Sunday, November 22, 2015

Weekly Menu

I was going to excuse myself from doing Christmas cards this year, but Costco cards are just too good of a deal to pass up at 50 for $10… and I really do like the tradition of sending and receiving holiday cards. I don't do it for any other occasion.

My kids only have 2 days of school this week, so I get a little break from packing lunches :) Which means we will just eat whatever is in the refrigerator. And the 99¢ clearance brown sugar and cinnamon sweet potato chips from Aldi.

weekend waffles (please ignore the non-grouted tile)

pumpkin waffles from The Paleo Kitchen cookbook
full fat yogurt w/ wheat-free granola
steak and eggs in corn tortillas
coffee, cream

Sunday - cheeseburgers (no bun of course), sweet potatoes
Monday - potato soup with sausage, salad greens & dressing
Tuesday - chili
Wednesday - something easy with lots of veggies like a crustless quiche or frittata
Thursday - Thanksgiving with family, we all help
Friday - leftovers
Saturday - TBD

I'm trying to get caught up on life, as if that's even possible.

my daughter's library book - I think all the recipes are naturally gluten-free, hurray!

Also, if you feel overwhelmed or sickened by the thought of holiday shopping, you must watch this from IKEA to keep good perspective, especially if you have children.

I hope you have a good rest of the weekend.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Weekly Menu

This weekend has seemed like a bit of a blur. Can I extend it by 2 days? But it's been OK. I'm so ready for a longer break over Thanksgiving, though, especially mentally. Everything has been kicking my butt lately.

I follow Ashely C. because I love her beautiful photos and when I read and watched what she had to say about her experience at the gym as a mom, I was like YES. Agreed. My workouts take a complete 100% of my focus while I am there (my gym, where I'm coached), and I so appreciate just showing up and it not taking my mental energy outside of that… NO figuring out what to do, NO convincing myself to do it, NO worrying about if I'm doing the right thing. Just show up, and I have no option but to focus. And it improves the rest of your life, too. It's hard to say that about very many things.

We had a super easy lunch today. Ground beef (thrown in the crock pot before church), then melted cheddar over top before serving. Nuked some sweet potatoes, then added butter, salt, and pepper. Plate it. Done.

Yesterday, I took the mini cinnamon pancake recipe from Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook (affiliate link) and made it into waffles (with a few tweaks based on what we had on hand)… added some real maple syrup on top, used some clearance Halloween plates :), and it was a good weekend breakfast for the kids.

I also went to Sprouts and Aldi yesterday. I had a rain check for rump roast at Sprouts from a few weeks back, so I got 2. I spent $150. I forgot my canvas bags.

Same old, same old.
adults - coffee*, cream, eggs, leftovers
kids - full-fat yogurt with gf granola
or banana, almond butter, and coconut

*Sometimes I add some protein powder (affiliate link) if it is a hectic morning, more on that another time.

kids - almond butter and strawberry jam on gf bread
adults - spinach and feta chicken sausages
carrots, hummus
I'm not usually a fan of gluten-free junk foods, but they have been sneaking into my kids' lunches lately as I'm sure you've noticed. It is mostly out of my laziness, I admit. I don't even really like pretzels, but the gluten-free ones from Aldi are surprisingly good. And they are affordable.

It's the week of 2 or 3 ingredient recipes in the crock pot...

Monday - easy slow cooker roast beef, dill fingerling potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts on the grill
Tuesday - 3 ingredient turkey meatloaf (notes here), green beans
Wednesday - leftovers
Thursday - easy taco salad (roast + seasoning + tomato sauce = taco meat)
Friday - leftovers
Weekend - tbd

Maybe a chocolate chip cookie cake on the grill in the cast iron skillet using my favorite grain-free, nut-free chocolate chip cookie recipe.

That's all I've got. Have a good week.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Groceries + Weekly Menu

Doesn't look like it, huh?
It was time to buy $25 of coconut oil.
This is Costco, Sprouts, and Aldi all combined.
Not shown (or included in the total): camping food for Saturday night. Oh wait, this is all camping food. Ha ha. Just kidding. I feel like I have been camping for months now, though. Still getting by with no oven/stove/range. (A wall has to be redone. Crooked tile = no bueno. Unfortunately our worker didn't have the same standards. So now it's back to DIY.)

I was feeling pretty bad by Friday evening, so I went to bed at 8pm. It was glorious. I woke up at 6am with no alarm! Now it is time to check things off the get er done list.

I'm probably not going to think much about Christmas presents until finals week is over in December… But if you are an over-achiever (like I used to be) and are placing amazon orders now, using my affiliate link is always appreciated. Click to amazon from any of the links on the sidebar -->  Then search for your item, make your purchase, and I get a small kickback at no expense to you (same amazon prices as always). Thank you! But more importantly, thank you for reading here and spreading the good food word :)

I listened to Coach Rut present on food and nutrition this weekend. My biggest takeaway from his talk (which I've heard before, but a kick in the butt is always good) is you, me, most of us, should be eating more protein. When I pay attention to that, I honestly feel better and don't have room for junk in my diet. Win-win.

Here's the plan for this week.

kids - banana, almond butter, coconut
or full fat yogurt w/ pomegranate seeds
adults - coffee, cream, dinner leftovers

kids - sun butter and strawberry jam on Udi's bread (their request, and it was on sale)
carrots with hummus, gf pretzels, apple or pear
adults - costco chicken salad, gf crackers, carrots (yes, also taking the easy way out here. we're "camping" remember?)

Sunday - bratwurst, kale salad, and sweet potatoes
Monday - something with beef and butternut squash
Tuesday - taco tuesday! or taco salad...
Wednesday - leftovers
Thursday - tbd
Friday - out to eat
Saturday - cheeseburger pizza (on thin and crispy and paleo pizza crust) on the grill

Find more weekly meal plans from our household here or here.

Have a good rest of the weekend!

Monday, November 2, 2015

2 Quick Things

1. I stayed awake for that game :)
Yay Royals!

2. After going to Sprouts yesterday and still not feeling prepared for the week, today I went to Trader Joe's for the first time in a long time. Mostly to get some easy breakfasts, microwave friendly foods, and some more things for the kids lunches.They love the fried rice, so I'll put it in a thermos for them.

Not pictured:
a package of salami & cheese as well as crinkly sweet potato chips,
both which I broke into for my lunch today.
I spent $48.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Weekly Menu

Oh man, I stayed up for game 1 of the World Series (with a little bit of dozing), and I haven't been able to keep my eyes open for a whole game since! Naps do not fit into my schedule. I'm so glad for the bonus hour of sleep last night!

Today we are doing pizza on the grill for lunch (this is my favorite frozen kind) and hamburgers later…
I don't really know what else I'm making this week. I need to make a major Costco run but I'm not doing that on the weekend. There was a setback with a kitchen project last week, so there's that which is taking longer than it should. Boo. But who cares when it's a beautiful fall day and Sprouts has bacon on sale?

Here are some meals I could make this week-

sweet and sour asian meatballs & unwrapped egg rolls
crock pot potato soup with bacon, chives, and sour cream… add some sausage or hamburger
zesty chicken bites and a salad
jalfrezi chicken and broccoli

Ew, that's a lot of chicken. Well I need to use it up. I keep buying it because it is one sale and then not using it.

The kids get pb&j roll-ups in corn tortillas, carrots, and full fat yogurt for lunch. Smoothies for their breakfast. Think I can sneak some more protein in there? We'll see.

Time to hit the books now. Take care.

I want this.

Monday, October 26, 2015


Feeling contemplative today, so just going to take a minute before I switch to being task-oriented.

The sun is shining, did a workout I enjoyed yet reminded me I have so far to go (snatch much?), just bought groceries for the week (the stores are so peaceful on Monday morning!!), country music is blaring in my house while subway tile is going up in the kitchen at this very moment. Stopped by the library to pick up a movie to watch sometime, perhaps not until the weekend, many miles to go before then. I'm nixing tacos from the menu because I don't want to chop that much stuff… We'll do some italian roast beef instead.

Sarah from Cover Lane is one of my favorite bloggers, even though she doesn't share as much anymore. I don't even know her and our lives are quite different. I'm not a stay-at-home mom, it is not the best thing for our family as a whole. Still, the thing I've always appreciated about her is she speaks her mind unapologetically, but you can tell it comes from a place of love… She has made me a better mother and homemaker. This is one of her best:

To teenage girls, with love.

Also, she has the best book and classic toy recommendations for all ages! With Christmas coming up and all, just thought you'd want to know ;)

Fall food:
Paleo beef tamale pie? Sounds good.
This fall harvest salad with apple maple vinagrette looks amazing. Who want's to make it for me?
OK, fine, I'll settle for some of Elana's pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

This is my style - lazy Halloween treats:

That's all for now!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Weekly Catch Up + Menu

Saturday afternoon the kids and I hit "the wall" figuratively speaking, the week caught up to us. We all had been going, going, going, and staying up way too late for multiple reasons. I let them watch as much TV as they wanted the rest of the day. Since we don't have cable, it was mostly just college football… and they watched it!

The night before, I had asian pork belly tostadas for dinner with my mom and my sister after our annual tradition of the holiday mart. Yum. They made me take a picture. It was pretty dim and this is a phone pic of course, but it still makes me want to eat like 5 more right now.

Today it was back to the crazy.

Still waiting on a few things to get wrapped up in the kitchen. Trying to be patient. I have a whole list of things I want to make on the new stove… can't wait!

Here's what we have for this week, so far.

adults - poached eggs, leftovers, coffee, heavy whipping cream
kids - greek yogurt with granola, or bananas, almond butter, & coconut

Kids' Lunches:
ham & cheese roll-ups
rice cakes with pb&j
no bake chocolate coconut milk pudding

Monday - tacos/taco salad: crock pot shredded beef (rump roast with this seasoning), cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, avocado, corn tortillas
Tuesday - leftovers
Wednesday - pumpkin chili (no beans) with the fixins
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - homemade primal pizza with italian sausage
Saturday - meatballs, sauce, spaghetti squash, salad

Dessert? grain-free and nut-free pumpkin chocolate chip cookie cake in the new oven :)

Have a good week.
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