Happy Sunday! This post is later than I was hoping for but we were just having way too much fun in New Orleans and I didn't get my grocery shopping done until 3pm today so food prep and pictures didn't happen until 430. BUT I wanted to share how I was able to prep for the week in 1 hour for 2 people. If you are single this would be enough for a full week. I prepped 1 Breakfast Casserole, 6 Lunches, 1 Dinner Recipe and 1 Snack Recipe. The dinner will last us 2 nights, the casserole 4 days and the snack will last a few days. Recipes:
Tone It Up Quick Meal: They shared on their story but there is no posted recipe, here are the ingredients needed: 1lb Ground Turkey, 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth, 1 Jar of Spaghetti Sauce, Assorted Veggies desired ( I used asparagus and brussel sprouts)
My Recipe: Energy Balls (ingredients listed below)
Paleo Cobb Salads ( Chicken, Lettuce Mix, Tomato, Turkey Bacon, Hard Boiled Egg, Cucumber)
1 Hour Prep & Cook Steps
What I did first was pre-heat my oven to 425 to be ready for the sweet potatoes for the casserole and then cook the casserole after. The way to get a-lot done in a short time is to plan ahead and multi-task, if you can have a spouse or friend help you can get it done quicker too!
I threw 10 eggs with water on the stove to be boiling for hard boiled eggs.
You want to chop all your food at once so you are ready to go for each recipe.
Once I chopped the sweet potatoes, I threw them in the oven for 15-20 min to get soft for the breakfast casserole.
Then I chopped the brussel sprouts and asparagus for the dinner recipe.
I cooked the ground turkey, adding the chicken broth so it didn't dry out and then set it aside. Then I added the asparagus and brussels to the pan and let them cook for a few minutes to soften.
Once they were soft I added the ground turkey and 1 jar of spaghetti sauce into the pan to heat. Add seasonings of choice and that recipe is done!
Then I sauteed the chopped onion, chicken sausage and baby spinach in the same saute pan. (It helps to use one saute pan so you don't have a ton of dishes to clean!) Once it's cooked through add the now cooked sweet potato squares and 10 scrambled eggs to a casserole dish and cook for 20 minutes.
For the Cobb Salads I cheated a little with pre-cooked chicken. I love this fajita chicken and it's all ready to go!
Cobb Salad ingredients: Chopped Cherry Tomatoes, Chopped Cucumber, Turkey Bacon (cooked in microwave or oven during the prep) Chicken and Hard Boiled Eggs all on a base of baby lettuce mix. Dressing of choice on the side but I use Braggs Vinaigrette.
The end result breakfast casserole!
My last step was to make some Energy Ball snacks for the week. I used the following ingredients loosely, you can add and drop items as long as you have a good dry/wet ingredients list.
1 cup of each: Cashews, Peanut Butter and Oats, 1/2 Cup of Cranberries, 1/4 Cup of Cacao Nibs and 1 Scoop of Protein Powder // Mix all together in Food Processor and form into balls. Refrigerate for storage.
Voila! All of this was prepped and cooked in 1 hour! I've learned that if I don't plan ahead I will make less healthy food options during the week. It's like that saying "Fail to plan, plan to fail". If you are trying to change your eating habits you have to make a plan or you will end up grabbing what is easy during the week and possibly unhealthy for you.
Check back later this week for my New Orleans weekend re-cap! Have a wonderful week and choose joy and peace over anxiety and frustration. Love.