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Week Eats Saturday :: linkup, comment up, food help for meal planning

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Hi friends! I’m so so so excited about this new linkup. I also have no idea what I’m doing.

Patient with me? Pretty please?

So here’s the plan. I am going to slap this baby up here every Saturday morning until you tell me to stop. I’m going to meal plan aloud, and then get really excited about all the ideas you’re telling me, and probably change my meal plan all up. But that’s okay!

If you’re a blogger, follow the linkup below and post your actual meal plan blog page.

If you’re a normal person, {hi, Molly}, comment with a recipe or seven that you’re going to do // like or just food planning tips. Share your wisdom with the masses!

I have a few recipe posts from the past. 4 Easy Family Recipes // 7 Yummy Recipes // Quinoa You’ll Like // Whole Grain Pancakes // and Baking for the Mama Heart (and more, yes, search for “food” in the search box.

My plan:

Sunday: Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

broccolli cheddar soup

Monday: Swiss Chard & Sweet Potato Gratin.


Tuesday: Veggie Bean Soup. Exactly what it sounds like. No recipe. Just chop veggies & beans and add cheese. Basic basis soup.


Wednesday: Tilapia (white fish) and coconut rice with mango & red pepper & onion.

My BFF made this for me. And it is SO good. Thank you, Sarah! And check out her recipes over there.

White rice (long grain or short) cooked in coconut milk, fish pan friend with seasoning of choice, and chopped fresh mango, red pepper, and sweet onion. Tah-dah.


Thursday: Tacos, sans wrap. I love whole wheat flour wraps from the coop, but honestly, I usually end up just eating it with my fork when the food oozes out. Piggie? Maybe.

I blogged my taco recipe before. Tah-dah.


Friday: Every Friday is the same: homemade pizza!

Recipe done before too. Wow, it’s like I’m cheating. Tah-dingΒ <–there it is!


Saturday: Chicken, rice, beans, and grilled peppers, and fresh tomatoes.

Okay, so I do this where I just fridge binge and pull out whatever fresh veggies I have and roast them or grill them & toss in beans, rice, and grilled & sliced chicken or steak. This isn’t really a recipe. I’m failing here, people. This is why I need you!!

chicken & veggies

What are you eating this week?



  1. Francine on October 25, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I haven’t done a meal planning post (I never plan that far ahead!) but here’s a recipe for you: http://bellavitadolce.com/2014/01/chicken-tomato-spinach-and-mozzarella-pasta.html

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Oh YUM! Thanks, Francine! Glad you’re here! And what a sweet site you have πŸ™‚

  2. Laura @ Mothering Spirit on October 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    This week is survival mode. Because: solo parenting. Thank you, Trader Joe’s, and your (pseudo) healthy prepared meals. Normally I make meal planning somewhat formulaic – one protein, one veggie, one starch each night. But I cheat when hubs is gone b/c I’m vegetarian and my kids are fine with skipping meat, too. So we eat a lot of beans and eggs when Mr Meat & Potatoes is jet-setting. πŸ˜‰
    Mon: cheese tortellini, peas & chickpeas
    Tues: mushroom risotto (h/t T.Joe’s), tofu & broccoli
    Wed: quesadillas, black beans & corn
    Thurs: English muffin mini-pizzas & green beans (b/c mama’s dialing it in by Thursday night and why not let the littles make their own dinner?)
    Fri: easy cheese quiche – protein power before trick-or-treating!
    Sat: regroup if I’m still standing. Make dad make his homemade pizza for dinner. Escape to Starbucks to write. Later, drink wine. πŸ˜‰

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      AWESOME. And you’re my hero. I cannot single parent.

  3. Keri on October 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I love this! I will prepare a post and link up next Saturday- wonderful idea!!

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      I need all the help there is! I hope this can be helpful for all of us!!

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Dlighted!! So excited to get to know your blog, Keri. Thanks for being here!

  4. Rosie on October 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    For years I looked forward to taco leftovers more than taco night because I love taco salad so much… Then I realized that I might as well just ditch the wrap like you, because I just want to eat it in salad form! The tortillas work great for the kids though – we use sour cream to “glue” it together and they end up eating a lot more that way πŸ™‚

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      So dang smart! Thank you SO MUCH for linking up! And I’m totally with you–good for the kids, mhew for me.

  5. Shea on October 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Haven’t made out a total plan yet – but one leftover plan from last week that we didn’t get to – loaded baked potatoes. Bake potatoes and top with bacon, cheese, scallions, sour cream etc. yyyyuuuuummmm.

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm


  6. Theresa Breslin on October 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Ahh, yay, I will definitely be bookmarking this! I’m totally making that broc cheddar soup this week.

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Hurrah! Maybe we can all inspire each other. The broc cheddar is ta-die-for!

  7. Laurel on October 25, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Love this! I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Posted a link to my plan and recipes for the week in your link-up.

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Love your food blog. Thank you so much for being here, Laurel!

  8. Mary on October 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I had a cooking epiphany this week–soup is the ultimate high-rewards low-work weeknight meal! One night of cooking makes for a two-night meal (at least in my house) and the most strenuous thing I have to do is pour in stock or chop an onion. Long live the soup. And thank you for the inspiration Nell–this was an awesome idea!

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      I’m so thrilled that you’re here, Mary! EXCELLENT epiphany! This whole thing was an epiphany too!

  9. bobbi @ revolution of love on October 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    This is lovely! The pictures are gorgeous and the food looks delicious. I can’t wait to link up next week! (When I am done with my 1 days. πŸ˜‰ )

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      I’ll have to tell you how we fared with the kids’ grading system on the food πŸ™‚ It’s all stuff I’ve made before. Hence the problem with repeats!!! I can’t wait to read what you come up with! Good luck on whole30 & finish strong, sister!

  10. Emily B on October 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I’m blown away that you know what you are eating all week and that none of the nights feature leftovers! You inspire me. Tonight we are having leftovers. Tomorrow night we are having roasted mushrooms, asparagus, and some kind of meat on the grill that I still need to buy…..

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Um–I’m being very ambitious. HAHA and leftovers always go in my husband’s lunch so there’s never enough to go for round 2, much as I would love it. Roasted yum yum yum and grilling!! D’lish. thanks for being here, Emily! See you next week πŸ™‚

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  12. Jamie on October 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Absolutely need this link up right now. Huge pregnancy meal planning slump. It’s actually the first time in a billion weeks that I’ve made a meal plan, so we’ll see if I’ve used up all my brain and organization powers just making the plan or if I can get this thing posted!! πŸ™‚

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Ugh. Been there. Totally!! You can do it, sister!

  13. Gina on October 26, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love the idea of roasting up whatever veggies are left in the fridge!

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      So smart. How can you go wrong with olive oil and salt?

  14. Erica Saint @ Saint Affairs on October 26, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Oh, now I am upset that I ruined the last of my Swiss chard because the Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Gratin looks delicious! I am making Broccoli and Cheese soup soon, but my recipe has a surprise ingredient. I may have to share the recipe soon. πŸ™‚

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 26, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      OOO you better share!

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  16. Kris on October 29, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I love your Saturday leftovers! I’ve got 10 mouths to feed, so I’m always looking for new ways to clean out the fridge with an ‘everything-but-the-kitchen-sink’ meal. We also thrive on leftovers. With busy afternoons, having dinner waiting in the fridge saves my sanity. During the winter, we eat 2 soups a week, for 4 meals total. I like to keep pasta and lentils in the pantry for those crazy schedule changes, sick kids, etc. I also make my marinara sauce in a crock pot and let is cook for hours, then freeze 2 quarts at a time in freezer bags. One of my favorite meals is an enchilada casserole in the crock pot. Enchilada sauce, tortillas, refried beans, mexican rice, roasted peppers, olives, corn – whatever you want – layered in a crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. I love my crock pot!
    I’ll be joining next Saturday’s meal planning line-up!

    • Natural Mama Nell on October 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      LEFTOVERS so crucial. Great insights, Kris! Especially the enchilada casserole. Definitely doing this. XO Thanks for being here!

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