Menu Plan Monday: May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016

Mother’s Day weekend recap, Link Love, and this week’s Menu Plan Monday!

Nutritioulicious Menu Plan Monday week of May 9, 2016 including Vegetarian Lentil Bolognese over Polenta Cakes @jlevinsonrd, Sorghum Sweet Potato Salad with Kale Pesto @shelikesfood, Roasted Parmesan, Garlic and Lemon Asparagus @zenandspice, Roasted Broccoli and Radish Salad @jlevinsonrd, Coconut Lime Chicken @jlevinsonrd, Sweet Potato Salad @jlevinsonrd, and Healthy Baked Pesto Rigatoni @pinchofyum

I hope all you moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and celebration! Our weekend was jam-packed with family time. On Saturday my girls performed as Snow White in their annual dance recital, and I couldn’t have been more proud. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you saw the pic, but in case you didn’t, please indulge me (and forgive me!) for sharing again here!

Family Picture Dance Recital 2016 | meal plan monday

It was the first time Charlotte (in front of me in the pic above) was on stage and the second time for Sabrina. I still can’t get over how easily they went on stage in front of such a large audience – I never would have done that at their age! After their recital we took my sister out for her birthday, which was so much fun. She’s such an amazing aunt and my girls love her to pieces!

Sunday I woke up to homemade cards and gifts from my husband and the girls. I’m so excited for my Mother’s Day present this year – a Garmin activity tracker! I’m a little late to the game with this one, but I have needed to get back to moving more and I know this will help. Seeing how many (or few for that matter) steps I’m taking daily and getting buzzed to move more throughout the day is certainly motivational!

After gifts and breakfast we took the girls to soccer and then to get their first bicycles. I’ll let you in on a secret – I don’t know how to ride a bicycle! 😯  I’m excited for my girls to learn, but feel bad that I won’t be riding with them. We spent the afternoon with my parents, in-laws, and my grandparents – the girls are so lucky to have great grandparents around! It was indeed a special day – except for the few temper tantrums we had to deal with. Par for the course I guess!

The week is off to a nice start – the rain finally stopped and now we can enjoy some seasonal spring temperatures! I hope everyone has a fantastic week. Check below for some of my favorite educational and inspirational posts and delicious recipes from last week, and then get some menu planning inspiration with my menu plan below!


5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Family’s Diet Today! Part #1: Market Good Nutrition to Kids @ Meal Makeover Moms

⇒ Such a great series and Liz and Janice’s tips are spot on!

9 Things Dietitians Tell Their Kids About Food @ Keri Gans for US News & World Report

⇒ Find out my nutrition advice for my girls. What advice do you give to your kids?

Diets Don’t Work. But What Does? @ Avocado A Day Nutrition

⇒ So excited for Rachael and our colleagues Anne and Alex on the start of their Joyful Eating Program. Time to end fad diets and learn to lose & maintain weight in a healthy way. (And since Friday was No Diet Day, be sure to check out my post from last year, Diet Doesn’t Have to be a 4-Letter Word.)

Finding Myself This Mother’s Day @ Wee Westchester

⇒ The demands of motherhood and career are enough to make moms feel a loss of identity. I can absolutely relate with this post.

Overcoming Comparison – You Do You @ Shaw’s Simple Swaps

⇒ I love Liz’s openness and honesty sharing her feelings with her audience. The comparison game affects us all and it’s hard to break away from. My yoga teacher always says “you do you” on the mat and it certainly applies off the mat too!


58 Easy 30 Minute Meals for Busy Families @ The Cook’s Pyjamas

⇒ What family doesn’t need quick, easy, and nutritious meals?!

Habanero Jicama Guacamole @ The Grateful Grazer

⇒ I often serve jicama with guacamole for dipping, but never though to mix it in the guac itself!

All Purpose Roasted Salsa @ Food, Pleasure & Health

⇒ I love making my own salsa, but never though to roast the veggies first! Can’t wait to try it!

Loaded Tofu Tacos @ My Cape Cod Kitchen

⇒ Love this vegetarian alternative for taco night! Perfect for #MeatlessMonday!

3 Ingredient Tex-Mex Chicken Wings with Cilantro, Honey, & Lime @ Back to the Book Nutrition

⇒ I love wings and this marinade sounds delicious!

Chocolate Milk Ice Cubes @ Real Mom Nutrition

⇒ This is such a cute idea and I love that Sally’s son suggested it!

menu plan monday

Week of May 9, 2016

Monday: Vegetarian Lentil Bolognese over Polenta Cakes with Roasted Broccoli Radish Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Tuesday: Baked Salmon with Pomegranate Berry Sauce (leftover from Friday’s dinner), Roasted Parmesan, Garlic and Lemon Asparagus, and Sorghum Sweet Potato Salad (leaving out the white beans, cheese, & nuts and using Trader Joe’s Pesto)

Wednesday: Healthy Baked Pesto Rigatoni (using leftover TJ’s pesto) with Fennel Beet Arugula Salad

Thursday: Off Duty!

Friday: Coconut Lime Chicken with Shorty’s Cauliflower “Rice” and Sweet Potato Salad

What fun things did you do this weekend?

What’s on your menu this week?

Tweet me @JLevinsonRD with #DinnerTonight

Nutritioulicious Menu Plan Monday week of May 9, 2016 including Vegetarian Lentil Bolognese over Polenta Cakes @jlevinsonrd, Sorghum Sweet Potato Salad with Kale Pesto @shelikesfood, Roasted Parmesan, Garlic and Lemon Asparagus @zenandspice, Roasted Broccoli and Radish Salad @jlevinsonrd, Coconut Lime Chicken @jlevinsonrd, Sweet Potato Salad @jlevinsonrd, and Healthy Baked Pesto Rigatoni @pinchofyum

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  1. Love this! And, you need to come to SD stat then! I can teach you, and we can rent beach cruisers and ride away down the bay!! I can’t wait to see them on their bikes, I bet so cute!

    1. Thank you Maria! I’m so glad they are interesting and useful. I know I can never get enough menu plan inspiration, so I figure the same is true for others!

  2. That coconut lime chicken sounds amazing!

    The picture of your girls is so cute! My little girl tried dance but at the very first “holiday show” she got a major case of stage fright and stated she never wanted to dance again.

    1. Thanks so much Brynn! That chicken is one of our faves – delicious on the grill too! And thanks for the compliment on the girls. I am really amazed more kids didn’t have stage fright. Some of the kids were so little I felt bad for them their parents were in the back pushing them on the stage. Hopefully your daughter will find the activities she loves!

  3. Your girls are so precious! Love those little Snow White outfits :). It’s not too late to learn how to ride a bike – I bet you’d pick it up so quickly… you could learn along with the girls! Love the links. Thanks for sharing my tofu tacos!

    1. Thanks so much Jenny! I know you’re right it’s not too late – when we got the bikes for the girls my husband asked them for a bike for me. I’m embarrassed to admit I was really scared! I know it would be a great lesson for my girls to face my fears, but I’m not there yet!