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In the Kitchen: Sunday Meal Prep

25.9.16
Meal prep is a big part of my weekend chores. I don't like to think of it as a chore, because I really enjoy it, and for some reason I really love being in the kitchen in the colder months. Perhaps it's the warm oven, and the whirring of the exhaust fan- which I find really soothing.

Last year around this time of year I began serious meal prep on Sundays. I also put together this list, because I wanted to make sure that as flu season approaches, we are getting as much of our vitamins as possible- specifically vitamin C. Our smoothie packs (below) are planned for just that. Next week we will definitely change it up a bit. I am looking forward to some papaya, pineapple, and strawberry. 

We are slowly gathering foods and treats to satisfy our tummies on the cold days that we are sure will come sooner than later. I think we will be having a lot of stews, and heavy, warming soups - a contrast of our light summer salads. This is not to say that the salads are a thing of the past. My goal is always to encourage the kids to eat the rainbow - and the best way to do that is to serve salads filled with fruits and vegetables which can be mixed with pulses.

We've also stocked up on pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, apples, pears, and quinoa (which we've loved adding to our soups lately). Speaking of quinoa, we have a nice recipe to share with you all soon.

Next week, we'll be busy in the kitchen making apple & pear sauce, corn muffins to eat with our chili, and experimenting with ingredients. I also plan to do a little more baking to stock up, filling the air with cinnamon and cloves- two of my favorite spices. And have you tried anise in your baking? You should!

I have picked (I think), the last of our tomatoes (pic below). I will be making some salsa very soon. Believe it or not, I don't have a deep freezer, so freezer space is limited, which is the only thing that keeps me from really doing the level of meal prep that I would like to do. 

I've changed the way I prepare the smoothie packs. In the past, I used to just wash, chop and bag. Now I place the fruits and veggies on a plate to get a visual of the colours and ingredients that I'm using.
1/ chick pea salad (tomatoes & red onions from garden), cucumber, & shredded carrots. I usually add a dressing of coconut oil, turmeric, & pomegranate syrup.

2/ parsley, kiwi, orange, blueberry & pear smoothie. I add a tbs of coconut oil to this recipe, & squeezed lemon.

3/ smoothie freezer packs - i make about 6 at a time...just bag & put in freezer. 

4/ banana, kiwi, blueberry, yellow bell pepper, & beet smoothie. I often add 1 tsp of ginger, a tbsp of peanut butter or almond butter, a splash of orange blosson water, & coconut oil as well.

5/ coconut oils used for cooking, salads, and smoothies. Secret ingredients - I like to use pomegranate syrup/molasses, orange blossom water, and rose water  in our smoothies, salads, and sometimes dips. I've been known to make my own rose water, but haven't in a few months.

6/ apple, pear, parsley, carrot smoothie. I add coconut oil, rose water & a tbsp of honey to this one. I might pop in some chia seeds (I didn't have any this week)

7/ tomatoes from our garden + other fruits & veggies for next week's meals

8/we use a lot of quinoa :) I buy the red & white bulk. I like to buy the mixed one because it also has rice and peas - all organic & taste yummy.  We also like to use couscous (not pictured). I use whole wheat 'medium' couscous.
The nuts in the picture, is a yummy exotic blend that I often add to our yogurts or cereals or to our quinoa salads right before serving.

9/ dairy-free banana oat muffins made with regular ww flour = not gf.

10/ dairy-free sweet potato banana pear muffins- regular ww flour- no oil/butter
(if you want recipes just ask)

I still have a lot of work to do. Lots of veggies to chop. I would have done it already, but I keep forgetting to pick up freezer bags. 

I hope you're all having a great weekend!

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