the week in food: one pot/pan/crockpot recipes

Another 7 days of my Whole30 are down! I’m feeling great. Seriously. This morning Greg asked me why I was so chipper as I bounced around our room forcing him out of bed so we could take Alfred on a long walk. Benefits this week are clear skin and more energy. I also feel like my jeans are looser, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Tomorrow is half way and I’m feeling pretty good about things. There’s no possible way to do this without being prepared, but I probably spent less than two hours this weekend and have all my food ready for the week.

This week I made a bunch of recipes that all happened to only use one pot (or pan or crockpot) for the most part. It’s a very busy week both at work and after work, so I went the easy route. Our fridge is full of containers in one meal portions. No real plan for when to eat what, other than to grab what I need for the day on my way out in the morning and that something will be ready to be nuked when I get home. IMG_3461_edited-1

Here’s what I made this weekend and will be chowing down on all week.

Asian ground beef, mushroom, and broccoli slaw ‘stir fry’. I didn’t make it in lettuce cups like the recipe suggested (because I forgot to add lettuce to my grocery list), so I just ate it as a stir fry. One pot, easy clean up, buy sliced mushrooms, shredded carrots, and pre-made broccoli slaw to make this quick and easy. It was incredibly good fresh and decent as leftovers. I recommend making it when you’ll eat most of it in one sitting, but I’ll still happily be having it for lunch a few days this week. Under thirty minute meal, probably even under twenty, I just didn’t pay attention. I made it with turkey because I’m out of ground beef. Until my quarter cow arrives on 11/12. Hell yes.

IMG_3440_edited-1It’s hard to go wrong with these three in one recipe.

IMG_3437_edited-1Next up is my second soup for the fall bucket list, a sweet potato and beef chili (how fun is that recipe graphic? Currently obsessed with this site.). Holy cow this was good. We had it for dinner tonight with a side salad and it got excellent reviews from our friends who were over to watch the Sounders game with us. For the record, Greg changed out of his pajamas, I did not. Good friends who don’t mind if you stay in your pajamas while you make them dinner are one of life’s true blessings. It’s a crockpot recipe, though not great for weekday because you need to put sweet potatoes in with four hours left of cook time. Perfect for a weekend. I forgot to take a picture after it cooled down, but this is a real winner. We ate ours with a few avocado slices and chopped cilantro. IMG_7026_edited-1I didn’t feel like making a breakfast casserole this week and had some frozen cooked chicken that I wanted to use from the freezer. I threw together this hash, minus the eggs, as best as I could recall from memory, then mixed in the few cups of cooked chicken. Breakfast for the week done in about ten minutes.

I made eggs and bacon (sugar free bacon at PCC! whole30 win!) for breakfast this morning and we might have eaten all the bacon. My excuse is that it was our breakfast and lunch and after an hour long walk with the pup. Orange egg yolks are delicious. And nutritious.

IMG_3457_edited-1The other items in my ready-to-go containers are chicken apple sausages (read your labels – you can find clean ones that aren’t super pricey – I was surprised by what I found at Safeway last week) with roasted delicata squash. If you haven’t tried delicatas, pick one up at the store. They make two servings each and are so easy to prepare because you don’t have to peel them. I’ve linked to my new favorite recipe, which I’ve made probably four times in the last two weeks.

We had another pretty quiet weekend. Alfred is pretty much loving how much we’ve been home the last two weeks and being our little shadow. It’s been very much needed weekend down time, but I’m ready for a fun adventure next weekend as one of my favorite ladies ties the knot. Have a lovely week, friends! And happy birthday, mama! xoxo IMG_3424

2 thoughts on “the week in food: one pot/pan/crockpot recipes

  1. Pingback: recapping the fall 2013 bucket list | fastlife, slowlife

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