What a crazy two weeks! I missed out completely on food prepping last week due to the move, but am slowly but surely returning back to some normalcy. Not having the healthy options we have grown accustomed to was a bit of a shock to our systems. We ate out quite a bit and at times would skip meals altogether because we were so busy. I wasn’t about to go into another week without prepping some clean, healthy food options for my family. I still feel like a fish out of water in my new kitchen, so I decided to keep it as simple as possible with recipes I could throw together quickly. 

Daily Meal Options

So much has happened and it’s been so hectic I can hardly remember exactly how the last 2 weeks have gone. Good thing I had enough sense to snap a few pictures to help me remember! My camera tells a story that goes something like this…my dad and step-mom drove in from TN for a weekend, as soon as they left, my mom and little brother flew in from Colorado to stay with us for a week, Cohen turned TWO!, I took a week of from work and of course, we moved.

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We celebrated Father’s Day in the only way I know how…by feeding my husband as many of his favorite foods as I can! He deserves the very best because he gives his very best to this family and I am so thankful he is in my life. He is the hardest worker I know he loves the kids and I unconditionally. I love you babe!

I showed my thanks through a wide array of comfort foods I have all but forbidden from our diets. Sometimes you just have to indulge!

Friday

For lunch on Friday, Cohen and I stopped by Justin’s office with a sandwich and sweet tea from one of his favorites in downtown Springfield, The Sub Shop. It was barely 11 am when the sandwich was delivered so Cohen and I held out a bit longer and ate with my mom, Mak and Hunter at the local Chinese Buffet. I thought it would be hard to control my portions, but I was pleasantly surprised with myself. Something about a buffet filled with fried foods smothered in sauce wasn’t terribly appealing to me. 

For dinner Justin and I grilled some Asian BBQ Chicken and sauteed some vegetables to toss in with some soba noodles. This was my first real meal to prepare in our new home and it was quite a hit with everyone…even the pickiest eater on the planet, Hunter. With all the chaos and the excitement surrounding dinner, we all completely forgot to take Mak to her gymnastics class. oops!

Saturday

After my workout, it was time to take my mom and Hunter to leave for my grandmas house for the remainder of their trip. I was sad to see them go and the kids miss them quite a bit. We rarely get to see them and it’s just not fair that they live sooooo far away. The kids and I were back my 1030 or so and Justin was still off on an annual Father’s Day bike ride. They barely finished their ride before the storm came that brought large hail and 9″ of rain. Crazy! The kids and I had some leftover Asian BBQ Chicken and Soba Noodles for lunch and Justin ate with his riding buddies…smoked brisket and all the fixins.Father's Day Bike Ride

For dinner, Justin mentioned wanting some chicken strips, mac n cheese and bacon-wrapped, stuffed jalapenos. Sounds super healthy, right! haha. I did make the mac n cheese out of quinoa, but other than that, the meal was a complete departure from our everyday diet. It was really, really good, fried and super rich. 

Sunday

We try to keep up with all of Gordon Ramsay’s shows on Fox, and I believe it was Master Chef that had an Eggs Benedict challenge last week. I could see a twinkle in Justin’s eye when Gordon announced the challenge and I immediately knew I had to make this for him. Justin asks for Eggs Benedict quite a bit, but I have only made it once before. It’s a very labor intensive process and hard to get right, but it was Father’s Day and I had to at least attempt to make this for him. It felt really wrong throwing 2 sticks of butter in a pan to melt and throw out numerous egg whites, but I did it. Not to brag, but  have to say, Gordon would be proud…I’m pretty sure I would have won the challenge. Eggs Benedict

For lunch, we were out running some errands when we realized it was 1 pm. Since we were out and about I offered the idea of eating sushi for lunch. We rarely turn down an opportunity to eat some sushi, but we had the kids with us and the idea of them interrupting our complete enjoyment of our favorite food nearly convinced us to decline. We decided to give it a shot anyways, but fate disagreed. The sushi place we decided on is closed on Sundays, so we opted for Chinese. It was a nightmare. Mak was super good, she sat down the whole time, Cohen, on the other hand, did not. Enough said. 

I’ve had some T-bone steaks dry aging in the fridge for a couple days knowing that Justin would be really excited for a Father’s Day Steak dinner. We grilled some asparagus and reheated the leftover stuffed jalapenos from the night before. The star of the dinner was dessert, though. Justin’s favorite is Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie. After this Father’s Day feast, I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite now too! Luckily, I made some pie crust a while back that I stored in the freezer, so I used that as a base and topped it with a super tasty oat crumble. You can’t have pie without ice cream, so I found some vanilla bean frozen yogurt to go with it. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Man on Mission

Man on Mission

Pie and Ice Cream

Monday

Breakfast for dinner anyone? How about some eggs, salsa and creamy guacamole. yum.

Tuesday

Spaghetti Squash and meat sauce

Wednesday

Grilled deer steaks, Japanese sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli!

Thursday

I’m headed back the grocery store to stock up early for Cohen’s birthday party so I’ll pick up something to cook for dinner…maybe some chicken fajitas and Chili-Spiced Sweet Potatoes?

Hopefully now that we are moved, the rooms are painted, and most of the boxes are emptied, we can get back to our normal routine and some clean healthy eating!

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