In addition to making a main dish like chili or chicken soup on Sundays, I’ll also bake pumpkin bran muffins or sonething else for a quick breakfast or snack. Make sure to have a good cookware set or best induction cookware for induction.
You can vary your weeknight meals if you have some of the components on hand: bagged salad greens, shredded cheeses, Parmesan, fresh vegetables (cukes, onions, peppers, zucchini, carrots, celery, etc.) berries and citrus, nuts, salad dressings, cooked brown rice or whole wheat pasta (bow ties hold up well) steamed broccoli, etc.
Have salsa, guacamole, and hummus, terriyaki sauce, sour cream or plain yogurt, also. I’ll make hard boiled eggs, and homemade Greek salad dressing and ranch, too.
Have flour tortillas, corn tortilla chips, pita bread on hand. Canned tuna, beans, beets, tomato sauces – all good to grab to make a quick meal.
Lower Carbs Better Life
I’m 100% aware that carbs are good for your body. There is good and bad, and the only reason I said be careful with the tortilla and the potatoes is because potatoes is already a lot of carbs, and also full of starch. A tortilla also has a lot of carbs. For people who are trying to eat healthier, it’s just not good. So I’m saying one or the other. I’m not saying they’re bad.
1. Use cupcake tins for when you make the egg cups. Your pan will get destroyed otherwise.
2. It’s not always a good idea to use potatoes and a tortilla shell in one breakfast. It’d be too much carbs: try just making it a bowl, or low carb flag bread. Carbs can make you feel bloated and tired for the day. 🙁
3. Season your chicken with garlic salt instead of salt and pepper; much bolder flavors.
4. Try to stick to brown rice all together. It’s much better, cleaner, and it’s not bleached white.
Pumpkin batter with added grated zucchini, because I happened to have so much zucchini.
My daughter bought some organic coconut oil (Aldi’s store brand) and I used that in the recipe, instead of vegetable oil. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful flavor. This particular brand actually had a pleasant coconut flavor that other brands don’t. I would not use it for sauteeing or for anything savory – just things that it would complement.
I love Cooking Chicken
Grill or bake several chicken breasts then slice them – ready to go. Brown and drain a few pounds of ground beef (seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic only – adding add’l seasonings or sauces for different entrees) and prep your veggies, you can make a variety of main dishes, for lunches or dinners, all week long:
Chicken Caeser salad,
Quesadillas (beef or chicken)
Tacos or taco salad,
Greek chicken pita wrap (chicken or beef, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, yogurt or hummus)
Stir-fry terriyaki veg & chicken, w/ rice
Pasta with meat sauce (cooked gr beef, homemade or even jarred sauce, pasta, Parm)
Pasta, tuna, avocado, celery, hard cooked eggs and mayo or ranch – good for lunch.
Pasta, chicken, red peppers, broccoli, Parm, olive oil and garlic – hot or as a cold salad for lunch.Supplement any of these with a bowl of soup or chili, you’ll have lots of options with minimal prep during the week. By Thursday, you’ll have used up the fresh food and by Friday, you can order pizza.
Tips: use up first the foods that have a shorter shelf life, like zucchini and peppers. Asparagus keep well if you chill them in water, like cut flowers. These have been in my fridge two weeks – still fresh, til I’m ready to roast in oven.
Play music or put on a good movie to listen to while you cook on the weekend. It can be a fun, but productive work day, that makes your M-F less stressful, more time to relax.
It’s worth investing in several sizes of sturdy plastic containers for the cooked food and smaller ones for lunches. Small ziplock bags for tortilla or pita chips for your “to go” meals can be packed on Sundays, too.
Get creative and enjoy the prep time as much as the good meals you’ll make.