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What I Ate Wednesday and A Menu Planning Challenge

I’m joining Jenn at Peas and Crayons for another week of What I Ate Wednesday. The theme for the month is fall into good habits. One of the habits I’m trying not to continue falling into is the snacking hour right after I get home from work. I’m not even hungry but for some reason during that small part of the day I am compelled to snack. This week I’m coming home from work and immediately keeping myself busy. A 15 minute stretch, computer, a short yoga session…whatever it takes to stay busy.

On the menu for Monday, September 17

I made Pumpkin Butter from Skinny Taste. The fragrance throughout the house while it simmered was reason enough to make this. Fall is in the air!

Breakfast: Pumpkin Protein Overnight Oats. Another recipe from Skinny Taste that I tweaked to add protein.

A.M. Snack: One of my favorites, a Cranberry Almond Kind Plus.

Lunch: Yes. Another meal with my latest obsession, Salad-In-A-Jar. This is an Asian Salad with Broccoli Slaw and I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite. I’m still amazed by how long the veggies stay fresh! Curious to know more about Salad-In-A-Jar? Check out my 5 Tips for Making Salad-In-A-Jar post.

P.M. Snack: Remember the snacking hour I mentioned? This is it. No. I wasn’t hungry but I snacked on Mary’s Gone Crackers anyway. Love the herb flavor!

Dinner:  A new burger recipe from FatFree Vegan Kitchen. A Savory Lentil Mushroom Burger on one slice of toasted Ezekiel with red onion, romaine, almond cheese, mustard and ketchup. Oh and more Mary’s Gone Crackers.

Speaking of on-the-menu. How about a challenge?

Laura of Mommy Run Fast and I have teamed up to host a menu planning challenge and link-up for the month of October.

The basic idea?

To encourage and hold each other accountable as we purposefully plan out regular, weekly meal menus.

The goals?

To serve healthier food, manage grocery budgets, and put meals on the table throughout the week with ease.

How does the challenge work?
  • Every Sunday morning at Mommy Run Fast and Fitness, Health and Happiness, you can expect to find our meal plans for the week, including a menu planning template, recipe links and/or a new recipe. There may also be a bonus challenge to incorporate a specific recipe or ingredient into your menu.
  • For those who don’t blog, the link-up will be a great place for you to find menu inspiration and recipes and you can use the other social media options list below.
Stay accountable with all of some of the following: 
  • Use the Twitter hashtag #whatsfordinner to join in at any time with other challenge participants. We’ll share recipes and ideas, let each other how we’re doing, and chat healthy  meals in general. (Our twitter handles are @mommyrunfaster and @jillconyers)
  • Use the Instagram hashtag #whatsfordinner to share photos of your food (preparing, grocery shopping, eating, etc.) (Follow @jillconyers and @mommyrunfast)

Want to join? Sign up here! (No worries if you can’t link up every week)

We will begin on Sunday, September 30th.  For the month of October, there will be weekly prizes drawn from the comments, links, and tweets.

Prizes for week one will be drawn from comments, tweets and shares.  You can tweet the following, or write your own:

Join the October What’s for Dinner link up from @jillconyers and @mommyrunfast on Sundays! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/Uc8mmE

We’re excited to see share ideas and support each other- hope you can join us by linking up, or read along and get inspired!

Not sure about menu planning? Check out the Benefits of Menu Planning to help you decide.