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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 4.7.2019

Hmm, let’s see: Parmesan in the broccoli salad, mozzarella on the pizza and a cream cheese based spread for the banana bread. Yep, we’re heavier on dairy than usual this week.

Breakfast:
Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal – New Recipe
https://thehealthyapple.com/gluten-free-baked-carrot-cake-oatmeal/

Lunch:
Balsamic Chicken with Onions
https://www.5dollardinners.com/balsamic-chicken-with-onions/

Balsamic Chicken with Onions – We made this last week using chicken thighs and it was so good that my husband suggested we meal prep it for lunches this week with brown rice and broccoli on the side. I caramelized the onions well before baking.
I didn’t feel comfortable keeping chicken in the fridge for five days, so we kept Monday and Tuesday’s lunches in the refrigerator and put the rest in the freezer.

Dinner:
Minute Steaks with Chive Butter – New recipe
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2018/12/04/minute-steaks-chive-butter/

Sukuma Wiki
https://thedomesticman.com/2013/07/02/sukuma-wiki-kenyan-braised-collard-greens-and-ground-beef/


Perfect comfort food on a chilly spring day! This dish sounds more exotic than it is; and you may have the ingredients on hand already. The blend of spices is amazing. Be sure to drain excess grease from the ground beef if necessary.

Best Ever Broccoli Salad – New Recipe
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2018/11/20/best-ever-broccoli-salad/

Cauliflower Pizza – New Recipe – I’m using ground flax seed instead of the psyllium husks.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2016/09/27/cauliflower-pizza/

Breakfast for Dinner – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Potatoes

We love breakfast for dinner!

Snacks: Cantaloupe, Apples & Peanut Butter, Grapefruit, Oranges, Bell Peppers, Cashews

It’s nice to have a healthy treat available throughout the week so that we don’t feel deprived or tempted by junk food. This banana bread is very nutrient dense, egg free, dairy free and of course, gluten free.

Treat:
Stupidly Easy Banana Bread
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2015/03/31/stupidly-easy-banana-bread/

Maple Cream Cheese Spread
I added about a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg to the maple cream cheese frosting recipe linked below. You could whip chilled coconut cream for a dairy-free version. If your mixture is too thick to spread easily, mix in a tablespoon or two of milk or coconut milk.
This is so good, it’s dangerous!
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2015/09/15/the-best-birthday-present-ever-a-sale/

Have a great week, everyone!

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Meal Prep for the Week of 3.31.2019

Happy Monday to you! Our weekend was crazy-busy which is a little unusual for us. We painted our bedroom last week so we played catch-up on all the delayed chores while the house was turned upside down.

Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Breakfast:
Tuesday, April 2nd is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day in the US, so it seems like the perfect time for PBJ Overnight Oats. Plus, they’re insanely tasty! For a smooth mixture, whisk the PB and J together before the other ingredients.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-pb-j-overnight-oats/

PB&J Overnight Oats

Lunch:
BLT Bowls with Cabbage – New recipe
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/blt-bowls-with-cabbage-eat-clean/

Dinner:
Ina’s Perfect Roast Chicken with Carrots and Onions
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/perfect-roast-chicken-recipe-1940592
Lemon Baked Cod – New recipe
https://momfoodie.com/lemon-baked-cod/
Meatballs and Marinara with Zoodles – I don’t bother baking the meatballs separately. In a large skillet, bring the marinara sauce to a simmer and carefully place the meatballs in the sauce so they are not touching each other. Simmer for about twenty minutes or until cooked through. While the meatballs are simmering. saute the zucchini noodles in a separate skillet. Drain liquids from the zoodles and serve with meatballs and sauce on top. A little sprinkle of parmesan and Italian parsley doesn’t hurt! https://cleananddelicious.com/easy-meatball-recipe-gluten-free-paleo-whole-30

Meatballs and Marinara with Zoodles
My husband cooked, styled and photographed this one. I think he did a great job!

Teriyaki Salmon and Veggies – We use tamari to make this gluten free.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/homemade-teriyaki-salmon-meal-prep/
Balsamic Chicken with Onions – New recipe: I’m going to try this with chicken thighs, brown rice and green beans on the side.
https://www.5dollardinners.com/balsamic-chicken-with-onions/

Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon and Veggies – not the prettiest dinner, but it’s flavorful!

Snacks:
Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Grapes, Apples, Oranges, Bananas
Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Celery and Peanut Butter, Cheddar Cheese

Treat: Coconut Snowballs
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/coconut-snowballs-recipe/

Be on guard today for any April Foolin’ and have a fantastic week!

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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.

Note: I am not in partnership with, nor do I own any of these websites or the recipes linked here.

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Meal prep for the week of 2.17.19

I just spent eleventy-million hours food prepping for the week. We have a high tolerance for eating the same thing over and over, so breakfast and lunch are the same Monday – Friday.

Breakfast: Strawberry and blueberry overnight oats

Lunch: Taco soup and a superhero muffin

Taco Soup

Dinner: 
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Big Salad with grilled chicken
Balsamic chicken and veggies
Smoky sausage and roasted sweet potatoes
Garlic butter steak bites with zoodles
Paleo egg roll in a bowl
Breakfast for dinner, eggs, nitrate-free bacon and stewed apples

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Snacks: 
Fresh veggies and Homemade Tzatziki
Celery and peanut butter
Apples, bananas and oranges

Treats: 
Chocolate Chickpea blondies

Recipe Links:

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-mornings-strawberries-cre…/

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-weeknight-taco-soup/

https://runfasteatslow.com/blogs/news/superhero-muffins

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-stuffed-bell-peppe…/

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/one-pan-balsamic-chicken-veggies/

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-sausage-roasted-sw…/

https://kirbiecravings.com/garlic-butter-steak-bites-with-…/

https://ancestral-nutrition.com/paleo-egg-roll-bowl/

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-homemade-tzatziki-…/

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chocolate-chickpea-blondies/

Strawberry and Blueberry Overnight Oats

Note: I am not in partnership with, nor do I own any of these websites or the recipes linked here.

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Meal Prep for the Week of 3.3.2019

Here’s what we prepped on Sunday:

Breakfast: Strawberry and Blueberry Overnight Oats (my husband can’t get enough of these!)

Lunch: Crockpot Italian Chicken Soup and Superhero Muffin, Convert Kale Salad or Cheesy Cauliflower Muffin

Crockpot Italian Chicken Soup – this is a favorite soup and very versatile. Use whatever frozen veggies you have on hand.
Shalane Flanagan’s Superhero Muffins

Dinners:
Chicken Sausage, Kale and Red Potato Soup
SW Chicken and Rice Bowls – like Chipotle, only you don’t have to stand in that line!
Meatballs, Marinara and Zoodles
Chicken Tikka Masala
Roast Chicken with Carrots and Bacon – can you tell that chicken was on sale last week?! We’re practically clucking!

Snacks: Cucumbers and Sweet Peppers with Dill Dip
Apples, Grapes, Bananas and Oranges

Treat: Coconut Snowballs

Coconut Snowballs

Recipe Links:

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-mornings-strawberries-cre…/

Crockpot Italian Chicken Soup:
http://yourworldnatural.blogspot.com/…/whole30-challenge-da…

Superhero Muffin: https://runfasteatslow.com/blogs/news/superhero-muffins

Convert Kale Salad – It’s called ‘convert’ because people who think they don’t like kale, try it and convert! http://belated-bloomer.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-little-wrap-up-of-these-finals-days.html

Convert Kale Salad before it’s massage
And after the dressing massage

https://kirbiecravings.com/cheesy-cauliflower-muffins/

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/kale-potato-soup/

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/southwest-chicken-rice-bowls-cl…/

https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/instant-pot-chicken-tikk…/ – I don’t have an instant pot, stove top works just fine

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chicken-bacon-skillet/

https://cleanfoodcrush.com/coconut-snowballs-recipe/

What are you meal-prepping this week? Let me know if you try any of these recipes. Enjoy!

Note: I am not in partnership with, nor do I own any of these websites or the recipes linked here.

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