Meal Prep Monday & Healthy Mac and Cheese! 11.23.15

Welcome to the second edition of Meal Prep Monday!

This week my meal prep is much smaller than usual due to it being a holiday week and my travels. I will still eat healthy while I’m out and about, but I didn’t think my mom would appreciate me adding multiple Tupperware containers of food to her fridge space on a holiday.

So to make it up to you, I’ve included my new favorite 21 Day Fix Approved Mac and Cheese. It is shockingly good and there is quite a bit of cheese in it, the big difference is that the base is pureed cauliflower and cheese, instead of cheese and milk or cream and flour.

First, let’s look at what I am eating this week to stay on track with my nutrition.

Meal Prep for the week of 11/23

Meal Prep for the week of 11/23

From the back row moving forward, I have my Chocolate Shakeology, which I have for every breakfast. Then I have four servings of my 21 Day Fix Mac and Cheese which adds up to a yellow, blue and green container.

The next loose row is an apple, tuna with lemon and pepper recipe per my last post, whole wheat crackers, Laughing Cow Cheese, 100 calorie almond and walnut packs and garlic hummus in 3 containers.

Row three is plain Greek yogurt with blackberries, apples, Sandwich Thins (only one yellow container!) and carrots.

The last loose row is another packet of almonds and walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, Tofurkey and carrots.

So that is three days of meals and snacks for this holiday week!

Now onto this glorious mac and cheese I promised you… this is my adaption of a recipe from “The Foodie and the Fix.”

21 Day Fix Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

21 Day Fix Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

Yield: approximately 8 servings

Serving Size: 1 cups per serving

Container Equivalents: 1 YELLOW, 1 BLUE, 1 GREEN

Calories per serving: 334

Fat per serving: 13 grams

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cooked whole wheat elbow macaroni (about 3 cups dry)
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, cooked and chopped smaller if they’re in large pieces
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Minced onion to taste (or onion powder in a pinch)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups roughly chopped fresh cauliflower
  • 1 cup unsalted vegetable broth

Directions

  1. Heat a pot of water on the stove to boiling. Lightly salt, then cook your pasta.
  2. While your pasta is cooking, steam your cauliflower and broccoli separately.
  3. Once that’s done, put it in a blender or processor with the vegetable broth and blend until it’s very smooth.
  4. Once you’ve drained your pasta, put it back in the pot it just cooked in on a low heat setting, add the cauliflower puree, the cheeses, the broccoli and stir until everything is heated through and the cheeses have melted. As you stir, add the salt, pepper and onion to taste.

Portion out and enjoy!

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Meal Prep Monday – 11.16.15

I’ve neglected my blog since my PiYo results were posted – many apologies! I decided shorter blogs may be in order so I can stay on schedule and keep up fresh content.

One of the most popular parts of my past blogs have been recipes and meal prep suggestions. So I am gong to do my best to post weekly meal preparation photos to give guidance and inspiration to my fit friends.

I am still following a clean eating plan as closely as possible. I try to do 80% clean 20% everything else. Having a garden certainly helps. I also follow the portions suggested by Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix meal plan. With that in mind, let’s see what I am eating for breakfasts, lunches and snacks at the office this week!

November 16, 2015 Meal Prep.

November 16, 2015 Meal Prep.

In the back row, left is a veggie stir fry with pan seared seitan. I used this awesome 21 Day Fix approved teriyaki sauce I found by stalking top coach Melanie Mitro’s blog. To avoid using up my yellows, this is just veggies and seitan protein.

Next is a vegetarian mushroom barley with lentils (added protein!). I made this a few weeks ago, but the recipe didn’t turn out quite right so I am not sharing it until I’ve perfected it. This is all veggies so lots of green containers here!

Continuing to the right is baked spaghetti squash with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and TVP. TVP is textured vegetable protein that you can buy dried and when you heat it with water it plumps up and has the texture of ground beef. It is like the Morning Start Crumbles you get at the store, but cheaper and require no freezing. I use jarred spaghetti sauce, but stick to organic ones without added sugar. Standard spaghetti sauce has a ton of sugar, so watch out!

The next row is grapes, kiwi, granny smith apples, various hummus flavors and pears from my mom’s tree.

Row three starts on the left with broccoli from my garden, carrots with greek yogurt dill dip (love that stuff!) and some Babybel and Laughing Cow cheeses. Next to the cheeses are albacore tuna chunks mixed with pepper, lemon juice and Ms. Dash Salt-Free “Lemon Pepper” seasoning blend. And, of course, my healthiest meal of the day, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla Shakeology for every breakfast.

The final row has two quick Fix-approved snacks- Kind bars (the non-chocolate varieties just count as nuts/seeds!) and Nature Valley granola bars (1 bar per serving). Besides those are some portioned out cashews and unsalted sunflower seeds. Those circles in the middle are kale, mushroom and cheese egg cups. You can find a similar version using spinach instead of kale here. I love these because they are vegetarian, gluten free, about 50 calories each and freeze beautifully so you can make a ton in advance and let them thaw overnight before work.  Next to the egg muffins, you will see whole wheat crackers to go with the tuna, which is in the red container. And it ends, as always, with Shakeology.

Please note, this is for what I eat for breakfasts, lunches and some snacks. Dinners are not included because I try to prepare them fresh at home daily.

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