Saturday, 2 August 2014

Meal Plan: the one where I start cooking meals for my family again

Were you here last week? Did you see my ridiculous meal plan that consisted of barely any home cooking, lots of craziness, and minimal time spent in the kitchen? Guess what? As I had fully expected, barely any cooking happened. My family generally ate crap with the exception of one or two days. I don't typically mind a cheat meal or two, but we just went wild and forgot all of those healthy eating habits we had worked so hard to build up. The Toddler? Yea, he got to eat French fries, ice cream, and even ended up having oatmeal for dinner one day. 

Why all of these poor food decisions? Well, it's been a week and two days since we have become official homeowners! Yay! But, since we have so much work to do on the house, and since I decided I just had to get the garden done this week, and since we had several parties to attend, our schedules went from busy to absolute madness by Monday evening. 

While I am very excited about getting work done on our home, and getting in there as quickly as possible, this week, I am certainly taking it down a notch and focusing a bit more on finding a balance between work + house + cooking + 'homeschool' [tot school isn't really homeschooling, but guided play, but I put a lot of work into the activities]. 

My goal for our meals this week is to keep them quick, simple, and healthy. I am going to accept the fact that lunches may not be packed full of vegetables, but I will try to make up for it with bigger breakfasts and get back to our typical paleo dinners. Here's the plan: 


Weekly Paleo Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo, #WeeklyPaleoMealPlan



Breakfasts

  • Frittata loaded with vegetables like peas, broccoli, and spinach 
  • Broccoli scrambled eggs 
  • Tomato scrambled eggs with a fruit salad 
  • Sweet potato and carrot latkes with a fruit salad 
  • Carrot and mango smoothie with hard boiled egg

Healthy smoothies: best ever carrot mango smoothie by Welcome to Mommyhood

Lunches

  • Leftovers, leftovers, leftovers
  • Carrot latkes 
  • Tuna salad
  • Salads
  • Vegetables and fruit salads
  • Lettuce wraps with something paleo friendly 
Yea... lunches I haven't thought too much about. I know that this time is going to be the most hectic for us so I'm not even going to bother thinking it through. My goal is simply to fit vegetables in there. Dinners on the other hand have been thought through: 

Dinners

  • Grilling! 
  • Steaks with cauliflower mash and green beans that will look like this something like this: 

Weekly Paleo Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo, #WeeklyPaleoMealPlan

  • Bacon beets (gigantic ones from the garden that need to be eaten) with lemon garlic chicken and a salad 
  • Sugar snap pea and shrimp stir fry
  • Stuffed squash (okay, this is not paleo, but delicious and still healthy, and it's a recipe I will be sharing soon!)

  • Easy healthy recipes: stuffed roasted butternut squash recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood

  • A 'Russian' pilaf recipe that has been completely remade into not only a paleo dish, but using all sorts of other ingredients. It's not actually even going to be a pilaf anymore, I'm pretty sure, but that was the inspiration. I tested it on my guinea pigs lovely family, they all loved it and that's all that matters! 
  • Someone else cooks

As always I'm linking up with Laura at Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers, and Org Junkie

Thank you for stopping by!
Yuliya