Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring Foward Meal Prep

 
With the time change this weekend, I wanted to prep quickly and get back to the day.  Losing an hour, on a beautiful Sunday, just plain stinks!  Enter Mason Jar Salads, Eggs with Veggies, Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal (with banana), and a quick snack of PB with veggies to get me through the upcoming week.  These meals come together quickly, stay fresh in the fridge all week, and help keep me on track.

 First up Balsamic Chicken Mason Jar Salads. They are super easy to make and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.  I love being able to just grab and go with these jars.  A quick shake coats my salad with dressing and makes it ready to eat. **Instructions found here**
  
 
For a simple mid-morning snack, I enjoy Eggs with Veggies.  These are super easy to make and can be customized to your personal preference/taste.  This week I did a combination of "Fried" Eggs with Cheddar & Broccoli and Scrambled Eggs with Sautéed Spinach.  I top each with cheese and then microwave for 60 seconds when I am ready to enjoy them.  The cheese melts nicely and I have a great mid-morning snack.
 
  • "Fried" Eggs with Cheddar & Broccoli - Top 1 cup frozen, organic broccoli with 1/8 cup cheddar cheese, place 2 "fried" eggs and top with another 1/8 cup cheese.
  • Scrambled Eggs with Sautéed Spinach - Sautee 1 cup spinach in 1 TBSP olive oil (I use garlic olive oil), top with 2 scrambled eggs and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
I round out these meals with a breakfast of Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal (1/2 cup whole oats with a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon) and a banana.  I simply love how the banana caramelizes when cooked with the oats, but feel free to sub this out for any other fruit you prefer.) and a snack that consists of 1/2 a peanut butter sandwich with 1 cup veggies (carrots, celery, and green beans shown below).
 
Breakfast: Oatmeal with fruit
Snack 1: Eggs with Veggies
Lunch: Mason Jar Salads with a piece of fruit
Snack 2: 1/2 peanut butter sandwich with 1 cup veggies
Dinner: As usual, dinner is cooked fresh, but will consist of a lean meat (approx. 4 oz), 1 cup of veggies, and 1 cup of carbs like brown rice, sweet potatoes, or 2 corn tortillas.
**I also have a serving of my Superfood shake (extra protein) each day.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Quick & Easy Meal Prep

 

As a mom to three (seriously, amazing) kids under the age of 12, I don't always have a lot of time available.  Often our days are a blur of activity: work for myself and my husband, school for the kids, exercise, homework, making dinner, baths, good night stories, and closing out the day. Weekends bring lots of family time and a chance to reconnect with one another and get ready for the upcoming week.  Occasionally, Sunday night rolls around and I have yet to prep my meals for the week. *I have skipped prepping before and it just sends me back down a road of poor food choices that I don't care to think about, ha ha!

When this happens, I grab my "go-to" meals and prep away.  It's nothing fancy, but these items ensure that I have healthy meals readily available to me all week.

I keep my pantry and freezer stocked with the following items (and usually pick up extra when they go on sale):
  • Plain oatmeal (quick cook)
  • Halos (small tangerines)
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Frozen broccoli (Publix has a wonderful organic frozen broccoli that cooks quickly in the microwave)
  • Organic green beans (I use Kroger's Simple Truth Organic brand)
  • Chicken breast
  • Raw shrimp (medium)
  • Cooked, ground turkey (I always buy it on sale and portion it into 3-4oz servings and freeze it)
  • Apples (I prefer gala)
  • Trail mix
  • Quinoa (I used Kroger's Simple Truth Organic frozen)
  • Hot sauce
Having these items on hand make it super simple for me to create a weeks worth of healthy, delicious meals.

Sriracha Chicken with green beans
 
Red pepper ground turkey with zucchini noodles
 
Shrimp, quinoa, & broccoli
 
Sriracha chicken, quinoa, and broccoli
 
So, here is how a typical day plays out:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with 2 halos
Lunch - Red pepper ground turkey & zucchini noodles
Snacks - celery, apple, trail mix
Dinner - Sriracha chicken with quinoa and broccoli.
 
 
Check out my other posts for more in depth recipes and more meal prep ideas!