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This Starbucks Copycat Protein Bistro Box is such an awesome lunch for the kiddos or an after workout protein snack! I’ve also got a link up for the Lunch Box Recipe Challenge and another Meal Plan Monday in today’s post! 

Copycay Starbucks Protein Bistro Box. Such and awesome lunch for the kiddos or an after workout protein snack!

Last week my friend Nichole from Vintage Frontier and I were out for our weekly walk and chat time when we passed a brand new Starbucks. This sparked a discussion of how much we love Starbucks, how we might need to go get our wallets and come back to check out the new spot, and then how we probably shouldn’t spend any more money at Starbucks. I confessed that I’m not the biggest fan of their actual coffee (I like my coffee black with a bit of milk and they just don’t have very good black drip coffee), but I LOVE their baked goods and lunch offerings. We both agreed that our favorite lunch/snack is one of their protein bistro boxes.

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Another Meal Plan Monday featuring low-carb recipes!

Weekly printable gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly meal plans with shopping lists!

Welcome back to Meal Plan Monday! This past week I tagged along with Hubby for his work trip to Phoenix. I had dreams of sitting and blogging by the resort pool, but Phoenix in August turned out to be upwards of 110 degrees each day, even breaking 118 on the last day we were there. (Sooooo hot!) That meant the only dips I could get in were after dark when the sun wasn’t boiling the pool water. Instead of blogging by the pool, I found some great (air conditioned) restaurants and coffee shops to hide out in, and got to catch up with several dear friends.

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Another Meal Plan Monday with printable shopping list. 

Weekly printable gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly meal plans with shopping lists!

Can you believe it’s almost back to school time? I feel like summer is just beginning, but here it is, almost over! Hubby and I have been trying to get in the end of our Summer Bucket List and are taking one last trip together before it’s time to pull out the sweaters and pumpkin spice. That means no new recipe for you today, but I hope you’ll still enjoy this meal plan!

Meal Plan Monday 8/10-8/16:

Click Here for the (Now Mobile-Friendly) Weekly Shopping List Printable!

This meal plan is designed to feed approximately 4 adults at each meal or two adults with lunches left over. Feel free to double or add to it as needed.  **You’ll need to open it with the free Adobe Reader App (Android or iOS) to be able to use the check boxes on mobile, so install that first if you don’t have it already.**

Monday: Cabbage and Black eyed Pea Stuffed Zucchini Boats from Maebells (gluten-free, vegetarian option)

Tuesday: Crustless Corn and Zucchini Quiche from Cooking and Beer (gluten-free, vegetarian) 

Wednesday: Healthy Crock Pot Taco Spaghetti Squash from Real Housemoms (gluten-free, vegetarian)

Thursday: Roasted Vegetables and Sausage from Delicious Meets Healthy (gluten-free, vegetarian option)

Friday: Pizza Night! Grilled Hawaiian Pizza from My Cooking Spot (gluten-free if using gf dough)

Saturday: Date Night – Eat Out.

Sunday: Y.O.Y.O. (You’re on your own.)

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A creamy and slightly sweet Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip recipe.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip - a delicious and quick anytime snack!

I just realized that I never officially announced over here that I’m now a monthly contributor for My Cooking Spot! My Cooking Spot is a spin-off of recipes from My Thirty Spot. I’ve already had a lot of fun being a contributor and getting to know the other ladies who are part of the team. So many delicious things to drool over each week! I’ll be cross-posting some recipes from time to time, so I wanted to start off by sharing this post for my current favorite snack recipe: Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip!  It’s made from several ingredients you probably keep on hand, and really all you need to do is gather and stir then dip and munch. You’ve got that all under control right?

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip - a delicious and quick anytime snack!

This recipe was invented just after Hubby and I got married. We decided to eliminate processed sugar in our diets for 40 days, and well, it didn’t go over too well with Hubby. You can read more about it and find the (gluten-free) recipe over here on My Cooking Spot!  

These Caprese Mac and Cheese Bites are packed with the creamy mozzarella, fresh basil, and bright tomato flavor of caprese salad, and served in a crunchy wonton appetizer cup! Plus another Meal Plan Monday is ready for you below the recipe! 

Caprese Mac and Cheese - This is a surprisingly light and fresh version of mac and cheese. I love the addition of tomatoes and basil!

Yes, you read that title correctly. Those really are caprese mac and cheese bites in cute little wonton cups. What is caprese mac and cheese you ask? Well, it’s this awesome version of mac and cheese that my friend Patrick and I invented. You take the traditional ingredients that make up a caprese salad: mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes, and then you carefully combine them with some macaroni noodles and stuff them into a mini wonton cup for portability and fanciness.

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