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…
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
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
3/4 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!
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)
brown rice bake (see recipe above) + vegetables
tomato soup + English muffin w/cheese
venison meatballs + vegetables
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!)
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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