Menu Plan Monday: Healthy Eats

I think Easter weekend is harder on parents than Halloween calorie-wise.  In fact, when I typed “Easter” I typed too fast and accidentally typed “Eater”…which is what I was this weekend.  I big ole’ eater.  Easter weekend, I cook a lot and go out to lunch, and buy my kids the ‘good’ candy…from the local candy shop, not Walgreens.  I love to go to Schneider’s Sweet Shop and pick out hand made chocolates and other sweets for them.  Of course, I picked up a few for myself!  But, today, Monday, is a new day.  I worked out early and am making my grocery list.  I cannot let all of my hard work on The Whole30 Program go to waste…or my waist…so I am back to clean eating.  That does not mean there are not fun sides for the kids!

Here is our menu:

Salmon with Avocado Salsa, Fish Fillets (for the kids), Chopped Salad and Corn

Grilled Turkey Burgers, Peas, Buttered Carrots

Cracklin’ Chicken, Ranch Green Beans (sautee with a 1/2 a packet of ranch dressing mix) and Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese

BBQ Chicken Wings, Stir Fried Kale with Bacon and Mac & Cheese

Grilled Chicken with Chopped Salad

Check out my other menu plans HERE if you are interested in The Whole 30 or clean eating.  And, make sure you check out Menu Plan Monday with The Organizing Junkie for more inspiration!

Menu Plan Monday: The Whole30 Continues!

Grilled Salmon with Avocado SalsaI have about a week and a half of the Whole30 Program left and I cannot believe I have lasted this long!  At the end of my thirty days, I’ll post about my process and how I felt.  It’s been easy at times and then super hard sometimes.  After shoe shopping with three kids by myself yesterday I was ready to whip into Orange Leaf and load up on New York Cheesecake yogurt and white chocolate chips.  But, I did not.

I’m staying strong and using Pinterest like crazy for Whole30 and paleo recipes. Here is our menu for the week.  The salmon is AWESOME!  Try it!

 Cracklin’ Chicken with Green Beans and Sweet Potatoes

Pork Carnitas and Salad

Well Fed Chocolate Chili

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa (a favorite last week!) and Fish Fillets for the kids with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Seasoned Drumsticks and Bacon Spinach Stir Fry

If you need more inspiration, check out The Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday!






Menu Plan Monday: More Paleo & Whole30

Menu Plan MondayHappy St. Patrick’s Day!  I’m still on The Whole30 Program, so while I can’t have any green beer today, I can have a spinach smoothie right?  Just humor me.

Actually, after almost two weeks on the program of no sugar, no processed foods, no grains, and no dairy I feel great and it’s not as hard as I thought.  Meal planning is very important though.  One of my favorite meals from last week was the Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins.  In fact, I am eating one for breakfast right now.  They are great to freeze and have later.

I found a lot of great meal ideas on Pinterest and started my own board, so feel free to check it out for great paleo and Whole30 meal plans and recipes!

Here’s what we are having this week:

Spaghetti Squash Casserole and Stir Fried Kale with Bacon

Vegetable Omeletes and Pancakes (I’m going to sneak in spinach juice to make them green.  Wish me luck)

Coconut Chicken Strips (dip in egg/almond milk bath and roll in unsweetened coconut flakes), Chopped Salad, Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Turkey Burgers, Avocado Slices, Steamed Broccoli and Fruit Salad

Paleo Mexican Soup and Grilled Cheese

If you need more inspiration, check out my Pinterest Meal Plan Boards and The Organizing Junkie’s Meal Plan Monday!



Menu Plan Monday: The Whole 30 Program

fruit saladI just finished day six of The Whole30 Program!

Some days are hard, but for the most part it has not been as bad as I thought.  It does take a lot of meal planning.

What have I been eating?  A lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.

What have I not been eating?  Sugar, processed food, grains, dairy and alcohol.

I do miss my chai tea and a glass of wine.  But, I’ve found my trigger points…stress.  At night when I am on my own and making dinner, helping with homework and doing the bedtime routine, I’d love to sit down and eat a big piece of chocolate cake and drink a glass of wine!  Instead, I’ve been keeping fresh fruit on hand to satisfy my craving.  Or a sweet potato with walnuts and cinnamon.  Surprisingly, it has helped.

Something else that has helped?  You will think I’m crazy, but you may thank me later.  When I am stressed and want to scream, I leave the room and do a round of speed bags…sounds like drugs right?!  You know when you hit a hanging punching bag over and over super fast?  That’s a speed bag.  I hit an imaginary one while I count to fifty.  It wears you out and is an amazing stress reliever.  I even taught the kids.

They think I’m nuts.

On to the menu for this week…

chicken salad plateWell Fed Chocolate Chili

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins with Paleo Broccoli Salad

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Gravy with Green Beans, Mashed Cauliflower and Raw Carrots

Turkey Burgers, Avocado Slices, Salsa and Salad with Sweet Potatoes

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Meat Sauce

Chicken Fajitas with Green Peppers, Onions, Avocado and Salsa with Salad

What do you have for breakfast if you can’t have your beloved oatmeal with fruit every day?  I love my steel cut oats…

I’ve had scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, with mushrooms, with kale, with chard and with salsa.  When I get sick of eggs, I have a sweet potato with cinnamon and walnuts.  Another option is fresh fruit salad.  I love bananas, blueberries and pineapples at the moment.

If you still need inspiration for your weekly menu, check out the Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday!

Have you tried The Whole30 Program?  How did it go?  What advice do you have?  Leave me a comment!









Menu Plan Monday: Light Chicken Salad Recipe

chicken salad plate

This week begins the season of Lent for many of us. Do you give up something for Lent?  I usually do not.  I can never come up with something I feel is ‘good enough’ to give up, so I try to do something extra instead.  Last year I tried to get up a half hour earlier a few days a week and ‘reflect’, pray and get my thoughts in order for the day.  It didn’t work.  I like my sleep.  I obviously have no will power.

A couple of weeks ago, I read on line that a friend had tried The Whole 30 Program.  While I am not a horrible eater, this is a diet that would really cause me to think about everything I put in my mouth and cut back on some things I really enjoy.  Things like milk in my tea, mayonnaise on my sandwich, wine in my glass…

I am going to do it.  And, I’ll keep you posted.  Starting Wednesday, for the next 40 days, I’m doing The Whole 30 Program.  Our menu for the week is listed below.  There are some things on here that are obviously not on the program…mac and cheese!  So, I will not be eating those.  And, we’ve already had chili, so those legumes are in my belly before Wednesday.

 Paleo Thai Basil Beef Balls and Green Beans

Chicken Salad (recipe below) ~ Fresh Vegetables with hummus

Chinese Pork Ribs ~ Apple Walnut Cole Slaw

Lemon Herbed Chicken Thighs ~ Stir Fried Bacon & Chard ~ Mac/Cheese

Ground Turkey Sliders ~ BBQ Drumsticks ~Bacon Kale Stir Fry



Chicken Salad Recipe (pictured above):

  • 3 roasted or baked chicken breast
  • ~ 1 tablespoon of mayo (while on The Whole 30 Program, I’ll mash up an avocado or hard boiled egg yolk with a little olive oil)
  • 2 green onions diced, can also use red or yellow peppers
  • 1/2 green pepper diced
  • Curry powder to taste (I like more, rather than less!)

What are you having this week?  Are you giving up something for Lent?  If you need more menu inspiration, check out Menu Plan Monday on The Organizing Junkie.  Enjoy!



Menu Plan Monday: Paleo Recipes

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking tCilantro Chickenoday.

We have a busy schedule the next several days and our challenge at the gym this week is to drink eight glasses of water each day and to avoid fast food.  This is hard as a mom of three busy kids.  When rushing back and forth to taekwondo practice, PTA meetings and guitar lessons, we sometimes stop for chicken nuggets.

I am planning ahead and am freezing a few meals today for the week.Roasted Beets

To coincide with the challenge at the gym, and to make up for my lapse in New Year’s resolutions, I am trying to follow more of a whole foods/paleo diet.

There are a lot of great recipes on Mens Fitness and All Recipes and I’ve listed links below.  Drizzling vegetables with olive oil, sprinkling them with a few spices and roasting until tender at 400 degrees helps me fit in a lot of vegetables.

Here is our menu plan for the week:

Cilantro Basil Chicken (see recipe below), Roasted Beets with Feta Cheese, Stir Fried Kale with Bacon

Asian Chicken Thighs with Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

White Pizza with Lemon Basil and Grilled Chicken (from my friend Katie’s blog) and Salad

Paleo Chicken with Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Rice

Taco Salad

Avocado-Bacon Omelet with fruit salad

Cilantro Basil Chicken Recipe

To make the Cilantro Basil Chicken, I marinate boneless chicken thighs in a mixture of 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 table spoons lemon or lime juice, 2-3 minced garlic cloves, 3 green onions diced, 3 table spoons fresh basil minced and 3 table spoons fresh cilantro minced.  After this marinates for an hour or more, cook it in a skillet on the stove top until done.  You can also make a fresh mixture of olive oil, minced garlic and minced basil to use as a sauce for the cooked chicken.  Do not reuse the previous marinade.


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