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My first attempt at "Meal Planning".....

Okay friends ...well the vote was basically unanimous..97% of you voted "YES" to an easy low carb based meal prepping plan for the week.  So here we are! I say "low carb based" because there are a few carbs as well as some berries.  However the intake is still very low and definitely in an approved amount for any low carb diet.  

A few things to mention...
I did not have the containers and like I mentioned in my stories Monday morning I did not have time to head to Target, Walmart or wait for Amazon delivery so I purchased mine at Publix the same day I shopped.  They were very inexpensive anyways so it worked out fine.  I got two sizes of containers (entree and soup/salad) and I also ended up using some of my existing tupperware. 

The four entrees that I made for the week (I can rotate them for lunches and dinners) do not contain any chicken.  This is because I personally don't like the taste of reheated chicken.  If you do then definitely substitute out some of the meats for chicken.  I also chose four snacks that can be eaten anytime through the day.

The four main entrees I planned (used to lunch or dinner) are below....

1. Taco Salad
2. Sausage & Veggies Fajita Style
3. Spaghetti (meaning pasta zero) and meat sauce
4. Sausage & Sauerkraut

The taco salads are pretty self explanatory..just cook the meat beforehand as you usually would.  You can also easily substitute turkey ground instead of beef.  Or shredded chicken.  In each container I added lettuce, 4 cherry tomatoes, taco cheese, cilantro, a spoon of southwest style corn.  Once the meat was done I just spooned it on the top.  These have been my FAVE so far this week.  They taste great reheated. 

This is the same recipe you all see me make all the time for quick week night dinners.  I cut up the peppers and sausage, add a little green onion, place in a pyrex, add the fajita mix and some water.  Mix it all so everything is coated and cover with foil.  I bake it at 350 for probably an hour just because I like it all to get a little charred.  

I am a huge fan of the pasta zero they sell at Publix but if you don't have a Publix I have gotten lots of messages from other readers showing me the brands they carry at their own grocery store.  Just ask your grocer for " shirataki noodles"  Once you cook your meat, drain and add some sauce (I chose one with a lower carb count) you cut open your noodles, rinse and drain them and simply add them in the meat sauce.  I usually let mine all simmer together for a few minutes.  

I'm a Polish girl so this is a "go to" meal for me.  I made a small dish of this and decided it would be good for lunches.  It's as easy as the name.  I cut up my sausage and dump a bag of sauerkraut in a pyrex.  I add a teaspoon of brown sugar to cut the bitterness. Add some water to the bottom of the pan, cover with foil and bake.  The longer this bakes the better but I just kept it in with the sausage and peppers for about an hour at 350.  

I made four types of snacks for throughout the day.
1. Berries (strawberries, blackberries, rasberries, and a spoonful of apple cinnamon granola)
2. Protein Pack (Three rolled salami, nuts, jerky)
3. Small bags of Pork Rinds
4. Small bags filled with (1 hundred calorie pack of nuts and one triangle of  "the laughing cow" cheese)

This was way more simple than I would have imagined.  I made everything in about two hours and like I told you all earlier in my instagram stories my grocery bill was way less than it usually is.  Two days done and I haven't been husband is even doing good following the meals and since I made a variation I'm not sick of any of it.  That was my number one concern.  A lot of meal prep I saw online was the same meal everyday. I can not do that.  By day three I would rather not eat! lol!  Okay let me know if you try it! 



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