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Monday, January 18, 2016

Easy, Quick and Budget Friendly Meal Plan + Links... January 17-23, 2016

We are week 3 into January, how's it going, have you been able to maintain your goals for 2016? Were the goals attainable, realistic? 

If you can't honestly answer "Yes", then simply take a step back, get perspective, and adjust. Maybe it's just me, but once I set a goal it's "Set in stone" and I feel this incredible guilt if I don't attain it, I have to tell myself, "It's ok to readjust". If that's you, take another look at your goals, and if some adjusting needs done give yourself some grace and adjust to a more attainable and realistic goal or mini goals that lead to the bigger picture.

This week I have saved my family time and money while creating fantastic, healthy, and filling family meals. How? Cook once and eat 3 times!! Yep, you heard right, I made bolognese sauce this week and that only gets more depth with time and it is perfect for this type of meal plan.

Breakfast Options:
Chocolate Mousse w/Fresh FruitFried Egg Quinoa w/Garlic KaleQuinoa Banana SmoothiesWarm & Nutty Quinoa BowlBottom of the Box Cereal CakeMYO Hot/Cold Overnight Oatmeal Add-Ins; Cold Cereal; or Avocado Overnight Oats, Toast Mashers

Lunchtime Offerings:

Suppertime Selections:

Bolognese Sauce W/Angel Hair Pasta, Chopped Spinach Salad, Garlic Ciabatta Bread, Tapioca Pudding w/Whipped Sweetened Heavy Cream

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Crunchy Lime Cilantro Fish Tacos topped w/Jalapeno Lime Cilantro Slaw And Mango Salsa Rice

Minestrone Soup w/Chopped Salad and Garlic Ciabatta Bread

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Wednesday: Cinnamon SwirlPancakesCrispy Bacon, and Chilled Fresh Fruit

Lasagna w/ Crispy Garlic Kale, Homemade Artisan Bread, & Chopped Salad

Herbed Garlic Focaccia Bread Pizza, Salad, and Cherry Cola Jello Salad w/Whipped Heavy Cream.

Chicken Scallopini over Penne Pasta w/Roasted Veggies 

Snackie Treats:
Open-Faced Peanut butter Toast w/Blueberries; Hard-cooked Egg w/Green Apple Slices; Avocado Toast Mash w/Fried Egg, Roasted ChickpeasHoney Coconut Roasted AlmondsPumpkin Pie Smoothie; Yogurt; String Cheese; Freeze Dried Peas, Veggie Chips w/Hummus, Carrots w/Hummus; Popcorn; Banana Toast Crunch {sprouted wheat bread with ½ tablespoon almond butter, ½ tablespoon peanut butter, ¼ sliced banana and 1 teaspoon chopped walnuts on top — with an optional sprinkle of cinnamon and drizzle of honey}; Cherry Coke Salad; Greek Yogurt w/1/2 Scoop Protein Powder, Chai Seeds & Fresh Fruit; Roasted Sweet Potato w/Greek Yogurt Cinnamon and Maple Syrup; Roasted Sweet Potato- smashed and drizzled w/maple syrup; Oatmeal Cake Bars; Cheese Plate; Kieffer; Chai Tea Smoothie; Water Essence

Meal Plan Monday


  1. LOVE LOVE your advice. You sound like a kindred spirit! Being a military family we have almost always cooked that way. If I need half an onion on Monday night you can be sure I'll be making something on Tuesday to use the other half.

    Love your meal plan too! So glad you stopped by so I could find you.

    1. I felt that way reading you blog too! 😀 I didn't grew up in a military family, but I did grew up in a blended family of 5 children and 1 paycheck! My mom inspired me at a young age with her meal-planning genius.

  2. It all sounds very healthy and tasty. Great selection of menu ideas.

  3. Ty Diane! We must have options in my house. Some days our activities necessitate certain meals, others gives us wiggle room. Having the ingredients and options take the guess work out, then from that point I can make what I feel like. Ty for stopping by!