Menu Plan Monday: December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016

Latest happenings at Small Bites by Jessica, this week’s Link Love, and Menu Plan Monday!

Nutritioulicious Menu Plan Monday week of December 12, 2016 including Sesame Roasted Broccoli and Spaghetti Squash Lasagna @foodiephysician, Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans @damndelicious, and Salmon Waldorf Salad and Citrus Fennel Salad @jlevinsonrd.

Latest Happenings:

Does anyone else feel like this month is flying by?! Today my daughters received an email invitation for a friend’s birthday party, which is taking place on the same day as their 5th birthday party. And guess what? I hadn’t sent out the invites to their party yet! I went into a tailspin trying to get it together lest my children’s friends are all already booked up and can’t attend. Thankfully some friends already responded so I can breathe a sigh of relief, but it’s just one example of how nutty this time of year is and I am sure many of you can relate!

Ok, so that had nothing to do with nutrition or food, but just a glimpse into my crazy life right now. Now we can move on to more interesting things like this week’s Link Love, which includes some great articles to help you get through this hectic and food-filled holiday season (clearly I need to re-read the “me-time” post below!) and recipes you don’t want to miss. Check them out below followed by this week’s lunch and dinner menu plan.

Hope you all have a great – and not too chaotic – week!


Supporting “Me-Time” & Kicking Guilt to the Curb @ McDaniel Nutrition

⇒ During this hectic time of year it’s important to remember to practice self-care, and it’s a great goal for going into the New Year as well.

How to Avoid the Diet Trap This Festive Season @ What’s for Eats

⇒ The holidays are no time to diet, so sit back, relax and enjoy all the holiday delights with these 7 tips.

Family Mealtime Rules to Live By @ Just the Right Byte

⇒ Jill always has the best advice when it comes to feeding kids and I couldn’t agree more with the rules she shares in this post.


Pomegranate Vinaigrette @ Joy. Food. Sunshine.

⇒ You know I love pomegranates and all their health benefits and pomegranate dressing. Love the addition of maple syrup in this one.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese @ The Domestic Dietitian

⇒ I am amazed at how easy it is to use homemade ricotta! I need to give it a try myself and then make my Ricotta Berry Oatmeal Cups using it!

Cauliflower Latkes @ Nutrition Starring You

⇒ Potato latkes, aka pancakes, are a staple Jewish food at Hanukkah. I for one have never been a latke fan, but this healthier makeover using cauliflower is totally up my alley!

Avocado Toast with Pomegranate Salsa @ Dishing Out Health

⇒ Another great recipe using those delicious pop-in-your-mouth pomegranate seeds! I think this is another appetizer for the New Year’s party list!

Menu Plan Monday | Nutritioulicious

Menu Plan Monday: Week of December 12, 2016


Lunch: Apple Soybutter Sandwich Skewers, veggie slices, and GG’s chocolate

Dinner: Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans and Sesame Roasted Broccoli


Lunch: Tuna Edamame Salad with cucumber slices and orange smiles

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna w Citrus Fennel Salad


Lunch: No school – parent teacher conferences

Dinner: Leftover spaghetti squash lasagna


Lunch: Veggie burgers, cheese stick, veggies, and fruit Leftover spaghetti squash lasagna (we had so much!)

Dinner: Salmon Waldorf Salad with Citrus Yogurt Vinaigrette

Friday: Ropa Vieja over brown rice Cauliflower Burnt Rice

How is your holiday season going so far?

What’s on your menu this week?

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Nutritioulicious Menu Plan Monday week of December 12, 2016 including Sesame Roasted Broccoli and Spaghetti Squash Lasagna @foodiephysician, Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans @damndelicious, and Salmon Waldorf Salad and Citrus Fennel Salad @jlevinsonrd.

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  1. December is totally flying by and like it’s been for you, pretty crazy for me too! Hopefully we can take a little break to enjoy our upcoming birthdays 🙂 Any special plans? I know Pete’s been planning something but so far he’s keeping it a secret. Enjoy all of your yummy meals this week. Thanks for the love!

    1. I can’t wait to hear what Pete’s planning for your birthday! I hope you have a fantastic celebration – wish we could cheers to our birthdays together! I have a big birthday this year (35!) so Andy is making me a party. Was supposed to have a 30th bday party, but then I was 8 months pregnant with the girls so we postponed it. Hope you have a great week Sonali!

    1. Thanks Brynn. I’m so glad to know that these menu plan posts are useful to people! Hope you’ve been having a great week as well!