Meal Plan 08/20/2018 - 08/24/2018

We just got back from a family holiday that included a lot of kids' meals and cheese and not a lot of vegetables. This week is all about easing back into some healthful habits. 

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Monday: pulled pork served with mac and cheese and green salad. 

Tuesday: BATS Egg Benny (bacon, avocado, tomato, spinach) served with fresh fruit.

Wednesday: Tortilla Soup but instead of cooking the chicken in the soup, I'm going to do a big batch of shredded chicken in the Instant Pot and use half for the soup and half for Thursday's dinner. We'll have corn on the cob and grilled zucchini and peppers with the soup. 

Thursday: Cobb Salad with goat cheese instead of blue cheese because blue cheese is the actual worst. 

Friday: Leftovers? Takeout? Cheese plate? Friday feels like a million years away so I can't even venture a guess. 

And because we need a way to balance out all the salad, I've made Smitten Kitchen's Purple Plum Torte and a batch of my Chocolate Chip Cookies for snackies. 

What's on your meal plan this week?

Meal Plan 08/07/2018 - 08/10/2018

Today was a stat holiday which means I could have used this bonus Monday to meal plan and grocery shop and prep for the week ahead. Instead we took the kids to the pool and picked up burgers on the way home. We've got enough bits and pieces to pack the kids' lunches tomorrow, and I have enough milk for my morning coffee, but that's about it. I'll be hitting the grocery store on the way home from work tomorrow is what I'm saying.

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Tuesday: chicken souvlaki skewers and tzatziki from the butcher, greek salad, pita bread. 

Wednesday: sous vide pork chops served with grilled apricots, green salad, and corn on the cob. 

Thursday: zucchini boats stuffed with turkey chili, topped with fresh guacamole and lime crema, and served with Mexican Street Corn Salad

Friday: leftovers! 

What's on your meal plan this week? 

Seven

Dear Grady, 

Today you are seven. 

I’m not quite sure how that happened. One minute I was rocking you to sleep in your nursery and the next minute I was listening to you read Charlotte’s Web to Poppy.  

You love to draw. You spend hours drawing every day. You fill page after page with superheroes and knights and Ninja Turtles. One day I was admiring your artwork and I remarked that maybe you would be an artist when you grew up. “I’m already an artist,” you corrected me.  

You have a sweet, gentle heart. You care deeply about fairness and being kind. I’m always cringing as you pick up other people’s garbage in the park (“it’s my job to keep the earth tidy!”) and wishing you cared as deeply about the state of your bedroom floor as you do the playground.  

Your favourite band is still the Foo Fighters but you’ve branched out to other music too. When “No Roots” by Alice Merton comes on the radio when we’re driving you tell me to turn it up, “it’s our jam!” You’re king of the car dance, and somehow we always end up in a pile of giggles. Your enthusiasm and your belly laugh are infectious. Nothing makes me happier than hearing your laugh, Grady. Nothing in this world.  

You’re an amazing big brother to Poppy. You look out for her and worry about her and take pride in teaching her new things. I know as long as you two have each other, you’re going to be okay.  

Happy birthday, Grady. I love you bunches.  

 

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Meal Plan 07/23/2018 - 07/27/2018

This week is supposed to be a hot one so I'm trying to stick to BBQ and Instant Pot meals. Grady has slowly started accepting more foods and I'm trying not to jinx it by making anything too adventurous for him. I'm kind of over this whole preparing multiple meals for multiple people every single day thing and would happily eat cereal with blueberries for dinner every night but that's not going to fly. I've got to get my head back in the game. I'm looking for tips, tricks, and recipes, please and thanks.

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Monday: barbecued cheeseburgers served with garlicky green beans.

Tuesday: BLT sandwiches on sourdough toast.

Wednesday: We’re meeting friends for a picnic so I’m thinking chicken salad sandwiches and fresh fruit.  

Thursday: Grady's seventh birthday! I KNOW, RIGHT?! I don't know how that happened. He’s requested pepperoni pizza from his favourite pizza place and chocolate cake so pepperoni pizza and chocolate cake he shall have.

Friday: Pulled pork done in the Instant Pot served with mac & cheese

What's on your menu this week?