Welcome to meal prepin’, can I take your order, please?

I wanted to take the time to show y’all some of the food I’ve been making with all these annoying meal preps. Now, I know some of you are like, “I just don’t have the patience to spend that much time in the kitchen!”

Believe me, I get it! However, what I cannot stand MORE, is coming home from a long day at work and having to think about what to make. What’s worse than that? Well, for me it would be continuously eating take out every night. As much as that seems like heaven at first, a food rut, is a food rut, is a food rut! It doesn’t matter if you get sick of the same meals being made at home, it can be the same (for me) after a long period of getting togo food.

I was blessed to grow up in a house where both my parents worked, yet we still made time for family dinner almost every night. Albeit, our family resembled more of an episode of Rosanne than something like the Brady Bunch, but it was quality-family-time nonetheless!

As us kiddos got older, we (my sister) started making the meals for our parents so that we could all eat together by the time they got home. I really enjoyed that time we shared at the dinner table. Looking back, what I love even more is that my parents didn’t succumb to the “F*#k it, let them just eat McDonald’s” attitude that some of my friends lived through. Also, I’m Italian and there’s nothing more attractive than an Italian that can cook! 😉

So, let’s take a look at some of your options from the meal preps I’ve made.

4/8/18
Italian herbed chicken, ground turkey meat w/ Flavor God’s Taco Tuesday seasoning, a Mexican chopped salad, steamed broccoli, brown rice, sauteed red onions and bell peppers, sweet potato “noodles,” baked sweet potato, cut romaine lettuce, BBQ flavored chicken tenders and buffalo flavored chicken tenders.

Here’s a link on how to make the Mexican chopped salad I mentioned earlier.

Here are some of the options you have with a spread like above!

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Take the ground turkey and some low carb tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, and some Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream) and have a burrito with a side of Mexican chopped salad!
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Or, you can take some of the brown rice, add the Mexican chopped salad to it, add in some of the ground turkey mix and all the other fixin’s and have a bowl instead. You can also take ALL of that goodness and throw it in the tortilla for an even better time!
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This meal is for a simple kind of guy or gal. It’s quick, easy and packed with lots of wholesome goodness. Take (Flavor God’s) buffalo seasoned chicken, put it on a plate with the steamed broccoli and sweet potato… call off the jam. You’re done. Viola. Enjoy.
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If I’m gonna eat a salad, I want it to be packed with LOTS of yummy bits of flavor. That’s why I take the Italian seasoned chicken, cut it up into chunks, put it on top of the romaine lettuce, then top that puppy with some dried cranberries (careful, these delicious devils are LOADED with carbs, but still good for you). Next, add some cherry tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, and I’ll either add some pistachios or soy nuts but my fave are slivered almonds (high in protein). I then use a balsamic vinaigrette. Believe me, I WANT blue cheese dressing, but I lack self-control with that stuff, and I’m trying not to eat like an asshole anymore.

Now, I don’t have any photos of what WE made with the sweet potato noodles, but here’s the amazing recipe Christine made for us from pinterest.
Creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce

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So yes, this meal prep has some familiar faces in it. And some of might be saying, “I thought you wanted DIFF things to eat!” The thing is for me, yes some of these meals are a repeat, but I’m also not sick of them yet! I LOVE brown rice, sweet potatoes and sauteed peppers and onions (although this time I also added mushrooms, haaa!). The other different additions are the steamed brussel sprouts, zucchini noodles, boiled, eggs and almond flour chocolate chip cookies. ❤
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These are my lunches for the week. The top left bowl has brown rice, some zucchini noodles, some of the mixed peppers, onions and mushrooms. I will also put about one and a half tablespoons of the teriyaki sauce. After it’s all warmed up, I’ll throw in the bag of spinach. The top right is another one of my fave salads with all the yummy bits I mentioned in the photo earlier with an added hard boiled egg. The bottom container is much like the other buffalo seasoned chicken from the photo earlier. Instead, this one has the brussel sprouts.
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This bowl of amazingness is “pasta” with zucchini noodles (zoodles), Basilico red sauce, white meat chicken breast seasoned with Flavor God’s garlic and herb seasoning, spinach, mix of sauteed mushrooms, onions and bell peppers and topped with some Pecorino Romano and Parmesan blend. bon appetit!
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Another one of my fave things to eat is an egg salad sammich with lettuce and tomatoes, a side of hummus, some carrots, a Gala apple and sweet potato chips. YES, I still eat bread! Again, I’m Italian and we LOVE our carbs. This bread however is the Dave’s Killer organic bread, sprouted whole grains and each slice is only 70 calories.

So, there ya have it folks! You don’t always have to eat just rice, chicken and broccoli like you see in so many of the other boring meal preps out there. That is of course, all down to your ultimate goal. I’m not on a losing weight plan. I’m on a mission to eat healthier, yet still enjoy the food I eat, kind of plan. Believe me, you can still lose weight eating like this compared to eating togo food or at restaurants all the time.

I triple dog dare ya to try it out. You might realize it’s not as much of a commitment as you think. I’ll let you know later on some of the ways to cut corners and make meal prepping take less time. Until then, hope all of you are well.

Best,
Star

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