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Weekly Menu 01-30-17

This past weekend has been crazy busy.  We have had so much going on ad we did not get to our meal planning and prepping like normal and boy did we hate it!  We just flow so much better when we are prepared and ready for the week.

Friday I helped a friend paint her condo.  Saturday we cleaned house but I never made it to the store.  Lots of little things that we got taken care of and then we had date night.  Love Date Night!


Sunday we went to church then dropped off some fliers and then helped a friend move into her condo.  Then went grocery shopping and came home and did meal prep.  We were not going another week without it!  Last week sucked without planning.  Man, it didn’t take long for us to get into this routine.  So here is our menu for this week.  Again lots of these are foods that are on sale at Publix this week.


Our prep has become so much faster.  Even after being out all day long we still got home and got our prep done.  I love that we do this together. Makes it so much easier.


Recipes for this week.

Breakfast Box

Turkey Chili

Turkey Meatball Strogonoff

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Shrimp Scampi

Hope everyone has a great week.  Keep on THRIVIN’!



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FREE Printable Meal Plans & Grocery Lists 01-09-17

Happy New Year!

The goal this year is fitness and nutrition.  I am a believer you can change your life by diet and exercise.  This is my new years resolution.


I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be fit.  There is a huge difference!  The last few months D and I have started meal planning and changing the way we eat to be a bit more “clean” – meaning less processed foods for us.  While I know this isn’t the clean eating version some people have, it works for us.  When I grocery shop, I shop the perimeter of the store more than the aisles.  The goal is to eat natural growing and healthy foods and stay away from boxed and packaged processed foods.  With that being said, I am also one of the worse and pickiest eaters ever!  I am not adventurous with my meals at all and I don’t see that changing any time soon.  So as I post our meal plans and grocery lists you will see that these meals are fairly simple.  This also makes them very kid friendly which helps anyone who is cooking for a family.

This is the menu for this week.  Each day comes out to around 1400 calories.


This is the shopping list and pricing for this week.  I shop at Publix and this is the price for an entire week of food for our family (3 adults and 1 child).  The items with no price are items that I had in the house already so I did not have to buy.  Staples like seasoning and what not that I have on hand are not included in this list.  When items are BOGO (buy one get one)  I tend to stock up when I can.  I buy frozen vegetables for dinners so they do not go bad in the fridge before I can use them.


Recipes to go with the menu.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Turkey Chili

Zucchini Boats

Cabbage and Noodles

Breakfast Box

Turkey Spaghetti


We do meal prep for the week for breakfast and lunches.  Dinners are made fresh every day.

Do you meal prep? What are your favorite meals?




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Breakfast Box

This is a knockoff of the Starbucks protein box.  Super simple and much cheaper.  I love this as a breakfast item.  It is so easy to grab and go and you can make ahead so you are ready.  You can also change out the fruit or cheese so you have a variety during the week.  This is also helpful because I will adjust the fruit to whatever the fresh fruit is that is on sale that week.  Save money – Eat Healthy!  Win Win!


1 hard boiled egg 70 calories

100g red seedless grapes 67 calories

28g of roasted almonds 160 calories

1oz Cheese 110 calories (you can substitute Light string cheese 50 calories)

347 – 407 calories per box depending on the cheese you use.



Posted by on December 14, 2016 in healthy eating, recipe


Turkey Spaghetti

Turkey Spaghetti

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A great low calorie, easy, spaghetti recipe perfect for any dinner.


  • 16 oz Extra Lean Ground Turkey
  • Pasta Sauce (I use Bertolli Vineyard Portobello Mushroom with Merlot Sauce
  • 1 box Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti


  1. Brown the ground turkey and drain any fat
  2. Add 1 jar of pasta sauce.
  3. Let simmer. The longer you let simmer the better it tastes. I will let this simmer for 4-5 hours.
  4. Boil the spaghetti noodles when you are ready to eat.

Serving is 2 oz (1 cup) of cooked noodles and 1/2 cup of turkey sauce.

Serving Size 8 Calories 305 Protein 27 Carbs 47 Fat 4 Fiber 6 Sodium 325


Posted by on September 8, 2016 in recipe


Greek Orzo Salad

This is an awesome recipe I got from some friends.  We had it at their house and I was hooked.


  • 1 box Orzo Pasta (16 oz)
  • 1 small container of cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1 cucumber (peeled and cubed)
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 container of reduced fat crumbled feta cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 can artichoke hearts (quartered in liquid not brine)
  • 1/2 bottle Greek Vinigrette dressing (I use Kraft)

First cook the pasta, drain and set aside.  Then combine all the other ingredients in a large bowl.  Slice each cherry tomato.  I quarter mine our you can just cut them in half.  Peel and cube the cucumber.  Drain the black olives and throw them in there.  Cut the onion into small pieces and add to the bowl.  Add the container of feta cheese.  Drain the artichoke hearts.  Cut them up into pieces and and them to the bowl.  Then add the cooked pasta on top of all of that.  Add half a bottle of the dressing and then mix it all together.

That’s it!  So simple to make.  The longer this sits the better it tastes.  You can adjust the amount of dressing you use if you prefer more or less.


Serving size is 1 cup.  This will make a 12 cup batch.

Calories 270  Protein 8  Carbs 36  Fat 11  Fiber 3  Sodium 552

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Posted by on September 13, 2013 in recipe


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Portabello Mushrooms Pizza

This meal has a bit more sodium in it depending on what you use but it is very low carb and low calorie.  To keep sodium lower make your pizza a veggie one.  These are so good and so filling.


  • 2 Portabello Mushroom Caps – about 3.5″
  • 1/4 cup Sauce – You can use pizza sauce but I prefer Bertolli Vineyard Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles
  • 1 oz. Mozzarella Cheese – I use Kraft block cheese and shred myself

This meal is super easy to do.  Heat oven to 375.  Place the mushroom caps on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil.  Rub the mushrooms with a little olive oil.  Place them in the oven for about 10 minutes, flip and bake another 10 minutes.  Eyeball these – cook them until they are soft.

Once cooked place them upside down on the cookie sheet.  (tops of the mushrooms on the cookie sheet and the stem side up).  Add the sauce. Split the 1/4 cup between the 2 caps.  Then add the sausage crumbles.  Again split this between the 2 caps.  Top each one with cheese.  .5 oz per cap.

Place back in the oven until the cheese melts and browns.  Keep an eye on them as they will burn easily.

Plate and enjoy!


You can easily modify this meal to add any topping you want.  If you are a pepperoni person then use the Hormel turkey pepperoni to save on calories.  If you are a veggie person then load that baby up with veggies.  All low calorie.  Make it the way you like.

The serving size for this meal is 2 mushroom caps.

Calories 252   Protein 25   Carbs 14   Fat 12   Fiber 4   Sodium 890

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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in recipe


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Pork Ribs with Sweet Potato and Side Salad

This is a great meal that everyone loves.


  • Country Style Pork Ribs (bone in)
  • Medium Sweet Potato
  • Salad
  • Salad Dressing (I use Bolthouse Dressings)

Heat oven to 350 degrees (bake not broil).  Place the ribs on a cookie sheet or broiler pan.  I use a cookie sheet that I line with tin foil – Easy clean up!  I season my ribs with only garlic salt.  You can modify this for what you like.

After seasoned, place ribs in the oven.  Turn the ribs periodically to ensure even cooking.  I usually cook mine about a half hour.  While the ribs are cooking wash your sweet potatoes and then place them in the microwave.  Leave the skin on.  Cook them for 8 minutes then flip and cook for another 8 minutes.  If they need a little longer then just turn again and cook for 5 minutes.   Cut open the sweet potato and remove from skin.  No butter added.  Plate with your ribs.

Add a side salad and your meal is done.  I use organic 50/50 mix salad and I LOVE Bolthouse dressings.  They have a good variety and it is only 45 calories per 2 Tbsp.  This dressing is found in the salad section of your store.  It is refrigerated in the cooler above the salad.


The serving for this meal is 4 oz of meat, 1 medium sweet potato, and 1 cup of salad with 2 tbsp of dressing.

Calories 449  Protein 25  Carbs 48  Fat 15  Fiber 8  Sodium 380

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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in recipe


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