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Meal Planning Adventures: Week 2

The adventure continues! I have continued to use some of the recipes on my pinterest board, but in addition, we have incorporated some old-time favorites of ours.

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1. Plan easy meals for busy days. The crockpot is one of my favorite friends. While we’re out getting the to-do’s done, the crockpot is at home doing all the work. We made Honey Sesame Chicken in the crockpot on Sunday to eat when we got home from church. We invited a family over to join us, and we all agreed — delicious! We ate it on top of rice, and the next night we ate the leftovers on top of quinoa with a side salad. And the night afterwards, we shared the leftovers with my sister, and again, it was delicious.

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2. Have ingredients on hand for healthy, quick snacks. When I am on the brink of getting hangry, the last thing I want to do is spend an hour cooking. Thankfully, I had fruits and vegetables on hand to help me out. I was in the mood for a simple green smoothie after returning home from my internship, so I blended up 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 apple, and a couple handfuls of raw kale. It woke up my brain, and I was able to get back to work.

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3. Be okay with changing plans. I had planned to try making a shepherd’s pie one night, but we were in the mood to eat a hamburger that night, so we changed plans and used the potatoes we wanted to use to make the baked potato wedges instead. I feel that the point is to have a plan, and then when life changes those plans, you can adapt.

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4. Try new combinations. We had two bell peppers we wanted to use, and we were both in the mood for fajitas. I had never made them before, so I looked online, but the recipes I found were too complicated for what we had in the pantry. So I put some olive oil in a pan, added sliced onion, sliced bell pepper, garlic, chopped chicken, sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper, and chipotle tabasco sauce. It was heavenly! I love the sweet spiciness the sauce adds to the meal!

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5. Have fun trying new things. We visited my great aunt, and she let us pick apples from her backyard. She had thousands of them back there, and we went home with a full plastic bag of them. Friday afternoon I cut them all up and made applesauce. I based my recipe on this recipe, but since some of the apples were not sweet, I added some honey to taste. I blended up most of the apples, but I left some chunky to use with some chicken later this next week.

In addition to trying new things, we also enjoyed making old-time favorites.

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I was in the mood for some zucchini pasta, and while I was working on things for my internship, my husband whipped up this lovely dish with lentils, garlic, and chopped tomatoes added to the pasta sauce. #IAmSoBlessed

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I also love to make bread. I prefer to make them in rolls, since we can share them with our neighbors as well as throw them easily in the freezer and have them thaw when needed. (I will share how to make these in a future post. They are my favorite bread ever, and I love how simple their ingredient list is. I can make it either by hand or in my Bosch machine.)

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A friend also gave us some very ripe strawberries from her garden, so I mashed up with a fork and added a tbsp of chia seeds. I love it in place of jam on toast or as a spread on pancakes!

Stay tuned for my recipes for Reese’s Peanut Butter Oatmeal! 

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