We are halfway through Simplify September, and I’m gonna be honest. I think this project was more for my benefit than anyone else. I have learned a lot about myself, what I’m capable—and not capable—of doing and what’s important to me over the last few weeks. One thing this project has confirmed: I enjoy cooking. I’m not a gourmet cook, but I enjoy it; and I love sharing what I make with other people.
My Simplify September Week Three Meal Plan is below. Once again, it’s MOSTLY gluten and dairy free and ALMOST Whole 30 compliant. It’s also quick, easy and heavily reliant on a crock pot, because while I love cooking, I don’t like spending a lot of time and energy doing it.
As with everything Simplify September related, I hope this makes your week a little easier. Enjoy and remember to send me your favorite recipes!
Simplify September Week Three Meal Plan
Sunday: Flank steak salad. No real recipe here. Just cook the steak to your liking. (I personally prefer medium rare sauteed in butter, garlic, sea salt and cracked pepper.) Then, cut in thin strips and serve over lettuce and all your favorite veggies. Add blue cheese or feta if you desire. Balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dressing!
Monday: Fennel Sausage Soup from Whole 30 Fast and Easy. Don’t be put off by the fennel. This is one of the best soups I’ve ever made!
Tuesday: Slow cooker sesame-orange chicken from Against All Grain. The Instapot version of the recipe is on Danielle’s website. The slow cooker version is here. Served over a bed of frozen cauliflower rice from Trader Joes.
Wednesday: Braised chicken in artichoke-mushroom sauce from Against All Grain. I’ll add a side of broccoli and baby carrots to up the veggie quotient.
Thursday: Slow cooker BBQ chicken sandwiches with brussel sprouts (more short cut carrots for my picky oldest child) and baked potatoes. Again, no real recipe for this. Just cover chicken in water in a crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours. Toss in your favorite BBQ sauce, melt cheese on the buns if you like. I eat it without bunless.
Friday: Spicy Avocado Shrimp Stacks from Skinnytaste. I. AM. OBSESSED.
Saturday: Spaghetti (zoodles) with frozen meatballs and jar sauce from Trader Joes and salad. Because it’s Saturday, and you’re allowed to phone it in.