Meal Plan Monday: Processed Food

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Meal Plan Monday

I prefer to eat food that is on the unprocessed side of the spectrum, you know me, rice and beans are my thing. Sometimes we lean on processed foods to get through the week. Since most of our diet is unprocessed I don’t mind deviating from normal, on occasion. This week we have a lot of time away from home, a Christmas party, company, plus your general chaos that we enjoy on a daily basis.

I feel I must offer a disclaimer that while we will be eating more processed food this week it wont be your Standard American Diet (SAD) processed food. Additionally if any of us were fighting disease we would steer clear of highly processed food when possible. The processed items we will enjoy are “sometimes” foods in our house and not typical fare and will be carefully screened for allergens and scary ingredients.

Meal Plan


My kids will be eating a lot of cereal this week. I wont feel guilty about it. They may have oatmeal and an oat-free/gluten-free hot cereal mix as well. Unfortunately I’ll probably survive on coffee, granola bars, EnergyBits, and anything else I can grab quickly. I know, that was inspirational right. I may grab toast and fruit too if that helps.


Leftovers and sandwiches will be king this week.

  • Tostadas
  • Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
  • Veggie Sandwich with hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and anything else available
  • Baked Potatoes with leftover veggies or soup on top
  • Bean & Grain Bowl Salad , think beans, rice, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, and anything else available.


We have a few dinners that are out of the house this week. I’m hoping to make the most of the days I can cook and make them delicious.

  • Gluten-Free Mushroom Stroganoff  (yes, vegan)
  • Gluten-Free Veggie Pizza
  • Cheezy Broccoli & Rice Bake, this can also be a side dish on another night
  • Veggie Burgers (straight from the freezer section) with Baked Potatoes or Potato Wedges

I’m also hoping to make some muffins or Brownies because we may have some drop in guests.

Where do you sit on the processed/unprocessed fence? While I try to avoid processed foods most of the time I think they can have a place in a healthy diet. I typically view processed items as a “sometimes” or special occasion food. Personally, I can’t imagine life without Enjoy Life Brand products, they make shopping for my son (and all of his allergies/sensitivities) doable and delicious!

Speaking of delicious, I have to tell you about a great deal!

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December 9th get Naturally Fabulous Vegan Cupcakes

December 11th get The Natural Barista Latte Syrups and Drinks

December 13th get Oatmeal on the Go

I’ve read and love Oatmeal on the Go and The natural Barista and I just bought my copy of Naturally Fabulous Vegan Cupcakes. I can’t wait start reading it!

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  1. Holly,
    I was thinking as well: I don’t know how we’d survive without Enjoy Life! Being able to give my youngest a treat without any worries when traveling is a wonderful thing!
    I figure we try our best and wing it when I can’t ;-)And no, I will never feel guilty over those bags of organic tortilla!

    • I knew we would see eye to eye Sarah! I always stock up on Enjoy Life chocolate chips in the winter because they melt in the summer. 🙂 Time to stock up.

  2. Valerie Bassett says:

    What recipes do you use for the Cheesy broccoli and rice casserole and the mushroom stroganoff? They sound delicious!

    • I’m still tweaking them Valerie but I’ll give them to you when they are done. The Cheezy Broccoli and Rice is basically just broccoli, rice and my faux cheese sauce.

  3. Yes I understand what you mean about needed to use convenience food on occasion but still they aren’t as bad as SAD foods! 🙂
    Christmas time can make it hard to have completely whole meals when we are so rushed and busy.

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