Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on April 20, 2015

It’s time for the weekly menu plan.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted a menu and honestly…a while since I’ve even made a menu.  Things have been hectic and crazy here and that hasn’t left much time for cooking.  I’m hoping that things are starting to settle down a little bit and get back to normal.

When I go too long without planning a menu things get out of hand.  We don’t eat as healthy as we need to, I don’t keep things stocked like I should and we also end up going out more than we should.  I do so much better on a schedule!  So, I’m back at it this week – here is my plan for the week!

menu planning

 

Breakfast: Overnight Oats, Green Smoothie

Lunch: Leftovers,  Salad in a Jar

Dinner:
Monday- Corn Dogs, Chips and Fruit
Tuesday- Out to dinner
Wednesday- Quinoa Stuffed Peppers and Fresh Fruit
Thursday- Lasagna Spaghetti Squash Boats, Steamed Broccoli
Friday- Grilled Orange Teriyaki Chicken, Grilled Pineapple, Brown Rice
Saturday- Out to diner
Sunday- Taco Salads

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Spring is here and I couldn’t be happier! Along with sunny, warmer weather I can’t get my hands on enough fresh fruit! It’s not quite the perfect time for it, but I’m just so eager for juicy strawberries and tart raspberries that I just can’t wait any longer!

I put a little twist on regular berries and added a honey-orange yogurt dressing. It barely coats the berries and gives them a sweet yet tangy orange flavor. It’s absolutely delicious! It would be perfect for a lighter dessert for your Easter celebration this Sunday.

Fruit with orange

To get the great orange flavor in the dressing I used my Young Living Orange Essential Oil. I have a lot of favorite oils, but orange is at the top. They all have their uses…orange is my go-to in water and my diffuser. It’s my happy oil. ;)

Orange Oil

If you have been thinking about trying oils (quit thinking and just do it – you can come back and thank me later!), now is a good time to jump. I’ve got a special for the next couple of days where I’m offering a reference book, starter guide and a handmade essential oil bag (by yours truly). Killer deal and you can find out how to get it here.

The Premium Starter Kit doesn’t come with orange, but you could easily use the Citrus Fresh that does come in the kit (love that one too!). Another thing I love about orange is that it’s really inexpensive. A 15ml bottle (around 250 drops) is only $10.75 (wholesale)!  With just 1-2 drops needed…that’s enough to flavor A LOT of glasses of water!

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Fresh Fruit with a Honey-Orange Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 container strawberries
  • 1 container raspberries
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2-3 drops Orange essential oil (you could use a splash of orange juice instead)

Instructions

  1. Wash berries. Slice strawberries and add them to a bowl, along with the raspberries and grapes.
  2. In a small bowl whisk the yogurt, honey and orange essential oil. Pour over the berries and toss lightly to coat.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2015/04/01/fresh-fruit-with-a-honey-orange-yogurt-dressing/

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These Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite to make when I need a snack and don’t have much in the pantry or much time to bake. Those seem to be two things that I’ve been short on lately. Short on time equals short on food in the pantry because, well…grocery shopping is one of my least favorite tasks so it’s the first to go. ;)

It’s not that grocery shopping is that bad. It’s the putting the groceries away part – it’s a beast. It’s like torture for me.

I’ve started bribing myself to get it done. I choose to think of it as more of a reward than a bribe because people my age shouldn’t have to be bribed. Rewards are perfectly acceptable though.  My Meijer has a Starbucks and that’s the best kind of reward there is. It’s right by the entry so I stop there first and get an iced coffee. I stroll around and fill my cart and get another refill before I leave. Gold card, baby…free refills.

(In case you are worried for my caloric intake: I drink it with no sugar basically so it’s also almost calorie free – about 30 calories. And I’m working that off speed walking through my daunting chore. Ha. Okay, I don’t really speed walk. I’m way to cool for that.)

I discovered last week that they know me and how I like my coffee there. Grande Iced Coffee – 1 pump classic & light 2%. Yikes. Embarrassing, right? Like maybe I hit up the Meijer Starbucks too often? It’s nothing new…I’m known at my other Starbucks too.  I should be used to this by now.

Lets get back to these cookies and stop focusing on my grocery shopping laziness and addiction to coffee. It’s embarrassing. And I’m going to stop before I embarrass myself too much.

These cookies! THESE COOKIES! They are gluten free and full of peanut buttery deliciousness. You can whip up a batch in no time and they will make your family so happy! I don’t even miss the flour in them. Yum!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl - mix the peanut butter, egg, sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Add in baking soda and mix to combine. Stir in desired amount of chocolate chips. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet - flatten slightly.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes or until done. You don't want to over bake them.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2015/03/25/flourless-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on March 23, 2015

I haven’t done a MPM in quite some time. I haven’t blogged much at all either. We were on vacation two weeks ago and were out of town visiting family part of last week. And other than that…it’s just been crazy busy!

We are going to the beach soon and it’s time to get control of the diet and cut out the unhealthy things that have found their way in due to convenience. I’m not doing a particular diet, just keep things healthy and getting back to the gym. That swimsuit will have to be put on all too soon. :)

menu planning

Breakfast: Green Smoothies or Overnight Oats

Lunch: Salads with Chicken, Leftover Soup, Roasted Veggies with Sausage

Dinners:
Monday- Out to eat
Tuesday- Heirloom Bean Soup with Italian Sausage, Salad
Wednesday- Spaghetti (with Spaghetti Squash), Steamed Broccoli
Thursday- Fajita Chicken with Lettuce Wraps
Friday- Out to eat
Saturday- Family Easter
Sunday- Lemon Chicken over Quinoa with Veggies

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3 Easy Tips for a Non-Stressful Easter Dinner – #HoneyBakedEaster

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Menu Plan Monday

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Freezing Chipotle Peppers – A Great Way to Spice Up Any Meal

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I love cooking with Chipotle Peppers and add them to all kinds of Mexican meals. The chipotle flavor just adds so much depth and such a unique flavor to meals. I used some last week and had most of the can leftover. They are awesome, but not something you would add to all of your […]

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Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

February 24, 2015

Thanks to the slow cooker I put a fabulous meal of Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches on the table.  Where would I be without my trusty sidekick? I’ve had my slow cooker for many years. My Mamaw got it for me…it was like THE wedding gift I had to have. I was not looking forward […]

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Flourless Chocolate Cake – it doesn’t get much better for the chocolate lover!  It’s my go-to dessert when we go to a nice restaurant and they have it…I just love it. But it’s not something I make very often at home. I’ve always felt like it was a grand dessert that took a lot of […]

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