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More Meal Prep | Week 2

– Welcome to another episode of our weekly meal prep series. I am very excited about today’s menu because it is all inspired by the yummy flavors of the South. (zydeco music) To kick things off this week, we are whipping up a big
batch of red beans and rice. One of my all-time
favorite Southern dishes. Now I’m doing this in a dutch oven, you can totally do this in a
sauce pan if you wanted to, or you could even do
this in a slow cooker, that would work as well. So, this week we are starting off with some sausage that I’ve
taken out of the casings. I’m using some pork breakfast sausage, you could really use any
kind of sausage you want. You could use turkey, or chicken, or even vegetarian
sausage, I love that idea. Because you really could keep
this completely vegetarian. In my dutch oven, I’ve
got some oil heating up in a pan and I’m just
going to brown my sausage. I’m going to use my spoon
to break the sausage into little pieces, and
then, once it’s cooked, I’m going to remove it from the pan and sautee my vegetables. So I’m just adding a
little more oil to my pan and then I’m going to
toss in some sweet onion, some celery, and some bell pepper. I’m using both green and red, you can use any color
bell pepper you like. I’m going to let these veggies sautee for four or five minutes, or until they’ve softened up completely. Then I’m going to add a couple
cloves of minced garlic, and some Cajun seasoning. Now I’m using my homemade Cajun seasoning. I’ve left the recipe in
the description box below if you wanna make your
own, or you could use the store bought kind, that
would work just as well. I’m going to let my
garlic and my spices toast for about 30 seconds,
and then I’m going to add my red kidney beans, some
long grain white rice, and my pork back into my dutch oven. And then I’m going to top
it all off with some broth. I’m using veggie broth in this recipe, you could totally use chicken broth if that’s what you have on hand. You wanna give it a
good stir and make sure that all of your rice is submerged, and then you’re just gonna
turn your heat down to low, put the cover on your pot, and let it cook for between 20 and 25 minutes, or until all of the
water has been absorbed. Once the water’s been absorbed,
this stuff is ready to eat. This yummy dish will last in your fridge, for between three and four days, or you can make a huge batch
and store it in your freezer and just reheat it as you need it. Now let’s talk about
our greens for the week. This week, it is all about collard greens. Now you can do this same
thing with some kale or some Swiss chard, but
I love collard greens because they are loaded with nutrients, particularly with
calcium, and now you know. So I’m starting with some
butter heating up in a skillet. And to that I’m going to add some garlic. I’m gonna let that garlic go
for about ten or 15 seconds, and then I’m going to
add my collard greens. All I’ve done is just removed the stem and given them a really rough chop. I’m going to toss my greens
in my butter and garlic, and then put the lid on
until my greens have wilted. Once they’ve wilted, I’m
just gonna season them with salt and pepper, and
they are ready to eat. I love sauteed greens like
this, because you can put them in all sorts of dishes like pasta dishes, or scrambled eggs, or even in that yummy red beans and rice we just made. How great would that be? Next up, we have some
roasted sweet potatoes. All I’ve done is peeled and
diced two sweet potatoes and I’m just going to toss
them in some olive oil, some salt and pepper, and I’m just going to break up some fresh rosemary. This is totally an optional
step, but I love the taste of rosemary with sweet potato. I think it’s a great flavor combination. We’re going to toss these until our potatoes are well coated,
and then we’re going to pour them onto a baking sheet, and pop them into the oven at 350 degrees for between 35 and 45 minutes,
or until your potatoes are soft and yummy. Next up we are going to
prepare our salad for the week, and this week it is all
about a sweet corn salad. I’m using canned corn in this recipe because that’s what I had on hand, but you could just as
easily use frozen corn that you’ve cooked off, no problem. So, to our corn, we want to add
some flavor and some crunch. We’re going to do that by
adding some red bell pepper, some beautiful chopped celery, and some finely diced red onion. We’re going to dress
the salad really simply with just a little bit
of white wine vinegar and some olive oil, and
some salt and pepper. We’re going to finish it off with one of my favorite flavors, finely chopped fresh basil. All you need to do is give this a stir and it’ll last in your
fridge for five or six days! How yummy is that? For our fresh veggies this week, I’ve got some red bell
pepper, some carrots, and some fresh broccoli. I’m also going to prepare
some beautiful orange slices because I love having fresh
fruit that’s ready to eat. Finally we are wrapping things up today with a little bit of decadence in the form of my unbelievably delicious cheddar jalapeno cornbread muffins. So we’re gonna start by
mixing up our dry ingredients. So I’m going to be
combining some corn meal with some all-purpose flour,
a little bit of sugar, some baking powder, and
a sprinkling of salt. I’m going to whisk this together very well and then I’m going to set it aside. In a smaller bowl I’m combining two eggs, some milk, and some melted butter. And I’m going to whisk
this together really well and then mix it into my dry ingredients. Finally I’m going to
start building all sorts of flavor into these muffins. So I’m going to be adding
some sharp white cheddar that I’ve just shredded up,
and to that I’m going to add some green onion, and some
finely minced jalapeno. I’m going to scoop my batter into a well-greased muffin tin
and then garnish each with a little slice of jalapeno. How pretty are those? Into the oven these are going to go at 350 degrees for
between 15 and 17 minutes, or until your muffins are set. I hope you’ll give this week’s menu a try, and if you do, be sure to
Tweet or Instagram me a photo, because you know I love seeing
what you’re coming up with in your very own kitchens. And, don’t miss Monday’s
episode of Lighten Up. Because we are creating
a lightened up version of a Southern classic,
pulled pork sandwiches. And finally, if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to The Domestic Geek, because there’s lots more deliciousness where this came from.

Randall Smitham



  1. Sarah Bolen Posted on April 10, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I need to make those cornbread muffins IMMEDIATELY!!

  2. XeXm Flames Posted on April 10, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Amazing These All Look Delicious!

  3. Martina Dani Posted on April 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Sara Lynn,You're awesome.I love you!
    Great ideas!
    But,can you please make some dessert ideas as well? I love those vids!! 🙂

  4. D.B.H. Hicks Posted on April 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I would make everything like you did, except the collard greens. I'm from Alabama, and a little bacon fried up would taste much better in the collards…not much, but it makes a great deal of difference. TFS!

  5. RockaPanter Sims Posted on April 10, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Wow,now am hungry! Ty for sharing youre videos, love them all! Keep up the good work =^_^=

  6. lucid mimi Posted on April 10, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Wow – every recipe is a winner – thank you for sharing!

  7. Zoë Levings Posted on April 10, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Yes! I love this series!!!

  8. Jennifer Moore Posted on April 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    That corn salad looks DE-LISH!  Perfect for bbq season 😉

  9. Ink Posted on April 10, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    This channel is dope!

  10. Teresa Elizondo Posted on April 10, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Hello, what if i change all purpuse flour for oat flor in cornbred???

  11. KaroNordlicht Posted on April 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    love your vlogs 🙂 "it works as well" haha you said this phrase about 100 times or even more from day 1 of your vlogs a year ago and now! wow from 4000 susbcribers to 330000!!! within a year! greetings from germany!

  12. Emi Lulu Posted on April 10, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    So helpful.  You always have great ideas.  Thank you!

  13. TheDenisedrake Posted on April 10, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Oh yea!  We're going to make this listing to Mr. Armstrong and Ms. Fitzgerald.

  14. MizzRowe Posted on April 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I absolutely love these meal prep videos.  Keep them coming.

    I'm from the south and I do my collards low and slow with ham hocks.  If anyone watching has never seen them before and wants to try them, make sure you wash them before you cook them as they can have a lot of dirt on them – even when you buy them in the "pre-washed" bags.

  15. Katie Hawkins Posted on April 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Great meal prep this week! Always helps when you suggest a vegetarian option too!!

  16. Green Life In Dublin Posted on April 10, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Can l just say how much l love these prep videos that you do?? like thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much 🙂 and more 🙂 l hope l will start doing something similar too! your last video was awesome too, l will make sure to try all the recipes 🙂 the only reason l didn't comment yesterday was because my computer crashed! and l checked the description box for the first time today because l had a question whether to use cooked beans or not, and you put all the info there too, working so hard on your videos! it's much appreciated, xoxo

  17. Walter Parker Posted on April 10, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I am definitely making this,this weekend looks awesome thanks for another great meal prep. I learned most my cooking skills from you thanks

  18. Stine Eriksen Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I get A LOT of inspiration from these videos! Please keep them up 😀

  19. SmilyLily1996 Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Wonderful ideas.
    I also love that you always give ideas on how to change something with meat to be vegetarian, even though I would probably just leave out the sausage from the rice completely because I can't stand vegetarian sausages and I don't eat the real stuff.
    I need to try the cornbread muffins asap, the love sounds wonderful too.
    And since I just had some sweet potato curry after not eating sweet potato for a long time my love for them had been newly awakened and I will probably make some fries as soon as I have them again with a self made dip 🙂
    I really like your channel and your recipes are always wonderful. Creative, simple and healthy.

  20. nina Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Looks soo good… <3

  21. Erin Kim Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Loooks so goood!!!!!!

  22. Bird Canoe Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Love these videos!!

  23. E Weber Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Perfect timing! I am about to go grocery shopping, but had not planned my meals for the week yet.

  24. Adriana Contreras Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your weekly menus. It takes away my need to think about what will be on my table or as snacks for the week.  And the ideas are always fresh, healthy, and fab!  Thank you!

  25. Sassy Besos Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Yes girl, I am so motivated. Chileeee (*says In southern accent that I don't have) lol I love down south home cooking, I love that this is a lighter alternative. Stay encouraged and be blessed.

  26. Logan Sweeny Posted on April 10, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Could you make shrimp instead of sausage?

  27. Philip Murad Posted on April 10, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I am SO making this for the week!!!

  28. hargurl Posted on April 10, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Omg love Cajun seasoning @[email protected]
    The first background tune is so catchy and distracting ._.

  29. its Samantha Posted on April 10, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Your meal plan is awesome and so good!

  30. IchNaturally Posted on April 11, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Thank you! I was really looking forward to this; I love your weekly menus, it really makes cooking fun again and my husband a very happy man…

  31. kelsey pierce Posted on April 11, 2015 at 12:54 am

    You should do a fridge and pantry tour! 🙂

  32. hollyh1693 Posted on April 11, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Nothing better on earth than Southern food! Love from Alabama:-)

  33. Jade Wierenga Posted on April 11, 2015 at 1:52 am

    The muffins look so good !!! Might give them a try !!! Great video Sara !!!

  34. Nyah Moliere Posted on April 11, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Can you please do a learn to love for cooked spinach??

  35. laotiancalichick81 Posted on April 11, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Your the best!!

  36. ZoobiaAsif Posted on April 11, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Hi SaraLynn! I have been watching your videos for a couple months now and I've been wonder if you have done a q and a video. If not, can you please do one because I would really love to know you better 🙂

  37. juskeiwanda Posted on April 11, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Could you possibly show some recipes with tofu? ☺

  38. sadia77100 Posted on April 11, 2015 at 6:19 am

    These meal prep are so fantastic. It has made lunch prep for my daughter so convinient.

  39. mngmay Posted on April 11, 2015 at 7:16 am

    I really like this one! Definitely going to give it a shot this Sunday!

  40. justmesayinghi Posted on April 11, 2015 at 7:41 am

    That red beans with rice looks amazing – presumably it would work with brown rice?

  41. Chaille Van. Posted on April 11, 2015 at 9:12 am

    those red beans and rice look sooo good. i like that its all mixed and not just the beans on top of white ruce (althiugh i do love it like that)

  42. MsGingerella Posted on April 11, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Love these videos!

  43. jtferdon Posted on April 11, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I love this series and once again great ideas for the week.  Side note, we don't put sugar in Corn Bread in the South:)

  44. الحياة حلوة Posted on April 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Please no music pleasssssssssse

  45. Ahdab Oa Posted on April 11, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    You have no idea how these episodes help me during my finals. Thank you so much (:

  46. secretly 99 Posted on April 11, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Good job! 🙂 have to make the muffins they would be perfect for school

  47. Stacey Musgrove Posted on April 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    My red beans and rice are simmering right now! I can't wait for supper…thanks for the inspiring recipes!

  48. Ally S Posted on April 11, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I'm in Louisiana, & I can't wait to try this! They're much healthier versions of what we normally do, which is nice lol.

  49. Milesia Rodriguez Posted on April 12, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Following your meal plans have helped me so much I appreciate what you do. Always looking forward to the new videos you post. Between changing my diet and exercise I have lost 10 pounds in one month. Thank you. 😉

  50. Alden Morgan Posted on April 12, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I love your video's!!
    You're really inspiring
    I get a lot of recipe idea's from you
    You are amazing!!!😘❤️

  51. eggy1225 Posted on April 12, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Your so amazing and inspirational. You make me eat much healthier. Meal prep save me time and money. Thank you and pls keep the videos coming ♡

  52. Katy Lowe Posted on April 12, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Great info as always!  FYI…I make similar corn salad and when using frozen corn I NEVER cook it…just thaw…and works perfectly as it's raw self 😉

  53. Baby Bear & Brother Bear’s Momma Posted on April 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I'm going to try thr rice minus the sausage, the corn salad and muffins.. easy to make ahead for dinner/lunches which is great when your 6.5 months pregnant and exhausted after a full day at work.

  54. lena divine🌺 Posted on April 12, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I am so glad I came upon your channel, can't remember how at the moment, but glad anyway. You meals look so good & fresh, these will help me kick start my weight loss plan! 😊, #tfs

  55. khyrana oktivia Posted on April 13, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Going to make these today. With a little substitution to suit my taste. Loving all your meal plan. So far they have been super simple yet tasty. Do you think you can make an Indian inspired meal plan next?

  56. Anneliese B Posted on April 13, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Love this week's meal prep! Can you do a Mexican-inspired meal prep? 🙂

  57. Joe Duff - The Diet Chef Posted on April 13, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Love the meal prep series! Especially when it's southern food 🙂

  58. Patricia Sy Posted on April 13, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Hi, I love watching your videos. Please make a turtle pie or turtle pie chocolate ice cream cake. Thank you.

  59. boots clues Posted on April 13, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Thanks I great recipes for healthy eating waiting for more ^•^

  60. Naomi Butterflies Posted on April 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I LOVE this week's meal prep! The rice and and the corn salad are my favorite, and my husband is gonna LOVE those jalapeno corn muffins!! Cant wait to surprise him with those!

  61. Donal Skehan Posted on April 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I want to try all of them! Great recipes as always! 🙂

  62. MsSunhappy Posted on April 13, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    the sweet potato look awesome

  63. nomadonearth Posted on April 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    You totally got your measuring cups and muffin tin from dollarama.

  64. whoobonhooaglo Posted on April 13, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Truly inspiring! Thank you for these delicious meal prep videos!!

  65. jeanjjaawesome Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Made it and absolutely loved the rice and beans! You forgot to mention the kidney beans on your written instruction btw!

  66. Juliana Torres Posted on April 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    It seems like brazilian food 😛

  67. lovlilady Posted on April 14, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Keep them coming, I love all your recipes

  68. swfairy88 Posted on April 15, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Just a lil southern tips ( I was raised in Lousiana ). It helps the beans if you soak them over night with a few clove of garlic. Beans were tourdationly made on Mondays with the left overs of sunday dinner. So the more veggies you put in the better (no carrots). Also these are great if you have a slow cooker. You can set it b4 work. The longer beans cook the more flavor they will get and your water will eventually turn into a gravy const. :).
    I can't wait to try this greens recipe tho. Ussaly we put bacon in it. Want to try the healthy version thanks for posting 🙂

  69. Rebecca Hughes Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    This week's prep looks AWESOME!!!  Can't wait for Sunday!!

  70. Ashley Violet Posted on April 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Hey @The Domestic Geek, I am new to England and have recently discovered the delights of Sunday Roast Dinners here. I would love a how to video on how to make this comforting dish at home (including a vegetarian option of course)! You are the best!

  71. Lisa Marie Posted on April 15, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Love everything in this weeks meal prep! Can't wait to go home and start cooking!

  72. mrswhitelily2000 Posted on April 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    like always super yummy recipes thank you for sharing

  73. Sherry Cox Posted on April 17, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    You are awesome!!  Please keep these meal prep ideas coming!

  74. Maylen Martinez Posted on April 17, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    How do I subscribe to this wonderful channel?

  75. Anne Li Posted on April 18, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    The muffins were to die for! My friends also loved them! I couldn't find Jalapeño so I sliced one small chili instead (the spiciness was just perfect)! Thanks, I love your creativity and the videos have an awesome quality everytime!

  76. 1024specialkay Posted on April 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    yum! This looks amazing! Really loving your meal prep videos 🙂

  77. Resa's Life Posted on April 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This looks amazing. For the rice dish can I use brown rice and black beans?

  78. selina vilsmark Posted on April 27, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Could you please make something with mushrooms? Love you <3 🙂

  79. Jordan Robinovitch Posted on April 28, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Could I use ground beef instead of pork?

  80. Sharon Mynes Posted on April 29, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Yum! Thanks for the collard recipe.

  81. Victoria Bitong Posted on May 4, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Are these good for diets? Sorry if this is a stupid question but I'm just curious

  82. Hayley Silbert Posted on May 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Is it possible to use quinoa instead of rice in the first dish?

  83. S Posted on May 14, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Hi where do you go food shopping?

  84. Anne Li Posted on May 15, 2015 at 9:56 am

    The roasted sweet potatoes were to die for! They were the accompaniment of my barbecue. The guests loved them! I added onions, it was so delicious.. thanks Sara Lynn!

  85. glorialucia Posted on May 25, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Hey there, this is really great! I was wondering w/ "the rice". Could I use "cauliflower rice" instead of regular rice? Will the broth make it "mushy"?

  86. Amira Houssein Liban Posted on June 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Why cant we buy your book on amazon?

  87. Akame Bunny Posted on July 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    are these good for weight loss or no since i'm starting to eat healthier love your blog 🙂

  88. Yasaman Hoorfar Posted on August 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Hi. How long i can keep my pesto sauce in fridge?

  89. destenvise Posted on August 29, 2015 at 3:25 am

    I've made your red beans and rice at least a half dozen times since you've aired it! Thank you for providing such a simple one-pot dish that freezes really well! 🙂

  90. Cornelia-P. K. Westfehling Posted on September 19, 2015 at 8:32 am

    soo great videos!
    more mealpreping,

  91. Cornelia-P. K. Westfehling Posted on September 19, 2015 at 8:32 am

    soo great videos!
    more mealpreping,

  92. Cornelia-P. K. Westfehling Posted on September 19, 2015 at 8:32 am

    soo great videos!
    more mealpreping,

  93. Cecliy Hernandez Posted on April 13, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    are these supposed to be healthy meal preps?

  94. clariola Posted on May 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    None of these recipes look anything like what I grew up with. I wasn't paying attention and didn't here her say she was making red beans and rice and it wasn't until she added the rice that I realized. But these look like interesting alternatives that are less intimidating to those who those who didn't grow up eating southern food (using sausage instead of fat back or ham hock) so I will give them a try.

  95. rukia758 Posted on September 6, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I am glad you're not vegan. 🙂 please dnt forget me when you reach 1million subscribers.i was among the first ones.i am a great fan.

  96. STEPHANIE LANG Posted on September 13, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Meal Prep Week!!!! These are so fun and take so much of the work out of it for me 🙂 Hope you keep doing these!!