Hi- great thread here for protein receipe ideas
I have a house full of carnivours.. I usually flip through the LC cookbooks or look online and compile 4-5 days worth of recipes on the weekends, shop for those menu items and then there is no last minute (oh no time to cook, lemme throw a pizza in the oven) nights..
I try to meal plan around protein.. and usually what publix/ walmart or Winn Dixie have marked down
I make (every week) protein breakfast muffins for grab-and go for everyone and I vary the ingredients. These keep great in the fridge and reheat perfectly.
Eggs, green onion, chopped tom's, protein (we like venison or crumbled sausage) cheese, garlic.. just mix it all and spray a muffin pan with olive oil.. pour it in the tin and bake @ 380 for 20-25 mins. They are protein power houses and keep you full for hours.
Lunches- we buy chicken legs and thighs on sale. Wash, pepper and then roll in cinnamon and chipotle rub (you can get this in the spice isle) bake, cool and cover in a big dish for grab and go. My husband loves these.
Wings and drummetts- wash, pepper, sea salt them and bake in oven at 380 for 20 mins.. while this is going on, in a saucepan, mix crystal hot sauce and a stick of butter.. simmer. Drain water off of wings and slowly simmer in hot sauce- pour the wings back on to the baking sheet and bake another 5-10 mins and then broil for a few.. take them out, let them cool and refrigerate them. They are also awesome for grab and go.
I also usually steam a big bowl of italian or french cut green beans..
Meatloafs are great.. leaving out the tom sauce and breadcrumbs.. get creative. I actually shred carrots and zuchini and mix that into the ground chuck or venison, with egg, spices and we LOVE lipton mushroom soup mix.. make a meatloaf ahead of time and refrigerate for several days worth of meals.. or take the same meat mixture and pad out hamburger patties.. bake, cool and refrigerate. Love a reheated hamburger patty with a nice big salad..
Throw a london broil in the crockpot with a can of beef stock and onions.. let that cook all day.. shred it when you get in and what I do is pan fry eggs and smother the eggs with the shredded beef (trust me its to die for) or steam a whole bag of cauliflower.. put the steamed cauliflower in the blender with sea salt and pepper.. I actually blend the cauliflower and then pour that into a bowl, add a smidge of cheese and then pour the beef over that cauliflower. Its phenominal... easy to reheat. I think the key to staying on track all week is planning ahead and cooking extra! My kids devour this.. you can have a side salad if you want..
Anyway... hope some of this helps