This is the shake I talked about overflowing in my last Food Prep Sunday post. It wasn’t an epic fail to say the least, but it kind of shocked me at first. I semi-screamed when it spilled all over, and Jeff came running in from the living room thinking something happened to me. I think he was a little disappointed when he realized it wasn’t a big catastrophe and he wasn’t able to save the day. At least he offered to help clean it up!
Continue reading Coconut Berry Protein Smoothie
Before I met my boyfriend two years ago, I was a single gal always on the move and definitely did not have time for Food Prep Sundays. I still cooked for myself, but maybe only 3 or 4 times per week. The rest of the time was eating a bowl of cereal or going out with friends for dinner. Oy to think of all the money I spent on those dinners and drinks! Breakfasts were either from Starbucks or a frozen Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwich, and lunches were almost ALWAYS from the frozen food aisle and had the words, “Healthy Choice” or “Lean Cuisine” on the box it came from. I thought I was eating healthy because these items would say “healthy” or “Light” or “Fat-Free” or “Low Calorie”… you get the picture. Plus I was skinny at the time, so I had to be eating well, right?! Continue reading My version of Lean Cuisine’s Chicken & Cranberry Salad
Before I began eating clean I loved to go to this one Mexican restaurant and get their enchiladas (with a margarita of course!). It was more of a Mexican fusion place that always added something extra to the traditional dish, and they added black beans and corn to their enchiladas. It was brilliant! Unfortunately, that restaurant is out of business now, but it never hurts to try to recreate something you remember! Continue reading Quinoa Beef Enchilada Casserole
Today is the first day of a new series I’m going to start doing: Food Prep Sunday. Every Sunday I take a few hours and cook and prep all of Jeff and my meals for the week. I’ve already been taking photos and uploading some of them to Instagram (@yummyinmycleantummy), so I decided that I should actually be writing about this and sharing it with you all!
This week’s food prep was an interesting one. First, I started almost 2 hours after I originally planned on starting the day. For the first time in awhile, Jeff and I actually slept in on a Sunday. Of course if you know me at all, waking up at 7:30am is sleeping in for me. Feel free to antagonize me about that in the comments! Continue reading Food Prep Sunday – 02.22.15
When shopping at Aldi’s for the week, I was super excited to see frozen peaches, so I had to pick up a bag to try them in one of our shakes. Peaches are probably my favorite fruit of all time, and of course are impossible to find fresh in February. But since I think that frozen fruit works better in shakes, these were perfect!! Jeff’s eyes lit up when I told him this morning that we would be having shakes for breakfast and that there were peaches in them. I think he even drank his before I was done making a shake for myself! Continue reading Peaches and Cream Protein Shake
We’ve really put ourselves on a food budget lately. A MAJOR food budget. I realized I had been paying close to $200/week for 2 adults. That’s ridiculously high, don’t you think? Especially since I’m in the midst of looking for a new full time job, I still have student loans, and Jeff and I are wanting to not only do some upgrades to the house, but also pay off the house, we realized that we needed to cut out some things. So, I’m on a new quest…. how can I make yummy clean meals, stick to as much organic as I can, and try not to spend more than $100 each week on food? It’s going to be tough, but I accept this challenge! Continue reading Bacon, Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup
One of my fond memories of winter as a child was the beef stew that my mom would always make. I can remember she spending the whole day making these huge batches of it, putting it into individual containers, and then freezing them so we would have stew all winter long. It was tasty, filling and always made my tummy happy. Well, I’ve decided to update my mom’s stew and add sweet potatoes, rainbow carrots (for some fun color) and Kale (for added nutrition). The balsamic vinegar adds an extra touch of flavor and a scent that makes my mouth water. It tastes just as good as my mom’s (if not better, but I won’t tell her that!), and definitely is making my clean tummy happy. Continue reading Balsamic Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes, Rainbow Carrots and Kale
I think that the best way to decide what you’re going to add to your meal plan is to use items that you already have in your fridge/freezer and pantry closet. Even if it’s the smallest thing, it can sometimes spark the best creativity. Other times, it at least helps you decide what to start searching for online! When I was making my food plan for this week I took a look in my freezer and noticed that I still had a bunch of chicken drumsticks in there from my last Costco trip, and I knew I wanted to do something with them. But I wanted to do something a little different than the normal bake with some Italian seasonings (my usual go-to for drumsticks). Continue reading Crispy Coconut-Lime Chicken Drumsticks
I love egg bakes! Want to know why? Because not only are they the easiest thing to make, but I can make them on Sunday and then Jeff and I have at least 4 breakfasts a week for both of us ready to go! This way as we’re scrambling to get ready in the morning I don’t have to cook us breakfast and clean up from it! We don’t even have to use a plate because I portion it out into individual containers, so we can heat it up on our own when we’re ready to eat it. Ahhh, the easy meal. I love it! Continue reading Sausage, Peppers and Spinach Egg Bake
This yummy delicious salad is great for a pre-made lunch-to-go. I typically make these on Sundays, put in plastic containers and into the fridge, and we have lunch for 2 or 3 times that week depending on how much I make. That’s why the serving size is for one so you can multiply it by however many servings you need!
What’s great about it is that it can be served hot or cold depending on your mood, and either way it’s delicious. For this dish, you can use leftover chicken, pasta and broccoli, or make it fresh that day. This is a must-have healthy lunch! Continue reading Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad