As a food lover and recipe junkie, I enjoy sharing my weekly meal plans, complete with pictures and family feedback. You can find past weeks’ plans on my weekly meal plans page and see more of what we’re eating on instagram and snapchat. Happy eating!
We are in the midst of a wonderful snow weekend over here, which is rare enough to constitute full fledged little girl shrieks and giggles. We’ve gone sledding, built a snowman, made a fire, and sipped (chugged) hot cocoa. I think there is enough for a round 2 of sledding (and probably even better sledding with things a little icier) but before my crew wakes up, I wanted to share with you our meal plan with pictures and family feedback, since that seemed to be helpful last time!
After the indulgences of December I was really looking forward to a week of regular meal planning so I took my meal planning notebook and got a little crazy with the organization of this week’s menu.
For some reason those little boxes surrounding each list category made me ridiculously happy. Kaitlyn and I hit up Whole Foods to stock up for the week.
Anyone else’s toddler beg for a kid cart then ask to walk or be held the entire time?
I was set to do some prep this week, so at home I boiled 10 eggs, made quinoa in the rice cooker, and made a batch of blender muffins (swapping sweet potato puree for the pumpkin puree and making them mini).
If you check the meal plan, I was intending to make breakfast cookies that the kids could just grab and eat in the morning but couldn’t find a recipe that fit what I was looking for– any links to good ones?
Ok, on to the dinners!
Mediterranean Salmon Parchment Packs
Family Feedback: David and I love these grab-n-go packs from the Whole Foods’ seafood department. We usually snag these when we are coming back in town (like we were this week) and want something healthy without having to cook. I get one for the girls to split as well and they enjoy the flavors, especially the kalamata olives.
Roasted Chicken with Veggies and Sauteed Red Chard
Family Feedback: I skipped the crockpot and opted for my favorite lemon rosemary roasted chicken recipe instead, making the chicken a huge hit for all family members. The girls loved the roasted veggies too, especially the carrots for Kaitlyn. I was the only one who ate the chard. Nobody else really wanted to try it and I didn’t push it. I sauteed it with a little soy sauce and ginger and thought it was pretty good!
Lemon Chicken Picatta over Linguine with Roasted Broccoli
Family Feedback: The girls thought it was a little sour (I accidentally poured the capers in with the brine instead of straining), but ate it anyway. For David and me, it’s one of our favorite meals. I could eat a bowl full of capers just plain- so good! Roasted broccoli is our go-to veggie here. Everyone always eats it up and asks for more.
Chicken Tortilla Soup with Chips and Salsa
Family Feedback: I love love love this soup! Does loves it too. The girls sometimes comment it is too spicy, so I give them a small, mostly strained portion and a hearty spoonful of sour cream to mix into it (they love sour cream like their mama). I also usually melt some cheese on chips to round out their dinner.
Easy Baked Chicken with Quinoa and Kale Pilaf
Family Feedback: I was totally distracted while trying to make dinner tonight and ended up overcooking the chicken. It was a dry and I gave the girls ketchup to cover my mistake. This kale and quinoa pilaf recipe is so delicious, but being distracted, I also mixed it up a little bit (I used baby kale and should have put it in while cooking the quinoa so it would wilt a little bit). Luckily for David and I it worked as a tasty salad but was hard for the girls to eat so they had grape tomatoes, blueberries, and toasted pine nuts on the side instead.
I could eat these quinoa and kale bowls (salads?) everyday. I need to roast a larger amount of butternut squash or sweet potato because it totally makes the bowl. I added goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, and Garlic Expressions dressing too. Delicious!
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As always, please leave any meals you’ve tried and love lately in the comments! I love finding new dishes to try with my family and share the feedback with yall. xoxo!