Paleo Meal Prep 101

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In a perfect world I would spend my Sunday afternoons meal planning, grocery shopping, and prepping for the week. In reality I am learning that I am just too worn out from fun weekends to do all of that in one afternoon.  So this week I planned and shopped on Sunday night ~ made a crockpot meal for Monday night and decided to prep a few meals then.

  I picked up these cute containers off of Amazon HERE (I have never tried them before so I will update after I get some use out of them.) I also found cauliflower crumbles at Super Target that you can STEAM IN THE BAG so my plan was just to make some simple chicken and Spanish cauliflower rice meals. I steamed the cauliflower and then added a few Tablespoons of tomato paste along with southwest seasoning (cumin, paprika, onion, etc.) The chicken I seasoned with salt, pepper and chipotle powder and baked at 350 degrees until cooked through (about 30 minutes)
  I also found a few zucchini in my fridge that I spiralized and sauteed in olive oil and garlic.  Here are a few of the meals I assembled.
  I also made these muffin cups quickly.  I sauteed some veggies (1/4 onion, tomato, 1/3 of the bag of spinach) then placed in the bottom of a muffin pan that had been sprayed with coconut oil. Then I whisked the eggs with salt and pepper and poured over veggies and baked at 350 for about 15 minutes or until set. I wanted to also prep my salads for the week but ran out of time before it was time to help the kids get bathed and put to bed.  I just decided to make them really quick while I was making my lunch the next day.

So many times I get caught up into trying to do a marathon meal prep that I end up doing NOTHING which hurts me more in the long run.  I am learning that done is better than perfect!

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Simple Tips for a Healthy Fourth

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Here are some tips from 21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese on how to enjoy the fourth without sabotaging your nutrition.

1. Hydrate: drink plenty of water our bodies often mistake dehydration for hunger.

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2. Skip the mixers: if your going to drink alcohol skip the sugary mixes like soda and fruit juice. Stick to soda water as a mixer. Click HERE for some healthy 4th of July Cocktail RecipesIMG_6116_1-1024x980

3. Skip the chips: enjoy your favorite dips with veggies. You will consume a lot less sodium and fat.bell-pepper-veggies

4. Leaf the bun: yes pun intended. Use a lettuce leaf as a bun instead of bread. Here is Pioneer Woman’s Version

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5. Bring the sweet treat: if you’re worries it will be all junk food at the BBQ bring something healthy that can be your go like this No-Bake Watermelon Cake

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6. Get sweaty: Burn some calories. Play pool or beach volleyball or any other game that gets your heart pumping.

Most important is to enjoy this wonderful holiday with family and friends but don’t use as as an excuse to overindulge

So what are your plans for the 4th?

Lentil Lime Salad

 I am on Day 3 of the Ultimate Reset and I am sharing some of my favorite recipes with you all and this Lentil Lime Salad Recipe is definitely one that I would eat again!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked green lentils
  • ½ cup grated raw carrot
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1½ tsp. sesame oil (or more, to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (or more, to taste)
  • Bragg® Liquid Aminos or Himalayan salt (to taste)(optional)
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin (or more, to taste)
  • Herbal seasoning (to taste; optional)

Directions

Cook lentils until tender, but don’t overcook. (Or use Trader Joe’s steamed Lentils) Add carrots and cilantro mix well. Stir oil, lime juice, salt, and spices together in a small bowl, then gently stir into the lentil mixture. Let sit, covered, in refrigerator for 2 hours. Adjust seasonings if needed. (I am not a huge fan of cilantro so I used a little less) Makes one serving.

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Creamy Garlic Dressing

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More meal prep ideas can be found here on my Facebook page!

It has been really hard for me to find a homemade dressing recipe that I love but I think I have finally found it!  One thing that I will never go back to is commercial-store bought salad dressing.  It is so great to each a clean salad with this dressing and knowing that you aren’t ruining it by the dressing you put on top.

This takes all of five minutes to make!
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Ingredients:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 to 5 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp unfiltered honey or raw agave nectar

Place all ingredients in blender and blend on medium high for 30 seconds or until well mixed.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.  If dressing solidifies when cold, let sit at room temperature until liquid.  Makes 8 to 10 servings at 2 TBS each

This goes great with any salad like this one!

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