Working 9 – 5

 

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Well, 7:30 – 3:30 but 9 – 5 sounds better.  I have had multiple people reach out asking if I REALLY work full-time and if I REALLY cook five to six nights a week – the answer is YES and you can too.  I’m no different than any other full-time person but I do have a secret weapon you really need to add to your arsenal – Harris Teeter Home Shop. I know there are others (Publix, delivery services etc.) but my go to is the Teeter.  I plan out my meals on Sunday, “shop” in my pjs with a cup of coffee and then my husband picks up the groceries four hours later when my order is complete! For an additional $4.95 a week, home shop might just be my most favorite thing on the planet.  I no longer spend 30 minutes in the grocery store on my way home from work wandering aimlessly down each aisle; No more staring into the fridge for 10 minutes wondering what I have available to cook and then searching the internet for a recipe that will fit the ingredients I have on hand. Home shop saves me at least an hour a day – Gods honest truth.  By Saturday evening my fridge is good and empty and ready to be restocked for the upcoming week.  And best part people  – I’m doing the planning for you. All you have to do is add the ingredients from my weekly dinner recipes and your basics for the next six days to your cart and you are done. That’s it – no more thinking “what am I going to cook for dinner tonight” – EVER AGAIN.  Oh, and I’m saving you money – I knew there was something I was forgetting.  I have saved SO MUCH MONEY using home shop.  How? We eat everything we purchase so no wasteful spending. We don’t eat out as much as we use to and most importantly,  I see what my cart total is before I check out – this is HUGE if you are on a budget!!!

OK so to wrap it up so you can get to clicking – my gifts to you this week – time, money and health!!

Seafood Pasta in Foil Packet –  It’s Sunday Supper for the Duffys!  This meal isn’t low in calories but we don’t care on Sundays – weekends don’t really count, right? I LOVE this dish.  It’s easy peasy to throw together.  You boil pasta, sauté a few ingredients and then put everything into an aluminum packet to bake.  And that’s it.  You can drizzle a little warm cream over the top after baking if you are feeling crazy! This meal is a bit more expensive due to shrimp cost but you can sub mussels or scallops if they are on sale.

Ground Turkey Skillet with Green Beans – I think my nine year old could make this if I trusted her around the stove.  Seriously – it’s that easy.  And REALLY quick – the perfect Monday night meal. If you are feeding family not on a low calorie “diet” feel free to bulk this up by adding pasta or rice! Oh, and add a pinch of cinnamon for depth – it goes perfectly with this dish.

Weight Watchers Smoked Sausage and Bell Peppers – I will make this recipe with a full pound of sausage – not just the 1/4 it calls for otherwise there isn’t enough protein in my opinion. This recipe does call for three bell peppers which can get costly  so feel free to sub zucchini, squash or other veggies that are less expensive.  It will be delicious any way you dice it!! Hold off on the red pepper if you are serving to your kiddos and add rice, quinoa, orzo or any other carb to make this a heartier dish.

Indian Shrimp Curry – I really love Indian food but it’s so high in calories.  This is a yummy and much lighter version.  I will serve this with brown or basmati rice but you don’t have to.  And feel free to sub chicken if you aren’t a seafood person or if shrimp are too pricey. Oh, and no, my children will not eat this dish but that’s OK.  They will eat whatever quick kid food I have on hand!

Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken Skewers – I may or may not use the skewers.  I find it takes too long to string everything onto the darn things.  If I don’t I will just keep the chicken breasts whole, slice the veggies into strips and then marinate – after a bit I will just cook them on the stove. Oh and I don’t use coconut oil – I never have it on hand so I’ll just use EVOO!!

Pork Chops with Dijon Herb Sauce and Asparagus – My Friday gift to you – these pork chops.  They are insane and I don’t even really like pork chops.  The secret is to brown each side on medium/medium high heat for about 3 – 4 minutes and then turn the heat down to low and cover the pan for an additional ten minutes or so.  I will just roast the asparagus and then sprinkle with some balsamic vinegar – my mouth is watering.

Happy Healthy Eating Friends!

P.S. – I decided to send on Saturday so you would have the weekend to plan – not just Sunday afternoon!!
XO ~ Kelly

 

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