Sunday Meal Prep March 12, 2017

Hey everyone! Can you believe we are into March already? It seems like this year is just flying by! I am definitely ready for spring though. Iowa has been all over the place with temperatures lately and I just can’t wait until the warm weather gets here!

I don’t always follow seasonal when I’m cooking or cook lighter dishes in the warmer months like some do. However, I think I can see my desire for spring in this week’s meal prep! Lighter dishes and veggies everywhere! Enjoy!

Get your week started right with this healthy meal prep! Get the recipes, details and a downloadable grocery list here!

For my salads, I’m still totally in love with these cheeseburger-insprired salads based off of this recipe from Organize Yourself Skinny! The main changes I made:

  • no cucumbers,  added in red onion
  • dressing was Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard
  • used a salad mix instead of romaine

And for our snacks we have a recent favorite: 5-Ingredient Banana Bread Muffins! These are so tasty and really hit my desert cravings 🙂 Of course, my favorite, grapes and cheese, was also made. This week’s cheese? Smoked Gouda! I am loving the flavor of this one right now!

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We were also running low on my Healthier Cinnamon Bread, so of course that was made. If you haven’t checked it out lately, there have been a couple small changes to the recipe. I’ve lightened things up a little more by cutting back on the sugar. It’s still plenty tasty, but a little more carb-friendly! We were also running low on Freezer Breakfast Burritos, so a 2-week batch of those got made up too!

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For our main dishes this week, we have a couple new recipes! To start with, these Broccoli Quinoa Cheddar Bites are delicious! I love finding new vegetarian dishes, especially since we can be kind of a meat-heavy household. This one will definitely be made again! I did make a small change: The recipe calls for them being made in a mini-muffin pan. Instead I made them as regular muffins and baked them at 350 for 30 minutes. This worked out great! I also used Fiesta blend cheese instead of cheddar, since that was what we had on hand.

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The other new recipe, and my personal favorite of the week, was this Ham and Cauliflower Chowder based off of this recipe from Damn Delicious. The original recipe sounded, well, damn delicious, but I wanted to lighten things up a bit plus add in more meat than the original called for. I think it turned out pretty great and I will definitely be making it again!

Ham and Cauliflower Chowder
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Ham and Cauliflower Chowder
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  1. Melt butter in large stockpot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, carrots and celery; saute until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and bay leaf. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, roughly 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken base, water and almond milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 4-6 minutes.
  3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is tender, roughly 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to tasty.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until desired consistency is reached.
  5. If immersion blender is not available, let soup cool slightly and then remove 1 1/2 -2 cups and blend in blender. Return to soup.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from this recipe from Damn Delicious

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Our repeat recipe of the week was this Chicken Broccoli Alfredo based off of this recipe from Julia’s Album. Again, I made some changes to lighten things up a bit and I love how it turned out!

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
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  1. Cut broccoli into small florets. Steam and set aside.
  2. Cook chickpea pasta, drain. Set aside
  3. In a large skillet, heat grapeseed oil and butter on medium-high heat. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper to taste. Saute chicken for about 15 minutes, 7-8 on each side. Remove from heat, cover and let rest, until chicken is cooked through. Remove from pan and cut into bite-size pieces.
  4. Using the same skillet, add minced garlic and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds or until garlic is fragrant, scraping chicken bits from pan. Add steamed broccoli and mix; remove from pan.
  5. Add evaporated milk to the same skillet and heat to boiling. Add mozzarella cheese and stir until melted and creamy. Reduce heat and slowly add almond milk in, stirring constantly. Simmer until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Add pasta, broccoli and chicken back to the skillet and mix. Season with more salt and pepper if desired.
Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from this recipe from Julia's Album

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Here are the macros for everything for this week! Most of it was pretty macros-friendly, though a few of the dishes were a bit carb-heavier than I aim for.

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Just the main dishes:

All the food from this week:

How much do you enjoy altering recipes you find? Do you change them up a lot or make them as you found them? I would love to know your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Sunday Meal Prep March 5, 2017

Hey everyone!! Ok, so I can’t really contain my excitement about this week’s meal prep. This week has some awesome new recipes full of flavor and everything is super macros friendly. Which is great for me right now, because I just started a 10-week fitness challenge! I’m super excited about it and can’t wait to see how it changes up my progress! So this challenge has me a bit more focused on hitting my macros and eating healthy, energizing food every day and this week’s meal prep definitely satisfies!

Enjoy!

Get your week started off right with this healthy meal prep! Get all the details here, plus your free downloadable grocery list!

So first I want to introduce you to what might be my new favorite salad. Based on this recipe, this cheeseburger inspired salad is delicious! I will be making this again next week (and possibly for the foreseeable future)! It was AMAZING and so different from salads I have made before.

My salads were as follows (in each salad, bottom to top):

  • Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard dressing
  • red onion, 1 Valsic Zesty Dill Pickle chopped, roughly 7 cherry tomatoes
  • a portion of the meat mixture that is in the recipe above
    • I use reduced sugar ketchup instead of regular ketchup
  • roughly 1 tbsp of fiesta blend shredded cheese
  • spring mixture salad greens

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For our snacks this week I kept things pretty much the same, but I think they are going to be changing up soon too. But for now, our regular protein balls hit the spot (mine and his)! I was planning on making our new favorite muffins too, but sadly realized that I had mis-remembered how much rolled oats we had left….it was very sad and a good reminder to check the pantry when I’m making my grocery list!

For main dishes, this week was a fun mix of old favorites and new recipes! Draz requested this Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork recipe, so that was automatically put on the menu. And happily, because I forgot just how tasty this one is!

  • For my pulled pork, I make it as a wrap using FlatOut Wraps, so that is what is included in the macros and on the grocery list. Draz likes them with onion hamburger buns, so those work well too if you prefer!

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He also asked for me to make some more Turkey and Bean Burritos. Those went straight into the freezer. They are great to have on hand! Here are the changes I make to this recipe:

  • I use 1.25 lb 97% lean ground turkey instead of 1 lb ground beef. This means that this recipe also makes a few more burritos than the original recipe states.
  • Low fat refried beans instead of regular
  • I don’t butter the tortillas
  • When I make them for me, I use FlatOut Wraps. Draz prefers regular flour tortillas. The macros below are using FlatOut Wraps.

The slow cooker dish of the week was Cashew Chicken. I hadn’t made this one in quite a while and it was a welcome change! I love how the cashews really soak in the flavor of the sauce! When served with jasmine rice they ended up a little higher in carbs than I would prefer, but not too bad. This could be remedied by making cauliflower rice instead if you want to! I thought about it, but honestly, I’m a little frustrated with that right now, so I opted not to make it.

  • I omitted the green onions this time and didn’t really notice much of a difference.
  • reduced sugar ketchup instead of regular ketchup

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Our new dish for the week was Skinny Bell Pepper Nachos! This was a nice twist on the normal stuffed bell peppers that I’ve made before and I really liked them! I did make the servings a bit small though and next time, I will probably go with a few fewer servings. I originally made this as 6 servings. Next time I will probably make it as 4, so that is what I’ve listed below for the macros. After all, that is how it ended up being eaten!

  • I used 1.25 lbs 97% lean ground turkey. I did have a little left over at the end
  • 4 bell peppers instead of 3
  • I didn’t measure the cheese and instead just sprinkled a small amount on each. I think it ended up coming out to roughly 3/4 c Fiesta Blend shredded cheese

Here is the macros breakdown for this week!

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Want to give this menu a try? Get your grocery list here! This week I decided to change things up a little. You have two options to pick from for your grocery list, so you can do what works best for you!

Just the main dishes: 

All the food from this meal prep: 

That’s it for this week! What did you make for your meal prep? Any new recipes? I would love to hear about them, so please leave a comment below!

Sunday Meal Prep 2/26/17

Hey everyone! This week’s meal prep is pretty short, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in flavor! Draz and I still had some freezer meals left from the previous week, so I opted to only make the one main dish this time around! This worked out especially well since we decided to do an at home date night to celebrate my birthday! Finishing up with our meal prep early gave me more time for him and our fun night!

Enjoy!

Get your week started off right with this quick and easy meal prep!

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“Our” salads and snacks this week were limited to MY salads and snacks haha! Draz has decided he is a bit done with the salads (for now at least) so the salads are all for me! And I made some of his protein balls partway through the previous week, so these are just mine!

As for our main dish, this week I picked one of our favorite slow cooker dishes: Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken! I LOVE this recipe! 🙂 Both because it’s quick and easy and because it’s super tasty and still fits within my macros! I usually add in broccoli at the end to cook for a bit, around 20 minutes or so before the dish finishes.

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As for the reason why half of the servings have rice and the other half doesn’t….well, I’m still trying to improve on my cauliflower rice recipe. So far honestly, not a whole lot of luck. It doesn’t taste bad by any means, but doesn’t much seem like it replaces rice either! If you have a good cauliflower rice recipe I would love to hear about it!

That’s it for this week! What are you meal prepping this week?

Sunday Meal Prep 2/12/17

Hey everyone! This week’s meal prep was a little different, in that I actually prepped for most of 2 weeks worth of food at the same time. I knew the following weekend I wasn’t going to have much time for meal prep, so I planned ahead! That is one of the things I love about meal prep…you can make it work for you and your schedule! So along with the dishes I’m sharing with you today, I also made extra cinnamon bread and 3 main dishes that all went into the freezer.

Next week I will show you the second week’s freezer prep and let you know how that worked out, so make sure to check back in then! As for this week’s meal prep, everything turned out delicious and I can’t wait to share these recipes with you. While two of these dishes are new to the blog, we actually tried them out a few weeks ago, right before I got sick, so I never actually got to eat them! Thankfully, Draz liked them so much that he was happy for me to make them again a few weeks later so I could try them too!

Enjoy!

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This week’s snacks were delicious! I opted to keep with our regular snacks this week, so I made Sweet Potato Banana Bites, 5-Ingredient Banana Bread Muffins, and Cookie Dough Protein Balls. Along with that, I made 4 mason jar salads! For now, I will be cutting down on the salads I’m making each week. Draz has requested no more salads for him for a while, so it will just be mine 🙂

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On to the main dishes! I am loving this week’s meals and Draz did too. All of these will definitely be made again! I don’t know that either of us could pick a sole favorite. They were all delicious in their own way! This week’s main dishes were Slow Cooker Italian Red Pepper Chicken, Low-Carb Sausage and Roasted Peppers Mock Lasagna Casserole, and Low-Carb Deconstructed PizzaBoth of the low-carb dishes were from a site that is new to me called Kalyn’s Kitchen and I have to say, I will definitely be trying out more of her recipes!

Tracking macros? Here is how this week’s main dishes break down:

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Want to try out this week’s meal prep for yourself? Get your grocery list here!

Have you tried any new recipes lately? Or tried prepping for later weeks using freezer recipes? I would love to hear about them, so please leave a comment below!

Sunday Meal Prep 2/5/17

Hey everyone! Have you been missing my weekly meal prep posts as much as I have missed doing them?! 🙂 I am so happy to be getting back to my normal schedule and a big part of that is being able to do meal prep again! This week’s prep is pretty small, but expect a really big one next week!

Enjoy!

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Things stayed pretty basic this week for our snacks and salads. I think I might try a new protein ball recipe soon though. This week’s included No Bake Maple Vanilla Latte Protein Bites and Cookie Dough Protein Balls Any suggestions?

One thing that didn’t stay the same: our containers! Just check out those pretty glass Pyrex containers! I finally gave in and upgraded our sad old collection and invested in some quality containers and I gotta say, I’m loving them!

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For our main dish this week, I decided to go with one of our recent favorites: Healthy Slow Cooker Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili. Pretty easy to get cooking, delicious and healthy, this recipe has quickly become my go-to! It turned out wonderful, as always.

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And that is it for this week! This meal prep is perfect if you just want to spend a bit of time to make things a little easier on yourself the coming week.

What are you making for your meal prep this week? What is your favorite go-to recipe? I would love to hear about them, so drop an answer in the comments below!

Sunday Meal Prep 1/15/17

Hey everyone! I don’t know about you, but I think the New Year energy is still keeping me super motivated right now! The great thing about this week’s meal prep? It works perfectly for that! Pretty quick to make, budget friendly and fit pretty well within my macros too!

Enjoy!

Eat healthy all week with this quick and budget-friendly meal prep!

This week’s lunches and snacks were pretty basic! One thing that has been changing lately? The salad dressing I’m using! I am having a lot of fun trying out new ones right now, all from Bolthouse Farms. This week’s is a Carmelized Sweet Onion Yogurt Dressing and is delicious!

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The other thing I’m loving right now? These new 5-Ingredient Banana Bread Muffins! They are so tasty and fit pretty nicely as a treat for my macros, at least sometimes 🙂 Our other main treat for this week was my favorite Sweet Potato Banana Bites! They taste like a dessert, but are much healthier.

For our main dishes, I picked a household favorite and a new one this week! The household favorite: Thai Peanut Chicken! Draz was very happy about that and so was I. This is still one of our favorite meals and I love how easy it is to prepare too! The only changes I usually make to this recipe:

  • chow mein noodles instead of thin spaghetti
  • I use more cabbage. Usually around 4 cups instead of 2

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For the new dish, I picked this Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili. Now, the recipe calls for a mixture of chicken and ground beef, along with sweet potato. I used all ground turkey and a russet potato. The potato part was fine. For the meat, I have to say that the original recipe probably had it right! This turned out ok, but probably not nearly as tasty as the original recipe would have. Sometimes that happens when you play around with recipes, trying to make them healthier! So for the grocery list this week, I have included the original recipe’s ingredients instead of my substitutions.

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Want to follow along for your own meal prep? Download your grocery list for this week’s main dishes here:

Have you ever tried to substitute ingredients, only to realize that the original was probably better? Ever done it and made the recipe even better? I would love to hear about your experiences, so please leave a comment below!

Sunday Meal Prep 1/8/17

So how was your first week of the new year? Did anything wonderful happen? I had some great things going on this week, like seeing an old college friend who I haven’t seen in years, working on a project with another blogger friend and meeting for coffee and computer stuff with a friend from my business book group! All in all, a fun and productive week!

One of the things I love about meal prep is the flexibility that it allows be during the week! Most of these things came up kinda last minute and I was just able to say “yes!” and enjoy them! All while still keeping my eating (mostly) on track 🙂

For this week’s meal prep, we are fully out of the holiday craziness and back into the swing of things. I had a lot to prep this week, but it was well worth it! Enjoy!

Want a quick and budget friendly meal prep? Check out this week's meal prep with Healthy Baked Smothered Chicken and Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken! You can even download the grocery list to get you started even easier!

For our snacks and lunches, we had all the normal stuff, but we also had a new addition: 5-Ingredient Banana Bread Muffins! These things are amazing! I love that not only are they tasty, but they are macros-friendly enough that I can have one most days if I want to…and trust me, I wanted to! These are definitely going to be made again.

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We were also completely out of breakfast burritos, so a batch of those were definitely in order! I also made up some cinnamon bread and some extra Turkey and Bean Burritos for Draz to have in the freezer. We didn’t particularly need the extra burritos, but they are nice to have around just in case. Check out the bottom of the post for the Cinnamon Bread and Breakfast Burrito recipes!

Freezer breakfast burritos and homemade healthy cinnamon bread make a quick and healthy breakfast a snap!

 

And now, on to our two main dishes of the week! The Cabbage Sautéed with Chicken was a repeat dish, but actually went over much better this time! When I made it last time the recipe called for a lot more paprika than it does now. And while I like dishes all kinds of spicy, Draz was not too fond of the heat! This time the flavor was much more mellow and I really enjoyed it.

Baked Smothered Chicken and Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken make healthy, flavorful meals easy!

The Healthy One-Dish Baked “Smothered” Chicken was a new recipe and a complete hit! Both Draz and I liked this dish and I will be making it again, probably soon! The flavors blended together wonderfully and it was very filling and tasty. Plus helped me hit my protein for the day! Overall, a win in my book!

Smothered Chicken and Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken are perfect for a quick and healthy meal prep!

Both of these main dishes can be served with rice, but I ended up ricing some cauliflower and sauteing it up right before eating. It turned out great and I think I’m finally starting to get this whole “cauliflower rice” thing down! It was a great way to enjoy the dish with rice without killing my carbs for the day. Draz opted to just have both main dishes with no rice and enjoyed them quite a bit on their own, so you can really go either way with this one.

Want to follow along and make these main dishes for your own meal prep? Get your grocery list here!

How was your first week of 2017? What are you making for your meal prep this weekend? I would love to hear about it!

Healthier Cinnamon Bread
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I have loved having cinnamon bread as part of my breakfast for a long time now, but I wasn't always happy about how healthy it was. Not so with this recipe! After a lot of adapting and experimenting, I created this recipe!
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2 loaves 20 min
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2 loaves 20 min
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Healthier Cinnamon Bread
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I have loved having cinnamon bread as part of my breakfast for a long time now, but I wasn't always happy about how healthy it was. Not so with this recipe! After a lot of adapting and experimenting, I created this recipe!
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hr 10 min
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
Servings: loaves
Instructions
  1. All of these directions are using an electric stand mixer. If you are using something else, adjust as needed.
  2. In your mixing bowl, add bananas, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla essence. Mix on low until combined. Add unsweetened almond milk, then lemon juice; continue mixing on low.
  3. One cup at a time, slowly add whole wheat flour while mixing on low, scraping sides of bowl between each cup. After adding the last cup of flour, add the baking soda. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then mix on low briefly to fully combine.
  4. Mix 1/3 cup sugar and the cinnamon to make a cinnamon sugar mixture.
  5. Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray. Put 1/2 of the batter (or a little less) into the loaf pans; 1/4 in each pan. Sprinkle 3/4 of the cinnamon mixture on top of the batter in each pan.
  6. Add remaining batter to pans, then sprinkle with last of the cinnamon topping. Swirl with a knife.
  7. Bake at 350 for 1 hr or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes before removing from pan to cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional Information according to MyFitnessPal: 141 calories - Carbs 32 g, Fat 1 g , Protein 3 g , Cholesterol 16 mg, Sodium 116 mg, Potassium 120 mg, Sugars 17 g, Vitamin A 1%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 5%, Iron 5%

Nutritional Information is for 1 slice. Each loaf, for us, comes to 13 slices.

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Freezer Breakfast Burritos
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These breakfast burritos are a staple in our home! Tasty and filling, they are our favorite breakfast. Pair with some healthy homemade cinnamon bread and cottage cheese and you have a breakfast that will start your day off right!
Servings Prep Time
28-30 burritos 45 minutes, split
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
28-30 burritos 45 minutes, split
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 10-15 minutes
2 sizes freezer breakfast sausage burritos
Freezer Breakfast Burritos
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These breakfast burritos are a staple in our home! Tasty and filling, they are our favorite breakfast. Pair with some healthy homemade cinnamon bread and cottage cheese and you have a breakfast that will start your day off right!
Servings Prep Time
28-30 burritos 45 minutes, split
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
28-30 burritos 45 minutes, split
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 10-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: burritos
Instructions
  1. Brown sausage over med-high heat in a large skillet. When sausage is almost cooked through, add bell pepper and onions. Saute until tender. While sausage is cooking, beat eggs and any desired seasonings together.
  2. Once sausage and veggie mixture is cooked, add egg mixture. Cook, stirring regularly, until eggs are almost set. Add cheese and salsa; cook 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and eggs fully set. Remove from heat and allow to cool, 10-15 minutes.
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  3. Once mixture is cooled, spoon into tortillas and fold into a burrito. Wrap in cling wrap (my preference) or aluminum foil.
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Recipe Notes

Our burritos have two sizes. Mine have 1/3 c filling wrapped in a FlatOut wrap. Draz's have 2/3 c. filling wrapped in a larger (burrito-size) white tortilla. This recipe usually makes 30 burritos in total, 15 of each size. If you are just making the smaller burritos, it should make roughly 54 burritos.

To Heat: Remove from freezer and allow to thaw overnight. Heat in microwave 1.5-2 minutes, flipping once. (You can heat straight from the freezer, but I find it's harder to heat evenly that way)

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sunday meal prep 12/11/16

Hey everyone! It’s time for this week’s meal prep! I hope you are all enjoying your holiday season. I know how hard it can be to balance all of the things that the holidays entail…extra family gatherings, more cooking, less available time. This is where meal prep can come in to help! In this week’s meal prep, I’m not only prepping food for this week. I also made up a bit extra for the freezer as well, to help when things get really busy.

Enjoy!

Use meal prep to help deal with your busy schedule and eat healthier!

Our snacks and salads were pretty much the regular line-up this week. Grapes with cheddar and my current favorite protein balls were the highlight and our salads turned out great! Not pictured, I also made an extra batch of our breakfast burritos to make sure we have plenty in the freezer….we now have almost a month’s worth!

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For the main dishes this week, I stuck mostly to simple ones I know we enjoy! Some Baked Beef Chimichangas (or in our case turkey), Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Almonds and a relatively new Slow Cooker Red Pepper Chicken Chili were our repeat recipes for the week. Our new dish: Easy Chicken Fajitas, paired with Cauliflower Rice!

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I have been working hard lately to try to make things a bit healthier in my diet lately, so that inspired a change up for both my chimichangas and the fajitas! I ended up using FlatOuts wraps on a portion of the chimichangas just for me and those are what I used for my fajitas too. It worked out great! They are a bit pricier than most regular tortillas, but they are quite a bit healthier and, in my opinion, worth the cost.

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For the chimichangas, I do make them slightly different: I don’t brush them with butter or anything else. I just bake them for 5 min, sprinkle a little cheese on them and then bake them a couple minutes more. I also use a slightly larger package of ground turkey (1.25 lbs), because that is what is usually available for me. So this recipe makes a bit more for me than it says it will in the original.

This was my second or third attempt at making cauliflower rice and I think it turned out pretty good! I didn’t use a specific recipe this time around. I chopped up some cauliflower, tossed it in the food processor and then stir-fried it in a large skillet, seasoning it with a little bit of fajita seasoning towards the end. Still needs some work, but was a pretty good alternative to regular rice!

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The Sesame Noodles and the Chicken Chili were both delicious and perfect as pretty quick recipes for the meal prep. This chili may be my new favorite overall…healthy and tasty!

You may end up seeing some changes coming up soon on my meal prep posts. Nothing major, but I have been changing things up with my diet and our meal prep will be a bit along with it. As of last week I started tracking macros! A good friend of mine who is also a personal trainer set them for me and I can’t wait to see how this helps me work towards my fitness goals! (You can learn more about her here!)

I do plan on writing more about that and sharing my progress on here, but for now I’m still learning and figuring things out. So for now, I am going to start including a basic chart with the macro breakdown for each of the foods that I cooked that week! So for this week, here is the macro breakdown:
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Want to follow along with your own meal prep? Get your grocery list for this week’s main dishes here!

Do you track macros along with you meal prep? Or maybe use some other method to eat healthy? I would love to hear about your experiences and thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

sunday meal prep 11/20/16

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Here, well, the weekend has been okay. But each week is a new start, so hopefully this next one can go better! One upside: This meal prep turned out pretty delicious! So let’s get right into it!

Enjoy!

Meal prep can help make your week easier and healthier! Check out my weekly meal prep and a free downloadable grocery list to get you started!

Our snacks were pretty basic this week: Our regular Cookie Dough Protein Balls and my grapes with cheese. Our salads were close to the same as normal, with one exception. I made some extra wild rice blend and added that to my salads. It turned out to be a great addition!

Some healthy snacks and mason jar salads to make your week easier!Mason jar salads with shredded buffalo chicken and wild rice!

We were running low on cinnamon bread and out of breakfast burritos, so those got made as well. They really make our breakfasts filling and a great start to the day!

Breakfast burritos and healthier cinnamon bread to make your mornings easier!

Now on to the main dishes! As I said in last week’s meal prep post, Draz really liked the General Tso’s Chicken, so he requested that I make more of that. I made a bit of a misstep through….I thought it needed a side and we had some extra green beans. So I found an Asian green bean dish to make with it! Great right? Well…the green bean dish by itself was great. But I packaged it with the General Tso’s….not so great.

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Lesson learned! Next time if I want to make a side dish for it I will package it separately. The sauce for each mixed together and it was not a great addition. I will be making the green bean dish again though, because it was tasty!

I also made Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Skillet, Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna, and Clean Eating Balsamic Pork Chops with Balsamic Brown Butter Asparagus! The pork chop and asparagus dish is a repeat and one that we always enjoy.

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Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce
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This is one of my favorite side dishes to make! Quick and easy, yet fancy enough for a special dinner!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce
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This is one of my favorite side dishes to make! Quick and easy, yet fancy enough for a special dinner!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet; toss to coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 for 12 minutes.
  2. Just before asparagus is done, melt butter in a small skillet over med heat. Cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over asparagus, tossing well to coat
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The other two recipes were new. I really liked both of them! That being said, Draz and I both think that the lasagna rolls we made before were a bit better, so we will probably be sticking with that one instead. The Chicken and Wild Rice Skillet was delicious and very filling! I think we will be repeating this one at some point!

If you want to follow along with this for your own meal prep, download your grocery list here!

What are you making this week for your meal prep? Have you ever made a side dish that didn’t go well with your main dish? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

sunday meal prep 11/13/16

Hey all! I am super excited to bring you this week’s meal prep! I tried a couple new recipes that turned out delicious and altered one of my own with….interesting results. The other surprise of the week: Other than my grapes and cheese, no snacks or treats this week! We have actually been building up a bit of a surplus here, so this week was finishing off the treats and snacks we already have. I’m thinking next week will include a new treat. Any recommendations?!

Use this meal prep and grocery list to help you prepare for eating healthy all week and have more time for the things you love!

I did also make our regular mason jar salads of course 🙂 I’m getting a little bored with them though and might be changing those up soon too!

Healthy mason jar salads and snacks

So on to the main dishes! Our two new recipes were both for the slow cooker and turned out wonderful! Ham & Potato Soup and General Tso’s Chicken. The soup was inexpensive, filling, and made a rather large amount of servings. Plus it was pretty quick to get going! This one is definitely going to be made again. I did make a change to the recipe: I used unsweetened almond milk instead of half-and-half. There weren’t any issues doing this and since we never really buy half-and-half I think that is going to be how I make this from now on! I also used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

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The General Tso’s was Draz’s favorite and super quick and easy! I think the only thing that keeps it from being a new favorite of mine is the lack of veggies. This one is definitely going to be a regular at our house. In fact, it’s already been requested for next week! I might try looking around for a hoisin sauce with a little lower sodium content though…the sauce for this one was a little salty for my preferences.

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Now, I’m sure you noticed the black blob-looking dish in the pictures. I promise, it’s much more tasty than it looks! That is actually my Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet with one change: I used black bean noodles instead of regular elbow noodles. Overall, I think it was a good first attempt at using them. The dish turned out tasty, but next time I am going to add the noodles partway through the simmering instead of at the beginning. They ended up a little mushy and overcooked. But I am very happy to have a possible healthier replacement for regular noodles, at least in some recipes!

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
Print Recipe
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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My favorite of the week was this Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion & Potato Hash! I love frying up a couple eggs to serve with it. It has kinda become one of my go to comfort dishes and I love it! I use smoked turkey sausage instead of kielbasa, but it ends up flavorful enough anyways 🙂

If you want to try out this meal prep for yourself, get your grocery list here!

Any new dishes in your meal prep today? Have you tried out different noodle replacements? Do you have ones you have found that you like? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!