Tasty Tuesday Meal Prep with Cali Roll Salad

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Hi readers! I know, it’s been a long time since my last post. I have been busy working hard on my fitness, was cast and performed in an opera and just finished my busiest season at my day job. BUT I have been prepping weekly and trying new recipes for your enjoyment.

So I’m back with a vengeance for this week’s meal prep and healthy recipe. Let’s check it out!

Starting with the back, we have two bags of Shakeology, my favorite organic, low-glycemic index meal replacement shake in Chocolate and Vanilla. This helps fill me up, curb my cravings and is my favorite breakfast on the go! Plus it has 72 superfoods and vitamins, so I know I’m eating well. 20160522_224411.jpg

Next we have my California Roll Salad (recipe below!) that I concocted out of various Pinterest ideas with the 21 Day Fix Asian salad dressing. VERY filling and high in protein, my little creation tastes like a cali roll without the rice so it’s easier on your waistline. Next we have my “Bowl of Lies” spaghetti squash with TVP, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. I usually make 2-3 spaghetti squash at once so I can freeze these in individual portions and pull out for quick meals.

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Next we have half a grapefruit, a Tofurkey, lettuce and cheese sandwich on whole wheat Sandwich Thins. Following are two servings of the Moroccan Carrot Salad, a tasty, CLEAN recipe I picked up while doing the 3-Day Refresh cleanse. Next to that, in green and white, is gnocchi in a lemon-wine sauce with mushrooms, broccoli and asparagus. Finally, we end on some blueberries. 🙂

The following row is all my fruit for the 5 workdays. On my eating plan I am allowed 2 servings of fruit a day, it’s hard to keep it to just that because I love sweet food, but I’ve learned that I can easily spend a whole day eating fruit and that is not good for the waistline.

Onto the new recipe! YAY! I bought a ton of imitation crab at a club store and froze it in 2 cup portions. So I’ve been getting creative with my uses. Here is my newest creation.

California Roll Salad

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Ingredients: (for one large salad, I made two at once)

  • 1 cup imitation crab
  • 1-2 cups lettuce – leafy varieties like bibb and arugula work great
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced or diced cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup edamame
  • 1/4 – 1/2 avocado
  • 1 TBS sesame seeds
  • Optional: sliced or shredded nori

Wash, slice and combine the above into a salad!

If you are using for meal prep, be sure to eat the salad within 3 days of making and slice the avocado right before eating.

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21 Day Fix Approved Asian Salad Dressing:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup reduced-sodium Tamari soy sauce, gluten free
1 tsp raw honey or pure maple syrup
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
5 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

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Directions:

  1. Combine vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and ginger in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  2. Slowly add oil while whisking; mix well.
  3. Store in the refrigerator, tightly covered, until ready for use.

 

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Meal Prep 2.29 with 6 Months of Prep Flipgram

Happy leap day! I’m finishing up CIZE, the new hip hop cardio dance workout by Shaun T. It’s actually super fun and makes cardio feel less exhausting. The routines are set to modern music and they break them down into easy moves that they repeat multiple times before adding on. Curious? Check out info here.

Here is the last meal prep I did in February 2016. I’m running around a lot this week, so simple and quick meals are best for me. Let’s take a peek at what I will be eating.

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The back row starts with sliced cucumbers that I will add to the veggie bags daily so they don’t dry out. Following is a 3 oz. serving of tuna mixed with lemon juice and pepper and whole wheat organic crackers. The next container is spaghetti squash, TVP, mushrooms, easy Italian freezer tomatoes and no sugar added spaghetti sauce. Next to that are egg, mushrooms and cheese egg cups. The row ends with lemon pepper tuna and whole wheat crackers.

Row two begins with veggies and hummus and dressings. Following are whole wheat sandwich thins with two sliced Baby Bel cheeses on them and a serving of Field Roast Lentil Sage Deli Slices – a tasty, quick vegetarian protein source.  Next to the sandwiches are three containers of sliced mango and blueberries. Right under those are small, honey crisp apples.

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The final row is of bagged veggies and hummus servings. I love the Tribe Everything Hummus, it’s all the toppings on an Everything bagel in a hummus! Next to it is my Shakeology, a dense, superfood meal replacement shake that contains 78 superfoods, your daily vitamins and a huge dose of clean protein. Shakeology has helped me lose weight, improved my energy, let me ditch my chalky vitamins and given me a clean meal on the go. And the final items are my clementine oranges.

In other news, it has been 6 months since I started meal planning! In honor of it, I made a quick little Flipgram of some of my favorite meal preps. Check it out here: https://flipagram.com/f/lAwUIwMe9I

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Meal Prep Monday – 1.11.16

Welcome to the first official meal prep for 2016!

I have been prepping since the start of the year, however I got ill and was only eating soup and shakes as my throat couldn’t handle much else for days…not very exciting meal prep to share. So let’s see what I am eating now that I’m back!

21 day fix style meal prep with spaghetti squash, broccoli cheddar soup and shakeology

The back row some of my standbys: apples, spaghetti squash, soup and Shakeology. I prep the spaghetti squash by splitting it in two, scooping out the seeds, lightly brushing it with olive oil, sprinkling salt and pepper on it and roasting it at 425 degrees in the oven. Then I add no-sugar added tomato sauce, veggies and TVP (textured vegetable protein).

I’ve been drinking Shakeology for almost 6 months now and have noticed big changes! My hair and nails grow faster, I get more energy from it–less runs to the breakroom for caffeine– and I am losing weight by replacing a meal with it. It’s my favorite post-workout treat and it has 73 superfoods, vitamins and nutrients so it’s my healthiest meal of the day!

21 day fix style meal prep with sandwich thins, tofurkey, egg cups

The next row of prepped foods begins with a ripe grapefruit, followed by a Peppered Tofurkey sandwich with toppings, veggie and cheese egg cups and clementines. The Tofurkey sandwiches are made of whole wheat Sandwich Thins and each thin is one yellow container on the 21 Day Fix plan so I don’t use all my starches in one sitting. I add a slice of cheese, lettuce and mustard to top them.

The egg cups are a Pinterest project. There are a ton of varieties out there, here is a healthy one I like from Super Healthy Kids. I’ve seen some recipes that add a little bit of frozen hashbrowns or a few tater tots at the bottom of each cup, which sounds divine. Mine were made with kale, mushroom and cheese.

21 day fix style meal prep with salmon, tofurkey, spaghetti squash and more

The last row begins with the bananas. It contains two 50/50 salads of field greens and spinach, each with 3 oz. of grilled salmon with Trader Joes “Everyday Seasoning” on top. To the side is some Olive Garden salad dressing, because that stuff is addictive as heck! Next in the row are bags of bagged veggies with chipotle hummus to go with them. You will notice I have more veggies than hummus, that’s because the celery is cut and prepared with one wedge of low-fat Garlic Herb Laughing Cow cheese spread in it’s center.

Not a bad spread for this week! I prepped 8 meals total, plus my fruit and veggies. The rest of the meals will be Shakeology for breakfast/post-workout and freshly prepared items.

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21 day fix style meal prep with salmon, tofurkey, spaghetti squash and more

21 day fix style meal prep with salmon, Tofurkey, spaghetti squash and more

Meal Prep Monday with Black Bean Soup Recipe – 12.21.15

It’s Meal Prep Monday! The holidays are a challenging time, so I am trying to stick even closer to my meal preparation so I don’t fall off the fitness wagon. I made my mom’s spicy, low fat black bean soup this week–see the recipe below my meal prep info. FYI – no blog next week, the holidays and travel will mean meal prep won’t happen until mid-week probably.

Let’s eat!

Week of prepped meals

Here we have my meals for breakfast (three flavors of Shakeology), lunch and daily snacks. Not a bad looking spread, huh?

Meal Prep with sandwiches, hummus veggies and spaghetti squash

For the back two rows, moving left to right we have my mom’s black bean soup recipe that I’ve shared below. Next to that are two tofurkey, cheese, lettuce and mustard sandwiches on whole wheat sandwich thins (just one yellow container if you do 21 Day Fix!). Following them are 3 small containers of hummus, homemade and store bought chipotle flavor. In the top row, the red container is spaghetti squash with no sugar added sauce, mushrooms and TVP. Below the spaghetti squash are roasted mushrooms and asparagus with balsamic and coconut oil. Cut veggies in sandwich bags follow, with a big bowl of cut fruit that I scoop a cup from daily. Clementines and a small green apple finish the top two rows.

 

Meal Preparation Salad Shakeology and veggies

The bottom rows are pretty easy to identify, but I’ll still go through them. Blackbean soup, a salad with dressing. Next to those are hummus, cucumbers, broccoli, more clementines and a cup of fruit. The final row is ALL Shakeology, my healthiest meal of the day with 88 superfoods, protein and vitamins.

Container for Meal Prep

I was asked by a reader how I store all this once I’m done prepping. Great question! I used to bag them separately, but that got confusing. So what I do now is put them all in a small organizing tub so my husband knows that’s my prepped food and not to touch. I take out my meal and snack the night before and put it in an insulated lunch bag for the following day. That way, I can choose based on cravings, what needs to be eaten first, etc.

And here is the spicy, low fat black bean soup recipe I promised you! It is only four easy steps. It makes quite a bit of soup, so I always freeze some in individual containers for easy meals.

Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Bowl with Sour Cream

Spicy, Low Fat Black Bean Soup

Makes approximately 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 2-3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 14 oz or 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 tsp. cumin, add more to taste

Optional

  • Sour cream for garnish
  • Tortilla chips for garnish
  • Cilantro, red pepper and chili powder to add a kick, if desired, add to taste

Vegan spicy low fat black bean soup recipe

  1. Cook onion and garlic in the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until tender and aromatic. Remove from heat.

 

Sauteed onions and garlic for black bean soup

2.  In a food processor, pulse onions, garlic and three cans of black beans (drained and rinsed) until they form a paste consistency. If it gets too thick and your food processor won’t blend it, add a little bit of the vegetable stock to make it blend easier. Add to a stock pot.

Food Processor of Black Beans

3.  Add the three remaining cans of black beans, vegetable broth and spices to the stock pot. Cook until heated through.

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4.  If desired, add sour cream and/or tortilla strips to the top.

Enjoy!

Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Bowl with Sour Cream and tortillas in soup

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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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