Happy Monday! This week’s recipes are pretty quick and easy. There are a lot of vegetables involved, so nothing to feel bad about here. Just be sure you’re buying the highest quality ingredients you can afford. As a reminder, here is 2016’s  Dirty Dozen list (not sure when the 2017 list comes out). This list is more extensive, with the top 50, and lists the produce with the most to least pesticide residue (testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration). In a nutshell: Organic avocados= not necessary. Organic Strawberries= Absolute must!

Monday: Spicy Brazilian Bowls– I make this all the time. My husband requests it weekly. I make this with “plain” brown rice and one can of beans. The stars of this dish are the plantains. If you haven’t tried them yet…come on. I suppose you could try potatoes instead. But then you’d be missing out on the subtle sweetness and mind-boggling inexpensiveness of the plantains.

Tuesday: Avocado Cream Penne with Herbs–  Pasta in a pot+sauce ingredients in a blender= dinner in 15 minutes. Probably not going to serve this with the tomatoes on top….a side salad sounds better to me.

Wednesday: Whole 30 Sloppy Joe Bowls– Pretty self explanatory. To save time, just soak the dates in water and don’t bother boiling them (another pot). You can also make this vegan by subbing the beef for vegetarian crumbles (typically contain wheat), textured soy protein, or crumbled tofu. Also, you can bake the potatoes, or cook the whole potatoes in a crock pot or instant pot for those who are microwave weary.

Thursday: Chopped Thai Salad with Coconut Curry Dressing– Light and easy salad (if you buy pre-shredded cabbage and bagged, pre-washed kale). Add shrimp or chicken to make this a full meal.

Friday: Baked Coconut Chicken Tenders with Mango Mustard sauce–  This recipe makes a lot! There’s a widget for reducing the amount of servings at the top of the recipe. Be sure you’re using unsweetened coconut.  For the sauce, you can use frozen mango (thaw in the fridge). It’s so much easier than waiting for mangoes to ripen, and then cutting yourself.

Saturday: Freebie!

Sunday: Brinner- Honestly, I’m never awake and aware enough to make a proper breakfast. Don’t allow yourself to become a short order cook for this one! Pick a few dishes (scrambled or fried eggs, bacon or sausage, pancakes or waffles), and everyone else can deal! Also, make sure this meal is balanced. You don’t need to make pancakes, biscuits, and toast. One carb heavy item is enough. Add some vegetables to your eggs, and pick a meat that is free of sugar and nitrates. I’m liking Pederson’s No Sugar Hickory Smoked Bacon. I was nervous the first time I made it, but it actually does have the sweet and salty taste that you want from bacon. AND, it’s paleo and Whole 30 approved. Stalk your grocery, and stock up when this goes on sale!

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