Monday, April 11, 2011

The Details of this Sunday's Food Prep

Quick recap of the weekend... I got in all my workouts last week, and all my cardio. Yay! Saturday after doing Legs in the morning & then cardio, I headed out to Scottsdale Culinary Festival with Tab (yes, I showered first, lol!). Mountainside Fitness was doing a Zumba presentation each day of the Festival, and Tab was in it. The presentation was great, and the Festival was a ton of fun. Tab and I wandered from booth to booth, sampling foods that aren't in our normal repertoire. Including some sweets. And some more sweets. :-)  It made for a really fun day.

Sunday was my food prep and my Counter of Chaos reigned supreme. With my youngest making Cheer, 2 graduating in May, my insurance deductible (for the hit-n-run that damaged my car), and so on, we're in a bit of a crunch, so shopping this time was slim. Not a problem for me, my food is simple, lol, but I try to give the family a bit more leeway. Anyway, I ended up processing 15 lbs of chicken breast, 5 lbs of pork, and 1 lb of ground turkey breast. That's a lot of protein! Plus, 2 lbs of oatmeal, 4 lbs of bananas, 6 lbs of apples (20 apples), and various other items. So where does it all go? Here's the breakdown:

Food for Ariel & I (contest prep/clean eating): 4 and 5 oz pieces of chicken & pork, steamer bags with 1 and 2 cups of green veggies, apples, bananas, protein powder in baggies (for shakes), oatmeal/protein powder/flax in baggies, brown rice in 1/2 cup servings in baggies. Additionally, Ariel has cottage cheese & berries and hard boiled eggs.

Family Dinners:
Sunday: Sloppy Joes with turkey breast on whole wheat buns & salad
Monday: Chicken breasts (seasoned with olive oil & Mrs Dash Fiesta Lime) drizzled in tomatillo sauce (homemade yesterday, but none for me), and steamed veggies.
Tuesday: Chicken Breasts (seasoned with olive oil & fresh rosemary and dried oregano & fresh garlic) with baked potatoes and steamed zucchini (no potato for me).
Wednesday: Leftovers (wrap for me, for bowling night)
Thursday: Crispy Chicken Bites (Eat Clean Diet Family/Kids book) with steamed veggies and potatoes (no potatoes for me).
Friday: Date Night!!!!!
Saturday: Buffalo Chicken Nachos (Chicken on a green salad for me).

Coolers for Bill & his Dad:
Sandwiches made with whole grain bread, sliced grilled chicken breast, tillamook medium cheddar, lettuce & tomato; string cheese, hard boiled eggs, granola or granola bars, apples.

Snacks/foods for everyone: Grilled Chicken breast (the kids love to make salads with this after school), strawberries, apples, bananas, salad bags, steamer bags of veggies (zucchini, green beans, asparagus), greek yogurt, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs.
That's a lot of food! Everything but the chicken for the Crispy Chicken Bites is cooked, though the breading is premade and in a baggie in the fridge. :-) This week is all about fast, nutritious and easy.

My Foreman Grill got a serious workout yesterday, but I love the grilled meats it produces :-) 

So what does my Sunday really look like?
1. Coffee on patio while I finalize grocery list and menu for the week. Determine which stores I need to visit.
2. Grocery shop - this week (per the sales) I hit 4 stores, driving 15 miles round trip. My total bill was $143. No frills this week (or shampoo, deo, etc... strictly food shopping this week) though I did have to buy dog food :-)
3. Return home - unpack car, toss bags on kitchen counter. Plug in iPod to boombox, start the first load of laundry and begin food prepping.
  • trim chicken breasts, then marinate chicken and pork, while preheating oven and Foreman grill & put away dry goods & stuff like milk, etc
  • wash/slice/chop veggies and place in steamer bags with sprinkle of Mrs Dash, place all steamer bags in container/tray and put in fridge
  • begin cooking meats 
  • boil eggs (18 count this week). when done, rinse with cool water, drain, put lid on pot and shake to break up the shells. Add cold water to just covering eggs and set aside to cool completely
  • chop 2 chicken breasts into "bites" for Thursday's dinner. Place in gallon size ziploc with 1/2 cup reduced fat buttermilk (this makes it super tender and easy to bread!). Toss in fridge.
  • Switch laundry :-)
  • make breading for Thursday's dinner: ground flax, ground almonds, wheat germ, oat bran, seasonings. Place all in baggie, toss in fridge.
  • make oatmeal baggies - 1/2 cup oatmeal, 2 tbsp ground flax, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. Seal, toss in container/tray and place in fridge
  • dump apples into their bowl on the counter, place bananas beside it.
  • slice celery and red & orange peppers for snacking. Place in gallon size ziplocs and into fridge
  • allow grilled meats to cool, then chop & weigh, labeling individual baggies (4 oz pieces for snack & lunch, 5 oz pieces for dinners). Slice 2 chicken breasts for lunch meat.
  • Peel eggs, place in baggies (2 to a bag). Place all bags in large bowl and put it in the fridge.
  • Switch laundry (thank you, Bill!!! he folded the loads)
  • boil brown rice (in low sodium chicken broth). Drain, cool. Place 1/2 cup in each baggie. Toss in container/tray and place in fridge.
  • pull pork roast out of oven, allow to cool, then slice. Place in baggies, weigh & label each (4 ounce and 5 ounce portions).
  • Change the iPod playlist (from testing out new workout playlist to one with hits from the 50's and 60's).  Take a short break because Bill made me a wine spritzer and it's so nice outside (1/2 chardonnay, 1/2 mineral water over ice).
  • begin dinner... serve, eat, clean up (not a big deal since I clean as I go, literally, every step of the way so there's no mess when I'm done).
  • finish folding last of the laundry.
  • unplug iPod.
  • DONE!
 That's my Sunday - very typical as Sunday's go. :-)

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