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venison + granola | Meal Prep

This weekend was a lazier one than most…I just didn’t REALLY feel like doing anything. Granted, I went for a 13.76 mile Saturday morning long run, meal prepped a little, made some snacks, and watched 1/2 of the Superbowl! I guess I did get a few things accomplished, but not all of what I had wanted to. I went a little crazy with the ground venison this weekend…

Meal/Snack Prep

Venison Jerky | ground venison + marinade

5 lbs ground venison
10 oz marinade

Mix ingredients, cover, and refrigerate for 12 or 24 hours. Once mixture is ready, mix up again and then use jerky press to make uniform pieces. Place in the oven or dehydrator for 4-6 hours at 160 degrees.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes | sweet potatoes + oil + salt

Cheesy Ham and Rice Casserole | rice + broccoli + ham + cheese

 2-10oz cheese soup
2.5 cups water
Italian Salad Dressing Mix – dry
1.5 cups rice (I used brown rice – not a good idea! Will make differently next time)
4 cups broccoli, raw
2 cups ham, chopped
*optional – 1 cup cheddar cheese

Mix the soup, water, and dressing mix in a large mixing bowl. Then add the rice, broccoli, and ham. Add ingredients to a 9×13 pan and cook for 55-60 minutes, or until rice is tender. Stir up the bake and top with the *optional cheese – then bake for an additional 5-7 minutes.

**Thinking that I could just sub white rice for brown rice was my rookie mistake…oh well! I will be eating my mistake for the week anyway… I will surely try this recipe again sometime with A) different rice (or at least a different way of pre-cooking the brown rice) and B) maybe a different protein.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | banana + oats + mini chocolate chips

2 old ripe bananas
1 cup old fashioned oats
2 tbsp mini chocolate chocolate chips

Mash the banana and mix in the additional ingredients (little helpers are good at eating the ingredients before they go into the mix, beware!). Put batter on sprayed cookie sheet or foil and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. (I have a lot of bananas that are in need of being baked – I might be making more of these SOON!)

Easy Granola Bars | dates + honey + peanut butter + toasted oats + almonds

I have made “Easy Protein Balls” for a long time and thought I would try my hand at bars!

1.5 cups old fashioned oats – toasted at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup dates
1 cup natural almonds – rough chopped

Toast the oats in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees – turning the oats a couple times through the baking process. Take the pits out of the dates and put in food processor and blend until most are chopped thoroughly – mine starts to ball up when ready. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment or foil and press the mixture into the pan (I used the back of a spoon). Once pressed into the pan well, freeze the pan for 15-20 minutes so the bars set. Take the bars out of the pan (thank you paper/foil for making this EASY!) and slice into 9 (3×3) or 10 (2×5) bars – then enjoy!!


Venison Bake | venison + onion + Bisquick mix + cheese

1 lb ground venison
1 large onion, chopped
1.5 cups milk
3 eggs
3/4 cup Bisquick mix, dry
1 cup cheese

Brown the meat in a cast iron (or whatever you use to brown meat!) skillet and add the onions. In a large bowl, mix up the milk, eggs, and Bisquick. Put the meat/onion mixture in a greased pie pan – then add the Bisquick mix slowly. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes (or until the bake is set). Add cheese on top and let melt. Enjoy!

Do you #mealprep over the weekend? Check out the #linkup with @mommarunfaster for some great ideas! #sweatpink #fitfluential

Additional Meal/Snack Prep

Fresh Fruit | apples


Fresh Vegetables | celery + carrots + broccoli + cucumber


Greek yogurt | divide for easy grab-and-go in the morning


Smoothie Packs | spinach + blueberries


Meal Plan This Week


egg muffin sandwich (either prepped or made on the spot)

protein smoothie


brown rice bake (see recipe above) + vegetables

tomato soup + English muffin w/cheese

venison meatballs + vegetables



venison meatballs + vegetables + roasted sweet potatoes

venison bake (see above)


apples + Greek yogurt + hemp hearts

venison jerky (see above)

fresh vegetables + dip

roasted sweet potatoes (yes, those are a snack…yum!)

snack/meal/protein bar

light popcorn or kettle cooked popcorn (evening snack)

Have a great week everyone! Did you meal prep over the weekend? I am linking up with Laura @mommyrunfast for her weekly meal prep!

What is your favorite meal of the day?

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22 thoughts on “venison + granola | Meal Prep

  1. I love meal prep posts! They help me come up with ideas to prep my food. I like venison steaks, but I just can’t do the ground meat. We tried it one time and the processor had not cleaned it very good and it had clumps of hair in it. I about gagged!! Your venison bake looks delicious though, I may have to give it another try!

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  2. That was a busy day! I’m visiting from the blog hop and am glad to meet you. I’ve been thinking about digging up a banana cookie recipe; that one is sure to be a hit at home!
    Which marathon are you running? I was hoping to run Buffalo in the late spring but have a nagging SI joint – playing it safe and running shorter distances until I fully recover. boo!

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