Easy Weekly Meal Prep (Plus a Bit Extra!)

Hey y’all! You know, I can’t believe February is over halfway done….This year just seems to be flying by! And I have so many exciting things going on right now, some of which I can’t wait to share more with you about! If you have been keeping up with me on social media, you might know that I got certified as a POUND Pro yesterday!! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do since last summer and it was INCREDIBLE!

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I’m still kinda processing my thoughts on the training, but I can say this: POUND is so much more than a workout and I can’t wait to start teaching it. It has really ignited a passion in me and I am so excited to see where this path takes me! I think it’s going to be amazing!

It’s also my birthday weekend and I gotta say, it’s been wonderful. Draz and I had a “pizza and movies” date at home on Friday, which was just the relaxed date that I was needing with all of my crazy schedule lately. And while y’all know that I love my meal prep and eating healthy, sometimes all the carbs sounds just about right! This was definitely one of those times.

Then on Saturday was my POUND training of course, followed by a delicious meal at a new (to me) Ecuadorian restaurant with a good friend of mine! And today has even more fun planned! Brunch and seeing Black Panther (at the same time!!) with parents, followed by indoor rock climbing with some ladies from Women on Adventures! This weekend is just what I’ve been needing to recharge and really get that excitement renewed!

Okay, enough about me and my birthday craziness. On to this week’s meal prep!

Get your week started right with this delicious and filling meal prep!

Y’all, I made so much food this week haha. The nice thing is that some of it will be frozen to pull out the following week (this coming week). Sometimes prepping a bit extra can really help! First off, I made a new mock chicken salad to go with some crackers for my snack for the week. It still needs a bit of work, but expect a recipe soon! It’s gonna be delicious!

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I also made a batch of breakfast burritos. Y’all know how much of a staple this is in our house. I seriously don’t know how I would manage breakfasts without them!

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Now on to the real excitement: the main dishes! I tried a couple new ones this week and one go-to favorite. This Smothered Chicken recipe is one of my favorites to pull out when I want something flavorful, easy to make and filling! Just chop up a couple veggies, mix everything together, put over chicken and into the oven it goes!

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I have been really craving lasagna lately, so this Spinach Lasagna dish seemed an easy choice! It was the first time I ever used no-boil noodles and I kind of loved them! It was nice to take that step out of the prep process, especially on a prep where I was wanting to save time.

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I did make two ingredient changes – I used 10 oz of fresh spinach. Mostly because that was the size of the package I could get and I didn’t want any wasted. It worked fine! Also, I opted for entirely low-fat ricotta instead of the half that and half full that it calls for in the recipe. I also don’t currently have a food processor. Instead, I used a pair of kitchen shears and cut it a bunch once it was cooked.

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Our slow cooker dish of the week was this Chicken Burrito Bowl. Now, this is one that I made a bunch of changes to, but most of them are super minor. And almost all of the changes stem around one thing – I used regular brown rice instead of instant. I’m a big fan of using what you have on hand when you can and we have A BUNCH of brown rice in our pantry right now. So I wasn’t about to go buy instant just for this. I also doubled this recipe with the intent to freeze most of it in burritos. That being said, this recipe turned out great!

Here are the changes I made or will make in the future:

  • I cut down on the chicken broth used. I used about 4 cups instead of 6 (for the doubled). It was still a bit liquidy, so in the future, I would probably cut this down even more and only use 2-3 cups.
  • I cooked the brown rice in my rice cooker (plus some to go with the smothered chicken)
  • The rice was then added in at the end of the cooking period, right before the cheese.
  • Again, because of what I had on hand, I used fiesta blend cheese instead of colby jack. Either should work fine.
  • Personally, in the future, I would also cook this a bit longer on low for the main cooking time. The chicken didn’t shred as easily as I would have liked it to. I would probably cook it for 6-8 hrs on low, then shred the chicken and add the beans.

Overall, still a recipe I will make again! It turned out wonderful!

That’s it for this week! I think this was a great meal prep and can’t wait for you to try it! You can get your grocery list for the main dishes here:

Now for this week’s questions:

Have you tried POUND?

What is your favorite birthday memory?

Also, a special end note – I usually don’t mention my jewelry business on here, but I wanted to share this with y’all. I am running a BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY with one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever made! If you are interested, you can find it here. The giveaway ends TODAY at midnight!

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Thoughts on 31

I can’t believe I’m turning 31 today! As always, my birthday tends to make me reflect on my life, both as it is and as I want it to be. If anything, all the changes of this past year have made me do that even more for this birthday! So, I hope you will bear with me today….I really want to share some of these reflections with you!

  1. All the things are you are working towards in life don’t matter if you forget to enjoy your life along the way.
  2. No matter where you feel like you are at in life, you aren’t behind. You are right where you should be.
  3. Experiences are so much more meaningful than things, pretty much every time.
  4. Taking time for yourself is not selfish.
  5. Good food matters – and that includes both healthy and less-healthy foods.
  6. Adult friendships are hard to maintain – put the work in. It’s worth it.
  7. Be vulnerable. It may be terrifying sometimes, but it will bring you the best in life.
  8. Never stop learning, even if there is no point to it other than you find it interesting.
  9. Enjoy the moment, for as many moments as possible.
  10. Along those same lines, try to stay in the moment as often as possible. Too often our brains move on to the next item on our “to-do” list.
  11. You very rarely don’t have time for a hug.
  12. Balance in life is key. You can’t always do all the things.
  13. Even when you are saving for something important, not everything has to be for that. You can indulge occasionally.
  14. Admitting you need a rest day or a self-care day is not weakness or a failure.
  15. Learning the difference between making excuses for yourself and actual reasons takes practice. The differences aren’t always clear.
  16. Forgive yourself. Holding on to mistakes from years ago doesn’t help you or those you may have hurt.
  17. Apologize when you mess up. Let go of that pride and give a real honest apology.
  18. Love what you love and don’t apologize for that.
  19. Try the new things that scare you.
  20. Set realistic goals. Dreaming big is fun, but setting massive crazy goals isn’t fair to yourself.

That’s what I have right now! Part of me wants to get this list to “31” but honestly, these are the thoughts that have been going through my mind lately. 30 was kind of a crazy year for me in the best way and I am so excited to see what this year brings!

Any thoughts on my reflections? Or reflections of your own you’ve had along the way? I would love to hear them!

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Low Carb High Protein Meal Prep

Hey everyone! This week’s meal prep is a little bit of a change. Lately I have been focused on quick meal prep with lots of protein and a higher fat content too. My work schedule has been crazy lately and I have found that some extra protein and a bit more fat has been really helping my energy levels. This week’s meal prep also brings an extra treat for us – venison! A friend of mine had some extra and so the casserole we had this week had delicious venison in it!

Enjoy!

Get your week going with this satisfying delicious meal prep!

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To get things started off, this week’s snacks included protein balls, banana roll-ups, and turkey roll-ups (recipe coming soon!) I also made a batch of breakfast burritos, which are a staple around here.

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On to the highlight – the main dishes! This new casserole was delicious – Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole and definitely the favorite of the week! I did make a few changes

  • I used a little under 2 lbs venison
  • 2 packages of uncured turkey bacon
  • added 8 oz sliced mushrooms and roughly 1 c chopped onions
  • subbed out heavy cream with low-fat coconut milk
  • added McCormick’s Hamburger seasoning
  • used fiesta blend seasoning instead of cheddar, but that was mostly just because that is what I had on hand

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Our other main dish for the week was Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken. Now, I usually use chopped broccoli in this, but I actually forgot my bag with the broccoli in it at the grocery store haha! But it still was wonderful and as flavorful as always.

That’s it for this week! Want to try it yourself? Get your grocery list here!

And your random questions for the week –

What is your favorite show to binge watch?

What books have you read lately?

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