9G7A3722-644x429

Week starting Aug. 22, 2016

Monday

Creamy Avocado Zucchini Pasta with Charred Corn & Spicy Shrimp (double recipe). I was skeptical about the raw zucchini noodles, but they were perfect with the other components. Love shrimp. Don’t love peeling and deveining shrimp. But, it’s worth it when it’s on sale.

IMG_2116

Tuesday

Grilled Sprouts Hot Italian Sausage and leftover Creamy Avocado Zucchini Pasta topped with cherry tomatoes

Wednesday

Baked Greek Chicken (using ingredients from week before; didn’t make last week). Went ahead and made homemade baba ganoush, which is basically eggplant hummus (left out the tahini; roasted eggplants in oven). Big fan of Greek flavors.

IMG_2120

Thursday

Lettuce-wrapped burgers with Chipotle Roasted Carrots (use regular carrots)

Friday

Vietnamese Chicken & Cabbage Salad

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Small brick of cheese (for burgers)
  • Shrimp (1 lb; on sale $6.99/lb)
  • Ground beef (1 lb-ish; 85/15 on sale $2.99/lb)
  • Chicken breasts (2 packages; using rain check to get $1.79/lb price)
  • Cilantro (1 bunch)
  • Romaine lettuce (1 head)
  • Green cabbage (1 head)
  • Shallot (1 large one)
  • Carrots (1 lb; plus 2 carrots)
  • Corn (2 ears)
  • Zucchini (4 medium)
  • Tomatoes (2)
  • Avocado (2)
  • Red chili pepper (1)
  • Mint leaves
  • Eggs (18)
  • Limes (4)
  • Canned chipotle with adobo sauce (1 can)
  • Avocado oil (1 bottle)

Need but have at home

Olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, jalapeno (1), garlic cloves (10), romaine leaves, turmeric, coconut oil, honey, salt, fish sauce, white pepper, apple cider vinegar

baked-greek-chicken-main_uhmclw

Week starting Aug. 14, 2016

Sunday

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.

IMG_1987 FullSizeRender

Monday

Thai Red Vegetable Curry. Used more carrots than recipe. The lime juice really sets off the curry flavor. Fast hearty vegetarian dinner. It makes a ton.

IMG_2003

Tuesday

Leftover Thai Red Vegetable Curry.

Wednesday

Thai Chicken and Mango Fried Rice using coconut oil not duck fat. Used 2 cups of mango (about 1.25 red mangoes) and left half the seeds in the jalapeno for a bit more kick. Ideal summer dinner with the bright flavors but still filling.

FullSizeRender

Thursday

Chorizo lettuce wraps. Sprouts beef chorizo in romaine lettuce leaves with green onion, chopped jalapeno, sliced radishes, black olives, cilantro, grape tomatoes, etc. (including extra mango not used in fried rice). Use the big leaves to make your “tacos” and the small ones to make “nachos.”

2016-08-18

Friday

Baked Greek Chicken.

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Sprouts Beef chorizo (1 lb)
  • Whole chicken (1; on sale for $.99/lb)
  • Chicken breasts (2 large packages; using rain check to get $1.69/lb price)
  • Romaine lettuce (1 head)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Flat leaf parsley (1 bunch)
  • Snap peas (10 oz)
  • Broccoli crowns (several; for recipe & snack w/hummus)
  • Carrots (2–1 lb bags)
  • Yellow onions (several)
  • Red onion (1)
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Bartlett Pears (6; on sale $.88/lb) — SNACK
  • Mangoes (2)
  • Orange bell pepper (2)
  • Eggplants (2)
  • Grape tomatoes (1 pint)
  • Baby spinach (1 container)
  • Mushrooms (2–8oz containers of sliced button mushrooms)
  • Bananas (6) — SNACK
  • Limes (4)
  • Lemons (4)
  • Water chestnuts (5 oz can; purchased at Walmart)
  • Kalamata olives (1 jar; purchased at Walmart)
  • Coconut cream (grabbed 2 small cartons to total 14 oz; purchased at Walmart)

Need but have at home

Fresh rosemary (I store it in the freezer), unsalted butter, salt, pepper, olive oil, honey, coconut oil, garlic cloves, fresh ginger (I store it in the freezer), Thai Red Curry paste, coconut milk (1 can), coconut aminos, paprika, carrots (2), balsamic vinegar, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried basil, dried marjoram, dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, sesame oil, fish sauce, sriracha, jalapeno (2)

hash

Week starting Aug. 8, 2016

Monday

Grilled andouille sausage (from Sprouts butcher counter)with sauteed peppers and onions

Tuesday

Chipotle Chicken & Green Beans using olive oil instead of avocado oil

IMG_1369

Wednesday

Pizza Spaghetti Pie adding black olives, red & green bell pepper and sliced mushrooms

IMG_1352

Thursday

Another round of Chipotle Chicken & Green Beans using olive oil instead of avocado oil (bought twice as much as needed). Added in a sliced onion and some chopped green hatch chiles. May add an onion every time now.

Friday

Healthy Hamburger Helper with 3 sweet potatoes instead of 2 and ground turkey instead of beef. Could cut out the coconut flour when using the almost grease-free turkey. This is so much better than you think it’d be. Great meal. Can serve with an egg for breakfast next day.

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Sprouts andouille sausage (4 links; from butcher counter)
  • Chicken thighs (large packages; on sale $1.49/lb)
  • Italian sausage (1 lb)
  • Ground turkey (1 lb)
  • Kale (1 bunch)
  • Sweet potatoes (2)
  • Pears (8) — SNACK
  • Green beans (1 lb)
  • Green bell peppers (2)
  • Spaghetti squash (1)
  • Sliced mushrooms (1-8oz package)
  • Eggs (18)
  • Pizza Sauce (1 can/jar)

Need but have at home

Salt, pepper, chili powder, chipotle powder, cayenne, olive oil, onion (3), dried basil, coconut oil, garlic, coconut flour, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, red bell peppers (2), black olives

masala-cauliflower

Week starting Aug. 1, 2016

Monday

Grilled chicken drumsticks with California Citrus Rub and a Big Salad: romaine lettuce, olives, sliced almonds, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, red bell peppers

Tuesday

Green Chile Chorizo Cauliflower Casserole (could also use any ground meat spiced with homemade taco seasoning instead of chorizo).

IMG_1225

Wednesday

Masala Cauliflower. Served with my favorite chopped kale salad (I always double the recipe; use raisins & slivered almonds, cheaper option). The cauliflower packs a lot of flavor, but the spices weren’t necessarily married until the next day. Next time I’ll make the night before. It’s delicious and pairs nicely with the raisins in the salad.

IMG_1927

Thursday

Tequila Cilantro Lime Chicken. Truly absorbs all the flavor from the marinade. Don’t settle for restaurant chicken. Make this. It’s fast, easy and far better than anything from a restaurant.

IMG_1837

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Grated Parmesan (smallest container; only need cup)
  • Chicken breasts (large package; on sale $1.79/lb; out of stock; got rain check)
  • Chicken drumsticks (large package)
  • Ground meat (1 lb; whatever is good and cheap; chorizo was manager’s special)
  • Green leafy lettuce or romaine (1 head)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Kale (2 bunches)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Yellow onions (several or bag)
  • White onion (1)
  • Garlic (1 head)
  • Cauliflower (2 large heads)
  • Cucumbers (2)
  • Tomatoes (2)
  • Red bell peppers (2)
  • Serrano pepper (1)
  • Jalapenos (4)
  • Limes (3)
  • Lemons (2)
  • Eggs (18)
  • Slivered almonds (1/2 cup)

Savory Spice shop

  • Refill for small bottle of coriander
  • Fennel seeds (smallest amount possible)

Need but have at home

Salt, dried oregano, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic cloves (3), olive oil, honey, tequila, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, garam masala, chili powder (don’t have Kashmiri), dried fenugreek leaves, pepper, green chilies (12 oz), raisins, crushed red pepper

mushroom-mattar-methi-malai

Week starting July 24, 2016

Sunday

Chorizo lettuce wraps. Top with cilantro, diced tomatoes, red onion, jalapenos and radishes.

Monday

Out

Tuesday

Buffalo Chicken Casserole. Used 2/3 cup of Frank’s instead of 1 cup. May lessen even more next time. Crowd pleaser.

Wednesday

Sweet Korean Paleo Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice. Back by popular demand (aka Ryan’s fav). Used 3.4 lbs of chicken thighs and doubled marinade recipe.

IMG_1580

Thursday

Mushroom Mattar Methi Malai. Made tomato puree with fresh tomatoes using an immersion blender (since food processor was busy). Used frozen peas and coconut milk that’d been refrigerated instead of coconut cream. All the spices can be purchased in small quantities at a spice shop. Ugly yes, but it’s also filling, flavorful and smells amazing.

13886928_10208932529885026_1641440007196828308_n

Friday

Balsamic Chicken Thighs and Asparagus. Go-to recipe. Super quick to throw together marinade.

IMG_1001

Saturday

Grilled chicken drumsticks (with either jerk or Mt. Elbert seasoning) with Sauteed Okra

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Chorizo (1 lb; whatever kind is cheapest; sometimes there’s a manager’s special that they need to get rid of)
  • Ground chicken (1 lb)
  • Chicken thighs (2 large packages; on sale $1.49/lb)
  • Chicken drumsticks (large package)
  • Romaine or green leafy lettuce (1 head)
  • Curly parsley (1 bunch)
  • Celery (1  head)
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Spaghetti squash (1)
  • Asparagus (1 bunch)
  • Okra (1 lb)
  • Red bell pepper (1)
  • Avocado (1 or 2)
  • Tomato (2)
  • Mushrooms (2–8oz packages)
  • Tomato puree (need ½ cup; could use leftover tomatoes in fridge?)
  • Frozen green peas (1 bag; can get at Dollar Tree)
  • Coconut cream (1 can; if they have it at Sprouts;  if not, 1 can of coconut milk from Dollar Tree instead)
  • Gochujang (1 jar; Korean chili paste; available at Sprouts, most Walmarts & Target)

Need but have at home

Frank’s, pepper, olive oil, garlic, yellow onions, garlic powder, salt, organic mayo, eggs, fresh ginger, coriander powder, garam masala, paprika, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cardamom, kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves), cilantro, balsamic vinegar, coconut aminos, carrots

shakshouka

Week starting July 18, 2016

Monday

Leftover Horseradish Crusted London Broil with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

IMG_1309

Tuesday

Eggs Poached in a Spiced Tomato Sauce (Shakshouka). Used yellow bell pepper instead of red; four tomatoes instead of three. Very filling vegetarian dish.

IMG_1625

Wednesday

Greek Lemon Chicken with Paleo Tzatziki Sauce and Simple Cucumber Salad. Used Greek yogurt for tzatziki instead of coconut milk; and an entire cucumber instead of half; blended with immersion blender. Used 2 cucumbers instead of 1 1/2 for salad; added sliced red onion and tomato. Refreshing and light meal.

IMG_1634

Thursday-Saturday

Ardmore / Cupid University

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Hummus — SNACK
  • Chicken breasts (large package)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Apples (8) — SNACK
  • Cucumber (1)
  • Tomatoes (4)
  • Serrano pepper (2)
  • Bell pepper (1)
  • Broccoli (bag of florets) — SNACK
  • Dill (one package)
  • Eggs (18)
  • Lemons (3)

Need but have at home

Honey, fresh ginger, sesame seeds, garlic, sesame oil, coconut aminos, salt, onion, cumin, paprika, chili powder, pepper, olive oil, coriander, dried oregano, dried parsley, cucumbers (2), coconut milk

Photo credit: The Endless Meal 
http://www.theendlessmeal.com/korean-paleo-chicken-thighs/

Week starting July 11, 2016

Week of recycling recipes. Not trying anything new this week–just going with those that have already proven tasty.

Monday

Huge salad. Used a head of green leafy lettuce (sliced) and everything in the fridge: green & black olives, sliced radishes, chopped tomatoes, diced carrots, chopped cucumbers, banana pepper slices, chopped red de-seeded jalapeno and sliced almonds.

Tuesday

Chipotle Chicken and Green Beans. Used green beans from a co-worker’s garden last time. Hope store-bought doesn’t pale in comparison. Subbed olive oil for avocado oil. Served with sliced tomato.

IMG_1369

Wednesday

Leftovers

Thursday

Sweet Korean Paleo Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice. I don’t love “sweet” entrees, but this is smoky sweet and delicious.

IMG_1580

Friday

Crispy Pork Carnitas lettuce wraps (w/romaine lettuce) topped with tomatoes, cilantro, chopped radish, green onions and red jalapenos. Love this blog, a lot. Her Baingan ka Bharta (Indian Eggplant) w/a fried egg is my new favorite dish (below). For breakfast the next day, added an egg on top of the carnitas.

IMG_1469     IMG_1587     IMG_1600

Saturday

Horseradish Crusted London Broil with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta. This combines two different recipes. Will only make when the meat is on sale. It’s yummy & pretty. I tend to take red pepper flake packets from work to add unnecessary zing. Used leftover London Broil for steak and eggs. (RE: pictures–I’m not a food stylist. I’m just here to eat.)

IMG_1309     IMG_1611

Sunday

Chicken and sweet potato curry. This is a quick comfort meal.

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • London broil (2 lbs; on sale $4.99/Sprouts butcher sliced the size I wanted)
  • Pork loin roast (3 lbs; on sale $1.79/lb)
  • Chicken thighs (large package; split for two recipes)
  • Chicken breasts (1 large package; on sale $1.88/lb)
  • Ginger root (little knob)
  • Romaine lettuce (1 head)
  • Green leafy lettuce (1 head)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Sweet potatoes (2)
  • Onions (3lb bag)
  • Garlic (3 heads)
  • Apples (8; Granny Smith & Fuji on sale $.99/lb)–SNACK
  • Green beans (1 lb)
  • Cucumbers (2)
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Red jalapeno peppers (4)
  • Serrano peppers (2)
  • Roasted red peppers (1 jar)
  • Almond butter (need ½ cup)–too expensive at Sprouts, pick up at Target or Walmart
  • Coconut milk (2 cans)–trying Dollar Tree’s version bc it was cheap; we’ll see

Need but have at home

Olive oil, chili powder, salt, black pepper, chipotle powder from Savory Spice, cayenne, prepared horseradish, Dijon mustard, zucchini (2), yellow squash (2), garlic powder, onion powder, mustard, powder, green & black olives, radishes, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, banana pepper slices, sliced almonds, cilantro, oregano, cumin, bay leaf (1), cinnamon stick (1), lime (1), oranges (2), honey, sesame seeds, gochujang (Korean chili paste; can buy at Sprouts), coconut aminos, sesame oil, curry powder, ground ginger

indian-eggplant-recipe-baingan-ka-bharta

Week starting July 5, 2016

The combo 4th of July weekend and a pending travel weekend calls for vegetarian week.

Tuesday

Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice (will substitute raisins; ingredients from last week) with a Green Leafy Lettuce Salad (tomatoes, radishes, carrots, olives). This rice was light and ideal for this sweaty weather.

IMG_1461

Wednesday

Grilled Zucchini with Fruity Coleslaw (will use blueberries instead of grapes)

Thursday

Baingan ka Bharta (Indian Eggplant). I would marry this dish if I knew it was single. My mouth is watering thinking about it. Used 3 eggplants instead of 2 and roasted for 30 minutes (didn’t broil after). Subbed coconut oil for avocado oil; topped with a fried egg and cilantro for dinner; served on top of spaghetti squash noodles for lunch.

IMG_1469

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Serrano pepper (2)
  • Cilantro (1 bunch)
  • Radishes (1 bunch)
  • Apples (8) — SNACK
  • Blueberries (2–6oz packages; on sale $.88/each)
  • Pineapple (1; on sale $1.88/each)
  • Eggplants (2)
  • Spaghetti squash (1)
  • Tomatoes (6)
  • Black olives (1 can; get the from Dollar Tree, cheapest place to buy olives)
  • Green olives (1 jar; get the from Dollar Tree, cheapest place to buy olives)

Need but have at home

Mandarin oranges (1 can), homemade mayo, cabbage, carrots, zucchinis, salt, pepper, lemons, olive oil, cumin seeds, onion, garlic, fresh ginger, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, paprika

chipotle-chicken-recipe

Week starting June 27, 2016

Week starting June 27, 2016

Monday

Chipotle Chicken and Green Beans. Made this with green beans from someone’s garden. It was so easy and ridiculously good. The chipotle powder is a must and can be picked up from Savory Spice.

IMG_1369

Tuesday

Summer Squash Meatball Casserole. Made this previously. Fairly quick to throw together and tastes better the second day once flavors set in.

IMG_1410

Wednesday

Chicken Enchilada Bake (will use 1½ chicken breasts from package of 3) with Jicama Slaw. This slaw is a go-to for summer cookouts. This enchilada bake is a healthier substitute for the King Ranch Casserole we all grew up eating. These ingredients are a little bit better for you than cream of chicken soup, tortilla chips and cheese.

IMG_1425

Thursday

Grilled chicken (will use remaining 1½ chicken breasts from package of 3) with Indian dry rub (will half recipe) and Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice (will substitute raisins for currants)

Friday

Grilled Sprouts Andouille Sausage With Grilled Zucchini

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Sprouts Andouille sausage (1½lbs)
  • Ground beef (1 lb)
  • Chicken breasts (on sale $1.79/lb)
  • Chicken thighs (1 lb)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Napa cabbage (1 head)
  • Red onion (2)
  • Cucumber (preferably an English cucumber but not if pricey; 1 or 2)
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Jicama (1)
  • Red bell pepper (1)
  • Orange bell pepper (1)
  • Eggs (18)
  • Lemons (3)
  • Limes (6)
  • Pineapple (1)
  • Chipotle powder (only need ½ tsp; may get from Savory Spice)
  • Coconut aminos (1 bottle)
  • Enchilada sauce (1-14oz can)
  • Diced green chiles (1-6oz can)
  • Diced tomatoes (1-14oz can)
  • Raw cashews — SNACK (1½ lbs; on sale for $4.99/lb)
  • Sliced almonds (¼ cup)

Need but have at home

Cooking fat, minced garlic, yellow squash (2), zucchinis (8), cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, parsley, red chili flakes, chili powder, rice wine vinegar, sugar, olive oil, carrots (1 bag), coconut oil, dried oregano, green beans (12oz), onion (½), curry powder, cumin, garlic powder, turmeric, cardamom, coriander, onion powder, dry mustard, fennel seeds, garam marsala, sage, ground ginger

Baconlimesweetpotatosalad11

Week starting June 20, 2016

Week starting June 20, 2016

Monday

Leftover Asparagus, Dill & Onion Egg Casserole

Tuesday

Meatloaf (manager’s special from Sprouts) with Fruity Coleslaw (picked up ingredients last week)

Wednesday

Pizza Spaghetti Pie. Legitimate pizza substitute. Used a 9×13 dish instead of 8×8, which I felt was too small. Added some olives. Will add green bell pepper and/or mushrooms next time. Used hot Italian sausage from Sprouts, but could use any ground meat or do an all veggie version. So damn good. Used entire 14 oz jar of pizza sauce instead of just 1 cup. Used whole onion instead of half.

IMG_1352

Thursday

Romaine-wrapped burgers with Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad. Served burgers with a fried egg on top without lettuce wrapped.

Friday

Cilantro chicken nuggets with Zucchini Cakes. Chicken nuggets are a little messy to make, but the flavor was intriguing.

Sprouts shopping list ($38.15 / 6.20.16)

  • 85/15 ground beef (1½ lbs; on sale $3.99/lb)
  • Italian sausage (1 lb)
  • Ground chicken (1 lb)
  • Bacon (½ lb)
  • Romaine lettuce or green leafy lettuce (1 bunch)
  • Cilantro (1 bunch)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Sweet potatoes (3)
  • Granny Smith apples (8; on sale $.98/lb) — SNACK
  • Spaghetti squash (1)
  • Eggs (18)
  • Pizza sauce (no added sugar; 8 oz)
  • Baking powder

Need but have at home

Coconut oil, lime (1), olive oil, balsamic vinegar, green onions, fresh dill, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, salt, pepper, onion (½), dried basil, zucchini (2), garlic cloves (2), coconut oil, coconut flour, ginger, white wine vinegar, honey, stone ground mustard, sesame oil