Weekly Menu: Semi-Homemade (+ 4 fast 5 ingredient meal ideas!)

standard July 10, 2017 Leave a response

New recipes may not be happening much in my kitchen with a new baby, but I am still always brainstorming new meals, especially ones that are easy to put together. Taking advantage of store bought items can help with the time, ease, and flavor, whether you have a new baby at home or are tired from a long workday.  For me, this means actually getting lunch together and eaten with a clingy baby strapped to my body. It also means few ingredients to buy when making meals while on vacation or travelling. And it also makes meals customizable to multiple picky palates. So don’t think meal planning and prep has to be all from scratch! Semi-homemade can be just as healthy and nutritious.

Here are a few of my go-to semi-homemade meals for those busy nights.

Avocado Kale Salad

Take a bag of sweet kale chopped salad mix (the one with shredded Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and pepitas) and toss the salad dressing. Add in some extra fresh chopped kale or spinach for bulk. Slice a small avocado and add to greens along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a shake of salt and pepper. Massage kale with hands to rub the avocado in and soften leaves. Leave some avocado chunks for texture in the salad. Add a cup of chickpeas or tofu for protein, and any random produce you want to use up from the fridge (celery, apples, green onions, or broccoli all work great). Divide into two portions and serve.

Veggie Stir Fry

Grab a bag of raw or frozen stir fry veggies. Toss in skillet over high heat until heated through and slightly browned. Add in a protein of choice plus a cup of your favorite stir fry sauce (or make your own with equal parts soy sauce, hoisen sauce, and water plus a drizzle of lime juice, agave nectar, and sriracha for kick).  Serve over rice (I usually keep frozen brown rice on hand for quick meal nights).

Blueberry Steel Cut Oatmeal

Did you know you can buy precooked, frozen, steel cut oats? No more standing over the stove stirring while they cook forever! I’ve seen flavored varieties but you can also get plain oats cooked with water. And when ready to eat, just thaw and heat up.  Add a swirl of almond butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a handful of fresh blueberries, and you’ve got a filling and satisfying breakfast in a flash.

Pumped Up Pasta

Clean out the fridge by taking any random veggies you have, steam them, and puree them with a little water or vegetable stock in a blender or food processor. You can also puree some cooked white beans for a protein punch. Add to a jar of spaghetti sauce and heat together on the stove. Serve over your favorite pasta. Hidden veggies for picky eaters is a bonus! All the extra fiber and protein will give staying power and a homemade taste to the standard jarred sauce and spaghetti.

Happy Semi-Homemade Cooking!

 

Be Present: July

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If I accomplish nothing else this summer, I’m already calling it a success for making it through a 3 hour plane ride with a 3 month old without mess or fuss. Hallelujah! But honestly, June was a big month of milestones, and as much as I was nervous about everything that happened, I am so proud to have accomplished them. And so thankful that they happened. I am stronger, better, and more wise because of them.

July is going to be about settling in, taking adventures, and yet also, sitting back, letting my brain wander and dream, and truly relaxing and being present. My baby is already growing up so fast, and as much as there are some phases that I wish would be over already, I want to truly enjoy each and every moment before it disappears.

June in Review:

1. Enjoy the Summer.

This summer has been all about transition, and I’m thankful for a background in working from all sorts of places, which has made it much easier to keep my business thriving while navigating this season. So far, this has been a challenging yet rewarding month. More of the same is coming up in July, so I’ve got even more time to keep enjoying this season as much as possible.

2. Take one morning a week out of the house for self-care time.

This worked great when we were home, but traveling makes things harder. Especially when the point of this goal was some baby-free time. The beach does wonders for the soul, even with a tiny human attached to you, though. When in doubt, go smell the ocean air and dig your toes into the sand.

3. Stick to office hours with Celebration Nutrition work.

This has been going really well, though is still a work in progress. Trello, PowerSheets, and my go-to Simplified Planner have helped a TON.

4. Complete couch to 10k training 3 times/week + yoga every day. 

Running took a break since stress/hormones was impacting my milk supply. But yoga is my daily afternoon nap reprieve to get me through our current whining/clingy phase.

July Goals:

  1. Single task everything. Focus on each thing as it comes.
  2. Outline two new work projects.
  3. Get out and explore.

Wishing you a beautiful month of simple joys and lasting memories. Happy Summertime!

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Friday Favorites: June

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Goal setting doesn’t always have to start January 1. Why not start fresh this summer? Or stop, take a breath, and revisit those goals you set and forgot about? June is a great mid year time to recharge and reset. Sit back, rest, enjoy each moment. Here are five inspiring articles to get you started on a mid year refresh, and five deliciously simple recipes to enjoy outside with friends and family this coming month. Happy Summer!

Neat:

  1. 5 Signs You Need a Technology Detox // Even if you manage screen time well, summer is a great time for an extended technology detox.
  2. Why Sunday Is the Most Important Day // One day of meal planning for a whole week of healthy eating without all the effort.
  3. Simplified Hospitality // Tips on how to love others well in your home. This podcast is also a great discussion on this topic. Go have someone over for dinner tonight!
  4. The Purposeful Home // On the subject of podcasts, this is one is great for working mamas. Simplicity makes it possible to be wonder woman, and these ladies are a great inspiration on my morning runs with the stroller to come home and start my workday strong.
  5. Only Love Today // Short reminders to choose love over busyness each day. As a new mama with a business to run, this has been extremely timely.

Nutritious:

  1. Healthy Garden Pasta Salad // The best way to do pasta salad – load up on the summer veggies!
  2. Summery Chipotle Corn Chowder // Creamy, rich, light, and perfect.
  3. Ultimate Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh // Light and bright and fresh.
  4. Southwest Roasted Potato Salad // All the flavors of summer, simply prepared to let the veggies shine.
  5. Vegan PB Cookie Dough Milkshakes // Because, BALANCE!

 

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