Feeding my family 3 whole-food meals a day is difficult. I hope that I am ALWAYS transparent about that. I choose to put in the time because I believe it is important. I think many people read blogs and assume that the author is living in a perfect world where kids beg for a second helping of veggies, dinner looks like a scene out of Martha Stewart, and every meal is ALWAYS home cooked and well-balanced.
This is simply not the case. There are definitely nights when I just plain old don't want to cook, and don't. I have noticed that this happens most when I do not have a set dinner plan. For that reason I have started making these weekly whole meal dinner plans. I go to the grocery store every Sunday afternoon, get what we need, and the results have been that we actually eat 5 homemade weeknight meals. I spend hours creating my meal plan and grocery list. Why reinvent the wheel? Save yourself time and energy and use this meal plan for your family. I hope you find it useful☺️.
WEEKLY WHOLE-FOOD MEAL PLAN: SEPTEMBER 14TH
Lemon- Rosemary Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
Sesame Ginger Pork Chops and Broccoli w/ Brown Rice
Chicken en Papillote with Zucchini and Tomatoes (Cooking Fresh, Pg. 21)
Skillet Summer Vegetable Lasagna w/ Caesar Salad
Grass Fed Burgers/ Corn on the Cob/ Fruit
SKILLET SUMMER VEGETABLE LASAGNA: FROM SIMPLY SISSOM
- A healthy twist on traditional baked lasagna. Whole wheat noodles, ricotta cheese, fresh summer veggies, and seasoned turkey are combined in a skillet to make a delicious Italian meal that is table ready in less than 30 minutes!
- Serve with Caesar Salad (Chop romaine lettuce. Top with shaved parmesan, croutons, and homemade or store-bought caesar dressing. If you buy dressing from the store make sure to check ingredients!)
LEMON-ROSEMARY ROATED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH POTATOES : FROM RACHAEL RAY
- What's not to love about a meal that comes together all on 1 pan? 10 minute prep. Healthy dinner done.
SESAME GINGER PORK CHOPS AND BROCCOLI: FROM RACHAEL RAY
- This dish is simple, but SOOOO good! I was worried about the pork being dry but it was bursting with flavor.
- Serve with "ASIAN SPICY BROWN RICE"
- Prepare 2 cups of brown rice according to package directions. Stir in ¼- 1 TBS of fermented chili paste. It is SPICY so taste as you go! I leave a little rice out with no chili paste for the kids.
SUN-DRIED TOMATO CHICKEN FLORENTINE PASTA: FROM PINCH OF YUM
- This pasta = the moment when everyone in your family falls in love with you for cooking something seemingly-fancy and reminds you of how good a nice big pot-o-comfort-food pasta really is. No unnecessary ingredients, just yummy pasta!
- Swap out the regular pasta for whole wheat for a added healthiness!
GRASS FED BURGERS WITH CORN ON THE COB: FROM SIMPLY SISSOM
- FOR BURGERS:
Rub each hamburger patty with a little bit of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
There are multiple ways that you can cook the burgers. My preference is the grill (because then Joe does the work..lol). The foreman grill is another great option. If you don't have access to a grill, don't worry, you can use a grill pan or skillet to cook the burgers! Top burgers with tomato, lettuce and pickles.
- FOR CORN:
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Place corn in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove from boiling water with tongs and place straight into a prepared ice bath (bowl with ice water) to stop cooking process. Serve immediately with butter and salt.
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