Meal Plan Monday 9/25

Happy Monday everyone.  I hope you had a great weekend and are excited about what great things will come this week!  So for today’s Meal Plan Monday I wanted to talk about some ways I try to cook healthy.  Someone asked me about ways to cook ground turkey so I thought I would touch on that and give you something other than chicken to eat that is healthy.  


Don’t get me wrong, I love chicken.  We have chicken at least 4 days a week.  But I need breaks.  Even though you can find 5 million ways to cook chicken, at the end of the day it’s still chicken so I try to make every other meal we have with other meats.


I used to think ground turkey was so nasty.  I remember the first time we tried it we made turkey burgers and they were so bad I could barely eat it.  But years later I gave it a chance and it’s now used at least once every week!  Anything that calls for ground beef is now turkey.  My favorite is buffalo turkey meatballs.  They are low carb and so freakin good!  I normally have them with a salad, but I have also made sliders with them.

~Buffalo Turkey Meatballs~

You will need…

  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. ½ cup almond flour
  3. 1 packet of dry ranch dressing
  4. 2 tbs ranch dressing
  5. ¼ cup hot sauce
  6. ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  7. 1 egg

Preheat oven to 500° (yes 500)

Grease baking sheet.

Mix together ground turkey, almond flour, cheddar cheese, ranch, dry ranch, hot sauce, and egg.

Mix well and form 12-18 meatballs.

Place on baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes.


I also do a Ground turkey stroganoff that’s so easy and we almost never have leftovers because it’s so good!  It’s not as healthy, but the kids (and me) love it because it’s over egg noodles and it’s still way better for you then Hamburger Helper!

~Ground Turkey Stroganoff~

You will need…

  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. 2 beef bouillon cubes
  3. 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  4. 8 oz sour cream
  5. 4 oz cream cheese
  6. 2 tbs onion powder
  7. 16 oz package of egg noodles

Start cooking entire package of egg noodles.

Brown turkey.  Drain any liquid.

Mix in sour cream, cream of mushroom, salt, onion powder, beef bouillon, and cream cheese.

Cook on low for 15 minutes.

Drain noodles and mix everything together!

How I do it is a little different from the original, but here is the link to where I got it from if you would like to see pictures.


We tried spaghetti squash for the first time not long ago and it was so good.  I do my sauce in the crock pot just so it can cook all day and I don’t have to think about it.  The hardest part of part of it all was cutting the squash.  After that it was super easy.  I was cooking for 4 adults and 2 small kids so this was a little more than I would normally make and I didn’t really know how to judge how much noodles it would be (and I still don’t really know how to judge), but we ate a lot and still had a big serving left over.  

~Spaghetti Squash~

You will need…

  1. 2 to 3 Spaghetti Squash
  2. 2 to 3 tbs salt

Cut ends off squash and cut into 4 rings.  

Cover in salt and rub in.

Preheat oven to 400°.

After 15 minutes the salt will pull moisture out.

Take paper towels and wipe dry.

Place on greased baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes, turn over and cook for additional 15 minutes.  

Take fork and if the inside of squash easily pulls away from skin it’s ready.  If not cook for 5 extra minutes at a time.  

Pull insides off skin and fluff.

Serve soon after, it cools quickly.


~Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce~

You will need…

  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. Half an onion chopped
  3. 1 jar of organic pasta sauce
  4. 14.5 oz can of diced or crushed tomatoes
  5. 6 oz can tomato paste
  6. 3 garlic cloves chopped fine or 1 tbs garlic powder
  7. 1 tbs of Italian seasoning
  8. Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix your favorite jar of organic sauce, can of tomato paste, can of diced or crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onion, garlic glove.  Sometimes my husband sneaks in red pepper flakes to give it an extra kick.

Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8.

Brown turkey meat and drain.

Add to sauce mix and cook for 1 to 2 hours on low.   

I hope this gives you some ideas.  And I would love to hear how you use Ground Turkey so be sure to drop me a comment!

To finish this week’s post off, here is my meal plan for the week!

  1. Turkey Cheeseburger Casserole, Green Beans
  2. Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato Tots, Corn on the Cob
  3. Spaghetti Squash
  4. Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa Fried Rice
  5. Cauliflower Pizza Casserole
  6. SW Chicken Quinoa, Black Beans
  7. Fish Tacos, Mexican Style Quinoa

Some of these are new for us, but we have been trying to expand our menu so hopefully I have some new stuff to share with you next week!

Meal Plan Monday!


Hey Y’all!  So I am going to really start dedicating more time to the blog and get it going again.  I have let it slide and I feel like I need to get back at it.  I am going to try and set certain days for specific topics and see how that goes.  

To start off I wanted to do “Meal Plan Mondays”!  I could not make it without meal plans.  I really have no idea how people, especially with families, don’t meal plan.  I would go crazy.  So for this week I am going to share with you how I plan my menu and shopping list and some tips to make it work.

Each week I plan for 7 dinners (or lunches depending on what shift my husband is working) since most of the time we have leftovers for the third meal.  I don’t normally plan anything other than sandwiches or salads for when we don’t have leftovers.  I hate wasting food so making sure we use up everything is important.  That is if we have left overs.  As the kids get older our amount of food ate at a time is also growing.  But sometimes we cook a ton of something and I know we will get tired of it before it’s all used so I freeze serving sizes in ziplock bags to eat later.

To start out I always check what food we already have and if I can work that into what we are going to have for the next week.  For example, I have instant brown rice, black beans, and taco seasoning so I will do my SW Chicken because I will only need chicken and Rotel.  Work with what you have and it will make shopping and planning easier, as well as cheaper!

I rotate chicken meals and non chicken meals.  My husband could eat chicken everyday, but I need breaks so this way works for us.  I will normally do a fish, ground turkey, and sometimes some type of beef or pork.  I always try and keep it as healthy as I can so red meat gets left out most of the time.    

I get larger trays of chicken and ground turkey and divide into serving size bags to freeze and the day before I need it I just pull it out of the freezer and it’s ready to go.  If you forget you can always drop the bags into a bowl of hot water to thaw.  

I also try to have veggies at every meal (even if they are chopped up and hidden!).  It doesn’t happen every time, but I do my best.  Sometimes it’s easier said than done with a toddler that can spot an onion in a plate full of noodles, but it can be done.  

Keeping fruit is a must in our house.  I am super picky on what I give my kids so fruit is their sweets and guess what?   They don’t mind one bit!  They love fruit and we go through a lot and I’m happy to give it to them.  I normally always have fresh apples, watermelon, bananas, cantaloupe, grapes, mangos, and pineapple when they are in season.  It’s a bit of work to cut everything, but so much better.  I normally just cut it all at once so it’s only one mess to clean up afterwards and store in containers so it’s easy to pull out and serve.

When I am planning I will have Pinterest pulled up or my cook book (all my favorite meals that have been passed down to me or we have found online and love) and get our main item for each meal and then fill in as needed.  For example, I found an amazing and easy Alfredo Sauce recipe that can be used so many ways.  I will do a shrimp alfredo over pasta or stuffed shells with chicken alfredo.  But I also have super easy days that we have sauteed chicken, mac and cheese, and green beans. It doesn’t have to be a fancy meal every day.  You just need something planned so you’re not standing in your kitchen at 6 pm with no idea what you’re going to fix.

I also would go crazy if I didn’t have a crock pot.  When I was working it was a must.  Now that I stay at home with the kids it keeps me sane.  As much as I enjoy cooking (and I really do most of the time) I don’t want to spend an hour or more cooking every day.  So if you can use a crock pot do yourself a favor and plan as many meals as you can with it.  Tip: Find crockpot bags!  They are liners you put in first so you don’t even have to wash the pot!  I hate washing them so this is a life saver.  They are normally with the plastic storeage bags in packs of 3 or 4 for like $3 or $4.  WORTH EVERY CENT!

I hope this helps you at least give meal planning a try.  I truly could not go without doing it!

If you have any questions please let me know!


I love me some Aldi!



Have you ever heard of the grocery store Aldi?  If you haven’t I’m sorry and I hope one opens close to you soon.  If you have heard of it and are close to one, but still haven’t went then you are missing out!  Let me tell you why.

Yesterday I had to go grocery shopping.  I didn’t have anything to make for dinner and we were out of all the important things and being that it was Friday it had to happen that day.  See, when you live in a tourist town you DO NOT go to the grocery store on the weekends in season.  My definition of hell is Walmart in Myrtle Beach with too many tourists that don’t know where anything is, are as slow as your great grandmother, and think because they are on vacation they do not have to use common courtesy or sense.  Please remember this next time you are on vacation.  People live and work where you vacation and we have to do everyday things in that area, so please be nice and mindful of how you act.  Ok, sorry I am over my little rant there.  On with my story about grocery shopping.  

So since it is starting to be the busy season I meal planned for 2 weeks and off to Aldi I went.  Now if you have never been to Aldi before let me tell you a little about them.  They are super cheap because they have these great tricks to help save them money and in return save you money.  Like when you go to get your buggy you have to put in a quarter to unlock it from the rest (so they don’t have to pay someone to run around the parking lot to get the buggies left all over the place) and when you are done you put it back to get your quarter.  They only carry maybe 2 brands of each thing so they can have more things overall.  When you check out they put all your stuff back in the buggy and have an area for you to bring your own bags and load up or if you see an empty box anywhere you can take it and use that to keep everything in.  They cut out on their labor and you save money.  And I am perfectly fine putting my stuff in the bags how I want it to save money.

Now like I said I was planning to buy food for 2 weeks which means 14 dinners, snacks, fruit and veggies for baby food, and a couple lunches since we normally just have leftovers. I was hoping to keep it under $200 and I had a few things already at home so that helped cut down a little, but I was still thinking it would be close.  And before I tell you how much it cost, let me list just my 14 meals out for you so you have a little idea of what all I was getting.

  1. White Chicken Chili
  2. Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pesto Mac
  3. Shrimp and broccoli Alfredo
  4. Tuna Cakes and Fries
  5. Turkey Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, and Cornbread (our not so healthy meal)
  6. Ground Turkey Stroganoff
  7. Stew Beef, Rice, and Peas
  8. Bowtie Lasagna
  9. Southwest Chicken and Rice
  10. Baked Chicken, Mac & Cheese, and Black Eyed Peas
  11. Chicken Tacos
  12. Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches and Fries
  13. Chicken Parm Casserole
  14. Eggs, Sausage, and Toast

And like I said a good bit of other things to go with all that.  So what was my grand total?


I was pretty freakin proud of that.  I am telling you, if you haven’t been to Aldi you need to. It’s amazing and you will fall in love too.

If you have any questions about any of my meals or how I meal plan, send me a message at and I will be more than happy to share with you!

Thanks for reading and Namaste!