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Hey loves! I know meal planning can be one of the hardest things to do every week as a mom (and when I need a week off, I totally use meal delivery kits #momhack). But if you are looking for some ready-made meal plans and easy to make recipes so you can serve your family a healthy homemade meal, I would love to help you! I follow the Mediterranean diet (it’s not a diet, but more like a healthy lifestyle method to follow for eating to keep your heart healthy). So all of these recipes are whole grain or lower-carb, heart healthy meals full of lean meats and fresh veggies to start January 2020 off on a great note.

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This is a recipe I found on Pinterest for one-pan balsamic chicken and veggies. I love recipes like this that are easy to throw in the oven, have lots of veggies, and you can substitute other seasonal vegetables that you have on hand too.

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One-pan steak bites and a side salad- I always try to get lean steaks, and I love this one-pan method of cooking them as well for January when we can’t get outside to use our grill very often. This is also a simple recipe to throw together when you’re starting off a busy week!

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Who doesn’t love taco Tuesday? My husband requested these this week- and I like to use ground turkey to limit our beef intake, and I just follow the directions on the back of the taco seasoning packet. You could make these with tortillas or you could always do taco salads if you’re trying to lower your carbs.

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This is one of my favorite crockpot recipes- so easy and tastes amazing! Everyone who tries it tells me how much the love it because the chicken always turns out so flavorful and melt in your mouth. Definitely give this one a try if you’re looking for a new chicken crockpot recipe.

Mediterranean Chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 
  • 1 Italian dressing seasoning packet
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2  red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers 
  • 2 tablespoons capers

Add chicken to slow cooker. Add onions, olives, red peppers, and capers to slow cooker. Whisk together Italian dressing packet, lemon juice, and garlic and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

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I saw Amber Lancaster (@AmberLancaster) on instagram make a version of this tortilla pizza, and I love how simple and easy they looked. And I feel like towards the end of a busy week, you want comfort food, but this is a lower carb and healthier version of pizza that still satisfies those cravings for cheese! I’ll serve this with a salad so there are some crunchy fresh veggies to go along with the cheesy pizza.

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These chicken power bowls are a satisfying way to end the week and use the leftover chicken from Wednesday’s dinner- so you don’t have to cook from scratch on this day. It’s full of protein between the beans and the chicken and hummus and lots of yummy veggies. This would be delicious if served with fresh warm pita bread if you’re looking for some carbs to end the week.

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This is our takeout day this week. We usually have 1-2 of these per week, unless we’ve got a school event or get-together that we won’t be cooking a meal at home for that week.

I hope this helps give you some yummy and healthy dinner recipe ideas to start of your year. Let me know if you’d like for me to make this a regular post on my blog!


Brianna K


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