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On the menu this week: Ground turkey, brown rice, beans, and salads full of veggies. This might be one of the easiest, leanest meal preps I do. And when I am looking to cut back after a long holiday season, vacation, or weekend of crappy eating, I go straight to this meal prep. Why? The ground turkey and beans are full of lean protein to keep me full, the brown rice gives me energy, and the salads are full of veggies for all those delicious green nutrients. Plus, this meal prep is SUPER easy to make!

This meal prep is ideal for anyone interested in weight loss, gains at the gym, or anyone just looking for a reset with their diet.

I usually wind up cooking high-calorie meal preps for my fiancé since he likes to train heavy in the gym and burns a TON of calories with his workouts every day. However, recently he sustained an injury on his shoulder and needs to take a break from heavy eating. As a result, I have been making him lower-calorie meal preps for the week so he doesn’t over-do it.

A common misconception about meal prep is that it takes a long time or is difficult to make. Wrong! This meal prep took all of about 30 mins or less – most the time was spent chopping the veggies and assembling into the food containers!

For the salads, I chopped up some kale, raw broccoli, white mushrooms, Persian cucumbers, radish, and topped with some sprouts for a nice punch of fresh veggies! Since the meal prep this week was protein heavy with the beans and ground turkey, I chose to not add additional protein to the salad. But feel free to add some chopped chicken or tofu to this bad boy if you wish. When you’re ready to eat your salad, top with some olive oil and a pinch of salt or a squeeze of lemon juice, and enjoy!

And now for the meal prep – check out how easy this recipe is! (Links to the Flavor God spices below).

Flavor God spices:

Garlic Lovers: https://flavorgod.com/shop/product/garlic-lovers-seasoning/#804879389859

Italian Zest: https://flavorgod.com/shop/product/italian-zest-seasoning/#FGS-ITZ-1B 

February 11, 2017
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The first time I heard of a zoodle, I legitimately thought it was the dorkiest name for a food ever. Like one of those names your mom comes up with to sound cool, and you just roll your eyes like “OK mom, whatever, I get it, you’re trying to make vegetables cool.” Turns out, zoodles are pretty damn delicious (and also pretty cool). For those who don’t know, zoodles = zucchini noodles. Or more like an actual zucchini cut into noodle shapes. As a health-conscience pasta lover, these have completely changed the game for me.

So how do you make them and what do you do with them? My favorite way to make these is simply by swapping out regular spaghetti for the zoodles in your recipe. But if you need to ease your way into full-blown veggie mode, try mixing half pasta with half zoodles – you will still feel like you’re eating all pasta, but you’ll be getting in your greens – double win!

Equipment

Let’s talk equipment. I have this awesome spiralizer from OXO ($40 on Amazon) that easily helps you turn your zucchini into noodle shapes with the quick turn of a handle. The great thing about this tool is that it comes with different blades, so you can cut your veggies into different shapes for whatever recipe you want to make! You can also use it to spiralize carrots for a yummy salad – the list goes on. Don’t get me too excited right now!

Cooking Zoodles

Once you’ve zoodled your zucchini, it’s time to cook. The trick to cooking these is to not over-cook them (easier said than done!). You don’t want your zoodles to turn into mush, so my approach is to cook them in a skillet with olive oil and minced garlic for about 3-4 minutes, or until soft but still slightly crunchy. Top with some salt & pepper to taste, and there you go! One thing to note: these bad boys totally shrink once they’re cooked, so get yourself a lot of zucchini! I would say maybe 3-4 zucchini per person.

Some ways you can serve the finished zoodles:

  • Top with some turkey meat sauce
  • Cook with some shrimp, lemon juice, and white wine for a scampi sauce
  • Serve on top of some brown rice with a piece of teriyaki salmon
  • Replace any pasta (or half of your pasta) with zoodles for a splash of veggies

There are so many possibilities! I love to top these with a good homemade turkey meat sauce for a super low-calorie, delicious, lean protein meal!

How do you zoodle? Leave me a comment below!

February 7, 2017
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You know how some people talk about what they would eat if it was their last meal? Well mine would 100% for sure be shrimp scampi pasta. So you’ve got shrimp (yes), garlic (hell yeah), butter (omg yas), pasta (yassss carbssss), and WINE (hallelujah!) all combined into one plate of goodness = pure happiness in my belly.

I’ve cooked scampi so many times, I can’t even count. The pros of this is that I have tested many ways to make this dish, and finally feel I have “nailed” it. So when my fiancé made a special request for shrimp scampi for this week’s meal prep, I was more than happy to oblige. While this meal is definitely not the healthiest if you’re looking for weight loss prep, you can always swap the pasta for some zucchini noodles (my fav!) for a much lower-calorie and veggie friendly option.

Since we decided to go with the regular pasta for this week (we picked fettuccine instead of linguine this time around), we balanced out all the carbs with some huge leafy green salads topped with sliced red bell peppers, Persian cucumbers, radish, and broccoli. Even though this pasta is delicious, you can’t forget to get your greens in!

And now for the main event – the shrimp scampi recipe! I must say, writing this post has made me really hungry. I can just taste all the garlic now…. mmmm….. OK! Go forth and try this recipe – I can’t promise you won’t fall in love with it….

 

 

Try this recipe out? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Leave a comment 🙂

February 6, 2017
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It’s the most important meal of the day, and it’s even better for lunch! This week for meal prep we switched it up the regular lunch meal prep with some scrambled eggs, mixed vegetables, baked sweet potato rounds, and at my man’s request, some oh-so-delicious thick cut slices of bacon. Mmmmmm bacon. 

I might be an early riser during the week (I’m usually out and about by 6:15 am), but I’m not a big fan of eating actual breakfast thing in the morning. I usually opt for a protein shake on my way out the door, then enjoy a heartier lunch closer to noon. Maybe that’s why brunch is so dear to my heart. Well, maybe that and the fact that it’s acceptable to day drink (see: bottomless mimosas).

The real reason why this meal prep is so delicious is the lean protein from the eggs, loads of nutrients from this hearty mix of vegetables, and the creamy carb goodness from the sweet potato. Oh, and the bacon of course. (Sorry, no mimosas!) If you aren’t a big fan of bacon or are trying to cut back on your fat intake, go ahead and swap it in for some turkey bacon or chicken sausage. Or skip the meat all together. Either way, you’re bound to enjoy this meal, whether you have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

January 24, 2017
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