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My Weekly Meal Plan


I really do have new recipes that I want to post and I hope to get some of them posted soon. Right now I'm spending a lot of my time in the kitchen finishing up preserving our wonderful harvest or outside enjoying nice Fall weather. Thanks for being patient with me!

We had a fun more on the go time last week. I did manage to make a couple batches of Salsa, I tried 2 different recipes both are totally edible but this recipe is still our favorite.


I did find great way to use up bunches of our cherry, grape and pear tomatoes that needed using up quickly. I roasted them in the oven and then blended them up to make a roasted type salsa. The recipe has potential but will need more work before it can be posted.


The kids got to go spend some time this week with their cousins and grandparents. They had lots of fun some of them went to a children's museum and some went skating from the sound of it lots of fun was had by all!


Ryan and I made it down to my 20 year high school reunion. It was so much fun to see many of the people that I spent a good part of my childhood with and catching up on lost time. Wow how time flies! But it is so funny how time seems to melt away when you take time to get together. I only wish there had been more time to spend. ;)


Right now I have a big crock pot of pinto beans cooking that will be part of dinner tonight and some lunches and dinners during the week. It will kind of be a taco week unless we get tired of it and decide to freeze some of the beans. ;)

My Weekly Meal Plan

Monday:
Taco Sundays

Tuesday:
Tacos

Wednesday:
Pinto Bean Salad

Thursday:
Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

Friday:
Taco Soup

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Crock Pot Ratatouille

My Weekly Meal Plan



Just thought I would share a couple things that maybe some of you may be interested in before I share my weekly meal plan!

First starting today and going all week is the Wellness Family Summit......Registration is free and there looks like a great line-up of speakers I have already listened to a couple today and learned a few things a taken some notes. Excited to learn more! (Please note that even though I recommend you check out this summit please don't assume that it means that I totally agree with everything being presented.)

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Also on sale until this Friday October 17th is the Spa Party Planning Package! I have reviewed all that is included and I love the idea of getting the party license of 20 copies of the recipe books so you not only have a fun spa party with your friends but you get to share with them all the fun natural skin care recipes so they can be a little crunchy like you!


Fresh Facials and Scrumptious Scrubs

These days I don't think we spend enough time with the actual people that are around us. With all the social media and things I think we forget to spend time face to face with people. Also we don't seem to take much if any time for ourselves these days.....This is a great way to take care of both of these problems in a super fun relaxed way and even help those around you get to know you and your crunchy wholesome side just a little more.

I'm finding most people are pretty open and interested to healthier options nowadays especially if it's simple, more affordable and healthier! A Spa Party might just be the best least pressure way to introduce your friends to a healthier way of life.

 
My Weekly Meal Plan

Monday:
Summer Squash Patties

Tuesday:
Sweet Potato and Mango Tacos

Wednesday:
Garden Skillet

Thursday:
Pizza Casserole

Friday:
Artichoke Tomato Alfredo

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday: Lentil Soup


Sale ends Thursday the 16th on my all time favorite dehydrator!


Spaghetti Sauce, Humungo Batch

My Mom and Sister came up with this recipe years ago and we have loved it ever since. It is by far our families favorite spaghetti sauce. Because we like it so much I'm always sure to bottle some each year when the tomatoes are ready to harvest. 

Since I always want to make more than the three quarts the original recipe makes I would always have to double or more the recipe but then found I was having to adjust certain ingredients especially when at least quadrupling the recipe.



So after playing with the recipe a few years in a row and taking lots of notes I think this is my favorite version for making a great big humungo batch that makes about 14 quarts sometimes a little more or less. That's the beauty of homemade.

Note that some years tomatoes are sweeter or juicier than other times don't be afraid to taste before you place the sauce in the bottles and adjust say the salt, Sucanat or vinegar. Also note that I like plenty of fennel and oregano and I'm not afraid to use lots of herbs......I LOVE HERBS! But if you don't love them like I do maybe half the amount and work up from there.



Bottled Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Humungo Batch
6 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped green bell pepper
10 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
16-20 pounds tomatoes, scalded and peeled
48 oz. tomato paste
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup Sucanat
4 heaping Tablespoons Broth Powder
1/2 cup oregano
2 Tablespoons basil
1/2 cup ground fennel
3 Tablespoons Real Salt
2 teaspoons white pepper
2-5 cups water (optional)

In very large pot (at least 15 quart pot) lightly saute onion, peppers, garlic in olive oil. Take peeled tomatoes and either squish with clean hands or chop with a knife. Add them and the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Depending on the type of tomatoes you use and how juicy they are will depend on how much water if any you want to add. When I use Roma Tomatoes I will use a cup or two of water because Roma's don't have as much juice. You can also cook it down if you think it is too thin to be spaghetti sauce.

Once sauce is simmering and at the thickness you want. Place sauce into clean hot canning jars (I just run mine through the dishwasher with heat dry so they are good and hot.) Clean rim and put lids and rings on tight. Water bath can for boiling 30-40 minutes depending on your elevation. Makes about 14 quarts.



My all time favorite food dehydrator is on sale!
When I still have tomatoes that need using I love to slice up a batch a put them in the dehydrator. Voila simple "sun"dried tomatoes. Great for soups or raw sauces or thickening sauces or many things I haven't yet thought of. ;) 

My Weekly Meal Plan

Spa Pamper Party Package

Before I tell you about my week and my meal plan I quickly want to share this very fun idea to have a natural spa party. I think it would be so fun to have one of these! I'll share a bit more about it soon or you can just go to the site and learn more!

Tomatoes, Peppers, Beans Oh My

Last week we noticed that there was one night that temperatures were going to drop but then they were going to come back up for at least a week or more so we decided to cover some of the less cold loving plants like the tomatoes, peppers and a few other things.

We also picked everything that was ripe or nearly ripe. I'm still amazed at how much bounty our small garden has produced this year. It makes me very hopeful for years to come and our plans of expanding it in the future!

It can be a bit of work but it's the good healthy kind of work and when it does well it saves us bunches on our grocery bill. Mine has been cut by more than half the last 3 months and with everything I'm putting on the shelves it will save us quite a bit throughout the year too!


Big Batch of Speghetti Sauce
This week I canned a big batch of spaghetti sauce. This recipe only makes about 3 quarts but I will post my humungo batch recipe ASAP. It's by far our favorite spaghetti sauce. We are always sad when we use the last bottle because it's best with our garden tomatoes although in a pinch canned diced tomatoes will work.


Me with my girls
We spent some of the weekend at my parent's house visiting them and my grandma. We also enjoyed watching General Conference while we were there.

Enchilada Casserole


My Weekly Meal Plan

Monday:
Orange Veggie Stir Fry

Tuesday:
Easy Enchilada Casserole

Wednesday:
Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers

Thursday:
Garden Skillet

Friday:
Crock Pot Ratatouille

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Lentil Soup


My Weekly Meal Plan

This past week we have been just taking in a savoring all the fall we can get! This week was full of harvesting, family time, eat some of the harvest, sharing some of the harvest and preserving some of the harvest. Along with a few other fun details. ;)

Flowers from the herb garden
We picked a few flowers from my herb garden to enjoy and a nice little very humble centerpiece for the table this week. Missy called it redneck but I preferred to call it a Little House on the Prairie arrangement. ;)  Either way we enjoyed it!


I heart Homeschooling
The week started off with our Pajamarama and then lots and lots of canning. I did a triple batch of salsa this week! It's so fun to see those empty jars that have been hanging out in the food storage room almost all full now!

Large Tomato Harvest
I can't believe how well the garden has done. I dare say that this year is the best garden we have ever had.....It has been such a blessing. And the cool thing is that it is all done well for the most part. I have been able to use all our own produce for my canning of salsa, soup and things this year. I think that's a first I usually end up having to go buy a few peppers or onions or things because we don't have enough but not this year. It has been awesome!


Tasty Garden Tomatoes
And what's even better is that even after a triple batch of salsa I still think I will be able to make another large batch of barley soup and maybe even some spaghetti sauce. We are watching the weather and may need to cover the tomatoes this week just so the last of the green ones can be sure to ripen. We still think this is the best way to grow bunches of tomatoes, especially when you have a short season like we do here.

I also tried out a couple different kinds of salsa verde this week and bottled about 15 pints. We planted one tomatillo plant this year and we will be able to make all the green salsa we want and plenty of this! We also dried a bunch of our jalapenos so I can make some more jalapeno powder.

All in all it was a great week I went with all my boys to a Court of Honor on Thursday......took the camera but left the memory card in the computer. :( Curt got his first class and some merit badges. Then on Saturday I went with my Girls to watch the General Women's meeting.....it was so fun to be able to have both my daughters we me.

This week I have a few days before more harvesting and preserving needs to happen so in my down time I'm trying to clean house a bit cause boy does it need it! As usual we are keeping dinner SIMPLE!

A yummy way to use eggplant!


My Weekly Meal Plan

Monday:
Vegetable Thai Curry (still working on this and the garlic sauce when I have a recipes perfected they will be  huge favorites!)

Tuesday:
Fajitas (with our own peppers, onions, cabbage and zucchini right from our garden!)

Wednesday:
Split Pea Soup

Thursday:
Pan Fried Eggplant with Marinara Sauce (yep there are even a few eggplants in the garden ;)

Friday:
Quinoa Chili, vegetable garden style

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Crock Pot Sloppy Joes


Spa Pamper Party Package

Quinoa Chili, vegetable garden style


On Saturday I was looking through the fridge to see what leftovers would work for dinner. I noticed that we had lots of cooked quinoa and black beans in the fridge and lots of garden veggies needing to be used.

I have tried a few versions of Quinoa Chili where you add the uncooked quinoa. My experience has been that either the quinoa wasn't all the way cooked and a bit crunchy or that it had cooked so long (when I tried it in the crock pot) that it was basically mush.

So I had been thinking about just adding it precooked right at the end.....when I saw the leftovers in my fridge I knew it was a good time to give it a try. When my teenage boy and husband had 4 or more helpings and the rest of us ate it up too I figured I had better hurry and write it down before I forgot what I did.

For sure a recipe we will be making a lot when cold weather sets in. A great way to use up those leftovers!



Quinoa Chili, garden vegetable style
1 Tablespoon coconut or olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 anaheim and/or jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 large carrot, grated or sliced
1 small zucchini, coarsely chopped (optional)
1 1/2 cups corn
4 cups cooked black beans rinsed and drained
2-3 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon Sucanat (optional)
1 cinnamon stick
2-3 teaspoons Real Salt or to taste
pepper to taste
1 can diced tomatoes, or fresh chopped (may need to add more broth)
3 cups vegetable broth (3 cups water with 2 teaspoons Broth Powder)
6 leaves of kale, thinly sliced stems removed
4 cups COOKED quinoa
Juice of 1 lime
Cilantro chopped for garnish (optional)

In a large pot lightly saute onion, peppers and carrots. Add corn, beans and seasonings, vegetable broth and diced tomatoes. Bring to a good simmer stir in the kale and quinoa just until the kale is barely cooked the the quinoa is warm. Stir in the lime juice. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving. Garnish with Cheezy Sauce and cilantro if desired.


My Weekly Meal Plan

Another week of food preservation mostly but we are also getting back into the swing of things with recommitting to be a bit better with our chores and our schedule. September is more my time for renewal and fresh starts more so than New Years.

It was so nice and even with the hubbub of canning and Ryan being gone with work for half the week . I think everyone was much happier and more productive and we even had more time.....rhythm is a good thing.



Missy had her dance this weekend dress hunting was part of the week also it was a little tricky and shopping is not on my list of favorite things to do but it was fairly painless and I thought she look absolutely beautiful!


Food preservation last week consisted of making Barley Soup, Pear Butter and drying LOTS of pears and apples!


Dried Pears
Dried Pears coming out of the dehydrator......better than candy!
I love my Excalibur Dehydrator and this time of year it keeps really busy. My only wish is that I had another one. I have had my eye on a new all stainless steel one for a while and my hope is to have it by next fall. The reason I want another one is because that even though dehydrating food saves me tons of time and space it does take quite a few hours for certain foods to dry and sometimes a day can make all the difference in the readiness of your fruit etc.


Yummy Dried Apples
Apples ready to be dried.
I also save a lot of time dehydrating foods because it is easy to have everyone even little ones help. There is not hot stove and things to worry about. With me and 3 or 4 of the kids it takes us about 20 minutes to do a batch. Of course that doesn't include drying time but the Excalibur does all that work.


Preserving the Harvest

This week I hope to have more tomatoes ripe enough to do some more Salsa and I have some cucumbers ready to do these Bread and Butter Pickles today!


Tonight is our annual family Pajamarama! It's our little family "back to homeschool" party (yeah it's a little later this year than usual). We have a big breakfast for dinner in our pajamas (symbolic of we could "do school" in our P.J.'s if we wanted to the kids usually don't but Mom has been known to at times ;) We have a lesson and talk about our theme for the year then watch a really inspiring movie and just enjoy having fun together.

Menu Planning

My Weekly Meal Plan

Monday:
French Toast Stix, hashbrown, fruit, and we are trying to decide between milkshakes or soft serve for dessert ;)

Tuesday:
Quesadillas 

Wednesday:
Quick and Yummy Stuffed Peppers

Thursday:
Falafel Flatbread Sandwich

Friday:
Taco Sundays

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Our Favorite Lentil Soup in the Crock Pot


Bruschetta


One day last year I was at my Mom's and she had just mixed up something that looked like salsa only it tasted different. She said it was Bruschetta and that you have it on toast or crackers. I had heard of Bruschetta and maybe even had some before but not that tasted like this.

I just love the way fresh basil and tomatoes taste together and right then I knew that I was going to have to be sure to plant plenty of basil so I could make some fresh Bruschetta. It's so simple to make and has a yummy Italian flare you could add balsamic vinegar instead of lemon juice which is good. I just like the fresher flavor of the lemon.

And just so you know I have plenty of basil still growing if you need some! ;)



Bruschetta
6-8 large fresh garden tomatoes, chopped
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons lemon juice (or to taste)
8-10 leaves of fresh basil, sliced into thin ribbons
1 teaspoon Kosher Real Salt (to taste)
fresh ground pepper (to taste)

Mix everything together in a bowl. Spoon onto toasted baguettes or sourdough artisan bread.



My Weekly Meal Plan


This week has been very full! In the midst of what has been known as "Bundle Week" I have also had plenty of harvest to put up, preserve and EAT! ;) I made more Salsa and Pickles this week, Pear Sauce, Pear Butter and Dried Pears. Barley Soup, more salsa, probably some spaghetti sauce and more stuff with pears is on the to do list this week! It's such a wonderful time of year I just love it!


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I'm going to take one more time to recap some more of what I am and will enjoy learning from that's included! To make it simple (since there are so many and it could get long) I have picked my top 10 favorites. In no particular order. ;)




1. The whole eCourses section!

I tend to be a more visual, auditory, hands on type learner and although I love, love, love reading.....when I want to go deeper I enjoy having someone walk me through things by telling and showing me. I have already been through the making herbs simple course and can't wait to do the essential oils course.....yep you read that right and ESSENTIAL OILS course that costs $95 on it's own but comes with the bundle for less than $30 for everything. No brainier I know!

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2. The Eczema Cure
I mentioned this earlier this week that although my family personally has not had to deal with Eczema I know and have known a lot of people who do. I get asked a lot what I would do for it. I have always felt that I have never had enough info to share with them about it. This book alone costs nearly the price of the bundle. ($29.95)



3. The Bonus Offers
I'm not one that usually gets excited about extra freebies.....most of the time I feel like the price of shipping doesn't really make it cost effective and not really worth it to me. Most of the time there are one or two I will redeem and of course I always sign up for the online/digital products that have no shipping. But this time I have redeemed EVERY SINGLE ONE of these offers! All of the shipping was very reasonable and all had things I was interested in or have been wanting an needing. It's awesome check out the bonus offers!

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4.  Natural Soap Making
I love the idea of making my own soap and have for years now! Honestly though I have never actually made my very own batch of soap. It just hasn't made it to the top of the to do list yet but one day I will be a soap maker because I know I will just love it and the recipes in this book will be my first resource. Jan is so creative with the types of soaps and of course I love that she uses healing herbs in them too!



5. GNOWFGLINS Membership discount.....A HUGE DISCOUNT!
This actually isn't part of the bundle.....and it hasn't been talked a lot about. But some of you may have seen it when you where purchasing your bundle. It's an optional add on for free videos and a full membership to GNOWFGLINS. I have been a member for a long time now and last year I signed up as a full member and have been taking the courses and I am learning so much. I'm signing up again this year because there are still lots of courses I haven't been through and Wardeh adds more all the time. Also she is giving away all her past thank you videos which are some of my favorites. It all retails for more than $800 but if you choose this add on it is less than 100 bucks.

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6. Essential Oils & Natural Health eCourse
Okay I know I already mentioned this as part of number one when I talked about all the eCourses being offered. I'm just really excited to deepen my knowledge of essential oils. It's $95 retail but this one IS INCLUDED as part of your bundle purchase!!!!


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7. Crazy for Kale
I love all the health benefits of kale and have just begun to realize all the other ways I can use it besides smoothies and kale chips. I have started cooking with it more and I'm thrilled to have many more ideas and recipes that include kale! It grows all summer here and well into the winter here so it's a good one to know how to use!



8. Gardening & Homesteading Section
I told you the other day about my secret dream I have just about finished Natural Homestead and have been eying the others. Can't wait to dig deeper. My Mom and Grandma were both farm girls.....maybe its just in my blood. ;)


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9. The Granola Book
I have also mentioned how much we like to make and EAT granola around here you know I'm all for simple but when it comes to variety of food and flavors one really can't have too many recipes! We have our current favorites for a while then we are ready to experiment and try something new.



10. Smoothies, Smoothies, Smoothies
I explained the other day why I love to drink and recommend other drink smoothies on a regular basis. I think you are going to enjoy the variety of smoothie recipes that are in the bundle not to mention all the tips and ideas for making your own great smoothie recipes!



11. Special Diets Section
Okay Okay I know I said top 10 but as I'm still digging into This Healthy Living Library I find more and more that I want to read or at least peruse. Our family has been very blessed not to deal with lots of allergies at least to foods and I'm so thankful for that but I do know so many people and it seems more and more all the time who are dealing with some serious food intolerance's and allergies I want to learn and understand more about that and maybe be able to contribute some healthy tasty recipes for those with bad allergies to enjoy too. And also learn about hope, help and healing.

I know there are other gems in here too that I haven't even got to but hopefully you can see that it truly is a spectacular deal and I hope you know I wouldn't recommend anything that I wouldn't love and use myself. I have a winter of busy studies ahead of me and well......since I can't garden here during the winter I couldn't be more thrilled.

Again I really don't want you to miss out because this group of eBooks, eCourses, freebies etc. wont be available like this ever again.  


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Alrightythen how about this weeks meal plan! ;)




My Weekly Meal Plan

Monday:
Stir Fry

Tuesday:
Taco Sundays with FRESH SALSA straight from the garden YUM!

Wednesday:
Barley Soup (I'll be canning it might as well have some for dinner too right)

Thursday:
Chili Cheese Fries

Friday:
Artichoke Tomato Alfredo

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Crock Pot Ratatouille