So last week, I actually had a pretty good week for food prep (which is SOOOOO nice after a long time of just, not)
We currently are living with my in-laws. They have a pretty big house and just the two of them in it, so they were gracious enough to let us move in downstairs (WITH our small zoo of two dogs AND two cats). My mum in law is a FANTASTIC cook. She’s so great working around all of my dietary restrictions, and she generally is cooking really healthy things. So Greg and I haven’t really cooked a TON for ourselves lately because she’s just so dang good at it!! 🙂
That said though.. I’m trying to get more on track… transition more and more to 100% plant based, and I am trying to get better at counting my macros as well (and using myfitnesspal to do that!). So I did a bunch of meal prep on Sunday and inputted all the recipes into myfitnesspal in hopes of making my week a little smoother.
I am so pumped by some of the recipes that I found this week you guys, I had to share. If you’ve read my blog before… you know I’m not the BEST at capturing food pics. Generally it’s me in the kitchen… making a huge mess and trying to figure out what goes where… getting pretty jacked up when things start to come together and things are tasting good… sampling all the things I’m making… then eating all of the things I’m making… then too late for pics. But I did manage to get a few!
Banana Blender Muffins: So I really like to have things that are easy to have in the morning either pre or post workout. Pre workout its great to have something fairly small, just to take that hunger edge off, but not sit heavily in your stomach. These muffins are PERFECT for that. I made them in the mini muffin tins (because lets be honest, then you gave have 40 of them without feeling like a fatty fatty 2×4). I also love that the base of these muffins is white beans!
Flourless Pumpkin Muffins: These I’ve made before… and know they’re amazing. So I make them in the full size muffin tins, and I always make at least a double batch. I have them heated up with a tiny bit of coconut oil on them (instead of butter). DELISH!
No Bake Protein bars: Okay honestly… these are the star of the week by FAR!!!!! Angela over at Oh She Glows rocks my world, every time! She’s such a whiz when it comes to amazing gluten free, vegan recipes… and this one is no different. Took honestly, 5 minutes to make and they’re SO FREAKIN AMAZING!!!! She says this is 12 servings worth but I got about 20 servings. I cut them into smaller squares because I found them quite dense (but SO GOOD!) – so I guess it depends how big you want them. When I gave my sister one, she asked WHY I had only given her such a small piece… then when she tried it she said ‘oh, because you’re saving these delicious pieces of heaven for yourself’.
Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad – I loved this one! Everything about it. I am a big fan of edamame in salad because of the added protein and substance, and I just love edamame. Everything else in this salad is rather crunchy and the flavours go together so well. Plus anything thai, I am on board with. I added some tempeh for some extra protein and flavour 🙂
Roasted Chickpea Salad (with vegan ranch!) – Now this salad I have to say… I really enjoyed the salad portion…. the roasted chick peas were absolutely spot on! The rest of the salad had delicious components with lots of substance… but the dressing needs some tweaking to get an A+ in my book! Now to be fair… I was missing chives… which I am sure is a large component of the flavouring, so I just improvised and used some regular onion blended in. I do love the idea of making a vegan dressing with something other than cashews (I love cashews, but holy $$, not to mention lots of [good] fats!). The tofu does make it creamy, but it was just lacking flavour for me. I absolutely will try again though 🙂
Vegan PB Cup protein shake – You guys this one… holy smokes! I LOVE a good PB and chocolate anything… but this has a twist. I love reading Deryn’s blog because she’s got amazing vegan recipes and she pays attention to macros too (which I’ve been learning to do!). But this recipe is next level. It’s pretty much your standard PB and chocolate smoothie… but she adds NUTRITIONAL YEAST! I know, seems super weird in a smoothie… but don’t knock it til you try it. SO DELISH. I also added about 1/4 cup oats just to take it to the next level!
I am really trying to get back on the food prep train, and would LOVE love love to hear some of your tips and tricks on how to make food prep more interesting, seamless and easier to stick to! Please share! 🙂