Making Healthy Happen at home

First of all, grocery shopping on Sunday morning before 8am is the BOMB.  The entire store was to myself, my daughter (in pajamas of course) and fresh food deliveries everywhere.  I got a coffee, a Kind Bar, and set off on a nice stroll through the store for an hour.

I came home, laid it all out on the counter and got ready to clean out the fridge, pantry, and #PrepForSuccess for the week.

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The first step is always making a game plan so you don’t get overwhelmed with food/options and schedules.  It is also MUCH easier to do this when someone is home to play with the kids so you get some alone time.

Here’s how I tackle a #PrepForSuccess time.

1.  The Recipe.  I limit my time spent on a recipe to one or at most 2 easy ones that I can either fully cook or get 80% prepped for to make it easy to throw together when I need it.  This week it was Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and it was awesome!  I added quinoa and broccoli to the broth in the slow cooker too to have it later in the week because I honestly hate waiting on grains to cook.

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2.  The Vegetable Prep.  This is always the longest part but the prettiest:).  I put all my vegetables and fruit in the sink and give them a bath together.  My vegetables included: zucchini (3), carrots, celery, and red & green bell peppers.  Once these are done, I feel like I am the healthiest person alive.

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3.  Roasting Section.  I usually have brussels sprouts, broccoli, and asparagus to roast while I slice and dice the other vegetables but today I decided to do carrots (and zucchini which was a mistake) using this recipe and they were DELISH (I added some to my Lemon Chicken above for dinner on top of spinach.)

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4.  Pantry Plan.  I always clean out my pantry during prep time because I don’t like to look at boxes and I want to know how much I have left of something, what I have at one glance, and get meal ideas for the week. My pantry process looked like this:

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More of my grocery purchases;

  • Homemade pizza – sauce, mozz cheese, and shaved vegetables from above.
  • Spaghetti squash will microwave it to use with my shaved vegetables one night.
  • Corn on the cob- my kids LOVE
  • Garbonza beans for roasting or adding to salads
  • Annie’s spaghetti os for quick meal for kids…also fries, waffles, and ragu cheese to make home-made mac and cheese using whole wheat pasta so I can control the amount of cheese and save $.

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And I make my own air popped popcorn now for the kids and I because I can control the oil/butter and salt.   This popper was like $15… so worth it!

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I hope you get some ideas.. comment below if you have any questions about what I do with some of the food you see.  It is all pretty self-explanatory but ask away!

Happy Monday!

Cara Weaver

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