Meal Prep Week 3

Meal Prep Week 3

So technically this is week 4, but since my husband was out of town for an entire week I ended up with a lot of leftovers and meals that we did not end up making. All I did last week was make up some chicken salad to eat on during the week and make up some breakfast muffins to eat for breakfast. We had enough food for dinner each night so I didn't make up anything extra for dinner.

This week my husband is working evenings and we will not see each other much which means I don't make a ton of food since either of us usually don't eat a lot with our schedules the way they are. Maybe that is kind of strange, but when I am at home by myself with the kids we kind of just graze on food and don't eat a sit down dinner. So this is what my light week looks like for all of us.

eggI boiled eggs so our family of 4 could snack on them and take them in our lunches. The question always arises as to how to get the perfect boiled egg, am I right? Usually it is just how can I get my eggs to peel without butchering my eggs! We boil our eggs with some salt and olive oil in the pot and put a lid on the pot while boiling then turn off the burner and set them aside for a few minutes. Once they have cooled off a little we will tap them with a spoon and crack each one and let them sit about 5 minutes. This is what we believe has helped us peel the egg perfectly and easily. Now you can pour out the water and run some cold water over the eggs so you don't burn your fingers                                                                                      and start peeling. I didn't have any trouble peeling my eggs at all.

I decided to make my husband a pot roast so he could eat on that during the week to either take for lunch or eat before he goes into work. Here is a Whole 30 compliant recipe that I decided to use. You can never go wrong with a pot roast. We put in golden potatoes, carrots, and celery.

Easy Paleo Pot Roast (Whole 30 Compliant)

The other meal I decided to make is a tuna salad. I used to LOVE a tuna pasta salad my mom would make me as a child, but since I haven't eaten pasta for over 8 years I had to look up some new ways of making this delicious recipe. I decided to make ribbon zucchini and add in tuna, paleo mayo, and 2 boiled eggs.

13147409_10206578381163759_5735069280553344890_o  2 medium zucchini's                                                                     2 5 oz cans of Albacore Tuna packed in water                               2 Tbs paleo mayo (may need to adjust to your liking)                   2 boiled eggs chopped up                                                               Salt and Pepper to taste                                                                 Serve Cold

 

 

I also made a chicken salad again this week, but I decided to make my mom's chicken salad recipe this time which I absolutely love!

You will need:

  • 3 cups chicken shredded
  • 2 cups pineapple chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashews chopped
  • 1/3 cup paleo mayo

This can be served over a bed of spinach or eaten in butter lettuce leaves.

I also have put together a chicken stir fry meal that I can easily put in the skillet when I decide to make it this week. I went with cauliflower, carrots, and broccoli for my veggies and I will use coconut aminos as that is soy free and Whole 30 compliant. You can add any veggies you feel like. Here is a page that has several options:

Quick And Easy Paleo Stir-Fries

This is always such a stress release for me to have everything planned out for the week so I am not finding myself with just a few minutes to spare as I am getting ready to walk out the door in the morning only to realize I don't have anything prepared for my lunch. Make sure you have options in the fridge so you can grab them and go!

Please comment below and let me know which recipes you have absolutely loved and ones that maybe you didn't care that much for.

Happy Meal Planning!

Candace 

Meal Prep Part 2

Meal Prep Part 2 is Under Way!

Another week down prepping for my week alongside a friend. Which, let's face it, anything that you do with a friend is just going to be more fun and you get things done a lot faster! It took us about 2 hours to prep for the week and that was with 4 boys 6 years and under running around playing superheros and 1 casualty that took place. My youngest gashed his forehead somehow while playing and we doctored him up and sat with him for a bit before continuing on.

Never a dull moment!

This week I decided that I wanted to make a chicken salad to eat so I went with the below recipe. I did tweak it a bit by adding chopped up cashews and grapes. It is to die for! Just eat on top of sliced zucchini or cucumbers.

Ranch Chicken Salad Recipe {Paleo- Whole30 Compliant}

My friend Kristen suggested we look for a shepherd's pie and make a cauliflower mash as the topping. I was excited to give it a try because I haven't ever had shepherd's pie before. So I used this recipe and just replaced the sweet potatoes for a head of cauliflower. I boiled the cauliflower in water and then put in my Ninja blender along with coconut oil and I was done with my topping. We put the meal together and placed in the freezer without cooking so all we will have to do when we get home is cook it for 15-20 minutes.

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

The next meal was decided on because we wanted to do something with zucchini noodles. We decided on a crock pot spaghetti. I placed all of the ingredients in a freezer bag except for the canned tomatoes and tomato sauce. Those are things I will add to the crockpot the morning I decide to cook the meal. I went ahead and add the zoodles to the freezer bag as well to cook in the crockpot so you there will not be a need to make anything once you get home with this meal.

Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce with meat

I have been a little obsessed with broccoli slaw lately. I know - weird! IT... IS... SO... GOOD! Super easy to make as well. I like to eat this on nights that it is really hot and I don't feel like I can eat a heavy meal. I also like to have this for lunch. We made a pack of Whole30 approved bacon and crumbled it in our slaw, used cranberries, and chopped pecans. You can even add kale to your slaw to add another great super food!

Best of Whole30 Recipes: Pot-Luck Perfection

And the last meal is a go to for my family... Chicken Fajitas in the crockpot. I have listed a recipe that shows you baking them, however, you can throw all of the ingredients into a freezer bag with the chicken raw. The day you decide to serve this meal pull it out of the freezer and place in the fridge to thaw. You will just put it in the crockpot the morning of and when you get home it will be ready to serve. You just purchase some butter lettuce to serve the mixture on and there is your meal! You can also just put over a bed of spinach and eat as a salad which is just as good.

One-Dish Chicken Fajita Bake

I hope that you enjoy the meals I have been putting together each week. I know that my family has enjoyed them and I can definitely see a difference in how I feel because I am not stopping to get any food elsewhere during the day.

xoxo,

Candace

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