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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of February 25, 2019

We’ve had many different anniversaries recently. Four years ago, the Imaginative One crossed over into Boy Scouts and then had his first meeting. Two years ago today, the Wee One crossed over to Boy Scouts.

A year ago yesterday, I had my gallbladder surgery.

Last Friday would have been my grandma’s 91st birthday.

On to the menu for the week:

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of February 19, 2019

First of all, the Wee One declared today that he is no longer the Wee One. He renamed himself Big Boy. Since the fall, he has gone up 2 jean sizes. He’s finally getting taller which is making him so happy!

On to the menu for the week:

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – December 31, 2018

The weight fell off of me with no hard work. Everyone was telling me how much better I was looking. But I was feeling worn down with no appetite. Even though I was looking better, my health was failing so the weight gradually found its way back onto my body.

As the new year begins, it’s time to reevaluate my health and diet. Ever since my gallbladder started failing, it’s been difficult to eat regular meals. My appetite is not what it used to be. I’m hungry mostly in the middle of the night which is a bummer because I don’t want to get out of bed to tame the hunger beast.

I’ve got to manage my diet so that I’m the healthiest I can be instead of just eating to survive. I understand the tools necessary to be the healthiest but it is up to me to make sure I’m using those tools and am eating foods that will fuel me.

Just so you know, I’m a vegetarian and have been one since Valentine’s Day last year so all of my meals are going to be meatless. I still eat eggs and dairy so I’m not plant based.

So here is my menu for this week:

Breakfasts

Sugar Plum Danish (Mom got it for me.), apple with cashew butter
Maple Apple Steel Cut Oats
Green Smoothie with cheese or nuts for protein

Lunches

Monday – Leftover veggie burger
Tuesday – Fried Egg Sandwich – Open Faced, broccoli (steamed or roasted)
Wednesday – Friday – BBQ Black Bean Salad (On Wednesday, I’m back at work. They are supposed to feed us but I don’t know what they are going to have or if it will be vegetarian friendly.)
Saturday or Sunday – Eat lunch at Melt – Mom wants to eat there. Cabbage Soup for the other day

Dinners

Monday and Wednesday – Creamy Enchilada Pasta with broccoli (steamed or roasted)
Tuesday – Sauerkraut with “sausage,” black eyed peas, roasted potatoes
Thursday – English Muffin Pizza from the freezer, some sort of veggie
Friday – Mushroom risotto burger, roasted potatoes, veggie
Saturday or Sunday – Cabbage Soup

Snacks

Energy Balls
Yogurt
Veggies and Dip
Fruit

Dinners for My Meat Eaters

Ravioli
Pork with Sauerkraut, Roasted Potatoes (A couple of meals)
Sausage
Hamburgers

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Menu Plan Monday – Week of October 1, 2018 (Vegetarian) – Day 1 of 31

To start off my Write 31 2018, I’m going to provide you with my meal plan for this week.

I’m glad it’s soup season because I can make a big pot or two of the soup and have it for the week.

Here’s what I’m planning for the week.

Sunday – Lasagna stuffed Portobello mushrooms with Italian chopped salad, Fres

Monday – Minestrone soup with the left over Italian chopped salad

Tuesday – Tacos (I’ll share my recipe during this month’s Write 31)

Wednesday – Enchilada skillet

Thursday – Grilled cheese with minestrone soup

Friday – Leftovers

Saturday – Out

Breakfasts for the week:  chocolate chip ricotta muffins and cheese sticks, apple slices (I need easy on the go breakfasts.)

Lunches for the week:  Garden veggie soup, fruit on the bottom yogurt (recipe coming tomorrow), Wheat Thin type crackers

 

Now onto my family’s Standard American Diet meals for the week.  I don’t get off of work until almost 4 o’clock.  Hubby needs to leave for work around 5:20 so I don’t have time to cook him dinner any more.  He fends for himself with me planning meals.  He and the boys are not real adventurous eaters.  I’ve attempted over the years to introduce them to more foods but they always fall back on the foods that they are comfortable eating.  😦

Sunday – Chicken, roasted potatoes, veggies, Hawaiian rolls, and pumpkin roll

Monday – Pulled pork sandwiches on the remaining Hawaiian rolls

Tuesday – Tacos

Wednesday – Chicken Nuggets and French fries

Thursday – Grilled cheese and tomato soup – The last few times we have had grilled cheese I did not have tomato soup.  Since then, I’ve remedied that and have several containers of soup.

Friday – Chili

Saturday – Out

Join tomorrow for one of my favorite ways to eat yogurt.

Happy eating,
Traci

 

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 12, 2018

This is the first week back with students so I want to have an easy menu.

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I also meal prepped for my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.  Here’s what I made for this week:

Breakfasts – Pina Colada Overnight Oats

Snacks – Pistachios, Honeycrisp apples with cashew butter, Mini Bell Peppers with hummus

Lunches –  Salad in a jar with strawberry poppy seed dressing, homemade fruit on the bottom yogurt with granola

Since I have all my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks prepped, it’s easy to grab and go in the mornings.

Happy eating,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of July 29th, 2018

This week is going to be a little different with my meal planning.  I won’t be around for 3 maybe 4 of the meals so the gentlemen in my family are in charge.

Yesterday, I did shopping so they would have easy meals on 3 of those days.

On Wednesday, I have to go out to work so I can move classrooms.  (I’m just moving across the hall so not hateful.)  Anyway, I’m taking the Wee One to help me with the moving.  I told him that I would get him McDonald’s for dinner.  Hubby and the Imaginative One are on their own on Wednesday as a result.

I’ve got a class at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday.  On Friday, I have the second part of the class at the Wilds.  I’m going out to that area on Thursday morning/ afternoon and spending the night by myself.  For my dinner, I bought a frozen dinner that I can warm up in the microwave in the hotel room.

I’ll get myself food on the way home on Tuesday and Friday.

Here’s the menu for the week:

Sunday – We had pizza with the family.

Monday – Grilled Cheese with Chips and Cucumber Slices and Celery

Saturday – Breakfast for Dinner

 

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – The food they can choose from are:

  • chicken nuggets and French fries
  • sausage and mac and cheese
  • pulled pork sandwiches

I wanted the meals to be quick and easy for them.

Happy eating,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – The rest of July 2018

I just looked over my plans for July.  I’m going to be gone on and off for the rest of the month.

Week of July 8th –

I only need to plan for 3 meals.  We’re going to be gone for 2 days during the week.

Lasagna or Creamy Spinach Pasta Sauce over Penne

Sloppy Joes (Vegetarian for me)

Pork Chops

Left Overs

 

Week of July 15th –

I need to plan for Sunday dinner and 2 meals.  The boys and I are going away for 3 days.  Hubby is on his own on those 3 days.

Cherry Pork Loin (Freezer Meal)

Tacos (In Freezer)

Spaghetti with Sauce and Meatballs

 

Week of July 22nd –

I need to plan for Sunday dinner and 4 meals.  I’m going to be away for 2 nights and Hubby is going to be gone for one night.

Breakfast for dinner (when I’m gone)

Chicken Nuggets and French Fries (when I’m gone)

Sausage with Mac and Cheese

Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings, Meatless Mandarin Chicken for me

Out to eat when Hubby is gone

Sunday Dinner – TBA

 

Happy eating,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of July 2, 2018 Plus a review of Eat at Home Tonight

Last week, my friend Molly was in town.  The Imaginative One was happy when she left because that meant I would once again cook dinner for him.  LOL!

A month ago, I signed up for Eat at Home’s first cookbook’s launch.  I received the cookbook a few weeks ago.  I immediately read the book from cover to cover and marked it up with recipes that the family might enjoy.  I love the fact that Eat at Home Tonight uses real ingredients that are easily found at the grocery store.

Another feature of the cookbook is the freezer kits.  She offers two freezer menus with shopping lists and recipes.  I absolutely love having freezer kits.

The cookbook is going to be published on August 7th.  Grab your copy then.  You won’t regret it especially if you are a busy mom like me.

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Here is my menu for the week.  Some of the recipes are from the cookbook:  Memphis Style BBQ Chicken Tacos, Power Chopped Salad, Ravioli with Summer Garden Vegetables, and Naan Pizza.

Menu Plan Monday - July 1

 

 Happy eating,
Traci