I think there’s a big misconception out there that eating healthy has to be boring and expensive. Now when I say “healthy”…I’m not talking about cutting out carbs or counting calories. I’m talking about being cognitive about what goes into your body and just knowing what’s going to be best for you. I know it’s easy to grab fast food on your way home from work…but I think you’ll find that whipping up a few simple meals that are going to fuel your energy can be easy too! I’ve come up with a grocery list that will incorporate breakfast, a snack, lunch, and dinner! I guarantee that this whole grocery list will cost you under $40 wherever you do your shopping…and will feed you and your family OR you will have a bounty of leftovers to eat throughout the week!
- Red apples (3)
- Avocados (2)
- Beef steak tomatoes (3)
- Pork tenderloin
- Ground Turkey
- Whole wheat bread
- Turkey sausage
- Jalapeno (optional)
- Almond butter (individual packets)
- Romaine lettuce
- Sweet potatoes
- Sour cream
Seasonings/other things you’ll need to have on hand:
- Olive oil
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Aluminum foil
- Taco seasonings ( I usually use salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika…mainly because I have them all. If you don’t have all of those on hand, you can always just buy a taco seasoning packet J)
Grab 1 avocado-slice it in half lengthwise. Once it’s open use the blade of your knife and press down on the pit and you should be able to pull it right now. Using a spoon, scoop out all of the avocado from it’s casing into a small bowl and mash well.
Meanwhile…go ahead and grab 2 pieces of bread and toast to your liking. I say, the crispier the better!
Now, time to cook your breakfast turkey sausage until completely done. ( I like mine with a crispy edge.)
Slice up one tomato.
Time to put it all together! Grab your two pieces of toast and evenly spread the avocado on each slice. Top with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Throw some sausage links and tomato slices on your plate and you have yourself a well balanced breakfast!
Slice up one apple and slap on some of that almond butter. YUM!
Grab your ground turkey, taco seasoning, and a frying pan. Brown the turkey well, drain the juices out, return to pan and add your seasoning. Cook on low until completely done.
Make your own pico de gallo…dice up one tomato, onion, and 1 jalapeno-mix altogether in a bowl. Cut your lime in half and squeeze the entire thing into the mixture. Pick off the leaves of your cilantro until you have about 2 tablespoons worth. Chop up until fine, and add to mixture. Top with a little bit of salt and pepper.
Wash your romaine lettuce well, and peel apart the leaves until you have about 4-5 ‘boats.’
Take your ground turkey and scoop until one of your lettuce boats. Top with your homemade pico! Wah-la! Ground turkey lettuce wraps.
Time to pull out the big guns! Most of this meal will take a while to cook…so give yourself at least two hours before you plan on eating to get this meal going. Slice up your remaining two apples and place in a baking dish. Season your pork tenderloin with salt, pepper, and garlic salt and nestle down in the apples. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 275 for 90 minutes. After 90 minutes, bring the temperature up to 350 and bake without the aluminum foil for a remaining 15 minutes.
Time according to how your pork tenderloin is cooking, but plan to bake your sweet potatoes for at least 45 minutes. Wash your potatoes well, cut a slit in the middle and rub lightly with some olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake at same temperature as pork tenderloin.
While all of that is cooking, you can make your deconstructed salad! All you need to do is slice up your avocado, but rather than mashing it up…scoop it out and dice into one-inch cubes. Wash and cut your last tomato and cucumber also into one-inch cubes. Place your avocado, tomato, and cucumber pieces in a small bowl. Pour a drizzle of olive oil over it all, top with salt and pepper, and mix together.
Once your pork tenderloin is ready slice into medallions. Plate with 4-5 medallions, one sweet potato, and a big scoop of your salad. Sub the usual cinnamon and butter for sour cream in your sweet potato…trust me! It tastes so good!
And there’s your full day of clean eating! Trust me…on a teacher’s budget; I know that eating healthy can seem daunting. More than anything, it just takes a little bit of planning so that you can find a way to use the same ingredients in different ways. Cheers to colorful eating!