This weekend’s challenge was to create a meal plan for the upcoming week. I used to do this all the time. There was something thereapeudic about pulling out my favorite cookbooks, opening a ridiculous amount of tabs with my favorite blogs, pulling up my DVR, and planning the week ahead. Maybe it’s my type A tendencies. Maybe it is my previous eating disordered self wanting to come through and control things. Or maybe I just like to look at pictures of food. Whatever it is, I got out of the habit when the school year ended, and I need to get back into the habit! Meal planning saves time, energy, and money!
I’m trying some new recipes this time around, thanks to Pinterest. I’m hoping I find some new favorites to add to our normal rotation.
Monday, December 10
lunch: green monster w/oatmeal, protein powder, chia seeds, spinach & frozen blueberries
Avocado egg salad sandwiches & tomato soup
Tuesday, December 11
Lunch: ham sammy
Lemon Pasta w/turkey Italian sausage, asparagus, shrooms, onion, and lemon/garlic/olive oil/shallot sauce
Wednesday, December 12
lunch: leftover lemon pasta
Slow Cooker Chicken & Barley Stew & salad
Thursday, December 13
Lunch: ham sammy
Leftover soup & salad
Friday, December 14
lunch: leftover soup
Sweet potato black bean burgers
Saturday, December 15
Lentils w/kale & bacon and salad
Sunday, December 16
Grilled steak, roasted brussel sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes
What’s on your menu plan this week? Trying anything new?
Conferences are almost all wrapped up, which is a wonderful feeling. I had back-to-backs all afternoon Thursday and Friday, and the wonderful hubs brought me a soy chai each day. Friday night I also volunteered at Turkey Bingo night until 8 p.m. (where winners walked out with turkeys and/or Costco pies – one of my kids won two of each!). This meant that I completely missed my debut on Foodista as their featured drink blogger of the day!
Sigh. Once conferences are over I’ll be a bit more on top of things. I am on top of things just enough to make a meal plan, however.
Meal Plan Monday
Spicy Lentil Wraps (Trader Joe’s – I plan to re-create this soon, so I had to buy one for the ingredient list)
Prosciutto Leak Red Quinoa Lasagna
Turkey Italian Sausage Orzo Stoup (recipe to come)
Happy Thanksgiving! We’re going to the hubs’ parents and are responsible for the salad and a veggie. The salad will be mixed greens topped with toasted pecans, dried cherries, goat cheese and homemade shallot honey dijon dressing. The veggie will be roasted butternut (from our garden!) with sweet onions and crimini mushrooms. Mmmmm, heavenly!
Coconut Lime Chicken with Chiles
Something in the slow cooker…suggestions welcome! I’ve been pinning away, but am always looking for tried and true recipes. I linked up at the Once a Month Mom Linky Party – and plan to check out the other blogs. If you haven’t been to OAMM yet, check it out – great time saving tips!
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
As per usual, my weekend flew by and Monday smacked me in the face this morning with unrelenting fury. I cursed myself for Sunday afternoon’s chai tea and got on with my day. Luckily I had a delicious meal lined up, and many others to warm me up as the temps drop (to 28 degrees!) this week.
Meal Plan Monday
“Cheesy” quinoa with garbanzo beans (similar to this recipe) with zucchini, cumin, salsa and avocado.
Slow cooker black beans and cilantro lime rice (recipe coming soon)
Lazy girl’s chili (recipe coming soon)
Ground Turkey tacos
Saturday & Sunday
Pinteresting finds: Enchilada Pasta and Light Lasagna Soup
Other pinteresting finds this week include this pumpkin seed recipe,
*Edited to add, I think the recipe only needs 1 TBS butter, as my seeds were still soggy after the additional 10 minutes, but also burnt. Odd?
and this owl pumpkin.
I’ve got my pumpkin seeds in the oven*, and my pinteresting recreation on my porch. Thanks Camille for hosting another pinterest recreation linky party!
Did you carve pumpkins this year?
I carved a pumpkin this weekend for the first time in years! Usually the hubs carves our pumpkin. But this year we invited some friends over for chili, Elysian Night Owl, Scream 4 and pumpkin carving. The hubs carved two pumpkins, and I carved one.
The hubs purchased a Dremel specifically made for pumpkin carving.