meal planning 3.31

What’s on the menu for this week…

Spicy Sriracha Chicken and Quinoa Bowl – Family Fresh Cooking

spicy sriracha

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole – Damn Delicious

quinoa casserole

Burrito Bowl with Creamy Chipotle Sauce – Latest Food

burrito bowl


Other Meals:

Scrambled Eggs

Sweet Potatoes




Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

no bakes


Happy Monday everyone!

trying a gluten free diet

gluten free

Like I said in my post from Tuesday, I’m trying a gluten free diet.  I have a sensitive stomach and wanted to see if it helps.  I won’t go into all the science of it, but if you want to research how gluten affects your body you can look here, here, and here for starters.  The last source is about Celiac Disease, but still has a lot of information on what gluten can do to the body.  Here is what I’ve decided for myself as far as how gluten affects me:

Less Stomach Pain – I haven’t got nearly as many stomach aches, in fact, none at all.  I’ll need to continue not eating gluten for a while to make sure that it is directly related.

Much Easier to Run – This was the moment I realized that either there has been a huge coincidence or my body benefits from cutting back on the gluten.  I run, but I’m not a runner.  I have flat feet and my stomach normally always ends up hurting (even if I wait hours after eating to run).  I decided to go on a short 2 mile run yesterday and ended up running 4 without stopping.  That basically never happens to me.  If I run 4 miles I usually end up walking 1/2 a mile, and it doesn’t feel so good.  My stomach didn’t hurt once, which is out of the ordinary for me.  Now if I can just figure out what to do about my flat feet…

Not Eating Gluten Isn’t That Hard – It may seem hard to believe, especially since you can’t eat any of these ingredients, the main ones being wheat and flour.  But if you’re eating at home it’s really not too bad.  There are a ton of gluten free recipes online.

Cutting Back On Gluten Is Better Than Nothing (hopefully) – My plan is to continue going easy on the gluten.  I’m going to see if I still get some benefits (no stomach pain, easier runs) by limiting my gluten intake but not banning it from my diet all together.  I’m sure at times I’ll crave some pancakes, cookies, or pasta.

Listen To Your Body – Although I’ll enjoy some occasional flour (yum!) I want to make sure I listen to my body.  This article will really freak you out if you have Celiacs or are sensitive to gluten.  Basically if your stomach is hurting a lot that means your intestines are inflamed and eventually you could die from it (wait – what?!), so I plan to take it easy on the gluten if that’s the case.

Read The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan – This book isn’t about being gluten free, it’s about everything we eat and how it affects us.  It is fascinating and you’ll never look at food the same.  Kinda makes since that we are eating wayyy too much grain after reading this.

So if you have consistent symptoms that may be linked to a gluten intolerance give a gluten free diet a try, maybe just cutting back will help you feel much better!  P.S.  I’m not a doctor, just a suggestion.

lenten reminders

This post is somewhat late, but there are still 4 weeks left of Lent!  Here are some things to inspire you on your Lenten journey.

begin again

If you fall off the wagon with your resolutions don’t forget that that’s the whole point of Lent!  If it was easy nobody would strive to fulfill their resolutions.

lenten goals

You can click on this to make it bigger.  These are great ideas for ways to remember what Lent is about.  Dedicate a small (or large!) portion of you day to focus on what God is calling us to become during Lent – hopefully more like Him!

son of god

Go see this movie.  We did and it was really good.  It inspired me to keep moving forward with my resolutions and to pray more consistently.


The part where Jesus says this in the movie really stuck with me.  Jesus says this when he is up on the cross about to die.  So the next time someone cuts me off on the road and I want to freak out, I’ll just remember this.

soul nourishing

You can click on this to make it bigger too.  Another great thing to read to put your heart and mind in the right place for Lent.

Everyone’s resolutions are different for Lent, but I’ve found that if you’re already pretty healthy it’s a good idea to resolve to do something that makes you more like Christ – don’t gossip, pray more, give to the poor, give up swearing, be polite, don’t be selfish, be more positive, etc.

I hope this post will help give us the push we need for the next 4 weeks of Lent, and hopefully even longer than that!

meal planning 3.18

What’s on the menu for this week…

Tostadas – Simply Recipes


Chicken Salad – Simply Recipes

chicken salad

Breakfast Taquitos – Damn Delicious

breakfast taquito

Fiesta Chicken – The Girl Who Ate Everything

fiesta chicken


Sweet Pototoes

Chicken Dish

All of these recipes are gluten free (as long as you make sure to use corn tortillas for the tostadas and taquitos).  I’m trying a gluten free diet for a week or so to see how it makes me feel.  I have a sensitive stomach and have heard a lot about the benefits of a gluten free (or minimal gluten) diet.  If I don’t feel glorious after trying it out I probably won’t worry about eating gluten free anymore, but if it does help I’m sure they’ll be a future post about it.

P.S.  Even if you aren’t a big fan of chicken salad try the recipe above, it’s so good.

10 diy ideas for st. patrick’s day

St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday.  Here are some fun and easy ways to decorate.

Paper Shamrocks – How About Orange


St. Patricks Day Free Printable – Paisley Petal Events

shamrock print

Tassel Garland – Merry Thought

tassel garland

Printable Lucky Banner – HGTV

lucky banner

Another Lucky Banner! – Etsy

lucky banner 2

Shamrock Pillow Cover – Etsy (this one would be easy to DIY too with some fabric paint)

shamrock pillow

St. Patrick’s Day Treat – not a decoration, but still really cool.  Use rainbow licorice and rolos!

st pats treat

St. Patrick’s Day Burlap Wreath – source unknown

st pat's wreath

Framed Shamrocks – source unknown

shamrock art

Rainbow Shamrock Garland DIY – Make and Takes

rainbow garland

May you have the luck of the Irish this upcoming Monday!

travel destinations

I’m a wannabe globetrotter.  And here are just a few of the places I’d like to visit.

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Santorini, Greece


Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Horshoe Bend, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Bora Bora

Bora Bora

Costa Rica

Costa Rica



St. Lucia

St. Lucia

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

View of the Mont Blonc at Le Panoramique restaurant in Le Brevent, Chamonix, France

View of the Mont Blonc at Le Panoramique restaurant in Le Brevent, Chamonix, France

Cenote dive at Peninsule de Yucatan, Mexico

Cenote diving, Peninsule de Yucatan, Mexico

Machu Picchu, Peru

machu picchu

For more travel destinations check out my pinterest board.  I wonder how many I’ll be able to check off the list! 🙂



meal planning 3.10

What’s on the menu for this week…

Chicken Broccoli & Pasta Skillet – Gal on a Mission

chicken broccoli pasta

Chicken Dish

chicken dish

Pigs n Blankets – I use turkey dogs and then wrap in croissants (optional – add sprinkle cheese)

pigs n blanets

Breakfast Burrito – scramble some eggs, sprinkle with cheese, roll up with a warm tortilla, serve with salsa (optional – add sausage or bacan to eggs)

breakfast burrito

Mexican Casserole – flour tortillas, can of rotel, can of ranch style beans, can of cream of chicken, 1-1/2 lbs ground beef cooked, 1 c. grated cheese.  Mix all ingredients except tortillas and cheese.  Spray 9×11 pan.  Layer tortilla, mix, than cheese.  Layer one more time.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

mexican casserole

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars – Averie Cooks

peanut butter

All of these recipes are super easy and use minimal ingredients.  Hope they help you in deciding what to make this week!