday - 3 ingredient turkey meatloaf (notes here), roasted green beans
Wednesday - maple-bacon pork tenderloin from Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook (affiliate link, this recipe is a family favorite), roasted brussels sprouts
Thursday - beef tacos (definitely corn tortillas), mango pico de gallo
Friday - with friends (burgers? BBQ?)

This was my daughter's plate from yesterday. I have one kid that likes sour cream, and another that likes avocado. We actually had this for lunch and then had burgers for dinner.

One Dish Chicken Fajitas

If you've been here long, you know I love the Super Simple Oven Chicken Fajitas from Juli Bauer's cookbook. I daresay it is my current favorite way to eat chicken. Sometimes we eat them with corn tortillas. But they are just as good on a plate or in a bowl. And as with almost any recipe, I cannot follow it to a "t". So here's my version that I end up making. Let's call them One Dish Chicken Fajitas, because that's part of my favorite thing about the recipe - ONE pan! And second, NO standing over it. Once the chopping is done, you can just put it in the oven and let it cook! It is a very flexible template, you can adjust everything up or down to your liking.

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in strips
1 large red onion (or 2 smallish ones)
3 bell peppers (I prefer red, yellow, orange.)
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder or dried onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the chicken in an oven safe pan. (I prefer a cast iron skillet.)
Slice the onions and peppers into rings or strips and pile on top of the chicken.
Mix the seasonings together and pour over everything.
Pour melted butter over everything.
Stir to combine and coat.
Bake for 35 minutes or until done.

I like to broil it a little at the end, too, for about 3 minutes.

Serve with whatever fixins you prefer: lime squeezed over top, avocado, sour cream (if you do dairy), corn tortillas (if you do corn), homemade salsa, mango pico...

It is not always pretty, but it is tasty!



Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekly Menu

Serious spring fever here. I want to do everything BUT my responsibilities today.
I haven't grocery shopped yet.
Better keep this quick and get to work.

Breakfasts:
So after I mentioned here how my kids were doing well with their easy breakfasts, I get the request for more breakfast choices because they are "tired of it being plain".
Are you kidding me?
We are so spoiled.
Probably not gonna change much, kids!
I make you fun things on the weekends. Example: Today I made them waffles with TJ's gluten-free mix today with strawberries on top.
They can deal with limited choices:
yogurt with honey
banana with almond butter and coconut
adults - coffee with cream or protein coffee, eggs and leftovers

Lunches:
kids request - ham & cheese on gluten-free bread, cashews/raisins, apples
adults - whatever lunchmeat I buy at Costco, avocados (39¢ at Aldi), bell peppers, or chicken and veggie salad (I loved it and omitted the carrots. I even went to Whole Foods just for some primal kitchen foods mayo. It was kind of on sale, actually, $2 off. It is really good.)


After school snack:
coconut milk blueberry smoothies

Dinners:
Sunday - salmon, kale salad, rice optional
Monday - BBQ chicken kabobs, mango lime cilantro slaw (basically combine this with cabbage and  some olive oil)
Tuesday - meatballs, marinara, zoodles
Wednesday - 2 ingredient roast beef, sweet potatoes
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - burgers (I wanna try these! bunless) or something else on the grill

Have a good week!
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