6/6 Meal Plan

I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial day weekend! It is always nice to have an extra day off with the family, but it always makes it hard to get back into the groove of things. It has also been unbelievably HOT here! We had some fun mornings outside before it got to hot to be outside, and also had a good afternoon in the splash pad. Bring it on summer!

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……..

  • Greek chicken bowls (lunch)
  • Sweet potato tacos
  • Slow cooker beef stew
  • Healthy orange sesame chicken

Shopping list…….

Below you will find a full shopping list for everything you’ll need to make all these meals. I separated the groceries by recipe so there are repeat ingredients. So obviously don’t buy a bottle of olive oil for every meal.

Greek Chicken Bowls

10 lunches https://greenhealthycooking.com/greek-chicken-meal-prep-bowls/#wprm-recipe-container-6571

Usually I try to keep our lunches meat free, but every now and then I will do something with chicken. This lunch was so fresh and easy to put together. I worried that it wouldn’t be filling and thought about adding a grain, but I felt satisfied after each meal. I doubled it to make 10. I love that you just put everything together in the oven. For some reason the original poster forgot to add chicken in their ingredients so I just guessed how much to use from the video they had.

Sweet Potato Tacos

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals http://mariereginato.com/home/2015/6/2/sweet-potato-tacos-with-mint-cilantro-salsa-vegan-gluten-free-dairy-free

This meal is so quick and easy to put together! I saved some time by using a store bought salsa, but the homemade salsa they have is also really good. A also added a scrambled egg just for a little something extra. Asher is a total weirdo and doesn’t like tortillas. I still always offer some to him in case he changes his mind.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.jessicagavin.com/slow-cooker-beef-stew/

I really enjoyed this stew! It was pretty simple to put together, but I think it would not be ideal for throwing together first thing in the morning. Maybe if you browned the meat and got it ready the night before and just turned it on in the morning. If I were to make it again I would definitely cut the veggies smaller. No one wants to have to cut up their soup! I served it with some bread, but it was pretty hardy on its own.

Healthy Orange Sesame Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://britneybreaksbread.com/healthy-orange-sesame-chicken/

We also had this orange chicken I posted a few months back. I love how the sauce for this dish thickens up. It really reminds me of a take out orange chicken! I served it with broccoli and rice.

Another week of yummy meals. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! If you try them out I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share and enjoy!

7 Activities for the Truck/Car Enthusiast

Asher is a HUGE fan of trucks and cars. We live on a busy road and he loves to sit in the window and watch all the cars go by. He also is super excited about construction equipment. We had an excavator and dump truck come to our house to fix the road this week, he literally ate lunch in the window so he could watch them! I try to incorporate vehicles into our activities all the time. Here are 7 activities for the truck and car enthusiast!

Dirt Container + Trucks

This is the first of a two part activity, I’ll post the second part bellow. This one is so simple, and yes a bit messy. There’s just about nothing Asher enjoys more than playing in the dirt! Just add a few trucks and you have long lived entertainment. I had some extra dirt from filling our raised garden beds, so I just filled this plastic tub with it. You could definitely do this right in the garden though. The advantage to the tub is that when the activity is over, you simply pick it up and stop more mess from occurring after you are finished.

Muddy Truck Wash

The second part of this activity is a muddy truck wash. To start I just added water to one side of the tub and let asher drive his trucks all around getting them all muddy. After he got them nice and dirty I got him a bucket of soapy water (which he immediately dumped into the dirt box, so I then got him a second bucket😂) Then I showed him how to wash his trucks and got him a little scrubby. We then rinsed them off in some clean water and set them out to dry. He LOVED this activity and has asked to do it again.

Create a Car Ramp

This is a super easy activity to set up, and is always a hit. Asher loves to drive his cars down his slide, but you could easily make a ramp off the couch with some cardboard or drive them down a hill. Simple but effective.

Truck Sidewalk Paint

This is a fun and creative activity, also great for talking about colors. To make the sidewalk paint, you mix almost an even mixture of cornstarch and water, and a few drops of food coloring. You probably want to add a slightly more water so it isn’t to thick, but you want it to be thick enough that it sticks to the wheels. It will just wash away with the rain or a hose. I also brought out a couple other things to paint with, like paint brushes and pom-pom’s. Be warned this could stain your cement! The blue left a slight stain on mine, but I know eventually it will fade.

No Mess Car Squish Painting

To do this you add a paper and some paint inside a ziplock bag. Squeeze all the air out and tape it to the floor, really sealing it. Then you let your child drive their cars over it spreading the paint all around. Asher was feeling grumpy when we did this so he wasn’t willing to participate with the trucks. Which is fine! This is a good example of expectations vs. reality. He did enjoy squishing it with his hands. When you are done you can pull the paper out and let it dry. It might get a little wrinkly. You could also do this with a small canvas.

Car Rescue

This is so quick and easy to set up! You just tape down the cars and let your child have at it! I like to do it on this cutting mat because it is easy to make it up on the table and then put it on the floor when we are ready. You could also just tape right to the floor, table, or high chair. This is really great fine motor skill practice.

Bubble Trucks

This bubble foam is fun on it’s own….but by adding trucks it makes the color blending just WOW!


  • 1/4 cup tear free baby soap/ bubble bath
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 TBSP flour*
  • Food coloring


  • large mixing bowl
  • hand mixer/ kitchen aid with whisk attachment

To make the bubble foam combine all the ingredients and mix until a thick foam has been created. Repeat for different colors.

I hope these activities will bring some excitement to your vehicle fanatic! I’d love to hear from you if you try them out. Please, like, share, and enjoy!

5/30 Meal Plan

This week I think my unintentional theme was comfort food. Sometimes life is so busy comfort food is just what the doctor ordered. This week definitely had some extra leftovers, and one meal that I put half in the freezer for an easy meal later. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Keep scrolling to see whats on 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….

  • Greek Couscous Salad(lunch)
  • Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
  • Greek Lamb Burger
  • Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup

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.

Greek Couscous Salad

10 lunches https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/greek-couscous-salad/

This was a great lunch! It is always nice to have a pasta salad, but sometimes they can feel kinda heavy. This one was nice and light. I doubled the recipe to make 10 salads. I didn’t double some of the produce items because once again 6 bell peppers seems super excessive. I did buy the packaged couscous to test that out, but I really don’t think it added much. I would just buy a package of pearled couscous and add a little olive oil, onion powder, and garlic powder. It has you leave off the dressing until you are ready to eat. I felt like the dressing could have used a bit more acid. So I would add 1/3 cup of vinegar instead of 1/4 cup.

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

5 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://americanhomecook.com/chicken-pot-pie-casserole/#recipe

Chicken pot pie is easily one of my favorite foods. I crave it all the time. I really liked this recipe! It was super easy using the rotisserie chicken and store bought puff pastry. It says it takes 45 minutes to prep, but it didn’t take nearly that long. Your hands on time is really to make the filling, which is very simple. I didn’t have any white wine, and because I live in Utah it is a hassle to get to the liquor store. I substituted it for 1/3 apple juice, 1/3 white wine vinegar, 1/3 broth. The apple juice made it a little sweet but it was yummy! You basically just bake it until the crust is nice and golden. They suggest 20-25 minutes but mine took at least 10 minutes longer. Keep an eye on it yours could cook differently.

Greek Lamb Burgers

8 adult burgers, 2 toddler burgers https://giveitsomethyme.com/greek-lamb-burgers-with-avocado-tzatziki/#wprm-recipe-container-5325

We LOVE these burgers! They are juicy and have so much flavor from the herbs. Kyle’s family has a history of sheep farming so we buy a lamb every year. Out of everything we get the ground lamb is always our favorite. I highly suggest using ground lamb if you can, but ground beef would also work. This recipe says it makes 6 burgers, but that would make a pretty big burger! I split it and froze half for an easy meal later. I served these with a prepackaged salad and sweet potato fries. To make the fries I simply coat them in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Then roasted them in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, flipping half way through.

Slow Cooker Wile Rice Soup

6 adult meals, 3 toddler meals https://kristineskitchenblog.com/slow-cooker-wild-rice-vegetable-soup/

This was a great simple soup! I knew I was going to be gone all day so I looked for a crockpot meal so we had dinner ready when we got home. I prepped everything the night before and quickly tossed it in before I left in the morning. This one has kind of a short cooking time so I actually put it all in the instapot and set the delay cook setting. hen cooked it for 6 hours. When we got home I threw in the kale and decided it needed a little something extra. So I added the juice from 1 lemon just to give it a little kick. We served it with a yummy sour dough bread.

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

Crockpot Chicken Stock

Do you like to eat those rotisserie chickens from the grocery store? Of course you do! They are delicious! I like to buy them for easy chicken soup or to make a chicken pot pie. Aside from making a great meal, the bones make incredible chicken stock! With a few simple steps and passive cooking time, you can ditch the store bough stock for a much more flavorful homemade version.


  • Rotisserie chicken bones + skin and whatever is left over
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Large crockpot or stock pot
  • Storage containers/ziplock bags

Start with whatever is left from your chicken. The bones, skin, fat, whatever you might have. I like to shred the chicken off the bone as soon as I get it home because that is when it is easiest. If you aren’t ready to make the stock at that time, put the bones into the freezer until you are ready. When you are ready, toss it into your pot. I like to use a crockpot, but you could also use a large pot on your stove.

Next, roughly chop your carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. Definitely rinse them off but there is no need to peel anything. Meaning go ahead and leave the skin on your onion and garlic. Also add in any fresh herbs you might have. Here I had some leftover stems from some parsley I used for another meal. Rosemary, sage, and thyme would all also be good. If I don’t have those fresh, I usually add about a TBSP of whatever dried herbs I have on hand. For this batch I added dried thyme and rosemary.

Next I add a small handful of salt, and 6-10 whole peppercorn.

Last thing is to fill it with water. I turn it on for the longest possible time. Mine has a low setting for 10 hours. You then let it do it’s thing for 3 days. Your house will soon start to smell like delicious chicken soup, and you will probably dream about it. I just check the timer a couple times a day and reset it if necessary. You may notice the water level lowering, just add more to fill it back up. If you were doing this on your stove you would bring it to a boil and then let it simmer.

When those delicious smelling 3 days are up, turn off your crockpot/stove and let the stock cool for a while before handling it. You’ll want to strain out the chicken and the veggies. You will be left with this beautiful rich golden brown stock that took almost no effort at all. I pour it into containers about a quart each and let it cool completely before I freeze it. I pull it out as I need it and it will last about 4 days in the fridge.

Crockpot Chicken Stock

Prep time: 10 minutes/ Cook time: 3 days


  • Rotisserie chicken bones + skin or whatever is left over
  • 3-4 Celery ribs
  • 3-4 Carrots
  • Onion
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves
  • Herbs of choice, a small bunch if fresh, about 1 TBSP if dry (Rosemary, thyme, sage, and/or parsley)
  • Small handful of salt
  • 6-10 Peppercorns


  • Large crockpot or stock pot
  • Storage containers/ziplock bags

Step 1- In your crockpot/stock pot add your chicken bones + whatever else you have leftover from your chicken.

Step 2- Add your roughly chopped carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Don’t worry about peeling anything. Also add in whatever herbs you are using.

Step 3- Add your salt and pepper.

Step 4- Fill with water.

Step 5- Set your crockpot to whatever the longest setting is. Let it cook for 3 days, resetting the time when it switches to warm. I just check it a couple times a day. If the water is low, just add more. To do this on the stove, bring it to a boil and let it simmer for full cook time. Add water when necessary.

Step 6- Once the cook time is up, turn off the crockpot and let it cool until it is safe to handle. Strain the stock and package it however you like. Let it cool completely before freezing. The stock stays fresh in the refrigerator for about 4 days.

I hope you enjoy this stock recipe! In reality we should be thanking my Mom for teaching me. It’s one of the secrets to what makes all the food at my parents house taste so good (aside from the love of course😛). It is sure to add some delicious flavor to whatever you might be making too. I’d love to hear from you if you try it out! Please like, share, and enjoy!

4 Waterbead Activities

Waterbeads are my new go to activity! The small ones are ready to play with in 4-6 hours, and the large take 24-36 hours. Watching them grow is definitely interesting. Especially the large ones, they go through multiple stages before they hit their full size. . They are really satisfying to play with, nontoxic, biodegradable, and apparently reusable! I tested drying them out I’ll show the results bellow. They are really fun to play with all on there own but I wanted to come up with a few idea’s of other things that can be done with them. I also wanted to think up second use idea’s for them so you could get more than one play session out of them.

Color Sorting

This one is super simple. Set up cups or bowls for your child to sort the beads into. I wrapped construction paper around cups, but if you already had colored cups or bowls that would also be great. This would be great for slightly older kids. Asher was much more interested in squishing them.

Make it MESSY!!!

Waterbeads with a toddler ends up messy in my experience. Especially with the large ones. I figured why not make it MORE messy. I thought why not add shaving cream! It hid them and changed the sensory experience he had. He really enjoyed finding them and rinsing them off in some water. I also gave him a big spoon and he enjoyed scooping and stirring them up.

Freeze them!

After we played with the small ones I tossed them in the freezer. Ice is always a hit with Asher, but having colorful frozen squishy things was extra exciting. I gave him little buckets of water which he enjoyed pouring over them, I’m glad we did this outside because the freezing process kind of exploded the waterbeads. Once they thawed they were just squishy little piles. I just sprayed them into the grass since they are biodegradable.

Crushed Waterbead Search and Find

The large waterbeads crush really easily so I wanted to find a second use for them. I hid some plastic animals in the bottom and let Asher look for them. The crushed up beads is a different sensory experience, you’ll notice Asher couldn’t resist getting his feet in it. We also did this outside in our little IKEA sun shelter. When we were done I just shook it out into the grass.

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

5/23 Meal Plan

We had such a lovely time on our camping trip last weekend! It has been tough to get back into the rhythm of things since we got back though. We all came back with a cold😭(not covid so no need to worry). So that has made it extra hard! Asher is a trooper, he hasn’t been all that bothered by it. Because it has been an off week, I never managed to get lunches made and we just had sandwiches. I will re-share my favorite salad we’ve had recently. Hopefully you week was more fun than ours, and I hope you enjoy the yummy meals we had!

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.

Whats on the menu….

  • Moroccan Farro Grain Bowl(Lunch)
  • Sticky Sausage Tray Bake
  • Tuscan White Bean Skillet
  • Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

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 Farro Grain Bowl

Double recipe to make 8 meals https://mealpreponfleek.com/moroccan-farro-grain-bowl/

The first time I made this I had never had farro before but I will 100% be making this again. The farro has a really nice chew and is very filling. This grain bowl has a delicious herby dressing, and a salty crunch from the pistachios. The store was out of dried apricots, so I substituted with dried mango which I totally recommend doing. Those sweet chewy bites are such a treat! One of my favorite lunches I’ve made recently.

Sticky Sausage Tray Bake

4 adult meals. 2 toddler meals https://lostinfood.co.uk/sticky-sausage-tray-bake/

I thought this meal was so interesting with all the different kinds of root vegetables. This dinner was a high in prep, but low in cooking effort. It has you cook the veggies for about an hour, but it definitely took longer. I would probably try cooking at 400 degrees instead of 350 and checking every 20 minutes. I cooked half hot sausages, and half bratwurst. Asher LOVED the bratwurst. He is so funny, and such a toddler. He will try any meat as long as you call it a “burger”. He ate almost a whole “burger” with each dinner. 😂

Tuscan White Bean Skillet

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

This was my favorite meal of the week! It seriously took 30 minutes or less to make, prep time included!!! It was super flavorful and I can’t get over how easy it was. I wasn’t on my game, so we bought a yummy artisan bread from whole foods to go with it. If you are feeling up to it my unbelievably easy bread would also be yummy! You can find the link to that recipe bellow. https://turtlelion.com/2021/03/20/unbelievably-easy-homemade-bread/

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.killingthyme.net/2021/05/07/baked-honey-garlic-chicken-thighs/

This dinner was also super easy! You simply mix up the sauce coat the chicken and toss it in the oven. I intended to buy broccoli to go with this but I either forgot or it didn’t make it with my grocery delivery. So I resorted to whatever frozen veggies I had. Asher’s was served with his favorite peas, and I threw some edamame on mine. I really liked the Montreal steak seasoning the sauce used. It is pretty pepper-y, and will be useful for other meals later. Asher was super into this meal, he started asking for more when he was only half way through his first plate.

I hope these meals hit the spot for you like they did for us! I’d love to hear from you if you try them out. Please like, share and enjoy!!!

Campfire Pizza Log

It is camping season again, which means EPIC meal planning! This has quickly become our favorite camping meal, because honestly who doesn’t like pizza! The best thing about this meal is your prep it ahead of time, and freeze it. So it will help keep everything in your freezer cold. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Lets start with the dough! I made my own using this recipe… https://veronikaskitchen.com/homemade-pizza-dough/ . I find I do need to add more flour to that recipe. Up to 1/4 cup adding a little bit at a time until it is not to sticky. You could also buy a store bought dough, or even use the Rhodes frozen rolls. To start you roll out the dough to a large rectangle, about 1/4″-3/8″ thick.

Next step is to sauce and top your pizza! Spread the sauce leaving at least 1/2″ around the edges. Add your toppings being careful not to go to crazy. If it is to full you will have a hard time rolling it. I filled ours with pepperoni, Italian sausage, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, and cheese.

Next you roll up your pizza like a cinnamon roll. Starting at one side and carefully rolling it up. Coat the whole thing in some butter or olive oil and sprinkle some parsley on top. Wrap the whole thing in tinfoil and toss it in the freezer until you are ready to go. Pull it out of your cooler a few hours ahead of dinner to let it thaw. When you are ready to cook get some nice coals going in your fire. The fire is an unpredictable cooking method so you’ll see mine got a little crispy. You’ll want to cook it 10-15 minutes on each side. Unwrap, slice, and enjoy!

Campfire Pizza Log

Serves 4


  • Pizza dough (store bought, homemade, or Rhodes frozen rolls)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pizza toppings
  • Olive oil/melted butter
  • Dried parsley(optional)

Toppings we enjoy….

  • Pepperoni
  • Italian sausage
  • Bell peppers
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Onions
  • Cheese

Step 1: Roll out your dough into a large rectangle, about 1/4″-3/8″ thick.

Step 2: Spread the sauce over the dough leaving about 1/2″ around the edges. Next add your topping, being careful not to go overboard or it will be hard to roll up.

Step 3: Roll up your pizza like a cinnamon roll. Starting on one side carefully rolling to the other side. Coat it in olive oil or melted butter, and sprinkle with parsley. Wrap the whole thing tinfoil and toss it in the freezer.

Step 4: Pull the log out of the freezer/cooler a few hours before cooking to thaw.

Step 5: Build a fire and get some good coals going. Cook the log 10-15 minutes on each side. I cooked mine for 15 minutes and it got a little crispy so you may want to try to check it around 10.

Step 6: Slice and enjoy!!!

I hope you enjoy this campfire meal! It is one of our favorites. I’d love to hear from you if you try it out. Please like, share, and enjoy!

5/9 Meal Plan

Happy Mothers Day all! This week has been another whirlwind… I feel that might just be life now. Now that Kyle and I are vaccinated, we are beginning to go back into the world and interact with other vaccinated people. It is so refreshing(and a little scary). It is such a strange feeling to be told that all of the sudden it is safe to visit with people again, but I am ready to do it. On that note I’d like to mention that there will NOT be a new meal plan next week, as we are going to have some family fun! There are now quite a few to choose from so hopefully there are some meals you would like to revisit! All that being said lets get to this weeks meals!

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…..

  • Pinwheel wraps (lunch)
  • Za’atar Pan Roasted Chicken
  • Slow Cooker Pot Roast
  • Chickpea Tikka Masala

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.

Pinwheel Wraps

So these are really simple to put together. You just put whatever you might like in a sandwich inside a wrap, and then slice it into little rolls. I also served these with grapes and baby rainbow carrots with hummus. It is totally a grown up school lunch. The nice thing about these is you could switch up the flavors for each wrap. Maybe put in different meats, veggies, or sauces. I’ll share bellow the things we used.

  1. Sun dried tomato/ spinach wraps
  2. Baby spinach
  3. Mayonaise
  4. Onions
  5. Cheese
  6. Sweet peppers
  7. Ham/ turkey
  8. Hummus

Za’atar Pan Roasted Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://www.thefeastlocal.com/entrees/zaatar-pan-roasted-chicken/

This recipe was really simple to put together. It suggests thighs or breasts, I went for the breasts. I served it with a pan roasted cauliflower rice. This meal was definitely a little light. Somewhere in the recipes post it mentions adding more veggies and making it more of a stew. I would do this if I made it again. It also has two unique spices; za’atar and sumac. Sumac is easy to replace with lemon zest. I will post a za’atar replacement recipe bellow if you can’t find it.

Za’atar Substitute

Mix together equal quantities of:

  1. Thyme
  2. Oregano
  3. Lemon Zest

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://keviniscooking.com/moms-slow-cooker-guest-pot-roast/#wprm-recipe-container-28529

This is by far the winner meal of the week! This pot roast is so flavorful you won’t regret making it. It wants to sit in the marinade for at least an hour, but you could do it the night before. The recipe says it can be cooked on high in 4 hours, but I always want to get it in first thing in the morning, so I put it on low for 8 hours. I threw in a quartered onion in for a little something extra. It can be shredded or sliced. I served it with smashed potatoes and oven roasted broccoli. I coated the broccoli in olive oil, salt, and pepper and put them on the bottom rack in the oven at the same time as the potatoes. Bellow you’ll find a great recipe for the smashed potatoes. http://www.kimshealthyeats.com/smashed-potatoes/

Chickpea Tikka Masala

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

This is one of my favorite tikka masala’s I’ve ever made! Asher usually loves curry, but I made this one a little bit to spicy. I thought it was pretty mild, but he was bothered by it. I think I maybe but into much chili powder or garam masala. All that being said the flavor is awesome, and I love the baked garbanzo beans! I threw some spinach in the sauce at the last minute for something green, and served it on brown rice.

I hope you enjoy this weeks set of meals! Remember that there will not be a new meal plan next week. I hope you revisit some of the meals from weeks past! If you enjoyed this weeks meals I’d love to hear from you. Please like, share and enjoy!

3 Warm Weather Ice Cube Activities

The sun is out, and playing outside has quickly become Asher’s favorite activity. Playing with water is always a hit, but you can easily spice it up with these ice activities. The best thing about doing this outside.. no cleanup!

Ice Cube Tansfer

Lets start with the easiest. Simply get one bowl of ice cubes, and a bowl of water. Asher loves to scoop the ice from one bowl to the other. He usually ends up pretty wet, but this will keep his attention for at least 30 minutes.

Pom-pom Ice Cubes

Similar to the first activity, this one involves transferring the ice cubes from one bowl to the other. It is made extra fun by freezing pom-pom’s inside, and using warm water to help them melt. I used a few sizes of silicone molds to make these, with a variety of pom-pom sizes. The pop of color and the different textures of the cubes makes this really fun. We obviously did this inside, but could easily be done outside too!

Ice Cube Painting

For this I just added a few drops of food coloring to the water, and a popsicle stick to each ice cube mold. Then when the sun is out lay out some paper and get to painting. It works best if you let the ice cubes get a little melty first. The effect reminds me of watercolor. You also could paint right onto the concrete, but beware it might stain. It should eventually wash away, but it is something to keep in mind.

I hope these simple activities bring a little extra fun to your outside time! I’d love to hear from you if you try them out. Please like, share and enjoy!

5/2 Meal Plan

This was a wild week. Our schedule was so weird but we made it through. This weeks meals were quick and easy for the most part. Sometimes, I really like to go all out for dinner, use every dish in the kitchen, and make a super fancy meal. When the pandemic hit, I like a lot of people, turned to the kitchen as my escape from reality. I baked everything I could think of, mastered macarons. I also cooked gourmet meals all week. Now that Asher is a toddler that is just not a possibility. So quick and easy is often where it’s at! That being said, there is no reason a quick and easy meal can’t be delicious.

A recap on what my meal plan includes. 1 adult meal prepped lunch for the week, 3 planned dinners with the intention of having leftovers every other night. On the 7th night we either have family dinner, extra leftovers, or get take out. One dinner a week will be vegetarian, this is our small effort to help save the planet. Check out the menu bellow!

What’s on the menu…..

  • Lentil and butternut squash buddha bowl (lunch)
  • Creamy bacon chicken
  • Grilled pizza
  • Honey garlic baked cauliflower

Shopping list…..

Bellow you will find a downloadable shopping list for this weeks menu. I’ve separated everything by meal, so there are some duplicates of pantry staples.

Lentil and Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl

10 Lunches https://foodbyjonister.com/recipe/lentil-and-butternut-squash-buddha-bowl/

I really enjoyed this weeks lunch! The lentils are kinda earthy, the squash is sweet, and there is a nice acidic note from the pickled onions. The recipe has a little button to scale up or down how many servings you want to make, which I LOVE. If I were to make this again, I would cut the onions differently. I cut them in rings, and would probably slice them next time. The rings were to much for one bite. The recipes for the dressing and the onions was a little tricky to find, so I will link them bellow.

Creamy tahini dressing… https://foodbyjonister.com/recipe/creamy-tahini-dressing/

Pickled onions….. https://foodbyjonister.com/recipe/pickled-red-onion/

Creamy Bacon Chicken

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://40aprons.com/creamy-whole30-bacon-mushroom-chicken-thighs-paleo/

This photo is misleading…. I didn’t get the chance to take the picture the first night and we must have gotten carried away with the sauce. The sauce is so creamy and delicious, it’s a shame you can’t see it in this photo. The recipe calls for chicken thighs, which are DELICIOUS! I often opt for bite size chicken breast to save time. I just quickly pan sear it, and then make the sauce. That way I can skip the baking. I served it on roasted sweet potatoes, but this would also be yummy on rice. I added some peas to the sauce for something green, but sometime I do steamed broccoli. I also leave out the mushrooms because no one likes them in my house. I have obviously changed this quite a bit, but rest assured the original recipe is great!

Grilled Pizza

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://turtlelion.com/2021/04/30/grilled-pizza/

Everybody loves pizza! This is a great easy meal, and is always a crowd pleaser. We have been making this in my family my whole life! So fun for everyone to get to make their own pizza. When I do this for dinner, I prep all the toppings, and grill the pizza’s fresh each night. It is super easy to thaw and roll out the dough. Cooking time the second night is 15 minutes or less, minus thawing time.

Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower

4 adult meals, 2 toddler meals https://kirbiecravings.com/honey-garlic-baked-cauliflower/#wprm-recipe-container-41972

This was our meatless meal. It can be so hard to find a veggie meal that isn’t some kind of pasta! There are so many things people do with cauliflower these days, I thought it was time to try a crispy version. This definitely took some effort, but it was easy to do. You’ll want to utilize the wet hand dry hand technique when coating the cauliflower. I served them over farro, and with some pan fried brussel sprouts that I got in my basket. Rice and whatever your veggie of choice would also be great! I doubled the sauce just to be safe and it was more than enough. I did put in about a TBSP of Sriracha and it was a tiny bit spicy. You could 100% leave it out. I found this surprisingly filling, and Asher ate two bowls!

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