Supper & Self Care — Meal Prep

Supper & Self Care — Meal Prep

This is part of my Sunday series, Meal Prep. Each post I’ll share how we’re gearing up for the week, with tips and tricks for making the local life work.

By now you know we never just meal prep. We make two things at once, like breakfast and dinner last week.  We make all our grain based foods for the week. We cook the chicken that will last us two or three weeks. It’s a thing. 

We’re busy. We’ve got stuff to do. We’re always multitasking, and meal prep is no different. 

This week we will do a few things in one go, yes. But one of those things gives us a sneaky chance to commit to slowing down.

Make time to care for yourself

Make time to care for yourself

You may see self care, mental health, and mindfulness show up on the different internets you look at recently. You may even know you need to know more about them than you do now. Let’s talk about these popular words together!

Our daily routines can make or break our mental health. Everyone has different needs, but scientists agree on a few things that benefit us all.

Consistent sleep times, excercise, and a good diet, naturally. Some yoga and meditation at the beginning and end of the day. Real connections with other people. (Sorry Instagram and Facebook, not talking about you guys) Working out our emotional muscles by journaling, especially on gratitude, and engaging in acts of kindness. Learning something new.

Don’t fall asleep during yoga. Or do. Or whatever!

Don’t fall asleep during yoga. Or do. Or whatever!

Today, we’re cooking a whole chicken using Chris Kaiser’s method, and taking the three hours we have to wait till it’s done to do some planning for our self care routines.

I recommit to start and end the day with yoga and some meditation. I schedule some times to have people over for dinner. I think through my morning and evening routine and look for things that need tweaking. I resolve to go to bed earlier and not look at my phone while I’m supposed to be trying to go to sleep. To look at my phone less in general. 

Please do this! Cook this whole chicken, do some routine planning, and at the end you get delicious chicken and broth as a reward! Plus I’m sharing Chris’s super easy lemon pepper chicken recipe so you can also get dinner on the table! You’re an ace multitasker already.

Dry ingredients just thinking about being scones

Dry ingredients just thinking about being scones

Chocolate Scones with Chocolate Chips & Pecans

Because 3 hours is a long time, we also made some chocolate scones for our act of kindness. Bless your people with a chocolatey breakfast.

First, mix cocoa powder, flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.

Adding butter chunks

Adding butter chunks

Throw in your butter pieces.

Coarse mixture when combined

Coarse mixture when combined

Combine it all with your fingers till it looks course, lumpy, and sandy.

Do what makes you happy indeed!

Do what makes you happy indeed!

Get a special kitchen helper to help you add pecans and chocolate chips.

Glorious dough that looks like ice cream

Glorious dough that looks like ice cream

Crack in your eggs and drizzle buttermilk and vanilla. Stir together till it looks like a delicious bowl of chocolate ice cream. Scoop 8-12 scones onto a baking sheet and put them in a 400 degree oven. (Once you’re done cooking your chicken of course) Bake till they’re set or a toothpick comes out a little crumby. 20-25 minutes.

Spot check

Spot check

Definitely get your cat to check them for quality assurance.

Lemon Pepper Chicken with fettucine

Lemon Pepper Chicken with fettucine

Last but not least, either strip down your chicken or get out a bag of chopped chicken from the freezer. Make Lemon Pepper Chicken for dinner, it’s super fast!

Chocolate Scones with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

  • 1 3/4 cups flour

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 stick butter cut into pieces

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • 2 eggs

  • 2-4 tablespoons buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • Buttermilk or an egg to brush on top

Preheat the oven to 400º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Blend in butter with your fingers or a pastry blender. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans. Add eggs, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk. Stir the mixture and add more buttermilk if it’s too dry. It should come together thick and slightly sticky. Spoon by the quarter cup or more onto the lined baking sheet until you have 8-12 scones. Brush with buttermilk or egg and sprinkle with sparkly or turbinado sugar if desired. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out slightly crumby. These scones are best warm, but will keep for a few days in a sealed container.

Lemon Pepper Chicken by Chris Kaiser

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • Juice and zest of 1-2 lemons

  • 2 cloves minced garlic

  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 cup shredded chicken

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 cup frozen peas or more

  • rice or pasta

Cook the chicken stock, lemon juice and zest, garlic, red pepper flakes, and chicken over medium heat until boiling. Use more or less lemon and pepper depending on how much taste you’d like. Turn down to low and allow to simmer while you add the butter and cream and sprinkle in the flour. Stir and simmer until thickened. Stir in peas and serve over pasta or rice. Thank you Chris! Delicious!

What self care routines are you planning on starting or continuing this week? 

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