August 29, 2016 Weekly Meal Plan

You’ve probably heard that grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a bad idea. I think meal planning when your hungry is an equally bad idea. In fact, I’m officially adding “eat a snack” to my meal planning tips. Your weekly meal plan will turn out healthier if you aren’t thinking of pizza while you plan it.

Mmmmm, pizza sounds good! See, it’s a problem anyone can fall into. Fortunately, it is still too hot for pizza so that won’t make it into my meal plan but Pizza Pasta will. Sometimes people will ask me why I’ll eat soup or chili in the summer; since it’s so hot here in Arizona we keep our air conditioner really cold so soup is actually enjoyable. On the other hand, turning on the oven will heat up the house so I usually only do that in the mornings or for company.

Just thinking about turning on the oven made me think of cookies. Thankfully, I have a no-bake alternative for those too.

See, I have a problem. That just goes to show how much I need a meal plan to keep me focused. I’m also thinking about trying Veestro to have “just in case” I need a quick and easy meal. If you have experience with them let me know!

We’ve had family in town two of the last three weeks so and haven’t been eating the healthiest meals. This week we are ready to get back on plan. This meal plan will focus on dinners because we’ve been living on the Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Cups for easy breakfasts.

Weekly Meal Plan

If you are stuck and can’t figure out what to have for dinner, this plant-based meal plan should give you some ideas!

A plant-based meal plan the whole family will enjoy. Easy swaps make it gluten-free.

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Handling Food Allergies at School

If you have a child with food allergies, the beginning of the school year can be a scary time. If you don’t have a child with food allergies you probably don’t understand what the big deal is. Let me explain and offer some helpful tips for navigating food allergies at school (even when it’s not your problem).

For kids with food allergies, the smallest amount of their allergen can be life and death. Imagine for a moment having to be concerned about staying alive at school. I’m not exaggerating.  Between breakfast, snack and lunch time there are many opportunities for kids to come into contact with foods that could hurt them.

Food Allergies at School

Thankfully, or maybe I should say miraculously, my son outgrew his peanut allergy. I had been dreading the start of kindergarten because I was very concerned about him coming into contact with peanuts. Even if kids washed their hands, food comes in on clothes and faces (my kids can’t be the only ones who leave breakfast on their shirts).

Even though I don’t have to worry about food allergies any more I will always be aware of how food allergies impact families.

What You Need to Know About Food Allergies At School

Food allergies aren’t once size fits all. Some allergies are more common than others but without knowing which food allergies are in your child’s classroom it is hard to keep all the kids safe. Ask teachers if you should avoid certain foods due to food allergies. Some teachers will inform you on their own but some will not. [Read more…]

Free Printable Lunch Box Cards

This week I’m not even going to attempt a meal plan because it’s a crazy week. I know I should but I don’t know what this week holds. I do have some fun lunch box cards that I’m offering as a consolation.

Two of our kids are visiting from out of town. We have some fun stuff planned like a Diamond Backs game but most of the week is still up in the air. We’ve also eat out almost every meal since they got into town. Yikes!

Instead of a meal plan I’m offering two sets of fun lunch box cards that are perfect for younger kids. I’d say the target age range is probably 1st grade to 4th grade, but that is just a guess. (download info below)

The Fruit and Vegetable Lunch Box Jokes

Fruit and Veggie Lunch Box Jokes

Star Wars Lunch Box Cards

We also have Star Wars themed lunch box cards that are a little more inspirational.

Star Wars Lunch Box Cards

If you have little one’s who take a lunch box to school give these fun lunch box cards are try.

If you are already on my email list you were given a chance to download these a week ago. If you aren’t on my list you are missing out! Every other week I send out plant-based tips that will help you on your healthy eating journey. Some times it’s about meal planning, other times shopping tips, meal ideas and more!

You can get on my list and download these fun lunch box cards by signing up HERE! You’ll be asked to verify your email address then you’ll get a new email with the download link.

Also, don’t forget to enter the Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Cups giveaway! You don’t want to miss your chance to try those delicious gluten-free oatmeal cups!


Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Cups Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Once school starts our mornings are packed. We eat breakfast, get ready, make lunches, and are out the door. I’ve found a healthy, hot breakfast that my kids can make themselves, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups.

Bobs Red Mills Oatmeal Cups

We had gotten into a cereal rut because I needed something easy and fast in the mornings. My kids will often wake up before me; I’m not one of those wake up before your kids kind of moms (I get every minute of sleep I can). That meant the kids would usually have cereal. I preferred for them to have something healthier but our busy mornings didn’t always allow it.

Then I discovered Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Cups. At first I was skeptical but the ingredients list won me over. The oatmeal cups vary by flavor but use real ingredients that I would typically put in homemade oatmeal like flax and chia seeds. My favorite flavor is Apple Cinnamon!

Bobs Red Mills Oatmeal Cups

My kids are 5 and 7 and they can prepare the Oatmeal Cups all by themselves. If you are a parent of little kids you know this is life changing. They pour the water into the cup, microwave it for one minute, let it set for two minutes, then it’s ready to eat.

There are a lot of things I love about these oatmeal cups:

  • Delicious flavors
  • Healthy Ingredients
  • Easy to prepare (even my kids can do it)
  • Fast
  • Easy clean up
  • Vegan and Gluten-Free

We will still make oatmeal the old fashioned way or in my Instant Pot but these oatmeal cups are a great option, especially during those hectic first days back to school.

Bob’s Red Mill is happy to sponsor a giveaway for an assortment of oatmeal cups! One lucky winner in the continental U.S. will win a selection of oatmeal cups.


Update: Congrats to our winner Donna K!

Bobs Red Mill Oatmeal Cups Giveaway

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If you don’t win the giveaway you can find these oatmeal cups at local retailers (I found them at Target), or order them from Bob’s Red Mill or Amazon.

This post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. The opinions and thoughts are my own. This page contains affiliate links. 

August 15, 2016 Weekly Meal Plan

What’s for dinner? I really get tired of this question but if you have a weekly meal plan it’s a lot easier to answer. Take a look at our weekly meal plan and find out what we are having for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

I’ll do my best to stretch these dinners into multiple meals so I can cook less. My latest recipe, Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice is getting some great reviews. One reader even made it in the Crock Pot for 10 hours with great results! We are having it for dinner on Monday night with plenty of leftovers for lunches!

A gluten-free, plant-based weekly meal plan the whole family will enjoy.

Weekly Meal Plan

I hope our weekly meal plan will give you some inspiration as you plan your own. Don’t forget to take your schedule into consideration. Enjoy leftovers on busy nights or have something simple like potatoes.  [Read more…]

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