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Our Chickens are Laying Eggs

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I see a lot more omelets in my future. 2 of 6 of our backyard chickens are now laying eggs! That means we are getting a little over a dozen eggs a week now. Its so exciting going into the backyard every morning and getting fresh eggs. And man are they fresh. They taste so much better than the store bought eggs, even the organic ones. The yolks are so orange and creamy and just SO good!

This weeks meal plan…

Dinners:

Sprouted whole grain pasta, turkey meatballs, zucchini, and homemade marinara

Slow roasted pork butt, corn on the cob, roasted sweet potatoes

fish taco rice bowls

Baked chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries, roasted broccoli

chicken pot pie

pizza on zucchini pizza crust

wedding one night

Breakfasts:

Crockpot steel cut oats x 3

eggs and pancakes x 2

black bean, corn, and kale omelets

Lunches:

leftovers, crockpot split pea and ham soup, chicken salad, marinated cucumber salad, salads, fruit and yogurt.

Meal Plan 6/9

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We were out of town visiting family in MD over the weekend. Instead of coming home to a house with food or a meal plan, I made my grocery list and meal plan before we even left. That way, the morning after we get home, I can leave first thing in the morning and refill our refrigerator and be ready for the week.

Breakfasts:

crockpot steel cut oats

greek yogurt with berries and almond granola

apple omelets

Lunches:

salads

cottage cheese or greek yogurt and fruit

Loaded sweet potatoes

leftovers

Dinners:

Greek marinated kabobs with tatziki sauce and baked falafel

Indian Chicken Saag over brown rice

Pot roast with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage

Lentil quinoa stir fry

Hamburgers on homemade buns, roasted green beans

Fish taco rice bowls with corn, avocado, lettuce, greek yogurt, cheese, and tomato

leftovers

Meal Plan 4/28

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This is the last week I will be able to make a full out plan. But that’s a good thing because that means my CSA box starts in a little over a week! I LOVE my CSA box. I get so excited driving to pick it up wondering whats going to be in it. I am a nerd, I’m aware. Alyssa shares the same excitement though so it makes me feel better. Shes hoping for okra. With the CSA, I don’t get to choose whats in the box, they just fill it with whatever is growing well that week. So I will be making a rough meal plan but I’m sure there will be lots of vegetables swaps depending on what I get.

Tonight we will be doing a charity biking event with our church that will include a BBQ afterwards. Its a 6 mile bike ride and Alyssa is going to ride it alongside us, no training wheels! We weren’t sure at first she could make it the whole way so we did a test run last week. One day she rode 4.2 before we made her stop. And the second time we rode 5.25 before calling it a day. And the reason I say “made” her stop is because it was time to come inside and get ready for bed. After riding over 5 miles, she said she still wanted to ride more, and our neighborhood is crazy hilly! I assume it will take us about an hour to ride the 6 miles. Luckily Cassidy loves riding in her little bike seat attached to the front of my bike.

Dinners:

Homemade pizzas, side salad

Italian Polenta Bake

Taco rice bowls (ground beef, homemade seasoning, soaked brown rice, avocado, corn, lettuce, greek yogurt, cheese)

Baked Ziti with ground turkey, homemade spinach noodles, and spinach

Baked chicken fingers, baked sweet potato fries, mixed vegetables

Chicken and vegetable fried rice

BBQ after a charity biking event

Lunches: combo of…

Big batch of split pea soup

homemade cole slaw (mayo free)

loaded sweet potatoes

salads

rice bowls (rice, vegetable, bean or leftover meat)

yogurt, barley, banana bowls

Breakfasts:

Crockpot steel cut oats (x3)

scrambled eggs with homemade raisin bran muffins (x2)

Greek yogurt pancakes and eggs

Waffle, egg, turkey sausage, and cheese sandwiches (homemade waffles as the bread)

Make Do Meal Plan

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In our small military town, there isnt really much of an organic/local selection. My CSA starts in a couple weeks so I am totally excited! I also can’t wait until our chickens to start laying eggs, although that probably won’t be until the end of summer. They are getting pretty big though, we have been shocked at their growth rate. So for now we travel an hour away to whole foods every 3 weeks and stock up our freezer with meats, cheeses, and vegetables. We also buy about 7 dozen eggs. This week was our weekend to go but we had other plans for the weekend so it will have to wait a week. When this happens we have to make do with the organic selection at the commissary (although its not local) and our small organic market, which has small selection of organic and local produce and meats. So this weeks meal plan is with a lot of help from our organic freezer veggies…

Dinners:

Chicken and homemade whole wheat dumplings with a side of sauteed cabbage

Grilled Bone in Chicken, salad, roasted sweet potatoes

homemade pizzas, salad

Burgers on fresh buns, roasted broccoli

Shepards pie

tilapia, parmesan quinoa, peas

Leftovers

Lunches: Our lunches are always a mish mosh of things. It will be combinations of leftovers, salads, grown up grilled cheese (homemade bread with melted sharp cheddar slices, avocado, tomato, and lettuce), bean and cheese quesadillas on homemade tortillas, frozen vegetables, carrots and black bean hummus, nuts/raisins, apples and peanut butter, cottage cheese and pears/pineapple.

Breakfast:

Yogurt, barley, banana bowl x 2 (my new warm weather breakfast obsession!)

smoothies and oatmeal banana muffins x 2

steel cut oats x 2

pancakes

I am seriously excited for all the summer produce to start coming in. Strawberry picking starts soon and I can’t wait for more fresh kale smoothies! Since we have been focusing on local versus just organic lately, we have been eating lots of the same produce (greens, broccoli, winter squash, etc). So I am looking forward to the season change and with it a produce switch up!

Meal Plan 4/14

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We had a wonderful weekend with lots of family time. The weather was amazing, we went to a wedding and danced all night, and weeded our front flower bed on Sunday while the girls played in the sprinkler.

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And of course I meal planned…

Dinners:

Homemade spinach spaghetti with turkey meatballs, mushrooms, and broccoli

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Chicken and whole wheat dumplings, roasted vegetables

Chicken tacos on homemade tortillas with greek yogurt, lettuce, corn, black beans, and avocado.

Shepards Pie

Shrimp, barley, and pea risotto

Grilled chicken, parmesan quinoa, roasted broccoli

sweet potato gnocci with chicken and broccoli in a light parmesan sauce

Leftover one night

Lunches: combinations of leftovers, salads, beans, frozen veggies, fruit and peanut butter, yogurt/cottage cheese and pineapple, nuts and raisins.

Breakfasts:

Homemade sausage with whole wheat biscuits

steel cut oats (x2)

apple cinnamon pancakes (x2)

omelets and raisin bran muffins

Kale smoothies and raisin bran muffins

And next week I can’t wait to make some mac and cheese using my homemade spinach noodles!

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Meal Plan 4/7

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Another week, another meal plan. I love having everything planned ahead of time since I am such an indecisive person. It saves me a headache when it comes time to cook everynight. This week will be…

Dinners:

Grilled chicken, roasted asparagus, roasted sweet potatoes

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans

Broiled salmon, parmesan quinoa, roasted broccoli

Baked chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries, kale chips

Italian meatballs over homemade spinach whole wheat pasta with mushroom marinara

Rehersal Dinner one night

Wedding one night

Lunches: salads,  yogurt and almond granola, remaining leftovers, homemade black bean hummus and carrots, english muffin grilled cheeses.

Breakfasts:

peanut butter banana chia seed steel cut oats x 3

Smoothies

Oatmeal banana bread muffins

Pancakes

Homemade turkey sausage made into sausage gravy and biscuits

And I’m sure a dessert or two (or 5) will be consumed. Like some homemade vanilla frozen yogurt since the weather will be nearing 80 this week! Lots of outdoor playtime in my future!

Little Family Vacation

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We had a great 2 days in Myrtle Beach! I have little fish for children so they had a blast at the waterpark. Neither of them have ANY fear of the water what so ever. I love their fearlessness because it allows them to enjoy themselves and learn to swim really early. But we just have to be very careful because even Cassidy jumps right off the edge and doesn’t want us catching her. She wants to jump in without us helping, go under water, have us retrieve her, try to swim to the edge, and repeat. If we stood in front of her to catch her, she’d walk to another location to make sure no one could catch her and prevent her from going all the way under the water.

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The hotel had activites for the kids including hair braiding/beading and scavenger hunts.

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While we did hair braiding, Dave and Cassidy floated the lazy river.

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Baby girl was great considering she didn’t nap either day. Since we only went for 2 days/1 night we just spent all of our time at the waterpark instead of going back to the room for 3 hours for her to nap. Luckily she is such an adaptable kid and really doesn’t get fussy. Although she was thrilled to hop in bed for a nap this weekend!

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It was a great little family vacation!

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I did not cook a single meal. We went out to a nice Italian restaurant for dinner, hotel breakfast buffet, and then an authentic greek restaurant for lunch. Every meal was really good but we were all happy to get back to meals based more around vegetables.

This week we will be having, for dinners:

Easter dinner (Ham, mayo-free potato salad, deviled eggs, buttermilk rolls, roasted asparagus)

Grilled steak salads with romaine, feta, green peppers, mushrooms, homemade dressing

chicken pot pie with a biscuit crust

Seasoned Ahi tuna steaks, collard greens, roasted sweet potatoes

Ginger Chicken

Zucchini boats stuffed with ground turkey and quinoa

Breakfasts will be the normal pancakes, oats, apple omelets, and I am also going to try a breakfast rice bowl with brown rice, eggs, and peppers. I need some more breakfast variety and I want more make ahead and freeze options.

HAPPY EASTER!