Real Food Meal Plan Week 36

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I’m not sure how I’ll be able to beat last week’s meal plan. I cooked all five weeknight dinners in 90 minutes on Sunday afternoon. It was a tiring process, but I loved not having to cook during the week. I will definitely use that approach again soon. Turning to the week ahead, I’m looking forward to trying a few new recipes from my fellow bloggers. I love the idea of this oven-baked risotto from Food Done Light because I don’t like all the stirring that’s normally associated with risotto. And these shredded Brussels sprouts with roasted veggies and bacon from the Vintage Mom look fantastic. I’ve always been a sucker for Brussels sprouts. :) With soccer and basketball seasons … [Read more...]

Make-Ahead Meals: 5 Dinners in 90 Minutes

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Cooking dinner night after night can be overwhelming. For those of us with late work days or busy evening schedules, it can seem impossible to get homemade food on the table for our families. With my children’s various commitments, I often find myself on a sports field instead of at my dinner table when 6:00 rolls around. On other evenings, we get home right at dinnertime and there’s no time to prep the food. I used to settle for ordering out or opening a package on these evenings. I didn’t think I had a choice. But we always have a choice. If homemade food is a priority, you can always find a way. Five Make-Ahead Meals in 90 Minutes I’ve been hearing over and over from busy … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 35

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I’m trying a little experiment with my meal plan this week. It’s something I’ve wanted to try for ages. On Sunday afternoon, I’m prepping all the meals for the week. I’ll chop, dice, cook, and freeze according to what’s on the menu for each weeknight. I picked meals with ingredients that will keep well in the fridge or freezer until they’re needed. If all goes well, I’ll only need 15 minutes or so of active time to put the food together each night. How great does this sound? I’m so excited to see if it actually works. I really don’t like to cook at dinnertime, so this could be the perfect week. :) Real Food Meal Plan Week 35 Saturday: Out for anniversary dinner Sunday: Vanilla … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 34

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We’re celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary this week. Of course it falls on an evening with dinnertime soccer practice. We’ll go out to dinner on the weekend to celebrate, and on our actual anniversary I’m keeping it simple with a low-stress taco night. We will commemorate the occasion with chocolate cake, though. :) During the rest of the week, we’re sticking to some old favorites. The weather’s getting cooler, so warm, comforting dishes like eggplant parm and chicken chili are on the menu. What do you like to make on these chilly fall evenings? Please give me some new ideas in the comments. Real Food Meal Plan Week 34 Saturday: Eggplant Parmesan with marinara from the … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 33

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I haven’t been very creative with my meal plans these past few weeks, so I’m trying several new recipes this week. My Recipes to Try Pinterest board is a lifesaver when I’m looking for new ideas. There are so many recipes online that look amazing, and I love having lots of them all in one place. Once the weather turns cool, I like to have soup for dinner a couple times a week. The leftovers go in the freezer for lunches, or else they serve as an emergency dinner on a night when the meal plan doesn’t go according to schedule. I’m trying new recipes for corn chowder and lentil vegetable soup, and hopefully the kids will approve. Real Food Meal Plan Week 33 Saturday: Out Sunday: Slow … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 32

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I did a little experiment last week. I cut out all added sugar from my diet for the week, including maple syrup and honey. I also avoided dairy, gluten, and all processed food. While I don’t eat a whole lot of these foods normally, I thought it would be good to reboot my system with a very clean menu for a week. I also wanted to remind myself that there are lots of healthy snacks without sugar in them. I feel great, but of course I was daydreaming about pumpkin cake all week. That will be on my dessert agenda this week for sure. We’re coming to the end of the summer vegetables in these next few weeks, and the fall harvest is around the corner. As the weather gets cooler, I’m looking … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 31

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A few weeks ago, I shared about my excitement when someone left 7 pounds of tomatoes in the trade bin at my farm share. Well, the tomato trader was back again this week, and just in time for me. I can’t believe my luck. It was only 5 pounds this week, but I’m still excited. I’ll be making a batch of fresh marinara for the freezer, and I’m also going to try this Tomato Basil Chicken Stew from Gimme Some Oven. We have some old favorites for the rest of the week, including burgers and French toast. I’m looking forward to trying the shortcut eggplant parmesan from the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook. We have several family members who don’t love eggplant, but hopefully this recipe will … [Read more...]

Apple Recipes

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Apple season is one of the reasons I love living in New England. There are so many orchards around, and we go apple picking as a family every year. The cider donuts are a treat we always enjoy at the orchard, but they're not exactly healthy. This round up includes 20 healthy apple recipes that take advantage of this yummy fall delicacy. I tend to think of baked goods and applesauce when I come home with several pounds of apples. But apples are a great addition at mealtime too. This list includes several savory dishes to put on your dinner plate, as well as sweeter options for breakfast, snack time, and dessert. A few of the recipes include a little brown sugar, and I recommend … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 30

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We’re back to reality this week. After-school activities, evening sports practices, and my husband’s evening work commitments are taking over our schedule. This means I have to plan meals according to who’s home at dinnertime. I’m happy to have homemade marinara and soup in the freezer that can keep us afloat when I have to be driving someone somewhere at dinnertime. As an added bonus, my husband can pull soup out of the freezer for lunch or dinner at work instead of buying expensive (and not-so-healthy) food at the cafeteria. Real Food Meal Plan Week 30 Saturday: Chicken veggie tacos Sunday: Roasted tomato frittata, green salad Monday: Pasta with marinara, cucumber … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 29

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Sometimes when I sit down to meal plan, I’m just out of ideas. No inspiration at all. That’s when I turn to my Recipes to Try Pinterest board. It’s full of so many amazing, delicious-sounding recipes. I would love to eat any of them, and they’re all things I haven’t made before. This week was one of those weeks, so I’m trying lots of new recipes. We haven’t had such an exciting meal plan in a long time. Hopefully we’ll find a couple new favorites. Real Food Meal Plan Week 29 Saturday: Omelettes, toast, cantaloupe on the side Sunday: BLT chopped salad Monday: Steak, corn on the cob, Hawaiian pasta salad  Tuesday: Black bean soup with corn salsa Wednesday: Eggplant … [Read more...]