Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

I have to be honest, this past weekend may very well have been one of the least exciting weekends in a long time. Nathan had to work, I had to work, and Friday night was spent exploring Costco thanks to our LivingSocial deal. If that doesn’t sound like an old married couple, I don’t know what does! So because the highlights of my weekend included a brief dinner outing Saturday night and sitting my butt on the sofa yesterday, I decided I’d jump on the pumpkin wagon and share some of my favorite pumpkin recipes and the ones I can’t wait to make.

Pumpkin Pancakes Nosh and Nourish

Pumpkin Pancakes – Nosh and Nourish

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins Eating Bird Food

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins – Eating Bird Food

Pumpkin Pie Butter Cups Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Pumpkin Pie Butter Cups – Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Protein Pumpkin Bars Moni Meals

Protein Pumpkin Bars – Moni Meals

And if you need even more of an excuse to start some pumpkin spicing it up in the kitchen, Taylor from Lifting Revolution wrote a great post last week about the nutritional benefits of pumpkin spice [and included a killer recipe!] My Trader Joe’s hadn’t gotten their pumpkin shipment in the last time I checked but you better believe I’ll be stocking up as soon as they do.. along with everyone else! But hey, I’ve got a list to make my way through and I think you should do the same.

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Chipotle balsamic chicken with grilled romaine, caramelized onions, and blistered tomatoes
Monday – Rotisserie chicken [Costco what what!] with maple sriracha brussels sprouts
TuesdayGreek Chicken Souvlaki and Cauli Rice Plates with Marinated Veggies – Half Baked Harvest
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Roasted chicken thighs & roasted eggplant with turmeric yogurt sauce
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

Have you jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon yet?
What’s on your menu this week?

Link Love #43

In all of my home craziness, I missed the chance to share my favorite posts last week so this week I’m going to share a little extra! And let’s throw a few more pictures in there too, shall we? 🙂

Health

Who Are You To Be Successful And Fabulous Lifting Revolution

Who Are You To Be Successful And Fabulous? – Lifting Revolution

Who Are You To Be Successful And Fabulous? – Lifting Revolution
Choose FOOD, Not Drugs, For Weight Loss – Slim Sanity
Meal Planning & Intuitive Eating – Mindful Meals
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle When Life Gets Busy – Perfection Isn’t Happy

The Boxed Lunch Or You Cant Have It All Kath Eats Real Food

The Boxed Lunch, Or You Can’t Have It All – Kath Eats Real Food

The Boxed Lunch, Or You Can’t Have It All – Kath Eats Real Food
Why I’m Transitioning Away From Veganism… – The Blonde Vegan
How to Use Micro-Goals to Blast Away Fat – Workout Nirvana

Fitness

Justins Sweaty Workout Jessie Loves 2 Run

Justin’s Sweaty Workout – Jessie Loves 2 Run

Justin’s Sweaty Workout – Jessie Loves 2 Run
Top 5 Body Weight Workouts – Blonde Ponytail
power of two 18 minute leg burning workout purely training #67 – Purely Twins

Afternoon Energizing Stretch Fitnessista

Afternoon Energizing Stretch – Fitnessista

Afternoon Energizing Stretch – Fitnessista
1776 Rep Workout – Lifting Revolution
RUNNER’S GUIDE: 8 Tips for Road Runners – PFITblog
Join me for Strength and Sweat! A Plyometric Workout You can Do Anywhere – Cotter Crunch

Food

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles Inspiralized

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles – Inspiralized

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles – Inspiralized
Blueberry Flax Superfood Smoothie – Fit Foodie Finds
Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp – Edible Perspective
Toasted Coconut Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee – Ari’s Menu

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies The Lean Green Bean

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Brownies – The Lean Green Bean

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Brownies – The Lean Green Bean
Blissful Blueberry Oat Cobbler Healthy Bites – Cotter Crunch
Quick Honey Ginger Pineapple and Summer Veggie Chicken Stir Fry with Caramelized Cashews – Half Baked Harvest
apple trifle with bourbon whipped cream + caramel drizzle – Climbing Grier Mountain

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past 2 weeks?

My First Attempt at Meal Planning

Happy Monday! Hopefully you’re all as lucky as Nathan to have off for the holiday. I know I’m happy to have him around for an extra day!

Saturday we planned on loading up on groceries and really stocking up our fridge and pantry with some of the basics. I’d say between Sam’s Club and Berkeley Bowl, we did a pretty darn good job. I also made my very first meal plan for the week [Saturday-Friday] so we had a pretty definitive list to go by which was so helpful! In between all of the shopping, we stopped for lunch at Pyramid Alehouse.

Pyramid Brewing Co

It isn’t a brew pub trip if there isn’t a flight of beer!

After lunch, we walked around a bit to explore the area and just so happened to have walked by San Francisco Creamery Co. I’m a sucker for homemade ice cream so I had to convince Nathan to split their smallest size of Apple Pie ice cream with me. Their sizes were described as “the size of a baseball or the size of a softball.” Holy moly that was the tastiest baseball I’ve ever had!

San Francisco Creamery Co Apple Pie

Chock full of pie crust and chunks of apple!

We finished stocking up on groceries for the day and made our way home for a relaxing rest of the day and a night in. I was excited to get started on dinner since it was the first night of my weekly menu! I had so much fun putting the menu together from all of my pins and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out.

SaturdayBaked Turkey Meatballs with leftover pesto gouda smashed potatoes & zucchini noodles

Joy the Baker Baked Turkey Meatballs Zucchini Noodles Pesto Gouda Smashed PotatoesThe other day I found a spicy smokey chipotle bbq sauce from Marshall’s for $1. I figured if it was terrible, it was only $1, but we both loved it! I adjusted the meatball recipe to make bbq meatballs instead of tomato sauce and this dinner was a big hit!

Sunday – Roast chicken, roasted potatoes & broccoli, & pea shoots.

Roasted Chicken Potatoes Broccoli Pea Shoots

We originally planned on doing a whole roasted chicken at home but since we were going to Sam’s Club anyway, we couldn’t pass up the $5 roast chicken. All the deliciousness and none of the work 😉 And we were so happy to find pea shoots at the store and they were stupidly easy to make and so light and tasty. We will definitely be loading up on these again!

Monday – Roasted portabello tacos with spicy mango slaw & chunky guacamole.
TuesdaySlow cooker ginger and orange glazed pot roast with roasted asparagus & potatoes.
WednesdayPretzel crusted chicken and brussels sprouts with wheat berries & dried cranberries. – Nathan isn’t a big quinoa fan and I love the extra bite that wheat berries have. I’m excited for this one!
ThursdayJamaican jerk chicken, fried plantain, & coconut fried quinoa with macadamia nuts. – He is definitely excited for this one and has been asking when I’m going to make it since I first showed him the recipe!
FridayCauliflower crust pizza. – I’ve seen so many recipes for this but have yet to try it. Friday is pizza night, right?

That’s a lot of food! I’m well aware that we might have to take a look mid-week and decide if we’re going to swap one or two recipes out for a night of leftovers, but hey, it’s only the first week of this and it’s been successful so far. I also want to make sure there are plenty of leftovers for Nathan to take to work with him for lunches and it definitely looks like he will. I’m pretty darn excited to get cooking this week!

I also have to mention how excited I am about my special delivery on Friday!

A Loving Spoon Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut ButterNot only is this peanut butter incredible, but so are the story and the girl behind the company. I’m so excited to have won a sample of it and I can’t wait to try other flavors. Thanks, Sarah!

This is going to be a good week, I can feel it 🙂

Food for Thought

What is your dessert weakness?
Are you a weekly meal-planner?