Week 4 Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan 4

Are blog crushes a thing? Like a girl crush? I’m new to this blogging thing so I’m not sure but I know I have many girl crushes….I’m looking at you @shortlistmeals but I’m starting to have some serious blog crushes too. Two of which are included in this week’s meal plan. Iowa Girl Eats & Carlsbad Cravings….you cannot go wrong. Their blogs are aesthetically clean and easy to navigate and their food is DELISH. Play recipe roulette….you can’t lose.


  1. Sausage & Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
  2. Easy Apricot Chicken & Broccoli
  3. Baked Tacos
  4. BBQ Chicken Sliders & Carrot Fries
  5. Sweet Chili Coconut Lime Chicken & Cauliflower Rice
  6. Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken

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Recipe 1: Sausage & Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash via BuzzFeed Tasty

Recipe 2: Easy Apricot Chicken & Broccoli via Lauren Conrad* (over rice)

*This recipe doesn’t include how to prepare the broccoli so if you don’t have a preference, here is my absolutely favorite way to serve it up at our house!!!

Recipe 3: Baked Tacos AGAIN* & my favorite refried beans EVER (that I literally eat with a spoon)

*I use ground turkey instead of beef and you can put whatever toppings you want on your tacos. Duh. 

Recipe 4: BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders & Carrot Fries*

* No recipe…sorry!! Using Costco Rotisserie Chicken Breast Meat, I just throw it in the crock-pot with your favorite bbq sauce (we keep it simple with Sweet Baby Ray’s Original – also available at Costco) and warm it up. Throw it on MY FAVORITE slider buns which is no surprise to anyone: Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls  with some coleslaw and its an easy dinner that we like to throw together over the weekend.I serve this up with carrot fries which I also don’t have a recipe for so I just picked the first one that showed up on Pinterest —> Carrot Fries

Recipe 5: Sweet Chili Coconut-Lime Chicken with Cauliflower Rice via Iowa Girl Eats

Recipe 6: Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken via Carlsbad Cravings with sliced cucumbers over rice

Week 4 Grocery List*: 

*Originally I was listing all ingredients including olive oil, salt & pepper but if you don’t have these ingredients….just order take out. 

  • 1/2 lb sausage
  • 9-12 chicken breasts
  • 2 lbs ground beef, lean (I use ground turkey)
  • rotisserie chicken breast meat
  • 2 small/medium acorn squash (or one large)
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 apple
  • 2 heads – broccoli crowns
  • 1 medium-sized head cauliflower or cauliflower pearls
  • about 10-12 medium pound carrots
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 lime
  • onion
  • jalapeño
  • 9 garlic cloves
  • cole slaw
  • cilantro
  • green onions
  • taco toppings
  • 2 cups pinto beans dry, rinsed
  • 6 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 Lipton Onion Soup packet
  • 1 jar or apricot preserves (about 1 cup)
  • 1 bottle of Russian Dressing
  • your fave bbq sauce
  • unsweetened light coconut milk
  • sweet chili sauce
  • cornstarch
  • sriracha (optional)
  • low sodium soy sauce
  • ketchup
  • brown sugar
  • hoisin sauce
  • rice wine vinegar
  • sesame oil
  • dried red pepper flakes
  • cumin
  • taco seasoning
  • thyme
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • ginger powder
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • sliced almonds
  • slider buns
  • 12 small flour tortillas
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • brown rice
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • pecorino cheese
  • shredded cheddar cheese


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Week 3 Meal Plan

Week 3

Next week, I will start posting our meal plans on Sunday mornings because no one meal plans on Monday right? That’s what I’ve heard but I wasn’t ready yesterday and I had a doozy of a day so next week it is!


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Recipe 1: Chicken Parm Lasagna Roll-Ups

Recipe 2: Baked Verde Chicken Roll-Ups

Recipe 3: Chicken Apple Sausage & Sweet Potato “salad”* 

Recipe 4: Asian Turkey Meatballs & Carrot Rice

Recipe 5: Curry Mini Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries (I use ground turkey)

*I don’t have a recipe for the Chicken Apple Sausage & Sweet Potato “Salad”. My friend Maria introduced me to this deliciousness and I love it because it is ridiculously easy to throw together. I just slice the Chicken Apple Sausage (I get mine from Costco) and pan fry it. Do the same with a sweet potato until soft (to your preference). Throw the sausage/sweet potato mixture over greens of your choice. Maria uses Kale…we used spinach…both are delicious. Sprinkle feta on top and that is about it.

Grocery list can be found here: Week 3 Grocery List or listed below.

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Toddler Muffins

Are you making breakfast right now? Does your child eat eggs? Seriously…how and why does mine NOT eat eggs? As you have probably noticed by now….my 2.5 year old has become the pickiest of eaters. I know what you’re thinking…its normal…I know. I’m actually okay with it. After many discussions with our pediatrician and scouring of the internet, I am at peace with it and no longer engage in the power struggle of force feeding my toddler. I offer her whatever it is we’re eating and if she chooses to eat it…great and if not, that’s okay too. We do not praise nor condemn either. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t drive me absolutely CRAZY!!! “Deep breath” is my dinner time chant these days. While I try not to show my frustration (key word here being try)…I am not above secretly adding veggies to anything and everything I possibly can. Pancakes, cookies, muffins, grilled cheese, mac and cheese (speaking of…have you seen this: you name it…if I can sneak a carrot or zucchini in it…I’m doing it. When I found this recipe, I made it as is and it’s delicious. Then I started playing around with it. I added chocolate chips, carrots, zucchini and all variations were just as good.  She loves them. My husband loves them. I love them. They’re delicious and fairly easy to throw together. I usually double the recipe and freeze half. These are great to have on hand. Also, I cut the sugar in half. They are plenty sweet.


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Meal Plan #2

Week 2 Pinterest V1

Good Morning! I received so much love and support after my first Meal Plan post last week – thank you….mostly to my friends and family who I all but paid to make them follow me on here! I also received some really good feedback on how to deliver these meal plans via the blog and social channels to better suit your needs…how you shop, etc. Thank you for those of you that reached out….I really appreciate it!! With that being said, this week I am trying something a little different to see if it works better for you. So, first and foremost – here are the recipes! I have linked out directly to the original recipes right here up front so that you can pin or save as you would like.

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RECIPE #2: GROUND TURKEY TACOS via Yummy Healthy Easy & HOMEMADE REFRIED BEANS via 100 Days of Real Food





I’m going to be straight with you guys….Recipe #1 was my fave of the week. #4 and #5 are staples around my house and we probably eat both 1-2 times a month.

And here is the grocery list for all 6 recipes: Meal Plan #2 Grocery List

If you would prefer I email this to you….I send them out on Sunday nights. Just shoot me an email to be added to the list:

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Short List Meals

We here at Milk & Mascara are ALL ABOUT OUR MOM TRIBE. It’s one of the reasons we started this blog. To unite moms everywhere….to band together and celebrate the woman and mother in all of us. With this goal in mind, we are committed to supporting, celebrating and sharing businesses, ideas and passions of women everywhere. So, for one of our first features, we want to introduce you to:

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So, I am not one to “whip” something up based on what I have in my refrigerator or pantry. It just doesn’t work that way. I don’t even salt something without instruction. I need to have a plan…a recipe…a step by step guide. This “need” only seemed to increase with the addition of children because while I can get away with not feeding my husband, I kind of have to feed the tiny humans I made….it’s part of the gig. Whether or not they eat what I cook…don’t get me started.

No surprise to anyone…Pinterest is my go-to. Every Sunday I choose 4-6 recipes, pin the recipes to my Weekly Meal Plan Board and then make my grocery list. Oh and I guess I will admit that I have succumb to the BuzzFeed Tasty videos on Facebook. Lastly, I follow @ShortListMeals on Instagram. Now I have to admit….the person behind Short List Meals is my closest, dearest, most beloved mom friend. She has two boys, Kai (Age 4.5) and Jace (Age 2.5). We met in Mom’s Group almost three years ago and she has been my rock ever since. When I went back to work after 3 months with my first born, traveled incessantly while trying to pump in airport bathrooms and construction trailers. When I changed jobs. When I decided to quit my job. She was the first person I told I was pregnant with my second. Literally….the first. She knew before my husband did. She is organized. She cooks. She works out every morning. Her kids are kind, well behaved and smart. She’s THAT mom.

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This is my first “real” blog post on Milk and Mascara. It’s harder than I thought it would be….writing a blog. I thought a lot about why people would actually want to read anything I have to say and I asked myself, “Why should/would people read YOUR blog rather than the 3 billion other brilliant and inspiring mom blogs?” or “what makes what you have to say so unique?” more times than I can count. Honestly, I would have to say….nothing. I’m “just” a normal-ish wife & mother….living in the ‘burbs….trying to keep a couple of tiny humans alive. Sometimes I think I’m kind of funny and sometimes I’m kind of crass. I have a tiny bit of a potty mouth…that I promise to refrain from using on this blog (I should also mention that I do sometimes break promises). I am not wealthy. I don’t drive an expensive car. I don’t have a closet full of designer clothes or shoes. I don’t have a fancy kitchen. I don’t spend a fortune on groceries.  I am not a professional photographer (sorry about the awful iPhone pics by the way), I am not a chef, a teacher or an expert in early childhood education. So…if I’m being totally honest…there is nothing “unique” per se. But that’s just it. I don’t think you have to be any of those things…or have any of those things….to live a good, simple life…to cook good food or to teach your kids how to be decent human beings. Don’t get me wrong….I work my a$$ off (see….I already broke my first promise I made to you and I haven’t even finished the 1st paragraph) to keep this house in working order…to get dinner on the table and keep everyone happy and healthy. I am organized, diligent and thorough. I work very hard to stay on top of “it all”…or at least most of “it all”. So, I guess my hope is that my organization can help you plan out your own week or simplify your planning, whether it be a home cooked meal, a fun activity for your tiny human(s) or a recommendation for a deliciously cheap bottle of wine.

Anyway, when I started to enjoy cooking (aka stopped poisoning people), I started these weekly meal plans and they’ve become a bit of a “hobby” of mine. Each week, I choose 4-6 recipes and plan them out depending on what our week looks like. I prep/cook almost every meal during nap time (1pm-3pm) if the recipe will allow it. Most recipes are not my own so I will link out to the original recipe and will simply notate any adjustments I made and why. I have also laid out all the ingredients for the week in a list format for the grocery store if you’re just going to make all recipes as is.

I will also be sure to let you know if my toddler ate them….SPOILER ALERT….she didn’t.

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