Hi all – I am linking up with the lovely Nell at Whole Parenting who hosts a Week Eats on her blog that is always yummy and delicious. Nell is also like a Renaissance woman since she used to be an attorney, and now makes the cutest baby clothes and runs after her three little ones while making delicious healthy food. She also is the cheerleader of the internet since she is always encouraging others and leaves a “so presh!” comment under every cute baby pic on Instagram.
This coming week involves a ski trip, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, a Wine Party, and the start of my Whole30 cleanse with Kelly Mantoan of This Ain’t the Lyceum blog. Basically every possible extreme when it comes to food. I thought it would be funny/insane to give a real representation of what we will be eating and hopefully the links will lead you to some yummy food ideas no matter what you are doing this Lent. There are some vegetarian, vegan and meat friendly recipes, so something for everyone!
Breakfast: Breakfast Burritos. I love making these and they are great for assembling with a big crowd. We will be skiing with friends and these will fill up our belly before we all travel home. Plus these make great lunches and dinners for lent too.
Lunch: Sandwiches on our way home.
Dinner: I am making this Beef Bourguignon Crock Pot recipe for our ski weekend and I am hoping to have a lot left over for Monday’s dinner when we roll home. If you don’t want to use a lot of wine for your kids you can also make this Crock Pot Pot Roast. So yummy if you make it on a lazy Sunday – the flavors only get better.
Breakfast: It is Mardi Gras! They don’t call it Fat Tuesday for nothing and so for breakfast I am having chocolate. And bread. Plus whatever leftover Valentine’s Day candy that is laying around. Seriously, I am going to make a bunch of this banana bread with chocolate chips for the ski weekend and will leave some for Tuesday morning before I have to say goodbye to bread and sugar.
Lunch: These Caramelized Onion and Avocado Quesadillas look amazing and could be a great Lenten meatless dinner too. Going to get my intake of cheese while I can.
Dinner: In honor of this holiday, I am making Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo which is a popular New Orleans dish. I will likely use Smoked Kielbasa since my kids like it and it isn’t too spicy.
Breakfast: Ash Wednesday means fasting, and I will roam between coffee, smoothies, water and Kefir probably. The kids will have their usuals, yogurt, berries, waffles.
Lunch: Cheese, crackers, carrots and humus for the kids.
Dinner: We will be hungry for our (meatless) dinner. I am making Giada’s Cheesy Baked Tortellini because I can make it ahead of time and we will likely have to run to church to get ashes. I am going to do the Whole30 cleanse during lent but I have a wine tasting party on Thursday so I am starting it on Friday. (Feel free interject a heavy eye roll. I am actually hosting it and I didn’t realize I put it during lent. Ha ha.)
Breakfast: A smoothie. I use this vegan protein powder in Vanilla and Chocolate, and I usually add organic berries and spinach. Going to start to get into the routine today.
Lunch: This Greek Salad without the chicken. I just can’t get enough of this salad dressing. And you better believe I will have Naan/Bread/Pita with it.
Dinner: My last meal with cheese and bread. So, I am going to make this Chicken and Gnocchi Soup which my kids love and is just amazing with Crusty Bread. The meatballs are so good with garlic and parmesean in them and it is really easy and quick to make. I will fill up on this before the wine party, my last hurrah for 30 days.
Breakfast: The cleanse begins! It starts with a vegan smoothie with organic berries.
Lunch: This Warm Kale Salad is so delicious, and so easy to make. For anyone doing a Whole30 during lent, this salad (sans cheese) is your friend.
Dinner: We usually do cheese pizza for the kids! But I will be making this buddha bowl which does not look AT ALL to me like fasting or sacrificing, rather it looks like heaven in a bowl.
Thanks Nell for allowing me to guest post! I hope you all have a great week, and a great start to your Lent!