meal plan: week of November 10

I still am not sure if I’ll start blogging regularly again. Only time shall see. However, my recovery from the surgery is going well enough that now I actually have to start cooking for my family again. Thus, I decided to start posting our meal plans again to give myself some motivation to do something more than, “uh…how about quesadillas again?”

Monday- Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup with cousous

Tuesday- Arroz con Pollo from this amazing cookbook/memoir

Wednesday- Family Dinner at my parents’

Thursday- pizza night. We’ll probably do one with beef and veggies and another one with spinach. I bought this recipe awhile back, but I haven’t tried it out yet. We are faaaar from strictly paleo, but we do try to limit our grains, and this recipe looks interesting.

Friday- beans and rice. We’ll use a simple recipe like this. Ryan and I have often discussed having a more “sacrificial” meal on Fridays, and this little post really inspired me to just start doing it.

Saturday- an event with some friends. We’re bringing fruit.

Sunday- a version of this Cheesburger Soup (it’s great with lentils!)

p.s. Nell at Whole Parenting has started a meal plan link-up. Love the idea. I’m getting on this bandwagon.


meal plan: week of March 9

Sunday- chicken-fried-steak-ish (I am going to attempt arrowroot flour instead of wheat flour) with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus

Monday- vegetable fried rice (inspiration here), I MAY try to make mine with cauliflower “rice

Tuesday- lettuce wraps (highly adapted from this recipe) with carrot soup

Wednesday– family dinner

Thursday- black bean and sweet potato burritos (inspiration here) with some veggie side

Friday- soup supper at church

Saturday- hamburgers with oven fries

meal plan: week of Feb 3-9

If it was up to me, the menu this week would be soup, soup, soup, soup…but I aim to please the two others in the house, who prefer a little variety.
Monday lentil soup and roasted broccoli
Tuesday- quinoa Mexican skillet [I add more seasonings and a can of black beans to this recipe] with a salad
Wednesday- ham and beans with roasted brussel sprouts (I think I am also going to try this bread.)
Thursday- family dinner
Friday- breakfast burritos (Ryan and Philomena will have normal tortillas, and I am going to *try* these. We’ll see…)
Saturday- we have family plans
Sunday- eggs and pancakes for breakfast (this or this recipe); something from the freezer for dinner

meal plan: weeks of Jan 5-12; Jan 13-19

Hi! I haven’t done one of these in awhile, but I know I am going to need a little organizational push to get me back into gear once Ryan returns to work tomorrow. :(

I am even doing two weeks worth! A domestic goddess, I am.

Sunday- hummus, falafel, quinoa tabbouleh 

Monday- left-overs

Tuesday- meatloaf and sweet potato fries [note: I am going to attempt replacing the bread in the meatloaf with almond meal. I will let you know how it turns out.]

Wednesday– family plans [I think! If not, a soup from the freezer]

Thursday- family plans…we are celebrating Epiphany with my family, albeit a few days late

Friday- black bean soup and salad

Saturday- chana masala


Sunday- cheeseburger soup from the freezer

Monday- cabbage rolls

Tuesday- crockpot Asian beef with broccoli on the side

Wednesday- Family Dinner

Thursday- crockpot baked potato soup


recipe: pumpkin pie “green” smoothie {Tasty Thursday}

pumpkin pie "green" smoothie

In the morning, after I’ve changed the ridiculous-bundle-of-energy-when-she-first-wakes-up toddler’s diaper and after my somniferous haze has slightly lifted, our conversation usually goes like this:

Me: Do you want to go downstairs for breakfast?

P: Yeah!

Me: What do you want to eat?

P: Cor! Cor! Cor! [translation: corn. Her new culinary obsession.]

Me: Okay, fine, you can have some corn, but what else do you want?

P: Cor! Cor!

Me: Yes, yes. You can have some corn. Would you like a smoothie too?

P: Ssssooo! Ssssooo! [translation: smoothie]

Me: Great! Who’s going to put the strawberries in the blender?

P: Pssss! [translation: Philomena. Explanation of this oddity here.]

Me: Who’s going to put in the banana?

P: Pssss!

Me: Who’s going to put in the spinach?

P: Pssss!

Me: Who’s going to pour in the milk?

P: Mama!

And so begins our day.

I don’t know why I told you all of that…but, the point is little people love their routines, and smoothies are part of ours. And corn too, of course…but, I didn’t think you would need detailed directions on how I prepare her frozen corn. [Okay, okay. I run hot water over it until it’s unfrozen. So there.]

Anyway, as I said before, I am completely cliche and faaaaaaar from unique in my love for pumpkin, the king of autumn foods.

The other morning I broke from our usual smoothie routine and attempted a pumpkin one. It was delicious! And healthy! And easy!

I thought you might like the recipe. You know, to eat after your morning bowl of corn.

mena with pumpkin smoothie


Pumpkin Pie “Green” Smoothie

recipe adapted from Healthful Pursuit


1 cup milk of choice* [I used homemade almond milk, and it was fantastic.]

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 of a banana

2 teaspoons maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

a handful of spinach* [maybe 3/4 cup?]

a handful of ice

optional– 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Put all ingredients in the blender and blend on high until smooth. Taste. Add a little more maple syrup or pumpkin spice, if necessary.

* Recipe notes: This makes a fairly thin consistency, so if you prefer your smoothies thicker, just use less milk and/or more ice. Also, the spinach is totally optional; however, it really doesn’t affect the pumpkin flavor, and it adds lots of nutrients!

meal plan: week of Sept. 30

A “real” post coming soon…maybe?

Meanwhile, one of the funniest people I know in real-life has started a blog, and it makes me so very happy.

Monday- shepherd’s pie [I didn’t end up making it a few weeks ago.]

Tuesday- fajitas

Wednesday- family dinner

Thursday- chili with cornbread

Friday- some sort of butternut squash soup in the crockpot. [I think I’ll do this method, with more like these flavors.]

meal plan: week of Sept. 16

I shall call this plan “the week of stuffed peppers and soup.”

Monday- basic stuffed peppers, with cucumber and mushroom soup from this book

Tuesday- zucchini chili from the freezer with cornbread

Wednesday- butternut squash and sausage soup

Thursday- family dinner

Friday- these quinoa stuffed peppers [we have a lot of bell peppers from the CSA]

Saturday- no clue.