Our New Year’s Sugar Fast & Weekly Meal Plan {No. 20}

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Sugar Fast

We’ve started this thing, where about once a year,  we go on a “sugar fast” of sorts.  In the past, we’ve always been a bit lenient, making such allowances as one day off each week, still eating honey or small amounts of other natural sweeteners or there’s my personal favorite, still eating, just a few, chocolate chips.  This year we decided to be all out sticklers & call it quits without any of our favorite exceptions, for a month that is {I’m not sure I’m ready to sign on to a lifetime of no sweets just yet!}.

Now granted, the majority of “sweets eating” we do in our house consists of homemade goodies that were made using more natural sweeteners such as honey or sucanat, but it is still so easy to get into a habit of overdoing it on the sweet stuff.  Our goal is to make it a month without any sweets or sugar, even in it’s natural form.  It’s been 5 days so far for us, so it’s a bit soon to predict how we’ll do, but we’re on our way!

I’ll try to post some periodic updates this month with how we’re doing & maybe even some tips for anyone who may be interested in doing their own little sugar fast.

Are you doing any diet change ups in the New Year?  I’d love to hear about it!  Please share below!

And now, on to what we’re serving up for supper this week…

weekly meal plan Suppers

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Aloha burgersAloha Burgers & salads {Yep, we grill in January!  I’ll try & pick a warmer day}

Cheesy Enchilada Casserole

Grilled Cheesy Beef & Vegetable Hash {Sometimes we move this one inside to the oven when it’s too cold to be grilling}

White Chicken Pizza



Chips & homemade salsa

Soaked walnuts & almonds


Weekly Meal Plan {No. 19}

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If it seems like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, I haven’t!  I’m still here!  When things start getting crazy, my blogging is definitely one of the first things to fall off the to-do list, so my apologies.  I’ve actually spent the last couple days thinking hard about my goals & plans for the New Year, & this blog is still high on my list of projects I’d like to continue!  Now my task is to do a better job scheduling my time…….still working on that ;).

One thing’s for sure though, meal planning is still a huge life-saver for our family.  Here’s what I’m planning to cook up this week…

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 Homemade Pizza & salads

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Carrots

BarradasBarradas & salads

Creamy Chicken with gnocchis & Broccoli


Cheese sticks, Carrots & Dill dip, Soaked & dried Almonds & Walnuts

January 2nd begins our annual “sugar fast”.  Pray for us! :)

Weekly Meal Plan {No. 18}

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Happy Thanksgiving week!!  I really love this time of year.  I love this holiday & that the focus is that of gratitude.  It’s definitely a struggle to not get carried away in all the other things & stuff that accompanies any holiday, especially the stress, but my prayer is that my heart & my mind would stay focused on thankfulness.  

Now on to meal planning! :)  Not sure how well we’ll stay on track with our meal plan this week with our travels to visit family & being back & forth, but I’m hoping by having it in place, I at least I won’t be worried about what’s for dinner when we are home to eat.

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Parmesan broiled tilapia fillets, salads & sauteed cucumbers

Steak fajitas & salads

Chicken fried rice & fruit

BLT sandwiches, salads & fruit

Potato chowder & carrot sticks


Cantaloupe & grapes

Chips & salsa

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread


Creamy Parmesan Tomato Basil Soup squared2


Chicken Salad

Weekly Meal Plan {No. 17}

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Sorry, not a lot of time for chit-chat today :(, hope your week is off to a fantastic start though!!


Meatloaf Sandwiches & Peas

Beef & Noodles, Carrots & Homemade bread {hubby’s birthday pick :)}

Cheeseburger Soup

Baked Steak & Cheddar Taquitos & Salads

Broiled Tilapia Fillets, Green Beans & Garlic Bread


Chocolate birthday cake

Pumpkin bread

Apples & Bananas

Soaked Almonds