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!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Weekly Menu

Yaaaaay. Pool days are here finally. I spent part of the weekend at my parents', pretending I was a kid, haha. Back to the real world now. My mind is going a million different directions. Packing some lunches this week.

Breakfasts:
kids - yogurt & granola, banana & almond butter
adults - coffee, eggs &leftovers

Lunch choices:
ham & cheese roll-ups, salami, pb&j rice cakes, gf pretzels or crackers, carrots, bell peppers, apples

(Let's just call this "daytime food". If my husband and I eat a late breakfast, we don't eat lunch. But the kids always do. They are like clockwork. They could eat this food for a late afternoon snack, too. Yes, some of it is snacky food, not all paleo. It's summer, they are hungry. They don't eat huge breakfasts. They sometimes swim twice a day. They get some grains for lunch out of convenience -and to help the budget. We stay gluten-free, because they feel better that way. We save the indulgences for things once in awhile that we really love. Um, like donuts.)

Dinners:
Monday - homemade thin crust primal pizza with beef,  salad
Tuesday - turkey sausage and sweet potato hash, salad
Wednesday - baked chicken parmesan (using almond meal), roasted green beans
Thursday - tacos (seasoned beef, avocado, corn tortillas)
Friday - burgers (bunless always), tater tots

I asked my kids what they wanted to eat this week since there were no spectacular meat sales and they requested the first 3 items on the dinner menu, along with their lunch items. Oh, and their breakfast items. So really, I was lazy, they made most of this menu this week.

Dessert:
frozen grapes
I want to make some watermelon slushies. And freeze them in these things we have.
I did buy some popsicles at the store in case I never get around to making my own.

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

emergency food:
2 ingredient pancakes, but I add nut butter and vanilla :)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Weekly Menu

Breakfasts:
eggs, greens
pb banana muffins
strawberries
coffee, cream

Lunches:
leftovers

Snacks:
It's summer, the kids are always hungry.
pb&j rice cakes or ants on a log

Dinners:
Sunday - Houston's chicken salad
Monday - BBQ pork butt, beans, pickles
Tuesday - brats, kale salad, potatoes
Wednesday - something quick... gf frozen pizza?
Thursday - pork tenderloin, roasted brussels sprouts
Friday - burgers, sweet potatoes

(peanut butter, beans, rice, cheese... not paleo)

lunch

Have a good week!

Where did May go?

kid lunch

Wednesday-

Wow, today is the first day I feel relaxed... it's been 2 and 1/2 weeks since class ended for me and it took me that long to unwind. It is a "sit outside, eat some popcorn, drink kombucha, and finish a novel" kind of afternoon. A rarity, so I'll take it. I have had "go to Walmart" on my shopping to-do list for several weeks and I'm still putting if off... especially now that the kids go with me everywhere. Not to rub it in, but today I did manage an impromptu nap. (until being woken up by a small person who "didn't know I was asleep")

Have you read any of Gretchen Rubin's books? I recently finished Better than Before and went online and took her quiz. Nobody else I know finds it interesting, but I do. According to that, I am a Rebel. Wha???? I'm like the opposite of a stereotypical rebel. I've reconciled it, though. It makes sense to me now. I'm actually kind of proud of it. You need to understand her definition of it first. I resist being told who to be. I like to surprise people by being different. I have no problem with working hard to meet expectations if they line up with what I choose to identify with. I know enough to know that some structure is good for me :)

I wasn't really a raving fan of the book while I was reading it, it seemed a bit over-analytical (which is saying a lot, coming from me) but in retrospect, seems to give a good amount of clarity, for anyone who works with people or perhaps anyone who might be frustrated with their own perceived lack of habit changing ability. I definitely learned from it.

Saturday -

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you!

I thought all the articles were good on Becoming Minimalist's weekly roundup.

And because I'm pretending it is summer even though everything is super soggy outside, two salads I want to try are Houston's Chicken Salad and also Lemon-Maple Kale Salad.

That's all. I'm going to weekend now.

Sunday -

Time to menu plan.

Your brain has a delete button. In order for it to work, you must sleep. Yay for sleep.

Beyond burgers: summer grilling and cookout ideas here and here.

I'm sad May is almost over but I'm happy the sun is out :)

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.
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