Moderate Minded Mama

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Meal prep Monday! February 1, 2016

Filed under: Food For The Soul,Uncategorized — laurab06 @ 10:41 am

I typically meal plan on Saturday, organize my pantry/fridge and prep shopping lists on Sunday, and shop/prep food Monday’s. 

After I drop big kid at school the littles and I hit up Starbucks in town and then Aldi & Costco. Have I told you how much I LOVE those two stores!! Anything I can’t find there hubby usually picks up from Meijer or Jewel on his way home from work one day. I seriously loathe grocery shopping with all three kids OR shopping multiple times a week 😜. 

So, here is what’s on our meal plan this week:


  • French toast sticks (Lily)
  • Oatmeal (all)
  • PB Breakfast balls (Lily and Ana)
  • Pancakes and bacon (all)
  • Sausage and hash browns (all)
  • Eggs & vegs (me)


  • Lily rotates between: homemade “lunchable”, bagel with cream cheese, hard boiled eggs, and ham sandwiches. All which are served with a fruit and vegetable.
  • Ana, Isabel, and I will be having: pasta and steamed California mix, fish sticks with fries and raw vegs, salmon patties and braised Brussels sprouts, probably PB&J with carrots one day too.


  • Tacos! (check out the homemade taco seasoning recipe I use here)
  • Crock pot chili with my favorite gf cornbread
  • Veg and cabbage soup 
  • Crock pot beef roast and vegs (carrots, potatoes, squash, celery, onion)

Bonus, she usually gets a Costco hotdog & it makes her so happy.

What’s on your menu this week?


    Our Newest Menu! January 11, 2014

    Filed under: Recipes — laurab06 @ 12:27 am

    I’m in a recipe rut. Nobody in the house seems to be any help. I was looking for inspiration online and managed to strike gold. In an effort to “stir up the pot” but not stray too far from our typical meals this is the menu I’ve laid out for the next few weeks. I say weeks because these will make lots of left overs which I can freeze for future meals.

    Peanut Butter Granola Bars (subbing in a chia egg and almond butter)
    – Smoothies & Bacon (Try this Tropical Green smoothie from or this one from MindBodyGreen!)
    – Pancakes & Sausage (homemade sausage idea from MarksDailyApple!)
    Sweet Potato & Black Bean Hash

    – GF Fried Chicken Tenders (I use Cooking For Isaiah flour mix and coconut milk instead of egg to bread)
    – Ham roll ups, fresh fruits and veggies with hummus dip (simple and one of my kids favorites)
    Sweet Potato and Kale Patties (we used turkey last time and they were amazing)
    Chicken and Broccoli Chowder

    5 Ingredient Taco Rice Bake
    Ham and White Beans (Crock Pot! I usually sneak some VERY finely diced veggies in this!)
    BBQ Chili (we use homemade stock and cooked ground beef) and gf/df/ef corn bread
    – Leftover Maple Bacon Pork Loin w/ Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    A few notes about our meals.
    1) We make a lot from scratch with the allergies in our house. If your family cannot swing strictly homemade aim for quality ingredients over quantity. Especially when it comes to meats and eggs. Making half of a main dish recipe with high quality ingredients and eating smaller portions (with lots more fresh veggies and fruits!) will make you feel immensely better and save you $$$$.
    2) Every meal in our house is accompanied by a raw, steamed, or roasted vegetable. I don’t always list them here because I haven’t checked sales ads/Costco to see what’s on sale yet. 🙂
    3) I.cook.a lot. A LOT. We like it that way! Our kids help out (even the little one!) & it is a great learning experience. The more they help the more likely they are to eat the meal.
    4) Nobody is perfect. Even though I have these meals planned you bet there will be a night where I boil some gluten free noodles, open a jar of sauce, steam some veggies and called it a day. Heck, last night our kiddos had organic canned black beans, reheated french fries, avocado, and raw pear for dinner. Why? I had a migraine and there wasn’t much easily prepared. We aim for good weeks, especially with two (occasionally picky) kids in the house 🙂

    I’m curious, do you meal plan? What meals are on the menu for next week?


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