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.