One Fine (Meal Planned) Day

Getting back into the swing of things can be tricky at the start of the year. We're trying to begin fresh, implement all our great changes, form new habits, and do what we need to get our minds and body back after the holidays. 

Of course, you'd think that by now, two  weeks into the new year, we'd probably be hitting those changes more easily. For my brain, I need some things on hand to make choices a little easier for me while I'm trying to nail down the new stuff and get work rolling again. Most of the time I'm thinking along the lines of food and meals. What are easy things I can do that does require too much brain power? 

Well, here ya go! Breakfast, lunch, and dinners! Keeping it simple, keeping it clean, and keeping it delicious! 

Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Toast

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Who doesn't love PB toast for breakfast? This is a classic quick on-the-go breakfast for me. To make it stick to my ribs a little longer, I add a half banana for some fruit, chia seeds to fill me up and a little honey to sweeten it out! 

Lunch: Tuna Salad Sandwich

My mom taught me this one and it's by far my favorite--it's actually how I learned to like tuna. I've been serving up half this recipe on a toasted piece of ezekiel bread with spinach for lunch. Because one can of tuna makes a decent amount of salad, I just saved myself from making lunch the next day. Win! 

Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup

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Soup's on! I always have soup stuff on hand. It's really not something you have to overthink and I honestly don't think there's anything as comforting as a big bowl of soup. I keep a bag of carrots, onions, and celery chopped in the freezer for rainy days, a box of broth in the pantry at all times, and there's ALWAYS chicken breasts in my house. 

Saute your veggies first in a little olive oil, add your cooked chicken--you can cook your chicken before or use leftover roasted chicken--add spices, bring to a boil and add in the pasta. Or heck! Add it all in a let it simmer to ready!

Whatever spices sound good to you is the way to go. I usually do salt, pepper, garlic, and some red pepper. I'm heavy handed on the black pepper and garlic and sometimes I put in cilantro and jalapeno for a spicy flavor! 

*The link for another favorite chicken noodle soup is at the bottom of the post! 

If I'm really in the mood for a comfort meal, I'll whip up a batch on Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies to enjoy after dinner. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like a hot chocolate chip cookie. Oh my word. It's making my mouth water just to think about it! 

I might have to make some of those cookies tonight....help me get to Saturday...

I'm nearly to the end of this first week back! Hallelujah! I've got big plans for the weekend, too, ya'll--hot bath with a bath bomb, pretty magazines, a puzzle with man, and probably a glass of wine...or two. Gotta rest and recover for next week! 

Happy Thursday, ya'll! 

What are your plans for Friday night? 

 

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