Food

Sunday Meal Prep: Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken, Asparagus, Lentils, Green Beans w/ Peppers & Onions

Menu Items:

  • Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken Thighs
  • Asparagus
  • Lentils
  • Green Beans w/ Peppers & Onions

Ingredients:

  • 8 Boneless/ Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 bag of frozen Asparagus
  • 1 bag of frozen Green Beans
  • 1/2 bag of frozen peppers & onions
  • 1/2 bag of dry lentil beans
  • Lemon Garlic Marinade
  • Chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Seasonings: Italian Seasoning, Garlic Salt with Parsley, Black Pepper, Mediterranean Sea Salt

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a well rested and relaxing weekend. I was very undecided about this weeks meal prep and did not have it planned like I typically do. It wasn’t until Saturday morning, when I was browsing around Wegmans when I decided what I wanted to prepare.

As many of you know there is 16 days left until my due date. However, my contractions are getting closer and more frequent so hubby and I are kinda on standby. Therefore, I wanted to prepare something quick and easy. Also, I didn’t want to prepare something that can easily go to waste if baby does decide to make his appearance this week.

This weeks meal was perfect under the circumstances. Last night I marinated the chicken thighs in a lemon garlic marinade. I also seasoned the chicken thighs with Italian and garlic parsley seasonings. When it was time to prep this evening the chicken was seasoned and ready to be placed in the air fryer. The chicken thighs air fried for 30 minutes on 370 degrees. While, the chicken cooked I mixed the green beans and some peppers/onions in a pot on the stove top with some melted butter and allowed them to steam for about 15-20 minutes. In another pot on the stove top I had my lentils cooking in some water with a chicken flavored bouillon cubes and a little pepper and Mediterranean sea salt. Lastly, I tossed my frozen steam-able asparagus in the microwave for a quick 4 minutes. Voila! – another successful meal prep.

Tips & Recommendations:

Meal prepping does not have to be hard. I despise spending hours prepping dishes and slaving in the kitchen to prepare various dishes. I personally like the convenience of frozen vegetables since they don’t spoil and are ready to go (requires no cutting). I also dislike washing a lot of pots and pans. Thus, the air fryer comes in handy when cooking meat. The air fryer is also very easy to clean afterwards. I typically aim to only have 1-2 pots to wash and I clean up as I go in the kitchen and load our dishwasher as needed. I strive to keep the sink open and clear. These are just some quick tips and recommendations to make your meal prepping experience more successful.

What are you cooking for this week? Share below in the comments below-

FLWE ❤

Food

Sunday Meal Prep: Chicken, Broccoli, w/ Rice & Cheese Casserole

Menu Items:

  • Chicken Breast
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Chicken Flavored Broccoli Rice
  • Cheddar Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 6 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 bags of frozen Broccoli Cuts
  • 2 packs of Chicken Flavored Broccoli Rice
  • 1 medium bag of Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 stick of Salted Butter
  • Seasonings: Black Pepper, Italian Seasoning, Parsley, Garlic Salt

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter Sunday! This weeks meal prep was simple and did not require much prep. I used our steamer to steam the chicken and broccoli and I cooked the rice on the stove top. Once everything was finished I mixed everything together for the week. This meal only took about 60 minutes to make. I have really been craving broccoli and cheese and wanted to incorporate some protein and fats into my diet as well. It is a nice casserole styled dish that will only require heating up throughout the week. The key ingredient is the butter which will keep everything moist throughout the week.

Hubby and I have started a new habit of waking up early on Saturday mornings and completing our grocery shopping. We absolutely love it! We are out shopping while people are sleeping in and we are back home with a full day ahead of us before 7:30 am. I even look forward to taking a mid morning nap on Saturdays now.

Do you have a particular day when you complete your grocery shopping and meal prep? Please share your routine.

FLWE ❤

Food, How To

3 Tips on How to Deal with Coffee Cravings

While you may classify your love for coffee as an “addiction,” it more than likely is just a dependence. It is really not that difficult to kick your coffee habit to the curb or at least have more control over your coffee craving.

One aspect to keep in mind is that caffeine withdrawal does not last that long and your body will naturally reset itself after a free weeks of abstinence from consuming coffee. Yes, you may experience some side effects such as: headaches, tiredness, irritability, and trouble concentrating are all are temporary and will resolve on its own. The longer you successfully refrain from coffee, your tolerance for caffeine will also decrease.

3 Tips on How to Deal with Coffee Cravings:

  1. Quit Cold Turkey: Remind yourself that symptoms of withdrawal are only temporary. Symptoms can range mild to severe and will very individually. Some people may find it challenging to function normally and others may be able to work through the sudden transition. Withdrawal normally occurs within 12-24 hours after your last cup of coffee. The majority of withdrawal symptoms will peak after two days without caffeine but could potentially last up to ten days.
  2. Gradually Give it Up: If you are not willing to quit cold turkey, fearful of the symptoms you may encounter- slowly begin to reduce your coffee intake each day. You can even replace coffee with another caffeinated beverage that has lower caffeine. For example, the average cup (8 oz.) of coffee has about 95-200 mg of caffeine; a cup (8 oz.) of tea has about 14-60 mg of caffeine. Making a simple change, tea over coffee can assist with weaning you off of coffee.
  3. Break your Coffee Routine: If drinking coffee has become a daily routine breaking your habit is as simple as altering your routine. Instead of enjoying a cup of regular coffee you may want to opt for decaf in the morning. Another option, would be to replace your morning coffee with another beverage (tea or breakfast smoothie).

If you are struggling to break your coffee craving please share what you think causes the setback in your life? Is it the taste that you crave or the experience? Do you drink coffee for social reasons? I would love to learn more about your thoughts and experience with coffee cravings.

If you have successfully overcame your coffee dependence please share what worked for you.

FLWE ❤

Food

Sunday Meal Prep: Teriyaki Steak Stir Fry

Menu Items:

  • Petite Sirloin Steak
  • Onion and Peppers mixed
  • Broccoli Cuts
  • Asian Stir Fry Veggies

Ingredients:

  • 6 Petite Sirloin Steaks
  • 1 bag of frozen Onion and Peppers mixed
  • 1 bag of frozen Broccoli Cuts
  • 1 bag of frozen Asian Stir Fry Veggies
  • Wegman’s Teriyaki Marinade Sauce
  • Salted Butter
  • Seasonings: Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Steak Seasoning, Onion Powder, Garlic Salt

Prep Time: 40 minutes

I hope everyone had a productive Sunday. This post will be going up kind of late since I postponed my Sunday meal prep to later in the evening today. Hubby woke up around 7:30 am and hogged the kitchen up while he meal prepped his dish for this upcoming week. I decided to sleep in until about 8 am. Once I woke up I fixed breakfast and had to finish up a paper that is due for one of my graduate courses.

I started my meal prep around 7 pm tonight and I am glad I plan quick meal preps. This meal only took me 40 minutes to prepare and required little preparation. I simply tossed some salted butter into my copper pan and once it melted I tossed in all of my frozen veggies. I covered the pan and allowed my veggies to steam and cook. I then seasoned my steak with the following seasonings: steak seasoning, onion powder, and garlic salt. I tossed my steaks on the stove top and allowed them to cook in salted butter. In between watching my steak, I seasoned my veggies with sea salt and black pepper. Once my steak was done cooking I removed it from the stove and cut the steak up. Once my veggies were finished steaming I drained the excess butter and tossed my steak into the pan of veggies. I then added Wegman’s teriyaki marinade sauce to the mix and allowed it to simmer on the stove for about 3-5 minutes. Simple as that – my meal was done!

Meal prepping does not have to be a daunting or hard task. I try to plan meals that I can prepare in less than 1 hour. I recommend meals that are prepared with a sauce, as it keeps your food moist throughout the week. This is just a quick tip if you are struggling with keeping your meal moist throughout the week. For example, chicken can be a tough meat to keep moist. Opt for chicken thighs vs. chicken breast as the thighs remain moist and do not dry out like the breasts. [Comment below any challenges you face when meal prepping]

Typically, by the end of Sunday night I already know what is on the menu for the following week. However, I have no idea right now. My pregnancy cravings have been so random. I think I need more time to think about my options for next week as they will depend on my taste buds and cravings. Subscribe to stay updated on my journey.

FLWE ❤

Food

Sunday Meal Prep: Shrimp & Chicken Fajitas

Menu Items:

  • Shrimp
  • Chicken
  • Fajitas
  • Black Beans
  • Spanish Rice

Another week in the books for meal prepping. For this upcoming week I have prepared Shrimp & Chicken Fajitas. This is a easy meal that I can just heat up throughout the week and it adds a bit of variety to my meal prep. Honestly, I found that it is easy to get tired of your meal prep meals if there is little to no variety. For example, I found that by Wednesday of last week I was tired of eating my Shrimp & Chicken Broccoli Alfredo. With pasta there is no variety.

So, when meal planning I decided to go with Shrimp & Chicken Fajitas because there are multiple ways I could add a variety to this meal. As you can see in my picture I have the option of preparing my Shrimp & Chicken on a tortilla topped with Mexican cheese, pico de gallo, black beans, Spanish rice and sour cream. Another variation is to enjoy the Shrimp & Chicken Fajitas separately (with or without toppings- no tortilla). I can also opt to have my Spanish rice and black beans on the side. There are so many ways I can switch up this meal throughout the week. I have learned from the past few weeks when meal prepping that variety and portioning your meals is very crucial to your meal prepping success.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast
  • Frozen Cooked Shrimp
  • Frozen Peppers (Red, Green, & Yellow) and Onions
  • Spanish Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Fajita Tortillas
  • Mexican Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Seasonings: Paprika, Cumin, Chili Powder, Black Pepper, and Old Bay

Prep Time: 35 minutes

I am closing out this Sunday with another meal prep Sunday success. Like and subscribe to my blog to stay connected. I already have next weeks meal planned and grocery list made. Be on the look out for next Sunday’s meal prep post.

FLWE ❤

Food

Sunday Meal Prep: Shrimp & Chicken Alfredo w/ Broccoli

Broccoli side not pictured

Menu Items:

  • Shrimp
  • Chicken
  • Alfredo Pasta
  • Broccoli

I have been craving pasta and shrimp for a few weeks now so I decided last week that I would plan a meal prep around my cravings as I approach my final weeks of pregnancy. When planning my meals I always try to select food items that I will most likely not get tired of throughout the week and meal prep time is important for me as well. I am not for spending hours in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove. Alfredo is a convenient meal that I can just warm up servings of throughout the week.

Disclaimer: If you are following a low carb or no carb diet this meal idea is not for you.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast
  • Frozen Cooked Shrimp
  • Penne Noodles (or Noodles of your choice)
  • Parmesan Romano Cheese
  • Ragu Classic Alfredo sauce (use as needed to supplement sauce if needed)
  • Heavy Cream
  • Salted Butter
  • Broccoli
  • Seasonings: Italian, Basil, Garlic Salt, Pepper, Old Bay

Prep Time: 30 minutes

When making my Alfredo I basically prepare my own sauce using cheese, butter, and heavy cream. I season it to my liking and supplement with Ragu classic Alfredo sauce if needed to stretch my sauce. I had originally intended to steam my broccoli and mix it into my Alfredo but completely forgot and missed this step. This week I will have my broccoli on the side, topped with grated parmesan.

Are you meal prepping this week? If so, what have you prepared? Comment below-

Food

Sunday Meal Prep: Barbecue Meatballs, Brown Rice, & Broccoli

Sunday Dinner & Meal Prep

Menu Items:

  • Barbecue Meatballs
  • Brown Rice
  • Broccoli

When preparing my grocery list last week I wanted to pick some easy menu items for the upcoming week. With only 6 weeks left in my pregnancy the last thing I want to be doing is standing on my feet in the kitchen chopping vegetables. Last weeks items (chicken, cabbage, and carrots) had me on my feet longer than I anticipated. It also becomes very difficult for me to stand for long periods of times as I tend to get lightheaded. So, at that rate last week meal prep did take longer than it should have due to my need to take frequent breaks from standing on my feet.

This weeks items: barbecue meatballs, brown rice, and broccoli took little preparation. When I woke up this morning I prepared breakfast and in the mist of preparing breakfast I pulled out the crockpot and tossed in my meatballs with barbecue sauce (original and honey barbecue) and a little grape jelly. I let that cook for about 3 hours, while I washed my hair and prepared for the day.

Neighborhood Library

After, all the McKinney’s were dressed and ready for the day ahead of us (Library visits and a birthday party) I turned my meatballs down to “keep warm.” We left the house for a few hours as we returned library books and picked out new ones. Abby even made some new friends. The library is now her favorite weekend event and I am proud that she enjoys the library. I honestly enjoy the visit myself each weekend. After, the library we went bowling to celebrate our cousins 7th birthday and we all truly had a great time.

Once we returned home I prepared my brown rice on the stovetop (5 minutes) and tossed a bag of steamable broccoli in the microwave (5 minutes). My sides for this week was effortless. I prepared enough servings of brown rice for the week and purchased enough bags of broccoli from Wegmans to prepare on demand. I even have a few different vegetables options (brussel sprouts and spinach) in case I need a variety change throughout the week.

Meal Prep Sunday

All this to say– meal prepping does not have to be hard. I would say that most time will go into your main course (meat) preparation. The are endless options for you. I have noticed that I am using my crockpot more for my meals. However, my husband uses our air fryer daily for all of his meat. He literally seasons his meat and tosses it right in the air fryer.

Have you implemented meal prepping into your routine? What has been successful for you in your meal prep? Have you come across any setbacks or distractions? Please share your experience, as it can help others.

FLWE ❤