Sunday Meal Prep

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas earlier this week!

I decided to mix things up a bit this week and I’m so glad I did! Enjoy! 🙂

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Draz had a roll of pepperoni that he let me take a few slices off of for my grapes and cheese snacks. It was a really nice ‘treat’ for this week!

On a side note, you will be seeing the Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins a little less often from now on. I realized that, between those and the Sweet Potato Banana Bites, I was eating sweets up to 2-3 times a day sometimes. Healthy treats, yes, but still more often than I probably should be. So I’m trying out freezing some of the muffins and having them over a 2 week period!

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Turkey Chili Mac with Jalapenos: Half of this went into the freezer. I love meals that can prep me for busier weeks in the future!

Balsamic Pork Chops: I love these! They are really quick to make and so delicious. I served them with steamed jasmine rice and Balsamic Brown Butter Asparagus.

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas: These are one of Draz’s favorites. One of the things I really like about these is that I can make some for him with white tortillas and a few for me with wheat tortillas.

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That’s it for this week! What are you cooking?

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Sunday Meal Prep

Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s meal prep! This week was pretty light on the prep, time wise.

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Our two main meals for this week are One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta and a chicken curry based off of this Red Curry Lentils recipe.

For the curry recipe, I first cut up some boneless, skinless chicken breasts, seasoned them with Penzey’s Tandoori seasoning and sauted them in light olive oil. When the chicken was almost cooked through, I added the onions and then continued on with the recipe as shown. Towards the end, I did add more coconut milk than the recipe called for to make more sauce, since adding the chicken made it more thick. It turned out pretty good, especially for my first attempt!

What are you making this week? Do you like changing up recipes like I did with the curry, or do you stick to the recipe? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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DIY Dessert Bowls

Are you hosting a meal this holiday season? Or maybe just would like some unique dessert bowls for a special dinner? Then these dessert bowls might be the perfect DIY to add to the tablescape!

These were inspired by this post by Jenna over at The Painted Apron and really got me thinking about something similar I could do to dress up my next special dinner! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you really should! She has some fantastic projects and so much more!

Draz (Formerly known as Boyfriend) doesn’t drink wine, so we didn’t really have a need for the wine glasses that were done in the inspiration post. But I do love making special desserts! So I pulled out my plain glass dessert bowls! (I have a set of 4)

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They are pretty, but also kinda plain. Now, I don’t have any golf leaf like in the other post, but I do have silver liquid leaf! I decided to basically allow it to drip as it would, creating a more organic design. My original idea involved putting dots on the bowl too, hence the sponge. I ended up decided those would be too much and I liked it the way it was, so the sponge wasn’t needed. Also, use a cheap paintbrush for this; it will be ruined when you are done!

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To get these drips, I loaded up the paint brush and ran it around the base in a thick line. Each bowl took at least 5-6 times reloading the paintbrush to get this effect.

After the drips dried in this direction, I turned over bowls and did drips the other direction as well.

And then they were done! Excluding drying time, this project takes less than 20 minutes of active work….perfect for a quick DIY before the holidays arrive!

I didn’t have any desserts on hand, but I did have this delicious post-workout smoothie! I love how the drips look around the food and can’t wait to see how they look with some mousse!

Do you like doing DIYs for the holidays? If so, are you making anything this year?

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Sunday Meal Prep

Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s meal prep! Due to the holidays and having some meals outside of the ones I cooked, we didn’t need quite as much food for this week as we usually do. So this meal prep is going to be pretty short and sweet, but it still involves some really tasty food!

Do the holidays effect how you meal prep too? This is the first major holiday season that I’ve been meal prepping to this extent, so it’s been an adjustment!

So without further ado, here’s what I cooked up this week!

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Included in this picture:

  • Our regular snacks and treats
  • Buffalo Chicken Mason Jar Salads
  • The extra buffalo chicken to freeze to use later
  • Mixed Berry Smoothies for the freezer – Not only was my stash in the freezer pretty much gone, I had some extra vanilla soymilk to use up and smoothies are a great way to do that!
  • Garlic Parmesan Pasta – For the second week in a row 🙂 Boyfriend really likes this dish, so I see this becoming a pretty regular addition. Plus it’s so quick and easy to make!
  • And our new dish of the week: Slow Cooker Korean Beef

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I know this picture of the Korean Beef doesn’t look like much, but it is so delicious! Boyfriend has already requested that I make more of it for next week. Another quick and easy dish to make, it’s most definitely going to become a regular in our house.

I will say that I need to find a vegetable side dish that goes well with it, since there are not any vegetables in the dish itself. Any suggestions?

That’s it for this week! What are you cooking? Any new dishes that you are just loving?

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Sunday Meal Prep

Hey everyone! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend!

Even with the holidays, regular life goes on, and so do the things that make that life run a little more smoothly. In my case, that is meal prep! This week’s meal prep is a little different. Excluding our regular favorites, all of the recipes cooked this week were from one blog. A little over a week ago, Brey over at Ordinary Adventures posted this article introducing me to Chungah and her lovely site Damn Delicious! I may have gotten lost wandering through her site for a while….okay, a bit more than a while. Two hours 😛 This site is amazing and I found so many recipes that I just can’t wait to try! So this week, I tried out a few of them!

And with that, I hope you enjoy this week’s meal prep!

To start off, our regular favorites: Mason Jar Salads and our array of sweets and treats!

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And now on the the main dishes! Along with the new recipes, this week included some venturing into new areas! To be specific, new foods and new cooking techniques!

I’m going to admit something that makes me feel a little silly…I’ve never used my broiler. It intimidates me. I’ve seen so many recipes that I have been all ready to make until I saw the word “broil”…and then that recipe was out! This week I finally decided to get past this silly fear and make something using my broiler! And what do you know, it turned out wonderful! It still makes me a little nervous, but I can’t wait to see what else I can make with it.

I also am still trying out different cuts of chicken, branching out from our regular boneless skinless chicken breasts. This week was thighs and drumsticks!

I will say this, if you are learning a new cut of meat or are unsure what would be best for a particular recipe/method, check out the meat counter at your local grocery store. There are usually one or two chains that are well known in a region for their meat counter…here it’s Fareway! I had some questions answered and even had the leg trimmed into thighs and drumsticks. They were super helpful and helped me feel a little more confident about what I was doing 🙂

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In this picture, our four new recipes:

  • One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta I used spaghetti instead of fettuccine, as it was what we had on hand. This was delicious, and I will admit we ate most of it before this photo was taken 😛
  • One Pan Roasted Chicken with Fall Vegetables  Along with this recipe being the first time using the broiler, this was also the first time I had cooked chicken with skin on and the first time cooking with butternut squash! I will admit, I have no idea how she fit all of the ingredients listed on one pan. I used 4 thighs, 4 drumsticks and I estimated for the fall veggies and it was definitely more than one layer on the pan. That’s ok though… I just increased the cooking time a bit and this turned out delicious! I need to cut the potatoes a little smaller next time and maybe do two pans instead of one, but this is definitely a make-again dish!
  • Buffalo Chicken Cups This was a great find for me! This year for Christmas, we are doing more of a snacky-food type gathering instead of a full meal and I have been searching for the right recipe to bring. I think this one is a winner! So this week was me testing it out beforehand. I used mozzarella cheese instead of blue and they turned out great! I also made half using the buffalo chicken she has in the recipe and half using the buffalo chicken I make for our salads. Both turned out great, but I think the one she has turned out a bit better!
  • Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup I am in love with this recipe! While all of the recipes this week were super tasty, this one really hit the spot with this cold weather we’ve been having! And even better, it was cooking while I did all my other meal prep stuff. It was really quick to throw into the slow cooker and turned out so tasty! One tip for all you distracted people like me: Make sure you take out the bay leaves before you put the spinach in! 🙂 You can find them afterwards, but it takes a lot more time!

That’s all for this week! I hope you enjoyed this week’s meal prep and I encourage you to check out the awesome blogs linked above!

What are you cooking this week? Do you ever find a new site or cookbook and just want to cook everything out of it?! I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Sunday Meal Prep

Do you like to make your meal prep quick? Well then this week is definitely for you! This was one of my fastest weeks in the kitchen at around 2.5 hrs. And that time was even split up, since the chicken for the salads and one main dish were cooked in the slow cookers and the rice for that same main dish was cooked in the rice cooker!

On to this week’s meal prep!

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As always, I will start us off with our regular weekly snacks! Not only are these delicious alternatives to junk food and other snacky-type things, but I have found that they keep me from craving those other foods as often too. And with the holiday season coming up, that seems more important than ever right now. So these are definite must-haves!
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Shredded Buffalo Chicken Salads!
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One of the many things I love about Mason Jar Salads combined with meal prep is I am able to cut down on the produce waste in our kitchen. For example, this week one of the main dishes left me with some extra bell pepper. No problem! I just chopped the extras up and put them in with the rest of the veggies in my salads!
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Extra veggies for steaming, leftover Shredded Buffalo Chicken for the freezer, some hardboiled eggs, Slow Simmered Curried Chicken (from this cookbook) and Sausage, Cannellini and Tomato Ragout. You may notice that we have a little less for main dishes than usual. Well, after going through our freezer recently, I realized we have a few meals that need to be used soon, so for this week (and probably the next few weeks) I will be cooking two main dishes and then, if needed, pulling out meals from the freezer. This week the freezer meal is Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese!

I think I am forming a curry addiction. I love how this chicken curry turned out!! The ragout was delicious as well, though I will say I might double the recipe next time.

P.s. If you like Asian foods, you should definitely look at getting the cookbook linked above! A friend gave it to me a couple years ago and I have finally gotten around to cooking out of it. I love it and can’t wait to try more recipes! This is not a paid or sponsored post, nor is the link an affiliate link. I just really like the cookbook.

That’s it for this week! What are you cooking at your house? Do you have an food types you are loving right now, like I am with curry? I would love to hear them!

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Sunday Meal Prep

Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s meal prep! As you’ve noticed, I’ve been trying to keep things pretty simple, healthy and inexpensive. This week I succeeded in all three!

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Shredded Buffalo Chicken salads, a favorite no matter how many times we have them!
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Two week’s worth of breakfast burritos and some leftover shredded chicken for the freezer. Our breakfast burritos have Italian turkey sausage, bell pepper, onion, eggs, cheese and plenty of seasonings. They are delicious!
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As always, our regular favorite snacks!
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Red Curry Lentils with rice, chicken to go with the curry and my new recipe-in-testing Cabbage and Sausage Skillet. I think this curry may end up becoming a staple in our house 🙂
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This dish turned out good, great even, but it’s not quite ready to be shared yet. I still have some tweaking to do, but I am really enjoying exploring the recipe-creation side of things.

That’s it! I hope you all enjoyed this week, and stay tuned for some new recipes soon!

What are you cooking this week? Trying out any new recipes?

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Sunday Meal Prep

Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s meal prep! I decided to keep things pretty simple this week, along with trying out a couple new recipes. I’ve been trying to branch out and try some new types of food. This week was a Indian lentil recipe called Dal. (After making it I realized this is possibly a type of lentil dish instead of a specific dish, so I may be trying out some new Dal recipes soon!)

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The extra rice from the bell peppers and a few of the bell peppers themselves were frozen. All of our salads are Shredded Buffalo Chicken this week!
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Sausage and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers. I love these! Not only are the delicious and easy to make, but they also freeze great!
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The two new recipes for this week: The Dal was much more tasty than it looks, I promise! From what I read, this can be more soup-like if you add more liquid, but I made it much thicker. I think next time I would make it thinner or serve it with rice. It was delish with a hard boiled egg though! The Easy Supper Casserole was good, but a bit too meaty for my tastes though Boyfriend really liked it!

The recipe for the Dal can be found in a free for download cookbook from this site. There are a bunch of tasty sounding recipes in here, so expect to see more in the future! The Casserole was in the “Steps to Healthy, Economical Meals” free government cookbook on this site. While it was good, I don’t know that I will make this again, at least not without some serious editing!

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As always, our regular snacks and sweets! Boyfriend has been taking the Cookie Dough Protein Bites to work, so I have started prepping them right into the containers when I’m making them.

That’s it for this week! What are you making this week? Have you tried any new types of foods lately?

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October Recap, November Goals

October Goals Recap:

  1. Work out 6 days a week, even if I can’t restart BBG yet. -Complete! I am so happy I managed this one. This is still an ongoing goal, but this is a great start. Plus I didn’t even hurt myself! 
  2. Continue working on my photography, but with more focus. I would really like to build up my skills and create some stock-style photos for my blog. – I did pretty well with this one, but not great. I was hoping to work on this on a daily basis and didn’t quite manage that. I do think that I have been making progress with my photography skills!

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In the spirit of full disclosure, I didn’t take this picture. Boyfriend was nice enough to take some cooking “stock style” photos for me.

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The following photos were not taken by me, but are some of my favorites for this month. Boyfriend is wonderful and helped me get some photos that could be used for profile/general ones of me for the blog and other social media sites. I’m not a big fan of having my photograph taken, but I really like how these turned out!

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He played around with the camera settings for this one. I think it came out pretty neat and unexpected!

November Goals:

  1. Continue working out 6 days a week using Kayla Itsines’ guide.
  2. Incorporate the “active” into my active rest day. Do a stretching or yoga session to work on flexibility and decrease stiffness.
  3. Wake up on time to do my workout before work. This has been a pretty irregular thing for me so far, but I know that my day goes so much better when I do this!
  4. Finish at least 3 DIY projects

That’s it for this month’s recap and November’s goals! I’m excited to see what November brings!

How did your goals for October go? Any new goals for November?

Sunday Meal Prep

Hey everyone! So….you know how a couple weeks ago I said I didn’t see myself changing up my salads anytime soon? I was wrong 🙂 I don’t know if it’s the limited activity level or what, but I definitely had the itch to try out some new stuff this week! Since I made multiple types of salads, I have put together some infographic-style pictures to break down how I put our salads together.

Enjoy!

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Snacks and Sweets! I am loving the addition of cubed cheese with my grapes, which is my first snack of each day. This one is a white cheddar with Habanero and is delicious!
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Along with our breakfast burritos, I decided to experiment with freezing Tuna Quinoa Cakes and cooked quinoa. Hopefully it turns out well!
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I decided that I have been having a little bit too much to eat for my breakfast, so decided to reduce the size of my breakfast burritos. I also switched from white to wheat tortillas.
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The full spread of meals…plus two photobombing pups!
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Balsamic Pork Chops with Roasted Balsamic Asparagus and Chili con Carne with Brown & Wild Rice.
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Greek Yogurt Parmesan Chicken with Saucy Green Beans, some leftover taco meat and tuna quinoa cake, and a couple hardboiled eggs!
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The Chili con Carne again, with brown & wild rice and steamed veggies. I wanted to add a little extra about this dish….This is the first recipe I have made from this new cookbook and I love it! I am so impressed and thrilled that these ladies put out their cookbook. I found them on Instagram through the BBG community and they are a constant inspiration to me! It looks great ladies! Check out their site for more information!

And now for the salads!

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For those of you that have been here for a while, this is the original jar salad that I started off with. It’s as delicious as I remember!
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Salad with Loaded Turkey Meatballs. I just discovered this site and I love it already!
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Taco Salad! I honestly wasn’t sure about this one when I put it together. I wasn’t sure if I would like the taco meat cold, but it turned out wonderful! Both this salad and the turkey meatball salad are inspired by this post.
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Both of these are Boyfriend’s salads. The Shredded Buffalo Chicken is another one that you have seen for weeks. It’s definitely still one of our favorites. He also had some with the Loaded Turkey Meatballs.

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And that’s it for this week! What are you cooking up this week? Anything new?

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!