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!

8/22 Meal Plan

I’m back! It has been crazy couple of weeks. We got approval to move into our new house!!! So the last couple weeks we have been packing, moving and unpacking. We are all adjusting and I’ll do a full post about the house later on. There is still a lot that needs to be done before it is ready to share with the world. I have been enjoying cooking in my sparkly new kitchen, and am excited to share what we had this week. I am still working on my food photography. I feel like I’ve gotten into a rhythm but our new countertops are so pretty I decided to try using them as the background. You’ll have to leave a comment bellow letting me know what you prefer… wooden background or the countertops.

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. At least 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. California roasted sweet potato kale salad (lunch)
  2. Cauliflower rice burrito bowl
  3. Sloppy joe stuffed sweet potato
  4. Tuscan white bean skillet

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.


California Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad

6 lunches https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/sweet-potato-kale-salad/

My photo of this salad does not even come close to the pictures from the original blog. Theirs looks SO beautiful. That being said it was tasty. The great thing about kale is that you can dress it and it doesn’t get soggy. I think the longer it sits in the dressing the yummier it is! I doubled the dressing recipe because we like it saucy. The recipe above only makes 6 lunches, so keep that in mind when planning your groceries.

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://wholesimpleeats.com/healthy-cauliflower-rice-burrito-bowl/#tasty-recipes-1756-jump-target

You may have noticed that I love Mexican food. We often have some sort of burrito inspired bowl. This one was quick and easy took around 30 minutes to put together. I loved the roasted potatoes, they made it almost like a breakfast burrito. If you wanted a little extra protein and egg would be great in this. They have you use a packaged cauliflower rice. I just made my own because it is easy to quickly pulse cauliflower in your blender. When I eat avocado I always offer some to Asher. Sometimes he eats it sometimes he doesn’t. He’s most likely to eat it if it’s in slices rather than diced. This week he was in to it.

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://thefrizzledleek.com/sloppy-joe-stuffed-sweet-potato/#tasty-recipes-1191-jump-target

This was another quick and easy one! The sweet potatoes take about an hour to cook but the hands on time for this really is only about 20 minutes. I made mine a bit more colorful than the original recipe by adding peas and some shredded kale. I also used a sugar free BBQ sauce, but pick whatever is your fave! Super easy, super yummy.

Tuscan White Bean Skillet

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.nourish-and-fete.com/tuscan-white-bean-skillet/

Didn’t quite capture a new picture of this one. Luckily we’ve had this one before! This meal comes together in 20 minutes or less. I love this meal because it is mostly canned items you just dump in. I definitely recommend serving with some artisan bread to round it out.


I think the unintentional theme this week was quick and easy. I clearly have just been trying to survive with all this change! If you are just trying to survive this week, this meal plan is for you. Make sure to leave me a comment bellow about what kind of photo background you prefer! I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share, and enjoy!

8/1 Meal Plan

Is it meal plan time again?! Where does the time go. This week I am so excited to have been able to incorporate some produce from my garden! It is harvest season and there is nothing better than freshly picked veggies for your meals. Asher is a great little garden helper. He loves to pick fresh strawberries, water the flowers, and most importantly look for bugs. I hope a garden near you is also thriving, and you are reaping the benefits! (Hopefully not being over run by zucchini!) I want to add that there may or may not be meal plans posted in the next couple weeks. We have been building a house and we are finally going to get to move it! It may take me some time to get my life back together!

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…..

  • Summer Vegetable Farro Salad (lunch)
  • Vegan Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Bake
  • Ginger Garlic Lamb Roast and Crispy Potato Wedges
  • Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa
  • Restaurant Style Salsa
  • Oven Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

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.


Summer Vegetable Farro Salad

10 lunches https://thefreshfig.com/summer-vegetable-farro-salad/#tasty-recipes-387-jump-target

So obviously I didn’t use farro….the grocery store was out. 😢 I substituted for quinoa. After I mixed everything up I tripled the dressing recipe because I felt it needed more. This was also great way to use up that summer squash! At the end of the day this was a great light, fresh summer salad.

Vegan Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Bake

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://cookingwithparita.com/sun-dried-tomato-pasta-bake/#wprm-recipe-container-10035

Kyle said this was his favorite meal he’s had in a long time, and he thought it could be served at a restaurant. It is SO easy to make! You literally throw everything into your baking dish, mix it up and bake. Took less than 15 minutes to put together. I decided to risk using a chickpea pasta instead of regular and it worked great! I used the brand Banza. Kyle said he would never have known it wasn’t traditional pasta!

Ginger Garlic Lamb Roast with Crispy Potato Wedges

4+ adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://turtlelion.com/2021/07/31/ginger-garlic-lamb-roast-and-crispy-potato-wedges/

You may have seen this recipe I shared yesterday, I am still so proud of how well this turned out! The sauce came from the episode of Selena+Chef with Roy Choi. I made his breakfast taco’s a while back and saved all this extra sauce and have been trying to dream up what to do with it. This week inspiration hit. You know you have a winner when your toddler eats it with gusto! I served Asher’s sauce on the side because I wasn’t sure how he would feel about it. He LOVED it! He dipped everything in it and then almost drank it. We get a lamb every year from my in-laws farm so I am always looking for ways to use it. If lamb isn’t in the cards for you this would also be great with a pot roast or something similar.

Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://healmedelicious.com/fish-tacos-with-mango-salsa/

I took a risk with these tacos because I don’t typically enjoy white fish. These were light and easy to make and I would eat them again. I will say the highlight for me is definitely the mango salsa. I also added a little bit of the salsa I made this week. The heat from the salsa was a great addition. I recommend adding something spicy, salsa, or even adding a diced jalapeno to the mango salsa. I knew Asher wouldn’t do a taco. So I made him a little quesadilla (which is a recent like for him) and served the other elements on the side. The recipe called for cassava tortillas, I’ve seen them all over the internet so I thought we’d try them. They are pretty good, certainly not as good as a flour tortilla, but they did the job.

Salsa Party!

The biggest reason I grow a garden is for the salsa! I have made the red salsa for a couple years, but this is the first year I’ve grown tomatillos. It is so fun to have both and to be able to contrast the difference in flavors. The tomatillo salsa is very zesty, and the tomato salsa has great depth of flavor and heat. Try them out for yourself and pick your favorite!

Oven Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

https://lifeonwesterlycreek.com/roasted-tomatillo-salsa/#recipe

Tomatillo’s are such a cute little plant. They look like little paper lanterns. A little advice when making this recipe. Poke a hole into each garlic clove before putting them in the oven. I had one EXPLODE all over my oven. Talk about garlic smell for days. And as always add one pepper at a time.

Restaurant Style Salsa

https://themodernproper.com/fresh-restaurant-style-salsa

This is definitely a favorite at our house. Kyle isn’t a fan of chunky salsa because, “he doesn’t like tomatoes”. The recipe calls for roma tomatoes, but I always just use whatever kind I have pulled out of my garden. I have never added the avocado, but I am sure that would be good! I also only cook half of the onion and add the other half diced up after I’m done blending. Again be sure to add your peppers one at a time.


I hope you enjoy this weeks meal plan. Again I want to add that there may or may not be meal plans posted in the next couple weeks. We have been building a house and we are finally going to get to move it! It may take me some time to get my life back together! As always I’d love to hear from you if you try it out. Please like, share, and enjoy!

Ginger Garlic Lamb Roast and Crispy Potato Wedges

Several months ago I binge watched all of Selena + Chef on HBOMax. I am a self admitted cooking show addict and I really enjoyed this one! Selena is so cute, and they bring in so many amazing chefs to cook with her. One of the chefs was Roy Choi who made unbelievably delicious Korean BBQ short rib breakfast taco’s with her. They posted all the recipes online and I just had to try it. The recipe includes 3 different sauces, and we had so much leftover I froze them because I thought they’d make good marinades in the future. I was not wrong. Ever since then I have been trying to dream up what I would use these sauces for and this week inspiration hit! Every year we get a lamb from my husbands family sheep farm. I saw this beautiful lamb roast sitting in our freezer and I knew what had to be done. If a lamb roast is not in the cards for you, this would also be delicious using a pot-roast or something similar. I am so glad inspiration hit, because this dinner was AWESOME! I was in a time crunch when I made this so I do not have step-by-step photo’s, but it should be easy enough to follow along with. Enjoy!

I 1000% recommend you try out Roy Choi’s Korean BBQ short rib breakfast taco’s that I got this sauce from. The recipe is a little tough to follow along with, but they are delicious. You can find the recipe at the link below! https://www.hbomax.com/static/selena-chef/Breakfast_Tacos.pdf


Ginger Garlic Lamb Roast and Crispy Potato Wedges

Serves: 6, Prep time: 20 minutes, Cook time: 6-8 hours

Roy Choi’s Ginger Garlic Sauce

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup gochugaru
  • 1 rough chopped green onion
  • A handful of sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup peeled and rough chopped ginger

Other Ingredients

  • 3-4 lbs lamb roast
  • 2-3 lbs gold potatoes
  • 4-5 TBSP olive oil (divided)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 TBSP fresh rosemary chopped
  • Green side of choice, I picked broccoli.

  1. Add all sauce ingredients into a blender and blend, blend, blend. Optional: marinate your lamb. Pour sauce over the lamb, cover, and let sit in the fridge over night.
  2. Heat a large cast iron pan on high heat, add 2-3 TBSP of olive oil and sear your lamb on both sides. Place the lamb roast into your slow cooker and pour the sauce over the top. Let cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.
  3. In the last hour of cooking start your potatoes. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice your potatoes into wedges. Coat them in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and rosemary. Then arrange onto a sheet pan. I like to line mine with parchment paper. Cook for 20-30 minutes until golden, then flip and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
  4. Once your slow cooker is finished remove the lamb and slice it. Serve with crispy potatoes, a green side, and pour that yummy sauce over EVERYTHING!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! I’d love to hear from you if you try it out. Please like share, and enjoy!

6 Toddler Painting Activities

Bellow you will find some easy painting activities to try with your toddler! Painting is a good way to explore creativity, colors, and it’s a great sensory experience! For all of these activities I used the taste safe paint recipe I posted last week. You can find the link bellow. One batch of paint was enough for ALL of these activities. I tried storing the paint in the refrigerator to see if it would last longer, which it did! But it did thicken it A LOT, and made it a bit chunky. I knew we were not going to be making projects to be treasured forever so this wasn’t a big deal to me. The taste safe paint also has a high water content, so it may cause your paper to get easily waterlogged. A canvas or maybe watercolor paper would hold up better. All that being said, the paint is great because I don’t worry about Asher eating it, and he loves to help pick and mix up the colors for each activity. https://turtlelion.com/2021/07/23/homemade-taste-safe-paint/


Finger Painting Tree

The idea for this activity is to trace your hand which acts as your tree trunk. I did mine because getting Asher to let me trace his hand sounded hard. Then you let your child fill in the “leaves” with their finger prints. This was a great example of expectations vs reality. Asher is just barely 2 so his focus level is still pretty low. He loved finger painting though! So regardless of the expectations of the finished project, he really enjoyed it. I’ve linked to the inspiration bellow if you’d like to see what it is supposed to look like. https://www.artycraftykids.com/art/autumn-handprint-tree/


Blow Painting

Asher LOVED doing this activity! For this one using a taste safe paint is important just incase they inhale the paint up the straw. I watered down the paint a little bit and then put little dabs onto the paper. I showed him how to blow through the straw and he was off!


Painting with Unconventional Objects

This one is pretty self explanatory, go around the house and pick out some things to try painting with. We tried a pom-pom, feather, big lego, some q-tips tied together, a pipe cleaner, and some shapes. He especially liked the feather and the shapes.


Painting on Tinfoil

For this I just taped down a piece of tinfoil, but you could also wrap a baking dish or something else. I crinkled it up a little bit before taping it down. The paint behaves a little differently on the tinfoil so it is a fun new medium to explore. Also I have his paint in a little silicone ice cube mold. These are great because they don’t slide around easily.


Slide Painting

This one was also super fun! Tape down a large piece of paper to the slide. I used one of those rolls that goes onto an art easel, but butcher paper or even wrapping paper would work. I put down some plates with paint, rolled the cars in it and let them go! This could also be done with balls or anything that can roll down the slide. We did this out in the driveway where I didn’t care about the mess. The paint I made will eventually wash away. You could put a container at the bottom to catch things if you are worried about the mess.


Box Painting

This last one I didn’t manage to get a picture of. Basically you tape down a piece of paper in the bottom of a box, and put dabs of paint around the edges. Put a ball into the box and either, gently roll it around, or close up the box and shake it around. It will result in a really fun abstract style painting.


I hope you enjoy these activities! I’d love to hear from you if you try them out. Please like, share, and enjoy!

7/25 Meal Plan

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

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.


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!

Homemade Taste Safe Paint

Painting activities are so much fun! Asher pretty much puts everything in his mouth so I worried about trying paint activities with him. I was so happy when I came across this paint recipe. It is easy, and can be made with things that are probably already in your pantry! I used this paint for the paint fight that we did for my 30th birthday, and we use it for other things all the time!

I got this recipe from Mother Could. The link bellow will take you to a page with this recipe, but it also has all sorts of other recipes for sensory activities. Definitely check it out and follow her on Instagram. https://mcusercontent.com/39d416d85bf7961fbbb56da88/files/8362431a-3bf8-4593-9568-dd71d5ba7505/SENSORY_RECIPES_2020_SMALL_FILE_SIZE_PDF.pdf

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


Ingredients…..

  • Corn starch
  • Water
  • Food coloring

Supplies…..

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Small pot
  • Mixing tools
  • Painting dish

In a heat proof bowl add 1/2 a cup of corn starch and then mix it with 1/2 a cup of cold water. Next slowly add 1 1/2 cups of boiling water, I added 1/2 a cup at a time. As you mix this it may reach your desired paint consistency. If not move onto the next step

If your paint needs to be thicker, put it in a pot on the stove. As it heats you’ll start to notice, thick, clear, gloop at the bottom. When you see that give it a good mix to check the consistency. When you think it is ready take it off and mix it well. If it got overly thick just add a bit more water. For me, this made about 2 1/2 cups of paint base. Allow to cool completely before moving onto the next step.

Next up is to mix your colors! I used a little silicon ice mold. I scooped a little bit into each dome, then added a few drops of food coloring to each one. They get great color without to many drops. Next, unleash the your creativity! Be aware that the paint is likely to dye your skin.


Homemade Taste Safe Paint

Ingredients…..

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Food coloring

Supplies…..

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Small pot
  • Mixing tools
  • Painting dish

  1. Combine corn starch and cold water
  2. Gradually add boiling water, and mix thoroughly. If the paint has reached your desired consistency stop here! If you’d like it to be thicker move on to the next step.
  3. Add your mixture to a pot and gently heat on the stove. As you mix it you will notice a thick gloop at the bottom of the pot. Mix it in to check how thick it is. Once it reaches the right texture remove from the heat. If it has gotten to thick, add a bit more water.
  4. Allow to cool.
  5. Divide into different containers and add food coloring. Mix it up and get painting!
  • Store any extra paint in an airtight container. It will stay useable for a few days.

I hope this helps unleash some creativity in you and your little one! I will be sharing some painting activities soon, that will hopefully provide some inspiration. If you try this out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share, and play!

7/18 Meal Plan

This has been an exciting week, Asher turned 2!!! I cannot believe that I have been a mom for 2 years, it is pretty wild. On Asher’s birthday morning Kyle came into the bedroom and said, “Happy ‘you birthday a nine pound baby’ day!”. You know what it was Asher’s day, but yeah happy “birth” day to me too😂. As a parent I think birthday’s are about more than celebrating getting older. It’s about celebrating everything it took to bring the child into the world, celebrating keeping them alive another year, and celebrating all the highs and lows in between. So happy birthday Asher, can’t wait to see what this next year brings.

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…..

  • Moroccan Couscous Salad (lunch)
  • Sheet Pan Mediterranean Herb Chicken
  • Vegetarian Bibimbap
  • Grilled Pizza

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.


Moroccan Couscous Salad

10 Lunches https://www.glowingblush.com/moroccan-couscous-salad-with-chickpeas/

The recipe for this salad says it only makes 2 servings so I, 4X the recipe which ended up easily making 10 lunches. You’ll notice I left off a few things including the lentils. I mostly just didn’t want to cook them. The salad was plenty filling without them. I chose to mix the dressing in with the couscous so that the spinach didn’t get soggy. If you like your salads to be a bit more saucy I’d up the dressing recipe a bit. Neither Kyle or I are big fans of raisins so I swapped them for dried blueberries, which was delicious. They made for a nice sweet bite. You could substitute them for any dried fruit, apricots, craisins, mango, whatever you might like.

Sheet Pan Mediterranean Herb Chicken

4 adult dinners, 2 toddler dinners https://www.all-thats-jas.com/sheet-pan-chicken-and-potatoes/

This meal might not look like much, but it packs a refreshing lemony punch! It recommends quartering the potatoes, but I would definitely cut them smaller. If you don’t, you run the risk of the chicken over cooking while the potatoes undercook. I also made the “tzatziki” sauce they recommended somewhere in the post. It was just ok. I would make a more traditional tzatziki in the future.

Vegetarian Bibimbap

3 adult dinners, 2 toddler dinners https://iheartumami.com/vegetarian-bibimbap-recipe/

Calling this a bibimbap is a bit of a stretch, but it was good. When I think of bibimbap, I think of the really crispy rice at the bottom of the bowl, which you don’t get with this. This is more of a giant veggie bowl. That being said it was good. They want you to cool the veggies after you cook them, which I didn’t do because it sounded better to be all hot. I definitely recommend adding an egg to make it more sustainable. The date based sauce is sweet and a little savory. I served it on the side for Asher to let him try it and decide if he wanted to add it or not. I find giving him the choice makes meal times a bit more fun. He loves to dip and it gives him a little “control” over his dinner.

Grilled Pizza

Make as many as you want! https://turtlelion.com/2021/04/30/grilled-pizza/

I asked Asher what he wanted for his birthday dinner and he said, “PIZZA!” So we made these super easy grilled pizza’s. They are fully customizable and fun for the whole family to get involved in. For leftovers I find it is tastiest to cut up all the toppings the first night and store them. Since they take 15 minutes or less to cook, I grill fresh pizza’s each night. They do make fine leftovers if you want to do them all one night though, I just prefer to do it this way.


I hope you find something to celebrate over with this weeks meal plan. If you try it out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share, and enjoy!

7/11 Meal Plan

Happy Free Slurpee day everyone! Make sure you hit your local 7-Eleven today to claim your very own free slurpee! (Not sponsored just a big fan of free slurpees 😅) I have not posted anything in a while! Life has been so crazy, writing everything up has just gotten away from me. Asher and I haven’t been doing that many new activities lately because we’ve been exploring nature while the weather is warm. I am happy to hop back into it this week with some extra yummy meals! Keep scrolling to check it out.

A reminder of how this works. There will be 1- meal prepped lunch for grown ups, 3- dinners with the intention of leftovers every other night. On the 7th night we either have a family dinner, eat extra leftovers, or get takeout. One of the dinners will be vegetarian. It is one small way we are trying to improve our imprint on the world.


What’s on the menu….

  1. Thai Peanut Salad (Lunch)
  2. Creamy Vegan Gnocchi
  3. Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Bowls
  4. Herb Turkey Burgers

Shopping list……

Bellow you will find a complete shopping list with everything you’ll need to make all these meals. I have separated them by meal, so there may be duplicates of pantry staples with each meal.


Thai Peanut Salad

6-Lunches https://seekinggoodeats.com/thai-peanut-salad-low-carb-keto/

This is admittedly not my most beautiful photo, but what are you gonna do. That being said it was tasty! I am usually somewhat skeptical of cabbage, but by slicing it thin and letting it soak in the yummy peanut dressing it becomes delicious. If I were to make this again I would definitely add chicken like they suggest, to make it a bit more filling. I would probably just grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. You’ll also notice this only made 6 lunches for me so adjust accordingly.

Creamy Vegan Gnocchi

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://joytothefood.com/dinner/creamy-vegan-gnocchi/

THIS WAS SO GOOD! Not only was this unbelievably delicious, it came together in 30 minutes or less. I forgot to soak the cashews for at least 4 hours. You can speed this process up by pouring boiling water over them and letting them soak for at least 30 minutes. If you remember to soak them longer, even over night the sauce will blend smooth more easily. I only used one package of gnocchi but there is easily enough sauce to cook two. As I was eating this I was wishing I had some yummy bread to soak up the sauce. Ours I served with a packaged salad, and I threw some frozen peas in Asher’s to quickly cool it down and for some greens.

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Bowls

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://claudiastable.com/mediterranean-grilled-chicken-bowls/

The way I am going to post this meal is a little funky because the original link above is mostly a suggestion for how to assemble the bowls. So I’ll also link to the sauce, and chicken marinade. You could really make this your own. I followed their suggestion of couscous, and zucchini. I decided to grill my zucchini, and I had half of my cabbage left from making lunches so I threw that on the grill too. This would be great to serve at a party, let everyone mix and match their own bowls.

Chicken marinade: https://claudiastable.com/yogurt-herb-marinated-grilled-chicken/#recipe

Sauce : https://claudiastable.com/yogurt-dill-dressing/#recipe

Herb Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://turtlelion.com/2021/04/15/herb-turkey-burgers-and-sweet-potato-fries/

As I said earlier life has been so busy! So this week I pulled the second batch of turkey burgers out of the freezer for a quick meal. This is such a great trick to be able to pull out for those busy days.


There you have it, a quick weeks worth of meals! I’d love to hear from you if you try them out. Please like, share, and enjoy!