Sunday Meal Prep March 19, 2017

Hey everyone! Before we get going, I want to talk a bit about meal planning for your prep. This week really reminded me of how important it is to build up a list of recipes you really like! While some weeks you might feel inspired or be craving something in particular, there are going to be weeks where nothing sounds particularly interesting. For those weeks, having your list of go-to recipes helps so much!

This week was one of the uninspired weeks for me. I had a really hard time making my plan for this meal prep. Draz didn’t have any requests this week and nothing was coming to mind that I really wanted for the coming week. Enter Pinterest! This is seriously my favorite tool ever for meal prep. I’ve been menu planning for years and for the majority of it I didn’t use Pinterest. It was all cookbooks, printed off recipes and the occasional Internet search. Now though? When I’m stuck, I just go to my “Recipes Made and Loved” recipe board and pick from there! It’s so much easier. If you haven’t started using Pinterest for your own meal prep planning, I highly recommend it.
And now, on to this week’s meal prep! Enjoy!

Get your week started off right with this healthy and budget-friendly meal prep!

This week’s meal prep was super quick and tasty, plus being pretty budget-friendly too. I don’t know how you can get more of a overall win than that!
I hadn’t made Sweet Potato Banana Bites in a while and I forgot just how much I love them! They are such a dessert-type snack, but still healthy and made with wholesome ingredients. One of the first things I made when I started meal prepping, they have been a favorite of mine for over 2 years now! I also whipped up some more protein balls for Draz, some cinnamon bread for our breakfast, and more Cheeseburger-inspired jar salads! Overall, not a bad set up for our snacks and my lunches for the week.
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For our main dishes, I made Slow Cooker Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili and Easy Skillet Chicken Cacciatore. I also altered this Kielbasa Hash. Our two chicken dishes both turned out delicious! That chili is still our favorite one and it just makes me happy every time I eat it. Plus is so easy to make and macros-friendly! The chicken cacciatore turned out well, though I kinda wish I had thought to make some rice or pasta to go with it….so much sauce!
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For the Kielbasa Hash, I am so happy with how this one turned out! I was honestly a little hesitant about using sweet potatoes. Other than the sweet potato banana bites, I haven’t found many recipes that really make me love sweet potatoes. But this one definitely does! The only change up I made was sweet potatoes for potatoes. Otherwise, I followed the recipe!
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I have a serious obsession with all things breakfast foods and this one is by far one of my favorites. Peppers, onions, turkey sausage and potatoes, all combined with fried egg? Perfection! I will admit, this one is a little higher in fat than I would prefer, but it was well worth it! If you are wanting to cut a little of the fat, you could probably forgo the eggs on top. (Which would be crazy and sad, but you could do it!)
Speaking of macros, here are the macros for this week’s meal prep!
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Want to join in and make this meal prep for yourself? Get your grocery list here!

And that’s it for this week! What are you making for your meal prep this week? Any delicious sweet potato recipes? I would love to hear about them, 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 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 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
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6-8 people 5 minutes
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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!
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6-8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
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Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
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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!

My top 10 healthy snacks for on-the-go!

I’ll be honest…I love snacking. Granted, I kinda love food in general 🙂 but I really love snacking. And I generally eat every few hours, so I end up snacking 2-3 times a day, occasionally more. So making smart choices for my snacks is important! While snacking might not work for everyone, I have found that having small healthy snacks every couple of hours helps me to not overeat during my main meals of the day. It’s also easier for me to focus and stay productive!

Over the past year I put a higher emphasis on finding better options for my many daily snacks. And the great thing is that I have found a lot of great options for tasty healthy snacks! Eating healthy can be difficult on a normal day, but when you are super busy and on the go it can be even harder! On those days it can be so much simpler to grab something like chips or a candy bar, but that doesn’t have to be your only options! With a little bit of planning and thought you can snack healthy even when you are on the go!

When you are busy it can be hard to eat healthy! Planning ahead and keeping these 10 healthy snacks around can make it much easier, even when you are on the go!

Store-bought

  • Harvest Snaps – This one is probably my favorite! There are 5 flavors that I absolutely love and they are a satisfying crunchy snack. I love chips and these are a great substitute that I actually like more than most of the chips I like.
  • Heinz Orchard Fresh Spicy Trail Mix – My top trail mix. Low in sugar and lower in sodium than most of the trail mixes I’ve looked at or tried, this mix is also super flavorful!
  • Quest Bars – I only recently tried these and they are a great option. While not my favorite snack, they are perfect for those situations when you need to eat during a commute or something similar.
  • Almonds – I’m a big fan of seasoned almonds, especially the varieties that Blue Diamond makes!
  • Bananas – Another great go-to, though I have had some mishaps with smushed bananas at the bottom of backpacks! I like grabbing one if I’m hungry when I’m running late and don’t have the time to put together a container of a different snack.

Homemade

  • Sweet Potato Banana Bites – I love grabbing 4-5 of these as a late night snack. They taste like a dessert treat but are much healthier! healthy-homemade-snacks
  • Protein/Energy Balls – While the Cookie Dough Protein Balls are our favorites and are always on hand, I love trying new recipes and have tried out a lot of tasty types of protein balls! healthy-homemade-snacks
  • Roasted chickpeas – I have recently started making these again and I’m so glad I did! I think I finally got the seasoning to my liking and they hit the spot when I want a flavorful crunchy snack! 
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    Spiced Chickpeas
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    1. Preheat oven to 425. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast 30-35 minutes or until crisp.
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  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – This is a recent discovery, but definitely a new favorite!  I still need to play with the recipe some, but there are some great-sounding ones out there to try!
  • Grapes and cheese – My daily snack! While the others are switched out sometimes depending on what I’m in the mood for, I always have green grapes and cheese as my first snack of the day! I do like picking different cheeses to put into the snacks, but my current favorite is Gouda.

So those are my favorites! What are some of your favorite healthy snacks for when you are on the go? Do you have a go to that you eat every day, like me with grapes and cheese? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

sunday meal prep 10/16/16

Hey all! I hope you had a wonderful week! Here things went pretty well, with some progress on a few exciting changes I hope to tell you about soon!! Other than that, if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I have been back to my workouts and at the gym full-force this week and loving it (despite having a bit of a cold 🙂 )

This week was a perfect example of why I love meal prep so much. Even with work, the gym, my other projects, and not feeling my best, we had healthy and filling meals the whole week! And after the actual cooking on Sunday, all of that required no extra work from me. I don’t think I would be overstating when I say that meal prep is one of the things that makes it possible for me to work towards my dreams! Which is why I love sharing those meal preps with you, so you can do the same!

So with that, enjoy this week’s meal prep (and make sure to get your grocery list)!

Use meal prep and your free grocery list to help you eat healthy all week and have more time for the things you love!

We were running low on breakfast burritos in the freezer, which ended up being perfect timing! Last weekend I went hiking with my parents and they had some extra bell peppers from their garden….so some of them went right into the breakfast burritos! Being able to cook with garden fresh ingredients is great, isn’t it?!

My two breakfast essentials! Breakfast burritos for the freezer and cinnamon bread for the pantry! Plus some roasted chickpeas to snack on :-)

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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
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28-30 burritos 45 minutes, split
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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
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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
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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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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!
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2 loaves 20 min
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1 hr 10 min
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2 loaves 20 min
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1 hr 10 min
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Servings: loaves
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  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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I also made a couple types of protein balls, some roasted chickpeas, salads and cinnamon bread. I’m still trying to get the recipe right for the roasted chickpeas, but you can find the basic recipe below. I will update it when I finally get the seasoning right! (They are still pretty good in that recipe, just vary the seasonings to your liking) Our normal protein balls turned out delicious! The other ones this week were Peanut Butter Brownie Balls and, well, I had some issues. She says at the end to add extra honey at the end if they are too dry….I should have followed that. Instead, I thought they were forming well enough and didn’t. They taste great but are kinda crumbly when I actually try to eat them!

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4 people 5 min
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  1. Preheat oven to 425. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast 30-35 minutes or until crisp.
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Some healthy snacks and lunches!

As for our main dishes this week, I went with a mix of new and old recipes. The old recipes include Garlic Parmesan Pasta, Slow Cooker Chicken, Potatoes & Green Beans, and Baked Beef Chimichangas. For our new ones, I made Red Curry Lentils & Cauliflower, and Spicy Thai Chicken & Veggie Noodles. Everything turned out delicious! I think the one complaint either of us had was that, for the Spicy Thai Chicken, the rice noodles (which I had never used before) soaked up too much of the sauce, making the dish a bit dry later on. I think next time we might go back to our regular chow mein noodles and/or double the sauce.

And that’s it for this week’s meal prep! What did you make for your own meal prep this week? If you don’t meal prep, how do you think meal prep could help you with your current schedule? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

sunday meal prep 10/2/16

Hey all! I am SO excited to be back to my normal blogging routine and to be sharing this week’s meal prep with you! This week’s prep was full of tasty recipes, both new and old, and a lesson learned. Now, if you have been following along over on Instagram during my absence, you may have noticed that I have been having some fun on Stories each Sunday! I am loving going through each step of my meal prep and giving a behind-the-scenes look at how I prepare our meals every week. If you are wanting some ideas for how to go about your own prep, you should definitely check it out!

And now, on to this week’s meal prep!Use meal prep to save you time and money, plus eat healthier!

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sunday meal prep 8/21/16

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely weekend! I have had a wonderful weekend, with the first ever Iowa BBG Meet-up, an easy meal prep (remember my posts are staggered by one week 🙂 ), a home movie-date with Draz and a lot of time working on my Etsy store!

Over the past few weeks I have been preparing for a weekend where things will be very off-schedule and I don’t know how much time I will have for meal prep. With a little planning though, we will still have awesome healthy food with very little to do that week! This week was the last of my prep for that upcoming week…. I added in some extra snacks and breakfast burritos for the freezer. And you can be sure that my freezer is pretty packed now!

One of the big advantages of meal prep to me is that I’m already thinking ahead to the coming week. So thinking a little farther ahead and looking at weeks that are going to be extra busy fits right in! Now, instead of looking at the coming weekend with stress about  my routine being all crazy and unknown, I know I am prepared. I can just be excited! This is a pretty big change for me, since I am very routine-based. It’s amazing how being organized can actually make you feel more free and flexible! Do you have any things like this that you do?

Anyways, this won’t be the last time you see me doing extra prep for a future event. This one has gone so well that I think I will be doing something similar for an even bigger event I have coming up next month! I will be attending my first blogging conference, so there will be very little time to meal prep all weekend! Plus I’m going to want to have some healthy food options to take with me for snacks and such, so that will be added in too. I’m so excited!

But now, on to this week’s meal prep! Enjoy!

How to use meal prep to plan ahead - Eat healthy, tasty food all week, You can even add in a bit extra to freeze for those future busy week's too!

For the snacks and treats, I tried a couple new recipes this week. Double Chocolate Dairy-free Ice Cream is a “nice” cream with only four ingredients! It was super easy to make! While Draz and I both say that this doesn’t taste like ice cream to us, we both thought it was pretty tasty! I will definitely be making it again 🙂 It’s a nice dessert that’s still healthy! Plus the fact that it’s made out of things that we always have on hand. (I have SO MANY bananas in the freezer!)protein-balls-sweet-potato-banana-bites-chocolate-nice-cream

The other new recipe was No Bake Maple Vanilla Latte Protein Balls, with a few small changes. I used whole wheat flour instead of almond meal and our protein powder is chocolate, not vanilla. I did add in the vanilla essence that was suggested as optional in the recipe as well. You might be shocked, but I think these might actually replace the Cookie Dough Protein Balls as our favorites! Draz seems to really like them and I love them!chocolate-nice-cream-protein-balls-mini-banana-muffins

Of course, I had to make up our favorites too! One batch of Cookie Dough Protein Balls, putting around half in the freezer to take out next week. Some Sweet Potato Banana Bites for me and I gotta tell you, I am loving the new change I made to this recipe! I was originally adding in Special Dark Chocolate Chips into the mix right before spooning it into the muffin tins. The last couple times I have been taking a square of unsweetened baking chocolate and chopping it up and adding that in instead. It’s not a huge change, but it has made a noticeable difference and I really like it!breakfast-burritos-grapes-cheese-mason-jar-salads

Our salads were pretty much our basic this week, though I did add a few cherry tomatoes into each of mine 🙂 They are tasty! Another two weeks of breakfast burritos and my grapes and cheese for the week were the same as always and just as tasty as ever!healthy-meal-prep-main-dishes

For our main dishes, I tried to keep things pretty basic this week, but I did try one new recipe: Butter Chicken Curry! I have to say, I loved this mild and saucy curry! I picked up some garlic naan to go with it and it was delicious! This will definitely be made again! That being said, we are still on the search for our favorite curry recipe. Draz like this one, but it wasn’t his favorite so far. Any suggestions?

Our other dishes were repeats for us: Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta (anyone surprised? :-p) and Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls. Both turned out wonderful! I did use some extra turkey in the Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, just based on how the packages were weighed out. I really like how the Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls turned out, though I think I will try to spice it up a bit more next time.

So that’s it for this week! Do you have any events coming up soon where some meal prep in advance could make things easier? Have you ever tried that before? I love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

sunday meal prep 8/7/16

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Ours was good! My week has been pretty busy with some fun stuff…I restarted Kayla’s BBG 1.0 and have gotten some new jewelry made too! Our food was pretty simple this week and didn’t take too long to make either.

Enjoy!

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sunday meal prep 7/24/16

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! We have had a wonderful weekend, including a family dinner at my parents, where Draz got to meet some of my extended family and I got to see a few people I hadn’t seen in many years 🙂 It was a lot of fun, full of laughter and tasty food! That was the highlight of our weekend, though I did get some photography work done as well. That’s pretty much the highlights from our weekend, so now on to our meal prep for the week!

Enjoy!

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