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What’s for Dinner? {Week of September 25}

Wondering What's for Dinner Here's 7 days of meal ideas for the whole family to enjoy.  happyfitmama.com

Saturday I did my last long run before next weekend’s Leaf Peepers Half Marathon. I was thinking about it while on the run and starting to get anxious. It’s been two years since I ran a half. I’m not sure how to do that anymore! Scratch that – I’m not sure how to race anymore since it’s been so long. I’m trying to let go of expectations. I’m nowhere near half marathon racing shape and my training plan…well, it hasn’t been completely stellar. BUT, I will put in a solid effort AND I will have fun. Especially since it will cap off the Rise.Run.Retreat weekend. I can’t believe that in four days, I’ll be in Vermont with the girls. So flippin’ excited!

As luck would have it, I received a copy of the new Run Fast. Eat Slow. cookbook on Friday. Guess what’s for dinner this week? If you guessed recipes from the book, you would be absolutely freakin’ right. Every single recipe is drool worthy.

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How did Shalane and Elyse know exactly what I liked to eat?

If the recipes are anything like the Superhero Muffins(favorite of the kids and I!), than this cookbook will become a weekly staple.

Since I’ll be gone Thursday – Sunday, Ron and the kids will be on their own for meals. I don’t even bother planning or leaving them dishes that can be reheated while I’m gone. If I know Ron, he’s going to wing every single night. And I’m sure there will be probably be a couple (or more) of dinners out.

What’s for Dinner this week?

Sunday: Wild Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes + Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Monday: Soba Noodle Salad with Runner’s High Peanut Sauce

Tuesday: Roasted Chicken with Root Lovers’ Winter Salad

Wednesday: High-Altitude Bison Meatballs with Simple Marinara (My son requested this after seeing the picture. Fingers crossed it’s a winner!)

Thursday: Rise.Run.Retreat

Friday: Rise.Run.Retreat

Saturday: Rise.Run.Retreat

Have you tried any recipes from Run Fast. Eat Slow?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

What’s for Dinner? {Week of September 18}

What's for dinner this week I've got a weeks worth of easy, healthy meal planning ideas for the whole family to enjoy.  happyfitmama.com

Hey there!

It’s that time of the week again. Time to plan out what’s for dinner.

Last week, my plan was basically thrown out the window. Three of five weeknights involved me not being home for dinner with Ron and the kids. That rarely happens. But it was a week of a back to school event, a work event and a fun sunset yoga hike on Friday. Rather than make a big dinner, Ron winged it. He’s more than happy to eat “kid” food that’s simple.

This week, it’s back to the normal with no planned evening events.

The nights and early mornings have been feeling rather cool. I’m starting to crave warm food. Time to bring on ALL the soups and chili’s! One odd thing is that I’m not super craving pumpkin everything like years past. I had an itch a couple of weeks ago, but now I’m kind of like – meh. I haven’t even had a Pumpkin Spice Latte yet. Totally shocking since I usually count down the days until it’s available.

Maybe I’ll want one after running 15 miles in the rain Sunday morning? Fingers crossed I ACTUALLY do run 15 miles. It dawned on me that’s the longest I’ve run since April 2015. Send me good vibes please!

What’s for dinner this week:

Sunday: Garlic Butter Salmon in Foil + roasted veggies

Monday: One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner

Tuesday: Black Bean Kale Enchilada Bake

Wednesday: Pick your egg + green smoothies (soccer practice right after work!)

Thursday: Grilled Haddock + Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Friday: Ron’s homemade pizza

Saturday: Date night

I’m also whipping up some Easy Morning Glory Muffins, hard boiled eggs, 3 Ingredient Cookie Bites and Superhero Muffins.

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

Pacific Organic Steel-Cut Oatmeal + Meal Planning

Pacific Organic Ready to Eat Steel-Cut Oatmeal is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. | happyfitmama.comThis post in sponsored by Pacific Foods in partnership with Mambo Sprouts. All opinions are my own.

My love for oatmeal is no secret.

It’s something that I eat every single day no matter what the temperature is. A couple of years ago I switched to steel cut oats because it has a higher protein count and has more of a chewier texture that I like. While I love all oats, steel cut makes me feel satisfied longer. Which, let’s be honest, no one needs to see me hangry.

I always make time for breakfast but there’s some mornings when things get a little hectic. Like when I want to run JUST ONE MORE MILE to get the perfect sunrise pic or my daughter is having a I don’t like any of my clothes right now (Yes, she’s 6. I can’t wait for the tween and teen years) moment as I frantically throw clothes at her to put on. Some mornings, breakfast needs to be portable and eaten at my desk when I get to work.

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Thankfully, I usually have a few minutes before my first round of clients/patients roll in. On those days, I’m thankful for Pacific Organic Steel-Cut Oatmeal. It comes in a convenient ready to eat package and is ready in 2 minutes flat. Packed with protein, fiber, and heart-healthy whole grains, it’s made just like you would at home by slow cooking steel-cut oats to maintain their homemade taste, hearty texture, and nutrition.

I love the unsweetened plain to add my own favorite toppings. Chia seeds, banana, blueberries and of course, a big scoop of almond butter are a must.

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Other great flavors are Apples and Cinnamon, Chia and Flax, and Maple and Brown Sugar. They are all delicious and perfect for the whole family. My kids, who usually don’t like the texture of steel-cut oats, even like all the flavors.

I like to eat oatmeal as a pre-race breakfast. These would be absolutely perfect for a quick race morning fuel especially if you are staying at a hotel or need to take your fuel on the go with you.

It’s Sunday, so it’s meal planning time. Here’s what’s for dinner this week:

Sunday: Grilled Salmon + veggies

Monday: Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burger + roasted sweet potato fries

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Crispy Chicken Carnitas

Wednesday: Pick your egg + green smoothies (busy soccer night!)

Thursday: Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night

Saturday: Spicy Fish Taco Bowls

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

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