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Sick Girl Meal Plan

I haven’t cooked in days! Can you believe it? I’ve been sick so my kids have been eating cereal and sandwiches for every meal. I worked my way up to crackers and toast. This week our meals will be simple as I work my way back to real food. If you are snowed in or living in the seemingly endless winter that is canvasing parts of the US and Canada then I recommend this Snowed In Meal Plan from last winter!

I’ll take each day as it comes but these soups are easy to make and I think will be gentle enough for me to eat. I may be up for anything tomorrow but I’m leery today.

Meal Plan

Sick Girl Meal Plan

Simple Veggie Soup

Potato and Kale Soup

Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup

Minestrone Soup

Breakfasts will likely be the same as always. I know I can rely on toast and fruit, I’m also working on some great oatmeal recipes! Lunches will be easy things like Baked Potatoes, Baked Sweet Potatoes and leftover soup.

I don’t want to leave you without enough Meal Plan inspiration to get you through the week. In addition to the Snowed In meal plan mentioned above check out the Simple Meal meal plan or my Crock Pot Week meal plan.

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest! I follow some of the BEST plant-based bloggers and I pin their recipes daily! You don’t want to miss it!

While you’re here, go ahead and give me your advice for what you eat when you are sick or recovering!

Freezer Bag Soup

I love soups! LOVE THEM! Many of my soups are quick to throw together but if I have to do a lot of chopping I’ll have to save it for the weekend when I have more time. Unless…

taco soup

Unless I use this tip! Make an extra Freezer Bag Soup!

Freezer Bag Soup

Next time you make soup get our a gallon-size freezer bag (or a freezer-safe pitcher if you don’t want to use a freezer bag) and make a soup for later. You can also prep several of these on the weekend.

I have not tried this with soups that contain pasta but I advise against it. 

freezer bag soup

Here are a few of the soups I recommend!

Taco Soup and/or Enchilada Soup

The first time I tried this method I was making Taco Soup. I had already batch cooked some beans and was ready to make soup. I decided to make one on the stove and add the exact same contents to a zip lock freezer bag for an easy meal on another day. I let it thaw in the fridge over night then poured it in the Crock Pot in the morning with some extra water. Viola!

Green Chili, Cilantro and Lime Soup

This one can be made two ways. You can add everything except water to the bag and store it in the freezer OR you can add just the dry ingredients together and store it in the pantry. If you choose the second option I recommend that you write on the bag the rest of the ingredients in case you forget.

You can place it in the refrigerator the night before to defrost or dump it frozen into the crock pot with the correct amount of liquid and cook it all day.

Chili

Normally I just cook a double batch of chili and freeze the leftovers but it’s easy to prep it and toss it in the freezer without cooking it. This is a great option when you have a lot of extra beans or veggies that need to be used.

When I was a kid my mom would make big batches of soup and chili and freeze them when we went on trips. Whether you cook the soups before hand or not having a “packaged” soup ready to go will free up time later. I definitely recommend it.

 What is your favorite soup? Have you considered trying this tip with it? 

Soup Week Meal Plan

This week I’ve created a Soup Week Meal Plan. It is dedicated to all of you who are dealing with cold weather right now. Even though the weather is great here I still enjoy soups but I won’t be able to say that in a few months. In fact, I got my first sun burn of the year on Saturday.

I’ve been cooking Steel Cut Oats in my Instant Pot but we rely on cereal for breakfasts too. I have an “emergency” gluten-free waffle stash for my 4 year old. On those mornings when we are running really late he gets to eat a waffle on the way to preschool.

I’m about to make some baked potatoes for the week. I like to pour leftover soup over baked potatoes for a hearty lunch. Surely it will be the envy of the office.

Soup week meal plan

Soup Week Meal Plan

Potato and Kale Soup I make it in the Instant Pot but you can make it on the stove or in the Crock Pot.

Hearty Lentil and Barley Stew contains gluten but make it gluten-free by using rice, quinoa, millet or amaranth in place of the barley.

Chickpea Noodle Soup

Green Chili, Cilantro and Lime Soup is perfect the perfect comfort soup but I confess we don’t give it to the kids.

Slow Cooker Potato Soup is the easiest Crock Pot soup you’ll ever make!

Later this week I’ll share a tip that will make preparing soups even easier!

Last week I shared an EPIC round-up of 40+ Meatless recipes for Lent. If you know anyone who needs meatless ideas please pass it along!

 

40+Meatless Recipes for Lent

Do you celebrate Lent? If so you may need some meatless recipes. Meatless meals come easy for me so I wanted to pass along these recipes that will fill you up and delight your taste buds.

These 40 + meatless recipes will give you more than enough inspiration to skip the meat.

Meatless Recipes for Lent

lent 1

Crock Pot Mexican Casserole

Bean and Potato Burritos

Veggie Pot Pie

Chickpea Quinoa Stir Fry

 Green Chili, Cilantro and Black Bean Soup

 lent 3

Fiesta Pasta

Breakfast Tacos

Simple Veggie Soup

Chickpea Salad

Brown Rice and Broccoli Casserole

 lent 5

Chickpea Noodle Soup

Crock Pot Cheezy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Italian Bake

Not So Tuna Salad

Unfried Beans and Mexican Rice

 Lent 7

Hearty Lentil and Barley Stew

Avocado Grillers

Creamy Tomato Soup

Taco Salad

Black Bean Quesadillas

 lent 9

Lentil Tacos

Pizza Pasta

Portobello Burgers

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Potato and Kale Soup

 lent 11

Taco Soup

Veggie Fried Rice

Minestrone Soup

Portobello Fajitas

Meatless Chili

 lent 13

Veggie Pad Thai

Quinoa Lentil Tacos

Enchilada Soup

Taco Potatoes

Meatless White Enchiladas

 lent 15

Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Veggie Burgers

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Taco Muffins

Potato and Broccoli Soup

 Plus More

Black Beans and Cilantro Lime Quinoa Burritos

Quinoa Lentil Salad

Get inspired with more meatless meals by visiting my Recipe Page or my check out all of my Meatless Meal Plans from last year! Follow me on Pinterest for more great ideas.

Dinner Meal Plan, the one with Hot Dogs

This week we have a very special interruption to our Dinner Meal Plan. We have a birthday and my soon to be 6 year old has requested hot dogs. It’s a tradition for the birthday boy to choose dinner so hot dogs it will be. Last year he requested a cake with black and white stripes and Angry Birds on it. Here is a picture of the excitement!

 

birthday

The Meals

I’ve gotten away from planning every meal of the day but I’ll give you a few ideas of what we are eating. Breakfast has been Breakfast Rice, cereal and Baked Sweet Potatoes (these come out perfect in the Instant Pot) and Gluten-Free Steel Cut Oats also in the Instant Pot.

Lunches are usually leftovers. I’ll admit to skipping lunch a few days a week when I’m in the office. I love what I’m doing and don’t even think about lunch until it’s almost time to leave. I pack my kids lunches and snacks every day. I just did a recap last week.

Meal Plan Monday

Dinner Meal Plan

Faux Cheezy Black Bean Quesadillas with Mexican Rice

Potato Kale Soup

Hot Dogs and Birthday Cake

Burritos with Unfried Black Beans, Cilantro Lime Quinoa and Pico de Gallo

Fiesta Pasta

I’ll save time this week by using Black Beans for 3 different dishes! I’ll cook up a large batch in my Instant Pot. If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can read my Beans Guide for soaking and cooking directions.

This meal plan is really easy because most of the recipes use similar ingredients which I usually keep on hand. The biggest deal will be making the birthday cake and reading the ingredient list on a dozen packages of hot dogs before I find the right ones. I’ll come up with some side dishes for the birthday dinner as well.

We’ve had a complete lack of Mexican Food lately so I’m making up for it this week.

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