“Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy and spirit you possess or takes away from it.”
― Ann Wigmore
I am so proud of myself right now! I have been consistently meal planning for several weeks now and I am definitely seeing the fruit of my labors! I have several weeks of meals either printed or written down, saved and tried & tested! I am now able to rotate those meals, adding a new one every few weeks or so to keep it fresh and not as repetitive. PLUS, my stress level is way down and my budget is reasonable. We are eating healthy, whole foods that are also gluten free and grain free (most of the time). **I also credit this to doing the bulk of my shopping at Costco, if you don't have a membership and you have one near you, I highly suggest you get one! It is a money and time saver!
I can find so many healthy, organic, gluten free and whole food options there and with my large family it is saving me money and many things are lasting us 2 weeks! #bonus I make a short trip to a smaller grocery store for some incidentals that I can't find at Costco, but they have about 95% of what I need.
So, what are we having this week? I'm glad you asked!
#TacoFries You just roast some potatoes in the oven to get them a little brown and crispy *(If you have an air fryer, then use it and save even more time and have less mess!) While the potatoes are cooking, I cook my ground beef, or chicken, and season it. Vegetarian or Vegan? No problem, sub some yummy black beans with all the seasonings! You can use regular potatoes OR sweet potatoes. If I roast some sweet potatoes, then I season them with salt, pepper and some child spice blend! #YUM Once my potatoes are done, the toppings go on! The meat, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, avocado, cheese, sour cream, cilantro! You could do black beans, corn and salsa! So delicious!
Sloppy Joe Hash & Kale Salad Roast those sweet potatoes and while they are cooking, make some Sloppy Joe mix with your ground beef instead of taco seasonings. Top the roasted sweet potatoes with it and a little cheddar cheese. Serve with some slaw or a kale salad! Your tastebuds will love you! and so will your body! Sweet potatoes are so good for you! We are actually having this, this week too! I like simple, but healthy meals!
I'm in a mood for soups! My family LOVES Potato Soup so I'm making some this week. The best part is the Instant Pot does the hard part once I'm done adding all of my ingredients! It's so good and so filling! To make sure we get some veggies I serve with a side salad. I keep it simple: Romaine, Arugula, Tomato, Hard Boiled egg for some protein and a vinaigrette dressing of olive oil, lemon vitality essential oil, some ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), salt and pepper. So good! **I've also been known to put some kale and/or spinach in my food processor and get it really find, then add to my soups. Extra nutrition and the fam doesn't even notice!**
I add the following to my large 8 quart IP:
Potatoes to just below the max fill line. I like to use Yukon Gold potatoes. They give the best flavor and texture.
It needs some liquid so I add some canned coconut milk, organic chicken broth (or bone broth if I have some on hand) and some organic cream. Usually equal parts of these three things and you need enough to mostly cover the potatoes.
I chop up a medium yellow onion and add it in as well.
My seasonings are: Salt, Pepper to taste. Garlic, about 2 TBSP, Oregano, Thyme and Basil Vitality oils.. approximately 2 drops each. This just MAKES the soup POP! Those flavors go so well with the potatoes!
While my soup cooks, I have some bacon in my oven for topping it off! You can also have things like sour cream, chives and cheese to add to your bowl! So good! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
I'm also making a Taco Soup for next Tuesday (or maybe on Sunday because FOOTBALL STARTS and my husband and one of my sons are serious Pittsburgh Steelers fans and this would make a great meal for that night!) I'll serve this with some rice and Cauli-Rice, but tortilla chips are also an option if you are not grain free but want to remain gluten free.
Anyway, this one is going in the large crock pot I have. Here's what you need:
2 lbs Ground beef, grassfed is best!
Brown it in a skillet, just add a little salt and pepper while cooking it. Drain and add to your crock pot. **You could also do shredded chicken or chorizo!
Then add the rest of the ingredients:
1 large can of Tomato Sauce
1 container of organic Beef Broth
One medium onion, diced
Salt & Pepper to taste
3 TBSP Smoked Paprika
Several heaping spoonfuls of Green Chilies, I get them at Costco and they are so good! **(Picture below!)
3, or more, TBSP of Garlic! It's so good in this!
2 TBSP of Cumin
Cream Cheese... this is what MAKES the soup! Rich, creamy and delicious!
Dump all of the above in the crock pot, along with the cooked meat and set on Low for 4 hours on on High for 2 hours.
Garnish with some diced bell peppers, cilantro and cheddar cheese!
Sausage Stuffed Bell Peppers are on the plan this week! I cut mine in half to make it easier to eat. Bell Peppers are on sale this week at Fresh Thyme market so I can get plenty for this meal, plus my Taco Soup and Taco Fries!
This is another super easy meal! Brown your favorite sausage then add add onion, mushroom, Cauli-Rice and chopped kale. I add these at the end so they don't get mushy in the oven after I stuff my pepper halves. I stir in a just a bit of heavy whipping cream. I don't want it runny, so maybe 1/3 cup or less. I want a thick mixture. Once it's done I spoon this onto the pepper halves that are waiting on a baking tray (I love these stainless steel ones from Amazon!) After they are all filled, I top with some Parmesan cheese and bake until done. So yummy!
That's it for this week as we have a dinner out one night--Yay for a night off! We will have some leftovers from all of this as well. (I hope! Hahaha!)
Happy, healthy eating!