Happy Fathers day! So happy to get to celebrate Kyle this weekend. He is such a great dad, Asher and I are lucky to have him. You may or may not have noticed there wasn’t a meal plan last week. Life was crazy busy last week so we ended up having to eat out more than usual. One night Asher ate fried chicken, mac and cheese, and french fries 🙀. This felt like a total mom fail to me, but I had to remind myself that it is about a big picture not one meal. 99% of the time he eats a well balanced meal, so the occasional junk meal is going to be all right.
A quick reminder of how the meal plan works. There will be 1 meal prepped lunch for the week, 3 dinners intended to have leftovers every other night, the 7th night we either have extra leftovers, a family meal, or take out. 1 dinner will be vegetarian/ vegan, it is a small step we are taking to try and reduce our impact on the planet. Another thing to note is that I am only cooking for a family of 3 so you may need to adjust portions for a larger family.
What’s on the menu……
- Sweet potato black bean bowl (lunch)
- Chicken pesto
- Teriyaki salmon
- Slow cooker butter chickpea’s
Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls
This lunch was so simple to put together and very filling. I doubled the recipe to make 8 lunches, but I think it could easily have stretched to 10. I opted to use quinoa instead of rice for 2 reasons. The first is it cooks way faster, and the second it has a much higher nutritional value. This salad was very simple, if you wanted to add a little more excitement you could add some corn, bell peppers, or maybe some salsa.
4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-pesto-baked-chicken-whole30/#wprm-recipe-container-16959
The basil in my garden was starting to get out of control so that means pesto! I love this pesto recipe it always turns out great. I love that it has spinach in it, a great way to sneak in some extra veggies. I added half a lemon to it just to keep the color from changing and to brighten it a little. I served it over my favorite lentil and veggie noodles by Cybeles. They are really great low carb noodle but don’t make great leftovers. I usually will cook fresh noodles for each meal. You could also follow this recipe from the same blog for a spaghetti squash pesto.
Teriyaki Salmon Bowls
4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.simplehealthykitchen.com/teriyaki-salmon-bowl/#wprm-recipe-container-7834
These salmon bowls were really simple to make. I doubled it to make enough for 2 dinners. I liked all the topping options they had, I just picked a few that sounded good to me. Asher was being a total toddler when we had this dinner. At first he didn’t want to eat it. So I tried loading his spoon with just some rice, which he ate. Eventually he ate all the elements and decided he liked it. The key was I had to load his spoon for him. Toddlers… what are you gonna do!
Slow Cooker Butter Chickpeas
5- adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.delishknowledge.com/slow-cooker-butter-chickpeas/#tasty-recipes-20907-jump-target
This was a great plant based meal! Normally I stay away from soy products, but this week I decided to go for a little tofu. I prepped this the night before by, cutting the onion and garlic, mixing all the sauce ingredients, and prepping the tofu and garbanzo beans. In the morning I quickly threw it together and set the delay start function on the instantpot. When I got home later that day I just made some rice and added some frozen peas and we were ready to eat!
I hope this helps make your week a little easier! If you try these out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share, and enjoy!