Ack! It is May. As in right before June. As in tank-top and t-shirt weather. That means I have to keep it lean this month, my friends. If you’ve read this blog at all, you know I have lots of healthy recipes and lots of Whole 30 posts, but I am not up for that bit just yet. The plan this month is just to keep the simple-carbs at a minimum and to pump up the protein and veggies (at least for my husband and myself).
So the printable plan for the month is here. It is a Google Doc, so you can open it there and the links stay clickable so you can refer back to them.
I have the idea that if I make ahead on Sundays a bunch of food for the week, I can stick with a good eating plan for lunches and snacks. So this Sunday, I am planning to make (Oops, maybe on Saturday, Sunday is Mother’s Day!):
Make-Aheads for lunches/snacks:
Cut up raw veggies
Enjoy & have a great May of eating!
For more healthy meal plans and recipe ideas, check out these posts:
Whole 30, Week 1 Meals
Whole 30, Week 2 Meals
Whole 30, Week 3 Meals
Whole 30, Week 4 Meals
TOP 5 Healthy Meals from HAG blog
20 Great Healthy Dinners and a month long plan
Go-to Healthy Snacks
Linking with OrgJunkie
Welcome to a new week, and a new month! I hope you all had as much of a festive Halloween as we certainly did! If the amount of candy is any measure of fun, we had more than our share! Besides trick-or-treating, I also hosted about 20 kids at my house for a little birthday party for my daughter. It was very fun, and very exhausting! And now my fridge is full of leftovers that I will enjoy, and that is about it. There is no plan in place for any real meal that doesn’t involve a cracker or piece of cheese. Therefore, Menu Plan Monday after a seriously fun and busy weekend means, I am going to Pinterest to pull it together! After all, shouldn’t there be a reason why I pin all those recipes? Here’s the lowdown for the week:
Find these recipes from the links below:
1. Crockpot Pork Chops with Creamy Herb Sauce from Crockpot Gourmet
2. Crockpot Barbecue Chicken from Stick a Fork in It
3. Kung Pao Chicken from Fit Foodie Finds
4. Creamy Tortellini Tomato Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod
5. Double Pepper Pork Chops from HAG
Don’t these look good?! My daughter was sitting next to me when I was typing and gave me the third degree: “what’s in that?” and “will I have to eat those green things?!” …So it goes without saying that I adapt all of these, to serve the beans on the side, and basically break-down the meals to suit what I know my kids will eat…or sort of eat. Have a great week my friends~
How I Menu Plan
Being a “Mean Mom” Makes For Healthier Kids: Meal Planning
5 Great Chicken Recipes to Get Out of a Dinner Rut
H.A.G. Recipe Archives
And I am linked up! Check out the menus on Orgjunkie.com!
Quick & Dirty this week my friends. I need to keep it together this week so menu-planning will probably be my sanity-saver. I have a marathon in 7 days…and counting. So this week, I am pretty much focused on using as much hand-sanitizer as I can find, and taking Emergen-C like my life depended on it! “Not getting sick” is my mantra this week, where we just got over a weird germ than ran through the house, and today, my husband has a really bad head cold…This is where I wish I could open the windows, but it is freezing outside and I can’t bring myself to do it. Everyone at work seems to be sick too, so I open all the door with my jacket and not hand, and seriously wipe everything down, all the time- like a crazy lady. The only thing I can control is the menu, though, so that is where I will focus for now!
Here’s the plan for week October 5-October 11:
- Monday– Steak Tips, veggies
- Tuesday– 2 Chickens in the crockpot today, so Chicken Quesadillas, Make chicken soup to freeze ahead.
- Wednesday– Chicken Pot Pie
- Thursday– Meatballs, Spaghetti, Salad
- Friday– Homemade chicken cutlets, sweet potato fries, kale/veggie sticks
- Saturday– Grilled Chicken, pasta, broccoli
- Sunday– MARATHON Sunday!!! WohootWohoot! No idea, but probably takeout!!
Last week, I didn’t plan ahead for anything but dinners, and I ended up going to the store WAY to often, so this week , I plan to have lots of options for breakfast:
- Pancake mix- made ahead of time
- Oatmeal/blueberries/maple syrup
- Homemade Any-kind Muffins
- Cold Cereals
And for lunches, I need to make sure there are more options than just peanut butter sandwiches:
- Cold-cuts, cheese
- Homemade granola bars
- Pasta Salad
- Salad & Fixings, Veggie Sticks, Fruit Salads
As far as prepping for the marathon, I want to try to focus on lots of water, keeping fiber kind of low toward the end of the week and keep it protein with pasta or rice, and low-fiber veggies. Sweet potatoes, kale and beets in my salads all week until Friday though~ No dairy or soda/seltzer toward the end of the week either. Wish me luck staying healthy this week, because it’s just me against the Germs. We shall see!
I have loved linking up with some other blogs to get dinner ideas and meals, so check out OrgJunkie , Mommy Run Fast or Fitness, Health and Happiness for some great ideas at the link-ups for menus to use to simplify your recipe planning. Have a wonderful Monday, and week ahead!