Real Food Menu: September 28-October 4

Real Food Menu Plan: September 1-7

Oh boy! This next week is the first time I’ll have been away from my family in a very long time…and it’s for three whole nights. My best friends from high school/college are meeting up in Colorado for a reunion in the mountains. I’m simultaneously super excited and nervous.

So, this week I’m trying to go simple with food, and I’ll working ahead by preparing soup for my husband to warm up on Thursday. Pray for him! ;)

Dinner

Sunday: Spaghetti with marinara, Roasted Broccoli, grapes

Monday: Grilled burgers on whole wheat buns, corn on the cob, raw veggies hummus

Tuesday: Clean out the freezer/fridge night

Wednesday: BFD*: Breakfast Sandwiches, sliced mango

Thursday: Deli sandwiches, chips and carrots with hummus or ranch dip, apple slices

Friday: Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup, whole grain bread, fruit salad

Saturday: Pizza take out

*Breakfast for dinner

Lunch Ideas:

Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel

Make-Ahead Lunch Wraps – recipe to come next week!

Breakfast Ideas:

Leftover Breakfast Sandwiches (I’ll make extras on Wednesday night)

yogurt with fruit

Snack Ideas:

Flourless Banana Muffins

Free Printable Menu Planner

Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner!

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Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel: Another Quick and Healthy Lunch

Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel

This Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel rivals for first place in my heart when it comes to favorite lunch meals. The other contestants are the Protein Lunch Bowl, Creamy Avocado Dip with carrots and tortilla chips, and the Small Bites Board, if you’re wondering.

When you stay at home with kids and/or work from home, like I do most days, I long for anything but another PB&J or leftovers. And, if you work away from home, I’d wager this beats out most deli sandwiches you could get at a restaurant. The Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel fits the bill as an easy, filling, yet healthy lunch.

The first secret to this sandwich in my opinion is a really good bagel. If you have a Panera Bread near you (or a local bakery with whole grain bagels), stock up when their sprouted whole grain bagels or whole wheat bagels are on sale. At our Panera, you can get a baker’s dozen for half price on Tuesdays. So, I buy a bunch then and freeze them in freezer bags. They last for weeks this way. (ht: My friend, Erin A., for this idea!)

Then, simply pile on your favorite veggies (I love spinach, tomatoes, and avocado…but be creative), your favorite cream cheese, and some hummus and you’ve got yourself a delightful sandwich that’s full of texture and flavor.

P.S. You won’t miss the meat!

Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel

Here’s how I make my Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel…

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Bible Learning Cards

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 7.56.59 PMWe are all about getting the word out there about toys, products, websites and music that we love. A product that I recently stumbled across (well, actually it was sent to me to try out) was a set of these Bible Learning Cards made by Words2Remember4Kids. No, I’m not getting paid a penny to tell you that we have really liked these cards. They are so fun and easy to use with my preschooler. There are different sets based on age so if you have a kid under 13, listen up!