Easy Coconut Date Rolls

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These are so easy to make and delicious!! Best part about it? No need to add sugar. I definitely crave sweet things, so I like when I can enjoy eating something sweet without worrying about the amount of refined sugar in it. Second best thing? These only require 3 ingredients!!

Coconut Date Rolls 10 oz. pitted dates 1 cup slivered almonds (roasted – optional) 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes (reserve some for rolling) To Make:

Making these Easy Coconut Date Rolls is as easy as 1-2-3!!

1) Put all the ingredients in a food processor.

Blend ingredients until a paste is formed. If it looks a little dry, just add a smallest splash of water.

2) Form into heaping tablespoons and roll. 3) Roll balls in the dried coconut.

Top with a slivered almond, if desired! Makes 15-20 rolls.

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New Mom Meals and Freezer Cooking

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I know at least for me, it wasn’t until 6 weeks postpartum that I wanted to, or had the ability to expanded my mental focus and think about menu planning, grocery shopping, and freezer cooking for our family once again.

New Mom Meals

We were very blessed with lots of family, friends, and church family bringing over meals for us postpartum. There are numerous great websites out there nowadays, but one of them is takethemameal.com. It’s a great resource to use when organizing meal coordination for the new mom.

You can set up the meal scheduling ahead of time – for example we had set it up for meals to be brought to us Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (then, we also had church family covering other days of the week).

You can specify what time is best for people to come, and the best way for

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of Sept. 9th, 2013

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Menu Plan

Nothing much has changed in my breakfast and lunch options. For breakfast we have cold cereal, homemade Egg McMuffin with Homemade Bagels, or fruit smoothies. For lunch we have leftovers on most days.

Dinners

Monday: Mini Meatball Sliders with Pesto (didn’t get to this last week)

Tuesday: Crockpot Sante Fe Chicken

Wednesday: Tacos (using freezer homemade Taco meat)

Thursday: Hamburgers & Grilled Corn

Friday: homemade pizza – cream cheese sauce with pepperoni, green peppers, and tomatoes

Saturday: volunteering at a BBQ!

Sunday: leftovers

What are you planning this week? I’d love to check out your menu for inspiration.!

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 2nd, 2013

braised chicken gumbo

Menu Plan Breakfast options: cold cereal English muffins with jam whole wheat toast Egg McMuffin with Homemade Bagels fruit smoothies

 

Lunch options: leftovers Ham and Cheese Sliders

 

Dinners

braised chicken gumbo

Monday: Wine and Tomato Braised Chicken (didn’t get to it last week)

Tuesday: Braised Chicken Gumbo (this recipes uses leftovers from the previous night’s meal)

Wednesday: Crockpot Sante Fe Chicken

Thursday: freezer Meatloaf & corn on the cob

Friday: Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry (freezer meal)

Saturday: Mini Meatball Sliders with Pesto

Sunday: leftovers or Tacos

What are you planning this week? I’d love to check out your menu for inspiration. Just leave a comment and a link to your post!!

Don’t forget to check out my recipes tab for more meal ideas! You can also check out my other Menu Plan Monday posts or Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday Blog Hop!

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of August 26th

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Menu Plan Breakfast options: cold cereal whole wheat toast Egg McMuffin with Homemade Bagels banana bread

 

Lunch options: leftovers Ham and Cheese Sliders

 

Crockpot Orange Chicken

Dinners

Monday: Pasta Alla Norma

Tuesday: Crockpot Orange Chicken

Wednesday: Wine and Tomato Braised Chicken

Thursday: Braised Chicken Gumbo

Friday: homemade pizza

Saturday: Crockpot Sante Fe Chicken

Sunday: leftovers

What are you planning this week? I’d love to check out your menu for inspiration. Just leave a comment and a link to your post!!

Don’t forget to check out my recipes tab for more meal ideas! You can also check out my other Menu Plan Monday posts or Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday Blog Hop!  See you tomorrow for the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!

 

 

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of August 19th, 2013

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I’m a little behind on menu planning this week. Hope to finish up tonight and go shopping tomorrow! I’m also looking for more freezer meals. Know of any?

 

Menu Plan Breakfast options: cold cereal whole wheat toast Egg McMuffin with Homemade Bagels banana bread

 

Lunch options: leftovers Ham and Cheese Sliders

 

Dinners

Monday: homemade Pizza with Italian sausage & bell peppers

Tuesday: freezer Lasagna Roll-ups

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Freezer Sloppy Joes

Friday: dinner with church families

Saturday: still planning…

Sunday: International ministry BBQ

What are you planning this week? I’d love to check out your menu for inspiration. Just leave a comment and a link to your post!!

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of August 12th

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Last week I did some freezer cooking, so this week is a little bit of an easier week! (I plan on putting together freezer meals every 2-3 weeks).

Menu Plan

Monday lunch: Ham and Cheese Sliders (freezer) & Green Beans

dinner: Freezer Meatloaf & frozen veggies

Tuesday lunch: Lasagna Roll-ups leftovers

dinner: with Matt’s Dad and step-mom

Wednesday lunch: leftovers

dinner: Taco Salad and Chicken Noodle Soup from freezer

Thursday lunch: leftover Meatloaf and veggies

dinner: Freezer Sloppy Joes

Friday lunch: leftover Sloppy Joes

dinner: Taco Salad and Soup

Saturday lunch: out to eat!

dinner: homemade Italian Sausage Pizza

Sunday lunch: BLTs and fruit

dinner: leftovers

 

Breakfast options:

cold cereal

whole wheat toast

Egg McMuffin with Homemade Bagels

 

 

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Menu Plan Monday & Homemade Bagels

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So it’s been awhile since I’ve written a Menu Plan Monday (being pregnant, then a new mom takes a lot out of you!). I want to get back into the practice of Menu Planning and sharing it with you all. Of course, taking care of a 6 week old is priority – and that is why Menu Plan Monday is arriving on a Tuesday this week! (That, and my husband had yesterday off, so it was a fun family day.)

 

 

Before I gave birth to Ain I made two weeks worth of freezer meals. We are still enjoying some of those! I want to keep up with the freezer cooking, so about every 2-3 weeks I’m going to do some freezer cooking on Saturday. That’s what I did this last Saturday and yesterday morning. Here is what I accomplished:

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of March 25th & Pasta Primavera

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It’s been awhile since I posted a Menu Plan, sorry. With my pregnancy being further along I’m focusing more on prepping for a baby and getting the nursery ready. I’ve still come up with a menu most weeks (but usually not until Tuesdays).

Menu Plan

Monday: Homemade Bread Bowls with Broccoli Cheddar Soup (I’m made it once, but I’m trying out the recipe again. I’ll post the bread bowl recipe later.)

Tuesday: Pasta Primevera (recipe below)

Wednesday: Chef’s Salad

Thursday: Grilling Hamburger’s (or leftovers)

Friday: Passover meal at our church

Saturday: Homemade Bread Bowls with Tomato Soup and Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Sunday: Dinner at my parents

 

Pasta Primavera

Ingredients

- 2 cups bow tie pasta

- 1 cup broccoli

- 1/2 cup sliced carrot

- 1/2 cup sliced celery

- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, cut into

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of February 11

Shrimp Cobb Salad

 

Salmon and shrimp were on sale last week – so that’s what is on the menu.

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Menu Plan

Monday: Salt and Pepper Salmon

Tuesday: Shrimp Cobb Salad (Cooking Light)

Wednesday: Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo (Cooking Light)

Thursday: Escarole, Bean, and Sausage Soup (Cooking Light)

Friday: White Pizza with Tomato and Basil

Saturday: KU Basketball Party – snack foods still TBD

Sunday: Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis

What are you planning this week? I’d love to check out your menu for inspiration. Just leave a comment and a link to your post!!

Don’t forget to check out my recipes tab for more meal ideas! You can also check out my other Menu Plan Monday posts or Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday Blog Hop!   See you tomorrow for the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!

 

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