Dinner Planning #2

Ahhh the start of a new week. Need some ideas for dinner this week? Below are the dinners we will be having. Simple, healthy, and quick is what I focus on during the week.

Monday

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef – Fox and Briar

Using the crock pot on Monday’s, just makes them that less stressful. We will pair this with some cauliflower rice and make burrito bowls for dinner.

Fox and Briar Mexican Shredded Beef

Tuesday

Zuppa Toscana with Cauliflower – Farm Stead Chic

A healthier version of zuppa toscana soup!? Yes please! I will do one pound of regular Italian sausage and a pound of spicy Italian sausage.

Farm Stead Chic - Zuppa Toscana with Cauliflower

Wednesday

Left Overs

Thursday

Elk Steaks with Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon – Paleo Grubs

My husband is a hunter and got a huge elk this fall. Our freezer is full of elk steaks, ground elk, elk salami…I could go on but I’m afraid I would sound like Forest Gump. We usually try to eat elk at least once a week. He cooks the elk and I do the side. This week we will pair it with some yummy Brussel Sprouts and bacon!

The Weekend

All bets are off!

What are you eating this week? Tell me below.

Dinner Planning #1

Hey everyone! Sunday is my day to prepare for the week. This includes laundry, chores, and grocery shopping. Because my husband and I are incredibly indecisive, I plan out each dinner for the week. If I don’t plan out the dinners we usually eat out, spend money we shouldn’t be, and eating food we promised each other not to. All of this happens after the conversation that goes something like this: me, “what do you want to do for dinner”; him, “ummm…what do you want to do for dinner”; me, “I asked you first” and on and on it goes, wasting away valuable eating time. Who else is with me on this?! We can’t be the only ones who fall into this trap!

By planning and shopping for our dinners at the beginning of the week, I avoid the never-ending question asking, get to pick healthy meals to make, and avoid going to the grocery store 5 times during the week! The name of this game my friends is called efficiency.

I will share the meals we plan to have with you. I’m not gourmet chef and have very little patience when it comes to cooking. If a recipes has too many steps or too many obscure ingredients, I won’t do it. Without further ado, our meals for the week…

Monday

Korean Beef Bowl – Real Simple Good

How good does this look!

Tuesday

Egg Roll in a Bowl – 40 Aprons

We have made this a few times and it is so good! One of the best parts is that you can make it as spicy or not as you would like with the creamy chili sauce!

Tuesday marks the day of my maternity leave being over and returning back to work [insert crying face emoji here]. Wish me luck guys!

Wednesday

Kalua Pork in the Crock Pot – Nom Nom Paleo

Oh. My. Goodness. this is one of my all-time favorite recipes. This recipe is super simple but does call for Alaea Red Hawaiian Sea Salt. Believe me, it is worth getting this type of sea salt because this recipe is so yummy!

Thursday

By Thursday, we will have enough leftovers.

The Weekend

For the weekend, we usually go out to eat or order in from somewhere.

Let me know what your favorite recipe is to try!

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Ahhh…hard-boiled eggs! An almost perfect food…until you go to peel the dang thing and half of the egg white comes off with the shell! All of that nutritious protein in the trash! I have gotten so frustrated with peeling hard-boiled eggs that I’ve thrown out the entire batch because I lost so much of the good stuff. Now in hindsight, that probably wasn’t the best way to solve that problem, but I would get so incredibly frustrated! All my frustrations and wasting of food has gone out of the window with this method of boiling eggs.

First, why didn’t I just throw in the towel and find a different food to eat? Because eggs are close to perfect! They have a good combination of protein and healthy fat. Here is the nutritional breakdown of one egg:

  • 6.3 grams of protein
  • .6 grams of carbs
  • 5.3 total fat
    • 1.6 grams of saturated fat
    • 2.0 grams of monosaturated fat
  • 212 mg of cholestrol

Repeat after me…”we need healthy fat in our diet”. The fat found in eggs is a healthy kind of fat. Unlike fat found in chicken nuggets or tater tots, although those are my kryptonite. Don’t be alarmed or scared of the fat content in eggs. You definitely need more protein than fat in your diet. So, if you really wanted to, you could eat one whole egg and just the white (the part that contains the protein) of another egg.

Hard boiled eggs are very versitile too. Eat them plain, top a salad with them, or make this healthy version of egg salad. However you do eat them, I have found this is the perfect way to boil them!

Tools

  • large pot
  • slotted spoon
  • large bowl or small-ish sink
  • pot holders
  • timer – two preferably

Ingredients

  • eggs (I do this in batches of 10-15, depending on what I need for the week)
  • water
  • ice

Method

  • Use a large enough pot for the number of eggs you have. The eggs should be able to be in a single layer on the bottom.
  • Fill the pot up with enough water to cover the eggs with an additional inch on top.
  • Bring the water to a boil without the eggs.
  • Once the water is boiling, use the slotted spoon to add the eggs into the water and cover the pot.
    • The water may stop boiling for a few minutes and that is ok, it’ll pick back up.
  • Set a timer for 12 minutes.
  • Optional, but important: set another timer for 10 minutes.
    • During this time, I’m usually doing something else as I do a ton of food prep on Sundays (watching a timer or boiling water isn’t exactly fun or efficient). The 10-minute timer allows me to do something else but gives me enough lead time to be prepared for the 12-minute timer to go off.
  • Go party, take a snooze, do some squats, maybe a quick cardio sesh?!
  • Once the 10-minute timer goes off, get your small sink or large bowl full of cold water and ice. You need it cold!
  • Then, once the 12-minute timer goes off, like the second it goes off or even a few seconds before, take the pot off the stove and pour most of the water out.
  • Take the slotted spoon to remove the eggs and put them in the cold water you’ve prepared, aka an ice bath.
  • Let these eggs sit in the ice bath for at least 20 minutes. The longer the better.

There you have it! Perfectly hard-boiled eggs. The yolks come out a nice yellow and just done. If you want your yolks a bit more cooked you can add an additional minute to the cooking time.

If you want to be really efficient then you can take the time to peel all of the hard-boiled eggs you need for the week (if you are making these in batches). Peel them and put them in a Tupperware container. Just pull out what you need when you need them and they stay fresh all week!

Do you have a love for hard-boiled eggs? What is your favorite way to eat them? Tell me below!

Simple, Healthy & Quick Egg Salad

Who doesn’t love an egg salad (besides my husband)?! This recipe is packed full of protein and healthy fats. If you want to make it into a sandwich, no problem! I like to eat it just as it is. Again, I’m a creature of habit (see my morning protein shake recipe) and eat this every day for lunch. Again, the fewer decisions this mama has to make in a day, the better!

Sunday is my prep day for the week, so all of the eggs I need, I hard boil and peel them. I’ve perfected a way to do this so they come out perfectly hard-boiled and easy to peel each and everytime. I found that peeling them saves me time and frustration in the morning. I don’t know what it is, but peeling an egg is so annoying…am I right? If I do them all at once and put them in a Tupperware container, I only have the frustration one time instead of 5 times over!

Tools

Ingredients

  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 1.5 ounces of avocado
  • 1 (ish) tablespoon of lemon juice
  • .5 (ish) teaspoons of salt
  • .5 (ish) teaspoons of paprika
  • .5 (ish) teaspoons of white pepper

Just slice up those eggs with the egg slicer, weigh the avocado, toss in the spices and mix it all up! I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t actually measure out the spices, I just do it all to taste. Start with those measurements and increase as you want. I make this in the morning before work and it tastes better by lunchtime.

Eating this keeps me full for a few hours until my snack. I’ve tried other things for lunch to keep my full but nothing does it quite like this recipe. I think it’s the combination of fats and proteins that does the trick!

What’s your favorite healthy recipe for lunch? Tell me below!

Morning Protein Shake

I’m a creature of habit and also indecisive. I like to eliminate as many decisions as possible during the day. The two of these qualities together means I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day during the week. This route is not for everybody, but it sure works for me. My protein shake has changed slightly over the years depending on what my goals are.

I haven’t just randomly thrown together these ingredients because they taste good. Well, the shake does taste good, but each ingredient serves a purpose. This protein shake also keeps me full until I have my lunch, usually around 11:00 am. It’s not the most appetizing looking thing, but I’m not trying out for Top Chef either!

Tools

Ingredients

For the sake of time, I measure out all of the dry ingredients and put them in Tupperware containers at the beginning of the week. I also measure out the frozen cherries, berries and kale and put them in Ziplock bags and keep them in the freezer. Measuring all of the ingredients for the week takes about 10 minutes and saves me about 5 minutes each morning!

When I’m ready to make the protein shake, I measure the almond coconut milk using the food scale. Then I dump in the dry ingredients, then the frozen ones, add some ice cubes, a little bit of water and mix that bad boy up! It comes out thick and creamy. It is a little gritty because of the oats and fruit. I’ve gotten used to the texture over the years, but it’s not for everyone. Another option would be to not use the oats in the protein shake and eat them separately.

Purpose of Ingredients

  • Almond Coconut Milk: although it has less protein than whole milk (what I used before), it also has less sugar and a pleasant taste
  • Protein Powder: I use this kind of protein powder because it has a mix of whey, casein, and egg protein. The whey is quickly absorbed; the egg protein gets absorbed after that; the casein takes the longest to absorb. What this means is I stay fuller longer compared to whey only protein.
    • If you really want to nerd out on this stuff, Jim Stoppani has his Ph.D. in exercise physiology and has a website with a ton of information on it. Yes, he is a big muscly tattooed guy but he obviously knows his stuff!
  • Benefiber: ummm…hello postpartum bowel issues. I will spare you the details but this stuff has helped me.
  • Ground Flaxseed: simply put, it’s a healthy fat. It also has Omega 3’s, which are good for the brain development of Lawson.
  • Oats: not only are they a healthy carb and have fiber, but there’s also the idea out there that oats are good for breastmilk supply.
    • The amount I include in the smoothie depends on if I work out or not. If I don’t work out then I include a quarter cup; if I do work out I will put in a half a cup.
  • Cherries, Berries, and Kale: this mix is included for flavor but to also get a jump start on my veggies for the today. To be totally honest, I suck at eating vegetables. I include kale in my shake because it doesn’t have a strong flavor. I actually buy this bag plus an additional bag of kale and mix it together. That way I get more kale and I don’t even notice!

There you have it! A simple and tasty way to start the day off right! What do you like to eat in the morning? Do you like to mix it up and do different things? Are you a creature of habit like me and stick with the same thing? Tell me in the comments below!