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It’s All About the Meal Prep….Meal Prep….Meal Prep!

Christa and I feel that our entire get healthy and fit has been a steady stream of lessons learned….Some lessons are learned after a long period of time, but when we get it, we get it.  Case in point, we spent 2016 working out like crazy, but not changing our eating.  January 2017 we upped our game and started incorporating Weight Watchers into our lives and it worked.  It’s now May and we are on to our 3rd lesson, meal prep.  We have both done meal prep here and there, but we have decided to buckle down. Why does meal prep seem so daunting?

The hardest part of meal prep (in my opinion) is trying to plan out your meals.  We tend to rotate the same few recipes and then get in a rut (and then end up driving through Chick Filet because we were overwhelmed).  Does this sound familiar?

What can make this process easier?

I just discovered the BEST MEAL PLANNING site!!!!Why do I LOVE this website?

  1.  It’s FREE!  You have to be ok with a few advertisements.
  2. It’s very user friendly!
  3. It has over 1 million recipes in its database. 
  4. They have the SKINNYTASTE recipes!!!! You don’t have to even buy the cookbooks!!!!

How does it work?

Step 1:  Sign up for free.  

(You can pay $24.99 a year for extra benefits and to not see advertisements….I don’t mind the ads)

Step 2:  Find recipes to put in your “recipe box”

I typed in Skinnytaste and hundreds of recipes popped up. 

Step 3: Meal Plan for the week

Click on a recipe from your recipe box and schedule it for a particular day of the week.  It will allow you to decide if this is for breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. For example, I decided on Monday to make a curry chicken weight watchers salad for lunch, and Skinnytaste Korean rice bowls for dinner.  I clicked on the recipes and scheduled them for May 1st. 

Step 4:  Create a Shopping List

Click on create a shopping list and give your list a new title (example: May 1st).  Next, go back to your meal plan link with the dates and click on the +List button on the picture.  This will link the ingredients from your recipe to your shopping list.  A cool function is that when you click on this button, it allows you to uncheck all of the ingredients you already have at home. 

Step 5: Save the Shopping List

You can email or print the shopping list.  You can also download the free Meal Planner Pro app on your phone to see your shopping list. 

Are there any tips you have for this meal planning tool?

Yes, I would check out the site on a pc or laptop to get a better view of the program.  Once you are familiar with the site, you can login from your phone. 

Is there anything else you want to add?

Yes! You have to make this SKINNYTASTE Recipe!!!! It’s so good and EASY to make!  (SIDE NOTE:  You probably have all of the ingredients for this recipe EXCEPT Gochujang sauce.  We have it at our Kroger in the Asian section but if you don’t have it at your local grocery store, you can get it on Amazon.  We put it on other meats too because the sauce tastes so good!)

Korean Beef Rice Bowls (from the Skinnytaste website)

INGREDIENTS:

**** I used ground turkey and substituted yellow squash noodles instead of the rice for mine. 

  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce*
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • cooking spray
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed (I used minced garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (I used ginger paste)
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (I used yellow squash noodles)
  • 1 small sliced cucumber, skin on
  • 2 tablespoons Gochujang, or more if desired*
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds, plus more for topping
  • 2 sliced scallions, white and green partsThe girls dinner

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine the soy sauce, 2 tablespoons water, brown sugar, sesame oil and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  2. Heat a large deep nonstick skillet over high heat, spray with oil and add the ground beef. Cook, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute.
  4. Pour the sauce over the beef, cover and simmer on low heat 10 minutes.
  5. To assemble the bowls, place 3/4 cup rice in each bowl, top with scant 2/3 cup beef, cucumbers, Gochujong, sesame seeds and scallions.My low carb dinner

I scooped the meat and ate it on top of the cucumbers.  It provided a tasty crunch! 

My question for you, what meal planning tips do you have?

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