So for the past few years I have been trying to stick with a lower carb diet, which is in my opinion, much healthier. It is not always easy, as most fast food is not anything like low carb. Even in the grocery store, most “quick” and easy to prepare stuff is just mostly junk.
So again, meal prepping and/or freezer cooking comes in handy to stick to my plan. Here I planned for the upcoming week and “prepped” many of the meals or components of the meals.
* note that not all my ingredients are pictured here
First off I jotted down my planner for breakfasts/lunches/dinners and snack foods.
Breakfasts- Protein shakes, scrambled eggs, or egg in a mug
Lunches- Salads, wraps, and leftovers
Snacks- veggies with ranch, fruit cups (or fresh fruit), cheese sticks, and beef sticks
Dinners- 1. Chicken Fajitas
2. Polish Sausage/ Saurkraut and sauteed peppers/onions
3. Coconut Lime Chicken Stew with Avocados
4. Pork Roast and green beans
5. Bacon-Jack Chicken and stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
6. Cheeseburger in a Bowl
7. Balsamic Chicken and Roasted Carrots
I then made a grocery list for what I was in need of (while looking in the freezers/pantry/fridge for items I already had). Went and bought groceries.
Then I prepped any ingredients or meals I could ahead of time. I chopped onions and peppers up. I placed all ingredients for the balsamic chicken into a freezer bag and tossed into the freezer until about Thursday, to cook on Friday or Saturday. I placed all ingredients for the Coconut Lime Chicken Stew into a freezer bag, but placed in fridge, since I will be cooking Monday. I cooked and crumbled the hamburger meat and placed in bag in the fridge.
So the game plan is: Monday night toss the Coconut Lime Chicken Stew into the slow cooker, serve with chopped avocado and fresh cilantro
Tuesday night- Chicken Fajitas- (the peppers and onions are already chopped and ready to go- making this a very quick throw together meal) I will serve with Low Carb Tortillas
Wednesday night- Cheeseburger in a Bowl (will just take a few minutes, as meat is pre-cooked)
Thursday night- Pork Roast and Green Beans (both in slow cooker, making it a breeze when getting home from work)
Friday night- Bacon-Jack Chicken and Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers (the peppers were prepped and stuffed ahead, just bake for a bit and you’re ready!)
Saturday night- Balsamic Chicken and Roasted Carrots (this takes just a few minutes work- the balsamic chicken was prepped and ready to go)
Sunday night- Polish Sausage, Saurkraut and sauteed onions and peppers (the veggies were prepped- so super speedy!)
So there you have a week of super easy dinners- with just a little time on Saturday or Sunday, and it makes my work week so much easier!
Here are recipes to above (or links)
Cheeseburger in a Bowl
1lb ground round, cooked/crumbled 1/2c cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4c chopped dill pickle 1/4c ketchup
Squirt of Mustard and some season all (I used Cavanders) 4 slices American cheese
Mix all but the American cheese together, place in a square baking dish. Top with American cheese. Bake at 350* for about 15 minutes. We eat ours out of a bowl. (I think it tastes like a Big mac)
For the Bacon-Jack Chicken, I just take 4 equal sized pieces of boneless chicken breast and marinate in Italian salad dressing. Grill until cooked through. Place each piece of cooked chicken in a foil square (to make a packet), place 2 pieces cooked bacon on top and place shredded pepper jack cheese on top of bacon. Bake at 350 for a few minutes in foil packs.(you just want cheese melted good)
For Jalapeno Poppers, slice jalapeno peppers in half, stuff with a mixture of cream cheese, garlic powder, shredded cheddar, and salt. Wrap each half with half slice bacon and bake at 350 for about 13 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
For the pork roast, I really don’t have any recipe in particular I use, I just use one off Pinterest, or just season up with whatever strikes me at the time. ( I really love the Weber seasonings, the Roasted Garlic is my fave. Also love citrus flavors with pork.)
For my green beans- I just place a few bags frozen whole green beans into slow cooker, I add some dried onion flakes, chopped ham (or bacon if you have a slice or two leftover) a dash of liquid smoke and a bit of beef or chicken broth. Cook in slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours.
For Balsamic Chicken- 1lb chicken (boneless/skinless), 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 small onion chopped, 1/4c balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1tsp Italian seasoning,and 1 Tbsp chopped garlic. Place all in the slow cooker and cook on low 6 hours or so. (you can freeze this and place in slow cooker from frozen- which I do a lot)
For the Coconut Lime Chicken Stew is from a website I really love called Satisfying Eats,which can be found here: http://www.satisfyingeats.com
I use boneless skinless chicken for mine, about 1lb, 2/3c coconut milk, 1/3c fresh lime juice,,1can diced tomatoes, 1Tbsp chopped garlic, 2 chopped bell peppers, 1 small onion, chopped, and a dash of Siracha sauce.Place all n slow cooker and cook on low around 6 hours. I serve with fresh chopped cilantro and diced avocado.
Here’s to a week of great eats!! And remember, prepping ahead can make your work week much less stressful and will also help keep you on track! Have a Blessed Week!!