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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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HAPPY MONDAY + A MEAL PLAN

menu-plan-may-2Hope you guys had a snuggle filled Mother’s Day weekend with lots of handmade gifts, flowers and yummy food too! We spent most of our weekend at baseball games but also managed to sneak in a trip to the farmer’s market and a date night (watching baseball of course :). Woke up feeling tired but also very spoiled. Definitely a weekend for the books!

After any good holiday weekend I almost always find myself playing catch-up when Monday rolls around. So I spent a little time on Friday getting ahead and made a meal plan for this week and thought I would share.

Here is what we’ll be eating:

If you are curious, HERE is a post about how we meal plan, deal with picky eaters, etc.

Are there any summery recipes you’ve been looking forward to making/eating?

CHEERS to an amazing week ahead!!!

XO, Rae

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MEAL PLAN: APRIL NO. 1

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(Our first pizza picnic of the season!)

A good meal plan and a full pantry or lack there of, can make or break our week so meal planning is a must (although I’m far from perfect about it) and I figured it was about time I shared with you and also documented for myself so they can be reused! Hoping this will end up being a regular Sunday post.

Here is what we ate last week:

  • monday, fish tacos (try this recipe with Halibut or this one with salmon )
  • tuesday, turkey lettuce cups
  • wednesday, bbq chicken, salad + fries
  • thursday, baked potato bar
  • friday, pizza (takeout or papa’s) + ice cream
  • breakfast, breakkie burritos + smoothies (we caved and got cinnamon rolls for Sunday morning too!)
  • lunch, turkey sandwich wraps, cracker stackers + leftovers
  • snack, popcorn, yogurt + fruit

Not mentioned are the cinnamon rolls we caved and bought for a quick (and sweet) pre-church breakfast!

If you are curious, HERE is a post about how we meal plan, deal with picky eaters, etc.

Hope the weekend has been oh, so good to you!

XO, Rae

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DINNER BITES: MENU PLANNER FREEBIE

july-2015-133Food is a big deal in our home and eating healthy is a priority but being practical is a necessity. While we are far from perfect eaters we have made crazy progress since our days of top ramen and boxed mac and cheese. Here’s how we try to eat clean without the pressure of being perfect about it. Our level of success always depends on the week, how busy our schedule is and all that good stuff. No matter what your food challenges are I hope you find something that’s helpful or encouraging, below.

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HOW WE MEAL PLAN –

  • FOOD GOALS – I think it’s important to start with a clear goal in mind and feeding a family is no exception. My goal is to make healthy food accessible to my family and teach my kids how to take care of their bodies. Yours might be similar or maybe you want to lower your food budget by eating out less or resolve a health issue with food or just look and feel better!
  • WRITE OUT A MEAL PLAN: kind of a no brainer, but also the most important part so I made a FREE PRINTABLE for you to download. I also love my friend Emily’s PaperWorks collection which includes a lot of meal planning resources.
  • PINTEREST: is my favorite resource for recipes.
  • PLAN 4 DINNERS PER WEEK: Between our work schedules, the kids’ activities and social get togethers, our schedule is busy and no matter how meticulous we might be about keeping a calendar, things change. For the sake of being flexible and avoiding food waste we assume that the other days we’ll eat takeout, with friends, have leftovers or make something super easy (like hippie bowls, burritos or rice and chicken).
  • PLAN OTHER MEALS & SNACKS TOO: We plan 2 options for breakfast, lunch and snacks too. This takes out the guess work and negotiations.
  • GROCERY SHOP 2x PER WEEK: At the beginning of the week we buy groceries for 3 dinners, other meals and pantry staples. Our second trip we buy the last dinner and whatever we’ve run out of.
  • DIVIDE & CONQUER: On a typical week, I do the meal planning and make a shopping list and Johan does the shopping. This arrangement was honestly so painful to adjust to. The first couple months he would get frustrated with certain items on my list that he couldn’t find or maybe an ingredient he thought was too expensive, etc. and I would be annoyed with items missing and other ones that weren’t on the list. Ha! It took some time but eventually we both relaxed a little and now it works out perfectly-ish!
  • BABY STEPS – Going cold turkey is not something that has worked for us, unless there is an end date (like a 30 day cleanse). Not only that but changing things suddenly and drastically makes for very grumpy kids. So if we feel like we need to be eating less sugar, processed foods or gluten we start by removing it from a particular meal or part of the day. I’ve found that it’s easiest to adjust breakfast and dinner since the middle of our day is the busiest.
  • KEEP IT SIMPLE – when it comes to recipes. Every once in awhile I plan a meal that’s more elaborate but most of the time I make simple, whole food meals with ingredients that are easy to adjust based on whats in season or in my fridge.
  • HOMEMADE – is always best but sometimes function and convenience is more important. Just add some fresh fruits and veggies and call it good.
  • WHITE CHEDDAR – this is sort of a random tid-bit but did you know that cheddar cheese isn’t naturally orange?! They did a consumer study in the 50’s (or something) and found that more people bought cheddar when it was orange so they’ve been adding coloring ever since. Moral of the story? Do research when inspiration strikes and buy white cheddar :).
  • PICKY EATERS ARE OK – We have 2 really good eaters, 2 that are a little particular and another that wants nothing to do with anything that’s not processed. Sometimes I get (really) frustrated but I try to keep it in perspective. This is were having a goal comes in handy. Again, mine is to offer healthy foods and teach my kids how to take care of their bodies, not force them to like everything I make. So we give them the freedom to eat what is served or not but they don’t get options or dessert if they don’t eat. I also try to emphasize manners over pickiness. They may not be able to control their taste buds, but they can control their reaction to what food is served. Both are a work in progress.

Here is the printable MEAL PLANNER & SHOPPING LIST, PDF is you missed it above.

Thoughts, questions, frustrations or tips about eating healthy? Spill the beans in the comments!

XO, Rae

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