You Don’t Have to be Martha Stewart

On Sundays, I try to put some food together for my husband for the week. He works two jobs which can easily mean he has zero time to buy lunch or dinner – let alone from somewhere healthy. And as he doesn’t want to spend the money he just earned on an expensive salad (I’ve got that pattern covered in spades).

When I have time, or if I have found an interesting looking recipe, I try to make something new for him. But when time is short, I have some go-to meals I put together. I’ve posted about his favorite corn salad before. And boiled eggs are always good for a snack.

In the other three bowls above is a variation of something I make all the time – grain, meat, vegetables. In this case – all from Trader Joe’s. If we’re being honest, it usually is!

Italian Sausage, frozen peppers and onions, 1/2 package of orzo. That’s it.

Take the casing off the sausage, cook it in a pan, breaking it up as you go along. The sausage will release some fat so you don’t have to worry about oil or anything of that nature. In the meantime, cook the orzo according to the packaging. I love it for this recipe because it only takes nine minutes! When the sausage is 75% cooked, add in the peppers and onions. When the orzo is done, drain it and add it to the pan with the sausage and peppers.  Finished!

Some days it’s quinoa instead of orzo, most times it’s chicken breasts instead of sausage. But it’s always easy, inexpensive and tasty!

And Martha Stewart I most definitely am not!



5 thoughts on “You Don’t Have to be Martha Stewart

  1. What a fantastic little trick.
    I feel the same way about lunches; I don’t want to spend so much and usually when left to my vices I’ll pick the most unhealthy option. When I know what I’m having I tend to stay on track.

    I’ve been prepping green smoothies at night – blending in the morning.
    Sadly I’m doing frozen Weight Watchers lunches this week but adding zero point veggies to it.
    Have some trail mix handy and I usually make it thru the day with minimal effort.

    The best part is that I love eating clean now – my splurges are getting to be less frequent because I just don’t like the feeling of gluten/carbs/grease in my stomach anymore. Sadly this is doing nothing for my waist line – I guess I need to add in working out and be consistent and patient.

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    1. I think adding veggies to the WW meals is a good way to mix them up and make them more fun. And I agree – the cleaner I eat, the healthier my snacks are. I used to love McDonalds McGriddles. I think I would have a heart attack if I tried to eat one today.


  2. Amen to this post! I’m working on prepping ahead and stacking my meals to mix and match throughout the week… trying to do this for my boyfriend as well, but it’s tough because we live in separate households. He spends a lot of his hard-earned money on eating out during the workday, and he works long hours, so I don’t blame him! We’re both trying to establish more healthy habits, though. I like your method… Trader Joe’s all the way!


    1. It’s hard to get a rhythm going. And you don’t have to prep food for yourself (or your boyfriend) on a Sunday necessarily. I often do the prep work on a Tuesday – Sundays are busy! Or if you do make dinner, cook twice as much or 1.5 times. Tada! Meal prep! And yes – TJ’s for the win.


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