My beautiful children begin school tomorrow and we begin a new era in our family. I am trying to restrain myself and not make lofty plans for every area of my life. But I do have a few important areas that have fallen to the wayside over the last year or so, and meal planning is one of those. I plan to get back into regular meal planning to help keep expenses down and to eat healthier. I am also planning to put together a weekly newsletter of blog updates which will include weekly meal plans.
Oatmeal with: cinnamon, berries, apples and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup
Peanut butter* toast (on homemade, whole wheat bread) with green smoothies. I use this recipe from Large Families on Purpose. I also make a similar green smoothie using apple juice and frozen mango in place of grape juice and blueberries.
Scrambled eggs with: cheese, peppers and tortillas (depending on personal preference). Those of us who are sugar-free will skip the tortillas.
* we use Adam’s Peanut Butter which contains only peanuts and salt.
Sugar Free Lunch Options:
My sugar-free kids will be packing the following items throughout the week (I am not going to list each day since I don’t think that will be helpful to anyone).This is our first week, I’ll take a few pictures throughout so you have an idea of what they are packing. I bought the kids Rubbermaid Lunch Blox (<<affililate link) so we can keep cheese and tuna cool. I don’t really know how much they will eat, so we will play this one by ear.
Protein: tuna, cheese sticks, cheese, Trader Joe’s Chunky Olive Hummus, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter.
Fruit/veggies: the kids will eat take at least one piece of fruit each day, mini carrots, sliced peppers, cucumbers, etc.
Carbs: Triscuits, homemade whole wheat bread, flat bread, pasta salad, quinoa salad
Pork Tacos with Cilantroslaw This is a new recipe for me, but I have pork roast in the freezer and a huge bag of cilantro. Side of rice and veggies.
Chicken Noodle Soup with homemade noodles. Homemade bread.
Homemade pizza with whole wheat crust. Salad.
Baked Potato Soup and homemade bread.
Colorful Chicken Fettuccine. Fresh green veggies.
I plan to begin sending out weekly meal plans with helpful links to recipes and hard-to-find products. If you are interested in receiving them, what day of the week would be most useful for you? I am taking a little survey 🙂
I tend to meal plan for the following week. So if I got meal plans on Friday that would give me the weekend to plan and purchase! Great job.
I hope you enjoy my Pork Carnitas. Let me know what your family thought.
I hope your family loves my recipe for Pork Carnitas. I think I need to make them again ASAP>
Thanks, I’m really looking forward trying it.
i would like to see your meal plan on Thursday. I shop the weekend, this would give me time to prepare my list for the weekend.
Please add me to your email list, thank you!
I don’t have a preference! I am also working on meal planning, so your ideas are so helpful to me, no matter what day I receive them.
I pick up my CSA share on Wednesdays but don’t cook until Saturday. So late in the week would be good. But I’ll use it whenever it comes so do what you want to do.
Would love to see your bread recipe as I’m just getting back into bread making. Also end of week for meal plans 🙂
I’ll try to find a link to it online and post it.
I would love to see this end of the week. We shop and prep for our weeks over the weekend.
I’m really curious about the smoothies. I love the idea, but do they actually keep you full? We usually cook breakfast- some type of egg and breakfast meat or bagels & yogurt. Oatmeal seems to leave everyone hungry and I’m afraid smoothies would do the same. Maybe I just don’t make them right? I hate to have my kids snacking between breakfast & lunch…
I do my weekly meal plan and shopping on Saturday. I’m looking forward to seeing your stuff! I made the chicken cordon blue casserole tonight for tomorrow’s dinner 🙂