It may have been St. Patrick’s Day everywhere else, but it was Greek Week(end) for the Hess family. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure none of us even bothered to wear green today! oops. Since we began writing about all the things that we eat, I started to notice that I make a lot of spicy, chili flavored dishes, so I thought I would change it up this week. Greek food is so yummy, and if done right, can be really healthy too.
Other inspiration for our food prep this weekend was our (mainly Justin’s) new interest in eating Paleo. I’ll be honest, I’m not to keen on it, but mainly because I can’t imagine not eating grains or cheese. I am however a big fan of meat and nuts (insert horrible humor here). I’m learning about the lifestyle and am still in need of a little convincing, until then, I was happy to use it as an excuse to make our favorite pulled pork recipe.
Breakfasts and Daytime (Meals 1-4)
- Coconut Protein Bread
- Sweet Potato Chai Protein Bread
- Almond, Coconut, Goji Bars
- Turkey “Skinikopita”
- Whole Wheat Pita Bread
- Chicken Gyros
- Quinoa Salad
- Asian Meatballs (from NomNomePaleo.com)
- Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce
- Pulled Pork
- Creamy Cole Slaw
Dinners (Meal 5)
Quesadillas and Creamy Guacamole. These treats were a quick fix so we could get out the door to make it to Mak’s gymnastics class. We used the leftover Salsa Chicken and Whole Wheat Tortillas lightly sprayed with Olive Oil to get them nice and crispy.
Breakfast was an EPIC FAIL! I attempted to make our usual Sausage Cheese Balls with Oat Flour instead of Whole Wheat Flour and Coconut Oil instead of Butter. I used way too much Coconut Oil and completely forgot to add the buttermilk. The flour tasted like, well, flour because of the lack of liquid! We ate them anyways, but it was hardly enjoyed! Thank goodness for the perfectly scrambled eggs, otherwise, breakfast would have been completely depressing.
Dinner: Chicken Gyros with homemade (YES, homemade) Whole Wheat Pita Bread, Tzatziki and Quinoa and Veg Medley and Salad. I made A LOT of extras so we could have plenty of leftovers to eat throughout the week. What I didn’t expect, was Mak eating seconds, thirds and fourths even of the chicken. She damn near cleaned us out! We have about two servings of chicken and about 5 servings of Quinoa and enough pita bread to last us all month! I got a little carried away with the pita, but I was really excited I made them myself.
Breakfast: I was on a mission to redeem myself from the previous morning, so I thought I would attempt to somehow make a healthier B&G for Justin (Biscuits and Gravy are one of his favorites). So, I took my nearly inedible sausage cheese balls and added them to the skillet with some onions, mushrooms, asparagus and touch of milk. This actually made a pretty good gravy! I was half expecting it to be disgusting, but Justin loved it. I couldn’t make biscuits, because the oven was being used to slow roast the pork butt, so I toasted up some whole wheat toast and viola! Shit on a Shingle! Served with a side of eggs of course.
Dinner: Pulled Pork with Creamy Cole Slaw and Sweet Potatoes. This is one of our favorite recipes and we make it almost any time we have a big family gathering. It roasted all day in the oven and because of this, I actually did most of the weekly food prep on Saturday. Next time I make an all-day-in-the-oven dish I will be sure and make it on a Saturday because this really screwed with my head! My brain couldn’t handle Saturday Food Prep! It was weird and I felt all out of sorts. BUT, the pork was amazing and so worth the weirdness.
Whole Wheat Spaghetti or Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce and Salad
Wednesday – Thursday
Prepping all our food on Saturday threw me off, to say the least, and I completely forgot to take pictures…of anything! We took this as an opportunity to show what the aftermath of Sunday Food Prep actually looks like. Justin stores all his food in glass jars (something to do with estrogen in plastics…) and foil, but I on the other hand am not afraid of plastic containers and Ziplock bags. This isn’t everything we eat throughout the week if you can believe it, but it’s pretty close.
Until next week, enjoy!