Meal Planning + Magdalenas

We just got back from an amazing week long vacation in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was beautiful there and we got to do and see so many neat things (Dali Museum! Frida Kahlo! Dolphins!). I'm going to make a post about it soon and share some of the photos.

Now it's time to get back into our groove here which includes meal planning. Here's what's on the menu for this week:

Monday » I made a batch of Mexican quinoa in the Instant Pot earlier today. Waves and I will have that for dinner and Greg is thawing out some sort of fish to have, so I'll make some veggies to go on the side for him.

Tuesday » Italian Wonderpot. I make this all the time and it's a hit! So easy to make and delicious.

Wednesday » Leftovers. The above recipe makes a huge amount.

Thursday » Instant Pot vegan lentil chili. I'm not sure how this will go over with Greg and Waves, but I won't know until I try it 😬

Friday » Leftovers. And if the above recipe isn't something we like, then I'll pick up a frozen pizza and make a salad 😜

Something I'm wanting to make this week >>> We had these incredible magdalenas at the Dali Museum last week, so I'm going to try my hand at making some. This is the first recipe I came across for them and most recipes look pretty similar so we will see how it turns out.

Have a great week!

What I'm Loving

Waves loooves to draw, paint, cut out paper/glue it together, color.. just creating and she will happily do it all day long. I made a little "art studio" for her in the corner of the living room. It has a table, chair, shelves and buckets full of supplies and some hooks and string with clothespins for her to hang up whatever artwork she wants to. She did this drawing yesterday and it's just so sweet to look at. I love it.

Wal-Mart Online Grocery Pickup. Oooh man.. I love this service! I'm planning on writing an entire post about it, but wanted to mention it here because it's seriously made my week. I'm able to create a meal plan, write a list of ingredients I need, then go to the app and select everything I need. I get to see exactly how much it will be AND no impulse buying which makes it amazing for keeping our budget in line.

All you do is place your order and select the time slot you'd like to pick up your groceries in. They send you a message when your order is ready and you can either call or check-in on the app letting them know you're on your way. When you get there, park in a numbered pick-up spot, and call the number on the parking sign letting them know what number spot you're in and your name and they bring out your order and load it up in your car. It's seriously the best!

Here's my referral link where you get $10 off your first grocery purchase of $50 or more and then I'll get $10 off groceries too 👍

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes. Baked potatoes that taste like they were baked in the oven.. but really only took 20 minutes in the Instant Pot? Yes, plz 🙌 I mix my potatoes with avocado, salt, pepper, and hot sauce and they are amazing.

This answer from Steak over at steak talk:

Anonymous: Steak, can guys take a hint ?

Overall I think it’s super selfish to assume anyone can take a hint because your are assuming that your wants needs and thoughts are prioritized in someone else’s brain over theirs + daily life and stress. If you want something, ask for it. Ain’t nobody got time for these games.

The Tennessee Aquarium. We renewed our membership and spent a day there last weekend. This picture is at the lake sturgeon touch tank that Waves loves to stop and hang out at.

VHS Collection - Ghost

This stuff is amaaaaaaaaaazing! It's like a mix of kinetic sand and play-doh without the horrifying mess. Waves played with it for over an hour and a half and I will totally admit that I played with it for just as long.. probably longer 😂 I love this stuff! Check out videos of it on YouTube or Instagram to see just how awesome it really is.

That's all I've got for now. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Full Day of IIFYM Meals

1 » Protein waffle. 1 scoop of Optimum Nutrition double rich chocolate protein powder, 1 egg, and 1/4 tsp baking powder all mixed together then add water to desired consistency. Then I put it into my waffle maker for 4 minutes. I bought this cheapie waffle maker at Target and love it. It makes great waffles and nothing ever sticks to the plates so it's super easy to clean. Love it!

2 » Tofu and veggie stir-fry. I use the Wildwood high protein tofu and add broccoli, peas, green bell peppers, and carrots, then mixed with Island Teriyaki sauce.

3 » Half of a Lenny & Larry's birthday cake cookie. One of the GNC stores here had these on clearance for 95 cents, so check your local store if you like these! They also had the mini snickerdoodle ones on clearance and I liked that flavor waaay more than the birthday cake.

4 » Iced lapsang souchong tea with a bit of agave. I just needed something different than water for a bit.

5 » Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and bananas with chia and hemp seeds.

6 » Taaaacoooooos!! I had three of these.. crunchy taco shell filled with vegetarian fat-free refried beans, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, and topped with Cholula.

7 » Chocolate chip cookie dough Halo Top. This flavor was pretty good, but peanut butter is still my all-time favorite.

I ended the day with these macros:
1,546 calories /// 128g protein /// 159g carbs /// 48g fat

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