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Week starting Jan. 9, 2017

Monday

Roast Chicken and Honey Roasted Carrots with few handfuls of spinach. Previously intimidated by whole chickens, but they’re actually super cheap and extremely easy to cook. This meal is homey, delicious and inexpensive.

Tuesday

Simple Herb Crusted Salmon (doing 4 fillets instead of 2) with the arugula salad on this recipe (subbing in spinach). The spinach with simple dressing was fantastic/crave-worthy. The salmon was tasty, but I found the coconut flour/parsley mixture “meh” at best and unnecessary. I’d much prefer to coat the salmon in the dijon and cover with crushed pistachios like this recipe (picture on rigtht).

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Wednesday

Supreme Pizza Frittata. Using cast iron skillet Christmas gift for first time. Not hard to do, looks impressive and tastes just like pizza. The arugula on top (not pictured) really made it. Could adjust toppings to preference/availability. Great pizza substitute.

Thursday

White Chicken Chili. Using Instant Pot version of recipe. Will definitely make again. Solid recipe. Topped with a dollup of yogurt.

For a snack, used leftover salmon fromTuesday on some crackers with yogurt and capers for a light version of lox.

Friday

Pressure Cooker Kalua Pig. Finally making this recipe. Keep planning to but getting around to it. Need to pick up some Hawaiian salt from Savory Spice.

Saturday

Leftover Chili and leftover pig

Sunday

Mushroom Mattar Methi Malai. Will make tomato puree with fresh tomatoes. Made this before. Ugly, but filling, flavorful and smells amazing.

Monday

Instant Pot Dal Makhani (lentils). Amazing. Cost less than $3 to make. Even better the next day. Using olive oil instead of avocado oil.

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Salmon (4 fillets; on sale $6.99/lb)
  • Bacon (3 slices; can get just that amount from butcher counter)
  • Pork shoulder roast (5 lbs; on sale $1.69/lb)
  • Hot Italian sausage (1 lb)
  • Whole chicken (always cheap)
  • Chicken breasts (2 lbs; on sale $1.77/lb)
  • Cilantro (1 bunch)
  • Parsley (1 bunch)
  • Celery (1 head)
  • Carrots (2 lbs)
  • Onions (4)
  • Red onion (1)
  • Garlic (3 heads)
  • Jalapenos (6)
  • Green bell pepper (1)
  • Tomatoes (4)
  • Button mushrooms (2, 8oz packages)
  • Button mushrooms (6; bulk mushroom area)
  • Arugula (may get from Trader Joe’s)
  • Basil (may get from Trader Joe’s)
  • Eggs (12)
    Pepperoni (only need a few slices; may get from Trader Joe’s)
  • Pizza sauce (1 cup; may get from Trader Joe’s)
  • Cannellini beans (1 can)
  • Coconut cream (1 cup; may get from Trader Joe’s)
  • Lemons (6)

Need but have at home

Butter (1½  sticks), fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, spinach, olive oil, honey, coconut flour, dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, fresh ginger, coriander powder, garam masala, paprika, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cardamom, green peas, kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves), chili powder, oregano, chicken broth (1 carton), frozen corn (1 bag), cabbage (1 head), lentils (1 cup), cumin seeds, fresh ginger, butter

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Week starting Jan. 3, 2017

Tuesday

Instant Pot Indian Black Eyed Pea Curry over cauliflower rice. Peas have to soak for 1-2 hours before cooking (soaked for 1 hr). Used a bit more peas and 3 tomatoes. Also topped with fresh jalapeno slices. Very tasty and super cheap meal. For cauliflower rice: rice cauliflower with food processor shredding attachment and saute on medium heat in a bit of coconut oil with some black pepper and 1/4 cup of water. Cover and steam for about 7 minutes.

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Wednesday

Chicken Tenders with Savory Spice Blend with Winter Slaw. Used poultry setting on Instant Pot for chicken tenders. Put in about 2 lbs and sprinkled with a salt-free seasoning. Slaw makes a ton; had to use a huge bowl. Used 3 carrots instead of 2. Slaw is even better next day after flavors set in /texture wears down.

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Thursday

Chicken Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl. Used remaining chicken tenders from family pack.  Used an entire kale bunch. This will be my  go-to pho substitute. Used 1 tbsp of ghost curry powder and 2 tbsp of hot curry powder. Omitted optional almond butter and coconut cream concentrate.Not much work to throw together.

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Friday

Kale, butternut squash, onion and 1 lb of ground beef. Following this recipe (omitted coconut flour) for the most part. Cooked beef night before. butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes because on sale. Added an egg on top for breakfast the next day.

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Saturday

Sous vide/flash fried chicken with leftover Winter Slaw from Wednesday, which just kept getting better. Sous vide chicken for 1 hour then dip chicken in buttermilk, then flour mixture (flour, garlic powder, pepper, salt & Nashville Hot Chicken Spice), then buttermilk, then flour mixture or panko. Flash fry in oil for 3 minutes. Sous vide process kept chicken extremely moist and delicious.

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Snack: Yogurt Pesto Dip with veggie chips. Not the healthiest but healthier. Saw this extremely easy recipe (just Greek yogurt & store bought pesto) while watching The Kitchen. New party trick.

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Sunday

Turnip and Potato Soup and Crispy Brussels Sprouts. This soup was fantastic. Turnips add creaminess and kick of flavor. These sprouts are a go-to recipe. Always use more sprouts than recipe. Hearty and filling vegetarian Sunday supper.

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Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Chicken breast tenders (larger package; on sale $1.97/lb)
  • Chicken breasts (large package)
  • Ground meat (1 lb; whatever is least expensive)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Carrots (1 bag)
  • Green cabbage (1 small head)
  • Red cabbage (1 small head)
  • Kale (2 bunch)
  • Turnips (2 lbs)
  • Russet potatoes (1.5 lbs)
  • Onion (4)
  • Garlic (3 heads)
  • Spaghetti squash (1; on sale for $.50/lb)
  • Butternut squash (1; on sale $.50/lb)
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Brussels sprouts (however much you want)
  • Red bell pepper (1)
  • Tomatoes (2 large or 3 medium)
  • Mint (1 package)
  • Lemon (1)
  • Limes (2)
  • Pomegranate or pom seeds (not sure if they have this? Maybe frozen seeds?)
  • Chicken broth (check to see if we have any)
  • Coconut milk (1 can; or check to see if we have one)
  • Plain full fat Greek yogurt (1 large container)
  • Buttermilk
  • Veggie Chips (Trader Joe’s)
  • Pesto (1 jar; from Trader Joe’s)
  • Panko crumbs
  • Walnuts (½ cup)
  • Black eyed peas (need 1 cup; on sale for $.99/lb in bulk area)

Need but have at home

Olive oil, cumin seeds, fresh ginger, turmeric, cayenne, salt, garam masala, black pepper, water, almond butter, coconut aminos, sesame oil, fish sauce, curry powder, ground coriander, garam masala, ground cloves, coconut oil, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, dried thyme, bay leaves, nutmeg, smoked paprika, flour

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Week starting Dec. 15, 2016

Thursday

No Bean Turkey & Sweet Potato Chili. Doubled recipe. Topped with plain Greek yogurt  and fresh jalapeno slices. Tasty and quick to throw together.

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Friday

Leftover chili

Saturday

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken & Sweet Potatoes. Won an Instant Pot at a Christmas party. So pumped. It’s great. This was an easy first instant pot recipe. Used half of chicken breasts; saved other half for Monday night.

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Sunday

Instant Pot Dal Makhani (lentils). Amazing. Cost less than $3 to make. Even better the next day. Used olive oil instead of avocado oil. Doubled tomatoes because I used Romas. I don’t think I’ll soak the lentils next time.

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Monday

Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Kale. Everything you want a chicken soup to be in winter. Cozy. Cooked the chicken on Instant Pot poultry setting first using this recipe scaled down for 1.5 lbs. Used twice as much kale to use it up.

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Tuesday

Leftover soup

Wednesday

Pressure Cooker Kalua Pig

Thursday

Leftover pork

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Bacon (only need 3 slices)
  • Chicken breasts (large package; on sale $1.77/lb)
  • Pork shoulder roast (5 lbs; on sale $1.69/lb)
  • Ground turkey (20 oz)
  • Cilantro
  • Kale (1 bunch)
  • Cabbage (1 head)
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes (4)
  • Rotel (1 larger off brand can)
  • Tomato Sauce (1 larger can)
  • Chicken broth (1 carton)
  • Red lentils (1 cup; from bulk section at sprouts)
  • Red Hawaiian Coarse Sea Salt (1½ tbsp; get from savory spice)

Need but have at home

Salt, onions (4), garlic cloves, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, bay leaf, sweet potatoes, butter, Frank’s RedHot, sweet potatoes (3), pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, olive oil, fresh ginger, turmeric, cayenne, garam masala, carrots, celery, dried thyme, dried oregano, fish sauce

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Week starting Dec. 7, 2016

Wednesday

Dijon Almond Crusted Tilapia with Crispy Brussels Sprouts. Used four tilapia fillets instead of two, so added a few more almonds and tinge more paprika. Used more Brussels sprouts than recipe. Paired with red pear and Kerrygold white cheddar. Super easy and great flavor.

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Thursday

Leftover tilapia and sprouts

Friday

Punjabi Style Chicken Soup. Easily one of my favorite winter dishes. Makes a ton.

Saturday

Leftover soup

Sunday

Gobhi Mussallam (Roasted Whole Cauliflower). Fun new dish to try. Did two smaller heads of cauliflower. Forgot fresh tomatoes, so I used canned.

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Monday

Pumpkin and Chorizo Soup. I love this because it is simple, easy and good. Ryan gives it a “meh” but still eats it.

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Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Tilapia fillets (4)
  • Chicken thighs (1 lb ground;  or regular (cubed) on sale $1.67/lb)
  • Chorizo (½ lb)
  • Cilantro (2 buncesh)
  • Ginger root
  • Green cabbage (1 head; 1½ lbs)
  • Onions (3)
  • Red onion (1)
  • Garlic (3 heads)
  • Cauliflower (1 head; on sale $.69/lb)
  • Serrano pepper (2)
  • Jalapenos (6)
  • Olive oil (only if on sale)
  • Coconut milk (2 cans)
  • Chicken broth (2 cartons)
  • Almonds (⅓ cup)
  • Raw cashews (2 tbsp)

Need but have at home

Brussels sprouts, salt, pepper, olive oil, pomegranate, balsamic vinegar, smoked paprika, coconut oil, dijon mustard, parsley, lemon, cumin seeds, garam masala, turmeric, cumin, coriander, water, dried fenugreek leaves, canned pumpkin, marjoram, Mexican oregano

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Week starting Nov. 15, 2016

Tuesday

Spaghetti (zucchini spaghetti) & Meat Sauce. Threw together with items at the house: ground beef, chopped onion, canned tomatoes, black olives, garlic, zucchini noodles. Topped with some fresh basil from the porch.

Wednesday

Mulligatawny Soup. One of my favorite meals. Used butter instead of ghee, 3 celery stalks instead of 1, and 3 carrots instead of 2. Omitted white basmati rice but may cook some to have with leftovers.

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Thursday

Sweet Korean Paleo Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice. Put into marinade on Wednesday night. One of Ryan’s favorite meals.

Friday

Leftovers

Saturday

Easy Breakfast Casserole. Only using 1lb meat and shredding sweet potato with food processor.

Sunday

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Monday

Maple Rosemary Whipped Yams Topped with Cinnamon Candied Pecans for office potluck

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Ground beef (1 lb)*
  • Ground pork or sausage (1 lb)
  • Chicken thighs (4 lbs or more; on sale $1.59/lb)
  • Chicken breasts (1 package; on sale $1.59/lb)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Spinach
  • Celery (1 bunch; on sale $.69/bunch)
  • Carrots (1 bag)
  • Sweet potato (8; on sale $.69/llb)
  • Potatoes (2 lbs; 5 lb bag on sale for $.69)
  • Onions (4)
  • Pink lady apples (4; on sale $.88/lb)
  • Zucchini (2)*
  • Lemon (1)
  • Eggs
  • Fresh rosemary (Trader Joe’s)
  • Coconut milk (3 cans) Trader Joe’s
  • Maple syrup (1 bottle) Trader Joe’s
  • Chicken broth (2 cartons)
  • Coconut sugar (¼ cup) Trader Joe’s if can’t buy in bulk from Sprouts
  • Pecan halves (3 cups) Trader Joe’s?

Need but have at home

Onion (1), canned tomatoes, fresh basil, black olives, bay leaves, garlic cloves, garam masala, curry powder, turmeric, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, salt, pepper, cilantro, honey, gochujang, coconut aminos, sesame oil, sesame seeds, fresh ginger, salt, pepper, coconut oil, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, fresh sage, cayenne, frozen peas, cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple sugar

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Week starting Nov. 7, 2016

Monday

Ground Turkey Brussels Sprouts Skillet. Big fan of shredded Brussels sprouts. Used more than recipe. Used outer leaves to make Brussels sprouts chips (toss with bit or olive oil and bake at 350 for 10ish mins flipping at 5-min mark).

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Tuesday

Roast Chicken and Paleo Honey Roasted Carrots. The chicken is a Pioneer Woman recipe, so there’s butter. However, it doesn’t have the other Southern staples (cheese, cream of whatever, etc.), so you’re fine. It was incredible, super easy and cheap! Including the carrots, this meal cost under $7. It fed two adults dinner and lunch the next day.

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Wednesday

Pork Roast with Dijon Glaze with roasted butternut squash. Feeling lazy, used precut butternut squash from Trader Joe’s. It was a huge roast, so repurposed it for breakfast with eggs and jalapenos. Smells great when cooking.

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Thursday-Saturday

Leftovers

Sunday

Savory Sriracha Oatmeal. Didn’t want to go out or cook for a long time and found this recipe. Omitted cashews. Topped with parsley from my porch. Yum. Easy.

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Monday

Baingan ka Bharta (Indian Eggplant). Use 3 eggplants instead of 2 and roasted for 30 minutes (didn’t broil after). Sub coconut oil for avocado oil; top with a fried egg and cilantro. One of my absolute favorite dishes. Ridiculous.

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Friday

Leftovers

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Whole chicken (1)
  • Pork loin roast (3 lbs; on sale $1.77/lb)
  • Ground turkey (1 lb; on sale $4.99/lb)
  • Cilantro aka fresh coriander (1 bunch)
  • Carrots (2 bags)
  • White onion (1)
  • Brussels sprouts (½ lb)
  • Eggplants (3)
  • Red bell pepper (1)
  • Serrano peppers (2)
  • Tomatoes (4)
  • Lemons (3)
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Unsalted butter
  • Parsnips, turnips or butternut squash (pick up from Trader Joe’s)

Need but have at home

Coconut oil, onion (1), garlic cloves, chili powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, olive oil, honey, parsley, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, dijon mustard, cumin, fresh ginger, coriander powder, turmeric, garam masala, oats, sriracha, coconut aminos, eggs

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Week starting Nov. 3, 2016

Wednesday

Healthy Hamburger Helper. Used ground  turkey and eliminated coconut flour. Used 3 sweet potatoes instead of 2. Used 1½ bunches of spinach. Go-to meal. Made because I had all ingredients in fridge except the meat.

Thursday

Leftovers

Friday

Balsamic Pot Roast. Used 4 sweet potatoes. Cooked overnight Thursday and able to pack lunch for Friday and have dinner.

Saturday

Leftovers

Sunday

Steaks and baked sweet potatoes. Grilled steaks and seasoned with Bourbon Barrel Smoked Black Pepper from Savory Spice.

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Steaks (2)
  • Ground turkey (bought at walmart)
  • Rump roast (3lbs-ish; on sale $2.99/lb)
  • Carrots (1 bag)
  • Sweet potatoes (6)

Need but have at home

Coconut oil, sweet potatoes (3), spinach (2 bunches), garlic cloves, onion (2), salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves, beef stock

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Week starting Oct. 26, 2016

Wednesday

Curried Shrimp and Spinach. Cooked onions in a saucepan, so I could use an immersion blender in the pot instead of pouring into a blender. Transferred to a skillet before adding shrimp & spinach. Only had 1¼ lbs of shrimp. Broke them in half for more shrimpy bites. Used a bit more spinach & added in a chopped green bell pepper & some broccoli to clean out the fridge. Served on top of some wild rice I needed to use up.

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Thursday

Grilled T-Bones with Baked Sweet Potatoes and sliced tomatoes. Less than $9 (per person) for a steak dinner. Eat it, overpriced steakhouses. Ryan seasoned the steaks with Bourbon Barrel Smoked Black Pepper from Savory Spice. Microwaved the sweet potatoes in a potato pouch. Topped with butter, and I added some Ghost Pepper salt from Savory Spice to mine.

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Friday

Citrus Lime Steak with sliced tomatoes and small salad. Marinate London Broil on Thursday night. Grilled this in a hurry and ate it in a salad (arugula, jalapenos, radishes, white cheddar) on the road. I think it was good. Ate fast in a car.

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Sunday

Artichoke Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta. Made this before. Restaurant quality. Used basil from my front porch. Let everything simmer on low in sauce/noodles for quite a  while before serving.

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Monday (Oct. 31)

Slow Cooker Curry-Cashew Coconut Chicken with Ginger-Cilantro Turnip Rice. Will just use shredding attachment on food processor to make turnip rice. Turnip rice for the win. More flavor & less messy than cauliflower rice. Mine was a rice/noodle hybrid since I just used shredding attachment. Used ghost curry powder from Savory Spice. Nice heat. Used red jalapeno for the chili. DIDN’T USE SLOW COOKER. Cooked at 360 for about an hour.

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Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Shrimp (medium peeled & deveined from butcher counter; on sale $4.99/lb)
  • T-Bones (on sale $6.99/lb)
  • London Broil (1½ – 2lb; using rain check)
  • Chicken breasts (2 large packages; on sale $1.88/lb)
  • Parsley (1 bunch)
  • Cilantro (1 bunch)
  • Sweet Potatoes (4)
  • Onions (4)
  • Green beans (5 oz)
  • Spaghetti squash (1 large)
  • Turnips (2 large)
  • Red Pears (6; on sale $.98/lb) — SNACK
  • Tomatoes (2)
  • Red jalapeno (3)
  • Lemons (2)
  • Spinach (big bag? Need 7 cups)
  • Coconut milk (2 cans)
  • Artichoke hearts (1 can)
  • Vegetable broth (1 carton)
  • Italian seasoning (get from bulk spice section)
  • Walnuts (⅓ cup)
  • Raw cashews (½ cup)

Need but have at home

Curry powder (use the hot one in a bag), coconut oil, tomato paste (tube under sink), chicken broth, salt, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, garlic powder, onion powder, limes (3), orange (1), tarragon, olive oil, garlic cloves, fresh basil, turmeric

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Week starting Oct. 18, 2016

Tuesday

Paleo Pumpkin Chili. Used olive oil instead of avocado oil and honey instead of coconut sugar (didn’t want to buy either). Added a chopped jalapeno just because. Ingredients perfectly meld together. Prep time was minimal, which is a major weekday win. New go-to.

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Wednesday

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Arugula Salad (arugula, tomato, radishes, peppers, simple dressing). Sprouts only had raw shelled pistachios, so I bought shell-on roasted. Shelled them while sitting on couch night before and stored in baggie. Crushed them in the baggie using my pestle. Used 1.89 lbs of salmon instead of 1 lb but left rest of ingredients the same amount (there was still enough to cover the salmon). Baked for 18 mins instead of 10-15. Impressive looking and only took around 20 mins.

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Thursday

Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl. Unique dish. Not flavors I typically cook with but quite tasty. Used almond butter.

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Sunday

Spicy Chipotle Butternut Squash Chili. Simple recipe. Butternut squash takes on potato texture. Hearty.

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Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Salmon (1 ½ lbs; on sale $5.99/lb)
  • Ground beef (1 lb; on sale $3.99/lb)
  • Ground pork (1 lb)
  • Ground turkey (2 lbs; on sale $4.99/lb)
  • Ginger root (piece of knob)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Cilantro (1 bunch)
  • Celery (1 head; on sale $.88/bunch))
  • Radishes (1 bunch)
  • Broccoli (enough for 2 cups)
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Spaghetti squash (1; on sale $.69/lb)
  • Butternut squash (2 lbs; on sale $.69/lb)
  • Green bell pepper (1)
  • Serrano peppers (4)
  • Arugula
  • Fresh sage (1 container)
  • Chicken broth (1 container)
  • Diced tomatoes (2 cans; Muir Glen brand on sale 5/$5)
  • Almond butter (Sprouts brand on sale $7.49/big tub)
  • Coconut sugar (2 tbsp; may just use honey if not in bulk area at Sprouts)
  • Pistachios (½ cup; shelled, salted & dry roasted)

Need but have at home

Olive oil, onion, garlic, pumpkin puree (1 can), beef broth, chili powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, cayenne, black pepper, bay leaf, nutmeg, coconut oil, chipotle powder, oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, onion powder, sriracha, coconut aminos, spinach, limes (2), white wine vinegar, honey sesame oil, red pepper flakes, dijon mustard

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Week starting Oct. 10, 2016

Monday

Balsamic Pot Roast. Prepared and cooked in crock pot Sunday evening. Used more carrots than recipe (bag &  a half). Added in celery. Cut veggies in large chunks and added them in at the beginning instead of adding in later and switching heat to high. Cooked about 2 hrs longer than listed on low.

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Tuesday

Chipotle Chicken and Green Beans. One of my favorites…because it’s easy. Wanted to use entire large package of chicken (3 lbs), so I tripled the recipe except oil (used just a bit more than normal amount). Used olive oil instead of avocado oil (will buy some eventually). Picture on left is when I made it with home grown green beans vs picture on right made with store bought beans last night. Fresh tomato is a nice addition.

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Wednesday

Grilled Sprouts hot Italian sausage links with spicy mustard and spinach salad

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Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Sprouts hot Italian sausage links (4; from butcher counter)
  • Boneless beef chuck roast (3 lb; on sale $2.99/lb)
  • Chicken thighs (large package; on sale $1.79/lb)
  • Carrots (1 bag)
  • Green beans (2 lbs)

Need but have at home

Sweet potatoes (4), onion (1), celery, fresh rosemary, bay leaves, garlic cloves, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, chili powder, chipotle powder, cayenne, spinach