Menu Plan Monday: October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

Find out what’s new at Small Bites by Jessica and get this week’s menu plan and link love!

Menu Plan Monday week of October 9, 2017 including Asian-Style Farro Buddha Bowl with Crispy Baked Tofu, Apple Tuna Salad, Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon, and Spinach Pear Salad with Goat Cheese @jlevinsonrd.

Latest Happenings:

Have you gotten on the pumpkin train yet this fall? The weather hasn’t felt much like it, but fall is technically here and I’m finally starting to embrace the change of seasons. Last week my girls and I started every morning with my latest recipe, Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal.

Topped with some low-fat plain or Greek yogurt, some fresh fruit, and a drizzle of maple syrup, it was a delicious and satisfying way to start the day. Plus, since it was made on Sunday, there was no morning rush to get breakfast made in time for the 7:34 AM school bus pickup!

If you’re ready to add some flavors of fall to your weekly menu plan, I hope you’ll give this new breakfast a try. Want to try some other pumpkin recipes? My Spiced Pumpkin Bread and Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes are also great breakfast options, and with Halloween coming up later this month, you and the kids may enjoy my Ravioli with Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Sauce.

I’d love to hear about your favorite fall pumpkin recipes. Share with me in the comments below or leave a comment on my Facebook page!

Link Love Articles:

20 Dairy and Soy-Free Products from Whole Foods @ The Baby Steps Dietitian

⇒ I’m personally very glad I don’t need to give up dairy foods, but if I did, this is a great resource for products to try.

It’s Okay When All Foods Don’t Fit @ Nutrition to Fit

⇒ I’m very much a believer that all foods can fit in a healthy and balanced diet. That is as long as there are no medical reasons to eliminate a food. That is Lindsey’s point in this great article.

Dietitian Confessions: 5 Food Rules I Break Because I’m Human @ Kiss in the Kitchen

⇒ Think dietitians follow their own advice 100% of the time? If you do, you must read my friend Shannon’s latest post. (FYI, I was nodding my head in agreement with many of these!)

Link Love Recipes:

Southwest Breakfast Burrito with Acorn Squash @ Food Faith Fitness

⇒ I love winter squash, but never think to use it in breakfast dishes. Do you?

Healthy Whole Grain Porridge @ Running on Real Food

⇒ Great rundown of different whole grains you can use to make hot cereal in the morning. I’m actually working on a fall quinoa breakfast bowl, so stay tuned for that soon!

Flourless Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Muffin Bites @ Kroll’s Korner

⇒ These look so hearty and delicious. Plus, I love some of the more surprising ingredients Tawnie includes!

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Latte @ Love & Zest

⇒ Ok, if you really can’t give up the PSL, but you also love the idea of my pumpkin spice baked oatmeal, this recipe will satisfy both cravings!

Menu Plan Monday is designed to inspire you to create your own menu plan for the whole family each week of the year. 

Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 9, 2017

Monday: 

Snack: Cheese stick and clementines

Lunch: Apple Tuna Salad with whole grain crackers, peppers & cucumbers/tomatoes, extra apple slices

Dinner: Asian-Style Farro Buddha Bowl with Crispy Baked Tofu (included roasted broccoli, brussels sprouts, parsnips, sweet potatoes, & butternut squash)

Tuesday: 

Snack: Yogurt pouch and pomegranates

Lunch: Leftover Buddha bowl with tofu

Dinner: Mushroom lentil veggie burger with Spinach Pear Salad with Goat Cheese

Wednesday: 

Snack: Spreadable cheese with cucumber slices and popcorn cakes

Lunch: Leftover mushroom lentil veggie burgers, veggies, & Asian pear

Dinner: Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon with Zucchini, Corn, & Tomatoes and brown rice

Thursday: 

Snack: NO SCHOOL

Lunch: NO SCHOOL

Dinner: Leftover salmon

Friday: 

Snack: NO SCHOOL

Lunch: NO SCHOOL

Dinner: Roasted chicken with figs and onions, Cauliflower popcorn, and Roasted delicata and acorn squash

What’s on your menu plan this week?

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  1. A balanced diet is certainly something should strive for – ie: being able to eat ALL the foods, in moderation. However, I am one of those people who sadly has to cut whole food groups out – however, I have lived like this for what feels like eons, so I don’t miss anything I cannot eat anymore!

    1. GiGi, that’s exactly how I feel about it. I’m sure at first it was not easy to have to eliminate certain foods, but when you have no choice due to medical reasons you figure it out.