Meal Plan Monday

Hi all! I’m back with another installment of meal plan Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed your first day of Spring today! We are currently still snow covered over here, boo! But the forecast calls for warmer weather this week, so we are hoping for a huge melt and green grass soon! I’m so over this winter and am soo ready for Spring flowers!

As you know we are currently in the midst of another Whole 30! Soooo again all of the recipes featured in this post are Whole 30 Approved, or I made a few tweaks to make them Whole 30. We are currently on Day 22 and I feel like this round is flying by. I have been thinking of extending this round out a little past the 30 day mark, because I have some skin issues I am hoping will improve with a cleaner diet, but we will see!

We have really been mixing things up this round and trying lots of new and delicious recipes. Which has really helped the time fly by and has kept us from getting bored. My husband even mentioned today that the foods we have been eating have been so delicious that he really has no desire to go back to eating Standard American foods. Now this is a huge step for my sweet treat loving man!

OOOk on to the recipes!

Recipes

  1. Best Ever Pork Roast and Sauerkraut– Lori at the Kitchen Whisperer has an amazing recipe for pork and sauerkraut! This meal is complete comfort food for me and bring back so many memories! I subbed a chopped whole apple and a smudge of apple juice for the brown sugar in this recipe to make it Whole 30 compliant.
  2. Shepard’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping– I guess this week was all about comfort food for us. This recipe was another homey and delicious meal. I got grass fed ground beef on sale last week and this was a great way to use it up! Full of meat and veggies! Follow the link to Stacie’s recipe on the Real Food Dietitians site!! Sorry my picture is ugly, it really is delicious!
  3. Chicken Cacciatore– Purchase the Whole 30 book, it is filled with so manx amazing recipes! We made the Chicken Cacciatore with a whole roasted chicken that we raised ourselves and it was delicious. I served it over a baked potato for the hubby and I and over rice made with homemade bone broth for the kiddos! Check out my recipe for homemade broth here. Follow the link to the Whole 30 website for the recipe or just do yourself a huge favor and buy the book!

The rest of our meals I don’t really have recipes for! We made The Perfect Burger from the Whole 30 cookbook twice last week. We also had a ground beef and veggie stir fry and beef stew, both recipes that I am perfecting and should have up on here soon! Aidells’s Chicken and Apple Sausage with a side of veggies was another meal. And if you follow me on Instagram you know I have been on a salad kick lately so almost every meal has been accompanied by a salad. As well as leftovers with salads for lunch. Hey stick with what works!

Ooookkk so here are at least three hopefully new recipes that you can incorporate into your meal plan! Variety in your meals keeps things interesting and prevents you from getting bored.

Please leave me a comment and share your favorite Whole 30 recipes with me, I would loooove to give them a try!

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Meal Plan Monday 5

Hello Friends! It’s another edition of Meal Plan Monday here on the blog. I am coming at you a little late today. The day really got away from me today. We are planning for a huge winter storm tomorrow here in Pennsylvania and there was a lot that we needed to get done here on the home front. Being that it is already Mid March and this is our first (and hopefully only) huge storm of the Winter I’d say we are lucky. But to say everyone is panicking is an understatement. Now we are pretty calm and collected over here. The fridge is stocked with healthy, Whole 30 food. The 4 wheeler is gassed up and ready to plow us out and the generator is on standby just in case!

Now filling the fridge was my first priority today. And man those lines were huge at the store! Thankfully I didn’t need to stock up on milk, bread and eggs like everyone else.  I made an abbreviated meal plan for this week and just purchased enough for several healthy dinners.  We are on our third week of our Whole 30 and things are going pretty good! And last week we had a few really delicious meals… check them out below and click the link to take you to the original recipe!

Recipes

  1. Balsamic Beef Roast and Veggies– This recipe from Sarah at The Magical Slow Cooker was delicious! I loooove slow cooker recipes, and especially ones that taste great! Very easy and a great way to serve the beef roast I got on sale. Score!
  2. The Perfect Burger– Who doesn’t love a good burger? Steph from Stupid Easy Paleo got it right with this recipe! These were great and definitely took care of our burger cravings! I served mine with a salad and a side of sautéed cabbage. Delish and very satisfying! And I have been on a salad kick lately so this was awesome!
  3. Balsamic Roasted Pork Chops– My parents brought over pork chops for dinner one night and I just happened to have this recipe on my to try list! Amy from A Healthy Life for Me has so many amazing recipes on her blog and this one did not disappoint! We omitted the honey to make them Whole 30 compliant and they were great! And tasted delicious as leftovers the next day.
  4. Sweet and Savory Blueberry Omelet– We may have eaten this recipe a few times over the past week. Twice for brunch and once for dinner to be honest! Again from Steph at Stupid Easy Paleo this one fulfilled our sweet and savory cravings while on the Whole 30.

So there ya have it, our recipe roundup from last week! All of these we made Whole 30 Approved and were delicious and satisfying. The rest of our meals consisted of Eggplant Lasagna, an awesome Chicken Lettuce Wrap recipe I am working on, and tooonnnss of salads for me. Stay tuned next week for more awesome, Whole 30 approved Family meals! Hopefully this gives you a little inspiration!

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Meal Plan Monday 4

Happy Monday Friends! It’s that time again… time for me to fill you in on all my favorite recipes from last week! As I mentioned in my post last week we are doing another Whole 30. After our Disney Trip and a few crazy busy weeks around here we are in need of a little reset. And the Whole 30 Program is our go to when we need to get back on track!

We have a few Whole 30’s under our belt now so getting ready and adjusted to being on the program isn’t too hard for us anymore. Check out my post on our last round here! So in the spirit of the Whole 30 all of the recipes I have to share this week are Whole 30 approved. Now we are a family of five, two adults and three kiddos. And when we do the Whole 30 all of the dinners I make for the family are Whole 30 approved and everyone eats the same thing. I refuse to make separate dinners for the kids, and thankfully our kiddos are great eaters! Now breakfast and lunches for them may look a little different that what my husband and I are eating, and will include some non approved foods.

For all of us, these were our favorite recipes of the week! Again they all fit into my New Year’s theme of quick, easy and budget friendly. So check out these awesome Whole 30 Friendly Recipes and let me know what you think! Some are my recipes and others are from some amazing bloggers!

Recipes

  1. Whole 30 Sloppy Joe Bowls– Even though we are doing a Whole 30 I still try to find recipes that the kids will enjoy as well. This is a family favorite in our house and a bit of a comfort food! We topped baked sweet potatoes with this awesomeness! Thank you Chrissa from Physical Kitchness for this crowd pleaser! 
  2. The Best Pork Chop Ever– Katie from I am Katie definitely hit the nail on the head with the name of this recipe! Crispy and perfectly seasoned! Even my one year old gobbled hers up! Wonderful for lunch the next day as well.
  3. Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup– I made this recipe minus the chicken this week and it lasted us days! Filling and delicious. I love me a big bowl of soup!
  4. Paleo Meatloaf– Shanti from Life Made Full has this amazing meatloaf recipe on her blog! I did not have three pounds of ground beef like the recipe called for so I subbed in one pound of Whole 30 compliant Italian sausage and it turned out amazing! Great for breakfast and lunch as well!

 

So those are our favorite recipes from last week! These recipes made a ton of leftovers too, which was perfect for lunches the next day! That helps cut down on some of the food prep during a Whole 30! Stay tuned later this week for a detailed account of everything I ate during my first week of this round of the Whole 30 Program!!Hopefully this gives you all some new recipes to try and add into your meal plan! Leave me a comment with your favorite Whole 30 recipes!

 

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Eating Our Way Through Walt Disney World 2017

We loooooove Walt Disney World! I mean how can you not?! The sights, sounds and smells… it really is the most magical place on earth. We recently got home from our third trip as a family, and every trip is more magical than the last. I grew up going to Disney with my family and I feel so blessed to be able to make all of these amazing memories now with my children.

Those of you that have been following me for a little while now know that I am very much a planner. And I looovve lists for everything!! Now that totally comes in handy, because planning a Disney trip is a ton of work! I will not go into all of those details in this post, we would be here all day but for those interested stay tuned for more about that later. Now this post is ALLLLLL about one of the most important parts of the trip… the FOOD! Before every trip I do tons of research, scour all the blogs and come up with my must eat food list for the trip. For each of the four parks I make a list of all of the deliciousness I want to try! So exciting right?!?! Maybe a little crazy?! Maybe, but fun!

Now normally we eat pretty healthy. We generally avoid gluten and most dairy items at home and steer clear of processed foods. Buuuut at Disney all those rules go out the window… we are there to completely enjoy ourselves and that means to indulge on things we don’t eat on a regular basis. Now we avoid gluten and dairy in our daily lives because it makes us feel our best. We do not have any food allergies so that is why we can be more lax on vacation. Now for us when we go to Disney it’s all about living in the moment and enjoying every second we are there!

Here you will find my favorite things we ate on this past trip! We were not on the Disney Dining Plan and did not do a ton of sit down meals during our trip, so most of the things on this list you will be able to get without reservations. There is really no particular order to this list as we loved almost everything we tried. But stay turned for my reviews on each of our Table Service Meals coming soon!

Oook Here Goes… I’m getting hungry just typing this!!

 

Hollywood Studios

Butterfinger Cupcake!

Let’s start in Hollywood Studios as that was the first stop on our trip…

There were only two things on my list here to try and they were both decadent and delicious!

First the Butterfinger Cupcake ($5.59)  from Starring Rolls Cafe. I am not a huge cupcake person, but I would eat one of these everyday for the rest of my life. Under all of that amazing butterfinger deliciousness is vanilla buttercream frosting on top of a sweet and delicious chocolate cupcake. The cupcake is moist and has a specials chocolate frosting in the center! Satisfies all of your sweet cravings!

Second on the list was the Carrot Cake Cookie ($3.99) from Sweet Spells. Huge and delicious! Carrot cake and cream cheese icing sandwich… so good and big for the price!

We also grabbed a sandwich and some other snacks from Starring Rolls for lunch that day, and we had no complaints! We did not do a table                                                                                                             service meal in Hollywood Studios so I have no recommendations there!

 

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom wasn’t a huge eating park for us this time.  We did eat lunch at Flame Tree BBQ, which was delicious.  We got a few items and shared them all and were more than happy. Unfortunately we were starving and the kids were cranky, so I have no pictures from this meal. But I highly recommend it! The pulled pork sandwich and their platters were great. And it is an easy place to eat gluten free and fairly healthy!

We also got to have our first Mickey Bar of the trip here in Animal Kingdom! You can get these glorious chocolate dipped vanilla ice cream bars from any cart in any park. But there is just something about eating a Mickey Bar at Disney World that is special for all of us. And this was our youngest daughter’s first trip to Disney, so she got to experience her first ever Mickey Bar! Special Day!

And for those who love the Dole Whip they now serve them in Animal Kingdom! At Tamu Tamu Refreshments you can get one for $4.19. And for the adults they actually served a spiked Dole Whip, with either Dark or Coconut Rum for $7.00. Delicious on a hot, sunny day!

 

And that was about it of our eats in Animal Kingdom!

Magic Kingdom

Now this trip we spent a few days in Magic Kingdom and we ate a lot of amazing things! Between kids and running from ride to ride there are a few delicious things we ate that we didn’t get pictures of. Two of those being the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich ($7.49) and Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich ($10.29) from Sleep Hollow. These are a must eat every trip and are always a favorite. Although this trip I think the Chicken Waffle was not as good as it has been in the past. Boo, because this was one of my favorite things from our last trip.

We shared the Waffle Sandwiches along with Beef Nachos ($11.99)  with all of the toppings from Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe for lunch one day and that was more than enough food for our family of five.

Now this ginormous treat was delicious and enjoyed by all of us… by that I mean it took our whole gang to eat this thing.

This is a Cinnamon Roll from Gaston’s Tavern ($4.49). Sooo good and Little Miss could not take her eyes off of it! Also try LeFou’s Brew ($5.49) for a sweet drink!

One day we also grabbed lunch from The Lunching Pad in Tomorrow Land. Here we had the Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pretzel ($7.49), a Hot Dog ($7.99) and a Cream Cheese Pretzel ($7.49). Standard pretzels and hot dogs. The Ham and Cheese Pretzel was pretty good, but the Cream Cheese Pretzel was not as good as I expected. Way too much gluten for one meal for us! Thankfully we brought our own fruit and water!

Every trip we always stop in the Main Street Confectionery for some sweet treats! We love the Caramel and Chocolate Apples ($10.99), Assorted Fudge ($4.39) , and Rice Krispy Treats ($5.49). There are so many more options here too. And every trip isn’t complete without a Mickey Pretzel and some popcorn, so of course we snacked on these as well!

We did do a Table Service Dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table here and it is a must do, just for the ambiance and magic. Beautiful! But even after spending three days in Magic Kingdom there were a few food items we didn’t get to check off my list. Time seemed to get away from us and we got caught up in the experience. Too much to see and too many rides to ride that the food took a backseat! Oh well, there is always next time! I always try to make a point to slow us down and really enjoy every second there. If that means we don’t get my whole list check off, that’s fine!

Epcot

Ok Friends… to those of you still with me I saved my favorite eating park for last! Epcot has so much to offer, but it is often overlooked because many think there is not much to do here. We adults love Epcot especially for the food and drink options, but there is also so much to do for the kids that we always spend a whole day there. Now my list of things to eat here is always ridiculously long! But we had an awesome time tasting almost everything on my list!

Let’s get started. There are endless food options in the World Showcase. I searched the blogs and came up with a few things we just had to try. In Germany the Nudel Gratin ($4.29) is a favorite. This baked macaroni and cheese is delicious. Here they also have Bratwurst and German Beers that are also great!

 

 

Also in Germany make it a point to stop at the Karamell- Kuche and you will not be disappointed. The Caramel Popcorn ($3.99/$5.99) is a must eat for us. But there is so much more to try here. Cookies, chocolate and caramel covered fruit, candies and much more. Be sure to try a few things!

 

 

Along the way we also sampled the Gelato from Italy, which was out of this world. As I said before sweets aren’t my thing. I would choose salty food first any day. But this was exceptional. We tried the chocolate and the cookies and cream and both were great!

 

My FAVORITE food item we ate this trip was from Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie in France. OMG. We tried four different things here and all were fabulous, but the Macaron with Raspberry and Lime Cream ($5.75) was exceptional! Get one and eat it all by yourself and thank me later. Sooo delicious! We also tried the Croissant Jambon Fromage ($4.75), which is a warm ham and cheese croissant, the Napoleon, which is puff pastry layered with cream, and a Tarte Au Fraises, which is a strawberry tart. Everything was great but I’m really wishing we also tried a Creme Brûlée because they looked wonderful! Literally everything here looks amazing… they have both lunch options and sweets. And I do not think anything would really be a disappointment! I would love to here all of your favorites here! Leave me a comment!

OK now that I am putting it all in writing it looks like all we ate were sweet things! Well continuing with this trend the Croissant Doughnut ($4.99) from the Refreshment Port in the American Pavilion is the perfect treat. We grabbed a few on our way out of the park for the night and they were a delicious way to end our day.

Again we did not eat at a Table Service restaurant here in Epcot so I have no recommendations regarding those. And there are hundreds of other things to try that we didn’t get a chance to. We stuck with things that were quick and didn’t always require sitting down to eat. With young kids things need to be portable!

Well I think that brings my my list to an end finally! We had an amazing trip and enjoyed many delicious treats. Hopefully this brings you a little inspiration if you are planning a Disney Vacation! Stay tuned for my reviews of the Table Service restaurant we did visit this trip, and a few more Disney themed posts! Hope you all have a magical day and I look forward to reading hearing all of your favorite Disney Foods!

 

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