Salad Lyonnaise (from my cookbook )
Tomorrow is the start of our 10 Day Produce and Protein challenge. If you are like me, you may still need to do a little grocery shopping! As I was figuring out our menu, I thought I would share some of my recipes and ideas in case you, like me, are coming up with your grocery list.
A few tips
Plan to Shop Twice a Week
You may have to shop more than once. There really is only so much a refrigerator can hold after all. I often find that my refrigerator is stuffed after a shopping trip. But it can be gone within a half of a week, if it was full of bunchy heads of lettuce, and bags full of fresh corn and fruit from the farmer’s market. Plan two shopping trips if you have a large family (for those trying to keep a simple lifestyle, I am sorry, but this just may be needed), especially if you only have one refrigerator.
Buy a lot
You can’t do the challenge if you don’t have the food on hand to cook to eat. It’s just not going to happen. Nina Planck said in one of her books that she would rather have to throw out a bit at the end of the week, than not have enough produce in the house to start with. Yes, I believe in not wasting food. But I also realize that if you try to be to stingy in buying the needed produce, you will end up with not enough to complete the 10 days.
Keep it Simple
It’s also not going to happen if you get to elaborate. No matter what, it’s going to be work to prepare that many vegetables (but work does not equal “bad”, by the way). But try to keep it easy as much as possible so that you don’t end up spending all of your time in the kitchen. Roast a chicken (recipe below), and shred it for salads, chicken salad, etc. Use the bones to make a broth so that you can make vegetable- full soup. Or roast some simple chicken drumsticks (a bit of oil, salt and pepper) or the Lemon Garlic Drumsticks (recipe link below) and make extra to eat cold the next day for lunch. One of my favorite meals is the Roasted Meat and Vegetable Dinner, , while I gave it an uninspiring name, it’s truly delicious and so easy to put together. Salmon is a very fast cooking fish too for last minute meals.
Of course, keep it simple, but also make it taste good too! It’s worth nothing if you won’t eat it. Steam green beans simply, but dot with high quality butter and salt. Roast vegetables to bring out the sweetness, or do an Asian stir fry with extra meat for a full meal deal.
My Compromise Food
Canned low mercury fish in BPA cans (wildplanet is one company that sales such products). Easy protein, delicious and convenient (though a bit spendy).
Some loose plans for my menu planner
Eggs in various forms
Sausage and sauteed zucchini
Leftover meat and vegetables
Leftovers from the night before
Big Salads with lots of protein added
Canned Salmon or tuna in a salad or with lots of vegetables on way or another (recipe to come soon!)
Deviled Eggs (recipe below) and cucumber and red pepper sticks
Big main dish salads (remember 2 cups of lettuce equals only 1 cup of your total 4-5 cups of vegetables)
Roasted Chicken with a green salad and vegetable side, brown rice
And some of the recipe below
Ground Beef and Cabbage Filling (serve over rice for a simple meal)
Chubby Girl’s Egg Scramble
(For a really Chubby’s girl scramble for the challenge you will need to eat three eggs per meal if that’s your sole source of protein)
Have any tips and recipes to share for our challenge?