What I Ate This Month & Meal Planning

I had such a wonderful weekend in Seattle with my girlfriend Heather. I had no idea Seattle had such an awesome downtown- the shopping, the restaurants, the market! Fabulous! We live about 50 miles south of downtown so we haven’t had a chance to visit much since we moved here almost a year ago. I am definitely going to start my list of places to try before we leave. Luckily we stayed in such a great location that we were able to walk everywhere- Pike’s Market was 4 blocks away, shopping started at 2 blocks away and all restaurants were visited by foot. I loved that we didn’t have to get in the car all weekend!

I briefly searched restaurants the week prior and I found one amazing review after another. So many to chose from! Ultimately I went with places that were in walking distance to the hotel and I thought they were all great, Palace Kitchen, the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar and Lola. If you ever find yourself passing through Seattle, make sure to research restaurants- the food is fantastic!

Today I am sharing what I ate this month at home via iphone pics…only because I think it’s fun to share ideas of regular meals that don’t make it on the blog. I also love doing this feature because I can get all these food photos off my phone and don’t have to spend time editing nice photos!!

A variety from breakfast, lunch and dinner!

1) Egg and spinach breakfast taco with fruit

2) Avocado on whole wheat toast with sliced hard boiled egg

3) Oatmeal with almond butter and bananas

4) Trader Joe’s Wheat berry and Spinach/Kale Salad

5) Cilantro Chicken and Potato Stew

6) Pre-dinner snack of crackers/cheese and raw veggies

7) Huge dinner salad bar

8) Italian halibut and avocado-lime slaw

9) Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna

10) Roasted veggies to go on top of pizza

11) Breakfast for dinner- Egg tacos on corn tortillas with homemade black beans

12) Turkey meatballs, roasted sweet potatoes and power slaw salad (clean out the fridge meal- delicious but random!)

13) Another assortment of leftovers- salad, pesto pasta, roasted potatoes and baked chicken

14) Quinoa and Lentil Soup (from my Bestowed box- great to keep on hand for quick-fix meals- high fiber, low sodium, fat and calories!)

15) Open-faced Falafel burger with Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad

16) Cheesey-Caramel popcorn from G.H.Cretors (bought at Costco- so amazing and dangerous!)

17) Chobani Bites Fig and Orange zest flavor


Last week I asked my kids to each plan one meal for this week’s menu so I gave them a pile of cooking magazines and let them choose. This is a great way to get your kids involved in cooking and nutrition and will hopefully encourage them to be try new dishes. I quickly planned the rest today so I could get this post up, but might have to modify things after I go through and see what we have on hand.

Meal Plan 


Chicken, Bean, Cheese and Guacamole Burritos, Cilantro-Jalapeno Slaw


Chicken Pot Pie Soup (chosen by my son)


Grilled Ribeye, Chimichurri, Smashed Garlic Potatoes, Fresh Artichokes (steak chosen by my daughter)


Salmon Cakes, Rainbow Swiss Chard


Leftovers, plus roasted sweet potatoes


Out for pizza


Have a great week everyone!

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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      That is funny! I have a feeling mine won’t like it, but the picture sure looked pretty. We’ll find out! :)

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Thanks Angela! I could eat burritos everyday I think- just change up the filling a bit. 😉

  1. Aggie says

    I always get so many great ideas from you!! I wanted to ask you what your favorite tortilla is, I usually get La Tortilla (low carb I think?) but I’ve been trying new ones.

    Your meals look great!! I want to try that falafel burger!

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Thanks Aggie! Ok, so Tortilla Land tortillas are the only ones I’ll buy now. They sent me a case a last year and I fell IN LOVE. Both the flour and corn are awesome. They are at limited stores but I can find them at Costco which is perfect because we go through quite a lot of tortillas! They are also at our Walmart. They are uncooked tortillas with no preservatives and are as close to homemade as you can get! They only take a couple minutes to cook up on the griddle and if we have fajita night, I’ll just make a dozen and keep them warm in a slightly damp towel in my tortilla warmer. They can be used as leftovers after that or you can make them fresh to order each time (which isn’t always ideal). You can check their website to see if any of the stores near you carry them and if not, there is a form you can print out and give to your store to request them to order. http://www.tortillaland.com
      Hope you find them! :)

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      I KNOW! It is so good! They were sampling it a couple weeks ago and that is when I had to have it. Of course everyone in the family loves it so we went through it pretty fast!

  2. says

    I love foodie trips! They are so much fun! I always take so many pictures of my food and all my friends/family make fun of me. Glad i’m not the only one who does it! These dishes look great – I’m visiting a friend in that area soon. I’ll have to take some of these ideas with me!
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