July 21, 2019

A week for us and some simple recipes for the 8 month old.

The Gist

Breakfast: I’m still skipping breakfast, but have yogurt in the fridge for the baby. Mixed with some fruit, it’s an easy breakfast.

Lunch: mexican cesar salads

Snacks: nuts, fruit

Dinner: We’re getting the Fresh Market meal deal this week for two nights, and had dinner taken care of Sunday at a friend’s. We’ll be doing some mexican stuffed peppers for meatless monday and chicken piccata the other nights, both with salad!

Baby: some simple muffins, homemade applesauce, and she’ll eat a few bites of the above listed meals

The List

  • Lemons (2)
  • Parsley
  • Avocado (1)
  • Limes (2)
  • Jalapeno (2)
  • Peaches (3 for salads, more if you want them for snacks!)
  • Romaine
  • Banana (need 1 for baby muffins and a few others for snacks)
  • Arugula or whatever salad greens you like
  • Apples (2)
  • Red bell peppers (2)
  • Capers
  • Chicken breasts (4)
  • Rice
  • Shredded mexican cheese
  • Cotjia
  • Feta
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt (I do plain, whole fat yogurt for the baby)
  • Frozen spinach
  • Black beans (1 can)
  • Pepitas

The Details

Sunday night: Dinner at a friend’s

Monday night: Meatless monday! We’re doing mexican stuffed bell peppers. I cook up some rice and add it along with some black beans and shredded cheese into the red bell peppers that have been scooped of their inner seeds. Sprinkle some more cheese on top and bake them at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Top with avocado and serve! I also did a simple feta and peach salad to go alongside it – arugula, peaches, feta, and a simple lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper dressing.

Tuesday night: Chicken piccata served with the same salad as monday night.

Wednesday night: more chicken piccata and salad.

Thursday night: BLTs from the Fresh Market Meal Deal

Friday night: Same as Thursday

Weekday salads: chopped romaine, sliced jalapeños, grilled chicken breasts, pepitas, and avocado all tossed with a little lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper!

For the baby: banana spinach muffins! Toss one banana, half a cup of frozen spinach, and one egg in the blender. Bake them in muffin tins at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. My baby LOVES them! The apple sauce is simply apples (steamed to soften) and some cinnamon in a food processor.

July 14, 2019

It’s been a while… sorry. No more keto specific recipes for now, but they may make a come back. I’ll also be adding in some things I’m buying for my 8 month old to eat as we do baby led weaning!

The Gist

Breakfast: I’m currently doing intermittent fasting and not eating until 12 o’clock each day (wish me luck) so no breakfast recipes for a bit!

Lunch: kale salads w/ roasted potatoes, shaved asparagus, and lemon dressing

Snacks: nuts

Dinner: Only four night of dinner this week due to some traveling. Pork pineapple stir fry, and taco salad bowls.

The List

  • Kale
  • Potatoes
  • Lemons (2)
  • Garlic
  • Limes (2)
  • Pineapple (I used 1 can of pre-diced)
  • Red bell pepper (2)
  • Salad greens – arugula for us
  • Spring onions
  • Fresh ginger (need 1 tbsp grated)
  • Avocado (2)
  • Asparagus (1 bundle)
  • Nuts – cashews and almonds
  • Pork tenderloin – 2lbs
  • Ground beef – 2lbs
  • Black beans (1 can)
  • Rice vinegar
  • Honey
  • Coconut milk (1 can)
  • Jasmine rice
  • Soy sauce
  • Tortilla chips
    • $98.56 from Whole Foods and farmers market

The Details

Sunday night: We’re returning to to town Sunday so we’ll pick up something easy for dinner this night.

Monday night: Pork pineapple stir fry

Tuesday night: Pork pineapple stir fry

Wednesday night: Taco salad bowls

Thursday night: Taco salad bowls

 

  • Pork and pineapple stir fry recipe can be found here.
  • Our taco salad bowls are just greens tossed with lime juice, olive oil and salt. Top it with the cooked ground beef (seasoned with cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and whatever else you like), avocado, red bell pepper, black beans, and tortilla chips!

March 17, 2019

Winding down on this whole keto thing… it’s so hard to plan for! Most of the dinner recipes this week are still keto-friendly, but we’re moving away from them heading forward.

The Gist

Breakfast: yogurt w/ granola

Lunch: kale salads w/ roasted potatoes, shaved asparagus, and lemon dressing

Snacks: nuts, dried mango

Dinner: Leftover brunch (asparagus and parm frittata, cinnamon rolls, hashbrowns, fruit salad, and bacon), cauliflower stir fry with chicken sausage, pork chops and asparagus

The List

  • Kale
  • Potatoes
  • Lemons (2)
  • Garlic
  • White onion (1)
  • Raspberries, mango, apple, cantaloupe, and kiwi (for fruit salad, but whatever you want works!)
  • Cauliflower (2 large heads)
  • Green onions
  • Parsley
  • Asparagus (2 bundles)
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt (I like plain with granola)
  • Parm cheese
  • Bacon
  • Pork chops x4
  • Chicken sausage
  • Grainy mustard
  • Sriracha
  • Granola
  • Cinnamon buns
  • Bread crumbs
    • $81.34 from Whole Foods, Lidl, and Fresh Market

The Details

Sunday night: We had friends over for brunch on Saturday and I knew we’d have leftovers. We’re eating those for dinner tonight!

Monday night: Cauliflower stir fry

Tuesday night: Cauliflower stir fry

Wednesday night: Pork chops w/ asparagus

Thursday night: Pork chops w/ asparagus

 

  • The frittata recipe can be found here, cinnamon rolls are self explanatory, as is the fruit salad (I drizzle mine with lime juice!), we fry bacon in the pan then add the diced potatoes and onion to the bacon fat to make hash browns.
  • Cauliflower stir fry is found here. I added chicken sausage into it for a bit more protein.
  • Pork chops we just season and cook in the cast iron pan. I used this recipe to make some yummy asparagus!

March 3, 2019

A few more keto-friendly meals this week, including one of the Fresh Market meal deals. You’ll see two different lunches this week – one for me (not keto!) and one for my husband. Also, I should note, my husband eats hard boiled eggs for breakfast and that’s it – anything else you see if for me, as is the fruit! (The recipes I follow for each meal are listed at the very bottom.)

The Gist

Breakfast: kale pineapple smoothies

Lunch: veggie sandwiches, bunless burgers w/ cheese

Snacks: frozen fruit, nuts

Dinner: cauliflower crust pizza, lettuce wraps, and pot roast from Fresh Market

The List

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Butter lettuce
  • Avocado (3)
  • Basil
  • Cucumbers (1 large or 3-4 small)
  • Kale (1 bunch)
  • Bananas (3 – chop them up and freeze them!)
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell pepper – 1 red
  • Ground turkey (2 lbs)
  • Pepperoni
  • Ground beef (2 lbs for burgers)
  • Provole
  • Yogurt (1 tub of plain)
  • Eggs
  • Mozzarella
  • American cheese slices (for burgers)
  • Frozen pineapple
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sandwich bread
  • Frozen cauliflower crust for pizza
    • $55.31 at Lidl
    • $25 at Fresh Market for the Meal Deal

The Details

Sunday night: Lettuce wraps

Monday night: Lettuce wraps

Tuesday night: Cauliflower crust pizza

Wednesday night: Fresh market pot roast

Thursday night: Fresh market pot roast

 

  • Kale and pineapple smoothie recipe can be found here and adapted to any way you like it.
  • My veggies sandwiches of the week: slice of provolone cheese, thinly sliced cucumber, avocado, romaine lettuce, and basil mayo. You can always add meat!
  • Burger: my husband just seasons up the ground beef, makes patties and tops with American cheese 🙂
  • Lettuce wraps: season the ground turkey (we use salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and cumin) and cook with the chopped mushrooms and bell pepper. Add some hoison sauce or spicy Szechuan and put into some romaine lettuce. You can add a grain to bulk up the filling if desired.
  • Cauliflower crust pizza: We like the Whole Foods frozen cauliflower crust topped with garlic oil, mozzarella, and pepperoni.
  • Fresh Market pot roast deal is available at our store from March 6 – 12, but you can always check out the recipe and items in the meal and re-create if you don’t have a Fresh Market nearby!

 

February 24, 2019

Still trying to keep up with more keto-friendly dinner recipes. Some very yummy and very easy recipes for this week!

The Gist

Breakfast: yogurt/eggs

Lunch: kale and romaine salads w/ creamy lime dressing* (same as last week)

Snacks: frozen fruit, nuts

Dinner: salads with chicken**, slow cooker beef bourguignon***

The List

  • Kale
  • Limes (3)
  • Jalapeno
  • Baby arugula
  • Tomatoes
  • Scallions
  • Garlic
  • Avocado (2)
  • Carrots (2 large)
  • Yellow onion
  • Fresh thyme
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes (2 medium size)
  • Cilantro (for salad dressing and salads)
  • Sour cream
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Frozen fruit
  • Frozen pearl onions
  • Almonds (for snacking)
  • Corn tortillas
  • Whole chicken or rotisserie chicken
  • 1.5 lbs of stew beef
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dry red wine
  • Beef stock
  • Tomato paste
  • Egg noodles
    • $71.26 from Lidl and Whole Foods

The Details

Sunday night: We were out of town this weekend and ate leftover Chinese food from Friday night 🙂

Monday night: Beef bourguignon

Tuesday night: Beef bourguignon

Wednesday night: Salads with chicken

Thursday night: Salads with chicken

*Skipped the romaine lettuce this week and just did chopped kale with tomatoes, some tortilla strips (tossed in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes with salt and pepper) and this dressing

**SUPER easy, especially if you pick up a rotisserie chicken instead of roasting one yourself, salad. If you do your own chicken, this is how I do it. And here’s the simple recipe for salad itself.

***Low carb slow cooker beef bourguignon . I put mine over egg noodles and added in some potato for mine, but left those items out for my husband’s more keto-friendly version.

February 17, 2019

My husband is doing the keto diet thing. It’s torture for me! While I’m not doing the diet myself, I’m trying to keep our dinners as keto-friendly as possible.

The Gist

Breakfast: yogurt/eggs

Lunch: kale and romaine salads w/ creamy lime dressing*

Snacks: fruit

Dinner: spinach and artichoke chicken roll ups**, bunless burgers***, and omelets****

The List

  • Blueberries (just for snacking)
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Limes
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeno
  • Frozen spinach
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Asparagus
  • Pickles
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Tortillas
  • Sour cream
  • Mozzarella
  • Cream cheese
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • Bacon
  • 1 lb of ground beef
    • $69.42 from Lidl and Fresh Market

The Details

Sunday night: Spinach and artichoke chicken roll ups

Monday night: Spinach and artichoke chicken roll ups

Tuesday night: Bunless burgers

Wednesday night: Bunless burgers

Thursday night: Omelets

*Just chopped kale and romaine with some tomatoes and this dressing

**Delicious chicken roll ups 

***We season ground beef and made some burgers. Topped mine with pickles and mustard, all on a romaine lettuce “bun”!

****We sautéed some asparagus with garlic and fried up some bacon. Tossed it in the eggs with some leftover mozzarella to make our omelets.

February 10, 2019

It’s been a while… who knew having one tiny person to take care of could take up ALL of your time? Well, I do now. Back to meal planning now, and looking to lose the last few baby pounds!

The Gist

Breakfast: yogurt

Lunch: veggies w/ yogurt dip*, crispy chickpeas**

Snacks: fruit/frozen fruit

Dinner: pork chops with asparagus***, cauliflower crust pizzas****, lettuce wraps*****

The List

  • Blueberries
  • Mushrooms (2 packages sliced baby bellas)
  • Red bell pepper (1)
  • White onion (1)
  • Asparagus
  • Lettuce (I got romaine hearts)
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Sausage (I got 3 links, but enough for 2 pizzas)
  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • Pork chops (we have some in the freezer, but if you don’t – you should buy some!)
  • Eggs
  • Mozzarella
  • Greek yogurt (2 single serving cups of plain)
  • Cauliflower pizza crust (2)
  • Chickpeas (2 cans)
  • Frozen fruit
    • Total: $73.26 from Lidl and Whole Foods

The Details

Sunday night: Pork chops with asparagus

Monday night: Pizza

Tuesday night: Pizza

Wednesday night: Lettuce wraps

Thursday night: Lettuce wraps

*I’m over hummus so I wanted to make a different dip for veggies. I mix together the yogurt, a tiny bit of lemon juice, and dried dill, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and a few chili flakes to taste.

**I like this recipe for crispy chickpeas

***We had some pork chops in the freezer, so add whatever spices you want and pan sear those while asparagus roasts in the oven with some garlic.

****We put olive oil and garlic as the base, and top with cooked sausage, mozzarella, some onion and mushrooms!

*****Cook up the ground chicken or sausage with the bell pepper, some onion, and mushrooms. We mix in some hoisin and Szechuan spicy sauce and pop it into the lettuce.

October 14, 2018

Our little girl is due in about a month, and this week I added a few extra items to stock up our freezer for those first few days back at home with her.

The Gist

Breakfast: Oatmeal with fruit*

Lunch: Salads with shredded chicken, dried cranberries, wild rice, and apple cider vinaigrette**

Snacks: Cheddar bunnies, fruit, frozen yogurt bark***

Dinner: Shepherd’s pie****, breakfast tacos*****

The List

  • Raspberries
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Arugula
  • Yellow onion (2 small)
  • Carrots (4-5 large)
  • Potatoes (2 lbs)
  • Bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow)
  • Jalapeños (2 small)
  • Limes (2)
  • Eggs
  • Shredded cheese
  • Greek yogurt (2 cups)
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb)
  • Ground beef (1 1/4 lb)
  • Chorizo (2 links)
  • Annie’s cheddar bunnies (on sale 2 for $4 at WF!!)
  • Frozen peas
  • Dried cranberries
  • Beef stock
  • Corn tortillas
  • Frozen Trader Joe’s pizza
    • Total: $82.72 from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods

The Details

Sunday night: Shepherd’s pie

Monday night: Breakfast tacos

Tuesday night: Networking event for my husband’s company – dinner out!

Wednesday night: Breakfast tacos

Thursday night: Frozen pizza

*I’ve gotten really into oatmeal for breakfast the past few weeks. I didn’t know you could do this before, but you can cook an egg into the oatmeal which makes it extra creamy and adds protein. I’ve been using a variation of this recipe, and adding fruit and nuts to it. Keeps me full for hours!

**Pretty basic salad here – I cooked and shredded some chicken, then add it to some arugula with dried cranberries and wild rice, and top it off with a basic apple cider vinaigrette.

***Frozen yogurt bark is one of my new all-time favorite things ever. Easy to make, delicious snack! I used raspberries and pecans and chocolate chips I had in the freezer to top it off.

****I’m making this shepherd’s pie to have in the freezer for when the baby comes, and making a little extra for dinner one night this week.

*****No real recipe for these – just scrambling eggs with jalapeño, bell pepper, a few cooked potatoes, and cheese!

September 9, 2018

Craving pizza this week and 30 weeks pregnant, so pizza we shall have.

The fruit I picked was all on sale at Whole Foods for prime members, as were the Brat Hans organic chicken sausages!

The Gist

Breakfast: Cereal with fruit

Lunch: Salads with potatoes, radishes, pickled red onion, and vinaigrette*

Snacks: Fruit, rice crackers

Dinner: Pizza and salad**, slow cooker creamy tomato chicken with broccolini and potatoes***

The List

  • Blackberries
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Salad greens – arugula and kale
  • Radishes
  • Potatoes
  • Broccolini
  • Onion (1 red)
  • Cereal
  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Trader Joe’s rice cracker mix
  • Chicken – 4 boneless, skinless breasts
  • Brat Hans organic chicken sausages
  • Cheese for salads – crumbled feta
  • Heavy cream
  • 14.5 oz can of tomatoes w/ garlic and herbs
    • Total: $76.03 from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods

The Details

Sunday night: Pizza and salad

Monday night: Pizza and salad

Tuesday night: Creamy tomato chicken w/ potatoes

Wednesday night: We have a baby basics class at the hospital I’m delivering at, so Chipotle it is 🙂

Thursday night: Creamy tomato chicken w/ potatoes

*Salads are my standard this week – mix of greens with roasted potatoes, chopped radishes and pickled red onion (I just thinly slice the onion and let them sit in red wine vinegar.) For the dressing, I used 2 tablespoons of the pickling liquid, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, some poppy seeds, some dijon, and salt and pepper to taste.

**Pizza and salad coming to us from Mellow Mushroom – you can $5 off an online order of $25+ with the code Mel5

***For this slow cooker chicken – combine the chicken, canned tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, and any other spices you feel would make a nice addition in a slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 2-3 hours (or high for 1-2). Before serving, stir in a splash of heavy cream. I also tossed some diced potatoes and broccolini in olive oil and granulated garlic, and roasted them in a 425 degree oven (potatoes for ~45 and add the broccolini in for the last 15 minutes!)

August 26, 2018

We got a Fresh Market meal deal (these things are amazing) a few weeks ago and had a ton of leftover pork from the kebobs. We froze it and are using it this week for 2 nights. My grandmother’s 88th birthday is on Monday also, so we’ll be taking her out that night!

The Gist

Breakfast: Cereal with fruit (I can’t get enough of this right now!)

Lunch: Salads with turkey, celery, pecans, potatoes, and lemon parmesan dressing*

Snacks: Fruit, goldfish

Dinner: Breakfast for dinner**, rice with pork, mushrooms, and onion***

The List

  • Raspberries
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Lemons (2)
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms
  • Salad greens – I use kale
  • Onion (1 white)
  • Potatoes
  • Deli turkey
  • Bacon
  • Pork (we had leftover from before)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Chicken stock (we have some in the freezer to thaw)
  • Bread/english muffins
    • Total: $73.33 from the farmers market and Whole Foods

The Details

Sunday night: Breakfast for dinner

Monday night: Dinner for Grandma’s birthday

Tuesday night: Breakfast for dinner

Wednesday night: Rice with pork and veggies

Thursday night: Rice with pork and veggies

*For the salads – I just chop up celery and pecans to have on hand to add to the greens each day. I use Ina Garten’s roasted potato guide to the get crispy potatoes to add to the salads for a bit more texture and filling. My husbands adds deli turkey to his, I’m currently abstaining from this! The dress I make is finely grated parm cheese mixed with the juice of two lemons, olive oil, salt, and pepper. The amount of each is really up to you – I like mine very lemony but you might prefer to either dilute with a lot more EVOO or use less lemon juice!

**Breakfast for dinner is a craving of mine always, but especially pregnant. I do scrambled eggs, english muffin, and bacon. The. Best.

***Seasoned pork loin chunks are cooked in pan after being seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin. We use a combo brown rice-wild rice mix and add some minced garlic to the pan while the rice is simmering. Chopped onion and mushrooms go into the pan after the pork is removed. Rice and a bit of chicken stock are added in, and then the cooked pork. Mix it all up! Top with cheese if you need to 🙂