CHILLS. Walking through the grocery right now sends chills all over my body. Empty shelves, limited options of meat available, produce thoroughly picked through and all that remains of the eggs and milk section is surreal. You know it’s a crisis when the almond milk has been ravaged!
Here’s the thing – you don’t need a LOT of items to make a nutritionally balanced meal at home. You can put back the 20 cans of beans you won’t know what to do with when you get home. Go ahead and glide right past the chips and cookies. Farewell to the frozen TV dinners. Today I am sharing a few items to throw in your cart and how to make ‘em work.
Shrimp Stir Fry
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Stir Fry Vegetables
Trader Joe’s Red Thai Curry Sauce
Make It Work:
1. Steam or saute veggies until soft.
2. Add shrimp, cook til translucent or light pink.
3. Cook the brown rice (heat up frozen rice) while the veggies and shrimp are cooking.
4. Pour half of the Red Thai Curry Sauce jar into a measuring cup and 1-2 tbsp of water to dilute.
5. Pour over shrimp and veggie mixture to heat the sauce through.
6. Plate 1/2 cup of rice and top with veggie.
Meat Sauce + Spaghetti Squash
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Ground Beef (alternatives: Sausage, Turkey, or Chicken)
Rao’s Tomato Sauce (or another minimally processed tomato sauce)
Pre-sliced baby Bella mushrooms
Make it Work:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
To cut your spaghetti squash, insert fork points along the exterior of the squash and heat for 6 – 7 minutes. Cut off the top and base and then split squash horizontally.
2. Drizzle your favorite oil of choice (olive, coconut, avocado) and season with salt, pepper, and an Italian seasoning blend [favorite here].
3. Bake face up in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove and use a fork to scrape the “noodles” out of the shell.
4. Meanwhile…add your ground meat to a medium saucepan. Brown thoroughly.
5. Add your sliced onions, sliced baby Bella mushrooms, and minced garlic. Cook with meat until soft. Add a touch of oil if needed.
6. Pour Rao’s sauce into the pot and simmer while the squash is roasting.
7. Plate meat and sauce mixture over your heaping serving of spaghetti squash.
Chicken + [Sweet] Potatoes
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Mixed Steamed Veggies
Goat Cheese Crumbles
Optional: Primal Kitchen BBQ Sauce
Make It Work
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Shred your chicken. Portion and freeze what you don’t plan to use for this meal, depending on the number of people you are feeding. *if you are using the BBQ sauce, toss shredded chicken and set aside*
3. Chop and quarter the sweet potatoes, toss with oil of choice (coconut, olive, avocado), and season with salt and pepper. I add a little paprika, basil and oregano to mine as well.
4. Spread out on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper)and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until soft and fragrant.
5. Toast your nuts…I mean walnuts of course – in a low to medium heated skillet for just a few minutes. These can burn quickly so give the skillet a few shakes and take off the burner when the nuts are fragrant.
5. Plate 1/2 cup of sweet potatoes, lightly top with goat cheese crumbles and toasted walnuts.
6. Steam mixed frozen veggies in a skillet with 2 tbsp of water, a generous squirt of lemon juice, and tsp of garlic. Cover and steam until al dente.
7. Add 3/4 cup shredded rotisserie chicken to plate and steamed asparagus.
Dinner Is Served…
Add a mixed greens salad to any or all of the above with 1-2 tbsp of my favorite Trader Joe’s Green Goddess salad dressing.
When everything else feels like it’s’ falling apart, your body can still find balance in sound nutrition. When we feed our bodies whole foods we reap benefits that processed junk deprives us of: more energy, restful sleep, enhanced mood, and improved digestion.
What meals are you whipping up in the kitchen during our sorta-quarantined situation? The more simple meal ideas, the more families gather around the table, the more nutrient-dense foods get into our bellies, the more nutrients, the higher our immunity and that’s exactly what everyone needs these days! Tag me on your kitchen concoctions on Instagram and I will share them with my audience!
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