Friday, October 11, 2019

My 7 Go To Meals

I'm definitely a creature of habit when it comes to meals but sometimes I get in a rut and need to try new things. I found some of these when I switched to eating more low carb meals and love that I can have my carbs but don't have to and still enjoy my meals!

O N E - Egg Roll In a Bowl (Legit 30 minute meal) Mondays are, well Mondays and planning a meal isn't always done before the week starts. I love to make sure I have most of the things on hand for this and only have to stop and pick up coleslaw to make this meal happen!

T W O - Tacos aka Taco Tuesday, Duh! So many different ways you can do this...our main is with ground beef and soft taco shells, low carb. We buy our meat in bulk either from Sams, Costco or half a cow (Midwest girl, remember). Freeze it in chunks of 1 or 2 lbs and then use the Pampered Chef microwave meat thing to defrost AND get rid of the fat. Takes about 30 minutes. Or simply thaw it in the fridge for 1-2 days. I also love marinating steak for tacos to spice things up and this is my favorite marinade recipe. To keep things low carb we love these low carb Mission tortillas.

T H R E E - Chicken Salad or Tuna Salad - On sandwiches, in Lavash roll ups, with celery sticks or crackers. We use canned chicken or tuna to keep cost down and because we always have it on hand. The fresh ingredients are picked up on the weekly grocery trip.

Chicken Salad - Canned chicken, grapes, celery, chopped pecans or walnuts, mayo or Miracle Whip.

Tuna Salad - Canned tuna, boiled egg, Sweet Vidalia onions, pickled (not sweet) relish, mayo or Miracle whip.

F O U R - Low Carb Snack Plate. You know those box meals you get at Starbucks for $7 or whatever, you can totally do this at home for much cheaper. We will take rolled up meat and cheese roll or sliced meat like pepperoni, summer sausage or salami with slices of cheese. Side options are olives, boiled or deviled egg, pickles, avocado, nuts, tomato and cucumber salad, berries, pork rinds, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and hummus, the possibilities are endlessssssss!

F I V E - Personal Pita Pizza (FitGirl) You can get the multi grain pita if you're trying not to watch carbs or the lavash pitas are good when I'm low carb. An honorable mention I switch this out with is Cauli Pizza Casserole and it's low carb.

S I X - Spaghetti - to keep things low carb, use spaghetti squash and no sugar added sauce. I like to make my own when I have time. Sauté a few cloves of garlic with olive oil and then add a little bit of tomato paste and canned tomatoes or tomato sauce with basil, oregano and parsley. Simmer for about 30 minutes while the spaghetti squash bakes and combine your cooked meat.

S E V E N - Grilled Meats Hamburger or Hot Dogs - Need I say more?! Even when we lived in Kansas and it would snow, we would fire up the grill!

What are your go to meals?

Thursday, May 2, 2019


Good morning!

Linking up with Kristen for a much overdue post about what I've been up to!

In December my sister and I moved into our rental house!! I cannot explain the blessing that this house has been and the location/cost/lawn maintenance included has been perfect. God definitely had his hand in this part of our lives and I continue to be grateful. I don't have a pic of the whole house, but here's the front porch and pretty plants!

I got a puppy! September 2018 we had to put our 14 year old beagle down and planned on getting a couple of dogs. My parents were going to get one and my sister and I would get another. While the practical thing would have been to wait until Summer (my mom is a teacher) we ended up getting them at the end of March. It has been a struggle because I've never raised anything from baby or puppy. It's also exhausting, lol. Boomer in his old age was nothing compared to puppy.

I finished my table and chairs. I think I bought it 3 years ago this month. It can now be crossed off my 40 x 40 list, which I need to update bad!

I finished some books, but the stand out series was The Sabrina Vaughn series by Maegan Beaumont. Dark, twisted and criminal minds in book form. Least favorite book was Promises to Keep but Blood of Saints makes up for the things I didn't like in the third book. They've been out for a few years so definitely check your library, that's where I found mine.

What have you been up to?