ratatouille Niçoise

Getting Back to Basics {and This Week’s Menu}

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Ugh.  My life lesson of the week: it’s hard to feel elegant with a head cold.

(Also, I am constantly amazed by the human body’s ability to produce such QUANTITIES of mucus. But you didn’t come here to read about mucus.  Sorry.)

I’ve been working towards my core desired feelings (balance, elegance, and abundance, for those of you keeping track) but as I said above, it’s kinda hard when you’re feeling crummy.  My daughter and I both have pretty gross head colds, which makes doing anything pretty low on my priority list.

But yesterday, I picked myself up, dusted myself off and put on a nice dress (that I got from Stitch Fix! An epically cool virtual personal styling service) to go give a talk on meal planning to my local MOPS group.

(And, I recorded it! So when I get it all edited up, I’ll be offering it here, too!)

I’m a big proponent of the idea that if you look good, you feel good, so despite feeling pretty clogged up, I put on my nice dress, flat-ironed my hair, and strutted around in my best black pumps. Fake it til ya make it, right??

Getting back to basics.

Giving the talk reminded me that, hey, I did actually have a pretty good system for meal planning at one time. Somehow, I got into that mindset that it was simpler to do something else.  It’s really not.  My system saves me time, energy, and money—but only if I use it!  (Duh.)

Sometimes, I’m kind of a slow learner. 😉

In addition, I realized that I still have to cook and eat, no matter how I’m feeling. Since it’s something I do anyway, I might as well put the exercise to good use and let it support my overall life goals.

So, this morning, I sat down and made my meal plan.  And it feels good!

ratatouille Niçoise

 

Anyway, since I was going to make the meal plan ANYWAY, and as a bit of accountability, I thought I’d share it with you all!

Click here to download this week’s menu.

This week we’ll be having ratatouille Niçoise, seared Mahi Mahi, mini Greek meatballs in pitas, pan-roasted chicken thighs, and chilaquiles (a Mexican dish that uses leftover corn tortillas, eggs, and chili sauce… yum!).  I’m still working out how to make the links clickable on the PDF, but you can Google the name of the main dishes and get the recipes pretty easily (they’re all available online).

And, if you like this worksheet format, the totally editable, customizable version is available bundled with my meal planning ebook.

So, what’s cooking at your house this week?  How are you using the fact that you still have to cook and eat to support your overall lifestyle goals?  I’d LOVE to hear about it in the comments!


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