When meal planning, it's a great idea to cook the main protein in bulk, and use it in a variety of recipes throughout the week. Saves so much time! One of my favourite cookbooks that uses this concept is Robin Millers Quick Fix Meals. The Turkey Chili recipe below makes a huge batch and is great on it's own. Or adapt leftovers to make the cookbook's turkey lasagna, burritos and flauta recipes!
Turkey Chili (from Quick Fix Meals by Robin Miller, pg 128)
4 tsp olive oil, divided
2 pounds ground turkey breast
1 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
¼ cup chili powder
2 Tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
2 Bay leaves
½ tsp salt
½ tsp crushed red peppers
two 28oz cans diced tomatoes
3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
two 8oz can tomato sauce
two 15 oz cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
two 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed drained.
Garnishes: shredded cheese. Sour cream, green onions
1) Heat 2...
Thanks for Ashlee from Indulgence at Home Personal Chef for this recipe! Great for the lunch box.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chickpeas- adapted from cookbook Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas (or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas)
¾ C. brown sugar or coconut sugar
¾ C. butter or coconut oil
2 egg whites or 1 egg
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 C. whole wheat flour or gluten free all-purpose flour
½ C. old fashioned oats
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¾ C. nuts (optional)
¾ C. raisins (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray or
2. In a stand mixer, beat sugar and butter or coconut oil until smooth.
3. Beat in egg whites (or 1 egg), vanilla and chickpeas. Mix to your liking for the chickpea
4. In a separate bowl, mix together: flour, oats, baking soda and salt.
5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix...
Robin Miller's Quick Fix Meals
This cookbook has a section called "Morph It." On the first day, you make a large batch of meat. Roasted Chicken with Smokey Apricot Sauce, for example. Then three "Morph Recipes" are included, all using the main dish cooked in the first day (like Chicken and Mushroom Quesadillas, Thai Chicken Salad with Peanuts and Lime and Chicken Curry with Chickpeas and Tomatoes). This batch cooking saves you time most days of the week, and I find the variety to be good even though you are using the same main component. Worth a try!
Sandi Richard, Eating Forward
Sandi is Canada's meal planning guru. She has 6 kids, therefore has to be organized! Her concept of Eating Forward means knowing what you are going to have for dinner - at the beginning of the day! Her cookbooks include a weeks worth of meal plans, including shopping lists. I have tried many of the full week plans, and most of the recipes are delicious, although I do modify some to include...