Monday, August 31, 2015

Meal Plan Monday and Goals for the Week

Our meal plan has really made my life easier the last couple weeks.  We're in week three of school.  I keep waiting for a "normal"day, but they keep NOT happening.  Today, I had to go get an extra inhaler so that Future Fashionista has one for school and for home.  That way she won't have to remember to bring it back and forth.  We are only trying it before physical activity this week and then we're switching it to "as-needed" as a rescue inhaler.  It seems to be helping when she uses it before physical activity.  We'll see how it goes next week when we have to use only as a rescue.

The Builder seems to be doing well with the big change up to Middle School.  He's only forgotten things a couple times.  He didn't have his gym shirt one time last week and he forgot his ID tag one day.  There are a lot of new things for him to remember!  It seems like he really likes playing the trombone, so that's cool.  I'm happy he likes it.

Here is what our meal plan for this week looks like.  I always go Monday - Sunday on our meal plan.  We'll pretend I use a European calendar *wink, wink*

Meal Plan 
Some lunches for hubby during week:  Pasta salad
Lunches for me during week:  Leftovers or salad
Lunch for kids:  Refried Beans and cheese with Wheat Thin Cracker Chips, Grape tomatoes, celery, dried blueberries
Dinner:  Crimini and Chickpea Fried Red Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Sauteed Greens
Lunch for the kids: Pepperoni Rollups, Baby Carrots, Celery, Apple Sauce
Dinner:  Onion breaded Pork Chops, Roasted Potatoes, Corn on the Cob
Lunch for the kids: Ravioli, fruit,celery
Dinner:  Tacos
Take-along dinner for hubby:  Freezer Roast Beef & Turkey Wraps
Lunch for kids: Taco Rice & Beans, Grape tomatoes
Dinner:  Chicken casserole
Lunch for the kids: Chicken Nuggets
Dinner:  Slow Cooker Chili
Everyone is on their own!!!
Baked Potato and Salad or leftovers~~Mommy is going out!! (almost forgot!)

Goals for the week:
Why even bother?!?  Haha.  I've very rarely completed a "goal" to-do list recently.  There's always something unusual going on.  Hopefully after:
The garage sale this week,
figuring out Future Fashionista's inhaler issues,
settling more into a "normal" routine for school, 
and the holiday this weekend~~~
I'll be able to actually attain some of my weekly goals.

What's on your meal plan and to-do list this week?


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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Salmon Wraps with Baby Bok Choy, Avocado and Mustard Vinaigrette

 I had on my weekly menu plan to make salmon on Friday night.  I had no idea what I was going to do with our salmon though! To make things easy, I usually try to pre-cook as much as I can during the day while the hubby and kids are at work and school.  Since we had just received our Blue Sky Green Fields produce order, I wanted to use some of that stuff also.  Here's what we came up with:
I love salmon and avocado together.  And my hubby and I LOVE baby bok choy in salads.  I just decided to combine all of those things in those whole grain flax flatbreads that we love so much from Aldi.  Those things have proven to be very valuable lately!!!  
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the versatility of them.  I hope Aldi doesn't stop carrying them any time soon!

For this recipe, I grilled my salmon on a George Forman grill ahead of time and just stuck it in the fridge until I was ready.  Each wrap only uses 1/8 pound of a cooked salmon fillet.  I buy frozen salmon fillets from Aldi.  Usually, there are 4 fillets in each one pound package.  I used half of a fillet in each wrap.

Here's what we used for each wrap:
1 flatbread rectangle
2 baby bok choy leaves
1 mini pepper, sliced into rings
1 scallion, chopped
black pepper to taste
1/4 avocado, sliced thin
2 oz. of grilled, flaked salmon

For the mustard vinaigrette dressing (enough for 2 wraps):
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
black pepper to taste

How to make the salmon wrap:

Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients and put aside.
 Place 2 baby bok choy leaves in the middle of a rectangular flatbread.
Spoon 1 teaspoon of the mustard vinaigrette on top of the baby bok choy.

Place avocado and pepper rings on top of baby bok choy.

Spread more vinaigrette and sprinkle black pepper, if wanted.
Sprinkle chopped scallions on and then
place the flaked salmon on top of veggies.

Spoon more mustard vinaigrette on.
Start wrapping from one of the short ends, making sure to wrap all of the ingredients tightly in the middle.


Do you like sandwich wraps?

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The Quirky Homemaker

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Who IS The Quirky Homemaker from HBHL?

I'm that girl who went to college on scholarship, lost that scholarship after the first year, changed majors 5 times, started working full time to pay for college, ended up with a degree in fashion. . . that girl who met a boy on a cruise who she eventually fell in love with and moved 1100 miles away from home and family to be with. . . that girl who believes in Jesus, but married a man who isn't sure what to believe. . .then had kids with him. . .who are a perfect combination of us both. . . Lord, help us all. . . the girl who is still trying to figure life out. . . whose life, like this blog is constantly evolving. . . that girl who cooks for relaxation, is never organized, always had her nose in a book while growing up. . . who is afraid of heights, but married a BASE jumper. . .that girl who grew out her gray hair and is trying to be the fittest of her life in her 40's. . . that girl who would rather do crafts and sew, than fold the laundry or clean the mud off the floor. . . yeah, I'm that girl

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