Random Stuff & Next Week’s Meal Plan


Thank you for your sweet comments yesterday! I always appreciate what you have to say and love hearing your¬†personal stories too ūüôā Really, thank you for sharing with me.

So I am all excited it’s Friday and even more excited that winter break is approaching. We may not celebrate Christmas but I do look forward to the no school thing as well as some of the fun stuff we have planned like The Big Apple Circus and¬†a quick little trip to¬†Boston for a few days too!

A few random things from this week:

I am obsessed with those new Pure Barre Tone in 10 workouts that I mentioned to you in Sunday’s post.

Pure Barre Tone in 10

I ordered the set of six workouts which stream online and I have been playing around with 10 minute workout combinations all week.

More details to come about these awesome new Pure Barre workouts¬†in this Sunday’s workout recap post but oh my, they are challenging and leave me sore (this is a good thing!).

I didn’t stick to our meal plan Wednesday night because we went out for dinner to The Cheesecake Factory instead.

Cheesecake Factory Salad

I had a gift card (Thanks Hanukkah!) and it was the perfect night to eat out since I had all of the carpets in my house cleaned during the day so everything (except the kitchen) was wet and smelled like soap. Staying out of the house for as long as possible was the way to do things and the perfect excuse for not cooking even though the kitchen was perfectly accessible.

Meal Planning:

I intend to do some food prep¬† Sunday morning. I don’t normally but there are a few things I want to make in advance of the week ahead:

Meatless Meatballs – I don’t even know if I will eat them this week or just freeze them.

Quinoa – For salads, power bowls and chili if I decide to make it before Sunday.

Cold S’Mores – An oldie but goodie¬†dessert¬†recipe of mine¬†which is perfect for prepping and freezing¬†in advance – I will share with you next week!

If you are wondering how I go about figuring out our dinners for the week ahead, my process is this:

I pay attention to the recipe blogs I follow all week. If I come across a recipe that I think my son would like, I pin it to my meal planning board on pinterest. Later on in the week, I take a look at those pins plus pull inspiration from the rest of my pinterest boards and then discuss the dinner ideas with him (always the fun part).

I try to keep some nights easy, some nights leftovers and the more involved meals on the nights we are around and have the time. Although, I don’t love anything too involved ever!

Weekly Meal Plan December 14 - 20

MondayBeef Taco Bowls (looks really easy! I will make a vegetarian version for myself)

Tuesday – Pizza night (I may make my sweet potato pizza bites for me)

WednesdayPeanut Sauce Veggie Fried Rice  (Very excited about this! May sub the tofu with chick peas)

Thursday – Out for dinner

FridayРLoaded baked potatoes (perfect long run fuel) but want to make this Mexican 7 layer mashed potato bake for my son

Saturday – Out for dinner

Sunday РSweet Potato Vegetarian Chili

Extra recipes of interest:

25 Vegan Cookie Recipes

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House¬†– Totally planning to make this one night! I bought the gingerbread house kit last year (or the year before?) from Trader Joe’s but it wasn’t awesome. This looks easy enough and more fun.

Healthy Carrot Muffins

Flourless & Grain Free Fudge Brownie Bites – I keep meaning to make these again. Reminder for both of us!

Have a great weekend!

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3 things you are doing this weekend?

Are you a routine food prepper?

Are you making a gingerbread house this yar? What do you use? A kit? Graham Crackers? Actual Gingerbread that you bake? Tell me!

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