Menu Monday – Weekly Meal Plan and Goals Sept 21

Boy oh boy, it’s been a week.  I didn’t have a menu plan last week and it showed.  My poor kids.  I never had anything planned for dinner!  I’m hoping to do a better job this week.  I know that having things organized and planned in advance is a huge key to keeping up with life as we know it!


I’m adjusting to the new “life” I’m living being a full-time employee.  It’s still crazy busy, and I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m hopeful that things will get easier.  We have so far enjoyed the extra income and have been able to put an extra $500 to debt so far this month. :)


For our breakfasts, we each have our own thing we eat, and it rarely varies.  My daughter eats her cereal, my son eats his toast and fruit, and I have a protein smoothie or a bacon/potato/veggie bake.  Lunches for me are always a salad, while my daughter gets a school lunch and my son gets a piece of whole wheat bread (he doesn’t like sandwiches), carrots, blueberries, bacon, and his multivitamin.  Dinner is what needs to be planned in this household, and so here it is.  I’m actually trying 3 NEW recipes this week!  Pretty exciting:


mini-quinoa-pizzasMonday – Gluten Free Baked Chicken Tenders

Tuesday – Gluten Free Chicken Caruso (use leftover chicken from Monday)

Wednesday – Hubby is cooking

Thursday – Mini Quinoa Pizzas, salad

Friday – Leftover night

Saturday – Out to dinner

Sunday – Family Dinner at my mom’s place – we’re in charge of bringing a veggie tray and chips and salsa. :)


As for my goals, I’m going to try and get back on the real food program.  I kinda let things slide, justifying it with, “I don’t have time to cook everything from scratch with my new schedule”.  No more. I’m hoping to pre-make a few things this week:

  1. Make a batch of homemade lara bars.  I’ll use raw cashews, Medjool dates, unsweetened coconut, and other flavors that I think will sound good together.  This way I’ll have a sweet treat/snack on hand.
  2. Make a batch of apple chips.  My husband picked a ton of apples from his mom’s apple tree, and we’ll be making some apple chips with them, since we still have TONS of apple sauce from our last year’s harvest.
  3. Make a quart of homemade almond milk.  I put my raw almonds in water to soak last night, and will be making homemade almond milk with them today.  A quart should last me the week.
  4. Increase the plant eating.  I eat a vegetable with every meal, but lately my veggie portions have been getting smaller and my carb portions bigger.  I’d like to stop that in it’s tracks this week, and will be changing some of the recipes linked above to reflect that.

This is what I’m hoping my week will look like.  What do you have going on?  Whatever it is, I hope it is an uplifting, wonderful week for each of you!




Menu Monday and Weekly Goals Sept 7

A new week is here, along with a holiday weekend for those of us in the U.S.A.


I assume you’ve heard the saying, “The days have dragged, but the week has flown by.”  That was this last week for me.  Every day at work was hard, and I found myself in tears multiple times.  I kept thinking I couldn’t survive another hour, and then suddenly, BOOM!  It’s the weekend.  I had planned on getting caught up on things around the house with the 3 days off, but alas, I awoke Saturday morning with a cold and flu, and have been in bed most of the weekend.  Murphy’s law, ha ha.  Serves me right for putting things off.


Since I’m not feeling up to par, I’m gonna make an easy meal plan.  Oh wait, I ALWAYS make easy meal plans.  Ah, well:


Breakfasts:  Country Breakfast Bowl, Toast, Cereal, Fresh Fruit, etc


Monday – Eat-Your-Greens Burgers, home baked fries

Tuesday – Crockpot Chicken and Veggies over rice – I’ll fill the crockpot completely and freeze the leftovers so I’ll have shredded chicken available for soups, quesadillas, etc.

Wednesday – Hubby’s cooking

Thursday – Fresh GF pasta with garden veggies and olive oil

Friday – Leftover night

Saturday -TBD

Sunday – TBD


My only goal this week is to get better.  I’m hoping this illness doesn’t last long!

Menu Plan and Weekly Goals – August 17



Another new week, more changes coming.

I started my new job last week.  I’ve been in training, and I’m realizing that it is going to be more physically demanding than what I’m used to.  I’m pretty excited about that, though, because it’ll help keep me in shape!  :)

My daughter is starting school THIS week.  It’s her first year of junior high, so it’s a big and exciting thing for her.  I hope we’ve got everything ready!  Guess we’ll find out soon enough.  I think that as hard as it is to see summer break end, it’s probably good for us to get back into a routine.

20140206-112158Last week, I tried a new recipe for Chicken and Dumplings from More Than Simply Living.  It was a hit!  I’m so glad to have another gluten free crockpot recipe that I can use in my meal rotation now. :)  Here are the meal plans for this week.  As usual, we’re keeping things simple and easy to duplicate.





  • Pb & J sandwiches with carrots
  • Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas
  • Leftover dinners
  • School lunch
  • Salad


  • Hawaiin Haystacks
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Spaghetti (gf noodles for me) with homemade spaghetti sauce
  • Navajo Taco Bar
  • Leftover night

As for the weekly goals, well let’s take a look at how last week went:

  1. Finish back to school/work shopping– YES
  2. Make a freezer batch of Country Breakfast Bowls. – YES
  3. Vacuum out car.YES
  4. Go to the library and return books and finish the summer reading program. YES, I returned the books: NO, I didn’t get the summer reading program signed off.

The goals for this week:

  1. Make sure all is ready for Munchkin to start school.
  2. Make a batch of homemade pickles (the cucumbers are out of control in our garden!)
  3. Get the summer reading program signed off at my local library.
  4. Have dinner on the table every night (this is a goal this week because it’s my first full week being a full-time employee since having kids and I’m nervous I’ll fall behind).

That’s it for me!  I hope you ll have a great week!  What are your plans?

Menu Monday – August 10

I have been so busy with life lately, I’ve been terrible about updating anything on the blog.  My apologies.  I’m afraid this is how it may be for some time, as I am starting a new full time job this week.  It’s going to be a huge financial blessing, but time at home will be much more limited, and I plan to spend most of it with my children.  Therefore, the blog will be at the bottom of my priority ladder.  However, I’ll try to continue to update on the financial goals, things we’re doing to save/make money, and share my menu plans, when I actually make them.


Having a menu plan each week saves me so much time and money, because I can base my meals on what I already have in the pantry and freezer, and then when I grocery shop, I can focus exclusively on produce and sales, since I’ve already got the stuff I need for meals.  This week it’s simple, as it always is!




  • Pb & J sandwiches with carrots
  • Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas
  • Leftover dinners


  • Hawaiin Haystacks
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Spaghetti (gf noodles for me) with homemade spaghetti sauce
  • Breakfast for dinner (pancakes, sausage, fruit salad)
  • Leftover night
  • Family dinner at my mom’s
  • Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings

The goals for this week are pretty much nothing, ha ha!  I want to ease into this new transition smoothly.  I suppose  there are a few things I need to do to help with this:

  1. Finish back to school/work shopping.
  2. Make a freezer batch of Country Breakfast Bowls.
  3. Vacuum out car.
  4. Go to the library and return books and finish the summer reading program.


That’s it for me this week.  I hope you have a wonderful week!




Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – June 22

I had a fairly productive week, I felt.  Nothing huge was accomplished but a lot of the “little things” that have been put off were finally taken care of, and it feels good.  Things like cleaning out the filing cabinet.  Canning chicken for the first time.  Picking up some garden pots from my mom.  And you know what?  Getting those little things done felt GOOD.  I’m hoping this week I can do more of the same, so that when I start back at work again in August, I’ll be caught up on stuff!


11406976_10205981417667807_7524513469100197061_nThe meal plan for this week is fairly simple, as usual.  I’m loving that we’re able to eat our breakfast fresh from the garden.  This will probably be the last week that we’ll get fresh peas and strawberries, so I’m planning to take full advantage.



  • Protein shake w/fresh homemade coconut milk
  • Garden raspberries, strawberries, and peas
  • Cereal



  • Leftovers
  • Sandwiches (meat, pb&j, grilled cheese, etc)
  • Salads (corn salad, lettuce salad, etc)
  • Canned Applesauce and/or peaches

Chicken Fajitas


  • Hawaiian Haystacks (we didn’t eat them last week)
  • Taco Soup
  • Leftover Night
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Oven Roast Chicken, potatoes and carrots
  • Out to eat one night (we’re having a staycation over the weekend)


My goals for the week are, like my  menu plan, fairly predictable.  I like it that way!


  1. Complete lessons 6-8 in my Healing Affirmations class.
  2. Complete lessons 5-8 in my Therapeutic Bathing class.
  3. Get things ready for the Stay-cation.
  4. Continue decluttering – going through clothes this week!

Have a wonderful week, friends.  If you are in need of more dinner ideas, head on over to OrgJunkie, where I am linked up with dozens of other bloggers sharing meal plans!

The Healthy Mind Cookbook – Review

Eating for brain health?  I’ll drink eat to that!  I was very excited to read this new cookbook from Rebecca Katz.


9781607742975About the Book (from the website):

In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on the brain to identify the foods that can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function—all of which dictate memory and mood. She then translates the very best of brain science into the kitchen, using delicious nutrient-dense foods as a tool for promoting a healthy mind from childhood through the golden years. 

With a culinary pharmacy listing the benefits of key ingredients, complete nutritional details for each dish, and flavor-packed recipes for every meal of the day, including Avocado and Citrus Salad, Sweet Potato Hash, Turkish Lamb Sliders, and Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles, The Healthy Mind Cookbook will help lift the fog of everyday life so you can reach your full physical and mental potential.


Oh, my.  The recipes look AMAZING.  The pictures are absolutely beautiful.  There are so many wonderful, delicious meal options, even for me with all of my dietary needs.  I love that the author(s) include an introduction, explaining some of the science behind the book, without taking up too much time and space.  It seems that a lot of health cookbooks are filled halfway with the science and reasoning, and then you’ve only got half a book left for a few recipes.  This book provides information, but not overwhelmingly so, and the focus is on creating good recipes.  I cannot wait to try some myself, especially the tonics and elixirs.  Food-wise, I think the Quinoa Turkey Meatballs and the Meyer Lemon Pudding recipes will be the first that I try.


* I received a complimentary copy of the book from Blogging for Books for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.


Menu Monday and Weekly Goals June 1

It’s a new week, a new month, and almost a new season!  Woah.  That’s gotta be good for motivation, right?  Talk about a new start.  I’m totally sad that school is almost out, because it means saying goodbye to a lot of wonderful students, but I also am SO DANG excited to spend more time playing with my kids each day!  This is the last week of school where I’m at, so there will probably be some tears for me this week.  I’m planning to live it up and enjoy every moment I get.  Of course, that means making a plan so that less time is wasted.  Here’s the menu plan for the week:



100_21781-1024x768Monday – Chicken and Rice Soup (made with quinoa instead of rice this week)

Tuesday – Meatballs and baked potato, Dana’s Corn Salad (without the cheese)

Wednesday – Crock Pot Pork and brown rice w/corn and peas

Thursday – Leftover night

Friday –

Saturday – Hubby cooking

Sunday – Taco Bar (Spanish rice, spiced meat, beans, peppers, lettuce, etc)


My goals for this week – pretty simple.  I just want to enjoy it!

  • Take my son to his 2-day soccer clinic.
  • Take my daughter to her new gymnastics class.
  • Call my local bank about internet access.
  • Set up monthly budget
  • Go over budget numbers for May.




Menu Monday and Weekly Goals May 25 4 comments

First of all:  Happy Memorial Day.


You’ll have to forgive me for not being very consistent these last few weeks.  I had an ovarian cyst rupture, and was in a lot of pain until last Wednesday.  Then I felt great, and then Thursday came and I had ANOTHER cyst rupture!  So, I’ve been forcing myself to relax and recover.  It’s killing me, lol.  The house is a mess, and my garden is begging me for some attention.  My hubby has been awesome about taking over and taking care of things, but it’s been hard to keep up.  I’ve got to keep taking it easy this week, but I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel, and I am hoping that I can slowly start doing more.  This life ain’t gonna live itself!!


Anyway, I’m also trying to be really good about my eating this week, just to aid in my recovery.  I made a HUGE batch of “safe” soup that I can eat throughout the week, and I stocked up on fresh pineapple, spinach and broccoli so that I can have green smoothies each day.  The menu plan I created is more for my family than for me, as I’ll be drinking smoothies and homemade chicken broth while eating taco soup. :)


Crunchy-Chicken-Bites3-189x300Monday – Oven Roast Chicken, roasted potatoes and carrots

Tuesday –  Sloppy Joes, salad

Wednesday – Beans and Rice, leftover chicken, salad

Thursday – Crockpot Pork Ribs, fruit salad, carrots

FridayCrunchy Chicken Bites, quinoa salad

Saturday – Leftovers and Smoothies

Sunday – Crepes, waffle iron hashbrowns, fruit salad/smoothies



My goals for this week are going to be easy peasy as well, because I am NOT going to overdo it and make myself sick again:

  • Cub Scouts Pack meeting (I’m in charge of food)
  • Go birthday shopping for my mom
  • Plant more stuff in the garden


*Need more menu ideas?  Head over to OrgJunkie, where hundreds of bloggers like me link up our menu plans!


Menu Plan and Weekly Goals April 27

This last week was an exciting one for me.  Well, the weekend, at least.
I started out the week going to work like usual.  I had to take a little time off because my daughter broke her tooth in 3 pieces!  It worked out, though, because I was asked to substitute the next day, so I made up all the time.  The tooth was okay, too.  It’s my girl’s last baby tooth, so they just pulled it out and now she’s all done with baby teeth (sniff, sniff).  The tooth fairy gave her a little extra money because she was getting sentimental. :)


Over the weekend, we were able to make a purchase that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.  We bought a Blendtec! (We paid cash for it, I promise.) Oh my gosh, I’m in love.  We bought it yesterday, and I’ve already made homemade coconut milk (coconuts were on sale), cashew milk, coconut flour, coconut butter, a tortilla soup base, tomatillo salsa, and a pina colada smoothie.  I feel like this new world of more affordable healthy options have opened up, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  I estimated that we saved between $6-$10 with the coconuts I’ve processed, and we’re not even halfway done with them yet.  I can’t wait to share new recipes and discoveries with you!


The menu plan is going to include us eating out of the pantry as much as possible.  I’ll be using my blendtec for a lot of healthy smoothie options to go with:


0426151034Monday – Sloppy Joes, carrot sticks

Tuesday –  Crunchy Chicken Bites, fruit and spinach smoothies

Wednesday – Spaghetti, green salad

Thursday – Leftover night

Friday – Sweet potato chowder (I’ll make something up. :) )

Saturday – Hubby is cooking

Sunday -Soup, Salad, and Smoothie night. :)


Weekly Goals:

Here are the things I hope to get completed this week:

  1. Organize and get awards for our Cub Scouts pack meeting.
  2. Go over financial numbers for April.
  3. Get budget for May set up.
  4. Go through and re-organize spices.
  5. Take a car load of stuff to the thrift store.


*Need recipe ideas?  Head over to OrgJunkie, where hundreds of other bloggers share their meal plans every Monday!

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals April 20th 2 comments

I’m so glad it’s a new week.  I’ve spent the last few days sick.  That’s never fun!


I am currently in recovery mode, and so I’ll be following an anti-inflammatory diet for the week.  This meal plan will reflect that, and what I’ll be feeding my kids as well:


Gluten Free Crunchy-Chicken-Bites3-648x1024Monday – Spaghetti (regular noodles for the kids, quinoa noodles for me, homemade sauce)

Tuesday – Oven baked Chicken Drumsticks, green salad

Wednesday – Crockpot pork ribs (plain for me, I’ll add BBQ sauce for the family), carrots, fruit

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Fried chicken Crunchy Chicken Bites for the kids, Coconut Crusted for me), baked sweet potato fries, fruit salad

Saturday – Enchiladas for the family (I’ll be eating quinoa salad)

Sunday – Chicken and Rice Soup, Breadsticks (I’ll stick to the quinoa)


Breakfasts/Lunches/Snacks for me:

  • Banana Milk (almond milk blended with frozen bananas)
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Fresh fruit/vegetables
  • Baked apples topped with banana-coconut
  • Air popped popcorn


Goals for this week?  Honestly, I just am hoping to stick to the recovery diet  That’s my goal. :)