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  • Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 6, 2015

    I had another fail with this week’s healthy dish of the week again – I have no idea if Trader Joe’s has Kale Sprouts back in stock because I never actually made it there. In my defense, both boys were off for spring break last week, and I barely made it to Ralphs to buy milk before we ran out. I also didn’t quite get to all of the meals on my menu plan, but I still cooked more than I would have without a plan. So, here’s hoping the third time’s the charm, and I will actually get to make sauteed Kale Sprouts this week!

    Here’s my plan:

    Monday:
    Dinner – Chicken Pasta Salad

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Dinner – Salmon Furikake, rice, sauteed Kale Sprouts

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Breakfast Sandwiches
    Dinner – Chicken Cobb Salad

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Roasted Cauliflower with Sardines and Pasta

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Bagels with Cream Cheese
    Dinner – Goat Cheese and Avocado Toasts

    Saturday Dinner: Dinner out

    Sunday Dinner: Breakfast (Pancakes, Sausage, Fruit)

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of March 30, 2015

    Apparently I’m not the only one intrigued by Kale Sprouts, which I had intended to cook for my new healthy dish of the week – Trader Joe’s was completely out when I went to look for them. And I didn’t have the mental capacity to figure out something new, so I’ll try again this week.

    The kids are on spring break, which means I don’t need to worry about breakfast much this week. But I’m going to take the time to see what’s all the way in the back of my fridge, and give it a good cleaning and purging.

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Dinner – Chicken Pasta Salad with Broccoli

    Tuesday:
    Dinner – Calamari, Salad

    Wednesday:
    Dinner – Spanish Rice with Ground Beef and Eggs, sauteed Kale Sprouts

    Thursday:
    Dinner – Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef, Rice, Spinach ohitashi

    Friday:
    Dinner – Whole Baked Trout with Cherry Tomatoes and Potatoes, Garlic Bread, some kind of greens?

    Saturday Dinner: Breakfast (French Toast, Bacon, Eggs, Fruit)

    Sunday Dinner: Dinner out (but I’m bringing a vegetable dish of some kind)

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of March 23, 2015

    Last week kind of got away from me and I failed to cook the Kale Sprouts for my new healthy dish of the week. So that’s back on the menu for this week.

    We are so busy right now that I started a new Pinterest board for Make Ahead Meals – meals that you can not only prep ahead of time, but require minimal or no work once you walk in the door. (My family comes home ready to eat after weeknight games and practices!) I can already tell that this board is going to be a lifesaver for me in the months to come.

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Dinner – La Bamba Casserole, salad

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Yogurt & Granola
    Dinner – Farfalle with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Apple Yogurt Cake
    Dinner – Salmon Furikake, rice, sauteed Kale Sprouts

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Chicken Cobb Salad

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Cinnamon Rolls
    Dinner – Dinner out

    Saturday Dinner: Dinner out

    Sunday Dinner: Dinner out

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of March 16, 2015

    Since I was too busy to make a new healthy dish last week, I tried a new-to-me “healthy food” – kombucha. I probably should have done my research ahead of time, but to be honest, I didn’t think I would like it. However, I carefully studied the options in the refrigerated case at Ralphs, and selected one that sounded like it would actually taste good: Bucha Sparkling Kombucha Tea in guava-mango flavor.

    Sparkling Kombucha Tea

    Shockingly (to me, at least), it was really good! Although, it was a bit pricey at $3.79 per bottle – definitely not something I could make an everyday habit. But I could have it once or twice a week. So I thought I’d tell you all about the health benefits of kombucha – only to come across this Mayo Clinic article stating that kombucha contains “vinegar, B vitamins and a number of other chemical compounds,” which supposedly “can stimulate the immune system, prevent cancer, and improve digestion and liver function.” The article concludes, however, that “there isn’t good evidence that kombucha tea delivers on its health claims” but may cause harm, and therefore, “the prudent approach is to avoid kombucha tea until more definitive information is available.” The article does speculate that the harm comes from making kombucha at home using a non-sterile fermenting process that increases the risk of exposure to harmful bacteria. So I really don’t think the bottled product I bought is going to hurt me in any way. And I really did like it, so I’ll probably get it again.

    For this week’s healthy dish, I’m trying Kale Sprouts, which I found at Trader Joe’s and couldn’t resist. After all, I like kale and I like Brussels sprouts, and the green and purple together is just fascinating. I will probably sauté them and will report back later this week.

    In the meantime, looking at my calendar, it hits me that we are fully in the swing of our busy season again, with multiple sports, practices, and teams per kid. Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Cinnamon Rolls, fruit
    Dinner – Sashimi, Rice, sauteed kale sprouts

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Cereal, fruit
    Dinner – Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Sardines

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Granola and Yogurt
    Dinner – Dinner out

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Dinner – Dinner out

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Toaster Pastries
    Dinner – Lobster Rolls, crudite

    Saturday Dinner: Dinner out

    Sunday Dinner: Dinner out

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of March 9, 2015

    I’m not sure what happened last week, except that I completely fell off the menu planning wagon. I just didn’t feel like planning my meals, but you know what? I spent the rest of the week wishing I had! Not that we didn’t eat pretty well, but I spent a lot more time than usual trying to figure out what the heck I was going to make each night. So I’m definitely back on the wagon this week.

    As for last week’s healthy dish, I did roast beets for the first time ever and totally forgot to take a photo. It was super easy to do, and I put on disposable latex gloves for the skin removal part, so I didn’t stain my hands purple. I liked them so much, I ordered them again in my next CSA box!

    Having gotten back on the menu planning wagon, however, I’m looking at our schedule for this coming week and see that we’re actually super busy and eating out several days. I don’t know that I’ll have the time or inclination to cook a new ingredient or dish this week, given our rather crazy schedule. So instead of putting that pressure on myself, I’m going to try kombucha. It’s supposed to be healthy, but nothing I’ve ever read about it has made me think it sounds inviting. And yes, I’m afraid to try it. Which is exactly why I’ll give it a go.

    And here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Eating out

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches
    Dinner – Sandwiches, Crudite

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Pancakes
    Dinner – Dinner out

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Granola and yogurt
    Dinner – Pasta Salad

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Apple Yogurt Cake
    Dinner – Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl

    Saturday Dinner: Leftovers

    Sunday Dinner: Breakfast (French toast, sausage, fruit)

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


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