Weekend Food Prep

Soo I wasn’t so great on the healthy eating thing these past four days.

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the Six Pepper Pizza at the Dodgeball league bar – pepperjack cheese, jalapenos, pepperoncinis, bell peppers, pepperoni, and crushed red. SO GOOD.

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got a hankerin’ to bake m&m chocolate chip cookies on Friday night… so i DID!

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had an epic picnic for two on Saturday. sandwich fixins, cheese, crackers, mango, MORE cheese, hummus, and carrots/bell peppers for dipping

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this is how much cheese T-Man put in our eggs yesterday morning when i requested “not too much cheese” haha

It was bound to happen, since I had an insane week at work and was too busy enjoying a baseball game last Sunday to do any food prep.

Meanwhile, I’ve been quite good and have kept up with 1 gym trip and 1-2 runs per week, and due to T-Man’s work schedule I’ve been biking to work 5 days a week (holy mother my quads are getting BIG!), so I’m not too concerned about a few days of “gluttony”, if you can even call them that.

It’s not the worst mess-up in the history of people-trying-to-eat-healthily, but all the same I feel a bit guilty. Actually, that feeling might be indigestion 😉

In order to avoid similar mistakes this week, I made some food yesterday.

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A lotttt of food.

So here’s the thing: I don’t like to meal plan. There, I said it. I know some people get off on it, but it’s just not my bag. I am very finicky when it comes to deciding what I’m in the mood to eat (especially for dinner). It gives me anxiety to imagine choosing what to eat more than a few hours before the meal happens, let alone FOUR DAYS. But what if I’m not feeling like chicken that night? What if someone cool wants to go out to happy hour and grab a bite to eat?….you get the picture.

I can, however, get down with prepping a bunch of food that can go together in different ways throughout the week. Yesterday, I made a couple of plain chicken breasts – this week I can shred them up for tacos, slice one to put in a sandwich, or just saute one to eat with some veggies and oven fries. Three different options already! And the best part is, once I decide what I want to eat on Wednesday night, I’ll already have done most of the work days before. I like this food prep business.

Here’s what I did this week:

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I started soaking some dry black beans while cleaned the kitchen. Cleaning is my #1 procrastination tool. If I ever have a big task ahead, you bet your ass I’ll find something to clean before I can get started.

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Lots of clutter… which, with the help of awesomely bad music….

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Became slightly less clutter. (also, all the dirty dishes in the sink that I didn’t tell you about are now clean. Boom.)

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I put the beans in the Crockpot for two hours thinking that would be long enough. Hahaha, silly Katie. I used it as a timer to see how long it took to prep the rest of the food. The result: everything was finished in less than 2 hours! (except for the actual thing cooking in the Crockpot of course.)

First course: Breakfast. Frozen Yogurt squares it is!

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Yogurt, fruit, oats, honey, mix mix mix.

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I’ll deal with you later.

Next, vegetables. I decided on a kale and mushroom saute, and instead of spending 35 minutes making rice, I decided to get creative with my cauliflower.

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Cauliflower rice! I’m kind of excited to try it.

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Meanwhile, crappy music was still blasting on my iPad.

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Kale and mushrooms were sauteing.

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And a couple of chicken breasts were poached.

Let’s break down the results.

For breakfast:

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I am set for the week! I have 2 leftover Oikos, which I pair with Fiber One brownies. For the rest of the days of the week, I’ll have a Frozen Yogurt square paired with Fiber One bars. (The FroYo squares are fewer calories than a yogurt cup, so I pair them with a higher cal bar to even it out)

Next: protein!

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Two chicken breasts, and nearly 2 cups of black beans will be readily available to me this week. I also made a batch of my spicy peanut sauce. I kinda just want to dip everything in it. Is that bad?

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I split the kale and mushroom saute into two servings – I’m thinking I’ll pair one with beans (on a workout day, for protein) and the other with cauliflower rice.

Obviously this won’t last me all 5 days this week as far as lunches and dinner goes. So far, I only have evening plans on Wednesday and Thursday this week, so I will have enough time to make a normal dinner most other nights. Some other things I have readily available in my fridge/freezer that I can use for meals this week:

  • Enough Spring Mix for a big salad or 2
  • Sprouts and bread for sandwiches
  • Soup cup at work
  • A serving of frozen ravioli + like 4 servings of my mom’s pasta sauce in the freezer. It’s my emergency pasta stash, y’all!
  • Lentils + veggies and a can of diced tomatoes = lentil stew (if I have time. Plus I can make enough so I have leftovers!)

Do you meal plan or do food prep? If so, which is more helpful to you?

What is your go-to lunch to bring to school/work?

Weekend in Photos

Oh boyyyy was it hard getting out of bed this morning. Seriously…I severely underestimated how tired I would be with Daylight Savings, and overestimated my willpower to get up after just one snooze. This is all karma for me being the DST cheerleader yesterday. Let’s just say I’ll probably be staying late at work today to make up for some lost time 😉

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Friday night, we played Settlers of Catan with two friends. Can’t decide if I’m embarrassed or proud that we played it twice last week!

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Saturday, we drove to Palo Alto for T-Man’s grandpa’s 80th birthday. Here are two of his grandparents’ kitties. 🙂

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Dick’s special dinner was at Chef Chu’s in Los Altos. Suffice it to say, it was an epic meal. Clockwise from top left: Peking Duck & Hoisin sauce on bao, the whole spread (General Tso’s chicken, Mongolian beef, a whole fish, candied prawns…), and the fish! It was fried with a sweet/sticky sauce. And those are its eyeball sockets. No one was brave enough to eat them 😛

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T-Man and my fortune cookies were EERILY accurate. T-Man is notorious for exaggerating embellishing his stories, and something unusual just happened at my work – there are definitely big changes coming up! We drove home just in time to see Justin Timberlake (and a whole host of other guest stars) on SNL. Always amazing!

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Woke up bright and early on Sunday morning and did some much-needed spring cleaning. My room is like a shoebox, so messes pile up quickly!

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I tried to balance out all that meat from the night before with some clean eats on Sunday. After working up an appetite cleaning, I had breakfast/lunch: black beans mashed with coconut milk, an egg, cheese and sriracha! Then, I went shopping and decided not to buy this dress that made me look like a 9 year old girl. For dinner: roasted broccoli and cauliflower, mixed greens, avocado and cannellini beans……and a beer on the balcony.

Not a bad weekend!

Also, can I just say that I meant to post this about an hour ago, but got distracted by:

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Ancestry.com. My parents made an account a year ago and I seriously just lost myself on that website! I was just interested in finding out all of my ethnic origins, and stuff got waaay complicated. All I know for sure is that only 3 of my 8 great-grandparents were purebreds: one Swede, one Italian, and one Irish. As for the rest of ’em, I may have to just simplify things and call them Anglo-Germanic Czechoslowegians….PLUS, I found out the family of my mom’s dad has been in America since the 1600’s! Fascinating.

Daylight Savings… thumbs up or thumbs down?

Ever tried out Ancestry.com?