The much dreaded, but rewarding weekly meal prep!

Okay, here we are Sunday night another end of the weekend (or beginning of the weekend, lol) It shouldn’t surprise us, but it always seems to come up before you know it. Just as you start to get into the groove of enjoying your weekend you are planning for the next week ahead. This usually is the dreaded time of the week for us, especially as we sit down and try to plan our weeknight dinners, including cutting or cooking the veggies and meat for the main dishes. Up unil this point, we shared a weekly vegetable basket from Bryson Farms, which helped to make planning just that much easier.

For us, throughout the week we have so many ideas,

Honey, don’t forget about this recipe
Lets make that on Sunday!”
Oh Sunday I will make homemade bread” and it goes on.

When Sunday rolls around we struggle to decide on a meal plan for the week, and we feel exhausted at the thought of spending 2 hours on the weekend preparing. And while we always do, the feeling of “ugh, not again” seems to always come first.

It happened again this weekend, but I think it was partly because we were up most of Sunday morning (until 4:30am) up with our overly active toddler. So naturally, exhaustion got the best of us. So during nap time, my hubby and I sat down and planned  the weekly meals (think about posting the plan on the fridge as a simple reminder!).

Stay tuned this week as I share what a typical meal plan is like at our household! But in the meantime here is a brief snap shot of the prep underway at our home.

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What helps for us — keep the bigger goal in mind! The idea of not having to worry about meals for the week, which in turn means a quieter, more relaxed week night is PURELY satisfying. So despite all huffing and puffing the end reward of spending more time together, free of household duties is worth it.

Not Your Traditional Chili!

Here’s a little something that will have your kids asking for more! The day that I made my new and improved chili recipe, I was told this chilli should be a regular part of our weekly meal cycle. “Perfect for kids!” was the exact wording from my caregiver. My daughter gobbled it down, and you know what it wasn’t your traditional chili recipe, I added a bit of my own twist and flare.

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Ingredients:
1 package of ground beef or turkey
1 whole onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 cups of stewed tomatoes (we tried the stewed tomatoes that came in our garden basket from Bryson Farms!)
1/2 red pepper, yellow pepper and green (I typically freeze fresh chopped peppers at the end of summer, just pull out the bags. Garden fresh in winter amazing!)
1/2 sweet potato chopped
1 bottle of organic tomato marinara (or an additional 12 tomatoes stewed and puréed into a marinara sauce)

For seasoning: fresh basil, parsley, coorinader (1/2 tsp of coordinaer seeds adds a nice flavour), 1/2 tsp of salt, pinch of chilli flakes,

*sometimes we will add corn or celery. Optional, garnishes, sour cream and avocado (don’t forget the hot sauce!)

Instructions:

1. Put a little oil in a large pot, once hot fry onions until golden brown and add the garlic, once the garlic starts to soften add your ground meat into the pot.

2. Cook meat until it is no longer red (15-20 mins depending on type of meat).

3. Add your vegetables, into the pot. I like to sauté them with the onions and meat for about 5 mins.

4. Add your stewed tomatoes and sauté for another 3-4 minutes.

5. At this point, I like to add my fresh spices. Continue to stew all ingredients for 3-4 minutes.

6. Add your fresh marinara sauce, and turn burner to simmer and cover.

7. Simmer for 30-40 mins, longer if you have time to bring out the natural flavours.

8. Now it’s ready to serve, garnish with fresh sour cream or avocados and chives. Adds a real freshness to the chilli!