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17 Easy Meals To Get You (And Me) Out Of A Rut

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I’ve needed some meal inspiration, as we are getting in a rut this summer with meals.  I decided to make a list of meals we love around here, with a few sprinkled in from my Menu Plan board on Pinterest that I have not tried yet.  I marked those with a {*}.

What meals have been a staple for you this summer?  Leave links and ideas in the comments.


Mom’s Taco Salad

Mexican Food Pile On


Korean Beef

Cashew ‘Cheese’ Dip For Nachos

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole

Popcorn Chicken & Roasted Red Potatoes

Company Pasta

Rotisserie Chicken


Chicken Cleansing Soup

Stacked Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

3 Minute Asian Peanut Sauce For Noodles & Veggies *

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken *


Portable Chicken Tacos

Ginger Garlic Baked Salmon *



Sausage, Grape & Pasta Skillet *

Chicken Fried Rice


Hungarian Paprika Chicken


17-EASY-MEALS{For Your Pinning Pleasure}


How-Tos/ Meals/ RECIPES

6 Food Categories For Easy Meal Planning



I’m off track with my meal planning, and boy, do I miss it.

I never have had an elaborate or complicated meal plan that I followed, but I would sit down once a week, figure out the meals I wanted to make and make a list of the groceries I would need before grocery shopping.  I have not been doing that lately, and it sure shows when it comes time to make dinner.

I’ve decided to get back on track, and have come up with a bit of structure to help me in that.  I know I need to keep things super simple right now in order to succeed, so I came up with some broad categories that will help guide my meal planning and keep our menu well-rounded.


Eating Meat

You will notice in the below meal categories that we have added meat back into our diet.  There are several reasons why, but the main reason was how hard it was to get all the nutrients and protein my girls needed without having meat in our diet. They are much more picky of eaters than I am, and it was super hard to find enough plant protein foods that they would eat. I believe for my own personal health and cancer history that less meat is most healthy for me, but my focus this year has been brain health, and I became convinced that my growing girls and their beautiful brains needed more nutrition than what our vegan diet was providing.  Because of this, I added fish, organic chicken, and organic grass-fed beef, and organic eggs back into our diet.  I buy our eggs, beef and chicken local, organic and farm-fresh, which makes it much more expensive, so we still eat much less meat than the average household.

I buy enough meat for us to have one meal of ground beef, chicken and fish.  That takes care of 3 meals of the week.  We love having breakfast for dinner, so that makes 4 meals…throw in a vegetarian meal and some sort of easy pasta dish, and that makes 6 meal categories.  I’m not worrying about having a 7th meal category, as there are always leftovers and we order in food once a week for our Friday family nights.


6 Meal Categories + meal ideas:



Seasoned Baked White Fish

Teriyaki Salmon

Fish Sticks


Ground Beef

Spaghetti Sauce


Korean Beef Over Rice

Sloppy Joes

Beef Enchiladas

Mexican Food Pile-On




Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Popcorn Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken In The Crockpot

Chicken Enchiladas

Hungarian Paprika Chicken


Breakfast for Dinner/Eggs


Breakfast Casserole

French Toast


Egg Salad Sandwiches



Lentil Taco Salad

Bean  Burritos w/Homemade Crockpot No-Fry Beans

French Lentil Soup

Stir Fry

Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls

Red Lentil Sloppy Joes

Sesame Chili Udon Noodles



(I often buy quinoa pasta for the added plant protein benefit)

Easy Tomato Sauce

Tortellini Pesto Soup

Pesto Pasta

Company Pasta

Orzo Pasta With Caramelized Vegetables


I think I will like having these categories in the forefront of my mind as I make our my grocery list.  I have a ton of recipes here at New Nostalgia to choose from, but I also love using my Pinterest boards for recipe ideas.


What about you?

Do you meal plan?  How do you decide what to make each week?

Does it help to break it down into categories?

What are some of your staple dinners?


Holidays/Parties/ Meals/ RECIPES/ Seasonal/ Sweets/ Thanksgiving

8 Amazing Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes


Banana Pumpkin Muffins | New Nostalgia

Super moist pumpkin muffins– you will not believe there is no oil in these muffins.  The moisture comes from applesauce and bananas.  The perfect amount of cinnamon spice and just a  bit of chocolate chips make these muffins a family fall favorite recipe.


Ancestral Pumpkin Pie | New Nostalgia

The secret ingredient of molasses makes this pie unforgettable.  It will be the only pumpkin pie recipe you will want to use once you taste it!


Roasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter | How Sweet It Is

The photo alone makes me drool.  The pecans in this spread gives your morning toast a hit of protein!


Homemade Apple Pumpkin Fruit Roll-ups | Playful Learning

What a great way to use up all those apples from the apple orchard!



Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding | Tasty Yummies

A gluten-free, sugar-free vegan dessert.  Leave it to chia to make a dessert pudding healthy!  Want to know more about chia?  Read this.


Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup | The Messy Baker

Not just for your coffee.  Use it in tea, on pancakes, in your  morning oatmeal & over vanilla ice-cream.


Raw Pumpkin ‘Cheesecake’ Bars | The Scent Of Oranges

I am on a huge raw dessert kick.  These ‘cheesecake’ bars made from pureed nuts sound amazing.


3 Ingredient Best Pumpkin Spice Chai | New Nostalgia

My favorite fall drink.  Keep an eye out for those pumpkin spice tea bags.



Want more pumpkin goodness?

Visit my ‘Pumpkin Please!’ Pinterest Board for more amazing pumpkin goodness including:

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

Pumpkin Cranberry Ginger Parfaits

Pumpkin Roll

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin & Apple Cider Fizz

Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Scotchies

Maple Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Soap

Pumpkin Cashew Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Pumpkin Coffee Cake In A Mug

Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Spice For Toast

Pumpkin Apple Butter

Cider Glazed Pumpkin Baked Donuts

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin Pie Toffee

Pumpkin Butter Granola

Mini Pumpkin Creme Pies

Pumpkin Shortbread

+ More!




GF, Vegan & Raw/ Meals/ RECIPES

Healthy Nachos

I have already posted about this Garbanzo Bean Taco Seasoned “Meat.”  I wrote about how to make Tacos & Lettuce Wraps, but I must say, I think this may be my favorite way to enjoy these taco seasoned beans.  This was amazing, and tasted just as good as any restaurant nachos I’ve ever had!

If you have never roasted garbanzo beans you are in for a treat.  You just drain them, rinse them and toss them with seasoning, then roast.  Within 20 minutes they turn so yummy and crunchy!

If we are just going to eat them as a snack, I leave the beans whole.  If using in tacos, nachos or lettuce wraps, I pulse a couple times in the food processor to make into a “meaty” texture.

This is a fun and easy addition to the nachos.  I think the added flavor of these fajita vegetables are what make these nachos so good.  Just slice onion & peppers, (I love using my favorite mandolin) add some grill seasoning, and use a grill pan on high heat to soften them.  Easy!

Garbanzo Bean “Meat” Nachos

1 recipe Garbanzo Meat filling

Tortilla Chips

Cheese of your choice (almond, soy or dairy)

Fajita vegetables (optional, directions above)



Make garbanzo meat filling according to directions.  Put tortilla chips on a plate.  Add the beans & fajita vegetables.  Sprinkle with cheese of choice.  Microwave until cheese melts.  Serve with lettuce and tomatoes.


Introducing Recipage at New Nostalgia

We are excited to introduce Recipage here at New Nostalgia!  Recipage is a page that you can access by the tab above, marked by the arrow.  We wanted to make finding a recipe here at New Nostalgia as easy as possible for our readers, and Recipage is a way to do just that!
When you hit the Recipage tab, it will take you to a page that looks like the one above.  There will be a featured recipe slideshow, the most recently added recipes below that, and an area to search using keywords for recipes.  It will also list some most popular keywords.

As you scroll a bit further down the page, you will see my favorite area.  There are 4 tabs that allow you to search for recipes in 4 different ways: Cooking Method, Course, Dietary & Key Ingredient.
My favorite tab is the ‘Course’ tab.  When you hit this tab, it will give you the names of different courses. I choose ‘snack’ (of course.)  The above pic is what the snack course looks like visually.  It has all of the recipes on New Nostalgia that are tagged as ‘snacks.’  Nifty, huh?
The last way it allows you to browse is alphabetically.  To find this area, you just scroll down and it is at the bottom of the main Recipage.
We hope you like what you see, and we hope that this will make using our site easier and more enjoyable for you!


50 Recipes From New Nostalgia & A Confession

See that tab up there that says “Recipes?”  Well, it is a recipe index here at New Nostalgia that I am SUPPOSED to be updating as I post new recipes.  But…I have been a bit lazy.  Actually, unmotivated is the word.  You see, I have been hard at work dreaming up a new blog design, and due to this idea, I keet putting off the task of updating my recipe tab.  Why update when my whole blog is soon to get a face lift?  Well, time has gotten away from me and I was flabbergasted when I realized it had been almost a year since I put my published recipes into my recipe index.  

Bad, bad blogger I am! How nice of you all to put up with such non-sense!  Yes, a super exciting face lift is coming to New Nostalgia. I know I have been saying that for a long time now, but really, its COMING!  Until then, I thought I would share this list of New Nostalgia recipes that are not in my recipe index, but will be very, very soon!

Raw Cookie Dough Bites


Recipes To Make ASAP

Each Week I gather up recipes that I have bookmarked, blogged, saved on Pinterest, Stumbled, or found on Twitter. 
 I then use that list to decide what to make for the week.
Thought I would share this weeks “gathering” with you.
Let me know if you would like this to be something I share more often…I think it would be quite handy to have my list on the blog to refer back to, but would want it to be something you all enjoy, too!