Our Healthy Meal Plan


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  • 12th Thurs Dinner: leftovers
  • 13th Fri Dinner:  chicken, couscous, veggies
  • 14th Saturday– shrimp, asparagus, rice
  • 15th Sunday – polenta with veggies and beans  
  • 16th Monday – slow cooked pea soup with carrots, potatoes, and 
  • 17th Tuesday sports skills – take out night
  • 18th Wednesday leftovers 

 HERE are some polenta recipes and ideas 

12th Thurs Dinner leftovers Love adding avocados to my food…it goes with anything. I sliced some avocados and mixed it with the leftover chicken and potatoes. Then sprinkled on some olive oil and balsamic vinegar…SO GOOD. Dino came home sick, so he hardly ate, poor thing. 

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13th Fri Dinner Chicken, Couscous, veggies  Dino was home sick all day, so by the time I got home Hubby decided to just order sandwiches from our favorite pizza place, Dino got a slice with pepperoni. It took him a while to eat it, but he did.

14th Saturday Dinner– shrimp, asparagus, rice It was exciting to try something new. I seasoned the shrimp with a orange ginger premade seasoning by whole foods. I put them in a cast iron skillet and baked them at 350 for thirty minutes…PERFECTION

Then I cut the ends off the asparagus, coated with olive oil, seasoning, and some fresh herbs. I put them in another cast iron skillet and baked them for about twenty minutes…PERFECTION

I made jasmine rice with the same orange ginger seasoning…the meal was a big hit with Hubby and I, but Dino did not like it at all…NOPE… At least he tried it. Funny, he LOVES eating sushi with me, but did not like the shrimp or asparagus. He was happy with his peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 

shrimp collage

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15th Sunday Dinner – polenta with veggies I always wanted to try polenta, but was scared. Then I realized how flipping cheap it was…talk about saving money. 2/3 cup only cost me .40c. YES FORTY CENTS! You can either use water or chicken broth, season and boil the polenta.  You can leave it in “oatmeal” type form or cut and place in a pan to bake or fry. I decided to bake, it had a crispy outer edge and soft in the middle. PERFECTION. Next time I’m going to try keeping in in a bowl, adding sausage, cheese, and sauce. 

YES, I am asking Dino to give me a thumbs up or down for dinners…this way he can let you know if he really likes it or not. He loved the polenta and veggies.

polenta collage

16th Monday Dinner – slow cooked pea soup with ham and carrots Another thumbs up by Dino, but after more than halfway through he said he didn’t want anymore grass. LOLOL. I threw dried peas, ham bone, and carrots all in the slow cooker with water, herbs, and seasoning. 

I’ll had either couscous or polenta to the soup to thicken it up.  

peasoup collage

17th Tuesday Dinner  sports skills – take out night We didn’t have sports skills this week, so we had leftover pea soup with palenta. Dino didn’t like it. Sometimes he gets into moods and doesn’t like dinners that I know he likes. Maybe it was too hot for soup, oh well. Then I scooped some palenta into a bowl and put cheese on top. That he liked. Next time I will have to try palenta with sauce and mozzarella cheese. 

polenta with soup and cheese collage

18th Wednesday Dinner leftovers I wanted to make a bean dish, but forgot to soak the beans overnight. Instead I made a chicken dish. I seasoned two chicken breasts with white wine, shredded coconut, water, and orange ginger seasoning. I added tater tots to the mix. What a great dinner. 

chicken tater tots collage

I introduced some other snacks to Dino…edamame, chocolate covered almonds, cashews, cacao nibs, vanilla almond granola, banana and fruit granola, and yogurt… he can put a few of those in his yogurt.

Dino HATES the cashews…but loves the chocolate covered almonds. He loved the cheddar puffs, yogurt with cacoa nips, which can NOT be eaten on their own. My dad tried this and was horrified by the taste. It is raw cacao…on it’s own it’s nasty, but adds beautiful flavor to oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, or ice cream, or anything you like.

Dino did NOT like the edamame…sighs…I will keep trying though.

snack collage

What are your favorite healthy snacks? 


Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.


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Our Healthy Meal Plan — 10 Comments

  1. So jealous about the shrimp. Kevin is not a fan, so I don’t usually make if for dinner, but if we go out, I will usually order it then. But still always wish I could make it at home and enjoy it too.

  2. Hi Karen! Love your blog header 🙂 Also love checking out your meal plans! Love polenta 🙂
    One of my kids fave healthy snacks are crunchy curls, a potato lentil crunchy snack from Trader Joe’s 🙂

  3. Isn’t it funny how kid’s tastes are so strange? T loves shrimp and salmon, but won’t touch a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. I love the thumbs up/thumbs down too. It’s a great way to get him involved in your mealtime!

    • finally responding to comments…. It is funny Leslie, Dino hates burgers and doesn’t like to dip anything but fries and chicken fingers.
      T has nice taste though, I could eat shrimp and salmon every day.

  4. We would just love your Polenta and Veggies, your meal plans look great! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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