Weekly Meal Prep

This weeks meal prep was inspired by my need to take a break in the kitchen. I asked E to pick one staple protein we can use various ways throughout the week. We decided on ground turkey aka millennial picadillo.

Picadillo is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines that is similar to hash. It is made with ground beef, tomatoes, raisins, olives, and other ingredients that vary by region. It is often served with rice or used as a filling in dishes such as tacos, savoury pastries or croquettes. 



Grocery List:

  • 2 salad kits
  • rice
  • 2 cans black beans
  • frozen platano maduros
  • dried pasta
  • pasta sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can mixed veggies
  • onion
  • minced garlic


Millennial Picadillo

the kind your cuban GRANDMOTHER wouldn’t approve of

What you’ll need:

  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can mixed veggies
  • half an onion chopped up
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp sazón completo

In a deep pan, heat up minced garlic* and half a chopped up onion. The minced garlic I buy from trader joes already has olive oil, so I don’t add more because I’m hispanic and hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia** are real.

Once the onion and garlic have heated up the pan, throw in the ground turkey. Sprinkle LIGHTLY salt (hypertension*** is real) and pepper, but go crazy with the  sazón completo (just kidding there’s salt in that too).

Once the turkey no longer looks raw, add the tomato paste and mixed veggies. Let that simmer for a little until it no longer looks like it might give you salmonella.

Make sure to set aside enough picadillo for three meals. We take left over dinner for lunch the following day, so there should also be enough for leftovers.

*most cuban grandmothers would frown upon you if they saw that you bought a store packaged minced garlic versus mincing your own garlic…just peel off the wrapper

Meal 1

I grab whichever salad kit is on sale and toss it with room temperature picadillo.

Meal 2

I heat up canned frijoles negro on the stove top and fry frozen platano maduros in the air frier. Why you ask? Because its fast and practical for a mid week under 30 minutes meal.

Meal 3

I cook the dried pasta per boxed instructions. Heat up the least over picadillo in the same pan. Throw in a jar of pasta sauce. Add the pasta back in and let that warm up. Again its fast and practical for when I’m working an evening shift at the hospital.

**Not kidding the CDC states that among adults age 20 and older in the United States from 2015 to 2016 13.1% hispanic males and 9% hispanic females had high total cholesterol levels!!!

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***According to the American Heart Association, among hispanics age 20 and older(between 2013-2016), 47.4% of the males and 40.8% of the females had high blood pressure!!

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