My weekly shopping is done 2x week at Trader Joes and my house is always stalked with the following:
Veggies: peppers (red, orange and yellow), sweet onions, broccoli, asparagus, celery, tomatoes, avocados, green beans, spinach, kale, carrots, cucumbers & sweet potatoes
Fruit: grapes, strawberries, black berries, blue berries, apples, kiwi & bananas
Oils: coconut oil, ghee, olive oil
Nuts: raw unsalted almond butter, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts & walnuts
Protein: eggs (lots of them!), frozen bison, turkey & beef burgers, shrimp, mussels, a white fish, ground turkey & chicken breast
Misc: coconut milk, tomato sauce, kale chips, fresh herbs & seltzer water
I do my standard grocery shopping each week and replenish the items from the list above. Through out the week if I come across a new recipe I want to try I may stop at the store to get 1 or 2 items on my way home that weren’t on my standard list, but besides that I tend to brain storm my next meal idea based off of what’s in the fridge.
When planning my next meal, I start with a protein that I am in the mood for, then pair it with a vegetable or fruit and finally a fat. Once I have my 3 main ingredients, I start to ponder how I can combine them such as with a sauce or into a casserole. I often browse Pintrest for some new ideas by searching with my ingredients list something like “paleo chicken, grapes, almonds” and can almost always get a good size list to choose from.
I have been loving grapes lately, so today I was inspired to use those as the main ingredient in my lunch. Here’s what I came up with, it was amazing! Nick and I gobbled up the entire bowl, no chance for leftovers today!
Chicken & Grape Salad
1 lb Grilled or Roasted Chicken Breast, cooled (I used the pre-cooked from Trader Joes, it is a good staple to have in the fridge for quick snacks or meals)
1c Purple Grapes
1/4c Slivered Almonds
1/4c Balsamic Vinegar
1/4c MCT Oil
Handful of Fresh Cilantro
Seasonings to taste (about 1/2 tsp each): Salt, Pepper, Allspice, Coriander
Chop chicken & cilantro very small, slice grapes in half, then combine all ingredients into bowl. This recipe literally takes 5 minutes if your chicken is already cooked!