Similar to my Weekend Wrap, I just didn’t complete/publish many posts last week…nothing we can do about that now! So this weeks Meal Prep post will also be a similar 2-fer as the Weekend Wrap to come : )
Both weekends, I contributed to a Bountiful Basket and received some very different items each week! I am still on the “carb cycling” meal planning…but mostly just eating 1 serving of protein, 2 servings of vegetables, and 1 serving of carbs with every meal (or as many as I can). The real “carb cycle” is to alternate High Carb and Low Carb days (or 2 high, 1 low for “athletic cycling”), but with my marathon in a couple weeks, I am just sticking to the High Carb days for now… I’ll think to alternate starting after the race : )
Last Weekend’s Basket
- 6 guava (I wasn’t sure how to use or eat these until I searched Pinterest…interesting little fruit – avoid the seeds!)
- 1 bunch of spinach
- a small bag of potatoes
- 2 green onions
- 2 bunches of lettuce
- 1 head of cabbage
- 2 portabella mushrooms
- 4 small bell peppers
- 5 oranges
- 4 med/large tomatoes
- 2 bags of Washington apples (little apples)
- 1 small watermelon
Meals created with last week’s basket
- salads for days
- roasted potatoes (…and sweet potatoes)
- fresh fruit for snacks
- tried guava for the first time!
This Weekend’s Basket
- 9 oranges
- 1 head of butter lettuce
- 6 beets (I traded an eggplant for the second 3 beets – I have not ever cooked an eggplant and I really enjoyed the beets last time!)
- 7 bananas (…that I am not sure will ever be ripe…)
- 1 head of kale
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 head of cabbage
- 4 cucumbers
- 2 broccoli florets
- 5 avocados
- 4 mangoes
Meals to prep with this week’s basket
- salads (with leftover lettuces from last week and this week’s basket, we still have greens to last a few days!)
- roasted beets for hot pink smoothies
- beet greens chips (something new to try!)
- 1 pan cabbage “stir fry” – or something…
- fresh veggies for days!
- fresh fruit for days!
- fresh orange juice (because we now have 10+ oranges on the counter and they will not get eaten fast enough…)
- roasted cauliflower or cauliflower “fried rice”
Cabbage “stir fry” | head of cabbage + EVOO + frozen veggies
1 head of cabbage – sliced thinly
green onions – the green parts
1/2 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
Slice the cabbage thinly – add to hot EVOO in large frying pan. Saute the cabbage over medium heat until it has softened, add the green onions. Once the cabbage is soft, add the frozen vegetables and cook until the vegetables are heated through.
**I didn’t take too many notes or pictures during this process because I was unsure if it would even turn out! Well, it wasn’t too bad and the little man ate it right up! I am not a big fan of cabbage, but with 2 heads in the fridge at this time, an experiment was a fun change of pace. The sliced thin cabbage was similar to noodles and didn’t have the “cabbage taste” that I dislike : )
Beet Greens Chips | beet greens + EVOO + salt n’spice
beet greens – cleaned and dried with a paper towel
salt n’spice (or whatever spices you choose to use)
Cut the leaves close to the stem and wash/dry them. Spray both sides of the leaves with EVOO and top with a little salt. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, turn and bake for an additional 10 minutes – or until they are crisp. Enjoy!
**I personally thought they were WAY salty…and I didn’t think I put all that much on them. I make a little snack with cottage cheese and layers of beet greens chips – just enough crunch and salty taste, yum! : )
Apple Chips | apples
apples – sliced thinly
fruit fresh + water (a dip so they do not brown quickly)
Slice your apples and dip them into the fruit fresh bath. Place in dehydrator. Dehydrate until they are at your desired dryness – or approximately 6-8 hours at 325 degrees.
Tweet: Check out the #MealPrep link up with @mommyfunfaster http://ctt.ec/x9B5k+ #fitfluential #sweatpink #mealprep @livinglovingrun
Meal Plans for This Week
protein smoothie + banana + spinach
egg whites + vegetables + fruit or bread
egg whites + cucumber + orange
cabbage “stir fry” + pork loin + apple
turkey sandwich + cheese + salad greens + dressing
pork loin + green beans + roasted potatoes
roasted potatoes + roasted broccoli + roasted cauliflower (roasted dinner)
cauliflower “fried rice” + whole wheat tortilla + chicken
egg whites + cucumber + fruit
plain Greek yogurt + apple + celery
cottage cheese + beet green chips + cucumber + fruit
What are you eating this week? Did you meal prep? Get some new ideas and check out other’s meal plans for the week (or past week) with Laura’s Meal Prep link up!
7 thoughts on “Bountiful Basket | Meal Prep”
Looks like you receive lots of vegetables with this program.It’s neat that you get to try stuff that you’ve never had before, but intimidating if you’ve never cooked with it!
LikeLiked by 1 person
Oh yes! The baskets are supposed to be 50/50 fruit/vegetables but I am alright with more veggies! I have to do a little Pinterest searching for the ones I haven’t ever used…like guava and leeks. They have a “trade box” as well that you can swap out items you are wary of trying 🙂
This is amazing! You get an awesome collection of beautiful veggies! How much fun and I be it is really nice to have that fridge full of pretty colors! I adore beet and cabbage so your meals with those look fantastic!
I was never much of a cabbage fan – but it isn’t too bad when it is cooked well!
You get a lot with this don’t you! Wow! I’d have to keep my refrigerator cleaned out for sure! We always have left overs in there and they hardly ever get eaten!
I really love BB! Saves me time at the store for sure…
LikeLiked by 1 person