11/6 Meal Plan

I think this week is another week where the theme was comfort! I think it must be because the weather is getting colder, and I just want to be cozy all the time. I am rushing to get this written before Asher wakes up from his nap, so lets get to it!

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…..

  1. Chinese Chicken Salad (Lunch)
  2. Moroccan-inspired Lamb Meatballs
  3. Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup
  4. Roasted Veggie Burrito Bowls

Chinese Chicken Salad

6 Lunches https://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/whole30-chinese-chicken-salad/#recipe

This salad was SO GOOD! The recipe only makes 6 salads, so I doubled it to make 12. The date dressing was sweet and savory and really made this salad crave-able. I didn’t feel like having chopped up dates in the salad, so I used dried cranberries. This would also be really good with the classic chicken salad topping… canned mandarin oranges. To make this quicker, use a store bought rotisserie chicken.

Moroccan-inspired Lamb Meatballs

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://healmedelicious.com/moroccan-inspired-lamb-meatballs/

You may have seen before that we get a lamb every year from Kyle’s family farm. So I try to use it as often as I can. The recipe calls for a “no-mato” sauce. They have linked a recipe to it, but from what I can tell it is a replacement for tomato sauce. I didn’t feel like making it so I just used a jarred tomato sauce. We all absolutely loved this meal, and will definitely make it again. You could serve this over rice or roasted veggies. I opted for a chickpea based pasta.

Roasted Veggie Burrito Bowls

5 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://turtlelion.com/2021/11/06/roasted-veggie-burrito-bowl/

Made this one up on the fly this week. It turned out so well I am happy I got to share it! This oven roasted cauliflower is something I’ve been craving lately. We all like it so much that Asher always asks for extra servings of it, and Kyle and I can’t stop eating it directly off the pan. Pair that with the spiced sweet potatoes, sweet corn, and hearty black beans, you’ve got meal everyone will love!

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://40aprons.com/instant-pot-healthy-chicken-pot-pie-soup/

I have shared this soup before and it probably my favorite soup I’ve ever made. My best friend just had a baby, so I brought this over to the new parents. This has become my go to “you just had a baby, here’s dinner” soup. It is just so yummy and comforting, it is the perfect thing. I also made some of my Unbelievably Easy Bread. This is obviously not a requirement for this dinner, but I do recommend it or another kind of bread with this. I have linked it below. Because I made this for a friend I had to rush out before dinner so I didn’t catch a new picture. https://turtlelion.com/2021/03/20/unbelievably-easy-homemade-bread/


I hope you enjoy this weeks set of comforting meals. If you try them out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share, and enjoy!

Roasted Veggie Burrito Bowl

At our house we are big fans of burrito bowls! This week I didn’t pull up any specific recipe, but just bought some ingredients. I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out. It was filling, nutritious, and of course delicious.

Did you know that sweet potatoes are the most nutrient dense food we can eat? I try to cook with them often! Most people peel them, but the skin is 100% edible, and there is great nutrition in the skin. So if you are into it, leave the skins on! The grocery store only had the golden/white sweet potatoes, but this would also be great with traditional sweet potatoes too. I originally thought I was going to make cauliflower rice, but lately I have been really into this roasted cauliflower. It’s way less effort, and maybe my favorite part of this meal. We chose to add a fried egg on top, which is always yummy. To make this vegan of course just omit the egg, and I suggest adding an avocado.


Roasted Veggie Burrito Bowl

6 servings – 15 minute prep time – 35 minute cook time


Ingredients…..

  • 1- head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2- large sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2- cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1- can sweet corn
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2-garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1-1.5 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Eggs (optional)
  • Avocado (optional)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Place sweet potatoes a parchment paper lined (optional, but makes clean up easier) cookie sheet, and drizzle with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Sprinkle cumin, 1 tbsp or paprika, salt and pepper over the top and mix. If it seems like they aren’t well coated, add the last 1/2 tbsp of paprika.
  3. Place in the oven for 15 minutes, then stir them up and cook for 15 more minutes
  4. While they are cooking lay out the cauliflower in a single layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Coat with 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt, and pepper. When the sweet potatoes have been cooking for about 10 minutes, add the cauliflower to the oven. Leave them in until the potatoes are done, or when they have gotten nice and golden on the bottom.
  5. When there are 15 minutes left, heat a large skillet over medium heat with the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Stirring regularly so the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the black beans, corn, and salt and pepper. Heat through for a few minutes. Once everything is nice and hot it is ready!
  6. To serve add the sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and black bean mixture. Optional add a fried egg or avocado. Serve with your favorite hot sauce or salsa and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this roasted veggie burrito bowl! If you try it out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share and enjoy!

10/31 Meal Plan

Happy Halloween! Halloween is much more fun with a toddler around. This week we went to a pumpkin patch which also had a little haunted forest. It was so funny to see Asher walk through it and get spooked when something moved. He really was so brave, and walked through the whole thing. He did need to hold mom’s hand every now and then. Costume is going to be completely ridiculous, so keep an eye out for that on Instagram later on today.

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…….

  1. Sonoma Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps (lunch)
  2. Paleo One-Pot Beef and Vegetable Stew
  3. Pesto Pasta
  4. Paleo Orange Chicken
  5. Best Ever Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Sonoma Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

6-8 Lunches

https://robustrecipes.com/sonoma-chicken-salad/

You have probably had a chicken salad like this before in a croissant at a baby shower or wedding. It is a little sweet and has different crunchy elements. The recipe above is just for the salad, so serve it however you like! We are trying to watch the carbs so I served it as a lettuce wrap witch is delicious, but a little messy. We have also had this salad as a wrap.

Paleo One-Pot Beef and Vegetable Stew

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://myfreshperspective.com/paleo-one-pot-beef-and-vegetable-stew/

I love this stew! It comes together so easily and the flavor is so rich. The original recipe has potatoes in it, but forgot to buy them. So I just added extra carrots. This would be really good with some artisan bread. Fall definitely calls for soups and stews, so this is the perfect way to get it started!

Pesto Pasta

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-pesto-baked-chicken-whole30/

At the end of summer when my basil plant was out of control I made a ton of pesto and froze it. This made for a super easy dinner! I used the pesto recipe above, which also includes a baked chicken which is great! This made for a super easy dinner! This week I wanted to try a different veggie based pasta, and chose an edamame pasta. It was good but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the lentil pasta. The nice thing about using a bean based pasta is that you get a full serving of protein in the pasta! So it is really great vegetarian option.

Paleo Orange Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.foodfaithfitness.com/paleo-orange-chicken/

I love the flavor of this orange chicken. The sauce is slightly sticky like you want to be, and is nice and bright. The chicken has a nice light crisp to it without the heavy breading you’d get with takeout. I serve this with roasted cauliflower, and intended to have broccoli but apparently forgot that too. Luckily I had a zucchini laying around. I cut into thin quarters and quickly pan fried it. I loved this meal!

Best Ever Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

https://www.inspiredtaste.net/35546/easy-roasted-pumpkin-seeds-recipe/

We always roast the seeds after we carve pumpkins but they usually are ok, but not great. These pumpkin seeds are great! I used to just clean them, season them, and throw them in the oven. This recipe has an extra step where you boil them in salt water first. Do the extra step! It is totally worth it. Season them however you like, plain salt and pepper is always good. I did a mix of salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and a BBQ chipotle mix. We seriously at 3 pumpkins worth in a day.


I hope you enjoy this weeks meals, and also have a lovely Halloween! If you try them out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share, and enjoy!

A Review of MotherCould Activities

MotherCould is probably the queen of DIY kids activities. I have shared a couple of her her activities before including the play dough and the paint. Knowing how great those activities are I wanted to try out some of the others. One thing I find interesting about many of her sensory bases, is that she claims they are intended to last at least 6 months. I have found this to be true for at least the play dough. The first batch of play dough we made was in March 2021 and Asher still plays with it! Some of the activities we did are definitely single play, but I look forward to seeing how some of the others hold up over time.

I will be reviewing these activities on a few different factors. 1. Difficulty and time to make 2. Mess and cleanup 3. Asher’s entertainment 4. Multiple uses. I will be giving each category a score from 1-5.

Before we dive in be sure to follow MotherCould on Instagram, and check out her blog. I also have posted a PDF below that has the recipes for most of these activities, as well as many others including the play dough and paint. I will share links to video’s for each one as well.

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/mothercould/

Recipe PDF

https://mcusercontent.com/39d416d85bf7961fbbb56da88/files/8362431a-3bf8-4593-9568-dd71d5ba7505/SENSORY_RECIPES_2020_SMALL_FILE_SIZE_PDF.pdf

Blog

https://www.mothercould.com


Taste Safe Slime

You can find the recipe in the PDF, how-to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbqrFGEhIRg

Asher really enjoyed this activity. It definitely reminds me of slime, but it honestly reminds me more of a more stable ooblek. I decided to make 2 colors, I just split the recipe in half. Asher really enjoyed mixing them together. If you make 2 colors, pick colors that will mix well. These turned a nice purple. Honestly I also really enjoyed playing with this. It did stain our hands when we played with it, but for me it is not a big deal.

  • 1. Difficulty and time: I give this a 3, mostly because of the time. You have to soak the chia seeds over night.
  • 2. Mess and cleanup: Also a 3. I obviously stripped Asher down to a diaper to avoid ruining his clothes, a smock would also be good. I put a silicon baking mat underneath which helped with cleanup, but it did get all over the floor. It sticks to itself, so cleanup isn’t hard. When it dries it is easy to vacuum.
  • 3. Asher’s entertainment: 5! Asher loved this! Played for at least 45 minutes. He also loved helping make it.
  • 4. Multiple use: 4. This can be stored in the fridge. It gets hard, but you just add about a tablespoon of water and mix it back up. We have played with it 3 times so far.

Taste Safe Blocks

Recipe in the PDF, how-to video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPnlIocIK7A

What attracted me to this is that MotherCould compares this to waterbeads, but they really are not similar. Basically you are making Jello and cutting it into blocks. She uses clear gelatin, but if you wanted to just make Jello you could. The benefit to the gelatin is that it is edible, but not delicious or sticky. If you watch the video she uses 2 packages of gelatin, which she doesn’t specify in the recipe. If you buy a bulk gelatin like I did, a package of gelatin has about 2.5 tsp in it. The recipe is intended to go into a pretty small container to make them more block like. I used a 9×9 pan and they were pretty flat. So you might consider doubling. She also makes her’s in a rainbow, but in real life, no ones got time for that.


1. Difficulty and time: I give this a 3, This requires at least 3-4 hours of time to set up. You also have to use boiling water which is a little bit of a hazard if your little one likes to help.
2. Mess and cleanup: Also a 3. Again, I stripped Asher down to avoid staining. I bought one of those disposable roast pans, which honestly contained this pretty well. This also got all over the floor which was kind of a pain to clean up.
3. Asher’s entertainment: 4. Asher did enjoy this for about 30 minutes. He liked it most once he had some scoops and toys to play with in it.
4. Multiple use: 1. This is a one time activity

Shower Paint

How to video https://www.instagram.com/reel/CThb8jBg69b/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

This was by far Asher’s favorite thing we did. Setting it up felt like I was probably teaching him some bad behavior. In fact that last photo looks like a toddler caught in the act of “being to quiet” I couldn’t find an actual recipe for this but if you watch the video she basically fills up the muffin tin with shaving cream, a few pumps of baby soap, and food coloring.

1. Difficulty and time: 5! Took less than 10 minutes to set up.
2. Mess and cleanup: I give this a 4! Obviously it is messy, but because it is in the shower it is so easy to clean up. I quickly sprayed down the walls and it was gone! At the end I gave Asher a little bowl and a sponge and he enjoyed cleaning up too! A 2 for 1 activity!
3. Asher’s entertainment: 5!!! Asher absolutely loved this! He keeps asking to paint in the shower.
4. Multiple use: 1. This is a one time activity

Dyed Pasta

Recipe in PDF, how-to video https://www.instagram.com/p/BvM3INtg0TC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

I have to start by saying I 100% did this wrong. I just watched the video quickly and thought she’d added water, when in reality it is vinegar. I still got a good result, but they took a long time to dry and they stuck together. Also because I order my groceries, I did not get the kind of pasta I wanted. These work fine, but Asher really wanted to eat them. I think a larger pasta would be less eatable. I did go for the full rainbow with this because it was really simple to do. To be more environmentally conscious I used Tupperware to shake these up in rather than ziplock bags.

1. Difficulty and time: 4, these did take about 24 hours to dry, could have been my fault with the water. It was VERY easy to do though.
2. Mess and cleanup: I give this a 4. Asher did dump them all over the floor, but they were quickly vacuumed up.
3. Asher’s entertainment: 3.5. Asher did enjoy these, but it didn’t hold his attention in quite the same way as the other activities.
4. Multiple use: 5! These could be used an endless amount of times!

Taste Safe Kinetick Sand

Recipe in PDF, how-to video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v8MSxUS8yc

This was our only complete failure. The texture just did not work out. It is more of a clay than a sand. Maybe I did something wrong. Asher also had no interest in playing with this. If the texture had worked I think he would have liked it.

1. Difficulty and time: 4, Didn’t take long but there are are quite a few ingredients. Which can be a little chaotic when working with a toddler.
2. Mess and cleanup: I give this a 3. Asher made quite the mess with the corn starch, and then once it was finished he threw some and then was done.
3. Asher’s entertainment: 1. Asher really had no interest in this.
4. Multiple use: Unsure of how to rate this. It says it can be stored in the fridge so I think if it worked out there could be multiple uses.


I hope you enjoyed my review of MotherCould’s activities! After doing all of these I still think she is the queen of kids activities, and will definitely be trying more in the future. I hope this helped give you some idea’s of what to do with your little one! If you enjoyed this please like, like share, and play!

10/17 Meal Plan

I’m not sure what happened last week! I intended to write up a meal plan….and suddenly it was Sunday afternoon and I had forgotten. It was Kyle’s birthday last week and it has been a never ending whirlwind of food! On his birthday we made pizzas. For Sunday dinner we made meatball subs, and I made oreo cheesecakes. Lastly, for his present I took him to an Airbnb that had a little movie theatre in it with all the movie snacks included! So needless to say, we have been INDULGING. So this week I am happy to be getting back on the wagon.


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…….
  • 1. Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad (Lunch)
  • 2. Sesame Beef
  • 3. Sheet Pan Indian Chicken
  • 4. BBQ Chickpea Veggie Burgers


Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad

6 Lunches https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/crunchy-cashew-thai-quinoa-salad-with-ginger-peanut-dressing/

This salad has a great peanut dressing and is of course crunchy. I decided to use edamame instead of chickpeas just to mix it up a bit. I also decided to try out honey peanuts as suggested, which are of course like candy and delicious. I really enjoyed this salad. I don’t often pick asian flavors for lunch, but I’m glad I did!

Sesame Beef

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://omnivorescookbook.com/sesame-beef/#wprm-recipe-container-29403

This dish was super easy to put together and has a light but distinct flavor. I couldn’t find the wine they suggested so I used cooking sherry. I served it with some rice and roasted broccoli. Asher loved this! Quickly gobbled up 2 bowls!

Sheet Pan Indian Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.familyfoodonthetable.com/sheet-pan-indian-chicken-and-veggies/

This ended up not being the most beautiful meal, could have used some color. I chose to only make the cauliflower and left off the broccoli, which would have helped. Even though it wasn’t beautiful it was tasty. The spice mix was great! Asher actually ate the cauliflower, which he hasn’t done before. Usually he’ll only eat it if it is rice, so that was an accomplishment!

BBQ Chickpea Veggie Burgers

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://vanillaandbean.com/bbq-chickpea-veggie-burgers/

I was in a hurry so I pulled the other half of these burgers out of the freezer. The first time I made these I was so unsure about all the ingredients blended up together, but they really are delicious! Also the fact that I was able to freeze half made for such an easy weeknight meal.


Whew! I got the meal plan up in time this week! I hope you enjoy the meals I picked out, I’d love to hear from you if you do. Please like, share, and enjoy!

10/3 Meal Plan

This has been an exciting week at our house! There has been so much going on it has kept us on our toes. We had our driveway finished, so we had all kinds of construction equipment in our yard. We also moved my garden to the new house, which was an adventure! I have to admit it doesn’t seem to have liked being moved, but it is the end of the season so the risk seemed worth it. Also moving the garden officially marks the end of moving!

I am going to make some changes to the meal plan this week…. I am not going to include the shopping list. 🙈 It takes a lot of time to put together and I’m not sure anyone is really downloading it. If you LOVE the shopping list, please let me know and I will think about doing it again. Leave a comment bellow letting me know what you think!

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………

  1. Nourish Buddha Bowl with Tahini Harissa Dressing
  2. Everything Bagel Salmon
  3. Slow Cooker Fall Harvest Chili
  4. Paleo Lasagna

Nourish Buddha Bowl With Tahini Harissa Dressing

10 lunches https://jessicainthekitchen.com/nourish-buddha-bowl/

This salad was simple to make, and I loved the slightly spicy dressing. The dressing was really more like a hummus. I chose to shred the purple cabbage in the same way as the carrots, and mix it in with the carrots and quinoa. If you look at the recipe, they make this as a mason jar salad and they prep all the dressing on the bottom of the jar. I decided just to leave it off and add it each day. Also if you look a the recipe, it has a little toggle so you can customize how many servings you want to make.

Everything Bagel Salmon

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://bitesofwellness.com/everything-bagel-salmon/#wprm-recipe-container-20623

I am OBSESSED with everything bagel seasoning. So this recipe immediately jumped out at me. This is so easy to put together, and the best thing is the whole meal was cooked in the oven. I served it with asparagus and wedged potatoes. I cooked them the same way as I did with the lamb roast I posted a few weeks ago. I will post the link bellow. I also served it with an avocado yogurt sauce. So easy, so yummy, totally worth a try.

Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Blend all ingredients until smooth

  1. 1- Avocado
  2. 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  3. 1/2 lemon
  4. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  5. Salt and pepper to taste

For the potatoes https://turtlelion.com/2021/07/31/ginger-garlic-lamb-roast-and-crispy-potato-wedges/

Slow Cooker Fall Harvest Chili

4-6 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://freshapron.com/slow-cooker-fall-harvest-chili/#tasty-recipes-1677-jump-target

Fall means chili. Every year my family has a chili cook off to celebrate the first snow, and it can get pretty competitive. While I won’t be sharing my chili cook off winning recipe, I am very happy to share this one. As far as vegetarian chili’s go, this one was very filling and had great flavor. It had all kinds of veggies hidden in it, which is great for feeding kids. I also like to have corn bread with my chili. Normally I am a from scratch kind of girl, but when I went to buy the ingredients I saw a boxed cornbread and that sounded like the right amount of effort. Asher loved helping me make it.

Paleo Lasagna

4+ adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.foodtofeelgood.com/best-ever-paleo-lasagna/

We love this lasagna, and have been making it for years. The recipe calls for a paleo noodle, but I’ve never been able to find it in stores. So I actually substitute it with thinly sliced eggplant. Don’t be scared away by the cashew cream. It is easy to make and really is delicious. If you are cutting out dairy, this is the meal for you!


I hope you enjoy this weeks meals! If you really miss the shopping list, please leave a comment bellow. If you try anything out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share, and enjoy!

9/26 Meal Plan

Hello! It has been a couple weeks since I last posted anything. Life has been so busy I haven’t had the chance to post anything! I also have to admit I had some failures in some of the meals I planned 👎. I only want to share the yummy stuff so I’ll spare you the failures. All that being said this week will have a few extras! It is peach season!!!!! Always a very exciting time of year for me. As a kid I remember going peach hunting at the farmers market with my mom. Trying all the peaches at the different stands, picking the best ones and making peach cobbler. Then I just so happened to marry a man who grew up in the peach capitol of Utah. Every year they have a big festival called Peach Days that we always went to with his mom before she passed. Long story short… peach season is very special. So I will be sharing a couple things I did with my peach haul this year.

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…….

  1. Chopped Chickpea Salad
  2. Lamb Barbacoa
  3. BBQ Chickpea Burger
  4. One-Skillet Creamy Garlic Red Pepper Chicken
  5. Peach Cobbler
  6. Frozen Peaches

Shopping list……

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.


Chopped Chickpea Salad

8 Salads https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/meal-prep-chopped-chickpea-salad/

This recipe is light, and has a great vinegary dressing. The recipe has a little toggle so you can make it make as many or as little as you want. I added everything except the radishes because I don’t like them. Really enjoyed this lunch!

Lamb Barbacoa

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://pinchandswirl.com/lamb-barbacoa/#recipe

We just got in our next shipment of lamb from Kyle’s family farm, so of course I had to make something! This dish was easy to throw into the crockpot and was SUPER delicious. If you are going to make this I recommend making it on a day you are not going to be home. Around hour 3 of cooking it filled my house with the most delicious smell that I had to continue smelling for another 2 hours! So basically it was delicious torture. I served it with cauliflower rice, black beans, and my moms secret homemade salsa.

BBQ Chickpea Burgers

8 adult meals, 4 toddler meals https://vanillaandbean.com/bbq-chickpea-veggie-burgers/

The ingredients for these burgers are so interesting. It seemed so random and I really wasn’t sure how they were going to turn out, but they were great! This recipe also made enough for two dinners for us so I froze half for later. I formed Asher’s into little nuggets so they were easier for him to dip. Per usual I served them minus the buns, but if you go look at the recipe, they loaded theirs up with onion rings and all kinds of goodies. I served them with sweet potato fries and a packaged salad/peas.

One-Skillet Creamy Garlic Red Pepper Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.servingdumplings.com/recipes/creamy-garlic-red-pepper-chicken/

tally worth doing because it was so juicy. Also who doesn’t love pan fried pancetta?! It is fancy bacon and it is delicious. In Utah you can’t buy wine at the grocery store so I substituted it for chicken broth and apple cider vinegar. I filled the chicken stock almost to the top of the 1/2 cup mark, and then topped it off with apple cider vinegar. Worked great. Asher was hangry so I served his meal right away and didn’t catch a photo. I served this yummy mix over wild rice.

Freezing Peaches!!

Peaches are sweet, tangy and so versatile, the only downside is that they go from ripe to rotten overnight. Every year we buy half a bushel so we need to get through them quickly! Of course I use as many as I can fresh, but I like to freeze them too so I can make a peachy dessert in January. There are a couple different ways to freeze them. A popular way is to mix it in with all the “pie” filling ingredients so you just thaw and bake. I prefer to freeze them plain.

How to freeze peaches:

  1. Put the peaches in boiling water for 1-2 minutes them immediately into ice water. This will make the skins easy to remove.
  2. Slice them however you like, then put the slices into a mixture of 4 cups of water and 2 TBSP lemon juice for a couple minutes. This will stop them from discoloring.
  3. Next lay them out on parchment paper and freeze.
  4. Once frozen move into a ziplock and store until you are ready to use them.

Peach Cobbler

https://senseandedibility.com/peach-cobbler-old-fashioned/

I LOVE peach cobbler. I personally prefer a drop biscuit style cobbler over the cake cobbler. I like this recipe because you get biscuit over the entire thing. I also made it in a 9 X 9 pan so we didn’t have cobbler for weeks. As you can see I got a little crazy with the cinnamon on top. I’m sure you would have a bit more finesse than I did😅


After a few weeks off I hope these recipes bring you some tasty meals. I know we enjoyed them If you give these a try I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share, and enjoy!

Rainbow Smoothie

Since I’ve been off for a few weeks I thought I’d share my antioxidant rich smoothie that I have for breakfast! When I say eat the rainbow…I mean it! This is a great way to get in all your colors first thing in the morning. I like to use all fresh ingredients, but you could swap in some frozen fruits. I hope you enjoy!

Rainbow Smoothie


Ingredients…..

  • 4-5 Strawberries
  • 4-5 Raspberries
  • 1/3 Cup pineapple
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Large handful of preferred greens
  • Small handful of blueberries
  • 4-5 Black berries
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 TBSP flax seed
  • 1.5 TBSP nut butter
  • 1/5-1 Cup pomegranate juice

Equipment….

  • Blender
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

  1. Roughly chop all ingredients(except pomegranate juice) and add to blender.
  2. Add pomegranate juice about halfway up to the top of your ingredients.
  3. Blend and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this little rainbow in your life! If you try it out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share, and enjoy!

9/5 Meal Plan

How is it September?!?! Where did the summer go? Again this week the moving has not ended. It feels as though it may never end. We had a yard sale this weekend which was very successful! A few months back by creative husband bought a PALLET of mystery amazon from our local Re-store for date night. This was very fun, but also left us with a huge amount of stuff we did not need. Turns out it makes for great yard sale material. If you are looking for a fun date night, this was a good one! My only recommendation is buy 5 or less, not 25 like we did😅. Now to get to what you came here for…the food!

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……

  • Three-Bean Salad with Lemon, Mint and Parsley (lunch)
  • Baked Chicken Taquito Nachos
  • Beef Short Ribs with Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
  • Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Shopping list…….

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.


Three-Bean Salad with Lemon, Mint, and Parsley

6-12 Lunches https://thepeskyvegan.com/recipes/vegan-bean-salad/

I put this a 6-12 serving because the recipe makes 6, but if you are making it for 2 you’d want to double for the week. This was a really simple salad to throw together. I actually made a 4 bean salad. I bought a 3 bean mix but added garbanzo beans because you know I love them. I liked how they have you marinate the onions and garlic in the lemon juice to mellow them out, and then that becomes the dressing. I also like that they mention to rinse your beans. Did you know that the liquid in the cans of beans is what gives you gas, not the beans themselves. The more you know!

Baked Chicken Toquito Nachos

12 toquito’s https://sugarspicelifeblog.com/baked-chicken-taquito-nachos/

I love to make healthy junk food! This was a really fun dinner. I prepped these in the afternoon because we were (if you can’t tell by the countertops) at the old house moving. I quickly popped them in the oven and we had a fun quick dinner. This recipe only makes 12, which was perfect for us for one dinner. To do this for two nights I would prep the filling all at once, and then roll them quickly each night. The filling using a store bought rotisserie chicken which makes this so easy. I also customized these to each of us. Mine had no cheese, Asher’s had filling and cheese, and Kyle had everything+ jalapeños. I marked the spicy ones with peppers on top. I served this with homemade tomatillo salsa that shockingly turned red from the red onions I used! You can find that recipe here. https://lifeonwesterlycreek.com/roasted-tomatillo-salsa/

Beef Short Ribs with Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

2 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.jessiskitchen.com/beef-short-ribs-chipotle-smashed-sweet-potatoes/

This is a family favorite. They didn’t have boneless short ribs at the store, but bone in work great. I would just get more because the bones add weight that isn’t edible. I also make mine in the crockpot instead of the oven, because I prefer leave the crockpot on if I have to leave the house. You just cook it on high for 4 hours or low for 8 works great too. The chipotle sweet potatoes can be as spicy as you want them to be. Asher isn’t quite ready for a Kyle level of spicy. So instead of boiling the potatoes, I roast them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. I just pull out enough for him before mashing them. Delicious.

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

At least 10 servings  https://www.simplyquinoa.com/slow-cooker-moroccan-chickpea-stew/?epik=dj0yJnU9bThfQU9uNU5YU0t4TGFZWWY4V1VwUF83YjBrVnpLUk8mcD0wJm49c1pscDlBcjZWbExBRWxldkdwbHZGUSZ0PUFBQUFBR0QwWGRv

You may recognize this meal from a few weeks back. It makes such a huge amount I froze half of it. I am happy to report it froze well! I also froze the quinoa after I made way way to much one night. This made for the easiest quickest meal when I was in a hurry. I added peas this week partly to cool it down, but also just to add a bit more color.


It looks like there are more of you tuning in out there, and I am so glad you are all here! I hope you enjoy this weeks meals, if you try them out I’d love to hear from you! Please, like, share, and enjoy!

8/29 Meal Plan

Life is crazy when you are moving! I swear the moving never ends!!! I think one more load should do it, but I’m afraid to look 🙈. Also I swear we have a garage, but right now it is 100% boxes. All that being said I am much more settled into my kitchen, so I was a bit more adventurous this week. Lets dive into the menu!

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……

  • BBQ Chickpea Salad (lunch)
  • Air Fryer Fried Chicken
  • Weeknight Pasta and Meatballs
  • Restaurant Style Chickpea Tikka Massala

Shopping list……

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.


Vegan BBQ Chickpea Salad

8-10 Lunches https://runningonrealfood.com/vegan-bbq-chickpea-salad/#tasty-recipes-20183

This is by far my favorite salad we have had in a while! I always feel skeptical of a lettuce based lunch because I worry it won’t be filling enough. These salads were so filling and almost felt indulgent. I chose romaine as my lettuce because it’s crunchy and holds up well over time. This salad has so many toppings that it makes it exciting to eat. For the chickpeas I used 2/3 cup sugar free bbq sauce and 1/3 cup hot sauce to add some spice. So yummy! I also kept the dressing on the side, just adding it in the morning so the salads didn’t get soggy. I doubled this recipe to make 8 salads, but it could easily have stretched to 10.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://grandbaby-cakes.com/air-fryer-fried-chicken/

So I have to admit that when I picked this recipe I thought my new oven had an air fryer…. it does not. So when it came time to cook this there was no way I was going to do it in my air fryer because it would have taken FOREVER to cook the chicken in batches. So what I did was quickly pan fry it to get them crispy then cooked them in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes (or until they have an internal temperature of 165 degrees).

I also have to admit that I planned on grilling the zucchini. I got it all sliced and ready went outside to start the grill only to discover…. we hadn’t moved the grill grates. So I pivoted and made zucchini fries using the leftover chicken breading. Either pan fry or air fry these until crispy.

Serve all of this madness with your favorite dipping sauce. Asher had BBQ sauce and we had a Sriracha aioli.

Weeknight Pasta and Meatballs

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://turtlelion.com/2021/04/07/weeknight-pasta-and-meatballs/

Lately whenever I ask Asher what he wants to eat he says, “NOOOOODLES!” So this week I planned to make my pasta and meatballs. This dinner is so quick to put together and is always a crowd pleaser. Honestly, who doesn’t like pasta night?! I always like to use Cybeles lentil pasta because it feels like traditional pasta but it has hidden veggies in it! They have a few different shapes but the rotini is my favorite.

Restaurant Style Chickpea Tikka Masala

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.watchwhatueat.com/healthy-chickpea-tikka-masala/

I am a big fan of chickpeas… have you noticed? Sometimes I realize I’ve picked out like 10 meals all with chickpeas. What can I say…the are a great meat alternative, packed with nutrients and protein! I love this tikka masala. It has so much flavor and a little spice. I have definitely made this to spicy for Asher in the past so watch that if you are feeding little ones. If you do happen to make it to spicy you can always add coconut milk or a dollop of yogurt to cool it down. I served this with brown rice and added some spinach right at the end.


There you have it my friends, another week of delicious meals! If you try some of them out I’d love to hear what you think. Please like, share, and enjoy!