Healthy Meal Planning: Weekly Dinner Menu #74 [Kitchen Renovation Edition]

It has been so many weeks, and I apologize for my absence!  Instead of make excuses for the time that’s passed, I will just tell you that I’m back now and my kitchen is 90% done!  I wanted to post some pictures, but feel like I’d rather wait until it’s all done so you can see the completely finished product.  I will show you the bookshelf off my island (you may have seen it on instagram), which I love!

Healthy Meal Planning: Weekly Dinner Menu #74 [Kitchen Renovation Edition]- Weekly links to healthy and easy recipes to make meal planning easier for you and your family.

We are living back in the room though! I have the couch/tv hooked up, dining room table, and most kitchen appliances.  It’s also CLEAN.. as in, there is no dust, at all, which is an incredible luxury that I have missed.

The part we are waiting on are the countertops, which I’m hoping to have in the next few weeks. This is holding me back from a cooktop, which… ughhh, is quite the pain in the butt.  My “countertops” are currently plywood with a plastic tablecloth on top which, you know, sucks. However, all of the other normal kitchen components are in place, and I’ve been making the oven work for several things I would have normally done on the stove top (i.e. the corny salmon cakes below). I SO MISS eggs and pasta though.  The first week I have my cooktop we will be eating eggs every morning and pasta every night.  I also have really missed recipe creating for the blog, which I’ve had to pretty much give up during the reno.  Even though I had some methods of cooking available, dealing with most of my cooking utensils/small appliances/spices in boxes made it far too annoying. Not to mention all the dust, everywhere, just made cooking really difficult. So stay tuned! Recipes are coming back and the pictures will be way better with my new skylight!!<3

Here were this weeks meals, enjoy!

Healthy Meal Planning: Weekly Dinner Menu #74 [Kitchen Renovation Edition]

Sunday- Out to Eat at Wegmans– But we seriously did! My parents were in town so we went to the Wegmans Pub where I had a delicious bowl of squash soup. I would definitely recommend it if you’re local!

Monday- Turkey Cutlets with cranberry sauce, alexia fries, and peas- This was supposed to be turkey Panini’s but my bread went bad so we improvised.  I baked turkey cutlets with a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper, and then topped it with this cranberry sauce from Wegmans which we enjoy. I usually make my own cranberry spread with frozen cranberries and a little bit of honey for sandwiches. I much prefer that because this canned sauce actually has a lot of sugar.  But during the renovation it’s been a decent substitution, especially when only a tiny bit is used on the sandwich bread. I’m not a huge gravy fan, but of course feel free to use that instead!

Tuesday- Mac & Cheese with lentils and side of green salad- This was a crazy day so I bought pre-made mac & cheese from the Wegmans hot bar and added cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s to it to make the nutrition a little bit better.  This was an ultimate hack because I had a “homemade” meal without cooking anything.  I likely would have cooked both of those things if I had a cooktop.

Wednesday- One Pan Lemon Parmesan Pecan Crusted Chicken with Asparagus– we loved this one!! I halved the recipe since it was just two of us, and it was a good amount for a few leftovers.  I will definitely be making this again, and it was so great that it all cooked in one pan.

Thursday- Pulled Pork Primavera with green salad- I also halved this recipe since it was only two of us.  I love this recipe because the veggies really do just dissolve into the meat, so it’s a great way to sneak them in if you have picky little ones (or husbands).

Friday- Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas with toppings (plain Greek yogurt, avocado, diced tomato, and more salsa) – As you may already know from past posts, I love this meal.  It’s so easy, and the toppings make the meal, don’t leave them out. I also add a little bit of cheese into each enchilada, in addition to just on the top.  It adds more calories, but I feel like it’s worth it :)

Saturday- Corny Salmon Cakes (hers) / Hot Dogs (his + dog) +  Roasted Seasoned Winter Squash Medley — so, I don’t think in almost 8 years together that I have ever made Dan hot dogs.  I am all for moderation, but I do try to avoid highly processed meat as much as possible. I found a nitrate-free pack of them this week and decided to allow him a special treat.  The funny thing was that Bauer has also never had hot dogs and was SO interested.  He would not leave Dan’s side, and had a necklace of drool hanging from his chin (seriously so gross).  He did get half of a hot dog at the end, which he ate in about 3 seconds. I think it was a success. I LOVE the squash dish as well.  I usually just use butternut squash if it’s all I have on hand, and it still works without a doubt.


  1. Liz says:

    This all sounds yummy! I have a bag of frozen butternut squash. Do you think I could I use that to make the seasoned squash? Or would be too mushy because it’s wet? Do you use fresh or frozen? Thanks, Liz

    • Jump, Jive & Kale! says:

      Hi Liz! I use fresh but I think you totally could! Maybe just thaw it a day before and drain it pretty well. It should still work fine :)

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