Welcome to week 2 of the Real Food Meal Prep!
If you aren’t part of this challenge already, please sign-up here to get your 4 weeks of FREE meal prep plans.
This week we’ll be continuing to get as many life supporting fruits and vegetables into our weekly diet.
We’ll start by using the crockpot to make a hearty lentil soup. Your recipe will make enough for several lunches. Or serve this soup for dinner.
It makes up a large pot – enough for 6 to 8 servings. You may find you have enough to freeze some.
I love this soup with a piece of French bread. Total comfort food.
If your family eats bacon, you could add a few pieces of chopped bacon to the crockpot. Bacon. Yum.
On your recipe list, you will also get a recipe for Berry Green Smoothie Freezer Packs. Since this is a freezer recipe, feel free to make up as many as you’d like!
Green smoothies are an excellent way to pack in a lot of nutrition – including those leafy greens it is hard to get picky eaters to try.
Plus, did you know when you grind up your greens and drink them, they become more readily available to be used by your body? Green smoothies for the win!
We drink these for breakfast or for an after school snack.
I try to keep a green kitchen – so I freeze my smoothies in glass jars.
However, this does require that I allow them to defrost for about 30 minutes on the counter before I can get them out of the jar.
If I am in a hurry, sometimes I have success running the jar under cool water. It will help loosen the contents.
You may find the defrost time to be an inconvenience. If so, use ziplocs. Only don’t tell me, k?
This week we will also be baking Oatmeal Jam Bars.
Elizabeth wrote to me and asked:
“How can I satisfy my diabolically incessant sweet tooth in a more healthful way?”
These Oatmeal Jam Bars are packed with whole grains and made from whole food ingredients, but they are also delightfully sweet.
However, I suggest you pair them up with healthy choices that leave both our sweet tooth AND our hunger satisfied. That’s why I’ve given instructions to pack these bars up with some protein and fruit.
At three o’clock in the afternoon, I love to sit down with a snack like this and a hot cup of tea. It is the perfect mid-afternoon treat.
Finally, I have an unusual recipe for a Cranberry Lemon Tuna Salad.
I struggle to get enough fish into our diet, but we all love this tuna salad recipe, so I try to prep it every few weeks.
Having several containers of these wraps in the fridge at the beginning of the week makes my weekday mornings go so much smoother, which is the point of all this prep, right?
Happy prepping! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.