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?

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