Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on June 29, 2015

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we have started having our produce delivered from a local farm.  I’m SO loving this service.  I keep meat in the freezer and staples on hand and I always have a healthy meal that I can whip up quickly.  I don’t know how I’m just now signing up for a service like that.  Okay –  I do know why…it’s because I didn’t know about anything like this.  Seriously though, it’s awesome.  Plus the produce is all great quality – check out Rice Family Harvest if you are in the Cincinnati area.

This past week we got tons of blueberries as well as pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, romaine, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini and squash.  I’m used to most of those veggies, but I had no idea what to do with pickling cucumbers.  I short Pinterest search, a quick trip to the grocery and I had refrigerator pickles ready to eat before I knew it.  Boy are they delicious (recipe to come soon)!

Another food we’ve been loving is fresh Georgia peaches!  The Peach Truck has made it’s way to Cincinnati and after tasting them I was SO thankful I bought 25 pounds.

I’m loving all of the fresh produce we have had so far this summer!  Our dinners will consist of that most nights this week…whatever comes in our CSA box.

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Breakfast: overnight oats with fruit, hard boiled eggs or cereal

Lunch: leftovers, chickpea salad (recipe coming this week), chicken salad

Monday- Grilled Chicken Salad (Peach Blueberry Cobbler for dessert)
Tuesday- BBQ Turkey Meatloaf, Rice, and Sauteed Zucchini
Wednesday- BLT Sandwiches, Fresh Veggies, Sweet Potato Fries
Thursday- Zucchini Boats, Oven Roasted Broccoli
Friday- Family cookout
Saturday- Family cookout
Sunday- Chicken and Kale GF Ravioli (a new Costco find) with salad


Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on June 15, 2015

Happy Monday!  With summer here I have been taking my menu planning pretty lightly because it’s super easy to throw together a dinner when it’s grilling season.  I much prefer having a detailed plan, but when I don’t I can cut some veggies and thaw some meat and we have dinner!

Something new in our home is that we have joined a CSA.  I have wanted to do this forever and never found the right farm – they were either all booked, too far of a drive, or too expensive.  I hadn’t looked into it for a year or two and Daniel and I were talking the other week about how it would be awesome to find one.  I started looking on my ipad and came across Rice Family Harvest.  Not only could we still join, but they deliver to my door.  If you are in the Cincinnati/Dayton area and love fresh produce you should look them up.

This past week we got kale, salad greens, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, green onions and the best strawberries.  We will finish up our produce today, and more comes on Wednesday so it’s working out perfect.

Because of this, my menu plans won’t be exact…because I don’t know what I’m getting!  I love that part – it’s forcing me to think outside the box and create new things!

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Monday – Southwestern Omelets (cheese, green onions, avocado and spicy chicken sausage with salsa) with Mixed Greens with Balsamic Dressing
Tuesday- Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Ground Turkey, Salad
Wednesday- Grilled Coconut-Lime Cod Packets with Fresh Sliced Fruit
Thursday- Grilled BBQ Chicken, Grilled Veggies, Cucumber and Onion Salad
Friday- BBQ Chicken Salad (with leftover grilled chicken)
Saturday- Out to eat
Sunday- Out to eat


You all know how much I love my Young Living essential oils, right? Not like – we are talking mad love for the oils!  They have been such a blessing for us and I’m constantly finding new ways to use them which makes me love them even more.

Right now Young Living is offering a great deal and I can’t help but share – when you purchase a Premium Starter Kit they will send you an additional oil for FREE (It will be chosen at random from orange, lemongrass or tangerine).

If you have been thinking about diving into essential oils…now is a great time to do it!  I purchased my Premium Starter Kit at the end of last October.  I didn’t know anyone who used essential oils and I was skeptical (but hopeful).  They blew my mind away and I can’t imagine NOT using them now.  I have been so blessed by these oils and THAT is why I share.  I never intended to do so.  At all.  But they proved to be so awesome and I. just. couldn’t. help. it!


This is a great time because of the free oil, but really…the Premium Starter Kit is always the best way to start.  You get a great range of different oils (12 if you count the free one!), a diffuser, samples and wholesale prices (24% off).  The diffuser is a must – it’s a great way to keep your home smelling fresh without using candle (which have nasty stuff in them).  The kit is valued at way more than the $150 – trust me when I say it’s a great way to go.

Once you get your Premium Starter Kit you aren’t left in the dark! I send a reference book and a starter guide so you know HOW to use your oils, get you in a great Facebook group, and provide support as you start learning about your oils!

The free oil deal won’t be around long…if you want to get started you can go here to learn more about the Premium Starter Kit.  Feel free to contact me with any questions!



Easy Sloppy Joes

by Katie on June 10, 2015

Sometimes you just need a good old delicious sloppy meal – Sloppy Joes to the rescue.  Don’t be confused, I’m not talking about the stuff you dump out of a can and mix with ground beef.  This is a recipe for homemade Sloppy Joes and if you haven’t made them homemade before – you must!

I had someone once say to me, “Did you know that you can make HOMEMADE Sloppy Joes instead of using a can of Manwich?!”.  Haha.  I had to chuckle…of course pretty much anything can be made homemade.  It’s true, though, that we are so often conditioned to just use a can of this or a box of that and don’t even consider another option.

Like macaroni and cheese.  Or salad dressing.  Or granola bars.  Or beans.

Or ICED COFFEE (That one’s for me!  Ha!).

This homemade recipe tastes way better than canned junk and I have to believe it’s better for you.  It doesn’t take long to whip up a batch so it makes for a really easy and quick dinner.  I make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for later.  I normally eat mine just like normal on a bun, but if I’m feeling fancy I toast half of a bun, put the sloppy joe mixture on top, top with a little cheese and broil until the cheese melts – classy at its best!

Being that my diet is gluten-free I’ve had to get rid of most processed or pre-made foods by default.  It just ain’t worth reading every stinking label in a store to see if it’s gluten-free.  If it has a million ingredients I would rather pass.  Making homemade is almost always tastier and better for you…and it’s not all that hard!

What do you love to make homemade instead of buying canned or pre-made?

Easy Sloppy Joes

Easy Sloppy Joes


  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder (more if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if desired)
  • hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • buns


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot over medium heat. Drain off the fat.
  2. Add in the green peppers and onions. Stir and add 1 cup of water, the ketchup and minced garlic. Stir to combine and add the brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Stir to combine, cover and simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes (sometimes I let it go longer to cook down more).
  3. Serve on buns.

Recipe slightly adapted from Pioneer Woman via Food Network


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