What Are We Eating This Week?

It’s no secret that I like lazy, easy, healthy meals.  I don’t mess around with recipes that call for 947 ingredients, and I certainly don’t want to extend my time in the kitchen any longer than I have to since I’m pretty much there for hours a day already.  I’m not saying eating real whole food made from scratch isn’t worth it, because it totally is, I’m just saying Can I Live?***

If you’re here, chances are you relate.  You want to be able to prepare a meal of real whole food quickly, without hassle.  Weekday, Weekend, it’s all the same to us, right?  In and out, baby.  Let’s get this food to the table, let the kids decide if it’s a “This is the best dinner ever!  Thank you Mommy!” night or a “I know this is my favorite food ever, but not tonight!” night, so we can wash the dishes for the twelfth time today.  Am I right?

I know I’m not alone, so for all two of you who read this blog my gift to you is “What Are We Eating This Week?”

I’ll share links when needed, but feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Breakfasts:

Sausage Egg Cups From PaleOMG

These are for my husband, so I use hot ground sausage.  Aldi, my second favorite place on earth right behind the whole state of Alaska, has it for super cheap.

Breakfast Salad   Spinach, cucumbers, avocado, cherry tomatoes with  fried eggs on top.

(My friend Jaci at Chasing A Hundred once said that anything is better with a fried egg on top.  She’s right.  She should also start blogging again! Ahem!)   I literally eat this every day.  It’s my favorite meal.  There’s something about using the egg yolk kind of like a dressing that’s extra amazing.  Add in the creamy avocado, and bacon, and it’s making me drool all over myself just thinking about it.

Lunches:

Salads with Rotisserie Chicken

Leftovers

Tuna Salad Wraps with homemade mayo, carrots, cucumbers, and olives

Egg Salad Wraps (also with homemade mayo)

Zoodles and Meatballs

Dinners:

BBQ Bacon Burger Salads

Featuring Home Made BBQ Sauce from Happy Wife Style  It’s really the star of the show!

Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, and Broccoli

Rotisserie Chicken with Kale Chips and Salad

Bangers and Mash  (Have I mentioned that Aldi carries ground sausage for cheap?)

Slow Cooker  Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef with Swiss Chard, and Cauliflower

Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Chicken in Boston Lettuce Wraps with olives and raw veggies

(Have I mentioned how good that BBQ Sauce is?)

 

The kids love helping, and their favorite thing to make is Kale Chips.  They’re pretty much experts at this point.  I just pull up their Learning Tower, give them a bowl and watch them skillfully rip the leaves into pieces and throw the stems on the floor.  (I’m not kidding, they totally do that every time!)

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Kale is serious business!

***Yes, I did link you to an Urban Dictionary entry because I’m super hip.  Don’t hate.  I’m actually fairly certain that none of these things I’ve said in this line are still cool.  Please don’t go.  I’ll try my best to not be so, um, uncool?

I’d love to hear what’s on your menu this week!   What’s your go-to easy meal?  Do your kids insist on throwing food items on the ground even if you’re standing six inches away with your hands extended?  

Whole 30 Day Four

Today was a day, that’s for sure.  Nathan woke up wearing his crankypants, I’m assuming he’s still not over whatever-random-sickness hit us this week.  At one point he was so upset he actually asked me to get the carrier from the car.

“Hold me!”

“No!  Back dere!”

Once I finally got what he was saying, and put him up he finally calmed down for a bit and was super happy.  For like a whole twelve minutes or so.

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With his gross blanket that he carries everywhere, always.

The bright spot of today was Aubrey deciding to “fix” the humidifier.  The other night I stupidly tried to put the top back on without being able to see the base, causing all of the water to come pouring down all over the floor.  She happily showed Nathan what needed to be done in order to fix it.

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She’s a future leader, for sure!

I got a call from my dentist that the insurance company approved my fake tooth, and I’m going in next week to be molded.  I’m pretty excited about that, I may have been all “Hey kids!  Fist Bump!” when I hung up the phone.

I’ve been making good on a whole bunch of my “35 Before 35” goals.  I’m pretty much feeling like I’m kicking arse at life right now.

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Breakfast, and then again for lunch.

I make the kids scrambled eggs every day for breakfast, and that’s normally what I eat too.  It’s just since starting Whole 30 that I remembered how good crispy fried eggs are after browsing around for recipes.  Today, they refused to eat them and wanted “Yellow Eggs!”  They each ate two fried eggs, then finished their scrambled eggs.  I’m not even sure what the point of the story is, other than to say that I had to cook breakfast twice today so I counted once as lunch.

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Dinner- Pork loin with unsweetened apple sauce, sauerkraut and salad because the lack of color on the plate made me feel sad

I didn’t feel the anger I was expecting to feel after reading the Whole 30 Timeline, but maybe I’m just saving the rage for tomorrow.  Onto the next one!

Whole 30 Day 3

Whole 30 Fun Fact:  Blog post titles are so much easier when you don’t have to think about it and can just name it after the day.

Today was Day 3 of Whole 30.  I woke up feeling so much better, like yesterday had never happened.  My sweet little girl was so proud that she made me feel better.  She spent all of yesterday making sure I had drinks and pillows and that no so much as a pinkie nail came uncovered from the blankets.  She was seriously awesome, and it was so sweet.  They both made sure I had extra cuddles and hugs, they were so good it never even occurred to me to ask if someone could watch them while I rested.

Thanks to like 18 hours of sleep and my fantastic nurses I woke up feeling way better.  I cleaned, did some laundry and before I knew it lunchtime had come and gone, and we still had to make a trip to the store before dinner.   I literally just threw some stuff on a plate and called it lunch!

Dinner was my favorite meal, BBQ Bacon Salads.  Lettuce, tomato, olives, pickles, ground beef, bacon, avocado and homemade BBQ sauce.  This is a go-to meal around here because it’s delicious and super quick and easy!

After looking at the Whole 30 timeline I’m not sure that I should be excited for tomorrow.  Maybe I should preemptively apologize to everyone now?

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Day 3 Breakfast

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Day 3 Lunch

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Day 3 Dinner- BBQ Bacon Salad, way better than it looks

Whole 30 Days 1 and 2

Yesterday was Day 1 of the Whole 30, and we overslept.  We don’t oversleep, we are “up and at ’em as soon as we’ve hit snooze two or six times” type people but we aren’t  late by any stretch of the imagination.

Today marks Day 2 of the Whole 30.  I woke up sick, and I never get sick.  At first I was all “Whoa!  The Carb Flu is a real thing?”  It wasn’t until my almost four year old said “Mommy, you’re really warm!” as I was freezing and shivering that I realized maybe, just maybe I was actually sick.   Sure enough, I had a fever.  I’m pretty sure that one wouldn’t have a fever with the “carb flu” because it’s not really the flu and also because Dr. Google tells me that one wouldn’t have a fever at all and that was a really silly thing to think in the first place, whackadoodle.

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I’m fairly certain that it can only get easier from here, but I’m not one to challenge the universe.   

Luckily, I planned ahead so we were able to eat healthy and delicious food both days.  Heck, I even made mayo.  MAYO!   And it’s actually super easy and really delicious.

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I can’t really say how I feel since I’m sick, but I’m going to assume if I wasn’t I’d feel good.  Excited.  Happy.

Want to know a secret?  The absolute hardest thing, the one food that I just want to eat so badly?  Cheese sticks.

Is that not the craziest most whacked out thing to be obsessing over?  They became a thing for me when I was pregnant with my youngest, because they were quick and easy and filling.  They’re totally my crutch food, and at least five times over the last two days I wanted to eat one or four.

I haven’t been to the gym in like two weeks, I totally miss it but I’m going to give my body a few days to recover.  Coughing and wheezing and dead lifts don’t sound like a fun combination anyway.

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Day One Breakfast-This is my jam

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Day One Lunch- Salad with Garlic Roast

I forgot a photo of dinner, but we had Garlic Roast, Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes

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Day Two Breakfast for Hubby-Sausage Egg Cups

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Day Two Breakfast for Me…

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 …And the kids!

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Day Two Lunch-Deli Meat Wraps in Boston Lettuce

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Day Two Dinner-Sausage, Onions and Peppers in Basil Tomato Sauce