Ever wonder what real food bloggers eat? They must eat perfectly “healthy” all the time, right?
Real food bloggers are REAL people too. We struggle just like you; we eat great some days and we eat really crappy other days. Our kids don’t eat perfect all the time, either.
My Weekly Meals, on the Real was born out of just this: to show real people like you, what real food bloggers like myself eat on a daily basis.
I am far from perfect in the “healthy” spectrum, but there are a few things that I try to include each day that I know Andrew likes and that I know is nutrient-dense. Quality over quantity, right?
This week we really strayed FAR from my meal plan for the week. I actually made Monday’s meal on the fly because I hadn’t planned anything until Tuesday. Thank goodness my pantry was stocked with what I needed to make the salmon patties on the fly. Want more tips on stocking a pantry? Click here for 3 of my favorite tips.
So without further ado, here’s what my family ate for a whole week, on the real.
Breakfast: Andrew requested a yolk egg (over easy egg) from one of our chickens. I skipped breakfast.
Lunch: I had an early lunch of leftover breaded chicken breast, leftover steak and some bread. Scott took chicken breast, green beans, and rice to work (leftovers). Andrew had school and requested 1/2 almond butter and jelly sandwich and a date rolled in coconut.
He also snacked on apple slices and a cookie.
Dinner: I made salmon cakes from scratch, a simple green salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sauteed green peas, corn and garlic. Andrew ate some of the salmon cakes, leftover breaded chicken breast, and the peas and corn.
To make the salmon patties: Take two cans of wild caught salmon and mix it in a bowl with 4 Tbl mayo (I used homemade, find the recipe I use here), 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I used Whole Foods brand), juice of one lemon, 1 1/2 tsp homemade italian seasoning (my recipe here), 2 beaten pastured eggs, 1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt (I love this brand), 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1/3 cup chopped onion.
Form into patties and then fry in coconut oil on each side until golden brown. Serve with a garlic, lemon parsley aioli if you want.
Breakfast: Andrew had a yolk egg (from our chickens — he always picks the blue egg), bacon, and toast with no butter. I had two over easy eggs with bacon and toast with lots of butter.
Dinner: Homemade taco meat (with homemade taco seasoning), sour cream, avocado, and chips. No tortilla.
Breakfast: Andrew requested frozen blueberries, so he had two small cups of that plus a yolk egg before school. I ate an over easy egg with toast and butter.
Lunch: In Andrew’s school lunch, I gave him leftover taco meat with sour cream already mixed together plus homemade fruit leather. We went grocery shopping after lunch so he also had a sunbutter cup, two strawberry fruit leathers, two fresh organic strawberries, piece of cheese from Whole Foods deli, grapes, and a Go Bar (when we were watching the kids).
I had a Justin’s peanut butter cup, chips, and an almond and mocha kashi bar (when we were watching the kids at their house).
Dinner: Andrew was extremely fussy because we got home late from watching the kids, so he had 1/2 an avocado and homemade mashed potatoes. I reheated some stove top chicken, rice, and veggies (recipe here) that I had frozen previously and that’s what Scott and I had for dinner. I mashed mine with a lot of butter.
Breakfast: I had 2 over easy eggs with 3 pieces of bacon, toast and lots of butter. Andrew had one over easy egg with bread, 3 pieces of bacon and a strawberry fruit leather.
Mid morning: I was baking blender banana bread for Andrew’s school bake sale, so he ate some of the batter, plus a couple pieces of banana bread, a coconut cookie (also what I made for the bake sale), a few frozen peas, yogurt, and a sunbutter cup.
He also drew on his forehead and all over his arms while I was busy ruining two banana breads.
Lunch: Andrew and I didn’t eat anything for lunch.
Dinner: I made slow cooker garlic seared pork and kraut with homemade mashed potatoes and steamed green beans. Andrew ate the mashed potatoes and the beans inside the pod of the green beans. He had one bite of the pork and sauerkraut and turned his nose up at it.
We also ate a brownie that I royally messed up for the bake sale (had to make another batch to actually sell).
Breakfast: We had the same thing as Thursday, including the strawberry fruit leather.
Lunch: Andrew had 1/2 almond butter and jelly sandwich, 1/2 an apple, strawberry fruit leather, a chocolate Jovial cookie, a few slices of cheese, and a couple fresh strawberries.
I had leftover stove top chicken, rice, and veggies, the other half of Andrew’s apple and finished off our potato chips.
Dinner: Andrew stayed at Grandma’s and had noodles with butter. I had taco meat with avocado and sour cream. Scott had spaghetti and meat sauce that his mom made.
Breakfast: Scott and I had two over easy eggs with toast. Andrew was at Grandmas.
Lunch: We went to Andrew’s school Fall Festival so we purchased a gingerbread cupcake and Andrew had a strawberry fruit leather. Really, nothing much at all for lunch.
While Andrew was napping, Scott and I had some wine and cheese and tended to the chickens and garden together.
Dinner: Andrew and I polished off the stove top chicken, rice and veggies, Andrew had a piece of toast as well. Scott finished the spaghetti and meat sauce.
Breakfast: Scott fixed over easy eggs for all of us (Andrew had only one, Scott and I had two) plus toast.
Lunch: We went to a pumpkin patch and I brought an almond butter and jelly sandwich for Andrew, strawberry fruit leather, his favorite Enjoy Life seed snack. Scott had a pulled pork sandwich with Lays potato chips and I had a hamburger with — GASP — Lay’s potato chips. I also had fresh pressed apple cider and Scott had a root beer.
Dinner: Scott and I had a makeup salsa lesson to take, so Andrew ate dinner at Grandmas. Scott and I went to our favorite burger place after our class and enjoyed a tall beer with our burgers and fries. I always get a burger with grilled mushrooms, grilled onion, ketchup, mayo, and tomato.
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