Weekly Meal Plan: August 13 – 19

New computer, yay! I didn’t lose any of my files after my computer got fried, thank goodness. Now it’s back to work and back to normal.

A little over six weeks to my due date! I am so ready to get him out of here. Not only am I just excited to start the next part of our lives, but I’m just so uncomfortable. Turning over in bed is like doing exercise. I could also do without his feet trying to kick through the one spot on my bump that hurts. But I suppose he can stay in there until the baby shower at least. We get to see him again tomorrow when I go for a second ultrasound finally.

What we’re eating this week:

Easy One-Pot Lasagna — I have some leftover ricotta cheese from last week I need to use up, and this sounds like a great recipe.

Sweet and Sour Stir Fry — My best friend is doing me a huge favor by taking me to my ultrasound appointment tomorrow, so I’m going to make this stir fry vegan for her. I’m going to make it with tofu and sub out the chicken stock for vegetable stock.

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops — This is a nice simple meat dish that I’m going to serve with baked potatoes.

Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Drumsticks — Another simple meat dish with mashed potatoes.

Fried Cabbage and Sausage — This is a week of using up things I already have, I have half of a head of cabbage from last week that needs using up, as much as my husband isn’t going to like it.

Weekly Meal Plan: August 6 – 12


So… my computer is dead. On Friday we had a big thunderstorm and something got struck by lightning. When I returned to my computer, it was off and wouldn’t turn back on. Our internet was also dead because our modem was fried, along with some other electronics. I’m writing this on a really crappy laptop that barely does anything and lags terribly if I try to do more than one thing at a time. Here’s hoping we can replace my computer soon and that I didn’t lose all of my files.

That’s pretty much the biggest news I have. Baby is still doing well, counting down to the baby shower and my due date. Everything looks like it’s going perfectly so far, fingers crossed. He’s super active still, he spent all day today kicking and moving and trying to push his way out through my stomach.

What we’re eating this week:

Ground Turkey and Cabbage Stir Fry (pictured): Husband is not a fan of this as he doesn’t like cabbage, but I think it’s really delicious, and so easy!

Smoked Sausage and Potatoes: I haven’t made this in a while but I’m so glad I remembered it! I adore this recipe.

Mushroom Ricotta Pasta: This is my new recipe of the week, it sounds so good. I’m going to add some spinach for extra nutrition, and because spinach goes amazing with both ricotta and mushrooms.

Shrimp, Spinach and Rice: Such a classic, I love this. It’s so simple yet tastes amazing.

Paprika Chicken: This might be another new recipe, I can’t remember if I’ve made it before. It sounds good though, and I’m going to serve it with baked potatoes.

Weekly Meal Plan: July 30 — August 5

My life is just a series of countdowns at the moment. Count down to the next appointment, to our baby shower, to my due date (if he even takes that into consideration when he decides to pop out into the world). So much waiting.

My skin is stretched to the max and it hurts, my back is already killing me from lugging around this weight, and the little guy likes to push random body parts out and make my belly all lumpy and sometimes hurt. Is that a foot in my ribs? Is that his head or his spine making one side of my bump way bigger than the other? Who knows.

We went out yesterday for our four year dating anniversary. Nothing big to celebrate, just a trip to the mall and we got some Red Robin for the first time. I must say I’m impressed and definitely want to go back there. Food is literally all I can think of, it’s super annoying. Another countdown, time to my next snack or meal.

I’ve been trying to eat healthy. Right now this baby is probably 50% made of melons, 40% ice cream, and 10% real food. I plan on cutting out the ice cream right away once he’s born so that with the breastfeeding will hopefully drop the baby weight. I gotta set a good example for him too. On that note, come back tomorrow for a really cool book review.

What we’re eating this week:

Super Food Rotini (pictured) — Adapted very loosely from this recipe, I wanted to try it out before making it a freezer/crock pot meal, so I took all the ingredients and cooked it on the stove.

Sausage and Creamy Pesto Pasta — This just looks delicious, I love pesto and creamy pasta dishes.

Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Skillet — I have a ton of chicken that I got on sale so not only am I going to make some more freezer meals, but we need to eat a bunch too.

Honey and Soy Pork — I love converting easy baked chicken dishes into pork dishes, I’m never too satisfied with recipes for pork chops.

OMG Chicken — I’ve had this recipe a long time but I haven’t made it in forever. Sounds delicious. Serving both of these last meals with some kind of rice or couscous side, maybe some vegetables.

Weekly Meal Plan: July 16 – July 22

11 weeks left until my due date! Things are ramping up and there’s a lot to do. Our baby shower is in the process of being planned and we still have to tour the hospital and pick a pediatrician. I’m also trying to get everything in order for home after he comes, which I’ll talk about after the meal plan.

What we’re eating this week:

Cajun Sausage and Orzo — Made this last night for dinner, it’s always delicious. I never have cream on hand so I used milk, not much of a difference.

Easy Ground Meat Casserole — I haven’t been to the store yet as of writing this so I’m not sure if I’m going to use ground turkey or beef. The rest of it is super simple and sounds tasty.

Brown Sugar Glazed Garlic Pork Chops — Simple spice rub on pork chops, will probably serve with a side of rice.

Ravioli Skillet Lasagna — I have some ravioli to use up in the freezer, hope it’s enough to make this dish.

Chicken Paprikash — I haven’t made this recipe in a while. I always sub Greek yogurt for sour cream for a healthier dish.

To prepare for the upcoming time after the baby gets here, I’m going to start making freezer meals. We no longer have a Costco membership (though I’m still hoping hubby will come around) so I’m going to buy the ingredients and make one meal a week. Hopefully that will be good. Otherwise I have no idea what we’ll be eating for at least the first week or so as I recover.

This week I think I’ll be making Lemon Pepper Chicken as I have a random lemon I need to use up in my fridge.

Weekly Meal Plan: July 9 – July 15

Sorry it’s been a while since one of these. Same old ‘excuses’ I guess, pregnancy is still kicking my butt energy wise, but everything else with it is going pretty well except for uncomfortable sleep and general aches and pains. I found a body pillow yesterday at Aldi for $10 so I’m hoping that will help a bit. I have my gestational diabetes test tomorrow, fingers crossed that I pass it.

The baby’s been moving a ton lately, which gets kind of uncomfortable at times but it hasn’t stopped being cool. I wish I had a window to see in there and see what he’s up to. I’m 28 weeks at the moment, a little less than three months to go!

Yesterday was super busy, I went to Aldi and then my mom and I got a call (she takes me to Aldi every week so I can push healthy food on her, plus I hate driving) that my aunt was in the neighborhood and wanted to have lunch. Then I stopped by Shaw’s on the way home for a few extra things. I didn’t get home until after 3 and then had to start dinner around 5. So this morning I was determined to be productive. Before writing this post, I did all the dishes, put away all the groceries I had left out from yesterday, and even put away all the clean laundry that had been sitting since Friday. Fingers crossed I can stay productive the rest of the day.

What we’re eating this week:

Taco Casserole (pictured) — I had to change up quite a bit because I didn’t have all of the ingredients I needed. First, I halved the recipe because I didn’t need two dishes of it though I may try freezing it in the future for when the baby comes. I skipped the zucchini because I hadn’t been to the store yet, and substituted frozen okra. I also traded the corn and the black beans for chickpeas because I’m not a fan of corn in dishes like this, and didn’t have any black beans. Still turned out good, though I should have added a full two tablespoons of taco seasoning or added some extra salt.

Creamy Sausage and Spinach Pasta — This is one of my go-to sausage recipes, the only thing I change is leaving out the jalapeno.

Honey Roasted Turmeric Chicken — I finally caved and bought some turmeric so I’ve been looking for plenty of recipes to use it in. This sounds delicious and I’m going to pair it with some mashed cauliflower and spinach.

Thai Black Pepper and Garlic Tofu — Tofu is always a go-to protein for me when I don’t know what to cook because it’s cheap. This recipe combines it with a ton of vegetables and makes a nice healthy dish.

Baked Pineapple Teriyaki Pork Chops — I don’t like pork chops, I just don’t. It might stem from the fact that I grew up eating my mom’s, pounded thin with some ‘meat tenderizer’ on them and possibly breaded. I can safely say mine are more appetizing, but there’s just something about a slab of meat with some sides that I don’t like. So I keep trying new recipes in hopes that it will make them more appetizing. I’ll probably serve these with some couscous or rice.



Weekly Meal Plan: June 18 – June 23

Coming up to the end of the month, lots going on. I have an appointment today to check on the baby as well as doing a ton of errands. I have to go to Michael’s and pick up supplies for the cakes I’m making this weekend (hopefully they have everything I need this time) as well as make my weekly Aldi run. Work has thankfully hit a slow point at the moment (but not dried up completely) and hopefully it will still be somewhat slow this weekend.

What we’re eating this week:

Tuscan One Pot (pictured) — I used ground beef instead of sausage, and chickpeas instead of beans because my husband hates beans. I also cooked some quinoa and added it at the end.

Spinach and Tofu Lasagna — No link, sorry. I’ve always put off making this because it seemed difficult but when I reread the recipe, it seemed a lot easier. So we’ll see how this turns out.

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta — Just a simple pasta dish. I want to practice making sauce with flour and butter.

Chicken with Feta Cheese Sauce — Another sauce with butter and flour as well as evaporated milk. This sounds really good. I’m going to pair it with some mashed potatoes.

Simply Great Pork — My usual chicken dish, only with pork chops this time. It’s great either way. Probably serve this with couscous or rice.

Weekly Meal Plan: June 11 – June 15

Things are still pretty slow around here but they should be ramping up a bit at the end of the month. I have a cake and cupcakes to make for our nephews’ birthday party plus another OBGYN appointment. Then next month is our two year wedding anniversary, hoping for a weekend trip somewhere as a short getaway.

We’re still renovating the house but we’re coming up on the last big project, the large bathroom redo. Then we only have to deal with minor projects until the baby is due.

Thanks for hanging in there with me through my hiatus from life, basically. I’m working on getting on a posting schedule again, shooting for 4 blog posts a week. We’ll see how it goes. Later in the week I’ll be bringing back a popular series, so be sure to come back for that.

What we’re eating this week:

One Pot Hamburger Helper Pasta (pictured) – This was delicious! I’m already looking forward to eating it for leftovers today.

Chicken and Broccoli with Rice – I never buy chicken breasts but I’m going to take advantage of a sale this week and buy a large package to use for two recipes.

Hawaiian Baked Chicken – My other chicken dish for the week. I don’t have a side planned yet, I thought I’d see what kind of fresh vegetables looked good at the store and wing it.

Healthy Garlic Shrimp Pasta – I adore a good, easy shrimp dish and this definitely fits the bill.

Skillet Sausage and Rice – This is one of my favorite dishes ever, it’s always easy and always delicious.