I've been pretty upfront about the fact that focusing on eating whole foods (what some would call "real food" or the dreaded "clean eating") has been a game-changer for me. I grew up eating meals where most of the components came from a can and/or box, but I know a lot of us did in the 80s. While canned green beans (shiver) have thankfully become a thing of my past, I've definitely been treading on the edge of what is whole and what is not, lately. Most of that can be chalked up to laziness but a good chunk of it is because I'm just plain busy. I have a demanding job, we're building a new house, and oh yeah, I'm running after a 4 year old and 2 year old when I'm not sitting on planes or trains. (PS I'm totally on a plane to Los Angeles as I type this.) I've been wracking my brain to come up with ways to make fast meals that stick within my paleo-ish guidelines. I'm besties with my crockpot but I needed a way to do something besides roasts and stews.
Luckily, I was standing in line at the grocery store when the latest issue of Real Simple called out to me.
|"Oh Laaaaaura. Buyyyyy meeee!," it said.|
Inside that always-beautiful and tempting cover was a whole piece, entitled "Master Make-Ahead Meals," dedicated to prepping a week's worth of meal components on a Sunday and then combining them throughout the week. Yeah, I know, there are plenty of paleo chefs out there who have suggested this, but I just wasn't ready to listen. Of course, I had to adjust the plan a bit to accommodate what I eat, but I was able to do it in a way where I could make stuff that the whole family might enjoy. Here's what I did in a Sunday Kitchen WOD:
- snow peas
- two pineapples chunked
- head of lettuce washed and broken down
- head of kale washed and taken off the stalks
- brussell sprouts halved
- asparagus trimmed
- acorn squash sliced and roasted
- Shrimp broiled with ghee and lemon
- Beef and pork sausage meatballs
- Brown rice macaroni
- Brown rice
- Herb/garlic yogurt dressing
- White bean dip (Real Simple recipe)
|A salad (kale, lettus, almonds, asparagus, shrimp, squash, and simple lemon juice/olive oil dressing) on the left and a warm rice bowl (rice, meatballs, kale) with yogurt dressing on the right.|
More on this as things progress! What do you do to get ready for the week?