What's in Kayla's Cart
If you’ve been following along on Instagram, every Sunday, I’ve been posting a time-lapse of my weekly meal prep. Sometimes it’s more intensive than others and when I’m lucky, I can do it in under an hour! While I’m only cooking for one or two, a lot of what I do can be scaled up to feed more, still in a relatively short amount of time.
A few things that have been making my cart lately, and a few things that always do, go a long way in making these “prep sessions” super efficient so the rest of my week is a breeze.
ground turkey! maybe an obvious one, but one of the most versatile meats for breakfast hashes, tacos, burgers/meatballs, and grain bowls. Sauté once, use a million different ways. I usually buy 85% lean, any higher on the spectrum, I don’t think it has near enough flavor.
applegate turkey burgers or turkey deli slices. this brand is phenomenal for a number of reasons, but mostly because it’s avoiding a lot of the nitrates and junk in a lot of the others. oh, and I also love their bacon as an add-in to egg sandwiches or crumbled with salads (fat=fullness! embrace it.)
eggs!! okay, obvious, but ever since I discovered a way to love hard boiled eggs (take the yolk, mash with avocado and TJ’s reduced guilt spinach & kale greek yogurt, I can’t get enough. I’m always that girl with the smelly foods at meetings, so I’ll just embrace it and keep being that girl.
One of the biggest obstacles I hear to eating more produce is it going bad before you get a chance to eat it all…heard that. I buy half fresh, half frozen, and some canned. I also try to make a concerted effort to only buy as much I can use through Weds, and make a mid-week pitstop to re-up. With that said, some veggies that hold their freshness and stay well throughout the week:
carrots (whole carrots, often better than baby as they are minimally touched/processed and can be easily peeled or washed to make any meal or snack)
PEPPERS! (love the tri-colored bag to get a good variety of color and nutrients)
Sweet potatoes! every variety. The classic, the Japanese, …is there anything else? Mashed, roasted, or turned into fries, these will do well on the counter or in the pantry.
Dave’s Killer Bread! any variety. but love their bagels and thin, 70-calorie whole grain slices. The story behind this brand is amazing and their nutrient content is unparalleled.
Cleveland Kraut. do you even know me? always a staple.
Melon — while it’s nearing the end of it’s season, it’s perfect for snacking or pairing with salami/prosciutto for a picnic/patio snack
Popcorn. The brand often changes, I love mixing it up, but kettle corn is a favorite so you’ll find that on the heavy rotation.
Now that you know the items….keep reading HERE for some of the recipes I follow on the reg.