A Week of Meals

by Ally- Life as I know it, 5:00 AM
I wanted to start sharing what we ate for dinner during the week on Friday's post. I love seeing what people make for dinner, especially when it's not complicated so I thought you might too. Theo and I have made it a mission to eat less dairy and gluten and especially in our dinners. I was pretty proud of this weeks meals and they were all fairly easy to make too. As much I love to spend the time making a nice recipe out of a fancy schmancy cookbook, it just isn't practical when you're rushing home after a long day at work. Theo is pretty good at throwing meals together so that helps a lot too. 


This was the first meal we made with my new Paderno Spiralizer so I didn't really know how it was going to turn out. It was a great first recipe to make because it was pretty simple and delicious. I love shrimp scampi and this recipe is great because you still get the buttery shrimp plus the noodle taste even though you use zucchini and squash. 


Avocado Chicken and Baked Sweet Potato

This came together at the last minute and I'm glad it did because it was delicious. Avocado on chicken is actually really tasty, but when is avocado not tasty, and I have a serious love affair with baked sweet potatoes. It's always good to have avocados on hand and I like to keep a couple of chicken breasts in the freezer at all times.


This was our second spiralizer meal to make and it wasn't nearly as good as the Shrimp Scampi. We added shrimp to it to up the protein and it kind of left it with too much of a shrimp taste. Although Theo liked this a lot, I probably won't make it again.


Lettuce Wrap Tacos + Madras Lentils

One of Theo's favorite things to make is tacos so he came up with the idea of using romaine lettuce instead of shells. He just sauteed the chicken with some leftover mushrooms from the recipe the night before and added a little bit of salsa and shredded cheese to the lettuce. Although I'm trying not to eat dairy I just couldn't imagine a taco without cheese so I added some to mine but honestly I could have done without it. It didn't add enough flavor. You wouldn't think chicken wrapped in lettuce would be filling but you eat two of these and trust me you're full. We served some Madras Lentils from Costco with it as well. I love them because they're very few ingredients and delicious. They taste just like refried beans.

Having a healthy meal won't be easy every night but having bags of frozen shrimp and extra chicken breasts in the fridge/freezer definitely helps. I also like to stock up on grass fed beef when Earth Fare has it on sale. You can get it for about $4 a pound which is an insane deal. And of course there's always Chick-Fil-A up the road when you're really out of ideas! 

Have a great weekend and stay warm!
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  1. OMG girl, you make so many amazing things during the week! I need to start meal planning better!! Happy Friday!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. Great job! Everything looks so good! I love the Madras lentils from Costco too - they're delicious!

  3. i need to make that avocado chicken dish! looks so good :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  4. So basically thanks for planning out my meals next week LOL!! That was the first recipe we made with our spiralizer too and loved it!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  5. Haha, I made a spiralized shrimp dish this week too. I'm obsessed with that little gadget.

  6. So many good recipes!! That avocado chicken looks bomb!

  7. Yum!!!! I wanted to do this exact thing this week because as if tonight, I'll have cooked 5 low carb dinners this week! We are doing lettuce tacos tonight and your lentil side looks awesome

  8. Oh yum, you guys can COOK!! I love all the shrimp you had this week. I love scampi but always feel so guilty eating it since it's usually not so healthy. I definitely want to try it with zoodles!

  9. I've had a spiralizer for a year, but haven't used it near as much as I would like to! I think it is because I can't find recipes for it! Have you found any good recipe books? I'm totally trying this Shrimp Scampi Recipe! I'm glad to hear you gave it good reviews too! Bookmarking it! :) Happy Weekend girlfriend!

  10. Omg, never thought of avocado chicken this way, now I want to eat.
    Thank you for sharing, I'm making same for today's dinner))


  11. This all looks so yummy! You must be an amazing cook!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  12. Loving the idea of shrimp scampi but using the spiralizer. Y'all are doing really well with the no dairy/gluten! I used a little 6-month dry aged sharp cheddar on our Mexican pizzas this week and since it's so low in lactose it wasn't a dairy culprit! Wonder if aged cheeses would be better for you, too, when you do want to indulge? Love the recipes! Happy weekend :)

  13. Love this idea for a post! I may join you and do one of my own soon. I need to try those shrimp zoodles, they look so good! I never know how to cook frozen shrimp though, I have to do more research on that. Happy Friday!

  14. Oh my gosh look at all of your fancy meals :) I definitely consider this fancy for a weeknight after work! Touche. I have been wanting to try one of those veggie spiralizers but am not sure how often I would actually use it??? These look so yummy though!


  15. All of your dinners look so yummy! I've been wanting one of those spiralizers too. It looks like they work pretty well.

    -Ryan @ A Polished Palate


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