Meal Prep Routine #3
It’s the HARVEST time of year, which has me craving all the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. This fall meal prep plan is chock full of autumnal recipes and snacks. If you missed my first two meal-prep plans you can find them here & here!
This plan includes Loaded Jalapeno Corn Casserole, three options for lunch salad toppers or dinner protein sides, Pesto Zoodles (recipe by local farmer Heirloomista!), Apple Pie Cake (recipe from Pleasant Valley Orchard!), Lavash Flatbread Crackers, and a variety of grab ‘n go snacks.
Below is my third meal-prep plan, including a shopping list and recipe cards for you to save/print. And remember, I’ve created a color-coded system for recipe organization: breakfast, lunch and dinner, dessert, drinks, and snacks. So, put on some music or your favorite show and let’s prep!
Tip: Plan the amounts on your shopping list based on the portions you plan to make for the size of your family.
Loaded Jalapeno Corn Casserole
My sister turned me on to this recipe after tweaking (and I think perfecting) it! It’s a great time of year to utilize locally harvested corn. This recipe reheats well in the microwave for a delicious grab ‘n go breakfast or midday snack!
Three Salad Toppers for Lunch or Dinner:
Chicken Wild Rice Salad
Who doesn’t love chicken salad? I’ve been making this version for years and I love putting it on lettuce or scooping it up with some crackers (check out my Lavash Flastbread Cracker “recipe” below!).
Fruit & Veggie Salad
This fruit and vegetable salad is so easy and you can use any produce available in your kitchen! This mix is delicious with grilled chicken, shrimp, or on a bowl of lettuce (my favorite way to make it is atop lettuce with pecans and goat’s cheese, with lemon juice and olive oil).
Adapted from a recipe on the Noom Support Group on Facebook.
Potato Carrot Salad
This recipe served as my weekly lunch prep for most of the first half of 2021! Roasted carrots and potatoes, mixed with lettuce, pecans and goat’s cheese; it’s so delicious. Make a big batch on Sunday and you’re prepared to use this mix for lunch, dinner, or a snack (I could eat all the carrots in one sitting HA).
Pesto Zoodles by Heirloomista
After seeing Kelsey of Heirloomista share her homemade pesto with her farm-fresh ingredients, I knew I wanted to try it! Pesto is so versatile and her use of it with zucchini noodles has me salivating.
Apple Pie Cake
Hello, apple season! This recipe is from Pleasant Valley Orchard‘s website – the owner Judy suggested it after I asked her for a favorite apple recipe for this meal plan. Judy recommends any of their Minnesota varieties: Cortland, Wealthy, or SweeTango. I recommend topping it with caramel and whipped cream! YUM.
Snacks / Grab ‘n Go
- Lavash Flatbread Crackers (recipe below)
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Beef jerky
Lavash Flatbread Crackers
I love crackers and could eat a whole box in one sitting. A few months ago I bought Joseph’s Lavash flatbread when looking for a new “vehicle” for eating charcuterie and dips. I cut one into sections, sprayed them with some olive oil and sprinkled with Livia‘s (if you’ve looked at my other meal plans you know I’m a Livia’s fan), and voila! Bake for a few minutes and you’ve got crackers!
Additional Quick-Meal Items: I’ve been stocking our kitchen with chicken breast, MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers, salad kits, steamable sweet potatoes, and fresh veggies for roasting. And yes, there are still always two bags of Atkins Sweet & Salty Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Crunch Bites in our cupboard!