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Well-Rounded Dinner Ideas

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Our Weekly Cadence – 2023 November 5th-18th

Hey there, lovely readers! Welcome back to ‘Our Weekly Cadence,’ where we invite you to join us in the heart of our home. We have created a list of well-rounded dinner ideas for the next few weeks. Daylight savings time has arrived and our dinners are darker and cozier. Henceforth, we are adding in more fall produce to our diets and trying to balance healthy, nutritious meals with satisfying, cozy options. As such, we also have some baking and batch cooking to do to give us options to cook with throughout the next few weeks.

Biweekly Meal Ideas for Well-Rounded Eating

Holidays are starting to infiltrate our mindset now that Halloween has come and gone. It’s darker at dinner, the weather is colder and we are craving cozy foods. However, we don’t want to go comfort-cozy crazy, so we came up with what we think is a well-rounded meal plan. Whether you’re craving a hearty soup, fresh seafood, or a mouthwatering pizza, we’ve got you covered for the next two weeks. Furthermore, we created a variety of school and workday lunch suggestions that incorporate leftovers. And we also have some scrumptious breakfast options.

photo of a well-rounded dinner idea: a large dutch oven with lid to side showcasing minestrone soup with tortellini, carrots, lima beans, swiss chard and purple potatoes

Well-Rounded Dinner Ideas:

Lunch Ideas

School Lunches

  • Nut butter sandwich, chips and apple
  • Pepperoni, cheese, pea crisps and side salad
  • Tuna salad with water crackers and pickles
  • Leftover tostados
  • Leftover turkey sausage and pancakes
  • Pita bread, hummus and veggie sticks
  • Boiled egg with bread, olive oil and pickled veggies
  • Homemade yogurt ranch dressing and chopped salad
  • Chocolate granola with yogurt and fruit

Workday Lunch Ideas

  • Leftover pizza
  • Leftover minestrone soup
  • Leftover pasta
  • Leftover tostados
  • Tuna nicoise salad
  • Leftover chili
  • Leftover chowder
  • Grilled cheese
  • Leftover brats
  • Chopped salad

Breakfast Meal Ideas

Meal Planning Tips – Batch Cooking Early in the Week

We have quite a bit of batch cooking to tackle these next few week. Cooking batch/bulk items helps us utilize what we have and gives us flexible easy options for things to add to our meals during the week. Here’s what we are up to making batches of the next few weeks:

  • Pinto beans – making large batch of refried beans to have on hand for tostados, breakfast tacos, bean dip etc.
  • Quick Pickles we have some radishes we need to use and these are great for our tostado meals as well as school lunches
  • Butternut squash – processing some for our pasta night, then saving some for our turkey chili, and freeze whatever we have left
  • Homemade Yogurt – we use this in many of our baking items (like adding to pancake batter, coffee cake or brownies) as well as breakfasts and school lunches or snacks
  • Chocolate granola – this will help us with some easy breakfasts (either adding milk or yogurt)

Baking & Treats

Like batch cooking, having baked goods on hands also helps give us excess items that can be used again in a separate meal or as a snack. These next few weeks we plan to bake the following:

Until Next Time! Enjoy These Well-Rounded Weekly Ideas

Enjoy our well-rounded dinner ideas and stay tuned for more meal ideas and DIY natural living. Until next time, enjoy this wonderful time of year and take some time to live simply! And please drop us a comment of what you’d like to see more of in the future.

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