“I vow to Meal Prep for the week every Sunday for the rest of November”. -Leigh
Does anyone else make a monthly goal? Or even a weekly goal? It is common that we see a Monday or the 1st of the month as a “fresh start”. In reality, you do NOT have to wait until these moments for a fresh start, because each day is a new beginning!! But if a Monday or a new month motivates you to shoot for a healthy new goal, more power to you. 🙂
Since my long awaited vacation last month, it has been extra difficult finding my way back to a healthy routine. I have been in a major rut. It has been challenge playing catch up with the work, which means I haven’t been finding time to make healthy meals. If you have a busy schedule like mine, you probably understand that life gets in the way of home cooked meals, and that healthy “grab and go” options are rare!
If you really want to set yourself up for success, the only real option is to meal prep. Creating your own “fast food” is the best bet. Pick a day; pick some healthy recipes; separate it out in containers and get on with your week!
My menu choices:
Butternut Squash Turkey Chili
I have been making this since last year!! My version is modified from the original which can be found here. I made a few small changes, nothing major. I like a lot of butternut squash, and I did away with the “white hominy” which most people have never heard of anyway!
I made this specifically for my husband. This is his all time FAVORITE thing to take to work for dinner. It reheats really nicely; I usually send him with some steamed veggies or a salad as a compliment.
Roasted Beets and Carrots
I love roasted roots, and they’re so “Fall”. Seasonal cooking is my favorite. I find it always gives me something to look forward too; not to mention you can always find the seasonal veggies on the cheap at local farmer’s markets!
Chai Pumpkin Bread (Paleo)
I used this recipe. It came out pretty good! If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to add some sort of natural sweetener. This is perfect for someone watching their sugar. It goes great with a cup of tea 🙂 I used my homemade pumpkin puree to make mine.
(I will post my very simple pumpkin puree recipe tomorrow!)
Paleo Grain Free Raw Brownie Bites
This is the second time I made these, they are so simple and take away any chocolate craving. They are so rich, so you only need 1!
🙂 And there you have it. I’m feeling pretty accomplished!
I will add in a few salads and Green Smoothies as I go and I am all set for the week!!
If you try any of these recipes and have any suggestions or modifications, please comment and share!! I am always looking for suggestions and trying new things.
Until next week!