Weekly Menu: April 27- May 1

New Patio EscapeSUN: Paleo pumpkin chili (Serves 8) –Leftovers are great for lunch.
MON: Roasted chicken with squash and broccoli (Serves 3)
TUES: Paleo Taco Salad (minus sour cream) (Serves 4)
WED: Slow-cooker pork roast with red onion salsa & simple skillet greenbeans (Serves 4)
THURS: Prosciutto sundried tomato turkey burgers –lettuce wrapped served with roasted zucchini and summer squash (Serves 4)

My husband and I sold our house three years ago and moved across the country. We have been living in an apartment ever since.  It is a very nice complex with a pool and courtyard we can use anytime we desire, but we don’t really have a big outdoor space that is our own. We really missed this about owning a home because we love to be outside as much as possible. Our house had a large front porch with two big rocking chairs that we sat on drinking wine and talking about life with our good friends all the time. Several important life conversations happened on that front porch. Also, my husband put a nice patio in the back that created a space for us to have friends and family over for cook-outs or brunch. Even though we don’t have as many friends or family where we are now to have over for dinner or drinks, I still was missing our own space outdoors.

My husband was feeling the same way. We decided to get rid of some stuff that we were storing on our tiny patio and make it a little escape outdoors. We went shopping, but was not finding an outdoor rug that was the size or color I wanted. So my husband looked online and decided we could just make one ourselves. We bought a piece of cheap outdoor carpet, used tape to create a design and the spray painted it. Total it cost about 40 dollars. Also, I had a few extra small mason jars that I needed to do something with too. I filled them about half full of sand and put a tea light candle on top. Now, we have that space we have been missing. We dined outside lastnight and just talked afterwards over a few cocktails. Even though it is just the two of us, we are a family. I believe it is important to have family dinners at the table (no TV) and just talk. This is why cooking good healthy food every week is important.

This week I am trying some new blogs and recipes again. The only recipe I have made before is the Paleo Pumpkin Chili. This is a favorite in our house and I love that it makes enough for most of my lunches for the entire week. I put the leftovers in individual containers so that during the week all I have to do is “grab-n-go.” If you make eating healthy simple and easy, then you are more likely to stick with it. Here is the Word version and grocery list for Weekly Dinner Menu – Week 9.  As always, have a wonderful week!

~Eat well, be well