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  • What’s Going On + Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 15, 2014

    As I mentioned on Facebook the other day, since reading Lisa Leake’s 100 Days of Real Food, my eating habits have changed dramatically – far more than I expected. The idea of eating minimally processed food was not only appealing, but rather doable, so that’s what I’ve focused on. Instead of eating a store-bought cookie, I eat a homemade one. Instead of drinking soda, I drink tea. I’ve also been cooking more than ever – especially snacks, which I’ve never included in my menu plan – and what’s happened has blown my mind: The less processed food I eat, the less process food I want to eat. I’ll be honest and admit that having a piece of fruit for a snack has never satisfied me. Until now.

    Obviously, this is a great change that I am going to keep up. It’s a little harder to get the rest of the family on board, but I can force change on them without them really noticing because I’m the one who buys the food and cooks the meals. When I buy prepackaged snacks (and I do, because we’re out and about so much that I can’t keep up with demand), I’m now looking for items that are not just natural and organic, but also GMO-free and contain as few ingredients as possible. And of course, I’m minimizing the amount of processed food I use when I’m cooking as much as possible.

    We’ll see how these changes play out, but in the meantime, here’s what I’m planning for dinners this week:

    Monday – Dinner out

    Tuesday – Slow Cooker Paella, Bread, Salad

    Wednesday – Cauliflower Fried “Rice” with Shrimp and Peas

    Thursday – Pasta Bolognese, Steamed Broccoli, Garlic Bread

    Friday – Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Chirashizushi

    Saturday – Breakfast {Overnight Caramel French Toast, Bacon, Fruit}

    Sunday – Leftovers

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    What’s Going On + Menu Plan Monday: Week of Sept 8, 2014

    I’m still waiting for our fall schedule to be finalized, and in the meantime, I’ve been thinking hard about the way we eat (I’ve got a book review coming that will show you why). I try to get a lot done while the kids are in school, but lately I’ve also been thinking about make-ahead and easy/fast meals. Both would make my life easier.

    I’ve also been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all that’s going on. My life seems to go in the same cycle – first I get super busy and that stresses me out, so then I diligently cut back and create breathing room, which makes me feel like I can take on more, so then I get busy again, and then overwhelmed … and so on. It’s a natural cycle, but I don’t really love it. I’d really like to find a happy medium that I can live in most of the time, where I’ve got a lot going on but it feels manageable. Unfortunately, I’m not there yet!

    In the meantime, here’s what I’ve got planned for dinners this week:

    Monday – Rice, Salmon Furikake, Sauteed Broccoli, Miso Eggplant

    Tuesday – Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Sandwiches, Broccoli Slaw, Edamame

    Wednesday – Shrimp, Potato & Spinach Frittata, Garlic Bread, Salad

    Thursday – Farfalle Smoked Salmon Salad

    Friday – Cheesy Mashed White Beans With Kale, Parmesan, and a Fried Egg

    Saturday – Chicken Enchiladas, Salad, Guacamole

    Sunday – Leftovers

    Even though it’s still quite hot, I’d really like to get some baking done: chocolate chip cookies, banana bread, and maybe one or two other things.

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 1, 2014

    I can’t believe it’s already September – before we know it, it will be Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s! I’m hoping we’ll settle into a comfortable routine starting this week, as our fall schedule gets settled with established sports practice times and good homework patterns. A regular routine makes it so much easier to plan and cook dinner, plus I’ve really been trying hard to stick to Michael Pollan’s maxim, “Eat all the junk food you like as long as you cook it yourself” by baking more. So here’s what I’m thinking for dinners this week:

    Monday – Dinner out

    Tuesday – Taco Cornbread “Pizza,” Salad

    Wednesday – Shredded Beef Sandwiches, Sweet Potato Fries

    Thursday – Mac & Cheese, Salad, Garlic Bread

    Friday – Prime Rib, Creamed Spinach, Yorkshire Pudding, Strawberry Trifle

    Saturday – Dinner out

    Sunday – Dinner out

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    What’s Going On + Menu Plan Monday: Week of August 25, 2014

    I’ve been busy since school started, finally catching up on many of the things I’d put off while the kids were underfoot during the summer. My goal is to minimize the clutter in the house – to put things away, to find new homes for things, and of course, to get rid of as much as possible. It’s just easier to clean the house when there are lots of flat surfaces! I’ll post a photo of my newly uncluttered desk area soon. My dream is to somehow clear the kitchen counters of all appliances except for the microwave and toaster oven. I’ve got a plan, but we’ll have to see if it pans out!

    All of this activity means that I’m not doing as much cooking as I might otherwise, and I’m ok with that. I’m still working on using up much of what’s stored in the freezer and pantry, too. So here’s what I’ve got planned for this week:

    Monday – Dinner out

    Tuesday – Summer Farfalle Salad with Smoked Salmon

    Wednesday – Ma Po Tofu, rice, steamed broccoli

    Thursday – Pizza Muffins, Salad

    Friday – Overnight Caramel French Toast, Bacon, Fruit

    Saturday – Dinner out

    Sunday – Dinner out

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of August 18, 2014

    I’ve got a lot on my plate right now, and I feel like I’m not getting out from under the pile of stuff I have to get done. So I’m trying to take it easy this week with cooking, and hopefully get caught up on work and housework!

    Monday – Dinner out

    Tuesday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Sweet Potato Fries {didn’t get to this last week}

    Wednesday – Leftovers

    Thursday – Tex-Mex Cornbread “Pizza”, Salad

    Friday – Dinner out

    Saturday – Dinner out

    Sunday – Breakfast {pancakes or French toast, eggs, sausage, fruit}

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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