Weekly Meal Plan: 2/27 – 3/5

Pork Loin

As I look through recipes each week while meal planning, I find it difficult to not serve sweet potatoes every night. ;) I really love them.  I could eat them every night, but I don’t know if the rest of my family would be too keen on the idea. So, I’ve narrowed it down to 2 out of the 4 meals I’m making over the upcoming week.

We have plans on both Friday and Saturday night relieving me from any kitchen duties.  Yippee! That leaves only 4 nights of cooking plus a leftover night.  The majority of recipes this week I’ve tried before.  Only three are new.  For your reference. I noted which ones are new below.

Sunday: Smothered Vinegar Pork with Apples & Kale and Sweet Potato Puree with Apples & Sage (new recipe)

Monday: Lemon Roasted Chicken & Cauliflower served with brown rice and wilted greens

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Ground Turkey & Sweet Potato Chili – I can’t locate this recipe anywhere on line.  I know I’ve made it once before and I have a notation “Good Recipe” on the copy in my binder, but I don’t remember much about it.  So, I’m going to make it and if I still feel like it’s a “good recipe”, I’ll share it with you in a Recipe Review post next week.  I’m also making Honey Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins (new recipe) which I had planned to make a couple of weeks ago, but for some reason never did.

Wednesday: My 12yo requested I make “Normal” Tacos last week.  Since she typically isn’t a fan of the meals I make since she is so absurdly picky, I thought I would indulge her.  I will mix up some ground turkey, black beans, corn and homemade taco seasoning (1 teaspoon chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, oregano, and salt).

Thursday: Yup, it’s leftover night!

School Day Breakfast & Lunch: I’m always on the hunt for new GF school lunch options for my 12yo and my 9yo just likes to try new things for breakfast and lunch.  This week I’m making a soup mostly for me, but that my 9yo would also probably like to take to school in a thermos for lunch.  I’m also making two lunch/snack recipes I’ve tried before that were a hit.

Velvety Sweet Potato Soup (new recipe) – This is the second recipe this week that I can’t track down an on-line version for. :( Sorry!  This recipe includes white beans and sage pureed with the sweet potato and some other ingredients.  It looks really simple and yummy.  I’ll share the details next week if it turns out well.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites – I exclude the coconut and chocolate chips.

Crispy Brown Rice Treats – I found these to be really crumbly and more granola like, but my picky 12yo liked eating it with a spoon. Whatever! ;) I excluded the raisins though because she’s not a fan.


Weekly Meal Plan: 2/20 – 2/26

Chicken Ench Quinoa Bake

Friday: Headed back from Utah!  We will head right from the airport to Whole Foods to stock up.  Dinner will either be at Whole Foods or a restaurant nearby in Legacy Place.

Saturday: The husband and I are taking our 12yo and her “friend” who is a boy to an early dinner and movie.  Of course they want to go to a different movie than us in the same theatre.  Good grief… We’ll see how this all plays out.

Sunday: Paleo Mini Meatballs, spaghetti squash and roasted broccoli

Monday: I’m embracing the Meatless Monday movement and  trying a greek recipe for Chickpeas & Rice and roasted carrots

Tuesday: I have a pan of Sweet Potato Tacos in the freezer

Wednesday: Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake


School Day Breakfast & Lunch: I’m always on the hunt for new GF school lunch options for my 12yo and my 9yo just likes to try new things for breakfast and lunch.

Banana Walnut Oat Bars

What do you pack your children for lunch?  Any great ideas to share?

Off to Utah!

park city

I know we’ve all had enough snow in the Northeast after the last two weeks with more on it’s way, BUT doesn’t this image look awesome?!  The husband, the girls and I are off to Park City, Utah tomorrow morning.  I’m looking forward to warm cocktails, red wine or yummy IPAs in a chair by a fire similar to this – or perhaps inside would be even better.  I’ll try both!

What does this mean to you?  No cooking for me this week!  AND consequently, no weekly meal plan for you. :( BUT… I have already planned out next week.  So, you have that to look forward to and you also have lots of other resources available to you while I’m gone.


Recipe Reviews

Recipes I’ve Tried & Liked
Recipes I’d Like to Try

You can also try something new on your own and share it with me.  I’d love that!

Have a great week~

Recipe Review: Slow Cooker Korean Tacos

Slow Cooker Korean Tacos

We tried this new recipe out last night.  I really liked the combination of tangy shredded pork with the crunchy broccoli slaw.  We were able to modify it a bit when serving to meet 3 different family preferences. 1) I had mine in a bowl without the tortilla. 2) The girls had just the meat and some cheese in a soft taco (no broccoli slaw) and 3) The husband had his in a soft taco.  Everyone was happy!

This is great recipe for a busy day.  You can set the slow cooker up in the morning and the broccoli slaw mixes together in less than 5 minutes once you get home.  Easy peasy!

Two Recipe Reviews

Cottage Pie

Last week I made two particularly good recipes worth sharing.  One was a recommendation from a friend’s blog (Sophia Chow) and another from the Against All Grain website.

Cottage Pie: I saw this on Debra’s post a couple of weeks ago.  She said she enjoyed it and that usually a safe indication that I will as well.  I thought sweet potatoes were a better idea than regular AND I was right.  That was a great idea!  I also used ground turkey instead of beef.

Leftover Chicken & Roasted Vegetable Soup: I really like soups where you blend all or part of the vegetables and broth.  It provides a lot of flavor and a thicker consistency.  I packed this soup to bring to VT last weekend.  I heated it up in the morning, poured into a thermos and had healthy, yummy lunch at the ski lodge.

My Favorite Smoothie v2

Yum face

NOTE: This is a repost from Tuesday.  Due to some kind of technical difficulty the original post was not sent to my loyal Followers. After a little assistance from WordPress Support we were able to sort it out and hopefully this time this SUPER IMPORTANT smoothie info gets out to my readers. :)

This morning (or Tuesday morning) I made my favorite smoothie and wondered why I don’t make it more often.  I thought I would share it with you so you could enjoy it too. ;)

Pumpkin Cherry Smoothie:
1 can of pumpkin
1 bag of frozen cherries
1 scoop of Juice Plus Complete Vanilla Protein Powder
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 cup of water
2-3 handfuls of baby spinach
Dash of cinnamon

*Makes two 3 cup servings for approximately 270 calories.

If you are intimidated by the idea of venturing into smoothie creation without a recipe, here is a link to a previous post that has a good formula to follow.

Weekly Meal Plan: 2/6 – 2/12

Slow Cooker Korean Tacos

The girls don’t have school Friday so we are headed north for a 3-day ski weekend.  No cooking for me! Once we get back I’ll be trying out two new recipes + one I already know is fabulous: Jenny’s Sweet Potato Hash.  I’m also trying two new breakfast or lunch recipes.

Monday: Slow Cooker Korean Tacos I can’t believe I have only used my slow cooker – maybe – once so far this winter.

Tuesday: Pumpkin Cream Chicken Casserole

Wednesday: My running club, GNRC, is hosting a birthday celebration for a good friend who recently turned 50.  Let me tell you, I can only hope and dream that I am as incredibly fit and fabulous as this woman is at 50!

Thursday: Jenny’s Sweet Potato Hash Sweet potatoes haven’t appeared on the menu this week. Tsk… Tsk… We can’t have that!

School Day Breakfast & Lunch: I’m always on the hunt for new GF school lunch options for my 12yo and my 9yo just likes to try new things for breakfast and lunch.

This week I’m trying two new recipes:
Almond Flour Zucchini Bread
Grab & Go Granola Bars – Excluding the 3 TBS of brown sugar.  I think the honey will be plenty of sweetener.