What We’re Eating 4/24-5/2

Hey! I know it’s been a hot second since I’ve updated the good ol’ blog, but frankly I’ve been feeling uninspired and I don’t want to post when I have nothing to write about! That being said, I’d like to get back into the habit of sharing our weekly meal plans to help inspire you in the kitchen! I’ll be sharing what we are eating and how I try to make each meal a little healthier. As you hopefully know by now, my husband has a strong love for calzones, so every Friday we will continue to eat them until we are sick of them. I doubt that will happen!

This week we are eating:

  • Burrito bowls  — We don’t add the cheese and skip the corn salsa. What is so great about these tasty bowls is you can customize them however you’d like and they still taste fantastic.
  • Thai Chicken Meatballs — Serve these up on top of brown rice and with roasted broccoli. I try and lighten these up a bit more by using light coconut milk and whole wheat breadcrumbs.
  • Asian Salmon — I know I’ve shared this recipe before but it is worth sharing again! It comes together quickly, which makes this an easy weeknight meal. Serve with quinoa or brown rice on the side for some complex carbs.
  • Calzones — Made with this whole wheat crust. Pick your toppings and stuff them in the crust and bake! Our favorite toppings are mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and turkey sausage. And cheese, of course.
  • BBQ Chicken Salads — Does this salad scream summer, or what?!
  • One Pan Lemon Chicken with Brussels sprouts and butternut squash — The sauce makes this dish!


What are you eating this week?

My Favorite Weeknight Meals

I have a mountain of recipe books (thanks family!). I have pinned countless recipes on my Pinterest page. But for some reason I like to come back to some of my favorite weeknight dinner meals over and over again.

Some of the reasons why I come back to the same ol’, same ol’ recipes is because of a couple of things:

  • Ease – I have to be able to whip up the recipe quickly, or be able to prepare it ahead of time. With crock pot meals I’m able to chop up everything the night before and before I head to work all I do is dump the ingredients in the pot and turn the crock pot on! Trust me, you want to make sure you turn your crock pot on. I’ve come home to raw food before and it’s as disappointing as you think it is.
  • Healthy – or mostly healthy. Gotta have a punch of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. I might have to add these on my own whether it be adding a veggie, subbing brown rice for white rice, or adding in some avocado.
  • Adaptability – Don’t have an ingredient on hand? No problem. It won’t make or break the recipe.
  • Husband approved – Mitchell has only disliked one meal I’ve cooked our entire marriage, so we are a-okay in that department… for now.🙂

Here are some of my favorites:

Crispy Baked Asian Salmon | iowagirleats.com


What are your favorite go to meals?

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday! Does anyone feel like this week flew by? We have a busy weekend planned but you can bet your bottom dollar I will be running outside Saturday morning because it will be a balmy 55 degrees where we live. No matter how long I live in Indiana I will never get used to the crazy weather patterns.

I’m kicking off this Friday with some of my favorite things around the internet and I hope you enjoy!

Favorite Nutrition Post: Should everyone go gluten free? This RD has hit a lot of good points for why some people are hopping on the gluten free bandwagon and why it’s working. I agree with her points whole heatedly; if you switch from eating crappy, highly processed foods to a diet full of healthy foods rich in nutrients, of course you’re going to see change!

Favorite Funny: Pictures you can relate to if you’re a dog owner. Yes to all of them! Specifically the post about referring every dog as a puppy. Jerry will always be our puppy.

That all dogs are puppies:

Favorite Sweet: 46 Cookies of the World! Holy cow, just reading about all of them seeing how beautiful each cookie is makes me want to a whip up a batch of cookies.

Favorite Recipe: Thai Chicken Meatballs. My husband asks for these on a weekly basis. We serve ours with a side of roasted broccoli and a scoop of brown rice. Top with drizzle of Sriracha!

Favorite Travel Guide: Nomadic Matt’s Europe guide . I have been Googling what to pack and what the “must-see” sights are for Europe since last summer (no joke, we’ve had this trip planned for years) and I feel slightly overwhelmed… what did you take to Europe? What are your favorite places? Help!

Favorite Cocktail: The Manhattan. Maybe it’s the fact we are headed to NYC in just a few short weeks. Maybe it’s the fact I love a good maraschino cherry. But don’t these looks fantastic? I bet they taste even better.

Manhattan Drink -- all you need are 3 ingredients to make a classic Manhattan cocktail | gimmesomeoven.com


Happy weekend!


What are your plans this weekend?


2016 Resolutions & What We’re Eating 1/4- 1/11

Happy first day back to work in 2016! Yikes. Today hit me like a ton of bricks and I am not prepared for a full week of work! Since 2016 is in full swing I decided to talk a little about New Year’s Resolutions.

Everyone has the best intentions for the new year. While I love the enthusiasm of everyone jumping on the healthy bandwagon, I have to say; I hate resolutions (and yet, I still set some for myself). I firmly believe if you want to make a change in your life, that you’ll do it when the time is right. If you feel inclined to set a goal for yourself in the middle of the night, the end of the summer, or right now – you’re ready. If you feel like you’re not ready to follow a plan to achieve that goal, don’t do it. You’re only setting yourself up for failure.

So, what are my resolutions? Mine are pretty open-ended. At the end of every year I’m just hopeful that I’m a better person than I was last year (cheesy but true).

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods. I admit it. I get stuck in the biggest ruts when it comes to eating. I have eaten the same breakfasts for months now (avocado toast!). There are so many healthy ways to start the day I need to make more of an effort.

Homemade cereal!

  • Be in the moment. Put down my darn phone and BE ALL THERE.
  • Spend more time with my husband. Yep, I live with the guy, but gosh darn it, work sure gets in the way of being with each other. More meals together, more date nights, etc.
  • Experience new cultures. We have booked our flights to Europe and we are going to experience the crap out of every city we see.

Since we are starting a brand new year, how about a meal plan to kick off 2016? Like I said, I want more variety of healthy foods so we are steering into the unknown and new-to-me recipes this week.


What are you eating this week?

What are your 2016 resolutions/goals/intentions?


What’s Cooking: Holiday Edition

Even though Mitchell and I spend our holidays bouncing around from family to family and house to house and never formally host a party  (unless it’s for our friends — I’ll get to that later) we still manage to cook and bake as if we were hosting!

Today I’m sharing with you what we have made thus far this holiday season and what we are planning to make for this week’s festivities!

Sunday we went to our annual family bunch (which I totally look forward to all year because, um, it’s BRUNCH) and we contributed Pumpkin Coffee Cake. It’s become a favorite in our household — I’ve made it no less than 6 times since October. I doubled the recipe to feed the crowd and let’s just say, it could have stayed in the oven a little longer. However, it was still scrumptious!

That night I longed for something not quite as sweet. Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas fell off our menu last week and onto Sunday (which I’m not complaining) due to some unripe avocados *whomp whomp*. Prepped and cooked within 30 minutes, my favorite kind of meal.

Last night we kept things light and dined on one of our favorite big salads (Seinfeld, anyone?): Chinese Chicken Salad. Totally hit the spot and wasn’t too heavy at all.

Chinese Chicken Salad - Restaurant quality that you can easily make right at home, except it's healthier and a million times tastier!

Today I’m headed to my Christmas work party where I’m bringing Peppermint Mocha Cookies.  I sampled one last night after I made them and they have just the perfect amount of peppermint. Since they were so delightful I will also be bringing these to our Christmas dinner celebration with my side of the family. I’m also making Creme Brulee for our fancy Christmas dinner dessert, too! I can’t wait to bust out the torch!

Instagram media molly.packard - peppermint mocha cookies for coworker cookie exchange! 🤗🍪🎄 #tistheseason #sallysbakingaddiction

And what’s Christmas without a small appetizer?  Roasted Garlic and Bacon Dip will also be made! My mom is hosting Christmas dinner so I offered to bring a small dish. I’ve already made it once before and it was a huge hit! You roast a whole head of garlic and mix it with cheese and bacon, how could you go wrong?!

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Even though we don’t host a family Christmas, we host a Friendsmas party with our nearest and dearest friends from high school. This year, our Friendsmas celebration falls right when the Hoosiers are playing in the Pinstripe Bowl, so we are keeping things simple and football food friendly. Here’s what we have planned so far:

And after all that eating I think I will be ready for a diet overhaul come next week.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! ♥

Instagram media molly.packard - christmas kisses for my sweet girl. 💚😚 #dogmom #rescuedog

Cookie Boot Camp 2015

Well, I survived another year of Cookie Boot Camp! Every year around the holidays, my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and I get together to bake a million cookies & candies until we’re ready to collapse. And trust me, we did just that!

Before the day began, I set out on a run… in shorts. For the second time. In December. What is going on?! It’s really killing my holiday vibes. I hear snow is coming later this week so maybe I should soak up all this warm weather before it’s gone for about 4 months! After burning a few calories, it was time to head over to my in-laws!

Instagram media molly.packard - i don't know who is more excited to be wearing shorts on a run in december. 🎅🏼🙌🏼 #runnergirls #runhappy

Me and my running buddy🙂

This year we had a blast making:

  • Melting Snowman Cookies
  • Oreo Truffles
  • Sugar and Gingerbread cut outs (and decorated!)
  • Mexican Wedding Cakes (family recipe)
  • Peppermint Fudge
  • Red and Green M&M cookies (family recipe & my all time favorite)
  • Date Pinwheels (family recipe & made by just my MIL since there is cooling time)

Lucky to have these ladies in my life!


How cute are these little guys?!

Luckily for me, the family I married into appreciates baked goods just as much as I do. Maybe even more! Is that possible? Us gals chatted & baked from noon until nightfall while our spouses sat in the living room watching the Colts game while providing us with quality control as the cookies rolled out of the kitchen (tough job;) ).

After I recovered from my sugar induced coma from last night I put together my weekly meal plan. Since we’re nearing the holidays I’m trying to focus on getting in veggie filled meals & lots of lean protein. With that being said, here’s our meal plan for this upcoming week!

There you have it! Our eats for this upcoming week.

What are you eating this week?

Friday Favorites!

Hi friends! I figure it’s been long enough since I’ve given you a post to read. You know how life goes! I thought I’d share some of my favorite links on the web this week. I’d like to get in more of a regular routine again by sharing our weekly meals again. I know how hard meal planning can be and hopefully I can serve as inspiration to those who need it!

Can we talk about how delicious this gnocchi looks? This meal will  be perfect for cold winter nights! It looks so fancy but easy enough to whip up really quick!

Get your forks ready - you'll be fighting over every last bite of Gnocchi with Spinach, Mushrooms and Crispy Prosciutto. This 30 minute, gluten-free meal is a stunner! | iowagirleats.com

Have you guys seen Instagram Husband? I feel like my husband can relate to all of these scenarios. We always have to wait until I snap a picture of my food, shoes, or something but it has to be the PERFECT shot.  Bless Mitchell’s heart. ♥

The most popular bar in every state. I love reading lists like these – it gives great insight to what each state enjoys. However, I think Indiana’s bar is WAY off! Have you tried Nick’s? Or Upland? Yeah. Try those places then come talk to me.

The coolest products of 2015. I need the fold up Kayak, posture corrector *sits taller in seat*, the Buddy collar, and well, all of those things! Too cool! I wanted a Hoverboard but apparently they explode?!

To go along with the list theme, Food 52 offers up their list of best sellers of 2015. I want ALL of the items but specifically Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup. Can you say YUM?!

I’ve been bit by the travel bug. We are headed to New York, New York next spring with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and I cannot wait! Of course, I could also take a trip to these destinations on the rise, too. With that said: what are your favorite places to eat in NYC?!

Tell me, what are you guys up to over the holidays? I have a big weekend planned that includes going to a holiday party, a holiday play, and baking endless amounts of cookies at my in-laws house! I’ll be sure to share via Instagram so follow along! Let the holiday festivities begin!

Also here is a picture of Jerry in reindeer ears for your enjoyment.

Instagram media molly.packard - remember when i said i couldn't handle the cuteness the other day? well today topped the other day. i. can't. even. 😭😂🎅🏼🎄 #christmascheer #jerthereindeer

My poor dog puts up with my dog mom antics.