Meal Prep Monday
I'm a lucky duck! I work for a bank and we have today off. It feels like a second Sunday. I slept in, baked and went on an hour long walk all before noon. That's the stuff.
I went to Trader Joe's last night and picked up groceries for the week. I bought turkey, frozen jasmine rice, dried figs, Boursin cheese, raw almond butter, butternut squash zig zags, a pumpkin spice Rx bar, plaintain chips, sparking water and almond meal.
I used Monday to prep things for the week. I started by making some Paleo Morning Glory Muffins. I followed Lexi's Clean Kitchen recipe but made a few tweaks. I used pumpkin puree instead of apple sauce, added 1.5 Tbls of honey and nixed the shredded coconut. Since the muffins bake at 350, I made them first.
I let the muffins cool, put a few in a baggies and took a walk to Andrew's house. He lives less than a mile from me, so I dropped a the muffins off as I walked by. I knew he was studying so I left them on the porch with a little note. It's always fun to surprise him.
I walked for about an hour. When I got home, I cleaned my apartment, took a shower and walked across the street to an outdoor mall. I was on a mission to find a crew neck sweatshirt and a black sweater.
I got lucky and ended up with a new olive winter coat, a classic black sweater, pointy black flats and a light grey crew neck sweatshirt.
After walking and shopping around, I worked up an appetite. I came home and whipped up a couple of tacos. Last night before I went to bed, I thawed out some lean ground beef. I put half the package in a pan and seasoned it with Trader Joe's taco mix. Once the meat was browned, I warmed up the last of my Siete Foods tortillas and filled the shells with the beef, guacmole, salsa and spring mix. I had a bit of the mixture left over, so I ate it with plaintain chips. Simple and delicious.
Andrew called, so I talked to him for a bit before starting my prep for the week. As I've mentioned before, meals are much easier for me when I put in some time over the weekend to prepare.
I had a head of broccoli and cauliflower on hand, so I chopped them up, covered a pan with aluminum foil and coconut oil and seasoned the veggies with salt and pepper, garlic powder.
Then I opened the package of Trader Joe's butternut squash zig zag, lined another baking sheet with foil and coconut oil and then seasoned the zig zags with garlic powder, salt, pepper and a touch of cinnamon. I know that sounds weird, but don't knock it until you try it.
I let the veggies rest as the oven pre-heated to 400 degrees F. My oven is small and only has two racks, so I put the broccoli/cauliflower mix on the bottom and the zig zags on the top and let them roast for 45 minutes.
In addition to the veggies, I have some ground beef and rotisserie chicken in the fridge. I'll be eatin' like a queen the rest of the week.
I'll keep track of my combos and share them on the blog this week! Keep your eyes peeled for the post.