Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stanley BLD+S: September, Week 2

I've surprised myself folks. After being a weak blogger the last few months, I pulled my ish together. Two weeks in a row we've got meal planning on the blog. I didn't come up with all the recipes by any means, but majority of them are some of our simple go-to's! Let's just say that this week's theme is "keep it simple, Stanleys" I scrapped together a grocery list for all you readers (the very few of you who read this anymore). So you actually get the whole meal planning and a grocery list!
Please, don't croak with that exciting news  ;-)

3 things before you get started.
1. all meals feed up to 4 individuals at dinner, but we of course only have two to feed so we have 
plenty of leftovers for lunch!
2. under the "menu" section, please note that majority of the recipes will have links you can click on.
Do exactly that. Click and it will take you to the recipe. If there is no link, then
scroll down to find the recipe. Simple stuff.
3. there is a main section for your grocery list, but be sure to scroll just below the list because there are
"additional items" that we have around our kitchen already and does not need to be on our grocery list.
Go through it in case you do not have some of those items lying around.
Ok, that's it....go get started! 

Stanley BLD+S Menu

-freezer-ready breakfast sink hash & fruit on the side
-strawberry applesauce egg omelette
(click the link, then scroll down to find the of our favs!)

Dinner leftovers. Always leftovers for us Stanleys.
if you don't have leftovers, easiest go to is:
-tuna salad with plantain chips & fruit on the side

-simple flank steak with lemon cucumber salad and cauliflower rice
-pulled pork with mashed or crispy plaintains
-PaleOMG crispy chicken tenders with a dipping sauce and sweet potato fries
-meatloaf with mashed cauliflower (you must scroll down in this link, it's in the middle of the page. Also, you can use the leftover for meatloaf cupcakes or just make a second loaf)
-take a night off of cooking & treat yourself...go test out Cultured Caveman or Dick's Kitchen!

-hard boiled egg(s), handful of nuts, costco dates
-prosciutto wrapped melon
-roasted sweet potatoes & bacon

-skip the baking this week...grab a few desserts at your local Whole Foods, New Seasons,
or Natural Grocers! We love the HailMerry desserts or the local "cheesecake" that Whole Foods sells.

Grocery List
1 large bag of sweet potatoes
2 yellow onions
1 bell pepper, your choice in color
applesauce (we buy the costco 4 pack, unsweetened)
2 containers of strawberries
canned tuna
plantain chips
flank steak (as many as you need to feed your fam)
coconut aminos
lemon cucumbers (from the garden)
2-3 heads of cauliflower rice (depending on family needs)
4 lbs of ground turkey or beef
1 red bell pepper
tomato paste
BBQ sauce or ketchup (your choice in brand for the meatloaf)
pork roast (we buy the three pack at costco)
4 plantains
1 can coconut milk
1 bag chicken tenders
coarse grain brown or dijon mustard
eggs (mass amounts, we go through so many!)
dates (best ones are from costco)
nitrate free bacon (you can get a two pack at costco now!)
fruit (your choice...for breakfast, snacks, and with dinner)
dessert of choice (you can get them at Whole Foods, New Seasons, or Natural Grocers)

If you don't already these have on hand, you'll need...
coconut oil
maple syrup or honey
lemon juice
garlic or pre-diced garlic
unsweetened shredded coconut
almond flour


-Freezer Ready Breakfast Sink Hash-
1 onion, chopped
1 case of mushrooms, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, chopped
1 pepper, chopped
bacon, cooked and chopped (if you so wish)

Place all your veggies and a tablespoon of coconut oil into a pan. Cook well, let cool, then bag and freeze. When you're in need of a quick scramble/breakfast sink hash, pull out a big chunk of your frozen mix and some eggs and scramble them up in a pan. Boom, you're done. Easy peasy.
We like that.

-Flank Steak & Lemon Cuc Salad-
flank steaks
coconut aminos
garlic, diced
5 lemon cucumbers
1/4 C white vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Before you head to work, throw your steaks, some coconut aminos, and diced garlic into gallon bags. When you get home, place your flank steaks on the BBQ and cook until your liking. There's not much to it and of course, not a lot of seasoning, but we love the simplicity of the steak and it's flavor with the simple ingredients.

Slice your lemon cucumber and place into a bowl. Pour your vinegar over the top of the cucumbers. Add a splash of water to tone down the vinegar and your lemon juice. Sprinkle dill over the top of your mix. Serve with your flank steak. Again, so simple and one of Ty's favorites!

-Prosciutto Wrapped Melon-
cantaloupe, cut into cubes or made into melon balls

If you're prosciutto are long piece, you can cut them in half as long as they will wrap around your melon. Wrap them around your melon bites. Then eat. Like all this simplicity? Me too.

-Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Bacon-
sweet potatoes, cut in half
olive oil or any specialty flavored oil (we like the rosemary or tuscan sometimes)
steak seasoning
nitrate free bacon

I'm not going go tell you how to cook you bacon. If you bake it, great. If you put in the microwave, then stick to that. And if it's a pan, have at it. I don't care, just make sure it's cooked.
Preheat your over to 400 degrees. Poke your potatoes with a fork, then smother those potaters in your oil and roll in the steak seasoning. Wrap each in foil and place on a cooking sheet. Bake for 45-60 minutes.

Have at it! Enjoy a week's worth of meal planning and a grocery list on us!