Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WIAW: Fall into good habits

Ah, September--the start to a new year, new weather, new schedules, and new... healthy habits!

(One of which is sharing posts with other fitbloggers, like Scott over at Your Inner Skinny, where I guest blogged yesterday about my experience with Paleo.  Read it here!)

With my own schedule changing this fall, it's imperative that I begin planning my meals and preparing food in advance.  So, that is just what I set out to do before my first and my second week of work.  I got busy thinking of recipes and preparing some food ahead.  Finding a new recipe to try made food prep time something exciting, rather than arduous work. I'm sure it'll get old, but new recipes will keep it interesting for a while.

Many of these new recipes came straight from Practical Paleo...

Last week's Sunday Monday (Labor Day), I prepared Savory Baked Chicken Legs and put it in the oven to roast.  Came out beautifully, although I still have trouble eating meat that looks like.. the meat it came as. #recoveringvegetarian.

While that was cooking, I broke out the food processor to make Sweet Potato Pancakes, which were out of this world, as so many "sweet potato" things are :)

The timing couldn't be more perfect.  I finished preparing, cooking, and packaging the pancakes just a few minutes before the chicken was ready.  Success!

This week, I drew on three other Practical Paleo recipes that I had yet to try:

Swirly Crustless Quiche:

Roasted Rosemary Figs

And, at last, Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Holy COW this one was gooooooooood.   I looked forward to every leftover dish I could squeeze out of it!!! Aka, packed lunch, below.

That night, I also cooked up two pieces of wild salmon and stir-fried very green broccoli.

This whole plan and prepare thing ain't so bad!  Once I got cooking, it was a nice way to spend my Sunday afternoon.  Then, during the busy week, I never have to think about what's for dinner or worry about having to go pick something up.  It's all there, in the fridge, ready to go!

So... What'd I eat today? 

I fell into good habits with my meals all cooked and ready to go.

(Not So) Swirly Crustless Quiche
Cut a piece of this each morning for instant, healthy breakfast!

Leftover Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
Paired with afore-photographed broccoli
and an apple

Salmon-guacamole lettuce wraps 
with nori and Brazil nuts.
Still eating my greens!

And that's What I Ate!  What did you eat?

Do you plan and prepare your meals in advance?  
What strategies and recipes help you out?


  1. Yay! Practical Paleo stuff rocks! I love the bolognese!

    1. YESsssSSSSsssS it's pretty much the best thing on earth. i'm not even big on ground beef but wowwza. yum. could eat that dish every day.

  2. Id say I DONT as Im a mindful eater but in a sense I DO because I fill the house with healthy options I know I love.

    Im so so trying trying to get the husband to realize the plan and prepare isnt that bad!
    Im happy to cook FOR HIM (lunch. he works from home) but he always says no...

  3. I'm SOOO impressed by you. Your cooking looks just as good, if not better than the cookbook recipes! That Swirly Crustless Quiche looks tasty!

  4. Wow I'm so impressed girl! I wish I was more like you when it comes to meal prep. I'm trying to get in the habit of at least planning my meals in advance, but I still haven't made the leap to prepping in advance as well. Baby steps. ;) Haha.

    1. Thanks! This was my first step. Two weeks down, and I'm looving not having to worry about meals, especially with how busy I've suddenly become. This has been a huge help! I hope to keep it up. I didn't used to be like this, so you can give it a try, too!

  5. I'm not very good at planning ahead, or cooking for the week, but I do make large enough meals so that I have leftovers. Anything that makes food prep quick and easy a couple days out of the week.

    1. Yep! Leftovers are great. That's essentially what this was, except that I didn't eat them that night lol. Just cooking up a bunch of first-round leftovers.

  6. I'm waiting a few more weeks to start on the squash because I know the prices will drop and I can eat it like crazy! You are so great with all this baking. I need to get back to doing that on Sundays

  7. Wow, drool-worthy post. I'll probably break down and buy that book TOO. lol.

  8. Your paleo recipes came out so nice! The actually look like the cookbook's pictures! :) That rarely happens to me.

    1. Yeah, same here. Just goes to show how accurate and DOABLE these recipes really are!

  9. I always plan my meals in's actually become second nature :)

    Thanks for sharing these yummy looking Paleo recipe! The pancakes look great!

    1. That's what I'm hoping - that meal prep will become second nature for me. So far so good!

  10. recovering vegetarian... LOL. Great photos, as always.

  11. Oh man!!! I just got Practical Paleo in the mail yesterday & I already have most of the recipes bookmarked to make! :)

    1. HAha exactly what I did with mine! Making my way through it one recipe at a time...

  12. I am so interested in Paleo! I must borrow a cookbook from my box! It just intrigues me so much! (:

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