Happy Sunday! Comin-atcha’ over the weekend with Meal Prep, Links and Love because I’ve got another really (really) useful and informative post hitting the blog tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for that!
Since it’s Sunday and I’ve got to get meal prepping I am going to keep this post short, sweet and to the point. Not sure if it’s humanly possible for me to keep anything short and sweet, but I’m gonna go for it and let the chips (mmmmm zucchini chips) fall as they may 😊
Links + love
- Mug cakes. These ones are Pumpkin spice for the win!
- …and, this (travel) mug. Isn’t it so pretty?
- Sesame Street and what they are doing to spark conversation about real issues our kids are dealing with because 1 in 8 children in the US under 11 has a parent who is struggling with addiction. BRAVO!
- These fun things to do with kids this Fall (all 41 of them!)
- These words to live by.
- These cookies and their brand, spankin’ new recipe (chewy, keto-friendly, delish) – KIDDO10 get’s ya 10% off!
- Is it too soon to talk about Advent Calendars? Because these ones are made of cheese.
- My billie razor. YES, it’s everything the internet says it is.
- These 59 new Lego sets coming just in time for the holidays! My kiddo would love the Toy Story, Buzz + Bo Peeps Playground Adventure!
- My KBK meals, which I’m still eating this week even though my Oven’s fixed!
- These Buffalo Chicken Stuffed peppers because they are super easy to make and also look like mini pumpkins (and they’re included in the meal prep ideas below!).
- One more…this nail polish. It’s called “Boyfriend Jeans” 🙂
Oh, and PS – if you have a chance to donate blood, please do! I donate every eight weeks (ish) and love that taking an hour out of my day literally helps save a life. I have CMV negative O- blood, which means I can donate to sick babies. But, no matter your blood type, there are so many people that need it. So, get after it!
Meal prep ideas for the week
Guess what? Our oven is fixed! I feel like I’ve won the lottery. Everyone has been asking me if I’ve been enjoying the break, but honestly, I’ve kind of felt like I lost one of my arms. Cooking and baking is such a huge part of my life! This week I’m testing some new recipes for Fall, including a low-carb, no sugar added, grain-free apple dessert to give you all those apple crisp feels without all the extra sugar. Stay tuned! In the meantime, I’m sharing a simple meal prep plan your upcoming week. Tomorrow is a no-school day so we’ll be in the kitchen whipping up something delish for sure.
As always, everything below is low carb, grain-free and sugar-free. Modify as needed to suit your own way of eating!
This Week’s Meal Plan Quick List
WEDNESDAY (b) Coffee Cake Muffins (l) Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers (d) Broccolli and Cheese Soup (treat) Chocolate Chip Cookies
THURSDAY (b) Bullet Proof Coffee (l) Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole(d) Cream Cheese Pancakes and Bacon (treat) Chocolate Chip Cookies
FRIDAY (b) Coffee Cake Muffins (l) Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers (d) Broccolli and Cheese Soup (treat) Mug cake (maybe this one!)
SATURDAY leftovers for breakfast + lunch. Chipotle for dinner! Chocolate for dessert 🙂
SUNDAY Meal prep + plan!
As I mentioned last week, if you’re making a lot of your own dishes, it’s best to split the meal prep into a few days. I split this into Sunday and Monday to keep the rest of my days chill.
Sunday (Coffee Cake Muffins, Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers, Broccolli and Cheese Soup): Get your broccoli in the microwave and prep your crockpot per the instructions in the recipe. Then, set it and forget it (like 4 hours). Preheat your oven to 350 and quickly whip up the batter for your muffins! Once that goes in the oven, prep your stuffed peppers. When the muffins are done, place them on a cooling rack and crank the temp up to 400 degrees and roast the peppers for 40 minutes. Your soup still has a few hours to cook, but you’re done with everything else, so put everything that is done in storage containers and find something fun to do!
Monday (Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Simple Berry Bowl) Preheat your oven to 350 and whip up your cookie batter. If you don’t feel like baking them, you can always modify the batter slightly and make these no-bake, edible cookie dough fat bombs. If you are baking, place them in the oven and set your timer for 10 minutes. While the cookies are baking, prep your bacon and ground beef in the skillet and follow the rest of the instructions per the recipe (you can always cut this shorter by using pre-cooked bacon, which you can buy at the grocery store). Stick it in the oven for 30-35 minutes and let cool. Separate into servings and store in airtight containers for lunches this week! We usually do broccoli with it, but since we’re already eating broccoli this week, feel free to pair it with any simple veggie you choose! For dessert, simply add your favorite berries to a bowl. Make a quick mixture of about a tablespoon of grass-fed butter, a 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar substitute and using a fork, make a “crumble” with the butter. Mix the crumble into your berries and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top. Feel free to get super mushy with it and add a dollop of mascarpone! So good!
Tuesday (scrambled eggs + Ramenless noodles): Both of these dishes are SO easy to make. For breakfast, scramble some eggs in a skillet and add some cheese. Top it with store-bought or homemade salsa, a little sour cream and sliced avocado. For dinner, you’re going to get a little creative. Whip up some Miracle Noodles (or heart of palms pasta). Traditional ramen seasoning may have some ingredients you don’t want (maltodextrin, sugar, etc) but if you don’t care and you want a quick, l0w carb ramen, feel free to use the packet from your ramen container and ditch the noodles. If you want to whip up something a little cleaner, you can make your own!
->>>For the Noodles (per the hubs because this recipe is his jam): Boil some water on the stovetop. Once it’s rolling, drop in an egg and swirl it around to cook it. At the very end (once the eggs looked cooked), throw in a chopped scallion and your noodle-less noodles. Leave it on the stove for another minute or so, remove and eat!
Wednesday: Hooray! Everything is already made!
Thursday: Treat yourself to a Bullet Proof Coffee and grab your premade casserole for lunch. When dinner rolls around, whip up these simple cream cheese pancakes and some bacon. I use this syrup very sparingly and LOVE it.
Friday: You’re good to go because everything is already made! If you feel like you need something bready, try these bacon cheddar biscuits. They are incredible with soup!
Kids snack and school lunch inspo
We had a play date this week at the playground and I put this super easy snack together (for three girls). They loved having their own little containers for each snack!
For school lunch ideas: Follow @kiddoandsoul on Instagram and check out my highlights to see what we’re packing each day (lots of ideas there!). And, make sure you subscribe to my email to get an email once the school safe lunch post goes live 🙂
I have so many easy meal prep recipes coming to the blog this month! Stay tuned for…
- Almond Butter + Jelly Muffins – coming this week!
- Cauliflower Au Gratin + Rotisserie Chicken Casserole – coming this week!
- Taco Stuffed Peppers
- Pumpkin Zoodles
- Coconut encrusted Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
This week’s giveaway (+last week’s winners)
Last week’s giveaway is over and the three winners have been selected! Congrats Anne S, Kathleen D, and Sandra P! Each of you has won a $15 Chipotle Gift Card! Check your inboxes TOMORROW for the official notification and prize claim instructions 🙂
This week’s giveaway is live and one lucky reader is going to get a $25 VISA gift card to use however they choose (maybe to buy one of the things I’m lovin’ on this week – a new adorable travel mug perhaps?). Enter for your chance to win below. I’ll be announcing the lucky winner on Monday!
Enjoy the week!
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