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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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 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe adapted from this recipe from Damn Delicious

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Meal Prep 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 11/13/16

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

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

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

Healthy mason jar salads and snacks

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

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

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

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet
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The perfect combination of mac n cheese and a cheeseburger!
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Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet
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The perfect combination of mac n cheese and a cheeseburger!
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Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 min or until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in macaroni, broth, milk, ketchup, steak seasoning, mustard and onion powder; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 10-15 min or until macaroni is tender. Stir in cheese and let melt. If desired, serve sprinkled with chives.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional Information (4 servings): Calories 441 Total Fat 24.8 g Cholesterol 99.3 mg Sodium 1,076 mg Potassium 445.9 mg Total Carbs 19.5 g Dietary Fiber .5 g Sugars 6.6 g Protein 30.5 g

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

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

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

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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    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
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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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20-25 minutes 10-15 minutes
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28-30 burritos 45 minutes, split
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Ingredients
Servings: burritos
Instructions
  1. Brown sausage over med-high heat in a large skillet. When sausage is almost cooked through, add bell pepper and onions. Saute until tender. While sausage is cooking, beat eggs and any desired seasonings together.
  2. Once sausage and veggie mixture is cooked, add egg mixture. Cook, stirring regularly, until eggs are almost set. Add cheese and salsa; cook 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and eggs fully set. Remove from heat and allow to cool, 10-15 minutes.
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  3. Once mixture is cooled, spoon into tortillas and fold into a burrito. Wrap in cling wrap (my preference) or aluminum foil.
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Recipe Notes

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

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

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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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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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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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  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 + a grocery list so you can follow along!

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be bringing you this week’s meal prep! Not only does it include some of my favorite dishes, but now you can use the free downloadable grocery list so you can make this meal prep for yourself! Right now the list is just for the main dishes…I would love to know what you think and if you would like me to expand that to include all of the rest of the prep as well. 🙂

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Meal prep easier than ever with my new downloadable grocery list! Now you can follow along with my prep with ease and eat healthier all week long!

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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 8/14/16

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely weekend! Here things are pretty good…much better than they were during the week at least. I was kinda sidelined this week by a pretty nasty headache and my whole schedule was thrown off. It was severe enough that I actually got sent home due to how light and sound sensitive I was. No workouts and a lot of rest, quiet and dark for a few days and I’m back to normal! But it definitely threw my normal schedule off balance. It’s times like this that I really appreciate meal prep! Even though I couldn’t do much for a couple days we still had good healthy food!

Another exciting thing from the past week: Have you checked out Instagram Stories?! I am loving it! So, you may remember that my meal prep posts are actually staggered by one week from my actual meal prep (this week’s post is of last Sunday’s prep and so on). One thing I am having a lot of fun with on Stories is showing some behind the scenes stuff, including a sneak peek at my meal prep! Last week I did a step-by-step through how I go about my meal prep and what dishes I was making that week. So if you want a sneak peek or some ideas for how to streamline your meal prep, make sure you head over to my Instagram each Sunday for my meal prep process! What do you think of the whole Instagram Stories thing? You enjoying it so far?

Ok, so now that I have rambled on for a bit, let’s get on to this week’s meal prep! Enjoy!

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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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