Menu Plan Week of 9/1/2014 - Being Kind to Myself

If the September goals list looks like I've got a lot to tackle, keep in mind, I'm also practicing being kind to myself and our family.  We're going to be very busy in September with the boys in Kindergarten and starting to have homework.  They also started soccer and my husband has agreed to help coach the team.  Phoebe is back to school with 8th grade and has field hockey practice daily after school until 5PM (she's the only 8th grade goalie!).

This month we are focused on learning our new routines, keeping the calendar up-to-date and menu planning.  I'm still exercising but it may not be longer than 40 minutes.  I'm working on keeping up with the routine to work out, rather than focusing on a specific goal.  A friend wanted me to do a half marathon this fall, but I told her it would be a bad idea when I knew the craziness we would be going through this month.  I'm very glad I said "no" now that we are going through the mad rush of back-to-school.

It's also very warm this week here, which is odd.  We've had such a mild, cooler summer, but now that we're at the end of summer and the kids are in school, it's been very hot and humid.  This leaves us to have dinner options that are not very hot and steamy like soup, which is one of our favorite go-to easy meals in the fall.  We'll have plenty of time for that as we get into the cooler fall weather.  Enjoy the end of the summer and be kind to yourself!

Monday - Labor Day
Grilled chicken sausages with feta and spinach (from Reading Terminal Market in Philly - very yummy!), baked beans, corn on the cob and Caprese salad (mozzarella, tomato and basil)

Tuesday - everyone back to work and school
Shrimp kabobs (shrimp, onion, red and yellow peppers and zucchini) and brown rice

Bacon, lettuce, tomato and mozzarella sandwiches (bacon was also from Reading Terminal Market), leftover baked beans and corn on the cob

Thursday - Tom taking boys to soccer for 5:30PM
Hot dogs, french fries and other leftovers

Friday - thank goodness for the weekend!
Falafel, pita, cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes, and yogurt, dill and garlic dressing

Saturday - boys soccer game during late morning, running errands in afternoon
Homemade pizza, salad

Sunday - boys have a birthday party from 1 to 3PM
Not sure yet but something grilled and easy!


Yum, your list sounds tasty!
I'm loving your "lighter" meals. Making some mental notes for when it heats up properly around here.

One of my goals this month is also for all of us to get comfortable in our new routine!

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