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Weekly Menu for Jan. 26-Feb. 1

It’s the last week of January… can y’all believe that? I can’t! I hope you all have a few meals planned and prepped… If not, take some ideas from my gameplan below and stay calm 😉 below the menu I have a recipe that you could easily make with chicken 🙂 Check it out!

Breakfast: Cauliflower and broccoli tots (tweaked this recipe) with a berry-green-gelatin smoothie (added greens to this recipe)
Monday: (L) Roast with cabbage, carrots, and onions; (D) Creamy Chicken Crockpot Soupwith sweet potato biscuits
Tuesday: (L) Roast leftovers; (D) Creamy chicken soup leftovers before I go to a paleo baking class at Mary’s Cakes and Pastries in Downtown Northport (check it out here)
Wednesday: (L) Roast leftovers; (D) Chicken-herb-garlic sausage (got these from Target) with cabbage and roasted butternut squash pureed with butter and cinnamon
Thursday: (L) Salad topped with Applegate turkey roll ups with mustard, avocado, sauerkraut, and carrots; (D) Taco salads with organic white rice tossed with lime
Friday: (L) Turkey roll up leftovers with salad; (D) Taco salad leftovers
The Weekend: (L) Pumpkin Chili; (D) Tuna cakes with massaged kale salad (check out my recipe here) AND paleo pizza (probably the one I made and talked about in my Meals Made Simple review)
Sweets: These PaleOMG cookies 🙂

Now to share a recipe for… Wild Turkey Stew.
1.5 pounds of wild turkey breast (or chicken breast)
1 32oz carton of chicken stock (or 4 cups homemade)
1 small onion diced
5 carrots cubed
2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 cup chopped white mushrooms
2-3 cups chopped kale
Spices are flexible but I used salt/pepper, garlic and onion powders, thyme, basil, and oregano.
How to:
Really easy. Throw it all in the slower cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. When finished, shred turkey and serve up! So good and like I said, the recipe is flexible on chicken or turkey and your herbs/spices!

And pictured below has been my go-to for breakfast. 2 fried eggs with roasted veggies and a paleo muffin.


Above… The results of the weekend raking leaves marathon. Ha I think Leo had a bit more fun playing in the mud than helping gather leaves 😉 Fun times!! Oh that muffin recipe can be found here.

Now he’s clean and all snuggled up 😉
I think we are all ready for bed! Nothing like getting in bed early to kick off the week! Have a great week y’all and feel free to leave any new recipes I should try out in the comments below 😉 I love to “hear” from you!

June Menu #1

I have missed y’all! And meal planning too 🙂 I’m back at it now and can’t wait to share the first menu of… June (wha?!?).

June Menu #1
Breakfast: Muffins from The Paleo Kitchen (turned their pancake batter into a muffin one!), with Bulletproof coffee (with gelatin, cinnamon, turmeric). Or eggs with sautéed greens and roasted veggies.
L- Chicken Thighs with kale, bok choy, carrots, and turnips
D- Zoodles with meatballs from The Paleo Kitchen
L- Leftover meatballs with zoodles
D- Chicken thighs with brussel sprouts, carrots, & greens
L- Tuna Caesar Salad (using Steve’s Paleo Chef sauce)
D- 4 Layer Beef and Bacon Casserole from The Paleo Kitchen
L- Casserole leftovers
D- Meatball leftovers
L- Casserole leftovers
D- Tuna salad with rice and leftover roasted veggies

David and I have been busy on the weekends doing some DIY projects and things around the house. We will celebrate 1 year of home ownership this week. 365 days in this place!


We did paint the door blue. It took me a long time to decide but happy I did! We also have a chalkboard wall in the kitchen. It’s green! Probably will go black after summer. The color is great for now though!

Leo loves it 😉


I know I’ll sleep fabulous tonight because we finally had a solid meal prep day. It feels great!

Also I’ve been dabbling in essential oils, I love them so far! Any tips? I’ve been rubbing our feet with lavender each night and peppermint if our head or neck is hurting. Lavender is fabulous for bug bites too… Goodness knows I keep at least one this time a year!

That’s the amazing cookbook I’m cooking a lot out of this week. Y’all go check it out and get yourself a copy! George from Civilized Caveman and Juli from PaleOMG worked very hard on this beauty!

Thanks for hanging with me during my little meal plan break/extended Grace week 🙂

Happy June y’all!

*Prayer request– keep the sweet and lovely Danielle (from Against All Grain) and her family in your prayers. She shared some heartbreaking news on her blog this weekend and needs lots of prayers.

*A special thanks to everyone that supports my blog even when I take breaks 🙂 I love interacting with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. And in person, no link for that 😉 I appreciate each of you and love to hear from you!

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