Things are about to get really hectic around here. During the next two weeks I'll be plunging headfirst into the rebranding and redesign of the blog (more on that here), taking two weekend trips out of town (one to Boulder for a baby shower and one to NYC for work), plus the usual work-week grind + blogging + everyday life. Doesn't it seem like there are times when everything seems to pile up all at once? Yeah. This is one of those times.
I'm not complaining. Life is full of very good things and I am grateful. When life gets extra crazy, however, it seems some things have the habit of slipping. Like working out. And eating well. I've leaned, though, that it's at exactly these times that working out and eating well matter most. So I'll be making time for studio workouts and taking barre3 online (not sponsored, just the truth) with me during my trips. And I'll be meal planning so when the mid-week chaos rolls around at least I'll know what to make for dinner. I'll be Instagraming some of my travels, too, so come on over and say hi. I always love hearing from you.
Now, to the meal plan!
vg: vegan | v: vegetarian | gf: gluten-free | df: dairy-free | p: paleo | ff: freezer-friendly
Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Primavera from Pinch of Yum (gf, df)
- This slow cooker primavera is like a cross between risotto and a creamy casserole, but with much less effort. Love that. Leave out the chicken for a vegetarian option, and skip the pesto to keep this one dairy free.
- This primavera would also make a great side dish to simply grilled meat or seafood.
Cauliflower Fried Rice from Iowa Girl Eats (vt, v, gf, df)
- If you haven't tried cauliflower rice yet, you should. I resisted the idea of cauliflower working in place for rice for a long time, but was converted after the first try. You can use a food processor to grate the cauliflower into rice-like pieces, or just use a handheld grater. I actually prefer hand grating because there is less to clean up.
- This recipe is super versatile, so feel free to add whatever veggies or cooked protein you have on hand.
Hawaiian Turkey Burgers from Against All Grain (gf, df, p)
- I usually find turkey burgers pretty bland, but these are definitely an exception. Even if you just make the burgers and skip the grilled pineapple and salsa you'll still end up with very tasty burgers.
- Use canned pineapple juice for the marinade, since fresh will break down the turkey meat and turn it mushy. Also, I've never had great luck grilling turkey burgers on an outdoor grill, as I find they often stick or fall through the grates. I prefer to grill these in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
Spring Abundance Bowls from My New Roots (v, gf, df)
- These bowls are fresh, vibrant and bursting with spring flavors. If you can't find sprouts feel free to omit them.
- Use this recipe as a guide, adapting to your taste preferences, making the parts you like (and feel up to) and ditching the parts you don't. Also, if you can't find goat or sheep yogurt (which I'm guessing most of you won't) feel free to substitute plain, whole yogurt. Plain coconut yogurt will work as well for a dairy free option.
Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Avocado Crema from Joyful Healthy Eats (gf, df)
- I've found serving grilled fish in Mexican-inspired bowls is one of the best ways to convince reluctant fish eaters to incorporate more seafood into their diets. And if you like fish tacos, you'll love this easy twist.
- Make this recipe your own by including the components you like and leaving out the parts you don't. And if you're dairy free, leave the yogurt out of the crema sauce and add an extra avocado instead.