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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!

WEEK 3

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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 FOR THE WIN

AMAZING “TODDLER” MUFFINS

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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: https://www.facebook.com/tastyjunior/videos/406801326340627/) 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

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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 #1: 25 MINUTE CHICKEN CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE via A Sweet Pea Chef

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

RECIPE #3: EASY CARAMELIZED BAKED CHICKEN & SALAD

RECIPE #4: ASIAN GROUND TURKEY via Short List Meals

RECIPE #5: BBQ CHICKEN QUINOA SALAD via Whats Gaby Cooking

RECIPE #6: CROCKPOT CHICKEN TACO CHILI via Skinnytaste

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: milkandmascara@gmail.com

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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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@ShortListMeals

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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WEEKLY MEAL PLANNING

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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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Welcome Emily!

The Milk & Mascara family is getting a new member and we couldn’t be more excited!

Welcome Emily Logue! She happens to be the wife of one of my husband’s best friends AND, lucky me, immediately became one of my favorite people many years ago.

Emily reigns her roost in Portland (my hometown) so this expansion now means we are creeping up the West Coast – woop! I’ll let her tell you more about herself (below) but some key things to mention: Emily is hilarious, kicks absolute butt on the gridiron (we play Turkey Bowl every year at Thanksgiving), and is a seriously mindful and creative mother.

I look forward to the gems of wisdom, laughter (and meal planning) Emily will bring to Milk & Mascara. Thank you for your continued support of our creative outlet. We promise to blog more this year, particularly with this top draft pick on our team!- Amy

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Hi there! I’m Emily! Mom to Lucy and Eli and wife to Andrew. First things first….I use too many exclamation marks and ellipses because I write exactly as it sounds in my head…hopefully you’ll get used to it. I once scored an apartment in a very tight Seattle rental market because the landlord wanted to meet someone who used as many exclamation points as I did. True story.

Today you can find me in Beaverton, OR (just outside of Portland) exploring, adventuring and cooking for my family. I have been in the Pacific Northwest for over 10 years now. I love it here. I always have. I grew up in northern Arizona but my dad was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He passed his love of the Seattle sports scene on to me at a very early age and when I was ready to leave the nest….there was no question I would make my way to Seattle.

There are few things I love more than the Seattle Seahawks….my husband being one of them….which is how I ended up in Portland. He’s worth it. After 10 years of slinging in the real estate world, I am taking a break to be at home with my two kids. So far, so good. Everyone is still alive so I consider it a win thus far. I have taught myself to “cook” over the past 5-6 years (I use quotation marks because my skill set (while improving) is mediocre at best) and use Pinterest daily to keep my 2 kids busy….I mean….to teach them and enrich their lives through learning (that’s what I’m supposed to say….but it really is mostly to keep them happy and me sane).

I love wine. Like if my house were burning down, I would grab my kids and a bottle of wine kind of love. Other things I love? I love love….and happiness…and ellipses. I am passionate about providing a safe, loving and fun environment for my kids to learn in. I am all about “playful literacy” and will share my journey of what that means while trying to teach my tiny humans about life…and love.