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 ūüôā

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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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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Meal Prep Staple Recipes

One of the most difficult things when getting started with meal prep is knowing what recipes to use!¬†Unless you have made them a lot, it can be hard to know how they will hold up through the week and how many meals they will make. So I put this together: all of our staple recipes in one post! Our breakfasts, snacks and my lunches don’t change very often and I depend on a lot of the same recipes for my meal prep each week.

So without further ado, here are our staple recipes!

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