Well hello there!
It has been a few weeks since I've written out my meal plan, mostly because life has been extra busy lately! This meal plan is simple, but strategic, so I wanted to share it. I was out of town this past weekend and knew that I would be getting back on a Sunday evening with little time to prep for the week. As such, the weekend before I left I actually cooked up a few extra dishes so that my husband and I could have food ready to go in the freezer when we got back! I made some taco meat for him, which he'll use on taco salad for dinners, and did a quick grocery store run last night to snag some fruit, veggies, and protein for no-cook style lunches. I've been preferring warm and cooked food to cold raw lately, so here's what I made:
Breakfast: Smoothies // Definitely not warm, but the convenience can't be beat. I used Vital Proteins collagen for protein with some steamed and frozen cauliflower/squash, some frozen chopped spinach, and either frozen steamed sweet potato or frozen fruit as my carbohydrate. I've also been adding in tahini and sunflower seeds for seed cycling! (See more on that here.)
Lunch: Yai's Thai Yellow Curry // I started by steaming some chopped carrots (1#) and yellow squash (1.5#), cooked up a bag of cauliflower rice (1#) on the stove with some coconut oil, and pressure cooked some chicken (1.5#) in my Instant Pot. I portioned all of that out into 5 pyrex dishes, then topped each one off with a mixture of 1 jar of yellow curry and one can of coconut milk. Added some fresh cilantro, let them cool in the fridge, then popped them in the freezer!
Dinner: Bison Chili with Avocado // This is probably the first paleo recipe that I ever tried and is still one of my favorites: Robb Wolf's Ultimate Paleo Chili! I used 1# of US Wellness Meats bison and added in some extra veggies. I'll be topping each serving off with a whole avocado and some green onion. PS, I did this in my Instant Pot in about 40 minutes. That thing is a lifesaver.
Prepping these things ahead of time took a load of stress off of my during my trip because I knew that I had a full week of healthy meals waiting for me at home, and it was probably only an extra time investment of an hour and a half! I'm all about that batch cook life!