Ending May with a break, and a meal plan

Hoping everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day and took time to enjoy family and friends, while remembering those who served and gave for us to have the freedoms we live today.

As usual, we attended our annual Memorial Day family reunion at the Jersey shore, on the beach of Margate. This year was very special, as my parents joined us from Charlotte for the weekend, so we had an opportunity to enjoy them all weekend.

Of course, in our busy family, no weekend is complete without a little added excitement, so on Sunday, while Big was tossing the football on the beach, he bent his thumb enough to suffer a break. The thumb began to swell immediately. He ranked his pain as a 7 on the scale, so not horrible, but wasn’t able to do “normal” things with his hand. After a few hours in Urgent Care on Monday and a few more at an Orthopedic Surgeon’s office today, he’s now happily donning a bright red waterproof cast, which will, of course, be decorated in a few days with Casttoos.

Big and I are having a great time joking around as he learns to use the cast. Some recent favorites include: “at lunch today, you may need to ask someone to give you a hand” and “WHY are you giving this experience a thumbs up?!”

Alas, this is our young family’s 6th experience being casted–we’re fairly good at it. We’ve actually lost count, however, whether this is our fifth or sixth break.

Sadly, this also means an early end to baseball season. As his team enters playoffs tomorrow, he’ll still dress for the game and join his team on the bench, becoming their number one cheerleader. His brother begins swim team this week, but we’re still finishing up a Spring soccer season for him. And Little continues to play tball, which has me giggling on the sideline because, really, it’s just adorable to watch the little ones learn to play the game.

may meal plan

Please remember, I rely on my readers to let me know which meals you love. So check in and shout out if you love it, hate it, or can’t find it (sometimes, sadly, the links stop working and I miss it.)

Use the plan below, shuffling as necessary to make them work best for your family’s busy spring schedule. You’ll find a mix of grilling dinners, make-ahead dinners and dinners using fresh items. The April Meal Plan will be-reposted each Monday through the month.

Want to know more about meal planning? Read my basic tips for meal planning post. And to get meal plans in your email inbox, subscribe to the Julieverse daily emails (plus you’ll receive other Julieverse posts each day.)

Y’all go ahead and enjoy the delicious grilled and sauteed options on the plan this week. Me? I’m ordering take out.


April week 5, May week 1

Monday: Spiced Chicken with Chickpea & Cucumber Salad
Tuesday: Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Wednesday: Beef/Corn Tacos
Thursday: Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas
Weekend: In honor of the Kentucky Derby, have Louisville Hot Brown Sandwiches and Barbecue Ribs with Rosemary Corn

May, week 2

Monday: Fish Tacos with Pica de Gallo and Coconut Cole Slaw
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Mango, Pepper & Avocado
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Seared Beef with Oranges & Arugula
Weekend: Shrimp & Vegetable Fried Rice

May, week 3

Monday: Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Tuesday: Steak with Artichoke & Cherry Pepper Saute
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Halibut Baked in Parchment with Summer Squash
Weekend: Greek Marinated Chicken and Quinoa Greek Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber and Feta

May, week 4

Monday: Apricot Glazed Ham with Potatoes and Asparagus
Tuesday: Warm Eggplant & Goat Cheese Sandwiches
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Minty Bulgur Salad with Salmon and Cucumbers
Weekend: Skinny Chicken Parm with Spinach

May, week 5

Monday: Springtime Crockpot Minestrone
Tuesday: Shake N Shimmy Porkchopswith Sugar Snap Peas
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Weekend: Beef Skewers, Zuchinni & Mint


mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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