Quick & Delicious Meal Prep!

Hey y’all!! Can you believe it’s September already!? I know I can’t. We are heading towards fall so quickly, and it’s more important than ever to be getting those healthy habits in place. One of those habits for me is meal prep! You all know just how much I depend on meal prep to get through my week and this week was no exception.

In fact, it was even more important this week in many ways! Not only am I taking part in this awesome September fitness challenge, but I have an all weekend market for my jewelry at a local winery. So having all of our food ready to go was the only way I was going to stay on track.

Of course, it worked great! I was able to have a healthy meal and snacks at the market yesterday and have more ready for today. The September challenge started off wonderfully too! (See more details on how you can join in at the bottom of this post)

Enjoy!

Get your week set up right with this quick and delicious meal prep!

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I have really been changing up my snacks lately and this week was no exception. Grapes and chunks of grilled chicken are one of my new go-to’s, sometimes with piece of string cheese. Celery with peanut butter are another favorite.

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The new one this week – this mock “tuna salad” to use as a dip with some lower calorie crackers! I really like how it turned out, but the recipe stills needs some work. Basically, I combined tuna with cottage cheese, some seasonings and couple other ingredients. Pretty quick and simple, and a great tasty snack!

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This is another week where Draz’s and my foods were pretty much separate. For Draz, Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken and Broccoli and Slow Cooker Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili! There were enough of each that I got a couple of servings though 🙂 These are some of my favorites for healthy meals that I can throw together quickly!

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My dishes included Cauliflower Chowder and Low Carb Burrito Bowls! One thing I love about the burrito bowls is that they are eaten cold. Since I had the market this weekend, I wanted to make sure I had food I could take and eat there easily! This time around, I got pre-packaged avocado and put a container of each in with the rest of the ingredients. I LOVE this method! It worked great and I didn’t have to worry about how well the avocado would hold up throughout the week. I will definitely be doing that again.

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You might be noticing that a couple of the containers look a little different than normal. I am testing out a Six Pack Fitness meal bag and those are the containers that go in it! I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you on how they work later on!

For the Cauliflower Chowder, I do a few things different than the recipe. At the end of the cooking, I ladle out a couple of cups of the soup, making sure to get some big chunks of cauliflower. That goes in the blender and is blended until mostly smooth. That goes back into the soup. It really helps thicken it up to the consistency I like! Along with that, I substitute the following ingredients:

  • grapeseed oil instead of butter
  • turkey bacon instead of regular bacon
  • unsweetened almond milk instead of 2%

That’s it for this week’s meal prep! Want to give my main dishes a try? Get your grocery list here!

Want to join in on the #AssOffTheCouch September fitness challenge?! It’s not too late! Registration doesn’t close until September 5th! Not only is it a great way to get moving more, but there will be tons of awesome prizes! You can register here and you can use the code 7022smus to get 30% off of your registration, making it only $11.90! That is only 0.40 a day to get motivational emails and be a part of an awesome community that will help keep you going!

Have you tried any new snacks lately? What are your favorite healthy snacks? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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Veggie-Filled Meal Prep!

After my trip to Las Vegas, I was definitely ready for a food-reset! Am I the only one who finds it crazy that it was hard to eat healthy during a fitness conference? So when I got back, I knew I wanted to make sure that my meal prep for the coming week were packed with veggies!

Sadly, I didn’t get to enjoy it quite as much as I would have liked, since I ended up spending most of the week fighting off a minor flu. But that is okay! I got to experiment with some new recipes and I was able to save most of the prep that didn’t get eaten. The other plus side: Even while I was sick and had just gotten back home a few days before, I didn’t have to worry at all about what Draz was going to take for lunch or anything like that! Meal prep really can save you so much stress.

Enjoy!

Get your week off to a great start with this veggie packed meal prep, including breakfasts!

For snacks, I changed things up a bit. Before I left on my trip, I got some really delicious local ground mustard that I love to use as a dip. So I cut up some veggies to have as a snack to go with it! A couple of the days I ended up taking some pretzels to dip in it too. Have you ever used mustard like that? It’s delicious!

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Other than that, I pretty much stuck with my basic meat and cheese snacks. We were running low on breakfast stuff as well, so I made up a couple loaves of my Healthier Cinnamon Bread and a batch of our Freezer-Ready Breakfast Burritos!

On to the main dishes! For Draz, I made some Slow Cooker Italian Red Pepper Chicken and more of his favorite Slow Cooker Island-Style Pulled Pork! I know I make that pork a lot, but it is so quick and easy, plus it’s one of his favorite dishes!

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For me, I made some burrito bowls inspired by this recipe, some garlic-y zucchini noodles (still working on the recipe for this one) and the One-Pot Cabbage Veggie Saute I shared with you yesterday! Overall, everything turned out great! With me getting sick, I ended up putting a bunch of the cabbage dish in the freezer, so I guess we will get to see how well that recipe freezes!

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Want to give our favorite breakfast a try? Get your grocery list here!

What are your go-to veggie dishes? Do you have a favorite? I would love to hear about them, so please leave a comment below!

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Keeping it Simple – This Week’s Meal Prep

Ok, so this prep is actually from a couple of weeks ago, before I left for BlogFest and IdeaWorld. Because I was getting ready to leave, I didn’t really get the chance to actually post it! But I really love how this one turned out, so here it is! (Want to read more about the conference? Check out my experience and thoughts!)

Enjoy!

Get going on your week faster and easier with this simple meal prep!

I kept my snacks pretty simple this time around. The sliced chicken and cheese is my current favorite snack and definitely helps tide me over between breakfast and lunch! And the hard-boiled eggs are a great boost for me when I get home from work, before I head to the gym. What is your go-to pre-workout snack? I would love to give it a try!

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For Draz’s main dishes, I made two of his favorites: Island-Style Pulled Pork and Freezer-Ready Turkey and Bean Burritos! I made extra burritos, since I was hoping some would be leftover for him to enjoy while I was gone. I will be posting my recipe for these soon, but until then, here is the recipe that I started out using!

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For my own main dishes, I made one favorite and one new: Healthy Baked Italian Sausage and Peppers and Cauliflower Chowder. I serve the Sausage and Peppers with steamed cauliflower rice (I love the frozen Bird’s Eye varieties). The Chowder I made a few small changes to

  • turkey bacon instead of regular bacon
  • a little bit of grapeseed oil instead of butter
  • unsweetened almond milk instead of 2% milk
  • 1-2 tbsp dried parsley instead of fresh

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I like a thicker chowder, so I also simmered it a bit longer. And when it was done simmering, I ladled out a few cups worth and blended it, then added it back in. I think it turned out great and will definitely be making this delicious recipe again!

Want to make my dishes for yourself? Here is the grocery list for my main dishes!

Do you prefer chowder or soup? If you like chowder, how do you thicken yours up? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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Quick, Healthy, and Tasty Meal Prep

Hey everyone! Settling back into your routine after last week’s holiday festivities? Even with Draz and I not doing much here, I know things have calmed down a bit this week. I’m gearing up for a lot of things coming up here, so quick and healthy meal prep has been my main focus lately! This week’s meal prep were wonderful and only took a few hours to put together!

Enjoy!

Get your week started right and save time with this quick, healthy and tasty meal prep!

Once again, I forgot to take pictures of our snacks. These honestly haven’t been changing much lately, though this week I really only put together a couple of snacks total. (I know, shocking!)

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But our main dishes more than make up for that. Not only are they oh-so-pretty and colorful, but these dishes turned out delicious! For me, I made more Chicken Burrito Bowls and Kielbasa, Peppers, Onion and Potato Hash! This hash is seriously one of my favorite dishes! So filling, healthy and very savory. The one main change I made to the hash was using sweet potatoes instead of regular. Just plan for longer to saute the potatoes a bit longer than the recipe calls for. For the burrito bowls, I might use guacamole instead of chopped avocado. I think the using lime juice to keep it from browning didn’t work quite as well for me this time around. Still was tasty, but didn’t hold up as well as it did last week.

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For Draz, I made Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli, Baked Smothered Chicken, and Skinny Lasagna Rolls. A couple of these ended up having extra servings that I got to enjoy later 🙂 His favorite for the week was definitely the Beef and Broccoli! So tasty and it only takes 15 minutes or so to get going!

Here is the macros breakdown for the week:

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Want to give this one a try yourself? Get your downloadable grocery list here!

That’s it for this week! As I said earlier, I’ve been pretty focused on quick and simple recipes lately. Lots coming up, and some of it even has to do with the blog! I am headed to Las Vegas in a little over a week for BlogFest and couldn’t be more excited for it! I’m sure I will have a lot to share with you afterwards!

Any trips or vacations coming up for you? I would love to hear about it, so please leave a comment below!

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Budget-Friendly High Protein Meal Prep

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! I actually got to celebrate a little for this holiday. My parents came to camp nearby, so I got to spend some time out there with them! It was great to just relax by the fire and chat 🙂

I am super excited to share this week’s meal prep with you all! Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it was really nice to our budget too. Enjoy!

Want some high protein meals for your weekly meal prep without having to spend a lot of money? This meal prep is the perfect solution!

So, in all my crazy distracted-ness, I actually forgot to photograph the snacks from this week’s meal prep. I kept things pretty basic though. Cookie dough protein balls for Draz, chicken lunchmeat and cheese, celery sticks and peanut butter, and a few hard-boiled eggs. These higher protein and fat snacks have been working great for me! If you have any suggestions for high protein snacks you love, I would love to hear about them!

Now on to our main dishes of the week: Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta and Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for Draz (some favorites). Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken and Low Carb Chicken Burrito Bowls for me! Normally we have a little more overlap in what we eat throughout the week, but this one turned out pretty well split between us. I did have a little pulled pork though, because it is absolutely delicious 🙂

One change I made to the Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken – I doubled the amount of chicken in the recipe. This recipe is originally intended to be side dish. So to make it work better for a main meal, I increased the amount of protein! I didn’t have to change anything else and it worked great with more chicken!

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The Burrito Bowls were new and I absolutely loved them! I will admit, I was a little skeptical at first, since part of it calls for cutting up avocado and putting it in the bowls. But the lime did the trick and the avocado held up great throughout the week! For the shredded chicken, I used a variation of her Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken, but subbing out the tomato sauce for 2 cans of diced tomatoes (mostly because I didn’t have any tomato sauce haha). One thing to note for this recipe – it might make things easier to buy the avocados a few days ahead of time so they are ripe. I didn’t plan well for this, so I actually ended up assembling the burrito bowls a day later than the rest of the meal prep. Also, I left out the sour cream, since I’m not a big fan of it.

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Here are the macros for this week’s main dishes:

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Want to give this menu a try? Get your grocery list here!

That’s it for me this week! What did you do over your holiday weekend? Did you still do meal prep? I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below!

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When Meal Prep Doesn’t Work Out (and an Announcement)

Hey everyone! It’s been a while! And that fact is where the announcement comes in – I might be missing posts a little more often right now. I do love sharing my life with you all! My meal preps, fitness tips and so much more.

But part of taking care of yourself is working to find balance. And lately, well, my life has been pretty out of balance. I’m hard at work on my jewelry business and trying to build more of a career in fitness. Along with that, I’m still working overnights at my “regular” job and trying to maintain some time with Draz as well. Unfortunately, this doesn’t leave me nearly as much time for the blog as I would like.

I am going to try to still put out 2 posts a week, but I’m going to ask that you bear with me while I try to figure out my new schedule and responsibilities! Hopefully at some point I will be able to leave my overnights job and have a little more time available.

Now on to the second part of this post – the downside of weekly meal prep!

You all know that I absolutely love my meal prep. It helps me set up for success each week, save money and have more time! I’m able to plan well to hit my macros, feel full every day and keep my stress level down while I deal with my busy life. But there are some downsides as well. One big one is when your meal prep doesn’t go the way you hoped it would!

That is just what happened this week. Sometimes I will have one recipe I’m not thrilled with. This week I had the bad luck of all 3 recipes not turning out well! Add on to this that I didn’t check the macros before planning and so my carbs were over every day. And I didn’t make enough food for the week. So all in all, not a great week for food at our house!

But this is one of the risks when doing meal prep. There might be the occasion when you don’t like anything you cooked. Now, of course, this can happen any given week that you cook, even if you aren’t prepping. But there is something discouraging about knowing that all of your food is ready for the week and you don’t like any of it!

This is one of the reasons I encourage people to only test 1-2 new recipes any given week. This is usually a rule I stick to myself as well, for just this reason. That way, if something doesn’t turn out well, you have other options that you do like! It won’t save you from eating the dish you don’t like, but at least it’s not for every meal haha.

So, no recipes to share with you this week, because I’m not going to subject you to that! Instead, a reminder to try to pace yourself with new recipes. And a peak into my kitchen, showing you that even someone who meal preps every week has weeks that go wrong! It’s all part of the learning process!

Have you ever had a meal prep not go well? How did you deal with it?

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Meal Prep for my Macros – Higher Protein and Fat and Cutting the Carbs!

Hey everyone! I am SO excited to bring you this week’s meal prep! So I always tell you that meal prep should work for you. Well, this week I’m showing you the changes that I am making to my meal prep to make it work for me!

You might know that I’ve been using the If It Fits Your Macros method (IIFYM) method for the past few months to try to help my eating stay on track. While I have been loving it, it hasn’t quite been working for me as well as I had hoped. Basically? I was hungry A LOT of the time! I was feeling pretty good when I woke up and I did feel leaner, but I would get hungry between most snacks and meals. And not a little hungry either….REALLY hungry. I tried changing up snacks and meals, but nothing was really helping.

Around this same time, I had come to the realization that I needed some help if I want to get to my fitness goals. So I started looking for a personal trainer (more on that coming soon!) I checked out a lot of wonderful ladies, most of whom you have met here through my Finding Fitness series! When I ended up deciding on Jen from Burpees 4 Breakfast, I knew that I wanted to chat with her about nutrition too.

Jen helped so much and after some conversation, reworked my macros to give me something different to try! She cut down on my carbs and increased my protein and fat intake and I gotta say I’m loving it so far! It’s too soon to see if it will make much of a difference on my fitness progress, but I definitely feel more satiated than I have in quite a while.

So for now at least, my meal preps will be changing to reflect this! I loved this week’s meal prep so much and I really think you will too. Enjoy!

Satisfy your hunger with this high protein, high fat healthy meal prep!

Ok, to get started, snacks. You might notice that I didn’t take my usual photo of my snacks and salads. Well, I’m not going to be making the salads for a while! I still LOVE jar salads as a method of prepping salad for your lunch, but I was having a hard time hitting my protein goals with the salads. Plus, honestly, I’ve been eating salads for lunch almost every day for over 2 years. I think it is time for a break!

As for the snacks, well….I forgot to take my usual photo! So here is a collage shot of all of my different snacks throughout the week! I think my favorite is probably still my grapes, chicken and cheese.

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Now for our main dishes! I made 3 overall this week, 2 for Draz and I to have and one that was specifically for me to have for my work lunches. Overall, everything turned out wonderful! For the both of us: Slow Cooker Italian Red Pepper Chicken and Healthy Kung Pao Chicken. For Draz’s servings, I paired it with jasmine rice. Mine I served over steamed cauliflower rice! Both of these dishes turned out wonderful, though I think my favorite for the week was the Kung Pao Chicken. The one change I would make for next time – doubling the sauce for the Kung Pao Chicken! I love things to be a little more saucy and there wasn’t nearly enough with a large serving of cauliflower rice 🙂

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For my lunch dish, a new recipe this week – One Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables. Funny thing…I actually originally intended to make this with green beans, a bit of bell pepper and sweet potato for the veggies. Only to get started with the cooking and realize that I was out of sweet potatoes! So instead, I ended up with more bell pepper and some onion. It was very good nonetheless, but next time I would definitely love to add sweet potatoes to the mix!

Here is the macros breakdown for this week’s main dishes!

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Want to make this for yourself? Get your free downloadable grocery list for the main dishes here!

Do you follow a particular practice for your food, like IIFYM? Have you had to make changes to your meal prep to make it work better for you? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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Easy Healthy Sunday Meal Prep

Hey everyone! I’m back!!

I know it’s been a couple of week’s since you have really heard from me. Things have been changing a lot here and it’s kinda thrown my schedule into chaos. And if you’ve been here with me for long, you know how much I thrive on routine! But things are finally settling down here and falling into a new routine, so hopefully I won’t have any more long absences anytime soon!

Even with the chaos of the past few weeks, meal prep has been one of the main things that has helped me to keep the changes from becoming too overwhelming. I don’t always do well with rapid change, but knowing that I had our food ready and easy for us to grab helped a lot! This week’s meal prep was no different, with it’s high protein snacks and filling main dishes. Enjoy!!

Keep the chaos of your week at bay with this healthy and easy weekly meal prep!

Along with all the changes that have been going on for me personally, I made some changes to my snacks as well! With a focus on them being filling and full of protein, I added in some rotisserie chicken lunchmeat with my grapes and cheese for my first snack of the day. For my second one, celery with peanut butter!

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This is actually the second week that I have done these new snacks and I’m really liking them. Hard-boiled eggs, a couple types of protein balls finish out the snacks and I also made a big back of our breakfast burritos and some mason jar salads inspired by this recipe!

I have learned one thing though, when it came to my celery snack. All over Pinterest you can see portable snacks and one of those is celery in a small mason jar with peanut butter already at the bottom. The first week I made these I gave that a try….did NOT work well for me haha. It was very difficult to really dip the celery in the peanut butter and made for more frustration than the snack is worth.

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This week, I put the celery in the mason jars again, but just for ease of storage. I put a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter in tiny containers. Then I grabbed one of those each day along with our other food. It worked so much better! So while this does create a little more dishes, it’s well worth it in my opinion.

For our main dishes this week, I decided to stick with a few ones I have made before. While I love making new dishes, when things are overwhelming I tend to stick with things I’m familiar with. Draz requested Skinny Chicken Enchiladas and I also made One-Pot Spicy Cajun Chicken & Rice and Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili. All of them are dishes we have enjoyed before and everything turned out wonderful!

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Out of the 3, the Enchiladas take the most work, but the flavor makes them well worth it! If you like this one like we do, you can cut down on the time it takes in the future by making a larger batch of shredded chicken. You can then freezing it into the amounts you need for this recipe! I like seasoning mine with some cumin, paprika and chili powder and slow cooking a big batch to shred. Tastes delicious and really cuts down on the time and dishes for making it in the future.

Here is the macros breakdown for this week’s main dishes:

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Want to make this one for yourself? Get your free downloadable grocery list for this week’s main dishes!

How do you deal with rapid change in your life? Have you found meal prep to be extra helpful in times like that? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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Easy & Healthy Weekly Meal Prep!

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a lovely weekend! This has kinda been a weird and hectic week for me, so I’m glad that I kept meal prep pretty simple. With trying to get used to my new schedule and preparing for upcoming markets, I’ve been pretty busy here. This hearty and healthy meal prep definitely helped me keep on track while I was on the go!

Enjoy!

Use this easy healthy meal prep to help you keep your busy week on track!

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For our snacks and salads, not much has changed.

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I did decide to add in some hard-boiled eggs. I’ve been getting pretty hungry between meals and snack times lately, so I’m hoping focusing on higher protein snacks will help. Any suggestions?

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For our main dishes, I decided to keep things pretty simple this week. Red Lentil Curry, One-Pot Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole, and Healthy Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli! Everything turned out delicious, but my favorite this week had to be the beef and broccoli. It’s been so long since I’ve made this! I had forgotten just how tasty it is!

Here are the macros for this week:

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Want to try this meal prep yourself? Get your free downloadable grocery list here!

That’s it for this week! Sorry for this one being so brief, but I’m honestly still pretty exhausted from the market yesterday. This week’s meal prep definitely helped me get through the craziness though. How has meal prep helped your life lately? I would love to hear about it, so please leave a comment below!

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Easy and Delicious Weekly Meal Prep!

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a lovely week! I know I did, and that was in part to having this delicious meal prep to enjoy every day when I got home! As you might remember from last week’s post, things have been a bit stressful here. Having our meals taken care of is one less thing that I have to worry about. That I got to try 2 new recipes this week that both turned out AMAZING just makes things even better.

Enjoy!

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

 

snacks-salads-food-prepNothing really new about our snacks and my salads. I am really loving these new-ish snacks right now, though I might look at adding to them soon! For right now, I’m just sticking to these Quinoa Omelette Bites and No-Crust Pizza Bites. And these salads are quickly becoming my new favorite! I think I’ve almost gotten them just the way I like them, so keep tuned for an upcoming recipe post 🙂

The real excitement this week is the main dishes. Draz asked for more Skinny Chicken Enchiladas, so those got added to the list. But with all the change-ups happening, I thought I would have some fun and try a couple new recipes. Both of these are really quick and easy to make, which makes them even more perfect for meal prep!

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First up, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry. This was so easy to toss into the slow cooker and go about the rest of my prep. I cooked it for about 6 hours and then just shredded the chicken instead of cutting it up. It worked perfectly! This curry even got Draz’s approval, which doesn’t happen often! He likes curry but is more particular about it than I am. This one is being added to our “make again” list!

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The other new dish of the week was Healthy Baked Chicken Italian Sausage and Peppers. Now, while I enjoyed the curry a lot, this one was my favorite this week! SO tasty! I used 2 packages of Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage that had 4 links each, and roughly 4-5 bell peppers. This ended up being put on 2 sheet pans, which worked out perfect. I love how simple, yet flavorful this dish is and we will definitely be having this one again soon!

For both of the new dishes, Draz had his with brown rice and I had mine with riced cauliflower. I’m really loving that frozen riced cauliflower I mentioned in last week’s post. I can honestly say I will probably be having this one a few times a week for the foreseeable future!

Here is the macros breakdown for this week!

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Want to try this delicious meal prep yourself? Get your grocery list for the main dishes here!

Have you tried any new dishes lately that you have just loved? I would love to hear about it, so please leave a comment below!

 

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