Writing meal plans has been so successful in our family leading a healthier lifestyle. We have been eating more well rounded meals and eating out rarely, if at all. There are weeks that we don’t do as well sticking to it, but even on those weeks, we have been better with a meal plan than without.
So, last week’s snack craze didn’t go quite as planned. I was able to make the banana muffins though, and they seemed to last the entire week so we really didn’t need anything else. Of course there was plenty of Russian Kale for chips too. I am going to try for some Oat Cookies this week though. I am excited about these!
As for dinners, we loved everything on the menu! On Thursday night, I had a meet-up at the farm with some really great people (and cooks) and I was lucky enough to eat dinner there. It was so simple yet so absolutely amazing; poached eggs with Garlicky Smoked Rainbow Chard paired with red beans and roasted potatoes and carrots. It has inspired my new “weekly meal” theme which will be a Farm to Table Meal. Each week, there will be a Farm to Table night where we will eat something almost entirely out of our CSA box. I can’t say that the family is entirely thrilled about this new addition, but they will get there.
- Monday: Baked Chicken, Rice, and Corn
I have to head into the city tonight, so Ben is on his own for dinner with the kids and this is one of the meals that he likes to cook. We are big fans of Baja Chipolte marinade, so I am fairly sure that this will be the choice.
- Tuesday: Pork Enchiladas
Like I mentioned before, we have converted to almost entirely ground pork instead of using ground beef. Enchiladas taste better this way we think.
- Wednesday: Sloppy Joes
- Thursday: Farm to Table Night
I am not sure what we will have as it will depend on what is in our CSA share, but I am pretty excited about trying some new things! Check out my CSA creativity Pinterest board to see some of the ideas that I may use! I would LOVE suggestions too!
- Friday: Date Night at home with Steak and Chicken
We will probably do a fondue night and this time, we may just include the kids.
- Saturday: Pulled Pork
The weekends are usually busy for us and so having a meal in the crockpot always makes things a bit easier. This is the most delicious and easiest pulled pork to have. Honestly, I think it is because of my Aunt Kate’s homemade BBQ sauce, but it could also because of the way the pork is cooked. Here is how I cook our Pulled Pork:
Get a pork shoulder and put it in the crockpot with a quartered Vidalia onion. Pour a bottle of Coke over top of it and let it cook for 6-8 hours on low, covered. When it is finished, use a slotted spoon to lift out the pork onto a plate (I like to put the onion pieces with the pork). Pour the remaining juice out. Shred the pork (it will shred super easy). Put it back in the crockpot and toss with your favorite BBQ sauce. Cook on low until ready to serve.
- Sunday: Irish Beef Stew
The kids have been looking forward to this one ALL WEEK long! It is one delicious meal!
I am SO excited to be a part of Motivation Monday! Started by Barb Hoyer from A Life in Balance and Stephanie from Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom, I have enjoyed reading this link-up for a long time now. It is a great way to start the week!
Please link up your post here! A post that motivates you to be a better you, a better person. This inspiration is different for all of us, some are on a physical journey, some on an emotional one, either way, share your motivation with us…we would love to read! Read through some others that are linked up. You never know where you will find some words of wisdom or even an encouraging idea.