Easy and Delicious Weekly Meal Prep!

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

Enjoy!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the macros breakdown for this week!

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

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

 

Meet Your Fitness Goals with this High Protein Meal Prep!

Hey everyone! I am so excited to share this week’s meal prep with you! This week’s meal prep was all about the healthy comfort food and it couldn’t have come at a better time. While it didn’t start out this way, the week ended up being a surprising and stressful one. I was very happy to have these filling high protein meals to enjoy when I got home each day!

Get ready for your week with this delicious high protein meal prep! Perfect for hitting your fitness goals and enjoying some comfort food at the same time!

So why was this week surprising and stressful? Well….it was decided rather unexpectedly that I will be going to part-time at my regular job. And while I have been hoping to make the move to part-time by the end of the year, I was not planning on it happening quite so soon. Or with such little notice. I did have the option to remain full-time, but it would have required a major schedule shift that neither Draz or myself thought was the best option.

I’m actually pretty excited about it and what it could mean for both my blog and for my jewelry business! But change is stressful, so this week wasn’t the easiest. And it’s week’s like this that make me so glad I do meal prep. I know I say this regularly, but it really did make all the difference this week! I didn’t sleep the best most days from the stress and things were pretty busy around here working to figure things out. So not having to think or worry about what we were going to eat any given day was a relief. Add in that all three main dishes this week were very comfort-foody and, well, it just helped things out a lot!

Enjoy!

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Our snacks this week were pretty basic. Neither Draz or I needed protein balls, so all I had to make up was the other snacks. I tried something a little different with the No-Crust Pizza Bites this week. Instead of 3 slices of Canadian bacon per muffin tin, I cut it down to 2. I think this worked a lot better to make the bites “sink” into the tin while they were cooking and made them hold together much better. I will definitely be doing it that way in the future!

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You might be wondering why my grapes containers have no cheese haha. Well, I have been using the Baybel individual wheels instead and I really like them! It’s a nice change up from the other cheeses I’ve used in the past. Other than that, I made more Quinoa Omelette Bites, Cheeseburger Inspired Salads, and more Freezer Breakfast Burritos!

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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
Cook Time Passive Time
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
2 sizes freezer breakfast sausage burritos
Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Print Recipe
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
Cook Time Passive Time
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
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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For our main dishes this week, we had Jambalaya, Skinny Chicken Enchiladas and Healthy One-Pan Baked “Smothered” Chicken! I love all of these so much I don’t even know if I can say I had a favorite this week! The jambalaya is adapted from a family recipe and has been one of my comfort foods for a long time. And I love this healthier version of it I’ve been making for the past year or so!

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This is one of the first recipes I learned to cook and one of my favorites still!
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10 people 15-20 min
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50 min 25 min
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10 people 15-20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
50 min 25 min
Jambalaya
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This is one of the first recipes I learned to cook and one of my favorites still!
Servings Prep Time
10 people 15-20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
50 min 25 min
Servings Prep Time
10 people 15-20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
50 min 25 min
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Cook sausage 5 min; remove from pan. Add chicken, cayenne pepper, and 1 tbsp Emeril's to pan and cook 5 min; remove from pan.
  2. Add onions, bell peppers, remaining Emeril's and garlic powder to the pan and cook 8 min or until vegetable are softened, stirring regularly. Add rice and cook 3 min, stirring frequently.
  3. Return sausage and chicken to the pot. Add stock and bay leaf. Increase heat to med-high and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 25 min; remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 10 min. Remove bay leaf and stir in green onions to serve.
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For the Enchiladas, I made a couple small changes:

  • I didn’t measure out the chicken, but it was roughly 1.25 lbs. I didn’t change any of the rest of the chicken mixture. It ended up being 11 enchiladas, with 1/3 cup filling in each.
  • For my enchiladas, I used Light FlatOut wraps instead of tortillas. They worked great! For Draz’s I used regular flour tortillas.

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For the Smothered Chicken, I didn’t change anything to the recipe itself. However, I did make an exciting change to how I served it! Draz’s portions were with brown rice, but mine were with a delicious cauliflower rice! Now, I know, I’ve made cauliflower rice on here before. And that is the new thing….I didn’t make it! I ended up impulse buying some frozen prepared Bird’s Eye Riced Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic and I am so glad I did!

Guys, this stuff is delicious! I have struggled with making cauliflower rice for months now. I would make it and be pretty disappointed with it each time. It was fine…it just wasn’t working for me as a rice substitute. But this?! This totally works for me! I can honestly say I don’t even noticed the difference. While I usually am all about making things fresh, this is definitely going to be the exception for me!

Here is this week’s macros breakdown!

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Want to make this week’s meal prep for yourself? Get your downloadable grocery list here!

That’s it for this week! What have you tried recently that surprised you, like the frozen riced cauliflower did me? What is your favorite healthy comfort food? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

 

Prepare for your Week with this Healthy Stir-fry Meal Prep

Hey guys! Are you as ready for spring as I am? I know that technically it’s already spring, but it sure hasn’t felt like it! I think that the “missing spring”  thing definitely influenced this week’s meal prep. Stir-fry, for me, always makes me think of veggies and spring-time goodness. The funny thing is, I didn’t actually even realize that all 3 dishes were stir-fry until I sat down to write this! So I guess that tells you how observant I was this past week haha!

This week’s meal prep dishes were pretty delicious regardless. Like last week, this week was kinda split into “food for Draz” and “food for me.” But that’s ok! Sometimes it just works out that way.

Enjoy!

Get your week started right with this healthy and budget friendly meal prep! If you love stir-fry, then this one is definitely for you!

This week had a full snack prep, as both of us needed protein balls and I’m still on my newer snack obsession. I am loving the No-Crust Pizza Bites and the Quinoa Omelette Bites still. They are just perfect for my second snack of the day. Of course, Draz needs his Cookie Dough Protein Balls as well 🙂

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I’m still making these Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Bites for myself and loving them! I don’t know if I mentioned it last time, but I did have the issue of them being a bit on the dry side when I first made them. Did you try them and have that issue to? Anyways, I figured out a solution guys! Just add a splash of unsweetened plain almond milk to the mix! It works great and they were much easier to form into balls.

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For our main dishes this week, I made two of our favorites for Draz and a new recipe for me! For Draz, I made the Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta and Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken. Both of these are so good, though Draz’s favorite will probably always be the Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta. I did forget that I usually double that one, so we did end up a little short on food later on throughout the week.

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For me, I made this Sweet and Sour *Tofu Peppers Broccoli. Now, the original recipe calls for chickpeas, but I was trying to lower the carbs, so I decided to try cooking with tofu for the first time! Because of this being my first time cooking with tofu, I’m not sure if that is what caused my overall reaction to this dish….which is kinda “eh”? It wasn’t bad, but I don’t know that I would make it again in it’s current form. I also cut the sugar in the sauce in half, but honestly I liked the sauce, do I don’t think that was the problem. I might try making this dish again with chickpeas and see how I like it then!

As always, here is this week’s macros breakdown!

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Want to try this meal prep yourself? Get your grocery list with all the main dish ingredients here:

That’s it for this week! Have you tried cooking with tofu before? Any tips for a newbie? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Get Healthy With This Macros-Friendly Meal Prep

Hey everyone! I’ve been pretty excited to share this week’s meal prep with you! For the first time in quite a while, I’ve done some major changes to my snacks and I think you are going to love these new recipes!

Enjoy!

Get your week started off right with this healthy meal prep!

For this week’s snacks, I actually decided to switch things up a bit! I’ve been tracking macros for a few months now and hitting my daily protein is hard. Especially if I don’t want to go over on carbs or fat! So I’ve been searching a TON for new snacks and these are a few that I found! (Isn’t Pinterest the best?)

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These No-Crust Pizza Bites are so tasty! I couldn’t get them to “sink” into the muffin tins as much as I would have liked, but I think that might just need some practice. But tasty-wise? They are SO good! Definitely going to be making these ones again.

Another new snack of the week are these Quinoa Omelette Bites. Guys…these are so good. Seriously. Super easy to make, macros-friendly and worked perfectly as my second snack of the day! Plus they are just as good cold too, which works great for me at when I’m at work.

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Now for the last new snack of the week! I’m honestly not surprised at all to love these Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Bites. They aren’t the first ones I’ve tried from Cotter Crunch and they are always delicious! I can’t wait to make them again, especially after I get some vanilla protein powder.

For the salads and the rest of the snacks, things were pretty standard. I decided to switch back to my normal Buffalo Chicken salads for this week, plus Draz’s favorite protein balls and, as always, my grapes with cheese!

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For the main dishes this week, I went with two of our recent favorites and one new one! Draz requested both the Low Carb Sausage and Peppers Mock Lasagna and the Low Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole. Yes, he actually asked me to make something! Usually I just decide and he eats whatever I make haha. Both of these are delicious and so easy to put together, so I was happy to make them!

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Our new dish for the week was this Bacon and Cheese Crockpot Quiche. Now, I love pretty much everything breakfast-related, so this was an easy decision! Plus it’s in the slowcooker, which makes it even better! Now, I know the picture doesn’t look the best. This was my first time baking turkey bacon and well….I overdid it a bit, but it still tasted pretty good. Lesson learned for next time – bake for a lot less time!

Other than sightly overdone bacon, this dish turned out wonderful. I will definitely be making this one again! I will say, I will probably split it into 6 servings next time instead of 8. The servings were a little on the small side for us.

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I also made up a bunch of our breakfast burritos and ended up making some extra with the leftover bacon. I don’t think it will be part of our normal ones, but was a nice switch-up!

Tracking macros? Here is the breakdown for this week!

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

What are your favorite high protein snacks? I’m still looking for new ones and would love to hear yours, so please leave a comment below!

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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Just the main dishes:

All the food from this week:

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!

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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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30 min
Ingredients
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! 
    Spiced-Garbanzo-Beans
    Spiced Chickpeas
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    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 5 min
    Cook Time
    30-35 min
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 5 min
    Cook Time
    30-35 min
    Spiced-Garbanzo-Beans
    Spiced Chickpeas
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    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 5 min
    Cook Time
    30-35 min
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 5 min
    Cook Time
    30-35 min
    Ingredients
    Servings: people
    Instructions
    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 :-)

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
Cook Time Passive Time
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
2 sizes freezer breakfast sausage burritos
Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Print Recipe
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
Cook Time Passive Time
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
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.
    freezer sausage breakfast burrito filling mixture
  3. Once mixture is cooled, spoon into tortillas and fold into a burrito. Wrap in cling wrap (my preference) or aluminum foil.
    2 sizes freezer breakfast sausage burritos
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!
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hr 10 min
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hr 10 min
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!
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hr 10 min
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 20 min
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
Servings: loaves
Instructions
  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!

Spiced-Garbanzo-Beans
Spiced Chickpeas
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 min
Cook Time
30-35 min
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 min
Cook Time
30-35 min
Spiced-Garbanzo-Beans
Spiced Chickpeas
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 min
Cook Time
30-35 min
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 min
Cook Time
30-35 min
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  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!