Weeknight Meal Ideas

I don’t know about you.. but I’m always looking for some weeknight meal inspiration. We have a tendency to get stuck on the same few things on rotation.

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With Bowen working in Fairhope now (BLESS THE LORD) I’m trying to get a little more creative and keep lots of veggies in our diet without feeding him the same grain bowl/salad everynight like I like to eat. 

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Here’s two recipes we’ve had this week that were easy to make ahead and good for us. One of Bowen’s favorites growing up was his mom’s meatloaf..I’ve added her recipe to our weekly lineup and posted the recipe HERE. The only change I made was stuffing a bell pepper with meatloaf mixture instead of placing in a baking dish. We loved it! 

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 I also made some mini meatloaf’s with the same recipe for lunch, how cute are these? I just think they would be a perfect sandwich substitute for a school lunch. I never liked sandwiches growing up (soggy bread anybody???) so mom always packed me something delicious. I did get odd stares that time I brought leftover rack of lamb. 

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Last night I made chicken & veggie stir fry with leftover fried rice. Sounds unhealthy but totally nutritious (I don’t know that I used any fat at all in cooking the rice) and for us stir fry’s are a great way to get in a variety of veggies. 

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This recipe is a great way to use up leftover rice. I usually make a big batch of brown rice/grains on Monday then we have it for supper throughout the week. I had lots leftover so for this dish I added a scrambled egg and some edamame for fried rice. 

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Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry with "fried" Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  2. 1 head broccoli, florets removed
  3. 1 carrots, cut into thin strips
  4. 1/2 onion, sliced thin
  5. 1 clove garlic minced
FRIED RICE
  1. 1 clove garlic, minced
  2. 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  3. 1 large carrot, diced
  4. 1 cup frozen (or fresh broccoli)
  5. 1/4 c. frozen peas
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/2 cup leftover rice
  8. 1 T vegetable oil
  9. 1 T soy sauce (g free tamari sauce)
  10. Instructions
  11. What you do: Heat a medium size skillet on medium high, add oil and stir fry chopped onion and carrots until onions are translucent. Next, add in minced garlic and sauté until fragrant (30 seconds). Add in broccoli and peas and warm through. Next add in cracked eggs and cook until scrambled. Finally, toss in you rice and flatten with spatula, let sit for a minute or two so the rice has a chance to "fry", toss and repeat then finish with soy sauce, chili paste ( on the side) and enjoy!
Instructions
  1. Heat a non stick cooking surface or saute pan on medium high heat, add 1 T coconut oil and sear seasoned chicken breast on both side. Cook until internal temp is 165. Remove and set aside. Next saute veggies on high heat until tender. Once your rice is fried, place chicken and veggies back in pan and add soy sauce & chili paste and heat through. enjoy!
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I didn’t know what I was missing not having Bowen home every night! I mean, I did because it was a tough four years of traveling for me for him but I just praise the Lord for providing in His perfect timing an opportunity for Bowen to live in Fairhope. It’s been the best days of my life! img_9387

I was on the hunt for a grain bowl picture in my albums and came across this shot from this time last year. I guess its time for a bump update 25 weeks tomorrow! Sometimes Bowen is really showing out and sometimes not so much. 
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Cookies and running-still pretty much sums up most of my days. I found out why Im feeling so fatigued on my runs, low blood pressure! I’m mostly running/walking around my neighborhood now which lets me go home each mile for a water/snack/check in with Bowen break 😉 fullsizerender-53

Happy Game week all my Alabama people! 

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