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Week starting March 24, 2017

Friday

Instant Pot Korean Beef with Indian Fried Dill Potatoes. Restaurant quality. Used sweet potatoes in stead of russet. Can’t wait to taste this combo again. Complete departure from the way I typically prepare a rump roast.

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Saturday

Butter Chicken. Favorite dish. Quick, easy crowd-pleaser. I typically use two green bell peppers instead of one.

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Sunday

Burgers. Ground beef was on sale. Served with arugula, sliced tomato and homemade pickle (had leftover cucumber slices and used a Savory Spice pickling spice to make quick pickles).

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Monday

Jerk Rubbed Chicken Thighs with Homemade Mango-Habanero Hot Sauce and simple arugula salad

Tuesday

Instant Pot Dal Makhani (lentils). Amazing. Cost less than $3 to make. Used olive oil instead of avocado oil. Didn’t have time to soak lentils except for 20 mins. Topped with green onion, cilantro and some plain Greek yogurt.

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Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Rump roast (4lbs; on sale $2.99/lb)
  • Ground beef (on sale $2.49/lb)
  • Chicken thighs (large package)
  • Romaine lettuce (1 head)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Onion (2)
  • Spanish onion (1)
  • Campari tomatoes (1lb package; on sale $1)
  • Green bell pepper (2)
  • Jalapenos (10)
  • Habanero (1)
  • Oranges (2)
  • Mangoes (3; on sale 3/$1)
  • Dill (1 package; may get at Trader Joe’s)
  • Arugula (1 package; may get at Trader Joe’s)
  • Avocado oil (may get at Trader Joe’s)
  • Tomato sauce (15oz can-salt free)

Need but have at home

Tomatoes, cumin seeds, garlic cloves (22), potatoes (2lbs), turmeric, kashmiri chili powder, salt, pepper, beef broth, pear (1), fresh ginger, coconut aminos, garam masala, paprika, cayenne, turmeric, coriander, cumin, coconut milk, fenugreek leaves, leftover jerk rub, white vinegar, salt, lentils, bay leaf, water, ghee

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Week starting March 9, 2017

Breakfast

Easy Breakfast Casserole. Cut into servings and take with each morning. Trying something new: Omit spinach. Layer instead of mix together. Eat with fresh spinach.

Thursday

Instant Pot Sloppy Joe stuffed sweet potatoes. Drained meat after browning.

Saturday

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with sliced tomatoes and fresh broccoli drizzled in olive oil & balsamic vinegar. Great way to cook salmon–coat it in Dijon mustard and then crusted it with any kind of crushed nuts. Can’t go wrong.

Sunday

Pernil (Puerto Rican Roast Pork Shoulder) with Spanish Rice (basmati rice, peas, carrots, tbsp tomato paste, tomatoes, jalapenos, green olives, garlic, onion). Fantastic meal.

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Monday

Leftovers

Wednesday

Balsamic Pot Roast with Kale Salad (double recipe). Use 4 sweet potatoes. Super easy comfort meal. Tastes like a hug.

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Thursday

Instant Pot Dal Makhani. Cheap, easy. If you soak the lentils, it turns our mushier but has less of a “gastrointestinal effect.”

Friday

Leftovers

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Grated Parmesan (1 cup)
  • Salmon (2 fillets; on sale $7.99/lb)
  • Bacon (3 slices)
  • Ground beef (2lbs; on sale $2.99/lb)
  • Boneless chuck roast (3lbs; on sale $2.99/lb)
  • Pork shoulder, bone-in/skin-on preferred (6-10lbs; maybe on sale at sprouts for $1.99/lb or Sam’s)
  • Sausage (1 lb)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Green onions (2 bunches)
  • Cabbage (1 small head)
  • Kale (2 bunches; on sale $.99/lb)
  • Carrots (1 bag)
  • Potatoes (2lbs)
  • Onions (6)
  • Okra (10 okra)
  • Acorn squash (1)
  • Taro (1lb; need 2 cups)
  • Plantain (1 yellow)
  • Habanero pepper (1)
  • Tomatoes (4)
  • Oranges (4) or Orange juice
  • Limes (8)
  • Lemons (2)
  • Beef stock (1 can or carton)
  • Tomato sauce salt free (2–15oz cans)
  • Coconut milk (1 can)
  • Raisins (1 cup)
  • Slivered almonds (½ cup)
  • Dried roasted pistachios (½ cup)

Need but have at home

Olive oil, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, Dijon mustard, fresh broccoli, balsamic vinegar, fresh rosemary, bay leaves, garlic cloves (30+), sweet potatoes (9), eggs, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, paprika, salt, cayenne, molasses, mustard, lentils, cumin seeds, fresh ginger, turmeric, garam masala, water, ghee, apple cider vinegar, coconut palm sugar, dried oregano, liquid smoke, Hawaiian sea salt, allspice, fresh thyme

Sam’s

Greek yogurt, hot sauce

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Week starting Feb. 26, 2017

Breakfast

Easy Breakfast Casserole. Cut into servings and take with each morning. Trying something new: Omit spinach. Layer instead of mix together. Eat with fresh spinach.

Sunday

Instant Pot Butter Chicken with Easy Paleo Naan.  Use 2 bell peppers instead of 1. May make two batches.

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Tuesday

Cauliflower rice topped with Saag and Chicken (throw some chicken tenders & a little seasoning in the Instant Pot & press poultry). Used 1 lbish of spinach, 1lb of mustard greens and a little bit of collard greens. This meal was amazing. Filling without being a gut bomb. Topped saag with a tiny bit Greek yogurt and ghost pepper salt.

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Wednesday

Didn’t get to make last week: Maple Chili Pork Tenderloin with baked sweet potatoes and/or Vegan Hoppin’ John. The pork tenderloin I bought at Sprouts last week was green before the “sell by” date. They let me get a replacement free-of-charge when I showed the picture and my receipt. Had hoppin’ John with leftover saag for lunch. Delicious blend.

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Thursday

Leftovers

Sunday

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Rice Bowls. Sear pork in Instant Pot on saute setting instead of in skillet. Cooked pork longer than recipe; 68 total minutes. For the pork, I didn’t have sazon, so I used the following:  1/8 tsp each of coriander, cumin, turmeric, garlic powder, kosher salt and oregano; a dash of black pepper; and (I like kick) 1/8 tsp chipotle powder and a dash of habanero powder. I don’t have adobo seasoning, so I think I just used 1/4 tsp cayenne. Loved the flavor–lot of heat without salty taste. Used pork to make loaded wild rice bowls with romaine lettuce, red onion, avocado, cilantro, tomato, jalapeno, lime wedges, black beans (cooked 1 cup dry black beans in instant pot for 50 minutes with 1/2 chopped onion, 3 cloves of minced garlic, some spices and 4 cups of low sodium chicken broth), red bell pepper and red onion sauteed in bacon grease, adobo sauce (mixed a bit of the adobo sauce from the chipotle peppers in adobo with plain Greek yogurt), salsa.

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Monday

Instant Pot Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup. Used more broccoli than recipe and ghost pepper curry powder. Topped with a dollup of plain Greek yogurt and green onions. Tastes like savory velvet (aka scrumptious). Quick meal to throw together.

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Tuesday

Leftover broccoli soup and leftover chicken tenders (cooked by throwing into Instant Pot with some Nashville Hot Chicken Spice and pressing Poultry setting)

Cook Tuesday night but eat Wednesday (because better the next day)

Tamarind Coconut Fish Curry over cauliflower rice (rice head of cauliflower in food processor, throw in skillet with some coconut oil & 1/4 cup water, saute over medium heat then cover and let steam for 7 mins). Used striper from Ryan’s dad and 1/2 tsp of liquid tamarind pasted concentrate from Savory Spice instead of tamarind paste. This was pretty great.

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Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Pork shoulder roast (2½lbs-ish; on sale $1.49/lb)
  • Hot Italian sausage (1lb)
  • Chicken thighs (large package 3 lbs at least; on sale $1.97/lb)
  • Chicken tenders (large package; on sale $1.97/lb)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Romaine lettuce (1 head)
  • Kale, mustard or collard greens (1lb; whatever is cheapest)
  • Broccoli florets (1½ lbs)
  • Leeks (3)
  • Sweet potatoes (3)
  • Shallots (2)
  • Onion (5)
  • Red onion (1)
  • Garlic cloves (preferably pre-peeled)
  • Pink Lady apples or Pears (10; on sale $.98/lb) — SNACK
  • Apple (1; Fuji if cheap)
  • Cauliflower (2 heads; organic on sale $.98/lb)
  • Green bell pepper (4)
  • Radishes (1 bunch)
  • Jalapeno (6)
  • Serrano peppers (2)
  • Tomatoes (2)
  • Avocado (1; only if cheap)
  • Spinach (1lb; check to see if have at home)
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt (10; whatever is on sale; get 1 plain) — SNACK
  • Mustard seeds (need ½ tsp; get from bulk spice section)
  • Dry adobo seasoning (need ¼ tsp; get from bulk spice section)
  • Chicken broth (2 cartons)
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (1 can)
  • Tomato sauce salt free (2-15oz cans)

Need but have at home

White fish (1½ lbs; striper from Ryan’s dad), coconut oil, fresh ginger, water, coriander, paprika, turmeric, garam masala, salt, tamarind paste (we have concentrate from Savory Spice; can be used 1 for 1), coconut milk, ghee, cumin seeds, garlic powder, ground ginger, turmeric, cayenne, cumin, black pepper, coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, coconut oil, achiote, oregano, bay leaves, curry powder

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Week starting Feb. 20, 2017

Breakfast

Easy Breakfast Casserole. Cut into servings and take with each morning.

Monday

Healthy Hamburger Helper (typically omit coconut flour b/c we drain the meat)

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Tuesday

White Chicken Chili (uses 2lbs chicken)

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Wednesday

Leftovers

Thursday

Grilled Jerk Chicken (made only 1/3 of the dry rub recipe; used remaining chicken from large package) with Taylor Farms Chopped Salad Kit (that was on sale). The habanero powder adds a lot of bite and can be quite potent while cooking in the skillet. It’s so good…it you like spicy. Added some fresh chopped tomatoes and pear.

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Friday

Maple Chili Pork Tenderloin with roasted broccoli and baked sweet potatoes

Saturday

Vegan Hoppin’ John

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Ground beef (1lb; on sale $3.97/lb)
  • Hot Italian sausage (1 lb)
  • Pork tenderloin (2lbs; on sale $3.99/lb)
  • Chicken breasts (4 lbs-ish large package; on sale $1.67/lb)
  • Cilantro (1 bunch)
  • Kale (2 bunches)
  • Broccoli crowns (1.5lbs ish)
  • Celery (1 head)
  • Sweet potatoes (8)
  • Onions (6)
  • Jalapenos (6)
  • Fresh rosemary (1 container)
  • Taylor Farms Chopped Salad Kits (2; on sale buy one/get one free)
  • Spinach (1 bag)
  • Frozen corn (1 bag)
  • Salt free diced tomatoes (15oz can)
  • Chicken broth (1 carton)
  • Vegetable broth (1 carton)
  • Vegebase (¼ cup?)
  • Uncooked wild rice (½ cup; hopefully from bulk section at Sprouts)
  • Onion powder (Sprouts bulk spices, Dollar Tree or refill from Savory Spice)

Need but have at home

Coconut oil, garlic cloves, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, smoked paprika, olive oil, chicken stock, salt, pepper, coriander, ground ginger, brown sugar, garlic powder, habanero powder, dried thyme, cinnamon, ground cloves, cumin, oregano, cannellini beans (15oz), ½ lb dried black-eyed peas, fire roasted tomatoes (15oz can), water, nutritional yeast, eggs

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Week starting Feb. 7, 2017

Breakfast

Easy Breakfast Casserole. Cut into servings and take with each morning.

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Wednesday

Chicken Coconut Curry Bowl

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Thursday

Chicken Broccoli Casserole (using remainder of chicken from large package). Cooked chicken in Instant Pot on poultry setting. Microwaved broccoli and 2 tbsp water for 2 mins in glass bowl covered with a plate to steam it. Probably used more broccoli than recipe.

Saturday

Cupid’s Undie Run; Leftovers

Sunday

Sunday Sauce with zucchini noodles (spiralized 3 zucchinis). Let simmer for 2 hours before serving.

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Monday

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Frittata

Tuesday

Instant Pot Dal Makhani (lentils). Amazing. Cost less than $3 to make. Used olive oil instead of avocado oil. Only soaked the lentils for a little bit; will do full time next time.

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Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Ground beef (1½ lbs; on sale $3.99/lb)
  • Ground pork (1 lb)
  • Hot Italian sausage (1 lb) — tentative based on Saturday
  • Chicken breasts (large package; on sale $1.99/lb)
  • Parsley (1 bunch)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Broccoli florets (4 cups)
  • Kale (1 bunch)
  • Sweet Potatoes (4; on sale $.88/lb)
  • Onions (6)
  • Oranges or Apples (10) — SNACK
  • Zucchini (3-6)
  • Spaghetti squash (1)
  • Red bell pepper (3; on sale 3/$1)
  • Tomatoes (3)
  • Spinach (1 bag)
  • Mushrooms (8 oz container)
  • Eggs (18)
  • Yogurt — SNACK
  • Limes (2)
  • Chicken broth (1 carton)
  • Tomato sauce (4 cans)

Need but have at home

Vegetable broth (2 cups), almond butter, coconut cream, garlic cloves (10), coconut aminos, fish sauce, curry powder, coriander, garam masala, fresh ginger, ground cloves, salt, pepper, coconut oil, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, dried basil, fennel powder (used mortar and pestle to make from fennel seeds), red pepper flakes, onion powder, thyme, lentils (1 cup), olive oil, cumin seeds (need refill from Savory Spice), turmeric, cayenne, water, ghee, coconut milk (1 can), nutmeg

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Week starting Feb. 1, 2017

Wednesday

Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Curry over cauliflower rice

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Thursday

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce on top of baked sweet potatoes. Didn’t have time to put pork loin roast in slow cooker at lunch; instead put in Instant Pot on manual for 45 minutes (seared it on saute first; not sure if this was beneficial or not). Still turned out really well. BBQ sauce was mmmm. Added some chipotle powder as well.

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Friday

Baked striper with fresh spinach leaves and leftover cauliflower rice. Baked striper in foil packets with garlic butter and Capitol Hill seasoning from Savory Spice.

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Saturday

Instant Pot Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup. Used more broccoli than recipe and ghost pepper curry powder. Topped with a dollup of plain Greek yogurt. Makes a lot of soup. So much better than run-of-the-mill fatty broccoli cheddar soup. Put Korean Paleo Chicken Thighs into marinade; refrigerate overnight.

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Sunday

Korean Paleo Chicken Thighs over cauliflower rice. Put into marinade night before cooking. High on Ryan’s list of favorites. Serve with wasabi finishing sauce from Savory Spice.

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Monday

Instant Pot Dal Makhani (lentils). Amazing. Cost less than $3 to make. Used olive oil instead of avocado oil. Didn’t have time to soak lentils except for 20 mins. Topped with green onion, cilantro and some plain Greek yogurt.

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Tuesday

Baingan ka Bharta (Indian Eggplant). Typically use 3 eggplants instead of 2, roast for 30ish minutes (don’t broil after). Sub coconut oil or olive oil for avocado oil; top with a fried egg and cilantro. One of my absolute favorite dishes. Ridiculous.

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Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Boneless pork loin roast (3 lbs; on sale $1.77/lb)
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs (large package; on sale $1.77/lb)
  • Frozen striper (from Ryan’s dad)
  • Cilantro (3 bunches; on sale 3/$1)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Broccoli crowns (1½ lbs; on sale $.98/lb)
  • Cauliflower (2 heads; on sale $.98/lb for organic)
  • Leeks (3 medium)
  • Sweet potatoes (4)
  • Garlic (3 heads)
  • Shallots (2)
  • White onion (4)
  • Onion (1)
  • Apple (1)
  • Oranges (10) — SNACK
  • Eggplants (3; on sale 2/$1)
  • Serrano peppers (3)
  • Ginger root
  • Tomatoes (7)
  • Spinach (1 bag)
  • Hickory liquid smoke (1 bottle)
  • Honey
  • Chicken broth (1 carton)
  • Coconut aminos (1 bottle)
  • Coconut milk (1 can)
  • Tomato sauce (1 can)

Need but have at home

Cumin seeds, garlic cloves (13), fresh ginger, salt, coriander powder, turmeric, paprika, garam masala, black pepper, olive oil, curry powder, chicken broth (1 carton), garlic powder, red wine vinegar, honey, chili powder, cinnamon, onion powder, cayenne, molasses, tomato paste (⅓ cup), gochujang (Korean chili paste; can get at sprouts, walmart, target), coconut aminos (check bottle; need 3 tbsp), sesame oil, sesame seeds, striper fillets (2 lbs), cumin, coconut oil, black eyed peas (1 cup dried), bay leaf

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Week starting Jan. 23, 2017

Breakfast

Eggs with Basil Walnut Pesto and Easy Breakfast Casserole. Needed to use up two zucchini; spiralized and served with pesto.

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Monday

Leftovers. Last week’s recipes made a ton of food.

Wednesday

Vegetable Soup (purchased ingredients last week). The recipe does not say when to add the broth and water; should be on step 5. Makes a lot of soup. Ideal meatless winter meal.

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Thursday

Instant Pot Sloppy Joe Meat stuffed baked sweet potatoes. So damn good. Microwaved the sweet potatoes in a potato pouch (had to cook potato longer than potato button on work microwave for lunch the next day).

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Saturday & Sunday (made two batches)

Instant Pot Butter Chicken with Easy Paleo Naan. Incredible. Can’t wait to eat it again.

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Monday

Cracklin’ Chicken with Roasted Green Beans and fresh tomato slices. This was fine. I’d rather not mess with hot oil.

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Tuesday

Whole Roasted Chicken with Chimichuri Sauce. Big into whole chickens right now. Need a roasting pan to make the sides of chicken crispy; used Dutch oven. Could have done on jelly roll pan, too. Peeled off the skin on legs since it wasn’t as “roasty.” Used more veggies than recipe. They were delicious after cooking in the drippings from the chicken/chimichuri sauce.

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Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Ground beef (2 lbs)
  • Ground sausage (1 lb)
  • Whole chicken (4-5 lb)
  • Skin on chicken thighs (large package; on sale $.99/lb)
  • Chicken thighs (1.5 lbs)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Parsley (1 bunch)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Carrots (1 bag)
  • Sweet potatoes (9)
  • Onions (5)
  • Green beans (1 or 2 lbs; on sale $.98/lb)
  • Red pears (10; on sale $.98/lb) — SNACK
  • Green bell pepper (4)
  • Spinach (1 bag)
  • Eggs (18)
  • Yogurt (14) — SNACK/Breakfast
  • Butter
  • Coconut milk (3 cans)
  • Tomato sauce (4–15oz cans)
  • Molasses ($1 at Dollar Tree; $5.99 at Sprouts)

Need but have at home

Salt, seasoning blend, lemon, coconut oil, pepper, fish sauce, tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, garlic cloves, raw walnuts, cumin, smoked paprika, paprika, cayenne, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, mustard, striper fillets, coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, fresh ginger, garam masala, turmeric, fresh oregano, red chili flakes, red wine vinegar, olive oil, limes

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Week starting Jan. 17, 2017

Cook Monday-Breakfast All Week

Easy Breakfast Casserole. Cut into servings and take with each morning.

Tuesday

Green Curry Chicken with cauliflower rice. Used 5 small zucchini instead of 3 and 2 medium sweet potatoes instead of 1 large. Squeeze of lime was a nice finishing touch.

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Wednesday

Instant Pot Butter Chicken. New favorite. Perfectly balanced dish. Used remainder of chicken thighs (from large 3lb-package) from Tuesday night. Had already diced into bite-sized pieces, which saved time. Used 2 bell peppers instead of 1. Last minute, decided to try Easy Paleo Naan (with coconut flour). I had super old baking soda, but these still turned out exceptionally–little savory pancake/corncake type things with a hint of coconut sweetness. Quick to cook.

Thursday

Salsa Chicken lettuce wraps and salad bowls. Dinner ready in 20 mins: with the Instant Pot heating up/cooking, shredding the chicken/preparing toppings. Romaine lettuce for wraps. Serve with fresh jalapeno slices, radishes, olives, cilantro, sauteed bell pepper and onion, green and red onion, chopped tomatoes, salsa and Greek yogurt. Our version of taco night. Chips and tortillas are not missed. Can use smaller romaine leaves to make “nachos.”

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Friday

Asian Chicken Thighs (only cook for 30 mins or less because using boneless skinless) with a simple spinach salad. Great flavor and smell. Would definitely be better with skin-on thighs, but this was still tasty.

Saturday

Bubble and Squeak. Didn’t love it.

Sunday

Vegetable Soup. Moving to Tuesday of next week.

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Hot Italian sausage (1 lb)
  • Chicken tenders (2 lbs; on sale $1.99/lb)
  • Chicken thighs (2 large packages; used rain check to get for $1.67/lb)
  • Romaine lettuce (1 head)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Carrots (2 lbs)
  • Celery (1 head)
  • Kale (1 bunch)
  • Sweet potatoes (4)
  • Onions (5)
  • Brussels sprouts (1 lb)
  • Oranges (10; on sale 3lbs for $1)–SNACK
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Zucchini (3)
  • Green bell pepper (1)
  • Spinach (1 bag)
  • Fresh thyme (1 package)
  • Fresh oregano (1 package)
  • Eggs (18)
  • Yogurts (14)–BREAKFAST/SNACK
  • Coconut milk (2 cans)
  • Vegetable broth (1 carton)
  • Roasted salsa (1 jar; only need 1 cup)
  • Diced tomatoes (14.5oz can)
  • Tomato sauce (15oz can)
  • Limes (4)

Need but have at home

Coconut oil, coconut palm sugar, green curry paste, sea salt, butter, garlic cloves, fresh ginger, garam masala, paprika, turmeric, coriander, salt, cayenne, cumin, black pepper, coconut cream (1 cup), dried fenugreek leaves, chili powder, apple cider vinegar, potatoes (4 lbs), butter, white pepper, coconut aminos, fish sauce, honey, sesame oil, garlic powder, baking soda, baking powder, tapioca flour, coconut flour, coconut cream

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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 from Tuesday 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. Forgot to snap a photo. This was the easiest and best way we’ve cooked a pork roast in a long time.

Saturday

Leftover Chili and leftover pig

Sunday

Instant Pot Dal Makhani (lentils). Amazing. Cost less than $3 to make. Used olive oil instead of avocado oil. Only soaked the lentils for a little bit; will do full time next time.

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Snack: Instant Pot Applesauce. Needed to get rid of some old apples but didn’t want to toss them. Used 3 Granny Smith and 3 Pink Lady apples. Omitted the oil. Added a dash of nutmeg and some orange zest. Delicious.

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Monday

Mushroom Mattar Methi Malai. Made tomato puree with fresh tomatoes (3 Romas, I believe). Used full bag of frozen peas instead of just 1 cup. Ugly, but filling and rich with flavor. Topped with an egg.

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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