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April 3, 2019

Well Fed Weekly Meal Plan #6 : Easy Healthy Dinners

The snow is melting, the days are getting longer, and I’ve got a little skip back in my step as we emerge from a long and hard winter. Better weather yields for busier days and more places to go and things to do so I need some quick and easy meals. This week I have compiled some of our tried and true familia favorites. I hope you and your family love them as well.

Hey, stop. Before you go any further, if you haven’t read how I meal plan, you might want to check it out to understand this a little better. Cool, thanks.

Dinner 1 (M/TH): Minimalist Baker’s Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes  

Photo by Minimalist Baker

First of all Minimalist Baker is amazing. She always has the best, easiest, and healthiest recipes. So shout out to my girl. But this one is SUPER easy. She roasts her chick peas in spices and they get all crunchy and delicious and it’s totally amazing but if you don’t got time for that you can skip that part and just use regular chick peas. I put this together in the pinchiest of pinches: preheated the oven washed off some sweet potatoes, sliced them in half, coated them with olive oil, stuck them in the oven and let them do their thing while I got some Etsy orders done. The actual prep time for this meal is literally like 10-15 mins. Other than the sweet potatoes, drain some chick peas, whip up the sauce real quick, and get your toppings, and wham bam boom all done!

Dinner 2 (T/F): Pinch of Yum’s Firecracker Vegan Lettuce Wraps

Photo by Pinch of Yum

Ok yall. This is our new favorite dinner. Oh my gosh golly goodness it is SO good. Crispy fried up tofu, brown rice noodles, literally the most tasty peanut sauce I’ve ever had, all wrapped up in a nice crispy, crunchy lettuce leaf. If you do not like tofu or if it grosses you out, I beg you to try this recipe because I think it just might change your life. The most important thing you can do for tofu is fry it up for a good while, obviously don’t let it burn, but toss in some olive oil, tofu cubes, and give it a stir every few minutes until it has a crispy outside layer.

Dinner 3 (W/Sat): Apron String’s One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Photo by Apron Strings Blog

I’m all about a recipe that says “one pot” in the title. One pot means less dishes for me to do. This recipe literally calls for you to dump a ton of stuff in a pot, boil it, then drain it and serve. How can you not be down with this? It’s a nice fresh spring pasta dish.

Dinner 4 (Sun)Well Fed Familia Pressed pesto hummus and roasted vegetable wraps

This is yet another go to or us. When I am meal planning and I don’t literally want to use a single brain cell, I put this down for a couple of dinners. It is easy, healthy, versatile, colorful, warm, and even the meat eaters I’ve made this for love it too. There is no deprivation here, it is a filling meal between the thick and hearty hummus and all nutrient dense roasted veggies. If you really need to get this ish done and on the plate in no time just buy some good pre-made hummus and pesto.

I hope this helps give you some ideas for your weekly menu. Whether you use just one of these recipes or the whole meal plan, I wish you happy cooking and eating. As always, stay well fed my friends!

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February 11, 2019

Well fed weekly meal plan #5: Money saving meals

Happy love month my people! You know what, now that I say that I take it back because every month should be love month, right? Really though, let’s work on loving our people and those around us and beyond every day of every month. Easy enough? Haha we can at least strive for that. Ok now that I’ve gotten sidetracked I will share the point of this post: another weekly meal plan! Whoop whoop! This week I bring you our family’s favorite healthy money saving meals. On a budget? We sure are. Here are some tasty and satisfying eats that will keep you on track with your budget!

Any recipe I add in these meal plans are my own or recipes that I have found over the years and have been tried and true winners for our family. Of course, you know the size of the crowd you’re cooking for, so if you are going to follow this week’s meal plan, look at the portions to decide if you will need to double/triple/whatever the recipe.  This meal plan includes dinner, lunch, and breakfast. Yes, we eat a lot of leftovers, yes we eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch 7 days in a row (usually) but it saves money and time and that’s why I spend so much time looking for recipes and coming up with recipes we love. I hope you enjoy!

Hey, stop. Before you go any further, if you haven’t read how I meal plan, you might want to check it out to understand this a little better. Cool, thanks.

Dinner 1(M/TH): The Garden Grazer’s Black Bean tacos with Avocado Cilantro sauce

Buy the beans in bulk, cook what you need and it will save you so much over time in eating your beans this way. This kind of meal is almost a no brainer and doesn’t require very many ingredients. Filling, satisfying, full of protein, and customizable.

Dinner 2 (T/F): Budget Byte’s Thai Curry Vegetable Soup

When you click on the link this recipe has the cost of the ingredients broken down for you. How cool is that? A creative and flavorful soup made with rice noodles, veggies, and a comforting broth. Perfect for winter and perfect for saving some green.

Dinner 3 (W/Sat): Pass the Plants’ Best Damn Vegan Lasagna


This was one of the first intentionally vegan meals I ever made. I thought it sounded kinda weird using tofu….but omg let me tell ya’ll- it is ingenious to use tofu (herbed and spiced up) as a ricotta substitute. Also it is full of healthy protein. Check this recipe out for sure. And not purchasing meat is a major money saver.

Dinner 4 (Sun): Minimalist Baker’s Thai Carrot Salad with Curried Cashews

How fun does this recipe sound? Or am I the only one that would consider recipes fun..? I know, I’m weird J.  A hearty green salad kicked up with carrots, homemade curried cashews (it’s just tossing nuts in some stuff and roasting them in your oven) and then a delicious sweet thai peanut dressing. Sign me up please! Another quick, easy, money saving meal to add to your menu this week.

Lunch for all: The Food Charlatan’s 20 minute Lemon Broccoli Pasta Skillet


To pull of feeding 3 of us lunch for a full week I make a GIANT pot of this and we all typically have some kind of fruit alongside it. I’m telling you- this is a go to on a week where I don’t feel like putting ANY effort into lunches- it is so quick and easy to throw together and then you have lunch for the whole gang for days!

Breakfast for husband and toddler: Old fashioned rolled oats with berries, bananas, and peanut butter every dang day because it is cheap, filling, and nutritious.

Breakfast for me: Well Fed Familia’s Vegan Morning Power Protein Smoothie

I get fixated on a breakfast item and eat it for breakfast everyday for about a month and then I get sick of it and take a few months off before I eat it again. Well in September I got on a smoothie kick. Loads of goodness and healthy protein keeps me fueled and full for the morning until lunchtime and my toddler always steals at least 10 sips as well. If you don’t want to do the protein powder just throw in ¼ cup of oats which will give you extra protein and help to fill you up.

I hope this helps give you some ideas for your weekly menu. Whether you use just one of these recipes or the whole meal plan, I wish you happy cooking and eating. As always, stay well fed my friends!

In Weekly meal plans on
November 13, 2017

Well Fed Weekly Meal Plan #2

WHAT?! Another weekly meal plan to make your life easier?! Yes! You are welcome. But for real, I think meal planning is fun… so maybe this is actually selfish and I should be thanking you that I now have a reason to post my meal plans to the interwebs for all to see…hmm. As always our weekly meals are recipes that I spent lots of time hunting down and are tried and true favs. If you want to know how I meal plan check out this post so you can better understand this meal plan.

Dinner 1: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

Fun fact- this was the first meatless meal I served to my family when I was in college. They are big meat people and I remember being anxious that my dad especially would not like it, but sure enough, he did! Right, dad? I have loved and used this recipe for 6 years now! Sweet potato and black bean goodness accompanied by flavorful Spanish rice all wrapped up? Who wouldn’t love it! Vegetarian, could be vegan if you use an oil or vegan butter for the rice and veggies, and skip the cheese. *images from The Gouda Life.

Dinner 2: Garlic White Wine (brown rice) Pasta with Brussel Sprouts

Image from MinimalistBaker

Minimalist Baker is my go to girl. We are basically bffs. Not really, actually. She has no idea I even exist but it’s all good cause she comes up with amazing, creative, and delicious plant based recipes! I add broccoli to this dish as well. This is a yummy comfort dish. You feel guilty eating it BUT the fact that it is made with brown rice pasta, nut milk, nutritional yeast, and vegan cheese makes it much less fatty and calorie dense. Vegan unless you can’t find vegan parm and are ok using regular parm.

Dinner 3: Slow Cooker 3 Bean Chili

Image from AberdeensKitchen

Who doesn’t love a recipe where 90% of the instructions involve dumping things into a pot..? AND you get to back away and let the crockpot take care of it all once everything is inside.! This is a great meatless chili and I love this on a busy day. Cut up a few things and then dump it all in the crockpot, let some time go by, and you’ve got a delicious dinner waiting for you. Vegan, or Vegetarian if you want to doctor this up with cheese etc. 

Dinner 4: Mediterranean Tostadas

My newest recipe on the blog. You should definitely check it out and make these if you have not already. This is such an uncomplicated yet delicious and healthy dish. Vegetarian but can be vegan if you skip the tzatziki sauce and feta.

Lunch for the week:

Adrie and baby-

Mexican Street Corn Quinoa Salad

Image from JeanettesHealthyLiving

Have you ever had Mexican street corn? SO DANG GOOD. This is that, but in a quinoa salad form. Take away the cojita cheese to keep this vegan. Also, throw in some spinach for a health boost. We are gonna eat this half of the week and the next recipe the second half of the week.

Lemony Kale and White Bean Soup

Image from ForkKnifeSwoon

This one is simple, light, and easy to make. While I love cooking dinners- I want my lunch recipes to be almost mindless so that I don’t have to literally live in the kitchen all day. This is one of those “mindless” recipes that does not take long at all to make and requires very little effort to get you a healthy and tasty meal.

 

Husband

One Pan Roasted Veggies and Chicken Sausage

Image from ChelseasMessyApron

Sometimes I throw a little meat in with hubster’s lunches because if we are being honest, it makes things a little quicker-like literally purchase some chicken sausages and cut them up, chop a heck ton of potatoes, carrots, and green beans, roast those suckers up and boom- hearty, filling lunch for hub for the whole week!


I am leaving out breakfast and snacks this week because it is the same from the first well fed weekly meal plan!

Happy reading, planning, list making, grocery shopping, cooking, and eating!

In Blog, Food, Weekly meal plans on
October 29, 2017

Well Fed Weekly Meal Plan #1

The cold has come to Texas and I could not be happier about it! Well honestly who knows how long it will last. Any Texan knows that Texas has bipolar weather so while it was 33 degrees (F) last night it will likely be back in the 90s by the end of the week (le sigh). This weather has had me craving some warm comforting food so that is what I have planned for the week!

Any recipe I add in these meal plans are my own or recipes that I have found over the years and have been tried and true winners for our family. Next to the recipe I will note any changes I made and any dietary specifications. Of course, you know the size of the crowd you’re cooking for, so if you plan to follow this meal plan, look at the portions to decide if you will need to double/triple/whatever the recipe.  This meal plan includes dinner, lunch, breakfast, and snacks for the week. Yes, we eat a lot of leftovers, yes we eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch 7 days in a row (usually) but it saves money and time and that’s why I spend so much time looking for recipes and coming up with recipes we love. I hope you enjoy!

Hey, stop. Before you go any further, if you haven’t read how I meal plan, you might want to check it out to understand this a little better. Cool, thanks.


Dinners

Dinner 1 (M/TH):  Turmeric Roasted Veggies with Hummus and Couscous – fast, healthy, delicious, always a winner. (vegan, can be gluten free if you use a different grain, not couscous).

Dinner 2 (T/F):Lemony Chicken and Veggie Soup by The Cozy Apron– This has been a favorite for years! The herbs de provence, the leeks, the lemon- it is just genius. We have coined it “Sicky Stelly Soup” because we love to eat it when one of us has a cold for the immunity boost from the lemon and it is just so soothing. If you are vegan or vegetarian you can omit the chicken and do chickpeas or white beans, we love to eat it this way as well. (gluten free and can easily be made vegan if you omit the chicken, use vegan butter, and use beans.)

Image from The Cozy Apron

 

Dinner 3 (W/Sat): Lentil Sheperd’s Pie by Plant Based Cooking– Ok, before you look over this one because lentils, come back and consider it. This recipe is SO good. So comforting, so filling, and just so happy to eat. I am not a mushroom person, so I omitted those and used some organic corn. I have also skipped the roasting garlic business at the beginning when in a pinch and just added garlic powder to the mashed potatoes at the end. If you are not 100% committed vegan you can just use regular Worcestershire and regular butter for the potatoes and or to sauté the veggies, that’s what I do. 

Image from Plant Based Cooking

Dinner 4 (Sun): Scrambled eggs with spinach and homemade sweet potato hash browns- I plan to do a post on this eventually because we eat it so often. For now though, you just literally scramble some eggs with some spinach and best case scenario use a food processor with a vegetable/cheese shredder to chop your sweet potato and then sauté those bad boys up in a skillet with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a pinch of garlic. Top with salsa for a real party in your mouth. (vegetarian)


Lunches

Lunch for husband: One Pot Zucchini and Mushroom Pasta by Damn Delicious– I make a big pot of this and all he has to do is get a Tupperware container in the morning and fill it up to take to work. (vegetarian, use rice noodles for gluten free)

Image from Damn Delicious

Lunch for Adrienne and baby: Vegetable Fritters with Avocado Lime Dip – I make a double recipe to last for the week. (vegetarian)


Breakfast

Breakfast for all: Oatmeal with berries, bananas, and peanut butter 


Snacks

Husband– Big ole bag of Trail Mix – I make this in the bulk section at the grocery store. I just might have to post a recipe for this eventually.

All–  Apples and PB, Mary’s Gone Crackers and 5 minute hummus, (we dip baby’s rice puffs in hummus for her)

AdrienneGoMacro MacroBar, Organic Vegan Protein Bar, Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip, Salt and Pepper Popcorn

Baby– Stonyfield organic yogurt, Blueberry Larabars, organic mozzarella string cheese

Happy Meal Planning, folks!

In Blog, Weekly meal plans on
October 23, 2017

WEEKLY MEAL PLANS (the deets)

Well hello there! One of the things I am most excited about posting on my blog is weekly meal plans. I wanted to share in this post a little about what you can expect.

When it comes to my weekly meal plans there will be different set ups occasionally. Sometimes I will post a weekly meal plan with only dinners, sometimes I will do dinners and lunches, and sometimes I’ll really go big and make a meal plan of everything we eat that week- breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I will specify on each post what you can expect to see! Another important thing to note is that we are a hardcore leftovers family. There are 7 nights in a week but to save myself from having to cook dinner every night I cook 3 dinners throughout the week that will provide 6 meals for us and the 4th dinner is either a nicer meal like fish or a super simple meal like scrambled eggs.

Here is my formula: On Sunday night I sit down and look at our week plans and make a menu based off what we have going on Monday- Sunday. Grocery shopping happens on Monday. My goal is to get all the food we need that week to last from Monday dinner to the next Monday’s breakfast.  On an average week we eat all of our meals at home for money saving purposes and health purposes. This is how I typically plan for a weeks’ worth of food-

  • Breakfast for 7 days which is almost ALWAYS oatmeal for our family unless we are going out or celebrating something.
  • Husband lunches for 7 days
  • Adrienne and baby E lunches for 7 days
  • Dinner 1 (to be split and eaten Monday and Thursday night or any 2 nights of the week)
  • Dinner 2 (to be split and eaten Tuesday and Friday night or any 2 nights of the week )
  • Dinner 3 (to be split and eaten Wednesday and Saturday night or any 2 nights of the week )
  • Dinner 4 (something simple, or dinner out, or reserved for having a special meal with friends or family over)

Whether you look at one of my weekly meal plans and follow it to a T for a week or even just take one or two of the meal ideas and incorporate them into your weekly food- I hope this is a helpful tool to you. The recipes I share will be mine or recipes that I have made and we have loved many times. Happy meal planning, friends! My hope is to post my first weekly meal plan for y’all next Sunday!