Real Food Meal Prep for Week of 5.5.2019

I’m inching closer to keto this week and sharing some family favorite recipes with you!

Ropa Vieja is a delicious, Cuban, shredded beef dish that I’ve made frequently over the past 18 years. My version is Americanized; I take some help from the store and use jarred salsa. If you serve it over cauliflower rice instead of white or brown rice, it’s very low carb. I love the richness of flavor that slow-roasting gives, so I use the Dutch oven. As a bonus, the house smell amazing while it cooks!

Here is this week’s menu:

Breakfast:
Blueberry Smoothie – New Recipe!
“Looks so bad, but it tastes so good.” – My husband
Y’all. I have laughed so hard over these smoothies which look NOTHING like the beautiful purple in the recipe photo. These look more like something you would serve at a Grinch party! Trust me, they are tasty, and you know you’re getting your daily dose of green goodness from the spinach. If the kids are constantly drinking your smoothie, offer them this and watch them recoil in horror! Looks can be deceiving.
https://tastythin.com/anti-inflammatory-blueberry-smoothie-paleo-keto/

Copycat Starbucks Keto Egg Bites – New Recipe!
https://laurenrabadi.com/2018/08/29/copycat-oven-baked-starbucks-keto-egg-bites/amp/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=8803022

Lunch: Ropa Vieja
My husband will have his over brown rice, I’ll have cauliflower rice.

Ropa Vieja
325° for 2 1/2 to 3 hours
3 lbs beef chuck roast
1 package (1 oz.) dry onion soup mix – or make your own like this:
https://feedingbig.com/clean-eating-onion-soup-mix.html
1 onion, chopped
1 c. red wine
3 T. coconut oil
1/2 c. salsa – look for salsa with no added sugar
1/2 c. water – optional (I almost never add this)
Garnishes: sour cream, cilantro, lime wedges and avocado

Heat oil in dutch oven, over med-high. Add beef and brown on all sides . Reduce heat, add onion and cook until soft but not browned. Add onion soup mix, wine, salsa and water (if using). Bring to a boil. Cover and place in preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Check occasionally to make sure there is sufficient liquid in the pan, add more wine if necessary. Shred beef before serving. Serve over rice, or cauliflower rice for low carb. Garnish as desired.

Dinner:
Keto stuffed bell peppers with side salad
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-with-ground-beef-and-cheese

Guacamole Bacon Burgers on a lettuce bun – we make lettuce buns two ways:

  • Slice large rounds from the sides of a head of iceberg lettuce.
  • Stack several large leaves of romaine lettuce to make each half of a bun.

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/strawberry-avocado-salad-clean-eating/

Summer Squash Oregano – I found this recipe in Southern Living magazine years ago; and we make this all summer long. Well, as long as the squash from Pa Kettle’s garden are rolling in! Add some rolls or cloud bread, and you’ve got a nice vegetarian dinner.

Summer Squash Oregano – Serves 6 as a side dish
From Southern Living magazine
3 T. butter
1 medium yellow onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small, green bell pepper, chopped
1 T. chopped, fresh oregano
3/4 lb. yellow squash, sliced
3/4 lb. zucchini, sliced
4 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 t. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 c. grated parmesan
Melt butter in a large skillet; add onion, garlic and bell pepper, and saute until tender. Stir in oregano, yellow squash and zucchini; cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Stir in tomato, salt and pepper; cook uncovered until squash is tender. Spoon into a serving dish and sprinkle with cheese.

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Homemade Tzatziki and Greek Salad
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/grilled-chicken-skewers-homemade-tzatziki/
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/greek-salad/

Snacks:
Low carb for me: Peanut Butter Dip with celery sticks, Cucumber slices, jicama sticks
Fruit for hubby: Grapes, bananas, pineapple, watermelon
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/peanut-butter-fruit-dip-clean-eating/

Treat:
Lemon Cheesecake Keto Fat Bombs – So good! Swap out limes for the lemon and make lime cheesecake fat bombs instead!
https://www.eatwell101.com/lemon-cheesecake-keto-fat-bombs-recipe

Have a great week, everybody!

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