Hello from the very snowy Northshore (of MA). We are digging out from our 3rd Nor’easter in 10 days. Woof. We got roughly 16″ of snow dumped on us after the 10 or so inches we got last week.
Spring. Are you there? Please hurry.
Despite being home all day yesterday, I didn’t remember to take a single picture of what I ate. So today, I am going to share what I have been eating lately for each meal.
Breakfast: Either a green smoothie or leftovers. Both are ugly and not photogenic.
My favorite smoothie ingredients right now are maca powder, collagen powder, frozen blueberries, Perfect Fit protein, cashew milk, chia seeds a fat (either avocado or almond butter) and greens.
I’m not a breakfast food for breakfast type person and will literally eat anything at any time of day. Today I had a mixture of brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and ham.
Lunch: You guessed it – more leftovers. Last night I made Nom Nom Paleo’s Spiced Keema which I LOVE. I mixed it with cooked ramen noodles for the ultimate comfort food dinner. And I’m sure the lunchtime leftovers will be just as good.
Dinner: I dug through my freezer yesterday (Spoiler alter: that’s a tip below) and found homemade sauce and meatballs which I will serve up tonight with chickpea pasta.
I’ve been loving Explore Cuisine and Banza chickpea pasta. Both have limited ingredients, are gluten-free and have tons of protein.
More Meal Prep Tips
Meal prep has saved my sanity (and maybe my life) over the past 5 or years and I’m constantly finding new meal prep tips to help myself out.
Here is what I’ve been doing lately to make things super easy on meal prep day.
Buy Canned/Tinned Protein
I’ve been loving tuna, smoked oysters and octopus from a tin lately. These are super easy when you want a quick meal or snack. Having canned/tinned protein on hand allows you to slot in easy lunches or snacks in your meal plan.
My favorites right now are:
🐟 Safe Catch tuna (ordered from Thrive Market)
🐚 Crown Prince Smoked Oysters in Olive Oil (bought from local grocery store and available on Amazon)
🐙 Goya Octopus in Olive Oil (bought at my local grocery store)
Bulk Order Meat Online
Bulk ordering my meat from Butcher Box (<– Want free bacon for a YEAR? Use this link!) has been a game changer for me. All of the meat from Butcher Box is portioned out when I get it so I just defrost what I plan on making and can quickly cook it up after work.
Knowing what is in my freezer helps me to easily plan out what meals I can make in any given week.
P.S. I order the regular sized box every other month.
Shop Your Pantry and/or Freezer
Taking 5 minutes to sort through what you already have will undoubtedly save you time and money. I found meatballs in my freezer the other day which turned into lunch for two days. I cobbled together enough rice (from three different opened bags) to make a quick congee (inspired by this recipe).
I love finding new and fun ingredients to work with but buying those pushes my tried and true staples to the back. Using up these ingredients not only helps cleans things out so I can buy more fun stuff (I kid…kind of).