I’m back!!

Hey guys! Wow, it’s been a while! I just want to start off with this: I did not plan on this break. This nearly month-long absence was not intentional. But it has has some interesting side-effects! I’m getting ahead of myself….

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I got pretty sick a few weeks ago. I’m not going to get into details, cause they aren’t fun at all, but I was unable to pretty much do anything for over a week. Following that first week, it took another week or so before I was getting close to back to normal. At that point, I was super excited! I could finally start blogging again! I went to go get on my computer…..and was informed that my hard drive was failing 🙁

So this led into another week and a half waiting for my computer to come back from HP. The good news: I have a new hard drive! Gotta love warranties. The bad news: I lost most of my photos…I will do better about backing things up in the future.

And this is how we end up with a month-long silence here on Nymph in the Woods.

Now on to the side-effects of my absence!

  1. I had been dealing with a creative block when it came to the blog. A month of no blogging and I have some great new ideas and I can’t wait to get writing!
  2. I had been feeling pretty discouraged about the blog, mostly about myself, my expectations and where I wasn’t reaching them. But I missed blogging so much during this month….Which made me remember that even if I’m not where I want to be yet, I love what I’m doing!
  3. You guys didn’t disappear! Ok, this is not a side-effect, but it does make me feel better. Beforehand if I missed one post I was stressing out. Now, I’m not going to get into the habit of missing posts or anything. But now I missed a month and everything and everyone is still here.

Thank you guys for being patient with me! It’s going to take a few days to get the computer set back up the way I need it and get some other things in order, but I will be back to posting as normal next week!

DIY coffee rack

We all love to make our homes our own. To display the things that we love and create spaces that welcome us. That can be done a lot of different ways…thrift store shopping, antiquing, DIY, just regular shopping and more! And I would guess many of us like to do a mix of all of those. I know I do! For this project I decided to go the DIY route 🙂 It’s no secret that I love DIY decor. What you may not know about me is that I absolutely LOVE coffee! So when I realized I could make a space that combined those loves, I was all for it!
Our kitchen is one of the last rooms in the house that hasn’t really been remodeled. A few changes here and there, most of which were caused by changes in another room, but not an actual remodel. And well…my kitchen is not the prettiest kitchen ever! It’s stuck sometime from the 60s or 70s, with some of the weirdest wood paneling I have ever seen, no windows and dark cabinets. But we have made a few positive changes to it so far and one of them (recessing the refrigerator) opened up a space that I could play with!
DIY Coffee Rack
Super easy to make and gorgeous to look at, this DIY coffee rack is one of my favorite DIYs so far!

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links I love 6/10/16

It’s Friday!! *dances around a bit like crazy* Ok, now that’s out of my system 🙂 Guys! I am so happy to say that this week went SO much better than last week! Whatever funk was going on that set me into a weird space, it’s over for now. I’m back on doing a little bit more intense workouts, back to creating, just back in general. Maybe I just needed a break, but whatever it was, I’m glad it’s done with. Did you have a great week?! I hope so 🙂

Another thing that got done this week other than my workouts is both pups went to the vet for a checkup and their shots! Crystal did better than Achilles, since he is a big baby…He actually got stuck hiding under a chair in the waiting area! He tried to stand up while under it and well…he is taller than the chair, so suddenly it was on top of him! Freaked him out a bit, but he’s ok. And he did well for the rest of the visit!

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Aren’t they just too cute!

I also found a lot of great articles this week, including a few from new-to-me blogs! Enjoy!Read More

sunday meal prep 5/29/16

Hey all! I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! This week has been really weird for me, being back at work and having to shift my schedule from “vacation” to “work” again. But even with that, I had a pretty good week! That weirdness did lead to me cooking one dish from this week’s menu a little later on though. I was so exhausted trying to shift my schedule back that I decided I was done cooking for the day. So the soup for this week was actually cooked on Thursday instead of Sunday. Everything else for our meal prep went as planned though, and all the recipes turned out great!

Enjoy!

How I make my week easier and healthier through meal prep! Cook once and have tasty food all week long!

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Sunday Meal Prep: May 1, 2016

Hey all! I hope you all had a fantastic week and are ready to set yourselves up for an easy and healthy week with your own meal prep! This week we had an awesome meal prep, though it was a bit surprising. It started out all about the healthy snacks and ended up being all about the Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta! This was by far our favorite recipe this week, and possibly for the past few months!

Enjoy!Prepare for your busy life! Take a few hours to cook, one day a week, and eat healthy, tasty food all week long! Click through for this week's meal plan!

As I said, this week started out being all about the snacks. And I made A LOT of snacks! Sweet Potato Banana Bites, Cookie Dough Protein Bites, No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls and an old favorite…Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins! I had almost forgotten how good these are! These will definitely be making their way back into our regular rotation 🙂Sweet Potato Banana Bites, Cookie Dough Protein Bites, No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls, Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

Our salads were pretty much the same as always and just as delicious! I had some extra chicken this week, so I decided to whip up some more Buffalo Shredded Chicken to put in the freezer. With us using it every week, there is no downside to having extra!Mason Jar Salads, Grapes and Cheese, Shredded Buffalo Chicken, weekly meal prep

Now on to the exciting part…the main dishes!Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta, Melt in your Mouth Pot Roast, Lemon Garlic Chicken, weekly meal prep

Ok, so one of these is not quite fitting with our normal healthy focus. It’s not terrible for you, and I do use brown rice now and less sauce than I used to, but this one is pure comfort food. Do you have any recipes that are from your childhood that just make you feel better on so many levels? This one does that for me.

This Lemon Garlic Chicken is a recipe that has been in my family for generations. It was my mom’s favorite when she was growing up and mine when I was. It was even my birthday meal every year! The smell of it cooking is even a comfort to me and I was really craving some comfort when I made this menu, so this just had to be on the list. The funny thing is, I didn’t actually get any of it!! It is one of Draz’s favorites too, so he had that for lunch most days! That’s ok…it just means I need to make more soon!

Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice
Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice
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A family favorite, this recipe is delicious! It's been in my family for generations and is one of my ultimate comfort foods.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice
Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice
Print Recipe
A family favorite, this recipe is delicious! It's been in my family for generations and is one of my ultimate comfort foods.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Put stick of butter in pan, in oven, to melt while oven is pre-heating. Mix all seasonings in butter and stir. Roll chicken in mixture. Sprinkle lemon pepper on chicken (optional).
  2. Put in oven for 45 minutes. Can serve with brown rice with sauce poured over. Also goes well with asparagus.
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Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta, Melt in your Mouth Pot Roast, Lemon Garlic Chicken, weekly meal prep

Other than the wonderfulness that is Lemon Garlic Chicken, we had two new recipes: a Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pot Roast and CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta. I was actually a little hesitant about how good the roast was going to be when it was done, but it was really tasty! I used a rough ground spicy garlic mustard and it seemed to just kinda…sit on top of the roast, which is not the case with most rubs. But thankfully it was tasty and we didn’t waste a whole roast 🙂 That is the one risk of meal prepping with new recipes, in that sometimes you may find one you don’t like. And we all know just how much I love new recipes!

But on to the star of the week! This Thai recipe was beyond delicious! I don’t really even have words….just the right balance of peanut, spice, cabbage and goodness. Draz took one bite and asked me to make it again next week! I see this quickly becoming a house favorite, so expect to see this one frequently. Plus it is really quick to make!

So that’s it for this week? Did you prep any new recipes this week? Have you found an awesome recipe recently that you just love? I would love to hear about it, so please leave a comment below!

Sara

Want to get started doing meal prep for yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!

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
Print Recipe
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
Print Recipe
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

Want to get started doing meal prep for yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!

Sunday Meal Prep: April 3, 2016

Hey everyone! Are you as excited for April as I am!? We are FINALLY getting into the warmer seasons and I couldn’t be happier about it. And for the first meal prep of the month, we are starting out on a high note! I absolutely love the recipes I made this week! I am still on my new recipe kick, so these are all new recipes yet again. All in all, this week was pretty simple. I’ve noticed lately that we alternate weeks where I have more to cook or just the basics. Do you notice a schedule like that develops for your meal prep as well?

For a tasty meal prep, check out these recipes! Chicken Fajita Pasta, Drunken Noodles and Teriyaki Chicken, plus Mason Jar Salads!

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We still had some energy balls left in the fridge, so this week I all I had to prep for snacks was my grapes and cheese. After all this time, it’s still my favorite snack! Our salads remained the same, though I have been considering switching mine up lately. Not sure if/when I will, but a change might be coming soon!

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Now on to the exciting main dishes. This week was amazing. I cooked three main dishes: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, Saucy Italian Drunken Noodles, and Chicken Fajita Pasta. I’m going to come right out and admit it. I am a serious pasta lover. I love pasta, pretty much of all kinds and tastes. My comfort food is pasta, and I could probably happily eat it every day, though I shouldn’t. All that being said…These Drunken Noodles. I am IN LOVE with these noodles. It was a close call for favorites this week, as all the dishes were delicious. But in the end, for me, the Drunken Noodles won out! In contrast, Draz loved the Chicken Fajita Pasta, which was my close second 🙂 I think you will see both of these recipes again soon! Which, with my recent kick of “every week all new recipes” is saying something!

That’s it for meal prep for this week! I am really loving all the new sites and recipes I’m finding on Pinterest! What did you cook this week? Any new recipes? I love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Sara

Want to get started meal prepping yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!

DIY Spring Wreath: Spruce Up Your Front Door With a Pop of Color!

Are you all as excited for spring as I am?! While I’m never all that thrilled about winter, I have been going a little stir-crazy the last month or so waiting for the weather to warm up. And yeah, while Iowa isn’t quite done with the cold weather yet, (seriously?! Snow expected this week?!) the beginning of spring does give me hope that eventually we will get to the warmer weather again…hiking, outdoor events, no more coats…I can’t wait!

With anticipating the warmer weather, and the official start of spring, comes the desire to take down all the winter decor and bring in some more color! Only one problem…The only spring wreath I made last year was this one for my mom. So I had no wreath for our front door! (I am also seriously lacking in other spring decor, but that will be a post for another day) It’s a good thing that I absolutely love a chance to try a new DIY project! So, I did what any aspiring DIYer does! I made one for myself!

In 1 hour, add some fun, flair & a pop of color to your door with this DIY! You don't need very many materials or experience to make something all your own!

If you have been with the blog for a while, or on my Instagram, you’ve noticed I tend to stick to the same style of wreath, at least for the base. Pretty much a straw wreath base, wrapped in burlap or yarn. This time I decided to experiment a bit and try a new base! So this is my first attempt at using a grapevine wreath. Overall, I think it went pretty well!

Estimated Time for Project: 1 hour

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Materials Needed:

  • 1 grapevine wreath
  • fake flowers – I used 3 bunches of tulips, in 3 different colors. All but 3-4 individual flowers were used in this project.
  • 1 roll of burlap, any color – I used brown, but a pink or yellow could look really pretty too!
  • wooden inital – Both Draz and my last names start with H, so that seemed like a good choice!
  • paint for initial
  • paintbrush
  • Not pictured: glue gun, twine

Directions:

  1. I started by painting the initial. You want plenty of time for that to dry before you add it on at the end! While that is drying, you can assemble the rest of the wreath. I painted ours a light purple, which sadly didn’t photograph very well. Just trust me. It’s purple!
  2. Trim flowers off of the bunches. I started out with pretty long stems (6+ inches), thinking that would be easier to weave through the grapevine. It ended up getting pretty stuffed pretty quickly! I started trimming them shorter about halfway through, ending up with 3-4 inches being a pretty comfortable length. This leaves you enough to weave through the grapevine without filling it too much. I trimmed some, added those, trimmed more and added those, repeating until I was happy with the amount of flowers on the wreath.Grapevine-wreath-with-tulips-inserted
  3. Move on to your burlap. I made two bows first. Then I wrapped some of the rest of the burlap loosely around the wreath, adjusting until I liked how it looked. I did tie down one part behind the flowers with twine to make it lay a little nicer.
    1. If you feel the need to, this would probably be the point to glue any of the flowers that you want to. I considered it, but decided they didn’t need any. (I actually turned the wreath upside down and shook it around!)
  4. Using the hot glue gun, add your bows to the wreath.Tulips-And-Grapevine-Wreath-With-Burlap-Wrapped-Around-And-Bows-Added
  5. Using the hot glue gun again, attach your wooden initial.

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That’s it! It’s a pretty simple process, but the results are gorgeous! I am in love with how this wreath turned out! I did learn a few things during the process as well:

  • Burlap bows are actually much easier to make pretty than I ever realized! I have actually tried to make things with bows before and I could never get them to look pretty. This time, I had a realization that made them so much easier with a much better looking result! (I am sad I didn’t get pictures of this. I will try to get some next time!)
    • I made a loop with the length of burlap, putting the seam at the middle in the back. Pinch the middle of the loop together and wrap twine around the pinched area a few times, tying in the back to secure. That’s it! It’s so much simpler than anything I tried before.
  • Shorter stems are easier to work with than longer. I know I said that above, but it is definitely worth repeating. SO. MUCH. EASIER.
  • Wire cutters for electrical wire can be used to great effect to cut the stems of fake flowers. I could not find my usual scissors anywhere…nearly dented my nice kitchen shears trying to cut the stems. I then called my dad, who  saved the day (as always)! He suggested using some wire cutters, which we had just used in another project a week ago and I knew where those were. They were even easier than the scissors I normally use!

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I am so happy with how this DIY project turned out! I was a little nervous trying out a new base, but it was so easy to work with and the result was beautiful. I may be making a few new grapevine wreaths in the future.

How are you decorating for spring? Do you like using DIY decor in your home? Are you planning on any new DIY decor for the new season? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Sara

Sunday Meal Prep: March 20, 2016

Hey everyone! I hope you all had an amazing week. I’m still enjoying sinking back into my normal routine and working on improving those same routines this week, and it went pretty well! One part that helped a lot with that, as it always does, was our meal prep! This week was a pretty full week, schedule wise, and the peace of mind that comes from the meals already being prepared helped me keep on track and get stuff done!

I decided to go with another quick and easy prep this week, though I am trying out 3 new recipes! The only downside of the “quick and easy” part this week is I’m sure this will result in a bigger prep next week. We are running low on some of our freezer staples, so those will definitely be included next week!

For this week though, I was able to keep things simple! This prep took around 2 hours of active cooking, which means that I was able to cook AND work on some DIY projects for our in-progress bedroom remodel! I can’t wait until that’s done and I can share it all with you! Anyways…on to what I CAN share with you!

Meal Prep for an Healthy and Easy Week, Food Prep

Mason Jar Salads, No -Bake Oatmeal Protein Balls, Grapes and cheese snacks, Meal Prep

This week’s snacks were pretty simple. We still had some other protein and energy balls left in the fridge from last week, so I decided to try out one new protein ball recipe instead of making our regular ones: No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls! These turned out really tasty. I really like the addition of the cinnamon! I did use chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla because, well, that’s what we have in the house 🙂 For the liquid, I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk and for the addition at the end of the recipe, I used dark chocolate chips. I will definitely be making these again!

Other than the protein balls, I just put together my normal grapes and cheese cups (still my favorite daily snack!) and our Mason Jar Salads.

Spicy Sausage Alfredo Bake, Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken, Meal Prep Main Dishes

For our main dishes, both were new recipes: Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken and Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo Bake. These turned out great, though you may not believe me from the picture! I know that the Alfredo Bake looks a bit browned on the top 🙂 Let’s just say that me and my broiler are still getting to know each other! I put it in for 3 minutes when I probably should have done 2. Oh well! It was still really tasty, and the top was only a little extra browned.

I did make some adjustments to the Alfredo Bake as well. I sauteed some chopped onions and bell peppers in a little olive oil and set them aside. When it was time to add the sausage to the sauce, I added the sauteed vegetables as well. Along with that, I substituted smoked turkey sausage for the smoked sausage and evaporated milk for the half and half. It turned out great! I think next time I may add in some broccoli too. I love that the recipe is easily altered and added to!

Well, that’s it for this week’s meal prep! Have you been trying any new recipes? I’ve been on a huge new recipe kick, probably from getting started more on Pinterest. Have you found any favorite recipes on there? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Sara (1)

Want to get started meal prepping yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!

Sunday Meal Prep: March 13, 2016

Hey everyone! I am so happy to be back with you all for this wonderful edition of Sunday Meal Prep! These last couple weeks of absence were not at all expected and I’m glad for things to be going back to normal. Or as normal as they get around here! I also am pretty excited to bring you this week’s meal prep!

I’ve been trying out some new things lately and one of those new things is Pinterest! I know, I’m really late to this. How did it take me this long to discover how awesome Pinterest is!? Anyways….back from the craziness that is my delayed discovery….Both of our main dishes this week were found on Pinterest. YOU GUYS!… This thing is awesome! I have found so many tasty looking dishes on there, so expect to see a lot of new recipes soon.

So now, without further delay, check out this week’s meal prep!

Hey everyone! I'm so happy to be back with you all for this wonderful edition of Sunday Meal Prep: Kung Pao Chicken, Stuffed Pepper Soup and so much more!

Kung Pao Chicken Crockpot Stuffed Pepper Soup Weekly Meal Prep

Let’s start out with this Healthy Kung Pao Chicken. It was a huge hit here and will definitely be made again! Draz and I both loved it! The fresh green beans were perfect for this dish. I did use soy sauce instead of coconut aminos, and doubled the chili paste when I discovered that we were sadly out of sriracha. I think next time I may add in some water chestnuts, but that is more to do with my love of water chestnuts than anything lacking in this dish!

The other main dish for the week was Crockpot Stuffed Pepper Soup. I will say, I liked this one more than Draz. It was very tasty though and I see making this one again! Just means there is more for me!

cinnamon bread energy balls protein balls grapes and cheese healthy snacks

For our snacks, we had all of our regulars: Sweet Potato Banana Bites, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Protein Bites and my grapes and cheese. I also made some more Sunflower and Oat Energy Bites! Along with our snacks, I made a couple loaves of my Healthier Cinnamon Swirl Bread that we have as part of our breakfasts.

freezer breakfast burritos mason jar salads healthy food prep

Speaking of breakfasts! This week was also the week that I made more Freezer Breakfast Burritos! I gotta say, I love our breakfast burritos. They are one of my favorite things that I prep that make the week easier. The other favorite is our salads, which are also in this picture! Honestly, if I had to pick just a couple things to prep each week, these would be it.

That’s it for this week! What are you cooking this week? Any new recipes? Have you found any recipes you love on Pinterest? By the way, since I am just starting out on Pinterest, if you have any tips, I would love to hear them! Actually, I love hearing your thoughts no matter what, so please leave a comment below!

Sara (1)

Want to get started meal prepping yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!