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Family Planning: Mostly Meatless Summer Meals

Best Laid Plans.

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t keep things honest around here, remember last week’s meal plan? Yeah, well it pretty much flew by the way side. I started off with the best of intentions, but work deadlines, and an outdoor freezer that decided to turn off without us asking kept me from making many of the meals on our list. I’m bummed, but look for those meals to reappear on future plans before too long.

This week you will notice a slight shift in my meals, more simple, less meat. This is typically the way I prepare summer meals when my husband is traveling. No need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when it’s just me and the kids, the faster I get dinner ready, the more time we have to play and enjoy our day!

A few things you should know about us:
– During the summer, I plan all 3 of our meals
– I’ve been gluten free since Feb, my family is not
– We try to eat as clean and healthy as possible, but we’re not perfect
– I also try to limit sugars and sweets, but we do enjoy occasional treats
– The lunches posted here are for my kids, I usually eat some sort of soup, salad or leftovers
– We eat lunch out on Thursdays during the summers
– I don’t plan for lunches on the weekends, we just do whatever or eat leftovers

Mostly Meatless Meal Plan

Here’s what we’re having this week:

Monday
Breakfast: Strawberry Avocado Green Smoothies (these are SO good for you, recipe coming soon!)
Lunch: Bean & Cheese Burritos, with carrots and ranch
Dinner: Zucchini Spaghetti (a family favorite!)
All the familiar tastes you love, with none of the guilt. I usually just half moon my zucchini and pan fry them for a few minutes before adding the sauce, mushrooms and parmesan. My kids flip for this! If you think yours won’t bite off on the zucchini you can try cutting them into “noodles” with a veggie peeler or a knife.

Tuesday
Breakfast: Eggs & Toast
Lunch: Peanut Butter & Smashed Berry Sandwiches
Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner!
Not sure what I’ll make here just yet, something quick and simple but I find when my husband is away anything I can turn into an event makes time go faster. We pump it up all day talking about whatever it is – breakfast for dinner, family movie night in the living room, dinner with our hands (all finger foods), you get the picture. Just something to make things seem more special.

Wednesday
Breakfast: Coconut Banana Bread (never got to make this last week and my bananas are ripe & ready) still subbing some of that sugar for honey/maple syrup/and coconut palm sugar
Lunch: Snack Lunch (Crackers, Meat, Cheese, Fruit, Veggies, Whatever we have on hand)
Dinner: Black Bean Quinoa Burrito Bake
All the goodness of a burrito, but baked, without the wrap. The Quinoa gives it substance and the “fix ins” (shredded lettuce, homemade salsa, sprinkle of cheese, dollop of sour cream) make it oh so tasty. I don’t have a recipe for this, but let me know if you want one and I’ll whip something up.

Thursday
Breakfast: Vanilla Yogurt & Granola
Lunch: Turkey & Cheese Wraps
Dinner: Dinner Out
We’ve been wanting to check out Sea World’s new Island Nights at Aquatica all summer — they have flame throwers y’all — so this seems like a good night to do it. I’m betting we’ll make some great memories and have some fun pics to share afterwards.

Friday
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Mini Subs
Dinner: Citrus Salad
I don’t have this one set in stone in my head yet, but I’m picturing dark greens, avocado, citrus segments, maybe even some grilled shrimp. Who knows, but i know its going to be tasty!

Saturday
Breakfast: Berry Baked Oatmeal
Dinner: Roasted Veggie Paninis and sweet potato fries

Sunday
Breakfast: Something with peanut butter!
Dinner: Kabobs on the Grill – marinated chicken, red onions, pineapple, veggies for me. Rice on the side


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