Weekly Menu: Seasonal February Favorites

standard February 5, 2018 Leave a response

Happy February!

This week, I thought it would be great to start sharing how I incorporate seasonal produce into our weekly menus. We used to get a CSA box every other week that made it easy to keep fresh, local, seasonal produce in the house. Since we stopped receiving our box, I focused on staple produce and meal delivery. But now that my daughter is eating solid foods, and I’m more conscious of the variety of foods we eat and expose her to, I’ve started buying based on what is in season and incorporating it into our meal planning process.

So what’s in season in February?

Winter produce still reigns, with lots of root vegetables, leafy greens, citrus, and potatoes. But the signs of Spring are also starting to show up, including asparagus, radishes, leeks, and even berries in some parts of the country.

My goal each week is to pick out 3-4 specific vegetables and at least 1 fruit to incorporate into each day. This week we’re working with asparagus, broccoli, butternut squash, and grapefruit. I also make sure we have a few favorite meals as well, to balance out any new flavors and textures. This is mainly for my daughter, but I’ve found it helps to give more variety for the adults as well.

Weekly Menu 2/5/18

Keeping things simple, this week’s menu is full of prep ahead foods for fast weeknight meals and easy leftover lunches.

Have a delicious and JOY-filled week!

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Genuine 2018: February

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I’ve struggled this past month with wanting to jump right in yet also slowly ease into things. While I’m ready to get right to my tasks and get things done, I also am craving a slower pace. My goals for February filled up fast, and I’m finding myself finding ways to let some go, knowing that if I get too overwhelmed, I’m more likely to not do anything vs. making small progress on a few things.

My biggest challenge right now is working on new routines, cultivating new habits. Getting up at the same time, going to bed at the same time, having set tasks in the morning and the evening, working on training my brain and my body to get into a new rhythm that is both slow and calming yet driven towards accomplishing something productive.

The focus for this month is ACTION. Going forth and DOING, but not too much at once. Focusing on doing ONE thing a day, each day, for the month. I have a few big work projects that I’m hoping to slowly make progress on, as well as spending more time on creative pursuits.

Goal Setting Notepad Pen

January in Review:

1. Clear out clutter in one room each week.

This did not happen as intentionally or methodically as I had anticipated, but things are slowly getting cleaned out. More decluttering happening this month as well!

2. Set income goals for the year.

Last year I was mostly going with the flow when it came to working with new clients and new projects. This year, I have a more specific time frame for when I want projects to happen, how many people I have bandwidth to work with each month, and how much income I need to generate. I’m hoping having a financial focus will allow me to work smarter this year and take the time off when I need to without worrying about finances.

3. Set up weekly date nights.

Friends, this is important. If you’re not doing this, make it happen. We only get out of the house about once a month for a date, but Friday nights are date night in every single other week. No tv, no phones, no tablets. Just good food, conversation, silliness, and intentionality.

4. Take a walk to the park/swings each week.

My sweet girl LOVES the swings, and I love our time together slowing down, getting outside, and having fun. It’s easy to go, go, go each day, but setting aside time to get out and have a break has been good for all three of us.

5. Go to bed by 10:00 pm each night.

This one I am GREAT with on days the husband is home. But I just cannot get myself to go to bed when I’m home alone. I stay up too late reading or watching Netflix, and then regret it the next morning when my sweet child decides to start her day before 6:00 am. This is something I am continuing to work on, in an effort to get more rest, be able to wake up fully ready for the day at 6:00 am, and set a habit in the evening of winding down from the day.

Goal setting journal coffee

Genuine Focus

I’ve been working on being more intentional with the fringe time that I have. In using the little 15-20 minute gaps to do something that helps me to make progress on my goals instead of wasting the time feeling like I don’t have enough space to make progress right then. And especially with an almost one year old toddling around getting into everything, the spaces of time I have in my day to be productive have to happen in small bursts or they won’t happen at all. I’ve been in a routine of only working on days I have childcare to keep things simpler, but I know I won’t always have full days to get things done later on this year. So taking something that seems big, like creating new content, and working on creatively using my brain AND producing good work each and every day is a challenge I already am realizing I can tackle.

February Goals:

  • Create something (content) every day.
  • Connect and network online every day.
  • Create 2 new client resources.
  • Update Caroline’s baby book.
  • Practice Pilates every weekday.

 

Weekly Menu: Ditch the Diet for Good

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New year, new weekly menus!

I’ve switched up how I’ve done these over the years. From sharing breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas, to eating out while traveling to cooking through my CSA boxes. We no longer get a CSA box (which I dearly miss but also gives me the chance to cook less without worrying about things going to waste, which works for my current stage of life), and since I quit tracking all my meals for the week, meal planning hasn’t really been planning. It’s mostly me looking at my week and writing down dinners in my planner. Breakfast and lunch are made up of a staple weekly rotation. It’s pretty boring. But I’m also in a stage where I’m ready to get more creative again. So this space is going to keep me accountable, give you guys some meal planning inspiration, and keep things easy and simple!

This month’s focus has been all about giving up the diet mentality. Not just in terms of restricting calories or cutting out food groups. But also changing our mindset about food. Yes, we should be getting a variety of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of healthy fats, and adequate complex carbs and lean proteins. But by listening to our body’s signals, we will naturally begin to fuel it with what it needs, leading to a balance of these food groups without having to track each serving.

Let’s say we really like bagels for breakfast (and I’m all about the bagels these days!). Once lunch rolls around, we’re not in the mood for another starchy, carb-rich meal. So we go for a salad, with a sprinkling of fats, carbs, and protein to keep us full. And then when dinnertime arrives, we opt for a quick stir fry or bowl of chili. By letting our body’s signals guide us, we naturally revert into a balanced way of eating. No calorie counting. No macro tracking. Just real, good, nutritious food we actually WANT to eat.

Instead of writing out breakfast, lunches, and dinners, I’m sharing a list of recipes that I’m shopping for, meal prepping, and making this week. Use it as inspiration, copy a few recipes, or feel free to use the entire plan for yourself each week. My goal is to have a list of meals that involves minimal groceries, 30 minutes or less from prep to table, and that I can do a little weekend prep in advance to save time.

Weekly Menu 1/29/18

  • Veggie fajitas with black beans and guacamole
  • Avocado pasta with roasted tomatoes
  • Peanut butter stir fry with quinoa and tofu
  • Veggie burritos with leftover fajitas, beans, and rice
  • Blueberry pancakes with strawberry chia jam and tofu scramble

*Note: Some of these recipes are from the brand new cookbook, The Veginner’s Cookbook: The Ultimate Starter Guide for New Vegans and the Veg-Curious by Bianca Haun and Sascha Naderer (the couple behind Elephantastic Vegan). I was gifted a copy to review, so expect a recap, a recipe, and maybe even a giveaway, coming soon!

Weekly Menu