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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)

Monday

Pumpkin and Chorizo Soup

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

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Week starting Oct. 3, 2016

Monday

Chicken Pot Pie Soup. Will definitely make this again. Used a rotisserie chicken to save time. Took out roughly chopped potatoes and used immersion blender to cream them together with coconut milk in a bowl. Adjusted cook time–it took quite a bit longer to cook the diced  carrots and potatoes than listed (and celery).

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Tuesday

Vietnamese Chicken & Cabbage Salad. Will boil the chicken instead of grilling (bring to a simmer on high heat, then reduce heat to low and cover until done…about 12 mins). Still put it in an ice bath before shredding. Sub olive oil for avocado oil. Used a red jalapeno for the hot chili pepper.

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Wednesday

Leftovers because Monday and Tuesday meals both made a ton

Thursday

Chicken Enchilada Casserole. Decided to make this instead of roasted chicken and broccoli because it sounded better that night. Easy to make. Skipped avocado. Flavors get better next day.

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Sunday

Easy Butter Poached Sous Vide Lobster Tails with Roasted Broccoli (cut broccoli into florets & tossed with olive oil, garlic powder & drizzle of balsamic vinegar; roasted at 375 for 20 mins). Fun experiment with sous vide. Lobster meat was clean and decadent.

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Citrus Lime Steak with sliced tomatoes and baked sweet potatoes (saving recipe for later)

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Lobster tails (2; weekend sale for $4.99/each)
  • London broil (1½ -2lb; on sale $4.99/lb)
  • Chicken breasts (2 large packages; on sale $1.99/lb)
  • Carrots (1 bag)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Celery (1 head)
  • Broccoli (5 heads)
  • Bell peppers (2)
  • Potatoes (2 lbs)
  • Sweet potatoes (4)
  • Tomatoes (3)
  • Fresh rosemary (1 container or buy plant)
  • Fresh mint (1 container)
  • Frozen peas (1 bag)
  • Baby spinach (1 bag; also used leftover butter lettuce)
  • Tarragon
  • Tomato sauce (1-8oz can)
  • Limes (3)
  • Orange (1)

Need but have at home

Onion, butter, garlic cloves, chicken broth (2 cups), coconut milk (1 can), salt, black pepper, fresh thyme, cayenne, fish sauce, limes, shallot, olive oil, white pepper, honey, apple cider vinegar, carrots, red jalapenos, green cabbage, coconut aminos, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, balsamic vinegar, green onions, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder

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Week starting Sept. 21, 2016

Wednesday

Sweet Potato, Corn and Shrimp Chowder. The flavor of this soup is restaurant quality. Delicious and very different. Must use fresh herbs; don’t sub in dried. Topped with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. Used more shrimp than recipe; snapped them in half before throwing in pot to have more “shrimpy” bites.

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Thursday

Sweet Potato, Kale and Shrimp Skillet. Didn’t have to double recipe, and it still made a ton.

Friday

Korean Paleo Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice. Put into marinade Thursday night. Topped with Wasabi Garnishing Sauce from Savory Spice.

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Saturday

Vietnamese Chicken & Cabbage Salad. Will boil the chicken instead of grilling (bring to a simmer on high heat, then reduce heat to low and cover for 12 minutes). Still put it in an ice bath for 20 minutes before shredding. Sub olive oil for avocado oil. Used a red jalapeno for the hot chili pepper.

Sunday

Sous vide roast with roasted carrots and fresh broccoli

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Hummus — SNACK
  • Shrimp (2lbs; was on sale for $4.99/lb peeled & deveined)
  • Boneless rump roast
  • Chicken thighs (large package; on sale $1.99/lb)
  • Chicken breasts (large package; were on sale $1.87/lb)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Green cabbage (1 head)
  • Kale (2 bunches)
  • Broccoli crowns (3)
  • Carrots (2 1lb bags)
  • Sweet potatoes (8)
  • Black seedless grapes (on sale $.88/lb) — SNACK
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Hot house cucumbers for hummus — SNACK
  • Red jalapeno (4)
  • Limes (3)
  • Frozen corn (1 bag)
  • Gochujang, Korean chili paste (1 bottle)
  • Chicken broth (1 carton low sodium)

Need but have at home

Olive Oil, bacon (2 strips), onion (2), garlic cloves, salt, pepper, hot pepper sauce, fresh thyme (from plant on porch), fresh dill (leftover; kept in freezer), plain Greek yogurt, red pepper flakes, honey, sesame seeds, sesame oil, fresh ginger (root stored in freezer), coconut aminos, shallot (1), fish sauce, white pepper, apple cider vinegar, mint

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Week starting Sept. 12, 2016

Monday

Sesame Spiced Tuna and Roasted Asparagus. This hit the spot. Cooked the tuna a little bit longer for my taste. Next time will not roast the asparagus as long.

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Tuesday

Simple Kale and Turkey Skillet. Healthy comfort meal. Similar to the Healthy Hamburger Helper.

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Wednesday

Almost 5 Ingredient Green Chile Chorizo Cauliflower Casserole. People pleaser. Good dish to ease someone into using cauliflower as a substitute. Topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

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Thursday

Leftover Almost 5 Ingredient Green Chile Chorizo Cauliflower Casserole. So damn good still.

Saturday

Coffee Rubbed Pork over Cocoa Infused Sweet Potatoes with Blueberry Glaze. Doubling the recipe.

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Ahi Tuna steaks (2; on sale $5.99/lb)
  • Sprouts Chorizo (1lb)
  • Pork loin roast (calls for 2-2.5lb; got 3.8lb; on sale $3.99/lb)
  • Ground turkey (1lb; on sale $4.99/lb)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Broccoli florets (need 1½ cups)
  • Kale (1 bunch)
  • Sweet potatoes (2)
  • Asparagus (1 bunch)
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Mushrooms (1 pint)
  • Blueberries (need 2 cups; fresh to expense; bought frozen)
  • Tomato paste (6oz can)

Need but have at home

Yellow onion (1), canned green chiles (12oz), garlic powder, eggs, salt, pepper, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, peppercorns, sesame seeds, coconut oil, dried thyme, garlic cloves, dried sage, dried ginger, chicken broth, coconut milk (6oz), coriander, coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa powder, sweet potatoes (2), red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, ground mustard, onion powder, lemon (1)