What is it about the fall that makes me want to forgo all regular menu items and just eat soups? If it wasn’t for a husband that might protest it’s like the only thing that would be on our menu but for the sake of our marriage I’ll continue to put other items on our menu plan. It’s not even that cold here yet so I guess I should save my desperate need for a week of soups until later in the year.
I’m hoping to really get all these menu items on the table this week unlike last weeks Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna that managed to never hit our table. The first night I had it planned for we decided to do Camp Gladiator and I knew there was no way we could eat lasagna noodles and cheese before a workout. The second night the full moon got the best of our toddler and I closed down the kitchen for my own sanity. Then Sunday night I was going to squeeze it in but when I took an afternoon nap because I wasn’t feeling well my sweet husband snuck out with our toddler so I could rest. I may work it in this week, but we shall see.
Monday – Zuppa Toscana Soup
Tuesday – Crockpot Balsalmic Pork Roast + Roasted Asparagus
Wednesday – Turkey Santa Fe Zucchini Boats
Thursday – Rustic Italian Gnocchi Soup from the Skinny Taste cookbook (p.70)
Lunch – Cream of Zucchini Soup
I was craving some Zuppa Toscana soup this weekend so I decided to make it myself instead of my usual mad dash to Olive Garden to get it. I’ll probably be the only one to enjoy this making it a staple lunch item for me for the rest of the week. I haven’t made this recipe yet so we shall see how it goes.
I’ve had the pork roast and the zucchini boats before and are both delicious! The pork roast makes its appearance fairly often so you’ll probably see it again soon. Asparagus was on sale this week at Sprouts which is the reason it’s our side item. We will use the leftovers for some pork tacos! I am really excited to try out the Rustic Italian Gnocchi Soup at the end of the week because it looks awesome. My sweet friend, Natalie, told me about the Cream of Zucchini Soup so I am making it for lunch for the week for myself.
What’s on your menu this week?
When we started eating healthy I realized I had a desperate need for menu planning. I am the least organized person you will ever meet but if I don’t menu plan then our family can throw all hope for healthy food out the window. Shoot, you can go ahead and throw all up for dinner on the table out the window. I am excited to share with you our weekly menu plan so that perhaps you too can make sure healthy meals hit the dinner table each week. Now, our dinner menu looks a little bit strange because we only plan Monday-Thursday unlike most families. Friday night is always Date Night as we go before attending our churches home group and the weekends are so unpredictable that we don’t plan for them until later in the week if necessary.
Monday – One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies – Damn Delicious
Tuesday – Homemade Pizza. We use Venice Bakery All Natural Pizza Dough, Organic Pasta Sauce, Shredded Mozzarella Cheese and Pepperoni. Side: Salad!
Wednesday – Buffalo Chicken & Bean Chili – Skinny Taste and served with Beanitos!
Thursday – Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna – Skinny Taste plus a Salad!
You will quickly learn that I may or may not have a serious obsession with Skinny Taste and Damn Delicious! I normally open up my Skinny Taste cookbook or her website first then head over to Damn Delicious for some of her awesome one pot or one pan recipes. This week we have pepperoni pizza on the menu because I know my homemade pizza is far better for us than ordering from Papa John’s or somewhere similar. My husband loves Pepperoni Pizza so we’ve gotta make sure it hits the menu from time to time for his sake. I’m kind of looking forward to a “lazy” dinner night too because sometimes these recipes get complicated.
We’ve had everything but the Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna at this point and they are delicious. I love how easy the One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies is and it makes for a great pre-workout dinner if you happen to workout at night (I know because we had it for dinner before our high intensity workout last night). The Buffalo Chicken & Bean Chili is pretty spicy so we do a little less Frank’s hot sauce so my daughter can enjoy it too. The cheese and sour cream to help calm it down a little. It’s seriously delicious! I have no doubt that Gina won’t lead me wrong with her Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna either because seriously all of her recipes are amazing. Check in on facebook or instagram to see how dinner went if you want to keep up with our menu planning throughout the week!
What’s on your menu this week?
Anyone else have a slight addiction to energy bites? Perhaps I’m the only one but I don’t think so because a simple search on pinterest tells me everyone loves energy bites. I think they are loved so much because there isn’t any cooking involved and it’s a quick, easy, healthy snack! After making and falling in love with my most recent pinterest find, Healthy No Bake Energy Bites, I decided I wanted to give it a whirl and create my own.
1/4 c. Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter)
1/4 c. Young Living Ningxia Organic Dried Wolfberries
1 Scoop Young Living Chocolate Deluxe Pure Protein Complete
1/4 c. Organic Rolled Oats
1/3 c. Coconut Flakes
1/3 C. Almond Slivers
1/3 c. Raw Honey
The first step I am about to share isn’t a necessary step, but one we prefer to take. Place the wolfberries, rolled oats, coconut flakes and almond slivers in a food processor. Chop until your desired consistency. I love the taste of coconut but not so much the texture so I wanted it fine. I also like having my oats this way!
In a large bowl, mix ingredients from food processor with the remaining ingredients until well combined.
Roll into bite size balls. This recipe doesn’t make but a small mason jar full so feel free to double for more, especially if you plan on making larger balls. Place the balls on parchment paper or wax paper and put in the freezer for one hour!
You can either store these in the fridge or freezer, but I’m guessing they won’t need to be stored for long.
Eat. Enjoy. Eat some more.