More Updated Post Pictures with Our 2 Week Meal Plan #14

We’ve been a bit off kilter the first half of August, so our regular meal planning was put on the back burner for awhile.  I had the opportunity to be a student at a jazz camp for an entire work week, coming home most nights after a day of learning, swinging, and singing.  I tried to stock the house with a variety of food for the family, so it would be a bit easier on JSarr to have me away.

2 Week Meal Plan

Then we went to a leader’s retreat for our church so we were away for another couple of nights.  Both times were spiritually renewing for me.  Is that weird for you to hear me say that a jazz camp would be spiritually renewing?  Well, it was.  Louise Rose, a performer (vocal and piano), observed that everything we do is worship, and we are always serving.  Sounds like something I would hear at church, but that was at a jazz camp, yep!  What we do through everyday life shows what is most important to us and what we worship.  And what we do shows who we are serving.  Are we serving ourselves, or others?  She also noted to trust what you believe in, not what you fear.  Music is a vessel.  Aren’t those great thoughts to ponder?  I digress.  Back to food.

So I thought I’d shared some more updated pics of recipes since this is exactly what we’ve been making the first half of the month, and then I will share my future plans.  For the last half of the month most of my future plans are based on what we have in the fridge and an urgency to use the blessings of harvest.

What We Have Made the 1st Part of August/Updated Pictures

(Food and meals are Bolded)

Homemade Red Robin-Inspired Seasoning

Homemade Red Robin Inspired SeasoningI left JSarr a crock-pot of refried beans, so they could make lots of chimichangas and bean burritos.

Vegan Chimichangas

I also left them some Dairy-free Alfredo.

Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

On the side they had some Crock-pot Corn on the Cob.

Buttered Crock-pot Corn on the CobWe came into some zucchini, so we have been grating it like crazy and having it in Healthified Zucchini Bread, Chocolate Yogurt Zucchini Bread, Roasted Vegetables, in spaghetti sauce and more.

Healthified Zucchini BreadDouble Chocolate Yogurt Zucchini BreadJonathan made up some Sun Tea.

HOMEMADE Sun Tea with LemonsAnd I made up a Banana Blueberry Bliss Smoothie.

Banana Blueberry Bliss Smoothie

I stocked Jonathan and the kids with 2 batches of 4 Ingredient Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars and one batch of 4 Ingredient Almond Butter Granola Bars so they wouldn’t run out of healthy on-the-go snacks for after swim or whatever for the kids.  It’s nice now because we still have some granola bars left. 

Hopefully to get us past the first day of school I made 2 batches of  crock-pot granola.

Honey Granola in the Crock-pot

2 Weeks of MEAL IDEAS


Lemon & LimeadeEllie's Lemon Lime Smoothie



  • I made my first homemade marinara sauce twice in the last week, and am making more today with the tomatoes with which we have been blessed.  So I made a Crock-pot Lasagna with the sauce-The kids really enjoyed the leftovers since we made it for a potluck.  I also want to make another batch of marinara sauce today.
  • So the plan is to have spaghetti later this week, also.
  • I also made my first homemade tomato soup and want to keep tweaking the recipe this week.
  • Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette
  • Homemade $0.61 Sourdough Bread-Abbie (age 6) has her sourdough waiting to be cooked now.  She even made her own start!
  • Low Carb Crock-pot Zucchini Parmesan Turkey Meatball-They smell so good in our crock-pot now.  I made some without cheese for me.  These with give us at least 2 dinners and some lunches this week.
  • As a side the last couple of nights I have been roasting summer’s harvest of vegetables with whole garlic cloves, and onions.  It is my favorite way to eat yellow squash, and the roasted veggies are great on pizza the next day!
  • Zucchini Pizza with a Tomato Basil Sauce-We had a cul-de-sac pizza cook-off last week, and speaking of zucchini, my friend, Clhóe just made an AMAZING gluten-free, and dairy-free pizza using slices of zucchini as the base.  I got the base of her recipe and am going to try to recreate something that matches the fabulous creation she made.
  • Crock-pot Whole Chicken
  • I want to try to make some kind of lettuce cups using some leftover shredded chicken.
  • Salad with Pepperoni-Since we had the pizza cook-off, we had leftover pepperoni, so I chopped it up and we just had salads the next day for dinner.  The salad was so good, I have to make it again!  I have only had pepperoni at a local Italian restaurant, Cristiano’s, but for whatever reason never thought of invigorating a salad with them.  We are ALWAYS looking for ways to make salads more interesting.  I used this Caesar Dressing Recipe as a base for the cashews, but threw in Montreal Steak Seasoning to liven up the dressing even more.  Wow!  The dressing was also great as a dip for fresh veggies!


Whole Wheat Chocolate Zucchini Cake

How are you using zucchini now?  I’d love to hear!  You can find my past menu plans here.

Go here for the complete list of recipes.

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About Sonja

Sonja is a lover of the Lord, family, and friends. She digs DIY (especially re-purposing), fancies fitness, foods (whole), & fellowship. She is a thrifty thinker and jives with jazz. “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2 ESV). Thanks for visiting!
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6 Responses to More Updated Post Pictures with Our 2 Week Meal Plan #14

  1. Hi Sonja, At least you’ve been enjoying your time away and being renewed! All the things you left for dinner look delicious! Who can turn down anything Mexican? Not I! We all love chimichangas in our house! Yum!

  2. Those look amazing. I don’t know which looks yummier! I make my own homemade tortillas for mexican night, but we are Smoothie fanatics here.

    • Sonja says:

      Hi Allyson. Homemade tortillas sound awesome! We love smoothies, too. They are such an easy way to get lots of fruits and veggies in your lifestyle!

  3. Wow, what a great menu!

    I know what you mean about being spiritually renewed by something that seems like it’s not “about” religion–really, God is in everything, and we’re supposed to pray unceasingly, and the inspiration to do so can come from all sorts of directions.

    My favorite zucchini recipe is Zucchini Tofu, which I’m sure would work with pre-cooked chicken if you don’t eat soy. There are links at the bottom of that post to two different zucchini recipe parties that might give you some more ideas! Zucchini is great in this pasta dish, too.

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