Sunday, July 24, 2016

Weekly Menu

Oh man, last week was rough, but we made it ;) One of those weeks, ya know?
Yesterday a was a crazy amount of errands kind of day and when I was finally home, I didn't want to do anything. I had managed to make a menu before I shopped which definitely helped me whip in and out of 3 stores while my kids were at a birthday party, so there's that. Exciting mom moments.
I can't believe it's time to get ready to start the week again... where does the time go...

Here's what's to eat this week.

Breakfasts:
eggs, greens
yogurt, granola
breakfast bread, strawberries
coffee, cream

Lunches:
hmmmmm
leftovers
I made a double recipe of the pork from Sunday.

Dinners:
Sunday - maple-bacon pork tenderloin (from JB's paleo cookbook - affiliate link), roasted asparagus
(didn't have it last week because I made carnitas instead)
Monday - roasted chicken thighs, salad, dressing
Tuesday - brats, roasted sweet potatoes
Wednesday - burgers, salad, dressing
Thursday - homemade thin crust primal pizza
Friday - tbd

My water bottle broke (for the second time), so I bought myself something different instead: a knock-off Yeti from Walmart. (I made a special trip just for this. Because I'd heard amazing things. It was under $8! Normally I avoid WM at all cost.) It is not spill proof, but I'm liking it so far.

Cheers!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Weekly Menu

Hey hey! I've been way too productive for a Saturday before noon... now it's time for some fun stuff hopefully...  But first, the food plan.

I decided to mix it up this week and instead of the usual Sprouts and Aldi trip, I went to Trader Joe's and Price Chopper. I only go to Trader Joe's every few months so I try to take advantage of it and get some unique convenience foods that I don't typically buy elsewhere. The weeks have been weird lately - I'm buying more convenience food but less food overall since my school schedule is intense and the kids are spending time with the grandparents to help me get through it (yay for grandparents! and husbands!) Soooooo, disclaimer: this food and menu includes a lot of NON paleo. This week is more gluten-free (with a major exception of the standard cake mix which I'm using to make cookies for a BBQ). Even some of the TJ's things are not certified gluten-free (aka "may contain traces of wheat"), so buyer beware especially if you have celiac. But people like to see picture of grocery hauls so I'm posting anyway. OK.

This totaled $115.

quick phone photo, gotta get that cold stuff away!

It's been a long time since I've bought frozen bagged chicken, but this recommendation convinced me to try the Trader Joe's tenderloins. I used them at lunch today and they were good.
I need to pick up some more salad greens at some point. Trip to Costco soon.

Breakfasts:
eggs, salsa verde, corn tortillas
bananas, peanut butter or almond butter
yogurt, granola
coffee, cream

Lunches:
adults - chili lime chicken burgers w/ sour cream or chicken w/ salad greens and spicy mango dressing
kids - chicken fried rice (add more chicken) or mini chicken tacos w/ sour cream
blueberries, peaches

Snacks:
dried mango "just mango"
nut bars

Dinners:
Sunday - leftovers
Monday - korean beef with cabbage (seriously addicted to this right now, I use 1/4 cup brown sugar)
Tuesday - leftovers
Wednesday - maple-bacon pork tenderloin (from JB's paleo cookbook - affiliate link), roasted kale
Thursday - bunless burgers, beans, salad etc.
Friday - whatever is left!

Time to go get some sun! Or maybe sleep. Have a good weekend!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Weekly Menu

I could probably repeat last week's menu and my husband would be happy! Bonus: I didn't spend a ton, either. However, we are getting close to running out of some staples, and the weeks always cost me more when I have to buy ingredients like olive oil, butter, almond butter, yogurt, etc. So far, I've only gone to Aldi and have spent $82.

Breakfasts:
fried eggs, leftover carnitas, spinach, salsa verde, coffee w/ real cream or protein

Lunch choices:
ham & cheese rolled up w/ mustard and dill pickles or spinach-feta chicken sausages
gf crackers, carrots, hummus, yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, cranberry & almond bars

Dinners:
Monday - leftovers
Tuesday - burgers, broccoli
Wednesday - turkey and sun-dried tomato meatloaf, roasted brussels sprouts
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - grilled beef hot dogs and tots

This was dinner tonight: salmon, brussels sprouts, and caesar salad (not paleo on the dressing or parmesan).


Have a good week.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Weekly Menu

Happy 4th of July!

So, the weekend didn't go as planned. (RAIN.) Instead, I did some swimming indoors, managed to find some weights and do the db bear, and we visited family and ate some birthday cake with our girl. Also, caught up on Season 5 of Suits! So there was some R&R, which was much needed. Now it's back to the crazy.

Breakfasts:
eggs, bananas, almond butter, yogurt, granola, coffee

Lunches:
kids - ham, cheese, mustard in corn tortillas, veggies & fruit
adults - leftovers

Dinners:
Monday - Independence Day!
Tuesday - stir fry
Wednesday - carnitas
Thursday - salmon, veggies
Friday - easy roast beef, veggies

2 ingredient roast beef in the slow cooker: beef and peppers

Can you tell that I'm not feeling creative? Keeping it simple. Have a good week! Hopefully it is a short one for you, too!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Weekly Menu

I don't think we could have crammed anything more into the past 2 weeks. This week will be a transition as my fall semester starts, but I am looking forward to some structure. I'm also looking forward to hopefully getting back to 4-5 times a week at the gym, instead of the 2-3 of the past few weeks.

I read The Nightingale!

(affiliate link)

I guess I like to read like watching a movie, in large chunks or all at once, I'm no good at this here and there stuff. I carried this book everywhere with me for 3 weeks, but really only read most of it in the last 3 days.

After traveling over the weekend, I made a quick run to Aldi tonight. I spent $68. I'll probably have to drop by the store again midweek.

Meals.

Breakfast:
yogurt and granola
banana and almond butter
eggs and spinach
coffee with cream or protein

Lunches:
leftovers
kids - (packed lunch) ham & cheese on gf bread, gf pretzels, carrots, blueberries, mandarin oranges

Dinners:
Sunday - roasted chicken thighs, kale salad mix (Costco)
Monday - snacks or whatever between events (Aldi knock-off "Kind" bars, string cheese, bananas)
Tuesday - turkey sausage and sweet potato hash
Wednesday - burgers, roasted brussels sprouts
Thursday - salmon, roasted broccoli
Friday - grilled all beef hot dogs, tater tots... weekend!

Dessert options?
Summer is definitely here, my kids are eating SO MUCH. I think they can handle some desert.
chocolate pudding made with coconut milk
cream cheese pudding with berries

I loved the stir fry from last week (and the week before). I use this recipe for korean beef. I used 1/4 cup brown sugar. For the cabbage I use bagged coleslaw sautéed with more sesame oil and authentic soy sauce. I think it tastes like the inside of an egg roll. But better. And with beef.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Weekly Menu

When I saw bacon was on sale at Sprouts, I decided that was a sign to have BLT wraps this weekend, and so we did. Love!

Trying to keep it pretty simple this week. Meat + veggies most nights. Not a ton of recipes, just winging it.

Breakfasts:
eggs, salsa verde
perhaps breakfast bread one day
coffee with cream or protein

Lunches:
kids - ham & cheese on gf bread or pb&j roll-ups on corn tortillas, red pepper strips & hummus, grapes or cherries
adults - leftovers

Dinners:
Sunday - grilled bratwurst, roasted asparagus
Monday - beef & cabbage stir fry
Tuesday - something quick*
Wednesday - balsamic-glazed chicken thighs, roasted brussels sprouts
Thursday - chicken caesar salad
Friday - burgers, kale salad
Saturday - tbd

*I might run by Trader Joe's and grab some things like salami, cheese, plantain chips, guac, dried mango.

messy plate, don't hate, it was so good.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Weekly Menu

So, I was at Sprouts looking for some mayonnaise made without any nasty oils (I was looking for some made with avocado oil). Because it summer. (That's pretty much my reasoning for everything if you haven't learned yet.) And I like mayo for burgers, for BLT wraps, for chicken salad, etc. Our Sprouts does not carry Primal Kitchen brand, and they were out of another kind that was on sale, so I bought Sir Kensington's avocado oil mayo (I think it's new?). I once again paid a ridiculous amount for a jar of mayo, but oh well. I had some at lunch and have been craving more every since. I love it. It's so good.

Breakfasts:
the usual

Lunches:
kids - ham, cheese, pickles, mayo on gf bread, bell pepper strips and hummus, blueberries
adults - chicken salad wrapped in romaine lettuce

Dinners:
Monday - beef and cabbage stir fry
Tuesday - something easy - primal pizza if I make the crust ahead of time.
Wednesday - bunless burgers with all the fixings, roasted brussels sprouts and potatoes
Thursday - one dish chicken fajitas, corn tortillas, sour cream
Friday - smoked BBQ ribs, beans, chips, pickles

Paleo perfect? Never.
Do-able? Yes.

leftovers + eggs = breakfast

Also: I'm not a LaCroix devotee like some, but if you like it + cocktails, these drinks look fun.

Have a great week!
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