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MEAL PLAN: JULY WEEK 3

Hello babes!!! How is your summer going?

Johan and I enjoyed 24 hours over the weekend without kids while also being at home (so we could hangout but also catch up on things!) and it was a nice break after such a crazy start to summer… finally feel like I’ve caught my breath a little! All that to say, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t feel guilty about asking for help, trading kid duty with friends or actually paying (gasp!) a babysitter for a couple hours while you run errands, meet a friend for coffee or catch up on other things.

Hoping this meal plan helps a little too :) And actually, there’s lots of food related post in store this week since cooking, baking and playing in the kitchen is one of my favorite summer boredom busters!

MONDAY | Black bean veggie burgers + fries + watermelon

TUESDAY | Beer battered fish tacos

WEDNESDAY | California roll sushi bowls

THURSDAY | Homemade parmesan chicken strips + my favorite salad

FRIDAY + SATURDAY | We’ll be gone for a baseball tournament in Portland so will most likely be filling up on continental breakfast, subway and chipotle, hence the full week of dinners — if you have any Portland food recommendations tho, please share!

SUNDAY | This yummy summer linguini and broccolini (or try this spaghetti recipe)

BREAKKIE |smoothie or grapefruit and bacon/sausage or hardboiled eggs, waffles or parfaits

LUNCH + SNACK | Greek chicken stuffed pitas (yay rotisserie chicken!), costco flautas + homemade guac, PB+J’s with string cheese + cucumbers, melon + mint fruit salad

xo, Rae

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MEAL PLAN: JULY WEEK 1

We’ve finished fixing up and listing our rental, the graduation chaos has ended (for the most part) and everyone seems to be picking up summer right where we left it… what can I say, we’re naturals. LOL. More importantly though, I’m excited to be picking up the blog right where I left off too! So much fun stuff ahead but first lets start with one of the more practical posts — a meal plan!

M | Going to try this Thai coconut ramen with chicken. Looks so yummy and easy to adapt for kids that aren’t into cabbage or mushrooms.

T | Easy beef, bean + cheese burritos for taco Tuesday!

W | PIZZA! It’s become an unofficial tradition to eat pizza on just about every holiday eve (or eve, eve :) and the 4th of July is no exception. We’ll be hunting down a pizza truck in our area (hopefully) but if you’d rather stay in try making Pioneer Woman’s yummy french bread pizza.

TH | HAPPY 4th OF JULY! Gimme all the salads, fruit and grilled meat!

F | We have salmon in the freezer that’s been calling my name and this soy honey salmon recipe looks good!

SA | I’ll be at college orientation with Oz at WSU (ahhhhh! I think I just died) so will be enjoying all my favorite college grub (here I come Daily Grind!)… make something nostalgic! Or better yet, go out! (HINT: calzones, pasta, burgers, tuna melts and canned chili were always in our rotation, lol)

SU | Your favorite stuffed pepper recipe or better yet, grab them from costco!

BREAKKIE | Omelets, dutch babies + banana split parfaits. Shared the DIY on stories yesterday and saved to the “eat” highlight. Griffin has been requesting made to order omelets which is always fun especially if Johan is home because he’s so good at making them! A little tip: grab and prep enough toppings and fillers for a couple mornings then make a big scramble, egg bake or hash on the third morning with whatever is left!

LUNCH + SNACK | These two always seem to mesh together during the summer since we’re either out and about or the kids are coming and going with friends so I’ll be stocking up on frozen fruit (in popsicle form too), popcorn, peanut butter pretzels, salami, turkey, cheese, yogurt, crackers, loads of fruits and veggies and anything else I can throw out onto a charcuterie tray!

How do you guys structure mealtimes during the summer? The last couple years we’ve made breakfast around 10am (with early risers grabbing a snack before then if they’re hungry — this usually allows me to work for a couple hours first thing too), lunch slash snack around 1 or 2pm and happy hour slash dinner around 5 or 6pm depending on what we have going on. Somedays it works great this way and others I feel like I’m in the kitchen all the live long day (LOL).

I guess that’s just how summer goes… some days are fun and easy and others end up feeling like SO! MUCH! WORK! Just going to expect it and embrace it!

xo, Rae

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MEAL PLAN: MAY WEEK 4

(a little watermelon juice making throwback action with the pictures!)

Between kids sports, the rental renovation (updates are saved on my stories!), Ozzie’s graduation, Johan picking up extra shifts each week, my work and all the daily chores that come with running a family, life is nuts right now, like consistently waking up at 2am with a (mild) anxiety attack nuts (beyond thankful for my oils!). So sitting down to write a meal plan and having to look at our week ahead (instead of just the next thing) was not at the top of my priority list. In fact, it was really overwhelming, but I decided to do it anyway and you know what? Midway through I started to feel more empowered and in charge knowing that once I have a plan and the kitchen stocked, it’ll be so much easier to tweak things and ask for help. Even more importantly, providing healthy food for my people as well as eating it myself has away of grounding our day and putting the chaos into perspective. Good food is good for the soul, yes!?!

Wine on the other hand, hasn’t been good for mine with everything going on (seems to trigger more anxiety), so that’s a bummer (no wine while I cook, ha!) but on the bright side, watermelon has made it’s way into our kitchen in abundance and that makes everything better. Tilly and I will be on stories today sharing how we like to turn it into juice if you want to head over and check that out later… but for now, here’s the meal plan!

MONDAY |not cooking today but will def be eating and probably taking the kids out for ice cream :) happy memorial day everyone!

TUESDAY | costco carne asada (packaging looks like this) tacos or burrito bowls

WEDNESDAY | greek chicken gyro bowls (meal prep!)

THURSDAY | summer fresh corn and zucchini chowder

FIRDAY | leftover carne asada, quesadillas and a more south of the border version of this this salad (maybe add avos and cilantro lime dressing and drop the pesto and salami?)

SATURDAY | spicy chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli (also a meal prep option!)

SUNDAY | bbq steak bowls per my husband request

BREAKKIE |scrambled eggs + bagels + cream cheese, green smoothie, cereal (because I think my kids’ tastebuds are regressing at the moment… too much snacking!)

LUNCH | chicken salad sandwiches, watermelon, spring rolls (because Johan offered to make a batch), bagel sandwiches, potato chips, cocktail cucumbers, and a bunch of prepped salads to have on hand!

SNACK | chips and dip (hummus, spinach artichoke, avocado, dill, smoked salmon, bean, etc.), fruit, snack bars, protein shake, s’mores for dessert

After grabbing salads at MOD pizza yesterday for lunch following a baseball game, Johan and I decided we should prep lunch salads (with alllll the fixings) for the week using these reusable containers. If there are any meal prep-ers out there please spill all your secrets in the comments below!

One more of Griff just for good measure. Can you even believe that little round face and chubby body of his!?

xo, Rae

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MEAL PLAN: MAY WEEK 3

Hey loves! Excited for this weeks meal plan but also wishing there was away to make the grocery list making and shopping more easy. (Tell me I’m not alone!?) These days there are so many great places to shop (some for specialty reasons, others for practical ones) so I’m sure cutting back would help. Click-list at Kroger/Fred Meyer is a lifesaver too. And Johan doesn’t mind stopping by the store either (which the Cozi app makes so easy!) so maybe I should just embrace whatever errand running is left, lol. Would love to know how you guys keep the kitchen stocked and meals prepped in the comments!

Meal plan below.

MONDAY | broccoli chicken fritters

TUESDAY |easy huevos rancheros (meatless tuesday :)

WEDNESDAY | take out for a busy evening!

THURSDAY | bbq chicken salad + pizza (we’ll use this recipe but use some of the chiken on homemade pizza as an option)

FRIDAY | something store-bought — cutie platter, costco stuffed peppers, boxed mac + cheese, meatball subs, french dip sandwiches, smoothies + PB+J’s :)

SATURDAY | sesame noodle salad (add rotisserie chicken and pack up for a picnic)

SUNDAY | salmon skewers with pesto dip + pasta + happy hour!

BREAKKIE | toaster waffles + smoothies, crepes + whip + berries, energy bites + fruit

LUNCH | starbucks copycat PB+J boxes, cheese + meat cracker stackers, energy bites + yogurt + fruit — Only packing lunches 2 days a week for the rest of the school year… asking Johan and the kids to fill-in if they want packed lunches on the other days!

SNACK | hummus + ranch + veggies, popcorn + chocolate milk, fruit and snack bars

TREAT | feeling like eating all things lemon so maybe we’ll make lemon bars or lemon cheesecake

If you know of any good lemon bar recipes, link it in the comments!!!

Also, don’t forget to share your tips (or woes) for grocery shopping!

xo, Rae

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WEEKLY MEAL PLAN, APRIL WK 3

Currently trying to get out the door to a Mariner’s game with my crew on the last day of Spring Break but wanted to get this up for you guys first! Take a peek at what’s on our meal plan this week… So not ready for break to be over (why does it go so quick!?) buttttt, here’s to slowly getting back to a normal schedule and finishing up all the Easter prep!

M | chicken tortilla soup — easy to adjust for the crock pot too!

TU| BLTA sandwiches or this chopped salad version looks good too

W | takeout please!

TH | chicken tawook quinoa bowls calling my name

F | keeping friday night simple with raviolis and baked wild salmon

SA | pizza picnic since the sun is supposed to come out!

SU | easter dinner with the fam… not sure what’s on the menu yet

BREAKKIE | yogurt bowls with berries, bananas, granola or muesli, chia seeds, coconut flakes, mango, dark chocolate flakes (a few ideas!), bunny pancakes (for easter or any morning this week) + a bagel bar (checkout this spread!)

LUNCH | trying to double up with ingredients so bagels (for breakkie too), quesadillas (with the help of monday’s dinner) and cookie cutter sandwiches (using ingredients from tuesday’s dinner) it is!

SNACK | popcorn + protein shake, zbars + fruit, big batch chocolate chip cookies you can freeze!

Do you guys have any go to dishes for Easter Sunday brunch or dinner?! Please share!

xo, Rae

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WEEKLY MEAL PLAN, APRIL WK 2

The kids are on spring break this week so with the exception of baking with my helpers, my goal is to be in the kitchen as little as possible while still making sure everyone has plenty of healthy food to eat. I’m also guessing we’ll be handing out lots of extra snacks so stocked the pantry and fridge yesterday and plan on making lots of charcuterie platters (meat, cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies, dips and nuts).

Here’s what’s on the menu!

M | Mediterranean Orzo Salad (dice up rotisserie chicken and toss in)

TU | Cutie Platter Picnic (scroll to the end of the video for details… hoping the weather cooperates!)

W | Teriyaki Chicken Noodle Bowls

TH | Sheet Pan Steak + Veggies

F | Dinner Out

SA | Breakkie for Dinner (this Potato Avocado “Toast” — sub hash browns with cauliflower — with poached eggs looks so good!)

SU | Dinner Out

BREAKKIE | firehouse hash (Johan doesn’t have an exact recipe, but this one is similar if you add sausage and cilantro and skip the kale), peanut butter banana blender muffins, toast and hardboiled eggs… or just a good old fashioned continental breakfast set up!

LUNCH | leftovers (are going to be good this week), I could eat cali rolls and warm edamame (sprinkled with kosher salt) for all meals, easy quesadillas

SNACK |cutie platter, guac chips, apples + almond butter

Speaking of keeping the kitchen stocked… how do you guys schedule (or not schedule) your shopping trips?

I try to stock up on Mondays, including ingredients for 2 or 3 dinners and then go again on Thursday, but we always seem to make extra trips — wondering if I should just embrace that it’s part of life with kids or try to plan a little better, lol?

xo, Rae

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WEEKLY MEAL PLAN TEMPLATE DOWNLOAD + MARCH WK 3

As promised, I’m sharing my meal plan templates below in both Photoshop and jpgs… will also share on Instagram Stories (and then save to a “meal plan” highlight) if you prefer to take a screen shot and then use. Let me know if you have any other requests.

So excited about our meals this week. With baseball games starting and the sun being out (yay!) I tried to stick to meals that are simple and easy to adjust — so we can all say “YES!” to impromptu outings and get togethers. Also included a very yummy recipe for Magnolia’s banana pudding for all those that made it (or wish they could’ve made it) to the silos this past weekend. Check it all out below!

m | slow cooker moroccan chicken + couscous

tu |beef + avocado quesadillas (might sub ground beef for refried beans tho)

w | chicken tenders + fries (homemade or takeout) + chopped (or costco) salad — we’ll be at a baseball game in Tacoma so plan on bringing a salad and then stopping by our favorite local spot for a few orders!

th | crispy breakfast pita

f | DAD’S CHIOCE + HAPPY HOUR– johan’s pick was kabobs on the grill (lots of ideas HERE!)

sa | spicy mint beef + rice with warm edamame

su | easy turkey lettuce cups

breakkie | muffins are always a welcome change of pace early in the morning or as a snack. we enjoy this recipe! the copycat sausage breakfast sandwiches were a big hit (plus we bought the sausage patties from costco) so we’ll be making more this week. i should’ve written “eggs” since everyone likes theirs differently (not just hardboiled) but eaten in any form with a fruit smoothie strikes a perfect balance anytime of day but especially in the morning!

lunch | chicken salad (make a batch at the beginning of the week) pitas are fun, stuffed or as a dip. homemade lunchables are my favorite to pack and parfaits just seem like a good way to spice things up!

snack | this pudding recipe is so good… perfect for a playdate treat! trying to do more prep work at the beginning of the week to make things run more smoothly with our schedules filling up, including veggies to snack on. these apple monsters are a fun snack too!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD via Dropbox.

If you don’t have a Dropbox account, it’s super easy, doesn’t cost anything and won’t clog up your email with junk either.

Let me know if you have any trouble and don’t forget to share with your friends!

xo, Rae

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WEEKLYMEAL PLAN, MARCH WK 2

We got a little glimpse of spring over the weekend in the form of sunshine and daylight savings (yay!) and spent a ton of time outside (double yay!)! Things are moving a little slowly this morning so we’ll see how I really feel about the time change in a couple hours, lol. Crazy how one hour can mess up your routine… hopefully this meal plan helps get your week going!

M | my mom was the queen of making ramen noodle salad back in the day and will be over for dinner and Ozzie’s first baseball game tonight so it seemed like a good night to make it

TU | slow cooker pork tacos… there are lots of recipes out there but oh so delicioso recipes never disappoint!

W | eat out or leftovers… hoping we’ll have enough pork meat leftover for fun nachos or quesadillas. mexican two nights in a row, yes please!

TH | honey lime salmon bowls — these look so yum and healthy and king salmon is in season (sub other fish or meat if not available where you live) just be sure to buy WILD and not farm raised!

F | breakkie for dinner — this eggs benedict recipe is calling my name!

SA | plan a dinner with friends — daylight savings makes it easier to hang with friends for a happy hour or dinner

SU | shamrock raviolis (costco sells them in the coolers by the cheese and meat — I’ll share a visual on stories today and save under the “eat” highlight so you know what the package looks like!)

BREAKKIE | all the kids’ appetites have been crazy lately so planning on pre-making a bunch of these sausage breakfast sandwiches for a quick but still filling meal or snack, toast is my favorite comfort food (here are some savory options), and overnight oats are sooooo good too… try these recipes if you don’t already have a go-to!

LUNCH | at this point of the school year we’re in need of easy options that still feel special — leftovers, charcuterie and different PB+J combinations seemed to be perfect options!

SNACK (and a treat too!) | shared some cake pops for st. patrick’s day in this post, homemade kale chips (good tips here but I like making them with salt and coconut oil) are so good and french fries are everyone’s favorite appetizer to order at a restaurant to tie the kids over so why not serve for after school snack!?

So excited to get my shopping done and eat alllll the food this week! What do you guys think?

xo, Rae

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WEEKLY MEAL PLAN, MARCH WK 1

After a couple week hiatus (courtesy of a crazy week followed by the flu) I’m so ready to jump back into our weekly meal planning and kick March off with some momentum. In addition to getting organized and coming out of our winter hibernation mode, I’m hoping to get a head start on spring cleaning (i.e. purge) so once all the spring sunshine, park dates, and baseball games show up I’ll be ready to play…!

Here’s what’s on the menu this week…

…side note: if you make nothing else from this meal plan, promise you’ll try the Korean steak bowls? I left a few notes next to the link below to help make it more kid friendly.

m | philly cheesesteak, french dip, paninis, tuna melt, grilled cheese (these are so good!), or pick up jersey mikes, jimmy johns, etc.

t | KOREAN STEAK BOWLS we grilled the marinated flank steak and omitted the Korean Sunchang and chile paste to make it little kid (and me) friendly and it was sooooo good you guys have to try this recipe! The entire time I was eating it I was thinking, “I should take a pic and share on stories” but it was too good to put down, lol.

w | eat out or maybe just some good old-fashioned boxed mac and cheese action with a side salad and rotisserie chicken :)

th | baked potato bar (topping ideas: sour cream, cheese, bacon, salami, cooked steak from tuesday night or any leftover meat, broccoli, chopped spinach or arugula, avocado, tomatoes, salsa, chives, butter, salt and pepper…)

f | diy calzones, for a fun twist on pizza night! make or grab dough from papa murphy’s or other restaurant/store and set out all the fillings, sauces, cheese (include ricotta), meat, veggies…

sa | sheet pan chicken fajitas

su | pad thai (or grab takeout)

breakkie | shared a fun way to take smoothies and waffles to go in the “eat” story highlights, so many yummy egg bake options here, add sprinkles to cereal or yogurt for a quick upgrade!

lunch | more simple twist on classics for lunch!

snack | pantry party mix is a great way to use up snacks, and we love making grape caterpillar kabobs (add candy eyes) and energy bites!

Would love to hear from you about these weekly plans! All recipe suggestions and feedback is welcome!

xo, Rae

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WEEKLY MEAL PLAN, FEBRUARY WK 2

(image from our snowman marshmallow recipe from last week!)

We’re still hunkered down and enjoying snow days here in the PNW! The kids went to school one day last week and are home again today after a fresh 4+ inches of snow last night. I’ve said it so many times I’m annoying myself but, you guys this snow situation is unreal! Reminds me of my childhood in Chicago (minus the below zero temps thank God, ha!). Anyways, since I’ve been doing a lot of feeding people (playing in the snow really works up an appetite!) I tried to make this weeks meal plan super simple with easy substitutes.

M | california chicken caesar salad (just add avocado to your favorite recipe or try these: here and here. rotisserie chicken is always a good addition too!)

T | kids pick! (here’s hoping they pick something easy! ha!)

W | quinoa stuffed peppers (the costco version is delicious too!)

TH | hubby picks for Valentine’s Day and then we can cook together… maybe we’ll even feed the kids pizza, tuck them in early and enjoy a date night in!

F |honey mustard chicken (insta pot or scroll to the bottom for a slow cooker option)

S | smokey beef + black bean chili (if we’re home on a sunday I’ll make a pot of chili or soup right when we get home from church so people can eat whenever their tummy growls and I only have to make one meal :)

BREAKKIE | emoji pancakes (we made them last year for Valentine’s Day and the kids loved it!), dreaming of a trip to Paris so also craving croissants (lol), yogurt parfait ideas here

LUNCH | a lunch version of a cutie (charcuterie) platter – sliced baguette, cheese, meat, fruit, nuts, etc., planning a trip to Trader Joe’s this week and will be grabbing tabouleh and california rolls from the coolers (yum!), cookie cutter sandwiches are always fun for Valentine’s day lunches – just ordered this one and love having these for their monogram :)

SNACK | homemade popcorn + strawberry milk (pink for v-day and there are lots of healthy version out there!), bread pretzels are easy to make with pre-made pizza dough – here’s a basic recipe, knead cheese in if desired, shape into hearts and dip in favorite red sauce if desired! Don’t forget to try our marshmallows recipe too!

Do you guys have plans for Valentine’s Day?

Johan almost always works so we usually celebrate on a different night. This year he’s home but I think we’ll stick to our tradish and avoid the dinner crowds slash overwhelmed staff.

xo, Rae

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WEEKLY MEAL PLAN, FEBRUARY WK 1

Ohhhh, I have a good and easy week of meals for you guys! Planned everything with busy evenings, snow days (yay!), big flavors and healthy immune systems in mind. Hope it makes your week a little easier and a lot more delicious.

Here’s whats on the menu…

TU | carne asada street tacos (simplify by using the carne asada steak at costco… it does not disappoint!)

W | poke bowls (optional, buy fish from local sushi restaurant or sub for other seafood/meat)

TH | slow cooker bbq chicken sandwiches

F | bbq chicken flatbread pizza

SU |mini muffin tin turkey meatloaves

BREAKKIE, LUNCH, SNACK | chunky monkey protein shake, after school fondu, immune boost smoothie (lots to choose from here! Also found this to be a good reminder for keeping the fam bam healthy as there’s been a nasty stomach bug going around the kids’ schools)

Would love to know if you’ve been following along with meal plans or have any feedback for me… let’s chat in comments!

xo, Rae

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