Phew, ok what a morning! I actually got up enough motivation to get that workout gear on, drop the kiddos at school and drive out to Abbotsford for a stroller fitness class I wanted to try out. I don’t know about you but I get some social anxiety when I go to stuff like that where I don’t know anyone! BUT, I thought what a good way to start the week. And I really need to start getting in better shape – with dance competitions coming up I am seriously lacking in my cardio capabilities right now!!
Well, I got all the way there and was standing awkwardly with the other mamas waiting for the class to start when I got a phone call from the twins’ school – they’d had some sort of gas leak and parents needed to come get their kids!
Ok so no workout for me. I’ll try that again after Spring Break! So I picked up my littles and I’m actually proud to say I did an at-home workout while ALL THREE WERE AWAKE! Say WHAT? It happened people.
I think moving my body on a Monday morning kick starts motivation in other areas as well. I tell myself this every WEEK but most of the time I don’t listen, I just snuggle up on the couch with my coffee. But not today!
So this afternoon as Silas is sleeping I’ve been working on our meal plan. We get pretty much the same thing all the time from Costco, chicken thighs and ground beef – along with our other weekly staples, and we also get a veggie box delivered to our door. I try to plan around that but I’m finding lately I’ve become a bit lazy about it. Not thinking about what to make until 4:30pm, anyone? It’s SO much easier to make a plan.
I’d really like to implement some more vegetarian/vegan meals where I can. I’ve been following Fraiche Nutrition on Instagram and also of course Jillian Harris and between those two and their delicious posts I just want more GOOD food in my life. (With or without meat!) I follow a dinner formula daily – meat/carb/veggie and it’s pretty much the same every time. Also, meat is expensive! If I can eat healthier without choosing meat, bring.it.on! I could never give it up completely though.
So. Here we go. What are your go-to family favourite meals? Drop them in the comments! I’ll share my finished meal plan with links if I have them after I’m all done!
Here’s what I came up with for the next couple weeks. I find it easiest to plan specific days for dinners, but leave breakfasts, lunches, and snacks more up to what I feel like in the moment! I also don’t have as many of those because I’m ok with repetition and often have dinner leftovers for lunch!
Butternut squash lasagna, grilled cheese-and-veggies, and the caramelized onions and walnuts recipes will be adapted from The Forest Feast Gatherings cookbook. This book is SO GOOD. And gorgeous to look at. I made several things out of here for our New Year’s Eve party and they were all delish!!
Get the book here:Forest Feast Gatherings: Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hosting Friends & Family
Korean Beef recipe is found here. I omit the red peppers and use a lot less ginger, and usually add some greens to the meat while it cooks. The easiest veggie add-on is by adding a few handfuls of our favourite salad we’ve dubbed “Costco Salad” … It’s just the Sweet Kale bagged salad (which can actually be found in more places than just Costco!) but we’ve also added broccoli. Serve over rice! So easy!
The lemon garlic chicken thighs recipe can be found here and is so delicious.
The salmon burgers, chickpea “toona” sandwich, and roasted veggie sandwich recipes are found on Fraiche Nutrition. I’ve yet to try them so I thought I’d add them to our week!
Spinach pancakes I actually just saw on the Love Child Organics website today, and since Adventure Dad often makes pancakes on the weekends and with St. Patrick’s Day coming up I thought we could attempt this recipe!
And you know, since it’s not all fabulous eating all the time, I put Costco on our plan (we often have hot dogs for dinner on our Costco shop nights!) and chicken nuggets for lunch. It’s spring break next week so I can make better lunches for the kids but let’s be real, you gotta have those regular “kid” staples! I’m sure we’ll be having some mac & cheese in there as well!
Still drop me your favourite food ideas below! What can’t you get enough of right now?