Prep for success

Happy Sunday everyone!

I can’t believe how fast this weekend flew by. I for one appreciated the cooler rainy days- I got so much done this weekend. Success.

Laundry- check

Vacuum- check

Cleaned floors- check

Cleaned bathroom-check

Meal prep for the week- check

Amazing therapy trail run in the rain with my bestie and pup- Check

Amazing long solo hike to reconnect before a busy week- Check

It’s been a gurreat weekend!

I thought I might write a little blurb about how I generally do my meal prep each week. I normally plan out 5 nights of dinners with 2 flexible nights for ordering in, going out, or leftovers. I also try to make enough to feed us through lunch as well, while breakfasts and snacks are more on the fly.

I have a ton of cook books! I always hit the books and good old pintrest to get some ideas.

Once I have my ideas I write out a big old list and hit the shops. I try and hit up a farmers market either Saturday or Sunday to get as much local organic produce as possible as well as some farm fresh eggs and cheese. I’m a huge lover of farmers markets- always support local when you can!

Once I’ve knocked those off my list I hit up the grocery store to grab the rest.

When I get home I like to wash and chop all the veggies I will need for the week. I cook up a few cups of grains (brown rice, quinoa, wild rice), make any dressings or sauces and store everything so it’s easy to put together for the week. I generally choose dishes that can be mostly assembled ahead of time so by the time my tummy starts growling I just have to open to fridge. That’s it that’s all. All in all it takes me about 4 hours to plan, shop and prep for the week. A huge time saver in the end and we are left with lot’s of healthy nutritious delicious meals and snacks for the week!

This week I have planned, shopped and prepped for:

Monday– veggie and chicken filled salad rolls with almond butter dipping sauce

Tuesday-Spiralized zucchini with kale walnut pesto and chickpeas (or chicken for the man friend)

Wednesday-Cold brown rice chicken and veggie salad with maple tahini dressing

Thursday– Barbecue chicken breasts and detox kale salad with maple tahini dressing

Friday-Away (eating out)

Saturday-Away (eating at a wedding)

Sunday-Chicken taco salad with brown rice and avocado

I was really lucky this week and got all of our groceries for under $100! That’s pretty big considering how much we eat.

Here’s my farmers market haul… I also went to the store to grab other essentials such as organic chicken breasts, brown rice, dried beans (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans), nuts (almonds, walnuts), almond milk, almond butter, rice paper wraps, avocado’s, organic greek yogurt, frozen organic  blueberries…

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The week of cilantro 

Bonjour bonjour,

Can’t believe it is already Thursday already!- im not complaining!

Things have been busy busy lately but I have made a few super tasty easy concoctions that I thought I’d share :) 

  
My garden is growing fast! I have bowls and bowls of organic cherry tomatoes and snap peas :) im a happy happy lady! 

On Sunday I prepped my weekly salad and this one is a gooder! 

  
Wild rice salad with a creamy cilantro dressing 

1 1/2 cups of dried wild rice (or brown rice or quinoa) prepared

3 chopped carrots

2 peppers chopped

1 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half

Chopped up snap peas

1 bunch of parsley chopped

Dressing

  
1 bunch of cilantro 

1-2 cloves of garlic

1 cup organic greek yogurt (plain)

2 tbsp avocado oil

Juice of 1 lime

Pinch of salt 

Blend up dressing ingredient and toss with the rest of the salad- that’s it! So yummy! The salad only gets better over the next few days as the dressing mingles. I’ve been grilling up fish and chicken to go with the salad all week.
Recipe número deux 

  
Everyone that knows me knows I am absolutely obsessed with chipotle (yes I was guac and yes I know it costs extra!).

This is my take on my go to chipotle salad.

4 chicken breasts

1 small jar of salsa

2 bunches of cilantro

2 avocado’s

Either a bag of colslaw or fresh made 

2 limes 

Combine chicken and salsa in slow cooker for 7 hours on low. Once done, shred up meat and add in a bunch of cilantro chopped

Squeeze 1 lime over a bowl of coleslaw, drizzle about 1-2 tbsp of abocado oil (olive oil will do) add a pinch of salt and about 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and stir to combine. 

Mash up 2 avocados with salt and lime juice, stir in remaining cilantro.

And your done! 

Layer colslaw with chicken and top with chicken- so easy and so delicious.  

The man friend threw his in a bunch of corn tortillas to make it more substantial. You could also serve on a bed of brown rice.

There you have it- 2 super easy week night meals :) 

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. 

Watermelon salad

Bonjour everyone, Hope everyone is enjoying/surviving this crazy heat wave!

The past few weeks the weather has been absolutely amazing and I have definitely gotten outside to enjoy it. Here’s a few snaps as well as an amazingly easy/delicious recipe at the bottom. Enjoy!

IMG_0177 Bacon…nothing really needs to be said here- it speaks for itself

IMG_0199  IMG_0225 IMG_0229 The Man friends birthday dinner- that’s a boston cream donut inspired cake- it was unreal!

IMG_0270Pre softball beachside dinner with a view!

IMG_0325 A round of golf with mama bear

IMG_0344 IMG_0345 Date night! all of my favourite things- bacon, seared scallops, avocado, tuna, mango…. SO GOOD!

IMG_0375 IMG_0386Hikes with these trouble makers

IMG_0346IMG_0327 family BBQ time

As pictured above in the pink bowl- watermelon feta salad

1/2 watermelon cubed

1 cucumber chopped

1/2 block of feta crumbled (I use goat feta)

a few fresh mint leaves cut in ribbons

a pinch of salt

Toss everything together and you have the most delicious summer salad- so easy! so yummy!

The perfect picnic salad

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m not sure if you were aware, but yesterday was national picnic day. When I found that out yesterday morning I thought- what a great idea for dinner time!

I went about rustling in my fridge for some good picnic dinner time ideas and came up with a super tasty- almost potato salad-but not potato salad at all- salad (Long winded I know!)

By the time the man friend got home from work the sky had opened up and it was raining pretty hard- picnic fail! But because it has been so hot and dry here I was actually super excited for the rain and we just had an indoor picnic- AKA dinner at home like every other night.

The weird salad concoction was a big hit!

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2 cups chopped broccoli

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup diced apple

1/4 of a red onion diced

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Dressing:

1/4 cup tahini

2 tsp maple syrup

2tsp miso

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup water

Blend up until smooth and creamy.

Toss salad with dressing until fully incorporated and serve either as is or on top of a bed of greens (what I prefer to do).

Super easy and delish! What I love most about salads like this is that they won’t wilt up- they stay nice and fresh in the fridge for a few days.

If the weather continues to be amazing I will definitely remake for a real picnic next week.

Hope you enjoy :)

My go to summer salad

Good morning!

As you saw from my last post i’ve been working away in our little veggie/herb garden and on Monday I was able to harvest enough to make a huge salad for both myself and the man friend for dinner.

IMG_9998 Baby kale, Baby romaine and fresh parsley!

I used a bunch of fruit and veggies I got from the farmers market to make the most delicious summer salad

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Summer Salad:

Organic cherry tomatoes

Organic farmers market purple carrots (so fun!)

Organic farmers market strawberries

Organic farmers market apples

Avocado

Walnuts

Greens from the garden

Vinaigrette: I just blended up dijon, balsamic vinegar and avocado oil- it was perfect!

Throw on some grilled chicken, grilled prawns, grilled steak or even beans with some fluffy quinoa and you’re good to go- a well balanced healthy and cheap (thank you home grown veg) dinner for two.

In the future I will definitely throw in some other local veggies and herbs as well as some yummy local goat cheese! so good.

I am really going to try and utilize home grown food whenever possible this summer- I dub this summer the summer of epic salads :) I’m feeling so motivated to keep my garden nice and healthy :)

That’s all- thanks for reading.

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