Frugal Organic Changes and Meal Plan – June 2

Weekly Meal PlanI had a brainstorm earlier this week where I thought about starting a new blog to post pictures of the mischief my girls got into while I was trying to do other things…like when I tried to vacuum for literally 3 minutes and realized they had put marker all over each other’s lips and then kissed paper to make lip marks.  It’s cute in hindsight, but frustrating in the moment.

The point of this story (yes, I have a point) is that my life is hectic (whose isn’t) and it’s time to slow down.  

Confession time…I am a real mom with 3 real kids and a real budget. I want to be like other moms I see on Pinterest, making wholesome gluten-free meals using beets and cauliflower, but my kids won’t eat that…and frankly neither will my husband. I want to make beautiful crafts with my children and decorate my house with things I DIY’d but I’d just wind up with toilet paper tubes strewn around the house and hot glue strings in my hair.

Here’s a secret…that’s not real life! Or at least it isn’t my real life. My kids fight and make messes…and while I’m trying to make homemade play doh, someone is flooding the bathroom.

So here’s the deal…I’m trying.   I do cook for my family on most nights and I still buy mostly organic but I’ve come to rely more heavily on the Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen guide when determining whether to buy organic or not (being 100% organic is expensive).  I avoid processed foods and cook from scratch whenever possible.  Now that I am a stay at home mom, we are more frugal than ever so the main focus of this blog has to be finding balance between eating organic and saving money…it’s a personal choice.

Things go more smoothly around here with a plan and so starting now, I’m making one.  A weekly meal plan that is.   I will strive to find and develop recipes that truly take 30 minutes to prepare each night along with 1 hour to prep for the week over the weekend and I’ll share my plan here in my weekly meal plans. I’ll also try to share secrets I gain along the way about saving money, living green and raising kids.  I’ve also created a new Pinterest board called “Tried and True Recipes” where I’ll pin the recipes that I’ve made and liked.  I hope it will be a good resource for your own menu planning so please check it out and follow me.  I promise to only repin recipes that were good, easy to make and include links to the actual recipe and not some third party site.  

We do still get CSA every two weeks and so I’ll be trying to incorporate that into our plan as well.  So here goes for week one, bear with me.  

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Monday: Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs and Honey Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette served with french bread (we gotta have gluten around here).

Tuesday: Ground beef tacos with crunchy shells using this recipe for taco seasoning (omitting crushed red pepper).

Wednesday: Oatmeal Cranberry Pancakes – My husband has softball on Wednesdays so it’s usually just me and the girls;  they like pancakes and this recipe is a little more substantial than most. 

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Thursday: Thai Basil Fried Rice – I’ll probably add some egg and grilled chicken to make it more pleasing for everyone.

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Friday: Beef Kabobs with oven roasted potatoes

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Breakfast inspiration: Easy Crockpot Granola with yogurt (my 3 year old lives on yogurt and cereal so she should like this one).

Weekly Meal Plan Prep: make dressing, cook bacon, boil eggs, slice red peppers, make taco seasoning, cut and add steak to marinade then freeze, make crockpot granola.

For more meal planning ideas check out Org Junkie.

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  • Shelly June 2, 2014, 6:27 am

    My little boy goes crazy as soon as I get on the phone. Doing all kinds of things he knows he shouldn’t. But I’m lucky that my family will eat pretty much everything I cook. Which is really nice.
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  • Cinnamon Vogue June 2, 2014, 1:39 pm

    OK I like the Kabobs’ and Thai Fried Rice. Very nice. But Pancakes for dinner? I am going to assume that is for breakfast Suzanne. :-) Also I guess Monday’s are meatless and fishless? Bread, YES gotta have that but no protein? Maybe you could include some high protein red Lentils cooked Sri Lankan style with a stick of Ceylon Cinnamon? It goes well with bread or mixed up with Penne Regata Pasta. Kids don’t like mushy stuff so the Penne Regata coated with red lentil cooked in coconut milk offers them nice chunky pieces to bite into.

  • Sophia June 2, 2014, 1:48 pm

    You’re doing great! Hang in there!! We are all in different places in life and it just gets easier and you will be able to do more in the future so just keep doing what works for you. But I do think it would be awesome to see a post comparing the Pinterest project you attempted and how it really turned out. Those are my favorite. Lol!

    • Suzanne June 2, 2014, 8:34 pm

      I should probably try to guest post for one of those “Pinterest-fail” sites…I’ve gotten some pretty bad results. I guess I’m just not as crafty as I want to be.

      • Sophia June 2, 2014, 11:22 pm

        None of us are…I try too and sometimes I get success but most of the time it looks nothing like the example! My favorite art is throwing supplies at the kids and seeing what they make (not actually throwing them…lol).
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        • Sophia June 2, 2014, 11:24 pm

          Ok, don’t know why it just posted my latest blog post! Ugh…I can’t even use a reply button on a website, let alone pinterest. Lol!

  • Jan June 2, 2014, 2:02 pm

    :) Thanks for being honest :) The marker on the lips about made me pee my pants though! Great looking menu and I think you are doing just fine! (hopped over from Organized Junkie Menu Plan Monday party)
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    • Suzanne June 2, 2014, 8:32 pm

      Thanks Jan! I will keep the “marker lips” picture and show them someday…maybe when their kids are acting crazy. I’m also hiding the markers.

  • Sherry June 2, 2014, 2:44 pm

    I use that taco seasoning all the time. I actually double the red pepper flakes. Normally the seasoning gets me two nights of tacos. Which is nice because we have them weekly. In fact I just bought a bigger Ball jar, so I can mix up a month or more at a time on my food prep day.

  • Laura June 4, 2014, 4:55 am

    Great post, absolutely understand going organic but within a budget. I keep switching over what I can to organic and have gone a lot of the way! Looking and printing recipes now. thank you for your honesty