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{weekly menu}

this upcoming week in our produce box we are receiving:

thick sliced hardwood bacon, greenhouse strawberries, valencia oranges (4), sweet white onion, yellow bell pepper, grandma’s biscuits, red potatoes PLUS sweet corn (6 ears), pita bread, 4 more valencia oranges and an easter treat! yum!

 

here are the meals for the week ahead:

sweet potato black bean quinoa bowls PLUS simple braised greens.  this is one of our favorite meals. it is a nutritional powerhouse and the flavors are great. plus the baby boy LOVES it!

i made this last week and the entire family LOVED it. it was simple, quick and a great way to add leftover vegs that you need to use. really any veg would be great.  we added sugar snap peas and red peppers.  baby boy had a blast crunching into the snap peas with his new teeth!  this will likely be a weekly repeat. easy lo mein. go make it!

we eat a lot of quinoa. true. three meals this week have quinoa as a base. i do switch it up ascetically.  above, red quinoa. below rainbow. this recipe, good ‘ole regular.  i am excited to try this one pan mexican quinoa.  i will add the avocado later to just mine and baby boy since the husband has developed an allergy. weird. i promise to still love him though :)

the hardwood bacon from the produce box is amazing. our favorite meal is the simplest of all. blts. fresh bread, bacon, field fresh tomatoes, bibb lettuce. yum! i will add an oven roasted corn on the cob and some cucumber slices. summer freshness!

i have three zucchini and an eggplant that need attention.  ratatouille sandwiches sound like the perfect fit.

rainbow quinoa, check.  this crunchy cashew thai quinoa is colorful and delicious. i will probably pair with an oven roasted salmon or other fish.  so. good.

 


{weekly menu}

yay! two weeks in a row. i feel like this means i have my life together.  hmm. not quite. but i am keeping on schedule and friday is meal planning.  so here we are.

last week we didn’t eat the black eyed pea and collard stew. it is favorite of ours.  a great way to get the little ones to eat greens!

we also have a couple large sweet potatoes left over so i will repeat the loaded vegetarian sweet potato.  a great meatless monday option.  we love sweet potatoes and black beans so this is an easy meal to pull together.

in our weekly produce box we didn’t get our planned eggplants.  instead delicious cucumbers! so i pushed the ratatouille bake to this week when i can pick up an eggplant at the grocery store.

in honor of saint patrick’s day i have serving up dublin coddle.  if you have never had it, it is comfort food at its finest. after this week, i am taking comfort in this bowl of yummy.

after all the heavy, comfort food we will need to lighten things up.  i am really excited to try this crunchy cashew thai quinoa salad with ginger peanut dressing.  the colors. the flavors. get in my belly.

we have two huge heads of cabbage and after searching cabbage recipes i found this one.  it looks easy.  uses just one pot and once the beef is browned i can just leave it.  that is my kinda recipe these days.  here is what we will be trying this week, one pot cabbage casserole.

 

that is it guys.  what are you eating this week?


{weekly menu}

we are one month in using the produce box. a local company that delivers fresh produce to our door! each friday i go online and pick which box fits our week ahead along with lots of other local goodies like gluten free bread and chocolate peanut butter.  i mean.  yum!

this has forced me to sit down each week and make a weekly menu which has done wonders for my sanity.  yes.  our little boy is 15 months old (!!) and i am just now feeling like i am getting the hang of this “mom” thing.  i know, it will all change next week.

our produce box (from last week) and the week ahead includes:

Greenhouse Strawberries, Ruby Red Grapefruit (2), Honey Tangerines (4), Bear Branch Dried Blackeyed Peas, Red Potatoes, Green Cabbage, Grape Tomatoes, Eggplant, Avocado, Turnips, Bibb Lettuce, Sweet Potatoes, and Winter Braising Mix.

so here is what i am eating this week.

dinners:

loaded vegetarian sweet potato. these are kinda a staple. we eat a lot of sweet potatoes and black beans.  the kid loves them!

sweet potato black bean quinoa bowl.  these are so easy to assemble because i already have a huge pan of roasted sweet potatoes in the refrigerator each week for the kid.  i will add my winter braised mix and turnips to add some flavorful and colorful greens!

black eyed pea and collard stew. a favorite of ours.  a great way to get the little ones to eat greens!

ratatouille bake. lots of produce box goodies + cheese ravioli. done.

creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake. a dish that covers all the nutritional bases. plus it has cheese? don’t mind if i do.

blt + avocado for the kid and myself. the husband recently found out he is allergic to avocado?! have you ever heard of such a thing?  this coming from the multiple allergy member of the family.

roasted root vegetables bake + meatloaf.

extras:

broiled grapefruit. honey + bananas + citrus. yum!

 

if you decide to try out the produce box be sure to give me a shout out for a referral :)


smoothie-a-day

in an attempt to get back on the healthy train, i have challenged myself to a smoothie a day.  i love smoothies.  i have a several frozen in my freezer.  they are quick.  they are super healthy.  i have a vitamix, that i love.  {i am kinda obsessed}  no reason or excuse.

since becoming a mama i have struggled with eating well and i know my health has suffered.  i have been sick more this year than any before.  so not only do i want to lose some major poundage, i really want to kick start my immune system.  basically, i want to FEEL healthy again.

here is what i will be drinking this first week.

several smoothies that i made and have left in the freezer.

super immune smoothie.  i made this one this morning and it was SO refreshing.  the pineapple popped and the fresh lemon and orange juice definitely woke me up.  it literally was like sunshine in my glass.

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orange creamsicle smoothie.

sunrise metabolism booster. people swear by the health power in apple cider vinegar.  i thought, here is a good way to start.

thin mint smoothie. i mean, what better way to get back into the habit of green smoothies than one that tastes like a thin mint.

do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?  or favorite immunity boosting drink?  if so, share!


slow cooker freezer meal day {september 2014}

freezer meal cooking is how i provide delicious and healthy meals to my crew every week.  after garrett was born they were our lifesaver.  each morning i would just grab a bag, throw it in the slow cooker and by dinner time it was done.  now that my little one is crawling, getting into everything, and quite possibly the most fun person to hang with, cooking dinners just don’t seem to happen.  there is not a better feeling than when we have all been out during the day and walk into the house to smell dinner already done.

i found and bought this ebook from mama and baby love.  Click here to visit Mama And Baby Love. it was beyond super helpful, especially if you are new to freezer cooking but also her recipes are delicious.  plus, the recipes aren’t solely soup this, stew that, or chili.  don’t get me wrong, all delicious at times, but not every night of the week.  i wanted to find unique slow cooker recipes. the pork carnitas, cumin beans, cilantro chicken, and peach pot roast all came from this ebook. Click here to visit Mama And Baby Love. seriously, these aren’t the only recipes i will trying.  head on over and get these delicious recipes today!

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here is what i made during two naps:

chicken gyros

apricot salsa chicken

pork carnitas

cumin beans

cilantro chicken

yummy pork carnitas

peach pot roast

you guys! the pork carnitas are OUT OF THIS WORLD delicious.  even the husband took one bite and said, whoa, this are really good.  the nice thing about the ebook recipes, for our family of three, one freezer bags is multiple meals.  that means at least two dinners and several lunches for me.  i have used the one freezer bag of pork carnitas in taco shells, over rice, over lettuce and plain with a side of corn and black beans.  one bag. multiple meals.  i am a fan.

the peach pot roast is one of my favorites. it is comfort food defined.  serve it with mashed potatoes and a salad, done.

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for the cilantro lime chicken, i add corn and black beans.  more vegs the better.

to see my previous freezer meal recipes click here and here and here.


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