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Meal Prep & Plan | Week of March 12, 2023

Welcome back to Believe in the Magic Traci’s meal plan for the week.


  1. Egg salad add bacon on gluten-free toast
  2. Pina Colada Overnight Oats
    • 1/2 c. oats (I used the Thrive Market – Quick oats with superseeds – So good
    • 1/2 c. your favorite milk
    • 1/4 c. Greek yogurt
    • 1 c. frozen pineapple
    • 1/4 c. shredded coconut
    • 2 Tbsp. walnuts or pecans
    • 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Leftovers
  2. Snack box
    • Hard salami roll ups (cream cheese and hard salami)
    • Goat cheese
    • Carrots
    • Olives
    • Fruit salad
    • Sweet treat


  1. Hamburgers
    • Mushroom Swiss burgers for me
    • Homemade French fries
    • Veggies
  2. Shrimp stir fry
  3. Meatloaf
    • Mac and cheese
    • Green beans
  4. Salmon with honey mustard glaze
    • Brussel Sprout salad
    • Roasted sweet potatoes
  5. Mexican quinoa skillet
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Some of my eats this week (Week of March 6, 2023)

I know some of the food looks similar. It’s because I ate that meal or components of the meal several times during the week.


  1. Pork carnita salad – So good.
  2. Inside of egg sandwich from a local coffee shop – I’ve messed this sandwich. It was the first time in 2 years I’ve had it.
  3. Pina Colada overnight oats – YUM!
  4. Healthy fish and chips – So good. I need to work on the coleslaw though. It didn’t stay as fresh as I thought it would when I tried to eat the remainder a few days later.
  5. The Brussel sprouts salad – I’m making it for this week.
  6. Cherry cashew trail mix
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Disordered Eating

I’ve come to realization I suffer from disordered eating. This is different from an eating disorder but can also become dangerous.

Before I begin talking about what disordered eating is, I will give you a backstory of why the disordered eating started.

2017/2018 – My gallbladder started to fail. During this time period, I started to eat gluten-free and vegetarian. Sometimes this was at the same time while other times, it was one or the other. After getting my gallbladder out, I gradually started to eat a Standard American Diet once again.

Fast forward to 2021 . . . I end up in the ER for stomach pains. It was discovered I have a sensitivity to gluten. Once again, I began to eat gluten-free. In April, it’ll be 2 years of eating a strictly gluten-free diet. I also tried to eat vegetarian at the same time but discovered it was not attainable.

A problem with eating gluten-free is the lack of options when you go out to eat. Some restaurants have great gluten-free options while others seriously lack it. When my mom lived near me, I got used eating at restaurants rather then cooking more at home. It was something we did together.

Now you know some of the backstory of the reason I have disordered eating, I will tell you the definition of disordered.

Disordered eating is behaviors that are not classified as an eating disorder but they still negatively affect their health, mental, or emotional health.

Ways my eating is disordered is eating way too small meals, skipping meals, and eating unhealthy meals. I’ve wondered if I had an eating disorder. Then I heard the word disordered eating. Bells went off in my head. That’s what I’ve experienced. Some of the reasons for the disordered eating is because of having to eat a gluten-free diet, being busy or stressed to eat, and grief. Grief from losing my mom and the pre-pandemic life.

So where do I do now that I’ve been made aware of what to call my eating? I need to remain mindful I need to eat even if I don’t feel like it. I need to make sure I’m eating as healthy as possible but allow myself grace when I fall short. I need to make sure I have some sort of snack to fall back on when I’m out, so I don’t have to rely on eating at restaurants.

Join me on this journey.

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Meal Prep for Week of March 5th

I’ve joined the Biggest Loser challenge at work. Celebrate Recovery has changed my life because I’m using it as a kickstart to make sure I’m eating healthy. It’s like I took a blue chip.

Goals for the week:

  1. Drink more water.
  2. Eat more veggies
  3. Meal prep meals

Meals for this week:

  1. Pork carnitas
    • Burrito bowls for lunch
      • Pork carnitas
      • lettuce
      • quinoa
      • cauliflower rice
      • Cilantro lime sauce
      • tomatoes
      • corn
      • black beans
  2. Pork with Brussels sprouts and apples
  3. Zucchini skillet lasagna and gluten-free garlic bread
  4. Pina colada overnight oats (breakfast)
    • 1/2 c. rolled oats
    • 1/2 c. milk
    • 1/4 c. Greek yogurt
    • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
    • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1/2 c. frozen pineapple chunks
    • 1/4 c. coconut flakes
  5. Bacon and grapefruit/ orange
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Angel wings

You attempt to get a photo at the famous Nashville Angel Wings.

Imagine a line full of bridal parties and tourists. It’s at least 30 people deep.

Then imagine you have to go to the restroom because you decided to take a gamble by getting a second drink at the farmer’s market. No public bathrooms are visible.

You also are on a time crunch. So you opt to take this photo from far away. You can at least say you saw them.

Then today you go to get your breakfast. You stumble upon pizza wings. So instead of angel wings, you can be happy with pizza wings instead.

Later on during your adventure home, you find angel wings in a small town in Kentucky. Plus Monarch butterfly wings.

So even though you didn’t get a photo with the iconic angel wings, you find something original. As you tell people, you make plans but leave room for straying away from those plans. You never know what you will find.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,

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Meal Plan – Week 4

Week 4 grocery list I minus side dishes


  • Water (1 ¾ cup)


  • Ketchup (1/2 cup)
  • olive oil (1 Tbsp)
  • olive oil (divided) (3 Tbsp)
  • Soy Sauce (2 Tbsp)


  • all-purpose flour or 1:1 gluten-free flour (2 Tbsp)
  • Brown sugar (4 Tbsp)
  • Brown Sugar (1/2 cup)
  • garlic (minced) (3-4 cloves)
  • Italian seasoning (2 tsp)
  • Minced Garlic (1 Tbsp)
  • of red pepper flakes (pinch)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • smoked paprika (2 tsp)


  • Butter (4 Tbsp)


  • Frozen Corn (1 cup)
  • Gluten-free meatballs (30)


  • store-bought or homemade gnocchi ((we used gluten-free)) (1 × 16 oz package)


  • Ground Beef (1 lb)
  • Italian sausage (mild or spicy) (16 oz)
  • Ham steak (4)


  • fresh baby spinach (roughly chopped) (3 cup)
  • fresh chopped thyme (1 Tbsp)
  • green bell pepper (1)
  • onion (1 ½)
  • Pineapple tidbits (1 can)
  • red, orange, or yellow bell pepper (1)
  • ribs celery (diced) (3)
  • yellow onion (diced) (1 small)


  • thawed, frozen shrimp – peeled and deveined (8 oz)


  • diced tomatoes (1 × 14.5 oz can)
  • Diced Tomatoes (2 cans) (15 ounce cans)
  • heavy cream or canned coconut cream (1 cup)
  • Kidney Beans (1 can) (15 ounce)
  • Tomato Sauce (1 can)(15 ounce)
  • Taco seasoning (1 pkg)
  • Taco seasoning or one packet of taco seasoning (2 Tbsp)
  • chicken broth/stock (6 cup)
  • flour or corn tortillas, warmed (4)


Brown sugar ham

Sweet and sour meatballs

Shrimp Fajitas

Creamy sausage gnocchi soup

Taco soup

Side Dishes

buttered noodles

Spanish rice

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Meal Plan 3

This upcoming week has some delicious food. These are some of our family’s favorite meals.

I chose a sweet bourbon pork bratwurst at the local grocery store for the sausage, peppers and onions. You can chose whatever sausage you like best: mild or hot, sweet or savory.

My family loves meatloaf. Making meatloaf muffins makes sure there is portion control. Everyone gets a few meatloaf muffins at dinner. Oldest doesn’t like the meatloaf glaze on his meatloaf, so this helps with his food aversions.

Meal prepping for the week:

  • Cut up the peppers and onions for the sausage and peppers or get the peppers and onions from the freezer section.
  • Make the rice. I do 1 cup rice, 1 & 1/4 cup of water or broth. Cook in Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker for 3 minutes. Allow to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Make the meatloaf muffins and mashed potatoes. Use frozen broccoli for the steamed broccoli to make it an easy meal.
  • Go ahead and make the taco meat. Cut up the lettuce.

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