Sunday, August 26, 2012

Food Prep Sunday! (8/26/12)

My food prep was a lot of fun today! I prepped a few new things and had a chance to taste-test them as well.  Both turned out really good! I'll be sharing all the recipes I made tomorrow so stay tuned.

Instead of my large usual picture of all of the goodies I prepped, I broke it down as I went.  This will be a pic heavy post but sometimes those are more fun anyway :)

First I prepped all of fruits and veggies that we will be nibbling on throughout the week.  That only took me about 20 minutes.  Easy.  
In the middle of the chaos!

I peel 1 cucumber for Charlie and I, and save the unpeeled one for Curtis :)

 All ready to go: Raspberries, blueberries, cucumbers, strawberries, pineapple, celery and grapes.

Then I moved onto Simple Sunflower Seed Granola.  Our entire family loves this snack. It's great in yogurt, with some almond milk or just eaten straight out of the baggie.  Delicious! Now, I have learned my lesson with this stuff.  It needs to be baggied out into 12 portions or you will overeat it.  It's just that good!

12 baggies of Simple Sunflower Seed Granola.  Portion control is especially important here!
Next up, Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes.  After lots of practice with these I know longer need the recipe (which is strangely satisfying!)  Charlie helped me out with both the granola and the pancakes.  He's such a great little kitchen helper! 

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes all ready for the freezer!

 Next, I cooked up a batch of quinoa for sides this week. 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of liquid yields about 4 cups which is plenty to get us through the week. (Something that amazes me, really.)  I can add it to my salads, wraps, or just eat it like rice as a side with my other meals.  Quinoa is a favorite around here!!

Lastly, my 2 turkey dishes: Turkey Chickpea Burgers and Shepherd's Pie.  Both recipes are from Clean Eating Magazine and both turned out very well. The Shepherd's pie isn't your typical take on this tasty comfort food, but it's close enough for me. And at only 160 calories per serving I was pretty happy.  The turkey chickpea burgers are a lot like a regular chickpea burger that I made a few weeks ago, but the addition of the turkey makes it a little less mushy and more like a real, savory turkey burger.  Both are hits so far! 

Turkcy Chickpea Burgers

Shepherd's Pie before the potato topping
Shepherd's Pie ready for the fridge
I'll be having the Shepherd's Pie with a big salad for lunch this week, along with a turkey sandwich thrown in there.  The burgers will be post-workout/dinner meals, again with a large salad.  I also have a steak ready for grilling tomorrow night.  We typically split a 10 oz steak for 5 oz each.  The quinoa, sweet potatoes, broccoli and salad will be our sides.  For dessert, I'm going to do grilled peaches.  Oh boy, I can't wait to share that recipe!

Phew! It's a short week for us as we head out for our annual anniversary celebration. The above will get us through Friday mid-afternoon.  I plan to prep a few dishes for the kids/sitter while we are gone and also pack a few things that I can munch on while we spend our time away. It's important to me that I stay on track as best as I can while enjoying my vacation with my hubs!

Recipe blast coming tomorrow! Have a great week!!!

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