Meal Prep Monday!!

“Accept that some days you will be theย pigeon…and some days you will be the statue”

Happy Monday!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and are rested up for an excellent week! It’s shaping up to be a great one with the weather finally starting to resemble spring!

Last week there was an exceptional amount of stress and busyness that resulted in a bit of a burnout at the end of the week…. which is a pretty common occurrence these days since everyone now tries to cram as much as possible into as little time possible. ย Rest and relaxation is a lot more important than people give it credit for and it absolutely needs to be included into the week! (Even if you have to schedule it in) – for example my relaxation was sitting in an epsom salt bath, drinking magnesium listening to the Spice Girls. Let’s not judge one another’s stress management techniques.

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Now due to this past stressful week … There was a serious decision made that required a panel of very heavily trained individuals that assisted in making it…there was pie charts and laser pointers as well as a very detailed power point presentation. The results are in…. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES THIS WEEK!! (Sad to say it’s a cheater recipe…. BUT STILL! Chocolate chip cookies will be had!!) – Side note: baking is not my (Hollie’s) forte… I wish I could say I can bake the pants off of a 6 layer cake and 4 dozen cookies…. however this is not true. ย This is a result of some mild ADDย tendencies and some random adding ofย ย ingredients and thinking it will magically turn out perfectly (usually how most of my cooking goes). TURNS OUT this doesn’t work so great with baking…. so as a result… pre-mixed mixes aka idiot proof baking is what I’m allllll about. One day there will be a full on gluten free baking experience… there may or may not be video… but until then we will be sticking with the mix.

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Now this week (aside from cookies) I pre-made a whole bunch of overnight oats, a ginger vegetable stirfry with brown rice as well as hardboiled some eggs and bought KIWI! (for whatever reason as soon as I walked in the grocery store I got really excited about having kiwi… simple minds)

This week’sย Overnight Oats:

(I split it up into 3 containers because I usually do weight training at least 3 days a week so it’s a good easy way to get the protein and carbs in post-workout! – especially when it’s premade)

-1/3 Cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats

-1 Teaspoon Coconut Sugar

-Palmful (that’s a scientific measurement) of pumpkin seeds

-Teaspoon Chia Seeds

-Tablespoon Ground Hemp

-Tablespoon All Natural Peanut Butter

-Scoop protein powder (I used a vanilla one because of the peanut butter situation… they pair well together)

-Splash of vanilla

-Sprinkle of cinnamon

-Cover it all with almond milk

I premixed all the dry ingredients and then will just add the almond milk and vanilla the night before and just throw it in the fridge overnight – wait no don’t throw it… place it gently in the fridge. (Just imagined myself throwing overnight oats into the fridge…pretty ridiculous mental image)

(This is one of those times where I open the cupboard and throw random things in until my ADD tendencies are satisfied with the randomness of the creation) – THAT SAID – it actually tastes amaaaazing. Great success.

Ginger Vegetable Stirfry!

(Recipe adapted from “Gluten Free Checklist… this miracle where they magically send me emails of gluten free recipes everyday…it’s a blessing dressed up as an email)

Ingredients

-2 cloves garlic, minced

-2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, chopped

-2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil (divided)

-Head of broccoli cut into florets

-1/2 Red onion, chopped

-1 Cup edamame beans, shelled

-1 Sweet bell pepper, sliced

-2 Tablespoons gluten free soy sauce

-2 1/2 Tablespoons water

-1 Tablespoon corn starch

-Brown rice, cooked according to package for how much you want to make… I make enough for 4 servings which lasts most of the week however I find if I make more than that it dries out and tastes weird by the end of the week so I find it’s better to make one batch at the beginning and a second smaller one a little later in the week

Directions

-Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in skillet over medium heat, toss in garlic until browned, add onion until translucent, add the rest of the vegetables and cook for a few minutes (stir them frequently so you don’t burn them-cook them until they’re tender but not mushy-this is not a meal prep monday baby food edition)

-Stir in the chopped ginger

-Stir together water, soy sauce, cornstarch and other tablespoon of coconut oil (pre-melt it.. which should take like 0.5 seconds because it melts so quick), until cornstarch is dissolved

-Pour the sauce like mixture over the vegetables and toss to coat ๐Ÿ™‚

YAY!

COOKIE TIME

-Now as stated before I did use a cheater mix… BUT I really love Bob’s Red Mill products so I was pretty convinced they were going to turn out delicious and they did!!

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SIDE NOTE: On the package it says you should use 1/2 cup margarine…. please no… no no no. Just melt 1/2 cup butter… WAY better and BONUS POINTS for butter actually being a food… unlike margarine.

Mine made…. 11 cookies I believe! Perfect for a nice treat during the week ๐Ÿ™‚

SNACKS: Hardboiled eggs (as per usual), KIWIS (YAY KIWI), Organic Rice Cake & peanut butter sandwiches, Raw Cashews

Well, if that’s meal prep Monday WE JUST HAD IT ladies and gentlemen.

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Weekly Take Home Message:

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HAPPY PREPPING !! Have a wonderful week ๐Ÿ™‚

Meal Prep Monday – In a hurry edition 2!

“You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind”

Good morning/afternoon/evening friends :)! Hopefully everyone already enjoyed or is currently enjoying a wonderful start to the week!! Nothing improves a week more than feeling as though you started strong and are fully prepared for all of the many obstacles this week has to throw at you! For example: forgetting your gym shoes once you’re already at the gym (check.), wearing a winter coat when it’s going to be 24 degrees outside because you didn’t check the weather before leaving the house (check.), going into a room 5 different times and forgetting every time what you were there for… other monumental problems like these.. in which case you can respond in one of three ways:

Option A:

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Option B:

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Option C:

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NOTHING can wreck your day when you know that no matter what you’ll be eating spectacular food that’s going to keep you fuelled up to maintain your awesome-ness all day long.

Today we made lemon chicken with pasta (gluten free of course), some steamed edamame beans, hardboiled eggs as well as some random snacks and !!! to top that off I actually discovered something so rare it’s comparable to a bigfoot sighting: A way to have apple cider vinegar that doesn’t make you want to gag excessively (WHAT?!?! you say… TRUTH I say) – brought to you by my new obsession/internet procrastination tool: www.eatingbirdfood.comย – it’s so spectacular you may never leave… but please do and come back to us ๐Ÿ˜€

Now… down to business

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Lemon Chicken & Pasta

(Adapted from My Gluten Free Checklist)

Ingredients

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (preferably organic/free-run) … because what isn’t more awesome when it’s allowed to run around?

1/3 Cup gluten free flour

2 Tablespoons butter

1 Cup chicken stock (again preferably organic so it isn’t packed to the brim with sodium)

Juice from 1 lemon (in hindsight I may add more… it’s mildly lemony but i wanted LEMON… so to each their own)

1 Package gluten free noodles (I used a brown rice fettucini)

Directions

-Slice chicken into narrow strips, coat lightly with flour (while melting butter in a skillet over medium heat), add the chicken and saute over medium-high heat until cooked through (stir frequently unless you prefer cooked/raw chicken…the salmonella game doesn’t sound that fun to me though?) – remove and keep warm

-Cook pasta according to package, drain and set aside (Because this is the IN A RUSH edition… I just did this while I was cooking the chicken)

-Add chicken broth to the skillet you had the chicken in ย and bring to a simmer, add lemon juice and simmer until reduced (I didn’t reduce mine too much just because I didn’t want the sauce super thick), re-add chicken to pan, add cooked pasta and mix that all together to create LEMONY DELICIOUSNESS … top with fresh ground black pepper and you have a winner on your hands.

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As stated above I was in a major hurry and had less than an hour to cook everything so I boiled some eggs at the same time as also steaming edamame beans. ย I also sandwiched some all natural peanut butter between some organic rice cakes for snack.

NOW!! On to the apple cider vinegar MIRACLE

Apple Pie ACV Drink

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^ That’s the ACV I use

Why Apple Cider Vinegar?

ACV2(Need we say more?! this is like a miracle in a bottle)

Ingredients (I altered a little based on what I had available)

2 Tablespoons raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons all natural apple juice

6 ounces of cold water

1/2 teaspoon raw unpasteurized honey

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

sprinkle of cinnamon

1-2 Ice cubes

Directions

Add all that goodness to a shaker cup and blend-er up! ๐Ÿ™‚ So amazing it’s so apple-y and yummy and doesn’t have that burning you might experience from consuming apple cider vinegar just on it’s own

THAT’S ALL FOLKS! Have an exceptional week, hopefully will be back for a few more posts this week as there has been some slacking… APOLOGIES! ๐Ÿ™‚ (there will be more regular posts than just MPM hopefully in the near future)

Tip for this week:

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ENJOY! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy prepping!!

MEAL PREP MONDAY !! – Final Exams Edition :)

“The human brain is amazing.. it works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from the time we were born and only stops…when we have to write exams”

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WELCOME FRIENDS ! It’s the most terrible time of the year ! FINAL EXAMS TIME! wah wahhhh

Now some of you may be thinking HEY, I really like exams.. pfft just kidding those people only exist at Hogwarts and only if your name is Hermione.

We figured after much deliberation that our fellow students needed us… as much as we do appreciate endless pictures of gummy candy and redbull as your ” #studysnack “…

Now just to recap what 99.99% of students are doing to their bodies during exam time:

Consuming such copious amounts of caffeine their blood:caffeine ratio is staggeringly concerning – don’t get us wrong we’re all about the caffeine train IN MODERATION… however…in high amounts especially when you’re studying for exams is detrimental to brain function and ya you may feel like you’re being the most productive person ever and like you’re retaining everything but truth be told your brain is still stuck reading paragraph one from 6 chapters ago while you think you’ve solidly studied all fifteen chapters thoroughly. WRONGO.

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Consuming sugar…in all shapes, forms, kinds, colours, breeds and walks of life –ย Overconsumption of sugar can result in impaired memory (pretty much says it all about why it’s a terrible thing to have at one of the most crucial MEMORY TIMES in your student existence)

Not sleeping…at all –ย When you’re sleep deprived your brain is incapable of retaining memories correctly and actually severely impairs the ability to learn properly (SIDE NOTE… for all of those people who decided that staying at the 24 hour library was the only way you were going to pass exams… it’s also a sure way to make nobody want to stand within a 10 foot radius around you. Go home and please shower.)

NOW!! We have some extra fun recipes today that are REALLY quick and easy… have some snack recipes that you can throw together the night before and take them with you to said 24 hour library (where you will NOT be for 24 hours because that is insane) and also a great lunch/dinner recipe that you can make and easily put in some containers and also take with you!

THE TIME OF DAY WHEN PEOPLE FIND IT MOST ACCEPTABLE TO EAT COLD PIZZA (Breakfast):

FIRST THINGS FIRST – Let’s start off the day right with a BOOMING power smoothie !! (we may like smoothies a little bit.. don’t judge us.)

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1 Cup frozen blueberries

1 Cup frozen strawberries

1 Banana (sliced – blends better that way)

1 Cup baby spinach

2 Cups chilled green tea (we used a mango green tea… sweet jesus so delicious)

1 Cup almond milk

Couple tablespoons of chia seeds (& whatever other deliciousness you would like to add to this beautiful smoothie)

DIRECTIONS: BLEND! (if possible say this in a MEGATRON voice while you do it…)

-This smoothie is EXCELLENT for studying because of all the excellent antioxidants to help clear out all the toxins your body is surely loaded with from above list of common student destruction techniques, green tea to maintain your energy levels and excellent healthy fats from the chia seeds that result in OPTIMAL BRAIN FUNCTION ๐Ÿ™‚

TIME OF DAY WHEN YOU DESPERATELY WANT TO EAT EVERYTHING IN THE VENDING MACHINE (lunch):

(This could also be used for dinner.. depending on what time of day you decide to grace the world with your presence)

Chicken thighs with a spice rub that will blow your tastebuds, steamed broccoli, brown rice (ALL took 30 minutes… BOOMMM)

SPICE RUB

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (Could use honey too)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper

(This made enough for the 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs that came in the package.. if you want to make more… do as nike would and DO IT)

DIRECTIONS

  • Rub the spices on the chicken thighs (what an absolutely ridiculous sentence.. and mental image)… make sure to get some on the bottom too so the excellent spicy deliciousness can be spread evenly
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat and sear off those babies (the little bit of sugar in them makes them look so delicious it hurts)
  • They won’t take very long to cook through… approximately 10 minutes (depending on size)

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YOU ARE READY TO ENJOY CHICKEN THIGH GOODNESS

-Enjoy over brown rice (cooked according to the package) – and with some beautiful broccoli ๐Ÿ™‚

TIME SAVER TIP OF THE DAY: While cooking the brown rice aka while it’s boiling away… throw a double boiler over top of that sucker and take advantage of the steam to steam your broccoli! ๐Ÿ™‚

TIME OF DAY WHEN YOU SAY “SCREW IT” AND ACTUALLY EAT EVERYTHING IN THE VENDING MACHINE (snack time):

We’re big fans of the muffins…. just saying… but this time we did something a little different and did an oatmeal muffin … with …. dum dum dummmmmm a GLAZE on them ๐Ÿ™‚

Lemon Oatmeal Muffins!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 Tablespoon raw organic honey
  • 5 tablespoons of ground flax mixed with 6 tablespoons water (let sit until it comes together a bit then add)
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

(Bake at 400F for around 10 minutes – until firm)

“ICING/GLAZE”

  • 1/3 Cup greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon raw organic honey

(Stir all of these together and it makes this EXCELLENT tangy sweet deliciousness that you can glaze the tops of the muffins with)

-Keep in the fridge so they stay super fresh and they’re basically the best portable thing since the discman. ENJOY!

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BEST OF LUCK TO ALL THE EXAMERS… and those who aren’t… pretty much anyone can benefit from these recipes !! ๐Ÿ™‚

HAPPY PREPPING FRIENDS! ๐Ÿ™‚

MEAL PREP MONDAY!

“Living on earth is expensive…however it does include a free trip around the sun”

-Someone hilarious

(We know you smiled at it… you’re welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

HAPPY MEAL PREP MONDAY FRIENDS! Since everyone was so kindly praying and wishing for winter to end (including us) it finally happened! So now… we’ve gone from blizzards to torrential rain. Thanks mother nature.

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HOWEVER, this did result in extra amounts of time for fun activities in the kitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚ Today we made a thai peanut quinoa salad annnnnd (drumroll please)… HOMEMADE LARABARS! (if you don’t know what those are there are two steps for you: a)crawl out from under the rock you live under b) prepare yourself for your mind to be BLOWN with deliciousness)

But first things first let’s start off with this spectacular quinoa salad!!

So for the quinoa cook as much according to the package as you think you’ll need! (remember it does expand like rice so you probably need less than you think… but then when you consider that remember quinoa is the best thing ever so just make more)

Ingredients

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(This recipe is very flexible and you can use whatever vegetables you want! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Quinoa (cooked according to packaging)

3 Baby bok choy (literally the cutest vegetable ever… use it all the time and every single time will be commenting on it’s adorableness)

Broccoli (we used 3 stalks and cut into florets)

Chick peas (organic, canned, drained, rinsed, boom.)

Cremini mushrooms (you can use whatever mushrooms you want)

Couple chicken breasts (sliced & cooked in a pan on med. high with a bit of coconut oil and salt and pepper – easy peasy)

Sauce: (CHEATER ALERT aka us…) – unfortunately at the grocery store there was a mishap with ingredient purchasing and it resulted in forgetting a crucial ingredient for homemade sauce… SO IMPROV TIME! We used an organic, gluten free and salt free bottled thai peanut sauce for the quinoa (It’s a pretty spectacular sauce none the less & inexpensive for those out there with little time and without endless funds)

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DIRECTIONS

-As stated above with the ingredients this recipe is really flexible so you can make it honestly however you want…

We sauteed the vegetables a little bit just so they were a little more tender and not raw-like in the quinoa just with a little salt and pepper and with a little bit of coconut oil (we also threw in some chili flakes just because they give it kick and are delicioussssss)

-Add the vegetables to the quinoa and combine them then add the sauce (whether you make a homemade sauce or use bottled) and stir it all up!

RECIPE TOOK LESS THAN 45 MINUTES TO MAKE (including chopping of vegetables) ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for the grand finale: HOMEMADE LEMON LARABARS!

(Best part about this recipe: 5 ingredients and takes 5 minutes (give or take))

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups pitted dates

1/2 cup raw cashews

1 cup raw almonds

zest of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 lemon

Teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Put it all in a food processor until everything is all nice and pulsed to oblivion together!

THEN! – all you do is press it into a pan lined with parchment paper, throw it in the fridge for a couple hours and then cut them into bar-like shapes!! Then wrap them in plastic wrap and you’re good to go!! SNACKS FOR THE WEEK!!

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WELL LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, Happy prepping, hopefully you enjoy some of the stuff we’ve made today (or any other day for that matter)

Monday take home message

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Have a wonderful week ๐Ÿ™‚

Meal Prep Monday! :)

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful”

HAPPY POST EASTER EVERYONE! … Not sure about everyone else but pretty sure we ate our body weight in food this weekend…

SO.. due to the fact that we’re both having meal prep monday AND easter dinner hangover monday we decided to go with a super light meal prep (also because when you have food hangover you have energy levels of basically zero and the last thing you feel like doing is cooking a ton)

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This week we went with a pretty simple chicken salad! We used a ton of vegetables (you can use whatever’s fresh/local/in season where you live!), some baby kale, chard and spinach and just some simple sauteed chicken

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For the chicken we coated ours in just some oats pulsed a little in the food processor and some quinoa (gives it a nice crunch when you sautee it)

Then just add pretty much whatever seasoning you like on chicken we went with some salt and pepper a little rosemary and some parsley!

(POTENTIAL SUBSTITUTE: you could also use leftover turkey in your salad that would be spectacular also! – we were just turkey-d out)

-Just sautee the chicken in some coconut oil over medium-high heat until it’s nicely browned on the outside and not raw on the inside ๐Ÿ™‚ (will depend on the size of chicken breasts you get) – then just slice those babies up and throw them on top of your salad!

For the dressing (due to the lazy factor) we used the same one as the salad last week (honey & apple cider vinegar vinaigrette) – also because it’s CRAZY delicious & it pairs really well with the chicken!

NOW since we were moderately uncreative with this week’s MPM food recipe we decided to throw in something totally different and do a POWER SMOOTHIE! (aka the easiest possible way to pack a ton of nutrients and delicious into a glass)

For this smoothie we used

-a bunch of kale (torn into pieces)

-1 beet chopped up (makes it easier to blend up)

-1 banana

-1/3 cup organic plain yogurt

-1 cup mixed berries

-Handful of chia seeds

-Couple tablespoons of ground flax seeds

-1 cup almond milk

-1 scoop protein powder

(Now that looks like a killer smoothie already)

-If you’re lucky enough to have a vitamix (Margaret…) then you will have zero problem blending all of these into oblivion. If you’re not so lucky (Hollie..) then you can just use a plain old blender you just have to do the blending in stages (add ingredients from the top down – add a little almond milk throughout the process so that it makes the liquifying a lot easier)

And even if you end up with some veggie residue in your smoothie you could always run it through a strainer to get all that nonsense outta there.

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BOOM MEAL PREP MONDAY COMPLETE!

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