Tag: meal planning

Meal Prep for Week of 7.7.2019

Y’all. It’s hot in Virginia.
Like, surface of the sun, hot. Gimmie all the salads, hot. Too hot for cooking, hot. Maybe we should grill a burger or piece of chicken? Keep that heat outside of the house.

Breakfast:
Noatmeal – I make two-serving packets and store them in the fridge. Add hot water and whatever toppings you like! Toppings: Strawberries, Walnuts, Unsweetened Coconut, Lily’s Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter
https://www.healthysweeteats.com/my-favorite-noatmeal-aka-low-carb-oat-free-porridge-the-basic-recipe-and-6-variations/?cn-reloaded=1

Lunch:
Keto Cobb Salad
https://www.ketoconnect.net/keto-salad/
We make Pioneer Woman’s dill dressing and substitute 1 T. Honey for the sugar. This adds a few more carbs than using stevia, but it’s worth it!
https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/layered-salad/


Greek Salad – We never tire of this one!
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/greek-salad/

Dinner:

Grilled Burgers on Lettuce Buns – We stopped at Five Guys on the way back from the beach and had their cheeseburger in a lettuce wrap. So good! I’m trying to recreate that at home.

Skinny BLT Avocado Wraps – New Recipe! I meant to sub in cucumber slices because hubby doesn’t care for avocado, but I forgot. Oops. These were delicious. And messy to eat!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-skinny-blt-avocado-wrap/

Cheeseburger Salad Bowls – Tried and true!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cheeseburger-salad-bowls-healthy-recipe/

Strawberry Chicken Salad – New Recipe! Don’t let the garlic in the dressing scare you away; you won’t get dragon breath. My avocado was a little green, and I think the dressing would have been creamier with a ripe avocado. Maybe you can catch your avocado during the fifteen minute window of time between unripe and rotten?!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-strawberry-chicken-salad/

Dilled Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes – New Recipe! My cousin made this delicious tuna salad and shared the recipe with me. Thanks, Ruby! I’ve made it twice three times in the last week. I might be just a little obsessed.

Dilled Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes
adapted from The Supermarket Diet Cookbook
Prep: 25 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
2 cans (6 ounces each) solid white tuna in water, drained and flaked
5 T. mayonnaise – I like Sir Kensington‘s
2 medium cucumbers, unpeeled, cut into 1/4 inch pieces – or one English cucumber
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh dill, finely chopped
2 T. capers, drained and finely chopped
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 large, ripe tomatoes (12 ounces each)

1) In medium bowl combine tuna, mayonnaise, cucumbers, dill, capers, lemon juice, mustard and pepper.
2) Cut each tomato, from blossom end, into 6 attached wedges, being careful not to cut all the way through. Spoon one-fourth of tuna mixture into center of each tomato.

Snacks:
I’ve found that I’m not really hungry between meals on keto.
See also: too hot to cook.
Delicious carb snacks for hubby: Watermelon, Cherries (Oh my gosh, the cherries are beautiful this year), Tiny But Mighty Popcorn

Treat:
Strawberries and Fresh Whipped Cream

Happy Salad Week! Stay cool, everyone!

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Meal Prep for Week of 6.9.2019

Welcome to another week of clean eating! We’re trying out loads of new recipes this week and we’ve already found a couple of keepers! Noatmeal is a nice change to our usual egg-based breakfasts and fun to come up with new topping combinations. Strawberry/Peanut Butter is my favorite combination so far.

I’ll let the pictures of the Chicken Pot Pie and Philly Cheesesteak Skillet speak for themselves.

Here’s this week’s menu:

Breakfast:
Noatmeal – Toppings: Strawberries, Walnuts, Unsweetened Coconut, Lily’s Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter
https://www.healthysweeteats.com/my-favorite-noatmeal-aka-low-carb-oat-free-porridge-the-basic-recipe-and-6-variations/?cn-reloaded=1

I mixed up double batches in sandwich bags. Because these have flax seed meal in them, they need to be stored in the fridge. When I empty a bag each morning, I fold it up and put it back into the storage bag; that way we’re not using as many plastic bags from week to week.

Lunch:
Hubs has requested stuffed peppers this week.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-with-ground-beef-and-cheese

Dinner:

Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pie – New Recipe!
https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/keto-slow-cooker-bacon-cheeseburger-pie/

Low Carb Chicken Pot Pie – New Recipe! One word: Delicious.
https://asweetlife.org/low-carb-chicken-pot-pie-with-cheesy-biscuit-crust/

Keto Philly Cheese Steak Skillet – New Recipe, and this one is so good! It comes together quickly too. Hubby rated this one a 10/10!
https://www.eatingonadime.com/philly-cheese-steak-skillet-dinner/

Mexican Cauliflower Rice Skillet Dinner – New Recipe!
https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/low-carb-mexican-cauliflower-rice/

Keto Cobb Salad – New Recipe!
https://www.ketoconnect.net/keto-salad/

Keto Snacks:
Celery sticks with either pimento cheese or peanut butter, green pepper strips, cucumber slices, boiled eggs
Beautiful Carb Snacks: Bananas, Oranges, Red Grapes, Tiny but Mighty Popcorn

Treats:
Key Lime Cheesecake Fat Bombs – The lemon version was delicious, so I’m trying lime flavored bombs next.
https://www.eatwell101.com/lemon-cheesecake-keto-fat-bombs-recipe

Velvety No Bake Keto Brownie Bites – New Recipe! Scroll about halfway down the page to find the recipe. I added a few tablespoons of milled flax seed, so maybe mine aren’t as velvety as the recipe indicates. They’re still tasty, though! I used a 1″ cookie scoop and got 5 fat bombs from a single recipe. The picture below is a triple batch.
https://hungryforinspiration.com/keto-brownie-bites/

I hope you have a great week!

Seriously, this Keto Philly Cheesesteak Skillet is amazing!

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Real Food Meal Prep for Week of 5.26.2019

My husband started creating a grocery list, so I asked him to pull together a menu as well. I think he did a great job of it! He pinned several new recipes to try this week. I found out after he made the menu that he Googled “inexpensive keto meals”! He’s so sweet. I don’t have anything to report about my keto experience except that I avoided the keto flu, and I’m solidly in ketosis.

Breakfast:
Almond Flour Pancakes with Chocolate Chips – I’m adding cocoa powder to some of my batter for a double chocolate variation and sweetening with Whole Earth powder.
https://joyfilledeats.com/almond-flour-pancakes/

Our nephew painted this plate for us when he was four.
He’s 25 now, so yeah, it’s been a few years.

Lunch:
Keto Stuffed Bell Peppers – I’m making a jelly roll pan full of these goodies.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-with-ground-beef-and-cheese

Dinner:
Lemony Avocado and Tomato Tuna Salad – So good! I sub in cucumber for the avocado, and use tuna packed in olive oil, omitting the 2 T. of olive oil in the recipe.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/eat-clean-lemony-avocado-tuna-salad/

Easy Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs with Green Beans – New Recipe!
https://www.ieatketo.com/easy-garlic-butter-keto-chicken-thighs/

Best Ever Broccoli Salad – We’re slightly obsessed with this salad. Pa Kettle gave us some home grown broccoli this week.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2018/11/20/best-ever-broccoli-salad/

Crack Slaw –
New Recipe! Can’t wait to try this one. I hope it lives up to its name!
https://www.tasteaholics.com/recipes/video/easy-crack-slaw-video/
UPDATE: This was tasty, but I wouldn’t quite call it ‘crack’. Maybe ‘Gateway Drug Slaw’? Anyway, it was good.

Zucchini Noodle Carbonara – New Recipe!
https://skinnyms.com/zucchini-noodle-carbonara-recipe/

Snacks:
Deviled Eggs, Pimento Cheese, Celery Sticks and Peanut Butter, Cucumber Slices, Walnuts – I’ve been on keto for two weeks and I’ve noticed that celery tastes ‘sweet’ now. Weird, huh?

Delicious Carb Snacks for Hubby: Watermelon, Oranges, Bananas, Tiny but Mighty Popcorn

Treat:
Fresh Strawberries with Homemade Whipped Cream

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

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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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Real Food Meal Prep for Week of 4.14.19

My husband decided that his first full marathon should be America’s toughest road race, the Blue Ridge Marathon with its 7,430 feet of elevation gain/loss. I’m very proud to say that he successfully completed it, so we’re taking it easy on meal prep today. We’ve planned a few tried and true meals this week.

Breakfast:
Berry Smoothies – Frozen berries (we like strawberries and blueberries), coconut milk, a banana for sweetness, a small handful of baby spinach and/or a half an avocado. Add ice cubes if needed and blend. If you like a sweeter smoothie, add honey to taste.

Berries and Cream Overnight Oats
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-mornings-strawberries-cream-overnight-oats/

Berries and Cream Overnight Oats

Lunch:
Chicken Pineapple Curry – This is an easy favorite that we’ve made for several years now. It’s creamy and mild, but you could certainly add some heat if you like. Use one can of coconut milk if you prefer a thicker sauce. We usually serve this over cauliflower rice, or brown rice.
https://www.5dollardinners.com/chicken-pineapple-curry/

Chicken Pineapple Curry

Dinner:
Bowl of Doom – Don’t let the name deter you, there is nothing ominous about this breakfast hash. Simple and satisfying, this recipe feeds two and you can arm-wrestle over the leftovers for lunch the next day. Or fry a couple more eggs, add a veggie side and you’ve got a nice dinner for four. I give the sweet potatoes a 1/4″ dice; and use either ground beef or Jimmy Dean Natural sausage, depending on what’s on hand. If using sausage, I do not add salt.
http://www.vicariouslypaleo.com/bowl-of-doom/

Bowl of Doom

Shepherd’s Pie
Beef and Vegetable Filling:
1 lb. ground beef
1 T. coconut oil
1/2 c. diced onions, optional
3 – 4 large carrots, peeled and diced
1/2 bag of frozen peas, thawed
12 oz. tomato sauce
1 t. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c. cheddar cheese, grated – for topping

In a large pan over medium heat, thoroughly brown the ground beef. Remove beef from the pan and set aside. Melt the coconut oil, then saute the onion and carrots until tender. Add the beef, spices and tomato sauce. Mix well, then fold in the peas.

Mashed Potatoes – Two real food options:
Bob Evans Natural Mashed Potatoes are made with the same ingredients you would use at home; Potatoes, Milk, Butter and Salt.
OR
Homemade:
8 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 c. plain sour cream
8 T. unsalted butter
1 c. milk
salt and pepper to taste
Add the cubed potatoes to a large pot of boiling water and cook until fork tender. Drain the water and return the potatoes to the pot. Add the sour cream, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. Add more milk if needed.

Spread the beef mixture into a buttered 9″ x 9″ casserole dish, and spoon the mashed potatoes over to cover. Bake at 350° for an hour, covered. Uncover, sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and broil for two minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve.

This dish can be assembled up to a day ahead of time, refrigerated and baked just before serving.


Clean convenience food. Make sure that it says All Natural, not Original.
Made with: Potatoes, Milk, Butter and Salt.

Teriyaki Salmon
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/homemade-teriyaki-salmon-meal-prep/

Teriyaki Salmon

Cumulus Spiced Eggs – Such a simple and tasty dinner! We tried this recipe for the first time last week; my husband loved it and suggested that we put it on the menu this week. This comes together so quickly! I had dinner on the table in under 20 minutes, start to finish. I used two teaspoons of coriander, a jar of organic marinara sauce and added a smidgen of crushed red pepper flakes. I knew that trying to sneak goat’s cheese past my husband would be a step too far, so I used shredded cheddar on top.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2012/07/24/the-5-most-common-dinner-mistakes-and-how-to-avoid-them/

Lemon Baked Cod
https://momfoodie.com/lemon-baked-cod/

Lemon Baked Cod

Snacks: Apples and Peanut Butter, Oranges, Bananas, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Tiny but Mighty Popcorn

Treat:
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chocolate-chickpea-blondies/

I hope your week is off to a great start!

This is not a sponsored post. I am not in partnership with, nor do I own any of these websites or the recipes linked here.

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Real Food Meal Planning

An empty refrigerator can only mean one thing. It’s time to get meal planning! But first, a note about “real” food: I define real food as made in nature and not in a factory. If you define it differently, that’s great! Do what works best for your health, lifestyle and budget.

If you are on a budget like me, the first step is to review the online weekly grocery ads. In our small city we have Aldi, Kroger, Earth Fare, Fresh Market, Wal-mart and Food Lion. Skim the ads quickly because we’re looking for foods that are natural or minimally processed. List the sale items by store. I’m old school, so I use a low tech piece of paper for this step. Use ‘notes’ in your phone or a grocery store app if that works best for you.

Now it’s time for the menu. If you have go-to recipes for the sale items, list those. When I need some recipe inspiration I search my favorite real food websites. If strawberries are on sale this week, enter “strawberries” into the search box. Scroll through the recipes for something appealing and save to Pinterest or print the recipe out. I typically plan five dinners per week. This leaves room in the schedule for a leftovers night or eating out.

Bonus points if your meal uses more than one sale item!

We have a high tolerance for eating the same meal repeatedly, so breakfast and lunch are the same Monday-Friday. If that’s not you, make enough at dinner to have lunch leftovers the next day.

Once you’ve compiled your recipes, fill out the rest of the grocery list. I skim each recipe and make sure that I have the pantry items on hand. If not, they are added to the list, keeping a tally of how many of each item I need. For example, if three recipes call for garlic, total up the number of cloves needed and note that next to “garlic” on the list.

If I’m going to buy an item at a certain store, I add the store’s initial to the check box.

Now it’s time to grocery shop! I’m heading to the store(s), but if you’re using a grocery app, plug in your list or order online. I hope this is helpful to you. If you have any questions about my process let me know in the comments.

This is not a sponsored post. I am not in partnership with, nor do I own any of these websites or the recipes linked here.

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