Sunday Food Prep – what went down in my kitchen (12)

Hello!

Happy (dreary) Monday!

Are you in an area that got slammed with ice and sleet last night and this morning? Ugh. All we have here is rain. Rain, rain, and more rain. It’s a little disgusting.

But, it’s not freezing so … it could be so much worse. I’m not complaining.

Since I’ve been feeling better, I’ve gotten my motivation back.

Boy, did it really tank last week!

That’s why there was no Weekly Workout post on Saturday. I only went to CrossFit twice and I wasn’t really thrilled about either time. That’s so not me. You know I love CrossFit. It was just way more fun to come home and drink bourbon. 🙂

Okay, seriously, I only drank a little bourbon last week.  I had too much school work to do. Lots and lots of reading!! And, unfortunately, passing out into a book or my computer certainly wouldn’t help me get As in all my classes (see 2015 goals).

But, this week, I’m raring and ready to go and I totally got my food prep on yesterday.

In case you’re new and/or wonder where I found my inspiration to start food prepping on the weekend, you should totally check out Lindsay’s blog over at the Lean Green Bean. She food preps like a mad woman – it’s really pretty impressive all that she gets accomplished!  She’s even shared tips here on how to get started, foods that freeze well, and how to eat healthy during the week. Just imagine how much money you could save without all those trips out to lunch or to the snack machine during the week! Plus, if you’re eating food you’ve made, chances are it’s going to be much better for you than anything you could get at a fast food joint so you’ll definitely be doing your body a favor, too. 🙂

All it takes is just getting started. Make a plan and start small. See what works for you and your family. You can do it!

Okay, so here’s what happened in my house yesterday.

I made some of Lindsay’s Quinoa Breakfast Bars.  Seriously, I cannot get enough of them. I didn’t make them last week because I didn’t food prep and boy, was I bummed during the week! So delicious!

I also made 2 Overnight Quinoa and Blueberry Oatmeals (ugh, that’s a strange word) for grab-n-go breakfasts/mid-morning snacks.

I haven’t done overnight oats in a while (and I LOVE them) and when I saw that recipe (on Pinterest, of course!) that included quinoa, I figured since I was cooking quinoa for the breakfast bars, I would give them a shot. So, that’s what in those 2 mason jars.

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I had one today as my post-spin class meal and, well, the jury is still out.  It’s pretty good but I think I need to tweak it some. Like, maybe add some almond butter or something. I’m not sure. It needs something. I added roasted almonds and blueberries to the jar when I was ready to eat. Still needs something.

I picked up an organic whole cut-up chicken at Harris Teeter and cooked it in my crockpot. I sliced up some red onion and put that in the crockpot first. Then, I seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder and into the crockpot it went. Cook on high for 5 hours and, ta-da! Beautifully cooked chicken to be used in sandwiches, in salads, eaten whole, etc!

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Finally, I made a huge batch of chili!  It served as dinner last night and will provide some nice leftovers during the week. For an extra protein punch (because 2 pounds of meat and 2 cans of beans doesn’t give enough – #sarcasm), I tossed in the remaining cup of cooked quinoa I had. Shh….don’t tell. 🙂

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Not pictured are the veggies I chopped/sliced/etc – red bell peppers, cucumbers, and carrots.

That should get us through the week. Now, if I could just get my sailor to remember to actually TAKE the lunch that’s been made for him. *sigh*

Talk to me: Do you have a family member that forgets to take his lunch? What’s your favorite way to use a mason jar?

– jennifer

Weekend things: party girl, new toys & overnight refrigerator oatmeal

Hello!

How’s your weekend going? 🙂

I’m finally caught up on the sleep I lost by staying out until midnight on Friday. I never do that! I mean, seriously, I’m usually in bed by 8:30. Haha! But, we had a great time. We ended up shooting pool in a little dive bar.

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The only thing that wasn’t fun was that it was a smoke-friendly establishment. Blech! I really felt like I smoked a pack that night. I don’t smoke. Gross!

On Saturday, we went out to buy a new vacuum cleaner. My beloved purple Dyson is tired and needs to be REtired. The suction has really diminished and it just turns off in the middle of working on a carpet. We’ve had it for 10 years so we’ve definitely gotten our money’s worth. Can’t afford a Dyson this time around, though. So, I did some research and decided on a Hoover. We have 5 animals so we really need something to help control the pet hair. So far so good!

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I went for a little run this morning!

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I only went for just under 2 miles. I see the orthopedist tomorrow – FINALLY – and wanted to see how things felt so I could describe it. I’ve definitely healed a lot since this started but I’m still not 100%. Plus, I have the issue with my ankle and heel spurs. So much to talk about tomorrow! I’m hopeful for an MRI to actually happen but I’m not holding my breath.

So, on Friday, I tried a new oatmeal recipe. Overnight refrigerator oatmeal. I’ve never had cold oatmeal in my life! But, I’m always up to try new things. 🙂

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OMG! This stuff was amazing! I found the recipe on The Yummy Life and I made the Banana Peanut Butter oatmeal (with a small tweak, of course). I found chia seeds at the Fresh Market.

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I can definitely see this becoming a breakfast staple for me! I even bought some mason jars yesterday. They are ready to be filled!

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So, I didn’t do the nutritional calculation for the different things I did but I can’t imagine they’d be much different from the original.

Banana Almond Butter Refrigerator Oatmeal
makes 1 serving

1/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon agave nectar (you can also use honey)
About 1/2 banana, diced

In a half-pint jar, combine oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, almond butter, and agave or honey. Put lid on jar and shake well until combined. Remove lid and add bananas; stir to mix. Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

I topped mine with some strawberries.

Om nom nom!

Questions:

Do you have pets? What vacuum cleaner works for you?

Have you ever had uncooked cold oatmeal before? (boy, that doesn’t sound appetizing when I ask it that way, does it?) 🙂

– jennifer