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:
Monday – 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!