Not quite sure what to say about this last week. Asher had his 2 year check up and is doing great! He is a model patient, his doctors and nurses are always shocked at how well behaved he is. This wasn’t always the case! I have started talking to him about his appointments before we go. So I’ll tell him, “tomorrow we are going to the doctor and they are going to do XY&Z”. I will try and tell him everything that I can possibly think of. The only time he cried during his check up was the thing I forgot to tell him about, that he was going to get weighed and measured 😂. He even got his fingers poked 2 times for a blood test and he didn’t cry! It also worked at the eye doctor this week! Kind of amazing. I think things are less scary to him if he knows what to expect. If you have a hard time with appointments, give this a try! Maybe it will work for you too. Now to move on to why we are here, the meal plan!
A quick recap on how this meal plan works. There will be 1 meal prepped lunch for grown ups, 3 dinners with leftovers every other night. One of the dinners will be vegetarian/ vegan. This is a tiny step we are taking to try and lower our impact on the planet.
What’s on the menu…..
- Vegetarian Burrito Bowl (lunch)
- Cilantro Lime Salmon Burgers
- Moroccan Chickpea Stew
- Sesame Chicken Stir Fry
Bellow you will find a complete shopping list for everything on the menu. I have separated everything by recipe, so there are a few duplicates of pantry staples.
Vegetarian Burrito Bowl
10 Lunches https://herbivorecucina.blogspot.com/2021/06/vegetarian-burrito-bowl.html
The recipe above only makes 2 lunches, I tripled it and it easily made 10 lunches. I really simplified the recipe by just using plain black beans, canned corn and store bought salsa. I also chose to dice the bell peppers because I think it makes for easier eating. The original version looks super good, I just didn’t have the time to do all the elements.
Cilantro Lime Salmon Burger
4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://foodwithfeeling.com/cilantro-lime-salmon-burgers-w-tequila-avocado-sauce/
We love these salmon burgers! When making them it feels pretty weird to blend up your salmon, but they are delicious! The recipe calls for bread crumbs as a binder, but I sometimes use almond flour. Watch your heat when you are pan frying these, they can burn easily. I left the tequila out of the sauce, but it is good with tequila or rum. If you look at the original post they served the burger on a bun with pickles, sprouts, and red onions. I served these with a packaged salad, and sweet potato fries.
To make the fries: cut the potato into fry shapes, coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Then roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes flip them and cook for 15 more minutes.
Moroccan Chickpea Stew
At least 10 servings https://www.simplyquinoa.com/slow-cooker-moroccan-chickpea-stew/?epik=dj0yJnU9bThfQU9uNU5YU0t4TGFZWWY4V1VwUF83YjBrVnpLUk8mcD0wJm49c1pscDlBcjZWbExBRWxldkdwbHZGUSZ0PUFBQUFBR0QwWGRv
This was an awesome veggie packed meal! It was so easy to make, you just throw everything in a crockpot and let it cook. It is zucchini season, so I tossed that in the last hour of cooking. This dinner made a TON! I ended up freezing half the leftovers. Hopefully it will freeze well and we’ll have an easy meal later. I also wasn’t able to find a small butternut squash. So I cut up half of one for this dinner, and froze the other half. Butternut squash freezes great! I felt this needed a bit more salt than the recipe called for. Of course salt to taste.
Sesame Chicken Stir Fry
4 adult dinners, 2 toddler dinners https://www.gohealthyeverafter.com/easy-healthy-sesame-chicken-stir-fry/#recipe
When I picked this meal I thought it would be a good quick dinner, I wasn’t expecting it to my favorite meal of the week! It was super easy to put together and I loved the mix of veggies. They gave some suggestions of veggies to use, and they weren’t things I would typically choose. The veggies aren’t a part of the regular recipe, but if you scroll to the bottom of the recipe there are extra instructions for the veggies. I used snap peas, baby corn, carrots, and bok choy. Asher really loved the snap peas! I was a little unsure if he would try them since we’ve never had them before, but he tried them and then asked for more!
I hope you enjoy this weeks meal plan! If you try it out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share and enjoy!