Monday, April 29, 2013

Meal Prepping

I am a big fan of meal prepping.  It all started when I went back to school and figured if I cooked my meals in "bulk" and at one time, I would have healthy choices to last me throughout the week.  During the week I didn't have much time to spend an hour cooking a healthy meal so if it was already made for me, it made it much more convenient.  It is really easy to stay on track with clean eating if you prepare your food on Sunday's (for me!)  You can really chose any day you want, just make sure you stay on track with clean eating.

Yesterday's meal prep consisted of spaghetti squash casserole, grilled chicken, Little B's Egg White/Veggie muffins and a baked large sweet potato.

For the Spaghetti Squash Casserole I found the recipe on Pinterest (I'm obsessed!):

Ingredients:

1 spaghetti squash cooked and shredded (I cooked it for 30 minutes at 400 degrees)
1.5 cups of pasta sauce (I used a clean, organic spicy tomato sauce I bought at Sprouts)
1/2 cup of cottage cheese (I used low fat)
2 cups frozen broccoli (I used the big organic bag from Costco)
Breadcrumbs (I used Panko, but I probably would omit this when I cook it again)
It called for 2 tsp dried oregano, but I left that out and added red pepper flakes in my bowl
I also added grilled chicken to my bowl, but you can still have it meat-less

   

My grilled chicken was simply chicken thighs from Sprouts grilled on the BBQ with different types of Mrs. Dash's seasonings.  



The sweet potato I got at the Old Town Farmer's Market this past weekend and my Mom is so proud of me that I like sweet potatoes now.  Now you ask?  Yes, I apparently didn't like them before, but now I do.  Weird, yes.  I'm aware.  I cooked it for about 45 minutes at 350.  




The egg white/veggie muffin's came from Little B's Healthy Habits and you can find the recipe here.  You can use broccoli or asparagus.  For my first go around I used broccoli.  Delish.  



So that included my meal prep.  I always have other things on hand, like yogurt and cottage cheese.  I am also a big fan of hummus for a delicious snack.  Of course I have a variety of veggies, but I'll do a post on veggies another time!

Do any of you meal prep?

Have you ever not liked something, but then re-visted it again and now LOVE it?

Till the next time and happy cooking!

Erin





Wednesday, April 24, 2013

5.More.Months.

Hello all!  Just wanted to update you all on my life.  Like previous posts, it's still busy.  Busy.  Busy. Busy.  I can't believe it's May next month.  I feel like I was just ringing in 2013 and here it is, half over. I guess that's what happens when you are in school, working full time and trying to have a social life and doing all those other life necessities in-between!  Good news is, I finish up my last and final semester of pre-requisites in 2 WEEKS!  I only have 6 more classes to attend and then take 2 finals.  My undergraduate career will finally be over.  My dream of becoming a Doctor will soon start to become a reality...in 5 more months!

I got the email telling us we start orientation on September 24th, 2013.  So exciting.  A couple of my classmates have started a Facebook page for "SCNM's Class of 2017".  Holy cow people, it's getting real.  I can't believe it's happening, but I have never felt more right about something in my life.

I have 4 long months off before I start on a vigorous 4 years of my life so I am going to do everything I can to ENJOY them.  Stop and smell the freedom!  Catch up on things I haven't been able to do the past year while I've been back in school.

Health-wise I have no complaints. I am still trying to eat as healthy as I can and trying to fit in workouts when I have time.  That has been the hardest thing to me because honestly sleep is more important to me.

I have had an obsession lately with juicing and I'll leave that to another post.

My goals for this summer vacation are to get an official website up and running and I just bought my domain name tonight.  Look out, my blog is going to be famous!  (Or at least I can wish.)  I am hoping to spread the word more now by having an actual web page and I'm still trying to figure out how I can get more people to "like' my Facebook page, so please share away and like it up.  I love it and I want to spread more helpful things.  I'm open to suggestions, criticism, whatever...just let me know!

That's about it from here.  Life is slowing down here shortly for the meantime so I can focus on the things I have missed the most, one being my blog I mean website.

Till the next time--

Erin