Emeals Family Favorite Recipe



We are on vacation this week but I wanted to share with you one of my family’s FAVORITE eMeals recipes.   This recipe dates back to October of 2009 -YES – I have been an eMeals lover that long!!

It’s REAL name is:  Ham and Broccoli Pastry – but we have lovingly re-named it the Ham and Broccoli Bake.

Even though I am now more of a Gluten Free and Paleo lover, this recipe finds it’s way into our meal planning for special occasions. It is often THE most requested meal item for birthday dinners.  :-)

So, as I asked for suggestions for our vacation meals, it was no surprise this one made it into the top 5 choices!  I thought it was certainly time to share the fabulous meal with you too.

This recipe has coveted my family’s rating of 5 stars……. now, when we rate any eMeals or other recipe, it is always done off the “Ham and Broccoli Bake” rating scale – so you know this is a BIG deal at our house!


The recipe is simple and is perfect when you serve some fruit or a small salad along with it.  I also love this recipe because you are kinda sneaky  -  you are getting that broccoli in, and for many in your family, they may miss it since it tastes so good!

Here is what it looks like as you pull it out of the oven.  Easy to cut into serving size pieces.


Emeals has so many meal plan options to choose from, making dinner prep and planning simple for me.  Right now, you can get 20% off any new meal subscription using the discount code:   SCHOOL   

Now is the time to make your meal planning simple and easy – why waste your time on something that someone else can do for you better or more efficeintly?  That is my motto!!  Plus, they do it well.

Two Tips For an Easy Back 2 School Season



I am excited to share some fun ways to get organized for Back to School.  Now, for those of you who are in my neck of the woods, don’t shoot me!!  Yes, for those on the west coast, we still have at least 1 1/2 months of summer left, but for those on the east coast and mid-west, school days are coming quick.

If you are a new reader, you may not have become familiar with my Back 2 School Survival Guide.  This product released three years ago and has been a great help to many moms who need to re-focus for the upcoming school year.  There are great sections on setting up routines for home and school, how to set goals and track them, battling homework hassles, dealing with bullies, expectations,  anxiety and more.  Over 80 pages of helpful information that you will access year after year!

Back 2 School Survival Guide- make that back to school transition easier

If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with Back to School – go on over and check it out.

Back-to-School-SliderMy next Back to School “fix” is with the help of eMeals – yep, you know how much I love it.  Here I shared my love for the eMeals Paleo plan and I will posting again next month on a different plan and let you know how we liked it.  I have used eMeals now for over 5 years – LOVE!!   Simple and easy is my middle name and eMeals makes planning and preparing dinner one thing to ‘almost’ take off my to-do list.  I love it!  

With eMeals you choose a meal plan based on eating style {there are so many to choose from – Clean Eating, Classic, Paleo, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Carb, Kid Friendly, Vegetarian and more}, your family size and your favorite grocery store. Once a week you get an email with 7 dinner recipes, a shopping list organized by section and coordinated with weekly sales at grocery stores.   They also have an APP where you can easily access the lists to grocery shop from and do your cooking.  

So I was thrilled when I just got news that they were also kicking off Back to School with a special.  You can grab a new membership to eMeals for 20% off using the discount code  SCHOOL.  In addition, if you are a new subscriber or already subscribed you will get access to a FREE BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE full of easy recipes for breakfast, lunch boxes, easy weeknight meals and more:

  • 3 Power Breakfast Recipes
  • 2 Lunch Box Recipes
  • 2 Weeknight Dinners
  • 2 Afterschool Snacks
  • 1 Yummy Dessert

10 perfect recipes to get you back into the swing of things for the school year!   Here is a FREE recipe for you to try on your family now!!

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Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-Ups (from the Back to School Survival Guide PDF)

8 slices bacon


1 (8-oz) package store-bought guacamole

4 (8-inch) flour tortillas

1/2  lb thinly sliced deli turkey

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or any shredded cheese)

1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce (optional)

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; drain. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise and guacamole over each tortilla.

Layer turkey, bacon and cheese on each tortilla.

Add lettuce, if desired. Roll up tortillas, and cut in half.

Makes 4 servings.

I will be grabbing some Gluten Free Tortillas to make this while on vacation with my family this next week – a time saver and easy to serve.  Perfect pool food!

Emeals Makes 4th of July Easy!!


E-meals-4th-JulyI love how eMeals makes meal preparation and planning so easy – even better for holiday dinners.  Do you have a great menu planned for the Fourth of July yet?  If not, or even if you do – you might find a new recipe to start a new Fourth of July tradition here from eMeals.

Ready for great food and good times on Independence Day? Get inspired with eMeals’ FREE Fourth of July Menu.

This menu includes:

Easy Baby Back Ribs
Bacon Potato Salad
Marinated Slaw
Crunch-Topped Squash Casserole
Watermelon Salad
Berry-Topped Thunder Cake

It is FREE with any eMeals subscription purchase, so check out 1 of their 60 meal plans on their website today to help you get dinner on the table in a snap every night.  I especially love my meals menu plan for the week, but it is so fun to have a special holiday menu ready made for me – then I can enjoy family time instead of searching for new and interesting recipes to make a holiday special.

Now, onto the sneak peek recipe for Bacon Potato Salad from the July 4th menu!

Bacon Potato Salad:

4 lb Yukon Gold potatoes
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
6 slices bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped tomato

Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover with 1 teaspoon salt 20 minutes or until tender; drain and cool 15 minutes.
Cook bacon until crisp.
Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, pepper and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl.
Peel potatoes; cut into 1-inch pieces.
Add potatoes and eggs to mayonnaise mixture.
Stir in bacon.
Sprinkle with tomatoes.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe serves 8-10

If you have missed hearing about eMeals, I have shared about how I use it in my home and how it saves time and money for us.  It has made my life much easier and I love supporting a family business too!  Save 15% with the code:  FOURTH on your meal plan today!

Paleo/Gluten-Free Meatloaf



Welcome, I am so glad to have you continue the “Essentially Summer” blog series, wasn’t Stephanie’s Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe not the best?  She even kindly suggested you could use it as a side-dish to my meatloaf recipe!!  {BLUSH}  I can’t wait to make it!  The items I need are on my grocery list already for the weekend!!  Even though I am gluten free, I know my family will love it!

I am excited to share with you one of my family favorites – many have asked for my meatloaf recipe over the past few months as I’ve went to a Gluten-Free and mostly Paleo diet.  So, today is your lucky day!

One of my secret tricks is to hide some veggies in my meatloaf, so today my recipe has a few carrots and mushrooms that I’ve chopped to add in.  I love the color the carrots add.  I have made this as a loaf, you can make meatballs as well as mini-meatloafs using a muffin tin.

Lowfat Paleo/Gluten-Free Meatloaf Recipe 

Low Fat Paleo/Gluten Free Meatloaf
a delicious and healthy meatloaf recipe your whole family will enjoy!
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  1. 2 lbs. grass-fed beef
  2. 3/4 lb. bulk pork sausage
  3. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
  5. 8-10 mushrooms, chopped (I used baby portabello here)
  6. 10-15 small carrots, chopped fine
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 T coconut aminos
  9. 2 drops Young Living Oregano Essential Oil
  10. 2 drops Young Living Basil Essential Oil
  11. 1/2 Cup almond flour
  12. 1 T Salt
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all ingredients together, mix well.
  3. Place in a loaf pan.
  4. Bake at 350, for 50-60 minutes, until done. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your loaf.
  1. Remember, you can easily use this recipe and make meatballs or even mini-muffin loafs too!
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No Martyr Moms Allowed



I asked a few weeks ago in my bi-monthly newsletter (if you do not get it, you can subscribe here!)  what you needed help conquering in your daily life – and many of you responded with pleas!

So every few weeks I will be responding to some of those questions with some tips from my own personal experience.

Today I will be sharing my suggestions to this questions I got from Elena:

The thing I really struggle with is delegating chores/tasks to my kids, and asking my husband for help.  I end up trying to do it all, which of course I can’t, so I crash and burn, hold my resentment in and feel like a martyr.  Not good!  
I am sure we can all relate  - I am the worst at asking for help, but you know….I am also the only one to blame when I do not.  Here are some tips to help you conquer this tricky issue.
You can’t do it all
Realize that it is totally okay and logically that you cannot run every aspect of your home on your own.  Period!  I think we often feel like we have to have our hands in every aspect of running our home and it doesn’t always work the best like that.  Giving yourself permission – it’s a good thing to let go.  The Weekly Household Planner is a great place to jump off to assigning small tasks to others, you can highlight tasks by color for different people, which many moms have found super helpful!
Small Tasks
Take baby steps in doling out tasks to others in your home.  If the dinner hour is overwhelming and you find yourself blowing your top because too much is going on and expected of you, then assign something to someone else.  Table setting, clean-up, a “mommy’s helper” for each night in the kitchen, or even give a night over to your older child or spouse.  It is okay – and likely will be the best thing you can do – giving up that responsibility.
Start Young
The younger you start to pass tasks and jobs onto your children, the better it is for everyone.  It becomes habit and an expectation, rather than as the years go by you decide to “ask” them to help out.  Everyone lives in your home so everyone should help with it’s running.  A home will not run smoothly or in harmony when one person is doing it all.
Do Not Nag
When you set up expectations for help around the home, whether it is with your kids or spouse, set up the expectation and also the consequence.  Perhaps it means if certain tasks are not completed the family won’t be able to play a game in the evening.  Having a chore system in your home is critical to success.  I wrote a few posts on tips with chores if you need more help in this area.  If you need more help, I share some extra tips on home management here too.
Learn to enjoy the benefits of having other help out.  I struggle with pride issues with regard to feeling like I have to do everything in my home in addition to thinking that everyone else should be able to read my mind, which logically is ridiculous.  So I have to really pray and remember that I am human and so is everyone else.

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