This last week has been a slow one for me when it comes to posting, although it seems like the week went by really fast! Spring Forward really messed up my sleep schedule on Sunday night giving me complete insomnia, so I wound up sleeping for 3 hours Monday afternoon. Then I was still catching up on sleep on Tuesday with another 3 hour nap, so finally yesterday I was all caught up. In the meantime, Jeff has been sick with a bad cold, and I have 2 new job opportunities that I’m really excited about. I have a meeting on Monday for one of them, and an interview where I’ll be giving a huge 20 minute presentation for the other one. Since both are early in the works, I won’t go into too much detail yet, but I’m excited about them both!
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
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
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
Did you know that January is National Soup Month? I didn’t either until today when I looked up wacky national holidays! I’m excited that it’s this month because I love soup! Well, I do now that I make it all the time. In fact, I used to not really like soup because I never thought it filled me up. Well, of course it didn’t! I was eating cans of Progresso and Campbells soup that would be less than 300 calories (because I thought that was healthy), and I could never understand why I would want more right afterwards. Continue reading Creamy Potato, Broccoli and Chorizo Soup
I’m obsessed with mixing different meats and veggies together. Ok, maybe not obsessed, but I do it quite frequently. It’s so easy to make (especially if you buy the veggies pre-chopped), tastes great and it’s healthy too! Continue reading Chorizo Turkey with Roasted Broccoli and Butternut Squash