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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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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Meal Prep Monday – Like A Boss

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This week is busier than normal (I’m sure you could say the same) I usually take about an hour to prep some meals for the week.  It works really well on Sundays for my family because we are usually relaxing for the afternoon and have left overs for dinner, but feel free to do this whenever is convenient for you.

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First up Crockpot Shredded Chicken – I placed 3 chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper and garlic powder along with about 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth on low for about 6 hours until the chicken can be easily shredded.  Then I just put in my mixer with the paddle blade and poof in just a few seconds its all shredded!

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I have a go to recipe for Cauliflower Rice but decided to roast it in the oven instead of microwaving and then sautéing.  I actually like this way better I think.  First I blitzed in a food processor, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and then roast on parchment paper at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes then turn with spatula and roast for another 8 minutes

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While the Cauliflower Rice was roasting I chopped up some sweet potatoes for my favorite way to have them HERE

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So this recipe was a complete experiment with what I had on hand.  I specifically did not want to put any breadcrumbs in to see what it they would be like.  Feel free to add 1/4-1/2c of bread crumbs if you would like a binder in these

1 lb of ground turkey (or chicken)

1 egg

4T cocunut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)

1 t. siracha

1 t. ginger

1 t. garlic

salt and pepper

red pepper flakes

Combine and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  They are not the prettiest thing, but they turned out really yummy!

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The last thing I did was make a few salad in a jar.  I have no idea the science behind it but salads in mason jars stay fresh for me the whole week.  These were made with shaved brussels sprouts, chopped peppers, and chopped romaine.FullSizeRender

So that is just a little peek into how I meal prep for the 21 Day Fix. If you would like more information on the 21 Day Fix click HERE or if you are interested in getting more information about the FREE online fitness groups I run click HERE

Crockpot Maple Dijon Chicken

FIRST WEEK OFJULY ONLY

This recipe could not be simpler!

1 c Dijon Mustard

1/2 c Maple Syrup

2 T Apple Cider Vinegar

1-1.5 lbs of Chicken Breasts

Season your chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place in your crockpot.  Combine Dijon Mustard, Maple Syrup, and Apple Cider Vinegar in a small bowl and pour over chicken and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over brown rice or quinoa. I count this on the 21 Day Fix as 1 Red, 1 Yellow (for rice/quinoa) and 2 tsp