Week in Review: May 14-20

Hey y’all! If you read my post last week, you know I was having a bit of a rough time of it. Thankfully, I’ve been feeling much better this week, if a bit overwhelmed by stuff I meant to get done last week haha. But that is how things go, right?!

One thing that helped a lot – This week’s meal prep! It was pretty quick to put together and delicious. Both of which were super important, since I had a lot to get done before the fine arts festival the following weekend (where I’m at RIGHT NOW!!)

Anyways, onward to meal prep and this week’s workouts!!

Meal Prep

healthy-meal-prep3 main meals this week, plus some protein balls and cinnamon bread for the freezer! The next couple of weeks, I’m going to be really short on time, so the freezer being well stocked is essential.

  • Healthy Kung Pao Chicken – Easily one of Draz’s favorite dishes, this one is pretty quick to make too! The most time consuming part of it is trimming the green beans. Which is well worth it, because fresh green beans are delicious!
  • Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans – I love this recipe for a quick filling and delicious meal. I almost always pair it with the Kung Pao Chicken for my preps, since they both use fresh green beans.
    • note – The recipe calls for fresh lemon juice. Now, yes, it does taste a bit better with it fresh. That said, I always use bottled anymore….much quicker and Draz and I still think the dish turns out wonderful!
  • Chicken Vindaloo – This one is definitely more my dish than Draz’s. I usually eat mine with steamed cauliflower rice!
  • Cinnamon Bread – We weren’t out from the last time that I made this, but this recipe freezes great! I didn’t want to worry about running out over the next few weeks, so we now have 3 loaves in the freezer haha.
  • Protein Balls – As always, a great go-to snack for Draz and myself. These have been a staple in our house for over 2 years now and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!

Workouts

This week I had some pretty awesome workouts! And make sure to check out the announcements at the bottom of this post – I have some exciting things coming up for workouts, starting tomorrow!poundfit-ymca-group-exercise

  • Monday – nearly an hour and a half of POUND practice! I’m working on some new songs right now, so this was even more fun and challenging than normal!
  • Tuesday – more POUND, sticking mostly to new songs this time. Tuesdays are my 15-hr work days (between the two jobs), so I didn’t workout for as long – ended up practicing for about 45 minutes
  • Wednesday – More POUND – Are you surprised? Haha I practiced before class and then taught an awesome class!
  • Friday – 16 mile bike ride with Draz for our 4 year anniversary!
  • Saturday – Does set-up for my art festival this weekend count? The unload and set-up process was definitely a workout, so I think I’m counting it!

Struggles

I did okay for most of the week, but I haven’t quite gotten back into “market mindset” yet when it comes to planning my preps. I’ve been doing great at stocking the freezer for those weekends I won’t have as much time to cook, but I didn’t plan ANYTHING to take with me to eat during the weekend art festival. I will need to plan better for future markets. Expect to see more burrito bowls in the future!

Reminders

Locals – POUND events at Jasper start soon! Join my Facebook group to stay up to date on that and so much more!

 

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Week in Review: May 6-13

How is everyone doing this week?! I was pretty busy this week and super thankful for my meal prep! It really helped keep things less stressful. That said, it wasn’t an easy week and I’m sharing some about that on here towards the end of today’s post. but first couple quick announcements!

Announcements

Gixo-on-demandIf you’ve followed my journey for little while, you’ve seen how much I love the Gixo app! It’s one of my favorite ways to workout and it’s getting better all the time! They are constantly improving it and adding new classes. And you can try it for free for 30 days! And if you use my link to do it, I get a little something extra if you decide you love it as much as I do and sign-up! Check it out here!

 

 

 

 

 

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Second announcement is mostly for Iowa locals – I’ve created a Facebook group and page for my POUND classes and events! Right now it just shows my YMCA classes, but there are more events in the works! Plus I have some fun ideas for the group that I can’t wait to put in motion. So I would love it if you join me on there! Check out the group here and the page here!

 

 

 

Meal Prep

This week I tried to keep things super simple since I had a weekend market to handle along with meal prep. Everything turned out delicious!

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  • Healthy Baked Italian Sausage and Peppers – Some of this was packaged with brown rice, the rest I ate with steamed cauliflower rice. This was probably my favorite meal this week!
  • Low- Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole – Always a favorite of Draz’s, I love how quickly this casserole comes together! And it’s super tasty too! One of my favorite dishes with mushrooms
  • Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken – A go-to for quick, easy and healthy in our house, this one was an easy choice for this week!
  • Protein Balls – Draz has a couple of these each day at work and I usually grab them between jobs. They are the perfect snack when I’m on the go, which is most of the time!

Workouts

road-bikeThis week I only got in 3 days of workouts. I was hoping for more, but at least the workouts I got in were pretty great! 2 days of POUND class and practice and one day of bike riding with Draz! We went on a nearly 20-mile ride and it was wonderful!

 

 

 

 

Struggles

Now for the part I’ve been struggling with (pardon the pun)….My goal is to always be honest on here and not make it seem like things are better than they are. But how honest? So, I’m just going to lay it out here. Maybe it will strike a cord with you.

In many ways, this was a good week. First market of the season went well, some exciting things are happening. I got in some workouts, didn’t get sick, etc….But depression doesn’t care if you SHOULD be having a good week. Most of the week I felt creatively and emotionally drained, more than a little down and just de-motivated. During this time, I made a couple really bad eating choices, but I’m trying not to feel too bad about them. A couple of days of bad eating don’t mean I’m failing, just that I stumbled a bit.

Thankfully, this was not a serious bout of depression. In some ways, I struggle to even name it depression, because I’ve suffered much worse and much longer bouts in years past. But that is really the only thing I can call it. I seem to be coming out of it now and my energy is coming back a bit. I’m still struggling with motivation and focus, but I think I’m past the worst of it for now.

A bit about Depression

I went back and forth with whether I should share this one here, but I think it’s important to acknowledge. Sometimes we just feel bad. There doesn’t have to be a reason that we can point to, some event that MADE us feel that way. Everything could be going wonderfully and we still feel horrible. Sometimes, like this bout, these feelings don’t last for long. Other times, they may. You may even need help in dealing with them, either through therapy or medication.

I’ve used both in the past and I’m pretty sure they saved my life.

The point of me sharing this on here? I want to encourage all of you to give yourself some understanding and compassion if you need it. And, even more importantly, if you need help in dealing with your depression (or something else), please get it. There is no shame in getting help, no shame in taking medication.

To find somewhere in your area to get help, you can go to this website.

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Week in Review: April 29-May 5

Oh my gosh, y’all….These past couple of weeks have been crazy and amazing! Sadly, I missed posting last week, but I was super focused on getting ready for my store launch for my jewelry (It went great and I can’t wait to see where this goes from here)! But I’m back this week and I have a DELICIOUS meal prep to share. Plus some exciting upcoming stuff for any of you readers who are local 🙂

Last Week

bike-ride-high-trestle-trailOk, since I missed the post last week, here is a super-quick overview. Workouts were better than the previous couple of weeks. I even went on a group bike ride with my Women on Adventures group!! It was so much fun! I got to see some friends and make some new ones. Plus, I may have snagged Draz’s new fat bike for the ride….I’m kind of in love with it and I really want one for myself!

Have you ridden one before? What did you think?

 

 

 

 

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Last week’s meal prep included – More Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice, Shredded Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese (x2 to freeze one, eat one), Cinnamon Bread, Breakfast Burritos, One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet (all of this was frozen as burritos), and Chickpea and Potato Curry 

It was a bigger meal prep this week as I get geared up for market season starting – which was this weekend! Having extra food prepped is the way that I’m able to keep up with everything going on right now, so this helped out a lot!

Meal Prep

Now on to this week’s meal prep!! I had a shop launch last weekend (when this was made) and I’m getting ready for another one in a couple of weeks. So this week’s meal prep was focused on FAST and HEALTHY. I made some more Cinnamon Bread to freeze, which is always good!

Along with that, I made:

  • One Pot Tomato and Basil Tortellini Soup – I added in some spinach and kale to this at the end and it was delicious!
  • One Pot Creamy Garlic and Noodles – I made quite a bit of chicken to go with this, since I wanted the pasta to be more of a side to go along with the chicken. I also used unsweetened plain almond milk instead of milk and added in some sauted onion when I cooked the garlic. At the end, I added in some chopped up broccoli. Overall, I was pretty happy with this recipe, though I will add more garlic next time. We like things pretty  garlic-y here haha
  • Crockpot Sausage and Peppers – As always, I made this with Italian Turkey Sausage. Quick to put together and so tasty!

Workouts

I’m still not getting in quite as many workouts in as I would like, but I did make it 4 times this week! Pretty much all of it was practicing and teaching Pound, but that is a GREAT workout! Along with Pound, I found out that loading/setting-up and tearing down my new jewelry displays for market is quite the workout all on it’s own haha!

And this is where the exciting news for the locals comes in!! I will be doing some Pound events in Des Moines starting in July! It’s super exciting and is going to be so fun, so keep an eye out for more details. I will be releasing more info soon!

Struggles

As always, I had to fight my stress eating impulses a lot this week. Most of the time, I did pretty well at keeping myself from buying junk, but there were was one day after work that included too many donuts! It’s always a struggle, especially when you work at a store that sells food.

So that is me this week! I hope you are enjoying the new post format and getting to see a bit more of what I’m up to on a week-to-week basis!

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Week in Review: April 16 – 22

Y’all, it feels SO good to be back at blogging again! I’m excited to share this week’s meal prep with you, so let’s get to it!

Enjoy!

Meal Prep

weekly-meal-prep-healthyThis week’s meal prep included a couple favorites and a new dish! The new recipe was Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken and it was delicious! The only main change I made was I subbed out the zucchini with celery, since Draz isn’t a fan of it. It was so good y’all! Just absolutely delicious!

The other two dishes I made were:

  1. One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole – Easily our favorite dish of the week, this is some serious comfort food.
  2. Healthy Baked Chicken Sausage and Peppers – I love this recipe, though I think I like it more than Draz does. It also freezes well, which makes it a great option to double and freeze the extra!

This week’s meals were a little heavy on the rice, but that is the downside when you are trying to focus on super budget-friendly. I am going to try to make that a little more balanced this week. I would love to hear some of your favorite budget-friendly recipes that don’t have rice!

Workouts

This week was another of lower volume workouts. I did a POUND practice on Wednesday, followed by teaching POUND a little while later. On Friday, I tried my first Gixo class that was Camera On and I loved it! Getting immediate feedback on my form and corrections when needed was wonderful!

So, not as many workouts as I would have hoped, but still better than nothing! Hopefully next week I can make it to 3-4 instead of 2.

Struggles

This week included a lot more struggles than I really want to admit. I’ve been pretty stressed with some things going on business-wise and it’s led to me making more poor eating decisions than normal. I do well with not buying junk when I’m grocery shopping, but when you work at a grocery store….well, it’s really hard to not make poor decisions on impulse on bad nights sometimes. But it’s something I’m always working on. And getting more workouts in will help with the stress levels as well.

So, that was my week in review! Nothing too terribly exciting, but not a bad week overall.

If you struggle with stress eating, I would love to hear how you deal with it! Please leave a comment with your thoughts below!

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Week in Review: April 9 – 15

Ok y’all, I’m super excited to start this new series! For now, this is will be replacing my weekly meal prep posts….who knows?! You might like them even more than those posts! This new series will be a little less in depth on the meal prep side of things, but I think you will still get a lot out of them!

But this won’t just be an overview of what I meal prepped each week. This series will also include a run-down of my workouts for the week and any struggles I had! In many ways, this will be going back to the more transparent posts that I did when I first started blogging. I’m kind of excited to hear what you think of them, so please be sure to let me know!

Enjoy!

Meal Prep

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For this week’s meal prep, I kept things as simple as possible! Breakfast burritos for the freezer and 3 main dishes!

  1. Deconstructed Pizza Casserole – a household favorite! Super quick to make and surprisingly filling portions.
  2. Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes, and Green Beans – another favorite that I repeat pretty regularly. To use up some ingredients we had on hand, I used canned green beans and bottled lemon juice. While not as good as the original recipe, it was still pretty damn good! I would modify it again like that if needed.
  3. Ok, this last one was VERY loosely based off of this One Dish Ranch Chicken Veggie Bake, mostly to maximize some ingredients I had on hand. Once I started making it, I realized I was also out of ranch seasoning, so that is where the “very loosely” part comes in hahaha. It was ok, but I would love to make the recipe as it is and see how good it is!

Our favorite for the week was the Pizza Casserole, to no one’s surprise 🙂

Monday

No workout on Monday…I know, “Never Miss a Monday” but I was on a roll in my studio, so I decided to stick with that, given the deadlines I have coming up.

Tuesday

Gixo-on-demandI finally got to try Gixo’s On Demand classes! I had a little under 20 minutes when I got to the gym from my main job before I was on lifeguard duty. Just enough time for a 15 minute class! It wasn’t quite the same as their live classes, but still wonderful. I got to try a new coach too, since Mary Beth usually coaches at a time I can’t take classes. Overall, a good experience and definitely something to use when I only have a short amount of time.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

group-exercise-instructor-POUNDFitWednesday was all about POUND! I did some POUND practice before my class, then taught it a half hour later! According to my Fitbit, I did over an hour of working out and I definitely felt it! Plus my class did an awesome time bringing the noise! They really seem to be getting more comfortable with POUND and getting loud!

 

 

 

Thursday

Another day spent working on jewelry when I got home! No workout for me :-/

Friday

Ok, y’all, sometimes you just have to go with the flow. I had all the intentions in the world to work out after I got off of work at the gym…until I stepped of a step wrong and hurt my ankle (you may have seen me icing it on Instagram). It’s doing better now though, so I will be back to it.

Saturday

Resting the ankle and working in the studio.

Sunday

Meal prep and working in the studio some more! I think y’all are going to love next week’s meal prep, so stay tuned! You can head on over to my Instagram and check out the Stories for a preview and behind-the-scenes as I make our meal prep 🙂

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how this week went, even if I didn’t get in as many workouts as I would have liked.

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Recipe Swap! – Spinach, Turkey Bacon, Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

Hey y’all! So, I know that Sundays are usually meal prep days…But we are doing things a little different this week! Draz and I still had some food left over (planned for) and extra in the freezer, so I didn’t really do a prep this week. But I did make this delicious quiche!

Now, you may not know it, but one exciting thing that has happened over the past year for me is getting involved with Sweat Pink! Through that, I get to do neat stuff like this recipe swap with Alyse from Alyse MB. Not only am I super inspired by all of these amazing ladies, but it really pushes me to try new things too! They do all sorts of awesome challenges, like the recent #IAmLimitless challenge that they did with Gixo. Do you remember me talking about that a while back? That is just one example of the things they do that help push me to trying out new workouts, products, and more!

This recipe is one of those new things! It’s my first time making something with cast iron (I know, how is that even possible?!?) and the first time I’ve made the crust for a quiche from scratch. I’ve only ever even made quiche a few times before! This quiche is from Recipe Runner and it looks like she has a lot of delicious food! I will definitely be making more from her soon!

This delicious quiche can work for any meal!

 

All in all, this recipe swap was so fun to do and really helped me try out something new! And provided me with tasty meals this week! This is one of Alyse’s favorite recipes and I can see why! If you want to check out more about her, make sure to head over to her website and show her some love! She inspires me so much and I think she will inspire you too! She is one of the leading ladies behind Sweat Pink and I just love her energy and enthusiasm!

Enjoy!

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Spinach, Bacon, Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust
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I did change up a few things from the original recipe. Make sure to take note of those changes in the ingredients!
Servings
6 slices
Servings
6 slices
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Spinach, Bacon, Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust
Print Recipe
I did change up a few things from the original recipe. Make sure to take note of those changes in the ingredients!
Servings
6 slices
Servings
6 slices
Ingredients
Crust
Quiche Filling
Servings: slices
Instructions
Sweet Potato Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray a 9-in cast iron skillet or other oven proof skillet with cooking oil.
  2. Place the shredded sweet potatoes in a bowl of water and toss around to release some of the starch.
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  3. Drain and place the sweet potatoes in a clean towel and squeeze out any excess liquid. (I used paper towels layered over a kitchen towel)
  4. Place the sweet potatoes back in the bowl and add in the egg white, flour, salt and pepper. Toss until coated.
  5. Dump the mixture into the prepared skillet and press into an even layer along the bottom and up the sides.
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  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
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  7. Remove from the oven and add in the quiche filling.
Quiche Filling
  1. Lower the oven temperature to 375
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. (Original recipe slightly differs at this direction.)
  3. Using kitchen shears or a knife, cut turkey bacon into bite size pieces and add to the skillet. Cook until crisp, then drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. Remove any excess grease from the skillet, but don't wipe it clean.
  5. Add the green onions and spinach to the skillet and saute until the spinach wilts. Remove from skillet and add to the plate with the bacon.
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  6. Once the spinach has cooled enough to handle, squeeze out any excess liquid.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the filling ingredients, reserving 1/4 cup of the cheeses.
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  8. Pour filling into the baked sweet potato crust and top with the remaining cheese.
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  9. Place the quiche in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the filling is set and the top is golden.
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  10. Remove from the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
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Easy Weekly Meal Prep (Plus a Bit Extra!)

Hey y’all! You know, I can’t believe February is over halfway done….This year just seems to be flying by! And I have so many exciting things going on right now, some of which I can’t wait to share more with you about! If you have been keeping up with me on social media, you might know that I got certified as a POUND Pro yesterday!! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do since last summer and it was INCREDIBLE!

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I’m still kinda processing my thoughts on the training, but I can say this: POUND is so much more than a workout and I can’t wait to start teaching it. It has really ignited a passion in me and I am so excited to see where this path takes me! I think it’s going to be amazing!

It’s also my birthday weekend and I gotta say, it’s been wonderful. Draz and I had a “pizza and movies” date at home on Friday, which was just the relaxed date that I was needing with all of my crazy schedule lately. And while y’all know that I love my meal prep and eating healthy, sometimes all the carbs sounds just about right! This was definitely one of those times.

Then on Saturday was my POUND training of course, followed by a delicious meal at a new (to me) Ecuadorian restaurant with a good friend of mine! And today has even more fun planned! Brunch and seeing Black Panther (at the same time!!) with parents, followed by indoor rock climbing with some ladies from Women on Adventures! This weekend is just what I’ve been needing to recharge and really get that excitement renewed!

Okay, enough about me and my birthday craziness. On to this week’s meal prep!

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

Y’all, I made so much food this week haha. The nice thing is that some of it will be frozen to pull out the following week (this coming week). Sometimes prepping a bit extra can really help! First off, I made a new mock chicken salad to go with some crackers for my snack for the week. It still needs a bit of work, but expect a recipe soon! It’s gonna be delicious!

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I also made a batch of breakfast burritos. Y’all know how much of a staple this is in our house. I seriously don’t know how I would manage breakfasts without them!

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Now on to the real excitement: the main dishes! I tried a couple new ones this week and one go-to favorite. This Smothered Chicken recipe is one of my favorites to pull out when I want something flavorful, easy to make and filling! Just chop up a couple veggies, mix everything together, put over chicken and into the oven it goes!

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I have been really craving lasagna lately, so this Spinach Lasagna dish seemed an easy choice! It was the first time I ever used no-boil noodles and I kind of loved them! It was nice to take that step out of the prep process, especially on a prep where I was wanting to save time.

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I did make two ingredient changes – I used 10 oz of fresh spinach. Mostly because that was the size of the package I could get and I didn’t want any wasted. It worked fine! Also, I opted for entirely low-fat ricotta instead of the half that and half full that it calls for in the recipe. I also don’t currently have a food processor. Instead, I used a pair of kitchen shears and cut it a bunch once it was cooked.

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Our slow cooker dish of the week was this Chicken Burrito Bowl. Now, this is one that I made a bunch of changes to, but most of them are super minor. And almost all of the changes stem around one thing – I used regular brown rice instead of instant. I’m a big fan of using what you have on hand when you can and we have A BUNCH of brown rice in our pantry right now. So I wasn’t about to go buy instant just for this. I also doubled this recipe with the intent to freeze most of it in burritos. That being said, this recipe turned out great!

Here are the changes I made or will make in the future:

  • I cut down on the chicken broth used. I used about 4 cups instead of 6 (for the doubled). It was still a bit liquidy, so in the future, I would probably cut this down even more and only use 2-3 cups.
  • I cooked the brown rice in my rice cooker (plus some to go with the smothered chicken)
  • The rice was then added in at the end of the cooking period, right before the cheese.
  • Again, because of what I had on hand, I used fiesta blend cheese instead of colby jack. Either should work fine.
  • Personally, in the future, I would also cook this a bit longer on low for the main cooking time. The chicken didn’t shred as easily as I would have liked it to. I would probably cook it for 6-8 hrs on low, then shred the chicken and add the beans.

Overall, still a recipe I will make again! It turned out wonderful!

That’s it for this week! I think this was a great meal prep and can’t wait for you to try it! You can get your grocery list for the main dishes here:

Now for this week’s questions:

Have you tried POUND?

What is your favorite birthday memory?

Also, a special end note – I usually don’t mention my jewelry business on here, but I wanted to share this with y’all. I am running a BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY with one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever made! If you are interested, you can find it here. The giveaway ends TODAY at midnight!

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Low Carb High Protein Meal Prep

Hey everyone! This week’s meal prep is a little bit of a change. Lately I have been focused on quick meal prep with lots of protein and a higher fat content too. My work schedule has been crazy lately and I have found that some extra protein and a bit more fat has been really helping my energy levels. This week’s meal prep also brings an extra treat for us – venison! A friend of mine had some extra and so the casserole we had this week had delicious venison in it!

Enjoy!

Get your week going with this satisfying delicious meal prep!

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To get things started off, this week’s snacks included protein balls, banana roll-ups, and turkey roll-ups (recipe coming soon!) I also made a batch of breakfast burritos, which are a staple around here.

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On to the highlight – the main dishes! This new casserole was delicious – Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole and definitely the favorite of the week! I did make a few changes

  • I used a little under 2 lbs venison
  • 2 packages of uncured turkey bacon
  • added 8 oz sliced mushrooms and roughly 1 c chopped onions
  • subbed out heavy cream with low-fat coconut milk
  • added McCormick’s Hamburger seasoning
  • used fiesta blend seasoning instead of cheddar, but that was mostly just because that is what I had on hand

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Our other main dish for the week was Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken. Now, I usually use chopped broccoli in this, but I actually forgot my bag with the broccoli in it at the grocery store haha! But it still was wonderful and as flavorful as always.

That’s it for this week! Want to try it yourself? Get your grocery list here!

And your random questions for the week –

What is your favorite show to binge watch?

What books have you read lately?

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Hearty & Healthy Meal Prep for Two

Ever have those weeks where you are just bored of everything you usually eat? That has definitely be me lately! I’ve been all about the new recipes and this week’s meal prep is no exception! I can’t wait to share all of these foods with you!

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share recipes with you for some of them just yet….I am still testing them out, so it will be a bit!

Enjoy!

A delicious variety of healthy and hearty dishes to get your week started off right! Meal prep can help you stay on track all week long!


To start things off, our two dishes of the week that I DO have recipes for! Deconstructed Pizza Casserole and Slow Cooker Tomato, Kale and Quinoa Soup. The Pizza Casserole is always a favorite of ours and, as you can see, that holds true! We couldn’t even wait until the photos were taken to eat some haha!

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Next up, a pan roasted veggies and chicken sausage dish and a couple styles of burrito bowls. These turned out well, but still need some tweaking before I’m ready to share the recipe! Here are a couple similar style dishes that I’ve made before and loved!

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For our snacks and sides this week, I tried some new things as well! Along with my Healthier Cinnamon Bread and our protein balls (recipe will finally be posted later this week!!), I made some peanut butter and banana roll-ups and a turkey pinwheel. I should have the recipes for those for you next week!

That’s it for this week! You can try out the two main dishes that I had recipes for and download your grocery list for them here:

I know this week’s meal prep was pretty short (and a day late….) but I hope you will bear with me! Hopefully I will have plenty of new recipes ready to share with you soon!

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Light & Savory Meal Prep

Are you ready for this week’s meal prep?! I have been looking forward to sharing it with you ALL WEEK! Not only was this prep super simple and inexpensive to throw together, but it also is delicious and flavorful! I’ve really been in the mood for new foods right now, so there are a couple new recipes in here too!

Enjoy!

Get your week off to a delicious start with this savory meal prep!

To start things off, our one repeat recipe – Slow Cooker Italian Red Pepper Chicken. Y’all, I seriously love this recipe. Not only is it super flavorful, but there are so many ways to eat it! Over rice or noodles, with scrambled eggs, in a sandwich or wrap or even on it’s own! No matter how you eat it, it’s gonna be tasty. This week Draz and I both seemed to be into the wraps, so that is mostly how we had them. I love putting a bit of shredded mozzarella in with it!

So. Good.

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Ok, on to one of our new recipes! Kale and Cauliflower Soup. This ended up being my lunch every day and it was so tasty! While I am a big fan of eating meat, this soup was hearty enough that I didn’t even notice it’s absence. Add to it being super quick to put together and it is definitely on the “make again” list!

The only real change I made was that I used chicken stock instead of vegetable, since that is what I had on hand.

A word of caution though….

So, in my flow of cooking, I forgot one essential rule while I was making this soup. When blending hot soups, you really should only fill halfway. Also, you should take the cap off of the lid and cover with a towel to allow steam to escape.

Did I do either of these things? Nope!

Not only that, I couldn’t figure out right away why this explosion of hot soup happened….so I poured some back into the pot and proceeded to try again. Only to have it explode again! Yup, I was that person. So, if you like to blend soups to thicken them up like I do, make sure you don’t forget that rule haha!

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And on to less-explosive dishes….our other main dish this week was a cabbage and chicken sausage saute. I didn’t really follow a recipe on this one, since it was mostly planned to use up extra ingredients.

For this particular saute, I used

  • cajun chicken sausage
  • broccoli (1 medium head)
  • cabbage (roughly 3 c chopped)
  • onion (1 medium)
  • mushrooms, sliced (8 oz)
  • seasonings, mainly garlic and some red pepper flakes

Overall it turned out great! I do wish that I would have had more cabbage on had to bulk it up a bit, but it was delicious!

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We opted to try out the noodle bowls again with a slightly different mixture. This one had

  • thin spaghetti
  • kale
  • mixed frozen vegetables
  • shredded carrot
  • a spice mixture of curry bullion and garlic chili paste – I lessened this compared to last week and I think I need to find the in-between of these two weeks spices. I will be experimenting and let you know!

That’s pretty much it for this week! Want to give it a try for yourself? Get this week’s meal prep grocery list here –

This week’s questions (trying out something new!):

Have you been experimenting with any new dishes lately?

What is your favorite way to use up veggies? 

What book have you been reading or recently read?

Leave your answers below!

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