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Week starting July 12, 2017

Wednesday

Chipotle Dijon Turkey Meatballs (use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream/heavy cream) wrapped in Romaine and  Mexican corn on the cob. This meal is so much better than it sounds. Added some breadcrumbs to the meatballs; had panko on hand. Did not use cheese on the corn just covered with butter and lime juice then sprinkled with chili powder and cilantro.

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Thursday

Grilled Swordfish and Eggplant with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette and some grilled asparagus. It was good. Not my favorite, but good and fun to mix it up from the usual fish.

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Friday

Chipotle Chicken and Green Beans. One of my favorites…because it’s easy. Plan to double recipe (but still only use 2tbsp oil).

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Saturday

Leftovers

Sunday

Atkilt (Spiced Ethiopian Vegetable Stew). Fall meal but will eat with sliced tomatoes for a cool side.

Monday

Spicy Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breast (marinate the night before) and Persian Salad

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Swordfish (1.5 lbs; on sale $7.99/lb)
  • Chicken thighs (large package; on sale $1.69/lb)
  • Chicken breasts (large packages; on sale $1.99/lb)
  • Romaine lettuce or green leafy lettuce (1 head)
  • Green cabbage (1 small head)
  • Carrots (1 bag)
  • Cilantro (3 bunches)
  • Parsley (1 bunch)
  • Watercress (1 large bunch)
  • Japanese eggplants (3)
  • Red onion (1)
  • Onion (2)
  • Cucumbers (1 English or 3 small Persian)
  • Roma tomatoes (3)
  • Red bell pepper (1)
  • Poblano chiles (2)
  • Jalapeno (1)
  • Limes (4)
  • Dijon mustard (1 bottle)
  • Black pepper & Chipotle powder (refills from bulk section)

Need but have at home

Ground turkey, Greek yogurt, chipotle powder, garlic cloves (5), dried cilantro, egg (1), lime (2), salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, ears of corn (6), unsalted butter, chili powder, honey, canola oil, olive oil, fresh thyme, white wine vinegar, asparagus, green beans, avocado oil, ghee, white potatoes (1.75 lbs), turmeric, chipotle chiles in adobo, paprika

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Week starting July 4, 2017

Tuesday

Spicy Chipotle Grilled Chicken Drumsticks (marinate night before; use leftover chipotles in adobo from Tuesday) and Mexican corn on the cob

Wednesday

Instant Pot Korean Beef with Indian Fried Dill Potatoes. Restaurant quality. Used sweet potatoes instead of russet.

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Thursday

Green Chile Chorizo Cauliflower Casserole (except using ground meat spiced with homemade taco seasoning instead of chorizo; it’s cheaper). Go-to meal.

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Friday

Spicy Roasted Chicken (legs) and Paleo Honey Roasted Carrots. Yes, this chicken is a Pioneer Woman recipe, which means there is butter–but I will use way less.

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Bottom roast (4lbs)
  • Ground turkey (may get at Trader Joe’s)
  • Chicken drumsticks (on sale $.69/lb)
  • Chicken legs (on sale $.69/lb)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Carrots (2bags)
  • Sweet potatoes (2lbs)
  • Granny smith apple or pear (1)
  • Corn (8 ears; on sale 8/$2)
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Limes (2)
  • Oranges (2)
  • Lemons (3)
  • Pre-peeled garlic cloves
  • Chipotle chiles in adobo (1 can; may get at Trader Joe’s)
  • Beef broth (1 carton)
  • Green chilies (12 oz)

Need but have at home

Garlic cloves (11), onion (2), paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, unsalted butter, pepper, olive oil, soy sauce or coconut aminos, fresh ginger, avocado oil, cumin seeds, turmeric, kashmiri chili powder, fresh dill, eggs (4), honey, cayenne

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Week starting May 3, 2017

Wednesday

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Blueberry Coleslaw  (groceries from last week) and tuna salad. Cheap and easy. Will repeat.

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Thursday

Cauliflower rice topped with Saag and Chicken (grilled or throw some chicken breasts & a little seasoning in the Instant Pot & press poultry). Used just a little spinach, a large bunch of mustard greens and a 1 lb bag 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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Friday

Steaks and Kale Salad (double recipe; make night before)

Saturday

Fish (from Ryan’s dad) with crunchy salad

Sunday

Butter Chicken. Favorite dish. Quick, easy crowd-pleaser. I typically use two green bell peppers instead of one. Made a double batch this time.

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Monday

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce on top of baked sweet potatoes. Actually followed the recipe this time, and it was pretty damn good. The homemade sauce is a must.

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Tuesday

Leftovers

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Steaks (2) ;
  • Pork shoulder roast (2½ lbs on sale $1.69/lb)
  • Chicken thighs (large package; on sale $1.88/lb)
  • Chicken breasts (large package; on sale $1.88/lb)
  • Sweet potatoes (6; on sale $.88/lb)
  • Onion (2)
  • Green onions (1 bunch)
  • Cilantro (2 bunches)
  • Kale (2 bunches; on sale $.98/lb)
  • Mustard leaves (1 lb)
  • Cucumbers (2)
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Green bell peppers (2)
  • Spinach (1 lb; may have some at home)
  • Tomato sauce salt free (2–15oz can)
  • Tomato paste (1 can)
  • Coconut cream (1 can)
  • Lemons (2)

Need but have at home

Canned tuna, mayo, mustard, bread, ghee, garlic cloves, fresh ginger, garam masala, paprika, coriander powder, turmeric, salt, cayenne, cumin, black pepper, dried fenugreek leaves, olive oil, parmesan, slivered almonds, red pepper flakes, red wine vinegar, liquid smoke, garlic powder, honey, molasses, cinnamon, chili powder garlic powder, onion powder

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Week starting March 31, 2017

Friday

Jerk Rubbed Chicken Thighs with Homemade Mango-Habanero Hot Sauce and simple arugula salad (groceries left over from last week). This is jerk rub such a good seasoning blend to have on hand.

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Saturday-Sunday

Emptied fridge; miscellaneous leftovers

Monday

Sesame Spiced Tuna with crunchy salad (from Trader Joe’s). Bought two large fillets and cut them in half after cooking, which fed two people twice. Don’t have mustard seeds on hand; got only what I need (1 tsp) from Sprouts bulk spice section. Also paired with leftover mango, radishes and tomato slices. Ate leftovers cold the next day with tomato. Delicious and impressive looking.

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Tuesday

Chicken Korma with Cauliflower Rice. This was good but not “knock your socks off”/must have again. Solid meal. Used a whole bag of peas because we’re pea lovers. If I make it again, will decrease cinnamon to 1/8 tsp.

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Wednesday

Grilled chicken breasts and grilled romaine

Thursday

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce on top of baked sweet potatoes. Actually followed the recipe this time, and it was pretty damn good. Used a bone-in pork roast because it was cheaper ($1.69/lb). The homemade sauce is a must.

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Friday

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Sprouts shopping list (weekly ad)

  • Tuna Steaks (2-4; on sale $7.99/lb)
  • Boneless pork loin roast (2.5lbs; on sale $1.79/lb)
  • Chicken breasts (large package; on sale $1.99/lb)
  • Ground chicken (1lb; on sale $3.99/lb)
  • Carrots (1 bag)
  • Celery (1 head)
  • Onion (2)
  • Red potatoes (2)
  • Spaghetti Squash (1)
  • Cauliflower (1 head)
  • Red bell pepper (2)
  • Avocado (2)
  • Eggs
  • Frozen peas (1 bag)
  • Lemon (1)
  • White wine vinegar
  • Tomato sauce salt free (15oz can)
  • Tomato paste (small can)
  • Raw cashews (¼ cup)

Need but have at home

Honey, red wine vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke, cayenne, black pepper, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, chili powder, butter, garlic cloves (4), carrots, mayo, coconut milk (1 cup), fresh ginger, curry powder, coriander, cumin, red chili flakes, water, romaine lettuce, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, sesame seeds, coconut oil

Sam’s or Walmart

Frank’s hot sauce, yogurt

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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 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 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. 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. 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