sunday meal prep 6/12/16

Hey all! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I know I did! The week in general went pretty great, which was in large part due to being back on my workout schedule 🙂 I knew I had missed it, but I didn’t realize just how much. It felt great to be pushing my body more again! Another great part of this week was this meal prep. I loved trying (and creating) some new recipes, plus a throwback to one of my favorite jar salads to mix things up even more!

How you can use meal prep to eat healthy, tasty food all week, no matter how busy you are!
Enjoy!

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To start things off, you might notice that the normal Cookie Dough Protein Balls are missing. Sad day…we were out of protein powder. But we have more now, so next week will see those coming back! (Plus maybe a new one? I’ve been having fun trying new energy ball recipes lately) But I did make the Peanut Butter Brownie Balls, which I see becoming a very regular addition to our meal prep! I absolutely love them, especially cold! Also present were some Sweet Potato Banana Bites, my grapes with cheese….a hard cheddar this time – tasty but didn’t cube well at all!
And the jar salads….oh how I love jar salads! This week I decided to make one of my old favorites for myself instead of our regular, though Draz’s were still the shredded buffalo chicken and ranch. For me: Balsamic Vinaigrette and half of a Tuna Quinoa Cake, along with some loose quinoa 🙂 All the rest of the veggies were the same, but the mix up of protein and dressing were wonderful!
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I also whipped up some more Freezer Breakfast Burritos and extra Shredded Buffalo Chicken. Those are two things I always want to have in my freezer!
It was kind of a strange meal prep this week. I got home from the grocery store, only for me to realize I was out of an essential seasoning. So I walked down to the HyVee to grab that, came back. No big deal. Went to bed, got up, had breakfast, all that fun stuff. Started to meal prep, only to realize that I had forgotten ANOTHER ingredient. Ever have a recipe you have made a ton of, so you think you can remember all the ingredients off hand? Yup, that was me this week.
I have made Tuna Quinoa Cakes so many times that I was sure I was remembering everything. Couple that with the fact that the missing ingredient, bread crumbs, is something that I almost always have in the pantry, and I had no chance! So….walked down to HyVee, grabbed that, came back and got to meal prepping. A few hours and multiple dishes later….I go to make the stir fry, only to realize that I had forgotten I planned to make a CHICKEN stir-fry. Instead, I had used all the chicken making the Shredded Buffalo Chicken! Well, I decided enough was enough, I was not walking down there for a 3rd time, especially not in the middle of cooking! Instead…Veggie Stir-fry!! And other than wishing I would have doubled the sauce, I think it turned out great!
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Veggie Stir-fry
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Veggie Stir-fry
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Add water, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, cornstarch, ginger and sesame oil to a small bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  2. In a wok or large skillet, heat the cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add all vegetables to skillet. Cook and stir 3-5 min or until crisp-tender. Remove and set aside.
  3. Stir sauce and pour into skillet. Cook and stir until thickened. Return cooked vegetables to skillet and stir to coat. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 min more, until vegetables are heated through.
  4. Serve over chow mein or rice. Can serve topped with sesame seeds, chopped green onion, and/or addition hoisin sauce.
Recipe Notes

This recipe can come out a bit dry, depending on preference and how much rice you use. If you like things really saucy, I suggest doubling the sauce part of the recipe!

Nutritional Information (6 servings) Calories 49 Total Fat 1 g Sodium 292 mg Potassium 302 mg Total Carbohydrate 9 g Dietary Fiber 2 g Sugars 4 g Protein 2 g

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Other than the impromptu Veggie Stir-fry, we had Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet, Skinny Lasagna Rolls and German Meatballs. I will admit, the Macaroni Skillet and the German Meatballs aren’t quite as healthy as I usually make, but they were delicious! And honestly not that bad, just not as good as I usually aim for. Plus, I mostly stuck to eating the other two dishes, so it wasn’t really a problem 🙂
Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet
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The perfect combination of mac n cheese and a cheeseburger!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet
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The perfect combination of mac n cheese and a cheeseburger!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 min or until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in macaroni, broth, milk, ketchup, steak seasoning, mustard and onion powder; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 10-15 min or until macaroni is tender. Stir in cheese and let melt. If desired, serve sprinkled with chives.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional Information (4 servings): Calories 441 Total Fat 24.8 g Cholesterol 99.3 mg Sodium 1,076 mg Potassium 445.9 mg Total Carbs 19.5 g Dietary Fiber .5 g Sugars 6.6 g Protein 30.5 g

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The German Meatballs actually are from a family cookbook. You know, one of those you can collect recipes and send them in to have printed? My mom’s side of the family down south did just that, so I have a bunch of recipes from them! And now I get to share this one with you. I think I still need a bit of practice making this one, but it turned out pretty good anyways! Definitely a “meat and potatoes” comfort dish.
German Meatballs
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One thing I love about my extended family is a lot of them love to cook and pass around recipes! Years ago, my cousins down south put together a cookbook of a bunch of recipes from my mom's side of the family. This is one of them!
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1.5 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1.5 hr
German Meatballs
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One thing I love about my extended family is a lot of them love to cook and pass around recipes! Years ago, my cousins down south put together a cookbook of a bunch of recipes from my mom's side of the family. This is one of them!
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1.5 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1.5 hr
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Combine ground beef, oatmeal, egg, mustard and ketchup; mix well. Form into balls.
  2. Combine beef broth, water, bay leaf, salt, pepper, vinegar, and brown sugar in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add meatballs one at a time. Simmer for 30 min.
  3. Add cream of mushroom soup and potatoes. Cook for 30-50 min or until potatoes are tender.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional Information (6 servings): Calories 368 Total Fat 16 g Cholesterol 82 mg Sodium 471 mg Potassium 850 mg Total Carbohydrate 38 Dietary Fiber 3 g Sugars 6 g Protein 20 g

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And that’s it for this week! Do you have any family cookbooks you love to cook from? Has your family ever made one like what I’m talking about? I would love to hear about them!
Sara

Want to get started doing meal prep for yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes (all recipes not included or linked to directly in this post are in my Staples post)!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!

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