In case you’re completely out of the loop, TGSIIAFWEIDKWIWFLSHBISIT3AG stands for, “Thank goodness spring is in a few weeks, except I don’t know when it will feel like spring here, because it’s still in the 30’s and gloomy.” Is that not something you say where you live? I can really feel the weather getting to me. My energy is low, I’m constantly sleepy, and I just feel blah. Sometimes all of the vitamin D, B, and artificial sun just don’t cut it. I know this can’t last forever, and that’s my dangling carrot. It’s very cliche, but I like, “This too shall pass,” because, well- it will. Whatever you have going on that isn’t perfect/ideal/stress-free will be over before you know it. I like setting mini milestones to break up monotony, and to give me something to focus on. Even if it’s just, “I have a bunch of lame errands to run today, but tonight’s dinner is going to be so good…I can’t wait.” And then, boom…another Monday in the books.

Monday: Pasta with Creamy Dairy Free Vodka Sauce– vegan, gluten free if you use g-free pasta- This recipe calls for you to make your own tomato puree, but in the interest of time, just buy organic tomato puree. If you consume dairy, use whatever milk you have. If you don’t consume dairy, use whatever plant-based milk you have. If you don’t want to use vodka, replace with more milk, water, or broth…although, this changes the distinct flavor of vodka sauce…all of the alcohol will cook off, so this is kid friendly.

Tuesday: Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken– This can easily be made in the crockpot. If you’re gluten free, please read the label on your chipotles in adobo sauce…many contain wheat. This chicken can be used for tacos, burritos, salad…

Wednesday: Eggs Benedict on Polenta Cakes– Gluten free and vegetarian- To save time, buy polenta logs (like the recipe calls for) and pesto. You can also make your own polenta, and chill it in a pan, so it hardens. If you’re dairy free, try making this hollandaise recipe: Coconut Oil Hollandaise Sauce. If you buy a packet of hollandaise, read the ingredients. Spice and sauce packets normally contain gluten.

Thursday: Coconut Curry Shrimp with Spicy Peanut Noodles– Gluten free if you use g- free noodles and liquid aminos,wheat free  tamari, or coconut aminos instead of soy. You can use whatever protein you want, or to make vegetarian, replace the protein with lots of vegetables. You can sub almond butter for the peanut butter, if you skip peanuts. I also like to do a mix of pasta, zoodles, and/or Miracle Noodles so I can eat more 🙂

Friday: Leftovers/Go out/Try something new

Saturday: Spicy Brazilian Burrito Bowls– Gluten free and vegetarian, to make vegan replace the sour cream/yogurt with plant based yogurt or coconut cream.

Sunday: Greek Chicken Souvlaki– This is my favorite kind of recipe…perfect or a Sunday. To save time, buy Tzatziki and flatbread. Another time saver is to cut the rice, and just eat this with flatbreat/pita/naan.


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