Monthly Archives: May 2015

Meal Prep Monday

After a less-than-productive Sunday, I decided to skip a concert (read: waste money) and do some meal prep this evening.

Thanks to Pinterest and experimentation, I pulled together four recipes for meals this week. I apologize that the picture doesn’t do the food justice, but I am very pleased with how everything turned out. Mostly I am pleased that my fridge is now full of good food that I can take for lunches this week.

IMG_6576I started with my favorite brussels sprout salad recipe. Personally, I am okay with eating this cold. Today I didn’t have any onions, so I just used a little onion powder instead. This recipe makes 10 servings, but at 78 calories each – I’ll probably have two servings as a solid side dish.

The next recipe I tried was a new Pinterest experiment – Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp. I opted to grill the shrimp instead of baking. I also used Siggi’s plain yogurt instead of greek, because it’s what I had in my refrigerator. I skipped the green onions, as mine had wilted overnight. Even with my deviation from the original recipe, I think it all turned out pretty good. We shall see how it reheats! Four servings at 141 calories each.

I still had the kale from my CSA share, so I took the advice of my sorority sister and used this Bobby Flay Sauteed Kale recipe. When I discovered my red wine vinegar expired in 2012, I opted for balsamic instead – and I think that was a fine sub. Again, four servings and 143 calories each. I’ll probably pair this with the shrimp for a meal.

Finally, I had picked up a container of already chopped multicolored bell peppers and red onions – so I grilled those with a little olive oil. Then I browned a pound of 99 percent lean ground turkey and threw that together for a fajita dish of sorts. That made four servings at 150 calories.

I am realizing now that I had also intended to cook the bunch of asparagus I have in the drawer, but that’s going to have to wait for another day.

I’m hoping these things will be satisfying and a nice change from the usual things on my menu. It was time for a reset! I go back to the trainer on Wednesday morning which is certainly much needed.

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Greens and Things

If you know me, you know that I love farmers. Growing up on a farm with grandparents who kept a pretty elaborate garden, I was pretty spoiled with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In college, one of the houses I lived in also featured a pretty great garden; we also had one of the best farmers markets in the country! Anyway, being so far from California I have really missed farm fresh produce! I try to make it to the farmers market when I can, but much of the time it just doesn’t happen.

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) has been a growing trend in the industry, and a great way for family farmers to do very well. I have toyed with the idea of buying a share for the past few years, but have always been a little hesitant because it always seemed like it would be entirely too much each week for one person to realistically consume. However, this year I stumbled upon a cooperative out of Pennsylvania that had a small share that promised three to four items per week. I decided to give it a try! At the same time, I decided to buy a fruit share as well. So, for 26 weeks – now through late October – I will be receiving a small share of vegetables, and starting in another five weeks I will receive fruit too.CSA week 1

Tonight I picked up my first share! The box contained one head of green oak leaf lettuce, radishes, rhubarb and a bunch of kale. I am looking forward to trying out new recipes, new foods and eating healthy and local!

No recipes to report tonight, but I put some of the lettuce to use – having taco lettuce wraps with some Cinco de Mayo leftover seasoned turkey meat! The lettuce was crisp, sweet and the perfect alternative to a high-calorie tortilla!

With my new job and morning workout “routine” (I am using routine as a loose term at this very moment), I have found that i have a lot more time on my hands in the evening. I think that means there will be more time for trying plenty of experiments in the kitchen and sitting down to write a little bit more as well.

On another note, No Weigh May is going strong. The first few days it was very bizarre to not see the scale in the bathroom and step on! I am very anxious about my progress – this week is the week between training sessions. While I have been really good at working out on my own (including a five-mile PR yesterday), I think I have let my treats (read: Girl Scout cookies) get a little out of hand. Back to the trainer on Monday, thankfully!

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