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 1/1/17

Happy New Year everyone!! I am beyond excited to start off the new year and I hope you are too! Did you have fun ringing in 2017 last night? Draz and I were at my parents celebrating our family Christmas a little late, so that was our excitement for the night. It was a great time!

I have so many thoughts, plans and hopes for 2017, some of which I will be sharing with you all soon! But for now, I want to focus on the one thing that makes my week work….meal prep! Meal prep is literally the only way that my week functions. With it, I can focus on the things that truly matter to me. I have a lot going on, so if I want to still be able to spend time with Draz (which I do :-P), then I don’t want to be worrying about what we are having for dinner!

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For this week’s meal prep, I kept things pretty simple. With the busy nature of the holidays, I didn’t want to worry about spending too long prepping stuff for the coming week. Along with that, Draz and I both wanted to keep this one especially budget-friendly! The holidays can be expensive and groceries are one of the areas that you can save the most in! So I aimed to plan for meals that we already had some of the ingredients and that what we didn’t have was also budget friendly.

Mason jar salads for lunch and grapes with cheese for a healthy snack!

We both still had some protein balls left over, so I kept things really simple this week and just whipped up some salads and assembled my grapes and cheese snacks! For our main dishes, I made two that I had made before: Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup and One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole!

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One of the things that I love about this potato soup is how quick it is to make! But along with that, it is so filling and just perfect for these cold winter days here in Iowa. I did make a couple changes to the recipe to make it a little healthier

  • I substituted unsweetened almond milk for the heavy cream called for in the recipe
  • Instead of sour cream, I used plain Greek yogurt

The only thing I wish I had done differently was at the end of the recipe when I added in the last few ingredients. Instead of just adding in the three ingredients to the slowcooker, next time I will probably whisk the flour into the almond milk first, and then add the mixture to the slowcooker. This time it took a lot of work to get those little lumps of flour mixed in :-/

For the casserole, I only made a few small changes.

  • I upped the amount of broccoli a bit. I think it ended up being around 2 1/2 c total
  • Instead of shredded cheddar, I used a shredded fiesta mix. It’s what I had on hand and it worked out great!
  • I sprinkled in some red pepper flakes right before adding the broccoli.
  • At the end of the recipe, instead of broiling it for a little bit, I baked it in the oven. Bake uncovered, at 400 for 10-15 minutes.

Tracking macros? Here is the macro breakdown of our two main dishes, using MyFitnessPal:

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Sunday Meal Prep: April 24, 2016

Some weeks it can be hard to get going, hard to do the things you know you need to do. I love cooking, but even with that it can be hard to get the motivation going to meal prep sometimes. There are ways to plan for that though! If you know you have a busy week ahead and that by the time you get to Sunday you will be exhausted, you can plan your menu to take less time! It might still be a push to get going, but it won’t be as bad if you know you only have a couple hours of prep to do instead of 5-6 hours!Meal Prep - Eat Healthy and Delicious Food When Your Life is Busy

The week prior to this cooking session was one of those weeks. I was really busy…much more busy than usual. So when I was planning this menu on Wednesday, I knew that by the time I got to Sunday, I was not going to want to do much of anything. And so I planned accordingly. No new recipes, no meals that require 1+ hrs of active cooking…just simple, healthy, filling meals. 🙂 Enjoy!

To start off with, we were running low on our freezer breakfast burritos, so I made another batch of those! These burritos and our salads are pretty much the two things I always want to make sure I have prepped!meal prep breakfast burritos, mason jar salads, grapes and cheese

We have a lot of tasty main dishes this week! I tossed chicken into the slow cooker for some Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken, which comes together wonderfully with so little active cooking time. I also made Steak Tacos and Balsamic Pork Chops with Roasted Brown Butter Balsamic Asparagus as a side. Along with that, I played around with a recipe I created a while back – Cabbage and Sausage Skillet. CabbageStirfryBalsPorkChop

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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Cabbage and Sausage Skillet
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This is a recipe I've been playing with for a while. One of the things I love about it is how variable it is!
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Cabbage and Sausage Skillet
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This is a recipe I've been playing with for a while. One of the things I love about it is how variable it is!
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Seasonings: 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne, 1/2-1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp caraway, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over med-high heat. Saute onion, peppers, and garlic approximately 7 minutes or until softened. Add carrots and potatoes, all liquids and seasonings (reserve 1/2 cup chicken broth), cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add cabbage and stir to mix. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add tomatoes and sausage. Reduce heat to low, cooking 10-15 minutes or until cabbage is tender, adding reserved broth if necessary.
Recipe Notes

Adjust seasonings to fit preferences. This mixture can be a bit too spicy for some people.

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SweetChiliChickenSteakTacos

15 Minute Steak Soft Tacos
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Simple, yet filling and delicious! These steak tacos were originally a recipe from when I was a kid, though I have made a few changes to make them just a bit healthier!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
15 Minute Steak Soft Tacos
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Simple, yet filling and delicious! These steak tacos were originally a recipe from when I was a kid, though I have made a few changes to make them just a bit healthier!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cut steak into roughly 1-in pieces. Heat the oil in your skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak and cook until lightly browned. Stir in water, salsa and seasoning mix. Heat to a boil. Stir in rice and cover. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Then remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Spoon steak mixture into tortillas. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, red onions, or any other desired toppings.
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Everything turned out pretty delicious and I only spent 3 or so hours in the kitchen, spread out over the night. It was definitely a nice break from some of my longer meal prep, plus it was great to go back to some of my favorite simple recipes!

How do you plan for weeks that are more busy? Do you cut down on what you usually prep, or do you just push through? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Sara

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