So about a month ago a co-worker gave me a bag of mixed beans to thank me for something (trading food amongst RD’s is basically currency- I’ve been pumped about these beans).
So when I was planning my meals for the week I started thinking about what I usually do “what will be my protein, my carb and my vegetables”.
And I remembered my beautiful bag of beans- so I leaned towards a “mexican theme”.
Here is a breakdown of my loot from Trader Joe’s
Chicken sausage x 2
3 Sweet potaotes
4 Greek Yogurts
1 Large container of plain greek yogurt
1 bag of limes
1 jar tomatillo salsa/salsa verde
1bag of frozen, fire roasted peppers and onions
1 bag of pears (4-5)
1 bag of the “Cruciferous” mix veggies
And then my non-essentials: salmon dip, a bag of milk chocolate almond toffee (I was really hungry), wine, popcorn….
The total cost of my loot was ~$47
I love cooking beans because they really require very little attention. So I did the “fast cook” method.
3 cups dried beans with about 10 cups water – brought it to boil for about 10 minutes, covered the pot, and let the beans sit for about 1 hour. I then drained and rinsed the beans, and then added more water, and boiled the beans again.
I like using beans because they are so low maintenance to make.
When I got home from the store I left my bag of peppers on the counter to thaw- by the time the beans were done – the peppers were also pretty thawed out – so I mixed them together, and some lime juice in a big bowl.
Then I divided them up into 5 servings/bowls, and added a link of chicken sausage to each. Then each day I brought this to work – I grabbed an avocado out of my bowl and mixed in some avocado.
The macros for one of the 5 five servings (without Avocado):
Calories: 318 >> Total Fat: 6 g >>Sodium: 560 mg>>
Total Carbohydrate: 66 g >>Sugars: 11 g>>Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 33 g
This turned out to be a really low maintenance day of food prep, but the recipe that came out was super tasty. It’s also naturally gluten free if that’s your thing too.
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