Hello everyone! I had an amazing, relaxing weekend! On Friday I spent the morning running and exploring two nearby trails. Then, I watched a few episodes of One Tree Hill for the rest of the afternoon/evening. On Saturday, I tried out a Crossfit class with two of my amazing ΑΞΔ sisters, Ann and Katie! We went to the beach and got a little too sunburnt.. It was worth it though. I'm a bit sore today..I'm a little out of shape for Crossfit :\. On another note, the beach we went to was gorgeous! Totally my new favorite spot in Maine.
Ann and Katie told me that I need to post more lunch/dinner ideas. I have a major sweet tooth (if you haven't noticed) so that's why most of my posts are desserts. Whoops, sorry guys! But lately I have been prepping a lot of food. It's easier to spend one day cooking and preparing food for the week then to cook every morning before work.
TIP 1: After you grocery shop and buy a few packs of meat, determine what meat you want to use for the week and freeze the rest before the 'freeze by' date. I had ground beef, chicken breasts, and ground turkey in my fridge. I chose to freeze the beef and chicken.
TIP 2: If you aren't going to be cooking for a crowd or cooking the meat at once, freeze meat in individual bags! I've been doing this since I started cooking at the apartment. It also saves money!! You don't have to cook the meat at once and waste the meat that you don't use.
I am probably destroying the environment with all of these plastic bags, but it's totally worth it. That's 8 meals right there! The burgers are 94/6 and I formed them into quarter-pound patties.
TIP 3: Make sure you date the baggies and use them within a couple of weeks so it still tastes delicious and fresh! Take them out of the freezer and let them defrost in the fridge for a day.
I hope this helps you stretch your dollar on meats! Lean meat can get pricey at Hanford, but a pound of ground beef at Trader Joe's is 5.99 and ground turkey is 4.99.
Trader Joe's frozen vegetables are also incredibly inexpensive! Bags of green beans, peas, brussel sprouts and sliced rainbow peppers are all under $3! Frozen green beans and frozen peas have become my best friends this year. I defrost them in the microwave in a covered bowl of water in 2 minutes. Frozen veggies can be roasted and taste just as good as fresh vegetables.
For this week, I made turkey-spinach muffins. Sounds strange, doesn't it?
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
1 pound of ground turkey (I use 99% fat free)
2 tbsp honey mustard
heaping handful of spinach
salt, ground pepper, and onion powder to taste
-While spinach is cooking, beat one egg. Add honey mustard and seasonings and mix.
-Add turkey and mix together
-Once the spinach is cooled, incorporate all the ingredients together.
Spoon into muffin tins and cook for 17 minutes. They came out perfectly juicy! The muffin tins help keep the delicious juices of the ground turkey in the meat. They aren't dry at all either!
To pair with my lil turkey muffins, I roasted broccoli and frozen brussel sprouts. I cooked them at the same temperature while the turkey was cooking, 375 degrees, but for 30 minutes.
In the mean time, I cut up some peppers to have as a snack with hummus and Applegate roasted turkey (I'm on a turkey kick this week). I also made more Lärabars, this time, with dates, coconut oil, cocoa powder, walnuts, cashews, and shredded unsweetened coconut! Here is the final result for the next few days! About 1 hour later and I have enough delicious food to last me for the next few days. Minus my breakfast and more veggie snacks (sugar snap peas and carrots). Breakfast is usually a protein shake after my workout, coconut flour pancakes or eggs and bacon. Eat your breakfast everyday, I promise it will make you feel so much better!!!
By prepping meals for the week, not only do you save money and resist the urge to order takeout, you also maintain a healthy outlook for the week. My week will consist of protein, nuts and healthy fat, and also delicious vegetables. Meal prepping helps me stay on track and and also motivates me to eat healthy throughout the week. Happy prepping!