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What’s for Dinner? {Week of June 12}

What's for dinner this week? I've got easy, healthy meal ideas for the whole family to enjoy.  happyfitmama.com

Hey friends!

Thanks for all the well wishes about my ankle. I’m not trying to jinx anything but things have definitely improved since I wrote that post Thursday night. My ankle is swollen but the ROM is good, I can stand on my toes without any pain and nothing really seems to hurt to the touch. I’ve been R.I.C.E – ing like a boss in addition to Epsom salt soaks and a concoction of tumeric, lime juice and water paste. Hey, I’ll try anything if it means I’ll be able to run on Saturday. Six days!!

It’s Sunday, so it’s meal plan time. Ugh. I’ve been feeling very uninspired with recipe lately. I go through phases where I want to actually follow a recipe and cook. And then there are weeks where I just want to stick with old stand bys and keep it simple. It still tastes good. It’s just the usual.

This week, I added a couple of new recipes that sounded good to the meal plan. Hopefully I will make at least one and that will pop me out of my funk. Although it’s summer and summer wasn’t meant for spending too much time inside cooking. Maybe I’ll just slack off on meal planning all summer so I’ll look forward to it in the fall?  Probably not a good idea.

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Grilled fish tacos (I’m using haddock)
Monday: Grilled burgers (veggie and grass-fed beef) + grilled veggie kabobs
Tuesday: Grilled Honey Mustard Salmon
Wednesday: Chicken and strawberry Zoodles bowls (supposedly strawberry picking starts this week at a local farm!)
Thursday: Mushroom Quinoa Meatball Sandwiches
Friday: Out
Saturday: Mt. Washington celebratory dinner!

For more meal planning ideas, check out Laura’s weekly link up.

What do you do to kick a food rut?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

Blake’s Meals + Meal Planning

Blake's All-Natural Meals now has new Turkey and Beef Pot Pies  happyfitmama.com

This post is sponsored by Blake’s All-Natural Meals.

Growing up, I was a super picky eater. My mom would make Chicken Pot Pie and I would only eat the crust. Because, let’s face it, the crust is the best part when you are talking pie of any flavor.

Thankfully, I have grown out of my crust-only-eating ways. Now when I think of a pot pie, I think of belly warming, good for you, hearty, down home cooking.

I like to cook and try to make most of our meals every night of the week. But sometimes life is busy. There’s baseball practice, a school function, or I’m burnt out from a long day at work. And there’s just some nights where I just don’t want to do it. For night’s like those, I like to have something on hand that’s quick yet still free of artificial ingredients and full of real ingredients.

Try Blake's All-Natural Meals new pot pies. Made from scratch and taste just like grandma's home cooking.  happyfitmama.com

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to Blake’s All Natural Meals. At first, I turned up my nose at it – really, a frozen dinner? No thanks! But their products are no frozen dinner. Their meals are full of real food and are prepared FROM SCRATCH  using only the finest organic and natural ingredients. So that means cooking the chicken themselves in small batches, mashing real, whole potatoes and using the actual stock from the chicken-cooking process to make their signature gravy.

Sounds like Grandma’s home cooking, right?

Blake's All-Nautral Meals Sheppard Pies and Tomatoe, Zucchini and Corn Salad#BlakesPairing | happyfitmama.com

The second thing that won me over is that Blake’s is right in my backyard. Well, not really in my backyard but close. I’m very happy to support a small, family owned New Hampshire business that is promoting real food.

From pot pies, home style mac ‘n’ cheese, ravioli’s, or chicken and dumplings, there’s a little something for everyone. And now there’s two new pot pies hitting the shelves this month. I got a sneak peek at the all new turkey and beef pot pies and they did not disappoint.

Blake's All-Natural Meals new pot pies  happyfitmama.com

Crispy crust, flavorful sauce and tender meat make it a complete belly warming meal that’s easy to pop in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes, yet tastes like it took hours to make it all from scratch.

It’s Sunday, so it’s meal planning time.

Sunday: Grilled fish tacos

Monday: Grilled shrimp + Pesto Zoodles

Tuesday: Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Wednesday: Blake’s Chicken Pot Pie + massaged kale salad

Thursday: Grilled Salmon + Gnocchi Potato Salad

Friday: Homemade Pizza

Saturday: Out!

For more dinner ideas, check out Laura’s weekly link up.

What meals make you think of Grandma’s Sunday dinner?

What are you having for dinner this week?

TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® Pods + Meal Planning

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Disclosure: “This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

I’m usually not a big tea drinker. I’m much more of a coffee drinker. However, I will make one exception. Chai Tea. My biggest complaint about tea is that it tastes like hot water. Not so with chai. It’s so full of all the warming flavors that I love. I’ve never been able to make the perfect cup of chai at home. It never seemed to taste as good as from a coffee shop.

Until now.

TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods are made with real tea leaves. It combines the flavors of sweet cinnamon, fragrant cardamom, and spicy ginger. With over 5,00 years of Indian history, chai is a perfect amount of sweetness and spice, with spice coming in at the end for just the right amount of kick.


Brewing the drink is a two step process, you start by adding a powdered mix, which is basically a sweetened dairy blend, to the cup before you brew. Then brew the K-Cup® pod as usual, stir and enjoy! There’s nothing else to add.

TAZO Chai Latte Brew

I first tried the vanilla caramel flavor because I am a huge fan of anything caramel. It did not disappoint at all. There was just the right amount of flavor and creaminess to make it definitely taste more than just hot water. The classic latte is the same – oh so good!

TAZO® has partnered with New York Times Bestselling author and host Padma Lakshmi to celebrate the release of the new K-Cup® pods.Tea and chai have always been a part of Padma Lakshmi’s life and family heritage and she is excited to celebrate the flavors of chai with TAZO®. She developed recipes that pair perfectly with a cup of chai and you can find them by visiting TAZO.com/chai/pairings


Right now if you head to the official website, you can score a coupon for $1.50 off one box of TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods (6 count or larger).

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Since it’s Sunday, that means it’s meal planning day. Here’s what I’ve got planned for the week.

Sunday: Grilled Salmon Taco Bowls

Monday: Cookout for Memorial Day

Tuesday: Roasted whole chicken in crockpot

Wednesday: Pick your egg + avocado toast

Thursday: Mushroom Quinoa Meatball Sandwich

Friday: Pizza night

Saturday: Wing it!

Coffee or tea – Which do you prefer?

What’s on your menu for the week?