Meal Plan Monday #26

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I have to admit to you. I haven’t been very creative in my meal planning lately. Since week thirty of my pregnancy I’ve gotten a little slow, “turtle like” in my words. Meals around here have been simple and less timely and that’s okay with me.

Today I’d like to share a meal that goes over well and is fairly easy and enjoyed in my house. My boys, carnivorous at heart, won’t go near anything green or labeled healthy around here. So I have to sneak things in and tell them what it is later. Ha. Sneaky? Manipulative? Maybe. At least I tell them what they are eating at some point in their lives. (warning: this was just a joke.)

This meal has the perfect blend of flavors and the quinoa adds a nutty flavor that balances the whole dish. I make this on our easy breezy mornings. I keep cooked quinoa in the freezer so that I can just thaw it the night before and use it the next day. This also works well with quinoa salads. Try it!

kale quinoa scramble

I like to add all kinds of things to this meal. Tomato, peppers, bacon, it all turns out good with different types of cheeses too. Options are endless!


2 cups kale, loosely packed and chopped

10 cherry tomatoes sliced in half

8 eggs, beaten (I usually add a splash of milk)

1 cup quinoa, cooked

1/2 onion

1 package of breakfast sausage cut up(We like brown and serve or any fresh deli sausage links)

Cheddar cheese 1/2-1 cup or more if you like


In a large frying pan cook sausage per directions and cut up. Throw in onion, tomato, kale and saute until kale is cooked through. Dump in eggs and scramble. Don’t over cook. Next add in quinoa and cheese. Toss until mixed through. This usually doesn’t need any seasoning but season to taste if you’d like with salt and pepper. That’s it!

Recipe adapted from withstyleandgraceblog

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Meal Plan Monday #24

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 Welcome back guys! Today I am starting with a new approach to Meal Plan Monday. Aside from my usual posting, I will be posting what new recipe’s I find to put on my meal plan and what mine looks like through the week.

This may not happen every week but I plan to incorporate it a few times throughout the month. I think the way I meal plan is unusual. I am the type of person to get bored with the same old things all of the time. Too much chicken, too much beef, way too much shrimp just makes my mind go crazy. Since I have been married, we have only eaten the same meals twice a handful of times-I can count on my fingers-My taste buds are weird. I wonder why that is?

Anyway, when I meal plan I usually do it for the month. I don’t schedule specific meals for the day and I shop biweekly. The first thing I try to do is figure out how many times a week I cook, what activities we have going on so I know not to make a time extensive meal that day and consider different themes. The themes are optional. I throw them in randomly.

I cook four times a week and throw in an easy meal like pizza, sandwiches, fajita’s or nuggets for days we unexpectedly eat the whole meal and nothing is left-which is often. So one day a month I search about 16-20 meal options through my cookbooks or on Pinterest, write them on a list and pick biweekly which one’s will go work for me that coming week. So I look for 8 crock pot meals for Sundays and Wednesday’s, four pasta meals for Tuesday’s , four one pot meals, and a few casserole’s. That way I can pick from my list for the month and shop how I need. Here’s what it looks like for us.

Sunday– Our big meal day. I know Monday’s are rough for me to start with and Sunday’s are days we relax and do nothing so I usually plan a casserole or crock pot meal. Something that won’t hinder our time as a family.

Monday– Our leftover day. This gives me more time to spend with the kiddos and kick off our weekly routine for bed and homework.

Tuesday– This day is one of the easy meal days because my hubby works late so usually a pasta meal or one pot meal will do. (We are pasta people!)

Wednesday– We have clubs at church and school so during the winter I do soup and salad/sandwiches and in the summer lots of veggie casseroles like tuna stuffed tomatoes. In the summer though, this is another big meal day where we eat and play outside as a family. I use my crock pot frequently for this day.

Thursday– This is a leftover day usually during the summer but in the winter months it’s a night we relax and play games as a family or take a trip out for the night. I try to do theme nights (pumpkin family night, valentine date, bowling at home etc..) on this day because we are all home early.

Friday– Our travel day. My boys are usually doing weekend visits so my hubby and I will eat out. When the boys are home we do a one pot meal, homemade chicken nuggets, cauliflower pizza, zucchini boats or whatever else is easy.

Saturday– I usually cook a super healthy meal this day or make Chinese.

So that does it. Lately I’ve been trying to stick to meal themed nights like crock pot night, soup night, pasta night, freezer meal night, international food night, Paleo night and the like. I try to mix it up often. I also meal plan our breakfast, snacks and dessert for the month. It’s a lot of work but a few hours one day for a lot less hassle the rest of the month is worth it to me.

Here’s what’s on our meal plan for this week.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna Bake! Layers of lasagna noodles, chicken, peas, creamy garlic Parmesan sauce --> no cans, all real, totally yummy. 300 calories. |

Sunday– Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna bake via Pinch of Yum (I can vouch for this now, it wast tasty. I doubled the sauce with less milk, ditched the poultry seasoning using 1/2 tsp basil instead and two tsp of salt)

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

Tuesday- Southwest Chicken Wraps via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Wednesday– Parmesan Corn Chowder via My MIL

Broccoli beef

Friday– Broccoli Beef Stir Fry via Center Cut Cook

Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin | Just 5 minutes of prep and you have a delicious meal perfect for Sunday dinner and leftovers throughout the week.

Sunday– Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin via Allrecipes

There you have it all my meals for this week. Stay tuned for how I plan to survive meal time with a newborn and three hungry young men.

How do you meal plan?

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Meal Plan Monday: Potato Gnocchi

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What on earth was I thinking? Perhaps on the frugal side of things and the natural benefits of homemade. You know that copycat Chicken Gnocchi soup from Olive Garden that has been floating around Pinterest for a few years now? Well just last week I had it on my meal plan, I was the last-minute mom running to the store at 3pm to snag a box of potato gnocchi and too tired to run 15 mins to our local Wal-Mart where they might not have it for this soup.

I was trying to avoid being the homemade mom, I promise. BUT. A few hours later and a sick Kid Hero landed me desperate to just finish this meal. All the ingredients were in my cupboard and I had (I can now say that loosely) no experience. First day on the job and hubby says I nailed it.

I had a bag of potatoes on their way to the trash and had managed to save four. So I cooked them, mashed them, rolled them into the dough and my gnocchi was born. 2 pounds 8 ounces?

I like good food, you know. I like easy food. I love homemade food, don’t ya know. This recipe pretty much fits in to all those categories. Took me less than 30 minutes to complete two batches (one for freezing). I encourage you to try it if you are making a good gnocchi recipe. About my soup? My gang slopped it and asked for seconds. A great little potato dumpling. Yum-o!

Try it! I got the recipe from here!

Have you ever tried a recipe with a fear of it not turning out?

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Meal Plan Monday on Tuesday: Stove Top Lemon Chicken

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My mommy came for a visit a few weeks ago and she brought my nephew with her. I’m always excited to have my mommy over and show her a little country hospitality. She loves it here. All she does during her is sit outside. Literally.

I knew I wanted to try this recipe because it reminded me of a meal someone made for me with stewed chicken. I’m also a fan of lemon chicken. This recipe was a hit and I used fresh herbs and veggies from my garden.

I served it over rice with fresh sautéed green beans. I also doubled the recipe for the sauce because I used a few more pieces of chicken. The sauce got thicker and creamier and we slopped it up over rice. Try it!

Ingredients: Recipe slightly adapted from themotherhuddle

*I used two pans with 5 chicken pieces each

10 bone in chicken thighs, skin removed

1/2 cup flour

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp garlic powder

8 tbsp butter

2 cups chicken broth

2 cups of heavy cream

6 tbsp of lemon juice

1 large onion, sliced

Combine in a large Ziploc or plastic bag flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder. Throw a couple of pieces of chicken in the bag and shake to coat with flour mix.

In a large, DEEP frying or saute pan brown 5-8 chicken pieces in one pan in 4 tbsp of butter until both sides are nice and brown. (I used 4 tbsp of butter per 5 pieces of chicken)

Add 1 cup of broth, 3 tbsp of lemon juice, half the onion and 1 cup of cream to one pan of 5-8 pieces of chicken. (I added the broth, cream and lemon juice to each pan in the same measurements. If your pan can fit 10 pieces of chicken add it all)

Cover and simmer for thirty minutes until chicken is tender and sauce cooks down a bit. Season with 1tsp of salt to taste and garnish with a bunch of fresh parley.

My guys like thick sauce with their rice so I took some of the sauce out (1/2 cup) and added some cornstarch for a more gravy like sauce.

Serve over riced or mashed potatoes and enjoy!

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Meal Plan Monday: Pizza Stuffed Zucchini

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This picture is raw. No edits, no filters. How I took it is how you see it. Could use some editing but I love it just the way it is. It reminds me of mama being in the kitchen making her good sauce for the family. A meal so simple yet so flavorful that brings everyone together. It tells a story. I don’t know what yet, I’m working on it because this was a day that hubby and are were home alone and it was chilly and damp out. No big family, just us and HGTV.

Lately I’ve been cooking a lot of clean meals. Low carb, less sugar and additives, more of God’s green earth. Clean eating makes me feel so clean inside and veggies have always been my favorite. I struggle though in a house full of carnivores, to get something hearty on the table, clean and tasty so they won’t say yuck.

My belief is that part of my job as the lowly homemaker is to provide my family with the best options for life that I can give. Opinion only: My best option is healthy, clean and as close to natural as I can get it. I haven’t always been this way. I have my fair share of a sweet tooth, but in meditating on my role as mom and babe, I feel it is my duty to steward well all areas of my life because my first role is Jesus lover, God server. Call me a hippy.

Now I’m not saying this is going to turn into a crazy health blog where all I do is show you pictures of squash and quinoa ( pronounced kenwa says big sister). But in my efforts to get my family to a healthier place, you may see a few.

This recipe is from Melissa and it’s called pizza stuffed zucchini. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly to the Tee but it was good and flavorful.


5 Zucchini
1lb beef
1-24 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup diced bell pepper
1/2 diced onion
3 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp seasoning- oregano, basil, parsley
2 cups mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Slice zukes in half and place them cut side down. Cook for 10 minutes and then remove them from the oven. While you are waiting brown your beef.  Add onions, green pepper and garlic and cook until tender. Add tomato sauce, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and 1 tsp each of basil and oregano. Cook to let flavors mix for 5-10 minutes. Fill zuke boats with meat sauce and top with cheese. Place them back in the oven and bake for about 10 mins or until cheese is melted.

The extra sauce made these very juicy which I love! It was also very filling. I gave my hubby two boats and he couldn’t finish the second one.

I hope this recipe makes it to your meal plan. Let me know how you love it!


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Meal Plan Monday-What a Lemon Pie Taught Me About God

We’ve been doing a lot lately. So far this summer we’ve painted rocks and a canvas of hands, made some pony bead sun catchers shaped like swords, made strawberry ice cream and freezer jam, picked blueberries twice, played soccer at a local camp, had two play dates with friends, visited the petting zoo and gone hiking. It’s hard to imagine that I’m not tired after all of this but I’m not. It’s summer for Pete’s sake and I don’t even know anyone named Pete. 🙂

I wanted to share today these amazing lemon pies that I used my homemade pie crust- without shortening- recipe with. Our community group went hiking at a local trail in our area one Sunday after noon. Yes we saw a snake and yes I was totally freaked out,the things I do for my children.

Anyway, I was so giddy about this after I heard that there was a place sit and eat nearby. So I packed us up my dream picnic and threw it in our cooler. Unfortunately we ended up eating in the car on the way home. Bummer. The upside to this story is that we enjoyed our late Sunday evening chowing on grapes and these lemon hand pies.

 My family enjoyed these so much that they were gone in a few days. I even frosted them with white chocolate later on.


They remind me of how simple life can actually be that you can possibly make other things with the lemons that life throws at you. This has been so far a year of overcoming fears. Slowing down actually scares me sometimes. The objective to be slow can sometimes be a plateful to swallow in such a busy society. But walking through the wilderness scared me most, with the obscurity of nature lurking behind and around me. Having to yield to the sounds and movement of the culture that inhabits it was breath taking yet very scary. But I walked and took the chance to trust God in a moment that some would deem mundane and in return God showed me more of life through his eyes and how he takes care to wake the birds, coordinate the music of nature, and give life to the littlest things.

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Meal Plan Monday

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a meal plan Monday post. However, things seem to be going pretty good with me and morning sickness. Hopefully it stays that way so I can share more great recipe’s. On to the recipe.

I call this the taco-dile. Taco stuffed potatoes sounded so un-fun so taco-dile it is. I made this meal last week to take to a community group couple who had just had their baby and doubled the meal to make extra’s for my family. They were so good!

Guys so easy and really no prep at all! Use with left over taco meat after taco night.


1 2lb bag of potatoes (I used Idaho Russet)

2 lbs ground beef

1 can salsa (I used home canned)

1/2-1 cup water

2-3tbsp taco seasoning

1 16oz package of shredded cheese-Montery Jack

salt and pepper

ranch dressing

1 small can olives(optional;10 oz)

green onions

sour cream


Ground your beef and season, drain and throw it in the crockpot. Season with taco seasoning. Throw in the can of salsa and water and mix. Cook on low 6 hours or high for 4.

Bake potatoes  50-60 mins on 400 degrees F. You can even throw them in another crock if you have one and let the meat and potatoes cook together.

When potatoes are done slice halfway length wise, butter and mash, season with salt and pepper and then layer your toppings. We did one with cheese, meat, ranch dressing, more cheese and green onions. I made a big batch some with cheese, meat, ranch, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, olives and green onions.


I hope this makes it to your monthly or weekly meal plan list. It’s so easy and you can add your own great toppings.


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