Meal Plan Mondays

Meal Plan Monday Third Edition: March 27-April 2

It’s time for the third edition of Meal Plan Mondays!

I’m going to admit, this one was a struggle to put together. Not because I don’t love sharing yummy, healthy meals with y’all, but because my mind has been all over the place lately. I tend to feel like I’m thriving when there’s about five to ten things on my plate at any given point. To an extent, this is true. At the same time, my brain starts to implode with all of the possibilities laid out before me.

Not only am I working to create valuable, interesting content for you, my amazing readers, I recently started a journey with network marketing! The whole concept is very appealing to me and I’m enjoying learning how to help people on paths similar to my own get healthy and gain financial freedom in the process. I’m excited to grow a team of like-minded moms (or dads) who don’t want to give up time with their kids but would like a side hustle, too! If this sounds like you, go here to read more about my story and sign up to see how this work from home opportunity can benefit you!

All of these new tasks I’ve taken on have made it hard for me to focus, so a few switches had to be turned off in order for me to get into the right frame of mind to curate my list of meals for this week! But I did it, even if it is a little late. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Monday – Tangy Lemon Noodle Bowl
photo courtesy of fitasamamabear.com

This amazingly simple recipe is from my girl Shelby over at Fit As A Mama Bear. Not only is this recipe jam packed with tons of veggies, the miso-based broth is a fermented product that’s great for gut health! I can get behind this. Vegetarian? No problem! Just omit the chicken.

I think my favorite part about this is how easy it is to steam veggies if you have an Instant Pot . Seriously fool proof, simple and oh so healthy! I feel like this recipe would be a great jumping off point for those looking to up their healthy eating game.

Tuesday – Pressure Cooker Thai Beef Curry

I’ve got another for y’all from Michelle over at Nom Nom Paleo. If you’re a fan of curry like we are, then you will love this dish!

Photo courtesy of nomnompaleo.com

This dish is another one that is made for the Instant Pot . Simply heat up the curry paste in the Instant Pot on Saute, and then add in all the ingredients. Select the “Stew” option and cook for 35 minutes on high pressure.

Whip up some cauliflower rice to serve it over and voila! Quick, delicious, Paleo-friendly meal in no time. Just go ahead and put this one on your meal plan now, it’s definitely worth making!

Wednesday – Sweet Potato, Sweet Italian Sausage and Cheese Frittata

Frittatas are one of my favorite go to weeknight meals. They’re kind of like having breakfast for dinner and you get free reign to put basically anything you want in them. My favorite frittata includes the following:

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage Crumbles
  • Reduced fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • vegetable oil

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Set the oven to 350 degrees.

Peel the skin off of the sweet potato and cut off both ends. Using the flat blade on the Spiralizer, cut the potato into thin, flat “noodles.” Dice the onion and toss in with the sweet potato “noodles.” Heat vegetable oil in the cast iron on medium-high eat until oil pops. Add in the sweet potato and onion and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Saute until the onion is translucent and the sweet potatoes are partially cooked – about 10 minutes. Toss in the turkey sausage crumbles. Turn off the heat. In a measuring cup, first whisk the whole eggs and then add in the egg whites. Whisk until well-mixed. Pour the eggs over the sweet potatoes, onions and sausasge crumbles. Make sure everything is evenly covered. Sprinkle cheese on top (use your discretion, here! Be as conservative or liberal as you want!).

Using an oven mitt, put the cast iron in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until frittata is fully cooked in the center. Slice into 4-6 pieces and enjoy!

Thursday – Pressure Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

If you’re a fan of chicken tortilla soup, then you’ll love this one by Marjorie over at A Pinch of Healthy! I’ve found several recipes over the years that were tasty, but either had a million ingredients in them or took up way too much time. With two small kids, those got nixed pretty quickly. Not only does this recipe include a doable, delectable list of ingredients, it’s perfect for the Instant Pot! Of course you could do it in the slow cooker, as well.

Photo courtesy of apinchofhealthy.com

Marjorie made this one with chicken breasts, though she notes they can easily be substituted for thighs for those that prefer them (I used thighs). This was actually the dish I made my hubs for Valentine’s Day this year! It was a huge hit and I didn’t have to spend hours make it. Win, win!

Friday – Butternut Squash Noodles with Shredded Brussels Sprouts, Walnuts & Caramelized Onions

If you can’t tell already, there are a few sites that I frequent often when it comes to meal planning. Inspiralized.com is one of them. Ali is just genius when it comes to making hearty, yummy meals that are low carbohydrate friendly.

photo courtesy of inspiralized.com

Her butternut squash recipes are the best. The simplicity of this one is partly why I love it. Make things even easier and pick up a bag of already shredded Brussels sprouts to save yourself the trouble! The roasted walnuts are a scrumptious addition, but can simply be omitted if there’s a nut allergy or you just don’t care for them.

This recipe is vegetarian, but like a lot of her meals, you can easily add shredded chicken or any other protein of your choice!

Saturday – Pressure Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Chops

Are you tired of the pressure cooker recipes yet? No? Good, because here’s another one. These delectable pork chops are from Jennifer Robbins at Predominantly Paleo. She is in fact so awesome at creating Paleo friendly recipes for the pressure cooker that she has her own book called Paleo Cooking With Your Instant Pot (affiliate link).

photo courtesy of predominantlypaleo.com

I would probably serve this with cauliflower rice and some fresh, steam green beans tossed in a little olive oil, salt, cracked pepper and garlic. Yum!

Sunday – Pizza! Kidding! But seriously, take a night off!

Well, if you want pizza, I definitely won’t judge you. There’s no doubt you have some leftovers in your fridge from the meals you’ve made earlier in the week, though! So whether you serve up seconds of your favorites from previous days, or eat out, everyone deserves at least one night out of the kitchen!


 

That’s it for the third edition of Meal Plan Monday! I hope you found something yummy enough to put your your own meal plan for the week. Do you have something that would be a great addition to this series? Contact me!

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