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Foodie Friday

Happy May long weekend! This week has been full of sunshine with only one (needed) rainy day! I really have no idea where our weeks go anymore and feel like Friday comes in a blink.

A few photos from our week:

Moving into meal planning!

Saturday – Greek turkey tacos – Whitney Bond

SundayGrilled Chicken & Whole Food’s California Quinoa Salad – Damn Delicious

Monday – Black bean burgers & BBQ grilled veggies

Tuesday – Avocado Pasta – Damn Delicious 

Wednesday -Mexican Chiptole Sweet Potato Casserole & rice – Whitney Bond

Thursday – Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Pizza (Chad’s choice for his birthday) – A Spicy Perspective 

Friday – Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls – Dinner at the Zoo

Our long weekend plans include our nephew’s birthday party, planting the garden and hopefully lots of R&R in the sun – another low-key weekend 🙂


Foodie Friday

Well this week was uneventful – mainly since my cough has stuck around and I am pretty sick of it! We did do a fun DIY project Monday for Mothers Day – but cannot share yet!

I managed to run twice this week and get to spin class since it seems like doing cardio is the only time I am not coughing up a lung!

With that I am moving right into meal planning!

Saturday– OUT

Sunday – Greek Chicken Kabobs with rice & tzatziki – Cooking Classy

Monday – Banh Mi Rice Bowls – Skinny Taste 

Tuesday – Fish Tacos with pineapple salsa

Wednesday – Pan Fried Sesame Tofu with Broccoli – Budget Bytes

Thursday – Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti (sub’ing in turkey) – Julia’s Album

Friday – Chicken Smokies & Strawberry Cucumber Spinach Salad – yay for food

We have a fun weekend ahead and it looks like we will have plenty of sun too! A Mother’s Day fun “run”, gymnastics, and a family birthday(s) supper.

Enjoy your weekends!



Foodie Friday

Happy Friday everyone!

Our week seemed to fly by, we dd not even get in a park trip yet! We did have some backyard suppers, including Happy Meals on McHappy Day for the girls:

I cooked a killer tofu dish, I have always liked tofu but never baked it right but I got it down now!

The girls love spending the after work/after supper time in the yard which I love too!

Avery is her new favourite dress, there was almost tears when I went to wash it:

Onto meal planning for next week:

Saturday – Black Bean burgers (Costco) & salad

Sunday – Chicken Avocado Tacos – Gimme Delicious 

Monday – Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Asparagus & rice – with Peanut Butter on top

Tuesday – Tofu Scramble – Running on Real Food

Wednesday – 30 Minute Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry – Gimme Some Oven

Thursday – Tuna wraps & sweet potato fries

Friday –  Pizza night

Tonight Chad and I have a date night planned and Saturday evening my Mom, Avery and I have a market date – always a fun night for us! Oh and half marathon training starts for me Sunday with a 12km run!


Foodie Friday

With temps into the mid-teens and 20s you can guess where we have been this week, outside!

The girls go out as soon as we get home, have ate supper outside every night and play until it is bath time.

We have gone for walks, to the playground, and bike rides!

It is amazing how much happier everyone is when we can be outside more.

The nicer temps also means more BBQ’ing on the meal plan!

Saturday – Smokies, Watermelon Salad & garlic toast

Sunday – Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich ( Hot for Food) & kale caesar salad

Monday – Burrito Bowls

Tuesday – Coconut Cauliflower Rice Buddha Bowl – Running on Real Food

Wednesday – Avocado Mango Chicken Salad – Joyful Healthy Eats

Thursday – Grilled Salmon & Mango Quinoa Salad – Together as a Family

Friday – Chicken Kale Caesar Wraps – Budget Bytes

We don’t have much on this weekend, gymnastics and enjoying the nice weather!


Family Meal Planning Tips

Over the past 10 years meal planning has been a staple in our house and let me tell you it saves my butt even more these days while working full-time and having two kids.

It not only saves time, but money, food and a lot of hassle overall.

Meal planning has changed in the past few years as I have less time when we talk in the door, more distractions and kids that decide what they love one day they hate the next. But sticking to the meal plan still allows us to sit down every night and eat a planned supper.

I share all my weekly meal plans on Fridays as most of you know!

Since this is an area lot struggle with I want to share some of our tips and tricks when it comes to meal planning as a family.

1 – Make your plan visible. We have a reusable board on the fridge so both Chad and I know what we will be eating all week and plan accordingly. I think this will be even more helpful once the girls can read too.

An old photo but we still have the same board:

2 – Have theme nights. Adding in a theme night every week or every other takes the thought out of those nights. We do pizza every other Friday and a taco night once a week. Once I know that l just have to look up recipes for that item versus any recipe.

3 – Use technology! Pinterest is still my go to. I use to save and organize recipes then can look at those recipes right from my phone and make a grocery list from that. I also use a grocery list app called Out of Milk.

4 – Get everyone’s input. Almost weekly I ask Chad (he says pizza) and Avery (she says pancakes) for an idea. Even though they almost always say the same thing it makes them feel included and then they can have their favourite meals too.

5 – Keep it simple. For weeknight meals my goal is to have the meal on the table in 30 minutes or less. One pot meals and crockpot meals help a ton with this! I save more time consuming meals for weekends when I can spend an hour cooking supper.

6 – Prep ahead. If you know your recipes are more time consuming use the night before or morning of to spend 10 minutes prepping. You will be amazed at how that 10 minutes can help either by cooking your grain, chopping veggies, marinating meat etc.

7 – Make ONE supper. This is so hard with kids but possible! I rarely cook more than one supper. The girls either eat exactly what we do or I use the same ingredients and slightly modify it for them. Example – Avery does not love pasta sauce with veggies so instead I give her plain pasta and raw veggies on the side. We also have a one bite rule, so no matter what you try one bite – if it is not your thing that is fine. I aim to offer things they previously did not like a few times or more since they do often change their taste preferences!


Do you meal plan? If so, what are your tips?