Meal Planning Thursday

I like to plan most of our meals for the upcoming week on Thursdays, grocery shop on Fridays, and meal prep over the weekend in little bursts. I find that it is less overwhelming when all these tasks are broken up into little chunks and I can still get some of it done while having time with the kiddos.

Breakfast is the same every day, aside from Sundays, in order to simplify the craziness that occurs when trying to get everyone out the door. Same with lunches: the combination of sides (see below) are the same for the weekdays. I leave weekend lunches pretty open, maybe have a soup in the fridge, as we are usually out and about. Dinner is different every night and I usually try to keep it high protein, low carb.

Here’s the menu for the upcoming week (March 13-19):

Breakfasts

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  • Freezer egg sandwiches (the remaining trimmed egg pieces are perfect for my 9m old once I chop it up in smaller chunks)

Lunches

For lunches, I like to prepare several sides and I just combine them the night before. Easy. Simple. No fuss. I usually choose 1 carb, 1 protein, and 2-3 veggies.

Dinners

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Snacks (contains affiliate links)

Happy planning!

Smoothie Saturday

When I run out of breakfast ideas for Baby Boy, I default to making a smoothie with whatever I have in the freezer/fridge. And this one was a hit! If you’ve never tried avocado in a smoothie, give it a shot. It gives the smoothie a creamy silky texture, without tasting the avocado. The pineapple takes over. A little taste of summer in the middle of winter.

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Pineapple-Avo Smoothie

  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 3 dates

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

A healthier mac and cheese

OMG Baby Boy slept all night last night! From 7:30pm to 6am, fed, then back to sleep until 8am. It’s amazing what a night of uninterrupted sleep can do to a person. I feel human again. I don’t expect it to happen again tonight, but who knows. Maybe we’ll get lucky 🙂

Now on to the weekly recipe. This is a healthier version of mac and cheese that I’ve adapted from an Oxygen recipe. I’ve essentially brought up the spice a level and added kale, corn, and ground turkey to make a complete meal. This is a great make-ahead meal to keep in the fridge for the week, reheating some when there’s no time to make lunch or dinner. I try to make about 2 of these types of ‘long-term’ dishes on a weekly basis, and making a few seafood, steak, or egg dishes fresh.

Mac and cheeseEnjoy!