What’s On My Plate: Easy Meal Ideas

May 15, 2019 17 Comments

What’s On My Plate: Easy Meal Ideas

May 15, 2019 17 Comments
What's On My plate. Easy and delicious ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meal ideas to get you through the day #lunchideas #dinnerideas #breakfastideas #healthyeating #glutenfree
Easy family friendly dinner ideas for busy moms who don't have time to cook a huge meal. Easy shortcuts and ideas to add to your nightly dinner menu #dinnerideas #familyfood #chickenrecipes #healthydinner #glutenfree

Sometimes I sit on Pinterest scrolling for hours; looking for ideas for easy and delicious meal ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What I have learned is that sometimes the best meals, are the ones that come together without an actual recipe. My favorite foods happen to be the ones that come from an idea.

Food Inspiration

I want you to walk away from these posts with some real life food inspiration and feel that you have an idea you can make for your family, without necessarily a “recipe” needed to cook it.

So… moving forward, every few weeks I want to throw together a quick post of what I actually eat in a week. Easy and delicious ideas that anyone will love, and the products that I use to make them so delicious.

Food Philosophy

In my about me section you will find a list of some of the foods our family is allergic to. For years and years, I have stayed away from eggs being cooked in the house. Now that my daughter is older and doesn’t eat everything she finds on the floor, I am less apprehensive to cook eggs, which is why you will find them on my menu this week. I actually like to cook them up after I drop her off at preschool and the baby and I can enjoy them together.

Because of some current health issues and allergies, I am gluten, dairy, corn, tomato, ginger, and pea free. The best part about the way I cook, is that it has so much flavor, you won’t even realize you are missing anything!

Ready for some delicious meal ideas?

Breakfast: Egg, Brussels Sprouts & Sweet Potato Plate

Breakfast ideas for the week. Scrambled eggs, shaved Brussels sprouts and roasted sweet potatoes.

Look at this delicious breakfast meal idea to kick off your day. I eat a plate just like this for breakfast, and even lunch, many days of the week. I once read a study that examined people who lived the longest and were also healthy, found a commonality that they all happened to consume sweet potatoes once a week. WOWZER! Ever since I have ready that, I try and eat them as much as I can.

The Potatoes: Every Sunday, I have been meal prepping roasted sweet potatoes in the oven. I line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and dice all the sweet potatoes up. I then drizzle avocado oil over the sweet potatoes and mix. Lightly season with salt, pepper and garlic powder to your liking. I roast them at 400 degrees for about an hour flipping three times while they are cooking. Cook for less time if you want them softer (I like mine nice and crispy)

The Bacon: I have been loving Al Fresco’s chicken bacon. I find mine at our local Meijer store. It has no nitrates or added ingredients and it cooks up in just a few minutes. I start by cooking the chicken bacon in a large skillet.

The Brussels sprouts: When the chicken bacon is done cooking, I remove it from the pan (but keep the grease), I add some garlic ghee to the pan and lightly sauté the Brussels sprouts (maybe 3-5 minutes) until soft. I love buying the pre-shredded Brussels sprouts at Trader Joes, however, you can also throw the desired amount in a food processor to get the same consistency.

The Eggs: While the Brussels sprouts are cooking, in a separate bowl I whisk together three pasture fresh eggs with a few dashes of almond milk, pink Himalayan sea salt, and pepper.

The Sauce: Lately, I have being adding this delicious chili garlic hot sauce to the mix which I get from Thrive Market. The mix is suggested to be used for Bloody Mary’s, but it works so well on top of eggs too! Are you a hot sauce on your eggs kind of person?

Lunch: Tuna Salad

Tuna fish salad. A delicious choice for lunch on the go or a to-go work option.

I recently Found out that I was COMPLETELY deficient in Vitamin D. I started having really weird pain in my muscles and nerves that sent me to the doctor. Fun fact: they estimate that about 80% of Americans are lacking Vitamin D so if you have any of the common symptoms: fatigue, pain in your muscles etc. go get a simple blood test to find out if you too are deficient!

Anyway, I digress.. Because of my lack of vitamin D- in addition to supplements, I am also trying to up my Vitamin D wherever, and whenever I can, like in this beautiful wild caught Albacore Tuna salad.

The Tuna: I start by mixing up: one can of wild caught albacore tuna, half an avocado, and 2-3 tablespoons of Primal Kitchen Mayo. I then add about a tablespoon of minced celery, 1/2 tablespoon of cilantro, salt/pepper, and sprinkle a dash of Everything But The bagel Seasoning. Did you know they sell that on Amazon now?  I then place that delicious mixture over a bed of organic kale, arugula and baby spinach.

Crackers for dipping: If you have been a fan of my Instagram stories (which you can watch here) I also have been sharing my love for Mary’s Gone Crackers (gluten free and super delicious). They make for the perfect pairing with the leftover tuna, for a quick snack or even as a meal on their own.

Grilled Chicken Dinner In 20 Minutes

Delicious and easy chicken for dinner. Marinated chicken, and quick rice and purple cauliflower #easyfamilydinner #dinners #chickendinner

You probably won’t believe It but this whole meal came together in about 20 minutes, and is something we eat often in our house. We do not have a Trader Joe’s near us. However, when I am visiting my mom in the Chicago suburbs, I bring coolers with me to stock up on some pre-made, easy goodies.

Chicken: I marinate the chicken for most of the day by drenching them in Primal Kitchen Italian marinade. I also add 1-3 cloves of garlic. I then hand that off to my husband to grill (because full disclosure I don’t know how) but I have popped them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes before and they turn out just as delicious

Rice: Next time you find yourself at Trader Joe’s, grab their frozen organic brown rice. This rice is delicious, makes an easy side dish, and is cooked in under 3 minutes.

Cauliflower: This is a new Trader Joe’s find—rainbow cauliflower. It comes in the frozen section and not only does it have beautiful color, but it also has great flavor. I throw these on a baking sheet, and drizzle avocado oil on top. Add some Himilayan sea salt, as well as some pepper and mix well. They cook for about 20 minutes at 400.

More Of What’s On My Plate?

That’s all I have for this week! Do you like these posts? Let me know in the comments so I can continue to bring you fun and fresh ideas. For even more inspiration subscribe to my mailing list, and I will send delicious food ideas directly to your inbox.

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Easy and delicious lunch ideas for the workweek. Gluten free lunch ideas that are extremely easy to put together and don't require a recipe #glutenfree #lunchideas #lunch #easylunchideas
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There is no such thing as a normal life, there is just life. Christine just happens to be a mom and lives in Normal, IL and blogs about food, family, and fun.

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17 Comments

  • Kristen May 15, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Oooh I love the rainbow cauliflower! How fun! Grilled chicken is usually a go-to around here too.

    • normallifemom May 15, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      There is something so special about that rainbow cauliflower! It’s beautiful to look at and also so delicious.

  • Marta Rivera May 15, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I’m excited to see other people’s outlook on food. This was great!

    • normallifemom May 15, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Heather May 15, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    My condolences on your lack of Trader Joe’s. It is a staple around here!! We eat pretty similarly. Simple, whole ingredients!

    • normallifemom May 15, 2019 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you for your condolences hahah! I always have to bring three coolers to my moms house so I can stock up on everything I need.

  • Danielle May 16, 2019 at 12:24 am

    This is so cool! It would seem like you have a super restrictive diet at first glance but you have so many amazing ideas and suggestions! I think you have more variety and options than I do and we don’t have any restrictions!

  • Savannah May 16, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Wow, they just built a Trader Joe’s near us but I haven’t shopped there yet. My kids would LOVE the rainbow cauliflower Ü

    • normallifemom May 16, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      You will love Trader Joes! I am very jealous you have one so close.

  • Aditi May 16, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Can I come and eat please ?! haha. Sorry. When I see this early in the morning on an empty stomach I want someone to make this FOR me . 🙂

  • Holly May 16, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    This looks delicious. I love cooking and finding new tastes to try!

  • Mommy Peach May 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I love these meal ideas! They look delicious, balanced and healthy!

  • Erin May 19, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    How is the cauliflower rainbow? lol I love it! These are great ideas!

  • Meagan May 20, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Lately, I have just really been loving Tuna salad! These are great simple ideas!

  • Mary Leigh May 21, 2019 at 2:43 am

    These are such good ideas! This makes me want to start making sweet potatoes more often – how long do the sweet potatoes keep in the fridge?

    I want to find the rainbow cauliflower the next time we’re at Trader Joe’s!

  • Kristine May 22, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    I just love that I can copy this whole day! I work from home and my biggest eating challenge is being intentional. I wait too long, get too hungry, and I give into snacks over real food. I am totally craving this day!

  • Meredith May 22, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I love rainbow veggies! It’s one of my mom hacks for getting my kids to eat more veggies. I wish I could say I ate as healthy as you do but you’re certainly inspiring!

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