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This last week has been a little crazy. We got back from our family weekend celebrating my dad’s 70th birthday on Monday afternoon. I had book club that night, which I started so I couldn’t skip (and I’m glad I didn’t because it was very relaxing and enjoyable after a long weekend with six kids), and then on Thursday I unexpectedly had to go on another little road trip with my sister so that I could take her and my nephews to the airport in Vegas. We had to stop in Lake Havasu City first (where I grew up and my dad still lives) so that my sister could pick up stuff she left there, and I won’t be home until Saturday. It’s crazy weeks like this that make me glad I meal plan. Even though my Thursday departure was so sudden, I still was able to leave dinner prepped and ready for my family to have that evening. And since I had already shopped for Friday’s dinner, as well, I already have all the ingredients I need to make dinner when I get home on Saturday. Guys, meal planning is a life saver!
I hope you all are helped by these meal plans as much as I am. Let me know what you think of the recipes I’ve chosen! Are they too complicated or time consuming for you? Do they fit right in with your evening? Either way, I’d love to hear about it.
If you have any questions, please just ask away. I do this completely for you guys and I’m dying to hear what you all think.
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*NOTE – All shopping list ingredients will be for serving TWO-FOUR people, depending on how much you eat, no matter how many the recipe says it serves.
Sunday – Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs over Roasted Spaghetti Squash
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1) The shopping list ingredients cut the recipe in half, but since it only calls for one egg, keep the egg and panko amounts the same.
2) You could definitely substitute pasta for the spaghetti squash.
3) I ALWAYS broil my meatballs instead of browning them in a pan. For one, it’s much healthier, and two, it’s way easier and less messy. All you do is pre-heat your broiler, put the meatballs on a parchment paper lined pan and broil for 6 minutes, turn and broil for another 6 minutes. This will give you a nice crust and will stop them from falling apart when cooking.
4) If you don’t want to use your slow cooker, there are instructions for stove top cooking at the bottom of the recipe. It only takes about 30 minutes.
Monday – Grilled Fish Tostadas with Restaurant Style Black Beans
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1) I always use Trader Joe’s frozen wild caught cod filets for this. TJ’s has a great selection of frozen fish.
2) You could substitute pinto beans if you don’t like black beans.
Tuesday – Easy Tuscan Bean Soup
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1) If you don’t want to use your blender for that step of the recipe, you can just use a potato masher to mash some beans and create texture that way.
Wednesday – Quinoa Cashew Chicken Casserole
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1) You can find quinoa in the bulk section of almost any grocery store these days. So, if you don’t want to buy a whole package, you can just get what you need from the bulk quinoa bin. However, I’ve included two quinoa dishes for this week so that you can use the ingredients that you buy.
2) You could easily omit the green onions as they are only used for garnish, but I think green onions add amazing flavor and they are one of my favorite ingredients to put on anything Asian-ish.
Thursday – Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
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1) The butternut squash is what makes this mac & cheese so creamy (and healthy), so you don’t need to add a lot of cheese or make a roux like with a traditional mac & cheese.
Friday – Quinoa & Black Bean Chili
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1) You can find dried chilis in the enthic food aisle of your local grocery store. You can leave them out of the recipe, but they really add the most wonderful depth of flavor.
2) Trader Joe’s had a good boxed corn bread that would be a good side dish for this.
3) I skip the spoon and eat my chili with tortilla chips (when I’m not trying to be low carb). Do it.
4) You can find quinoa in the bulk section of almost any grocery store these days. So, if you don’t want to buy a whole package, you can just get what you need from the bulk quinoa bin. However, I’ve included two quinoa dishes for this week so that you can use the ingredients that you buy.
Saturday – Day off! Eat out or order in.
In case you missed them, here are all the downloadable shopping lists again:
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