This is always a hectic time of year, between two major holidays, lots of gifts to buy, and so many events being squeezed in before school breaks for the holidays.  My advice to myself right now is to not run myself ragged, stay hydrated and pumped up with extra vegetables and fruit, and get adequate sleep.  If I can’t get it all done, so be it. In December, I tend to cook once and eat twice. What that means is a pot of soup on Sunday is the same meal on Monday, and a roasted chicken is eaten two days in a row, but one day simply with sides and the next reheated with taco seasonings and served with tortillas.  I prefer to eat homemade food as much as possible, but this time of year I am not looking to win awards for creativity!

I am traveling this weekend through Tuesday, so I will miss Instagram live on Monday night but Hubs and I will return to our regular Monday live at 5 on 12/12.  It will be a GOOD one!

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Here’s your dinner planner for the week:



Meatless Monday: Roasted vegetable and black bean enchiladas verdes, Mexican sautéed greens

Tuesday: Chinese chicken salad p. 64 from Quicker Than Quick (there is NOBODY who doesn’t think this is the best Chinese Chicken Salad dressing on the planet!!)

Wednesday: broccoli white bean soup

Thursday: Stovetop braised parsnips with coconut butter and white balsamic, fish with chermoula

Friday: slow cooker Italian pot roast from KM, cauliflower mashed potatoes, roasted green beans

Saturday brunch: Healthier Nutella French Toast Casserole

Sunday: Butternut squash lasagne (give this a trial run before Christmas!)



Here’s what you can do in advance if it helps you: 


Make salad dressing

Roast vegetables for enchiladas

Make enchilada sauce

Poach chicken for salad


Wash greens


Make veggie or chicken stock, if using homemade


Make the chermoula


Assemble french toast casserole


Make cashew-cauliflower ricotta for lasagne




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