Menu Monday & A Week of Rest

Wow, it’s been a busy two weeks.  I overbooked myself the week before last, and then last week, my husband had an unexpected work trip where he was out of town for a few days.  Plus, my girls were on Spring Break from school and preschool.  All the changes in routines and schedules made for another busy week for me!

But I have good news!  My schedule this week has a lot of free space, and boy, do I need it!  I love having some down time, where I don’t feel rushed to do everything.  Maybe I’ll do a little extra cooking.  Or perhaps, I’ll finish one of the many books I’m reading.  Maybe I’ll just nap more.  😊  Rest is something that everyone needs regularly.  It’s so important to let your body and mind take a break.  It’s easy to get caught up in being busy in life, but I’m looking forward to taking it easy this week.

My motto for this week!

On to my meal plan for the week:

Breakfasts:

Some version of eggs & spinach

Smoothies

Oatmeal

Lunches:

Quiche, salad

Smoothies

Leftovers

Dinners:

Quinoa bowl with roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, & onions with greens and parmesan cheese

Leftovers

Meatballs & spaghetti squash, side salad

Mexican corn chowder with chicken, side salad

Chicken-orzo salad with goat cheese

Slaw bowls with chickpeas over rice/cauliflower mix

Easter dinner (not sure what we are planning to do for this yet!)

A few notes about the meal plan

The quinoa bowl is something I’ve been dreaming of since listening to a podcast about this guy who started a sweet potato diet.  Even if I don’t want to follow his “diet” per se, hearing about all the virtues of sweet potatoes reminded me that I love them and want them in my life this week.  And brussels sprouts have been on my mind lately as well, though unfortunately I have yet to hear about a brussels sprouts diet.  In any case, I’m marrying it all together and getting myself a bowl of delicious roasted goodness.

The meatballs are one of my favorite recipes.  However instead of making them with ground turkey, I’m going to make them with ground beef this week.  I already had ground beef on hand, so that helps outs with my grocery budget.

Speaking of my budget, at Costco today, I bought a lot more chicken than I needed because they had a deal for $6 off a package, making the chicken a really great deal.  Even with buying additional meat, my grocery budget looks pretty good for the month!

Oprah visits my family in May every year to make this important announcement.

April has 5 weekends in it, so my budget this month will actually cover the first week of May too.  I’ll appreciate that extra help in the budget with May though because May is one of the busiest months for us as a family.  We’ve got my oldest daughter’s birthday, my birthday, mother’s day, my dad’s birthday, and several other extended family members’ birthdays in May… cakes everywhere in the month of May for my family!

Anyway, back to the menu, the Mexican corn chowder.  I have a pretty good corn chowder recipe, but I wanted to give it a Mexican twist and add some heat.  I’ll see how it goes and report back next week!

The chicken-orzo salad has been in my recipe bank for a LOOOOONG time.  In fact, I first made this recipe before I started my venture into truly healthy eating.  At that time, I didn’t even cook my own chicken.  I just bought pre-cooked chicken strips from the refrigerated section of the grocery store.  You know, the kind that you can use for salads?  Now I cook my own because it really isn’t that much extra work.  Less additives when I make it myself, and it tastes better too. 😊

The slaw bowls are kind of silly because they are from this recipe that I’ve posted before.  I loved the slaw so much; however, I didn’t care for the fish.  So I’m going to sub in chickpeas for the fried fish and see how that goes.  Wish me luck on the substitution!

And next Sunday is Easter.  I’m not sure what we are going to end up doing, but I know there will be giant baskets filled with candy and goodies.  I cannot wait to see my girls’ faces light up with excitement in the morning over their baskets!  Seeing their little excited eyes is one of my very favorite parts of parenting!

So that sums up my week!  Hope you can find some free space in your schedule this week to relax and recharge too.  🙂

Me and Kiki resting this week

 

 

xoxo

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