Happy Monday, Beauties!
I hope you had a great weekend. It’s been really hot here in Santa Barbara and we’re also battling some really big wildfires. Thankfully we are safe and aren’t needing to evacuate, but the fires are definitely a little close for comfort. I’m very thankful for all of the fire fighters who are working around the clock to protect homes and contain the fire.
I can hardly believe it, but last week we officially wrapped up my 4-week summer program, Summer Sculpt!
It was SO much fun and the energy in the group this year was off the charts. We had hundreds of women making healthy changes, doing Pilates workouts from home (and on vacation!), and most importantly, putting their health at the top of the priority list. I am beyond inspired by each and every one of them.
As a part of the program, I host weekly group coaching calls and one question that came up last week was about how I eat healthfully during the week without spending hours planning and cooking.
And it inspired me to share one of my best tips…are you ready for it?
I cook the same meals over and over again.
Haha – inspiring right? 🙂
But it’s true! I’ve found about 10-15 meals that are easy to make and my family loves. Since I make them so often I don’t have to think much about the prep or the recipe, they’ve just become second nature. We rotate them week by week so we don’t get sick of any one thing and it totally works for us. It works because it’s simple.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll throw in a new recipe here and there and when I’m going through a program (like Summer Sculpt), I’ll cook more recipes from that plan, but on a day-to-day basis, I keep it simple.
In this season of life (2 little ones, business to run, marriage to maintain, friendships to invest in…you know how it goes) it’s the only way I can do it. I do look forward to 18 years down the road when I can leisurely sip a glass of wine, listen to music, and try fun new recipes on a regular basis, but right now, it’s more about ease, simplicity, and getting food on the table before everyone’s crying and ready for bed.
I got a lot of requests in The Sisterhood Facebook group over the weekend to share what my go-to weeknight meals are so here’s a list. I have links to some of the recipes but not all. My son is gluten free and dairy free so all of our dinners are gluten and dairy free as well.
I hope you find this helpful!
My Go-To Healthy Dinner Recipes
Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
- This recipe can be found in the Sisterhood’s Ultimate Recipe Bundle on page 60.
Slow Cooker Beef Chili
- The recipe I use is no longer available online – I’m so sad! But this one is very similar, just omit the sugar.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
- Some weeks we use the chicken for tacos, some weeks we make taco bowls using cauliflower rice – the kids love them and it makes great leftovers! Click here for the recipe.
Turkey Taco Bowls
- Super easy: ground turkey with homemade taco seasoning + black beans and topped with lettuce, tomato, cilantro, and avocado.
Sausage + Veggies
- This varies based on what we have on hand – but generally includes chicken sausage (like these from Costco) and roasted veggies (my favorite combo is sweet potatoes and broccoli).
Turkey or Grass-Fed Beef Burgers
- We have burgers almost weekly! My husband and daughter eat theirs with a bun. My son and I eat it with a fork (dairy free/gluten free). And we usually eat our burgers with grilled veggies or sweet potato fries on the side and a salad loaded with fresh veggies.
Breakfast For Dinner
- This one has been out of rotation lately because I’ve been eating eggs for breakfast – but it’s so easy and so healthy! When we do breakfast for dinner I make a big egg scramble with spinach, tomatoes, peppers, and a sprinkle of goat cheese. Sometimes we’ll have high-quality bacon or homemade breakfast sausage (from the Summer Sculpt and Tighten & Tone meal plans) on the side + a serving of fresh fruit.
Grilled Salmon & Veggies
- Salmon (my favorite recipe for salmon is in the Tighten & Tone meal plan) served with grilled veggies and quinoa.
Chopped Chicken Salad
- This is a go-to during the hot summer months. I shared the recipe on Instagram recently, but in a nutshell it includes: chopped romaine, rotisserie chicken, garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, and chopped egg. I dress is with the dairy-free ranch dressing from the March 2017 Sisterhood recipe bundle.
Roasted Veggie Bowls
- I love this recipe because it’s easy and healthy and you can use whatever veggies you have on hand. You can also change up the flavor by changing the sauce/dressing. Click here to view the recipe.
I’m curious, do you have “go-to” recipes in your house? Or do you love to change it up on a weekly basis?