How I Figured Out Meal Prepping!

How I Figured Out Meal Prepping!

A blog by: Lily

Edited by: Nina 

  If you have ever felt like you are at a loss when it comes to meal prepping & where to begin, I can promise you, you are not alone! There once was a time, I was in your exact shoes! I would look through Pinterest endlessly and pin recipes to my “healthy food” board but wouldn’t make anything. These meals looked too hard to make or there were too many ingredients and I lacked the motivation it took to go to the store looking for items. Shameful, I know. The laziness in me was truly at an all-time high!

So here is how I put the proverbial ‘ball in my court’ & started my journey to prepping meals. 

1. PLANNING

I finally took the time to sit and plan what I wanted to cook for the week. I watched a lot of YouTube videos of people meal prepping and the channel that stood out to me the most was @laceybaier “A Sweet Pea Chef”. She made it easy for me to follow recipes and get comfortable in the kitchen. I started with two meals that I could easily make. I loved picking to meals because I could switch back and forth between the two and I never got bored. If your meals are boring, do you really think you are going to continue eating them? I know I’m not, so choose something you will enjoy! It’s all in the planning. 

*Quick tip – if the meals have a video of how it’s made, that’s even better. That has helped me out a lot because I am a very visual person. YouTube became my BFF! 

   2. PREPPING 

Now that you have all the ingredients you need, separate them into what you will be cooking step by step. I like to have everything chopped and in individual bowls so when the time comes I can easily toss them in the mix. In my containers, I like to produce a layered look, so I start by adding rice, then veggies, then a protein. I make sure the oven is preheated while I start my rice. (If you like rice as much as my household, a rice cooker is a lifesaver) I put the veggies in and then I start on my meats. If you are vegetarian no worries! In one of our upcoming recipes, we will show you the wonders of tofu and how flavorful it can get. However, it’s still the same cooking process, so don’t think I’m leaving anyone out. 

    3. THE FINALE 

Now that everything’s cooking, it’s time for you to bring out the dishes, and by that, I mean your meal prep containers. MEAL PREP CONTAINERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE PEOPLE! Walmart had a wonderful 40 piece set for $9.95 when I went to purchase mine in May. After many purchases of multiple kinds of meal prep containers, I believe the Walmart deal to be quite a bargain if you ask me. What makes having meal prep containers so convenient is that you don’t have to think when looking in your fridge. You can just grab your food and go! Rummaging around in your fridge is what often leads to pulling from the ‘no no’ sections. Let’s stick to consistency everyone! By now, you will have your containers laid out now that your food is finished cooking. I weigh my meat and measure my rice so I know I’m not going over the portion amount and to be honest, you can never have enough veggies. You’d be surprised at what we think we can eyeball, only to learn we are way off. Now stick those meals in your fridge and be prepared to kick this week’s ass! 

I hope you have found this super helpful. Start slow and don’t get overwhelmed by cooking. Coming from a girl who barely used to cook, I now meal prep for 3 and I make 4 different meals a week. You can do it, I know you can !! 

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Chicken & Broccoli on a bed of Jasmine Rice

Chicken & Broccoli on a bed of Jasmine Rice

Chicken & Broccoli on a bed of Jasmine Rice. 

A blog by: Nina

Inspiration by: Lily

Eating healthy can be such a drag sometimes, but what if it didn’t have to be? Nina & Lily would love to start sharing recipes that are helping them see progress during their fitness journeys, starting with one of their more basic BUT delicious weekly prep meals, the ever famous chicken, broccoli & rice! Remember, you can always go off script & make it your own! 

Prep: 15 minutes 

Chicken cook time: 8 hours *that’s the secret- you’re welcome*

Rice cook time: 40 minutes

Broccoli cook time: 18-20 minutes 

Serves: 4-6 people

 *or will yield 6 prepped meals*

Ingredients:

1 pack of bone-in thighs 

1 pack of chicken breasts 

(our fave brands are GreenWise or Perdue from Publix*) 

A drizzle of olive oil

1 sazon packet- Goya product

2 tablespoons of cajun seasoning 

Black pepper to taste – because that’s your business*

3 teaspoons of adobo- Goya product 

1 tablespoon of adobo- Goya product (for broccoli) 

4 bay leaves (going into chicken crockpot mix) 

1 tablespoon of chopped garlic 

2 cups of jasmine rice 

1 bag of frozen broccoli 

Salt (for rice) 

Sriracha (for spice) 

Cooking spray 

Utensils to use: 

Rice cooker

Crockpot

Tongs

Measuring utensils 

Baking sheet (aluminum foil if you don’t want to ruin your pan)

Food scale- if you are counting calories. 

Instructions:

The night before: 

Throw all of the seasonings into a gallon bag with the chicken and let it marinate overnight! * remember to shake the bag well! You want all of the seasoning to cover the chicken*

{A drizzle of olive oil

1 sazon packet- Goya product

2 tablespoons of cajun seasoning 

Black pepper to taste – because that’s your business*

3 teaspoons of adobo- Goya product 

1 tablespoon of chopped garlic }

Leave the bay leaves out, you will use those when you put the chicken in the crockpot the next morning. 

8 hours before you plan to serve your chicken, put it all in a crockpot with the marinade & set it to low. 

*wait for your house to smell delish around hour 4*

45 minutes before you serve: 

Get that rice cooker out- yes, make it easy on yourself and get a RICE COOKER. 

Fill it up to line number 3 then put 3 cups into the cooker and press cook.

(For some extra flavor we like to put a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil into the water before closing the lid.)

*wait patiently* 

25 minutes before you serve: 

Prep: 1 minute

Spray baking sheet with your cooking spray. 

Put all the broccoli onto the baking sheet & drizzle with a little bit of olive oil. 

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of adobo evenly over broccoli. 

Place in the oven for 18-20 minutes.

They should have a little charred effect to the tops once they are ready. Well, that’s how Nina & Lily like them anyway. 

Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving. 

Once the chicken is done, get out your serving plates because YOU ARE READY TO EAT! 

First, you want to measure out a 1/2 cup of rice, then weigh out 4 oz. of the chicken. It should just pull right apart. If you don’t have a scale then just make sure the portion size is no larger than the size of your palm. 

Once your broccoli has rested, then you can place them on top of your chicken & rice or around the sides of your rice & chicken. 

The reason we specify is that Nina likes to eat her meals on a plate sitting at the table & Lily prefers a more casual style dining experience on the living room lounge chair, in a bowl, so she can swirl everything around together. 

For some extra flavor, you can add some Sriracha to the top!  

You do what makes you feel good! 

What’s your favorite way of eating dishes such as these- formal dining or sitting on the couch watching your favorite show? 

We hope you enjoy it! 

Estimated Calorie total: 450-500 (give or take a few depending on the amount of seasoning you use) 

 EVERY SPRINKLE COUNTS! 

The Road to Finding ME!

The Road to Finding ME!

A blog by: Lily

Hello, beauties!

My sister has been hounding me to write my intro for the past two weeks now and like the PROcrastinator I am, I waited till the last second.

My name is Lily, and I’m about the most laid back anxiety-ridden person you will ever meet. When it comes to my body, I have struggled a lot through the years. As a female, there are so many body standards portrayed in the media, and growing up I thought I just had to look a certain way. What’s funny is my mother, being one of my best friends taught me to love who I am and that I am enough. But late at night I just thought of all the flaws I saw in myself and would obsess over them. The friends I had back then were all skinny and fabulous but I thought I was neither. I tried so hard to fit in and I wasted countless times trying to be them. (Looking back now, what a waste of time)
Why did I feel the need to be self-destructive starting at such a young age? It’s because I wanted to fit in so badly and be the cool girl for once.

Moving through my middle school years into my high school years I still felt at a loss with myself. I was growing as a person but still had so much self-hate. There I was late at night laying in bed and nitpicking everything I didn’t like about myself. I would say horrible things to myself, I would start a new fad diet and it would only last a week. Then the cycle would start again. Late nights, self-hate, fad diets. What a crazy time and I wish I could go back and shake myself out of it.

Moving on to graduating and joining the Military, I was actually in the best shape of my life. Skinny and thriving, everything I wanted and I still wasn’t happy. Bad relationship after bad relationship and I was starting to get depressed and become such a recluse. Then I met the man of my dreams. Funny story that is, but I’ll tell you that some other time. Married, dual military and gaining that happy relationship weight. Unfortunately, that happiness didn’t last long. What started my downward spiral was him being gone all the time. Days, weeks, months. Back to back deployments, then I was gone for months here and there. I was back to being lonely and hating my life and on his second deployment, I hit rock bottom. I gained 50lbs. I was ashamed of myself. I would take my anger out on him and he would lose his patience and we wouldn’t speak for days. Finally, he sat me down and said “hey, I think you need to talk to someone. I can’t help you the way a therapist could.” He was right and I knew it. That day changed my life around. I started talking to a therapist, I started going back to the gym and eating right, I decided to get out of the military and move back home.

Finally, in a good headspace and on the up and up I’m back surrounded by family. Getting out of the Military and living with my sister helped the transition that I was going through. I don’t think I would be where I am at right now if it wasn’t for my sister. She is truly my best friend and someone that gets me in every single way possible.

I knew that it was my time to take over my life and become the woman I wanted to be. Confident in the skin I’m in, happy with where I am at in life, and living it. Me deciding to take control changed my mindset on how I went about doing things. I’m not letting people who don’t matter affect my decisions. I’m a people pleaser and would say yes to everything, now I choose who I say yes to and I don’t feel bad when I say no. I have made my circle of friends small and keep positive people around that boost me up in everything I do.

YOU get to choose how you live your life.
Once you stop making excuses for why you can’t do things, YOUR whole life changes for the better. Take that step to putting YOURSELF first. You deserve every bit of happiness in this word. Seize every moment, every opportunity, every chance at a better you, and see were your life ends up.

What are you doing to better yourself today? Tell me about it !! I honestly would love to know, so leave a comment and spill the tea sis!