Monday, October 12, 2015

Meal Prep Madness 10.11.15

Sundays are always my favorite day of the week.  I love the extra down time with my family and I love being able to knock out all of my meal prep for the week ahead (plus, I get to rock the super cute apron my brother gave me for Christmas!).  When I first started prepping, it was overwhelming; however, these days it's pretty relaxing.  I've learned what foods I enjoy eating (and which keep all week!), which veggies reheat the best, which combination of foods makes me feel the best, and how to cook it as quickly as possible, so that I can get back to my family time.

My husband and I both LOVE hot & sour soup, so I decided to cook two big batches for us.  He loves mushrooms (me, not so much), so I did one with mushroom and one without.  This smelled SO good simmering yesterday!  (The best part of this soup, is for my 21 Day Fix friends, one serving is 1 green, 1/2 red, and 1 tsp)

I'm still obsessed with omelet muffins, so I made another batch this weekend.  I am slightly addicted to Cajun turkey omelets, so I just took that basis and made these.  (The great thing about this recipe is you can switch them ingredients up to personal preference  in your household - and these freeze really well.  Just pop in the microwave for 45-60 seconds and enjoy!)

This batch was made with 1/2 lb Boar's Head Cajun Turkey (diced), 1 red bell pepper (diced), 3 jalapenos (diced) cooked over medium heat (as you would for an omelet). 

Once cooked, add to greased muffin tin.  Beat 12 eggs, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt together.  Pour over turkey and peppers and cook at 375 for 20 minutes, or until eggs are set. That's it.  Super simple breakfast or mid-day snack! 

Lunch this week consists of zucchini noodles with ground turkey (with red pepper flakes - yum!) and Shrimp salad mason jars.  Both are simple easy to make (seriously, spend the $10 on a Veggeti, lol)

This week, I am rocking oatmeal & banana, omelet muffins, zucchini & turkey, Balsamic shrimp salad, hummus with celery, and hot and sour soup.  As always, dinners will be cooked at home each night, but that's just my personal preference.  I love cooking and really enjoy making dinner with the kids.  I plan our meals out, we just don't pre-cook them. 

I hope this gives you some ideas for your own meal prep! What are you eating this week?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Momma's Turkey Chili

So it's finally getting a little cooler in the South, so I decided to add some chili to my meal prep routine this weekend.  Man, am I glad that I did!

It's super simple to make and keeps well in the fridge (or you can freeze it for later.)  This recipe makes 8 servings, 1 cup each.

Turkey Chili
1 lb raw 93% lean ground turkey
21medium bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced (I left this out and added a second bell pepper)
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
3 cloves garlic, mined
2 tsp ground cumin
2 TBSP chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 (15 oz) cans Organic kidney beans
1 can (15 oz) Organic corn
1 can (28 oz) Organic crushed tomatoes

Dice peppers, jalapeno, and onion.

Heat turkey, bell pepper, onions, and garlic in skillet over medium-high heat. 
Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 to 8 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink.  Add cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper.  Cook for 1 minute,
Add beans, corn, and tomatoes (with liquid).
Bring to a boil.  Cook on low for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
Nutritional Information (1 cup):
  • Calories 239.7
  • Total Fat 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol 42.7 mg
  • Sodium 316.8 mg
  • Potassium 1.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 31.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber 10.4 g
  • Sugars 7.6 g
  • Protein 19.9 g

    I am a HUGE fan of Kroger's Simple Truth Organic products.  I used the above pictured items in my chili, but feel free to experiment and make yours unique to you!!  Simple, easy dish that is GREAT for these cooler days!

    Monday, October 5, 2015

    Run Like A Kid

    Last year, my cousin introduced me to a series of 5K races that benefit local elementary schools in a neighboring county.  Each school hosts their own 5K and 1 mile fun run to raise funds for the school and PTO. They have names like "Cub Run", "Turkey Trot", "Jingle Bell Trail", and "Griddle Gallop" (my personal favorite, as they give you a big stack of pancakes after the race!) I ran my first one a year ago this weekend.  I was hooked from the start. 

    On Saturday, I woke to chilly, rainy weather (as did much of the Southeast).   It wasn't the ideal day for a run, but I wasn't going to let the weather stop me.  I laced up and headed out.  We started in a squishy, wet practice field.  We were to run up three sets of hills before proceeding into a local neighborhood for the remainder of the run, returning to the same field to finish. 
    Feet soaking wet, slipping on the grass, we ran.  We ran the (not even slightly gentle) hills.  We ran in the wet, dreary rain.  We ran up and down paved hills.  We ran.
    Kids of all ages ran as if it wasn't cold, or wet.  They ran as if it was the most wonderful thing in the world.  Which if you think about it, it really is.
    It's humbling to see how quickly these kids finish a 5K!  (First overall was a 5th grader who knocked it out in a little under 18:00).  They remind me not to take this thing so seriously, but to just enjoy the journey. 
    This particular journey led me to a PR and second in my age group.  And while I feel certain that I could have / should have done better, I am just thankful for the journey.  I'm thankful I was able to get my feet wet (literally as well as figuratively) again, and jump back into the racing season.  I didn't fully realize how much I had missed it.   Thankfully, I have another 15 races in this series left.
    Run for yourself.  Run for fun.  Run to benefit the schools.  Run for bling.  Run for whatever your motivation is.  Just freaking RUN!