Meal Prep Monday! Egg Cups and Tilapia Recipes

WOAH! I have been slacking on my meal prep blogging lately.

Even though the blog has been lacking that does not mean my meal prep game is not on fleek! Because it is and has been since I started cracking the whip 2 weeks ago.

My goals the past few weeks, in terms of my diet, are to decrease my carb (starch) intake and increase my protein intake. Easier said than done because, lets face it, I LOVE me some CARBS. Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, CHIPS, all the starchy goodness lol BUT I need to cut back on them (not eliminate them completely) so that I can put less insulin into my body and HOPEFULLY lose some damn weight!

I am back to my Zumba classes twice a week and with my Fit with Type 1 Diabetes challenge I also have 2 other nights that I work out as well. Maybe this will be exactly what my body needs to kick start this weight loss that I so desperately need.

wp-1474052978336.jpgMy breakfast last week was ham and egg cups. These were SO good and kept me full all the way to lunch. I ate them with melba toasts as my starch as they are a great lower carb option.

For the ham and egg cups I placed slices of ham into muffin tins, pushing them in so that they were at the bottom of the tin and right up against the sides like a cup. Once the ham was in, I added some chopped mushrooms and cracked an egg into each muffin hole. I sprinkled the tops with salt and pepper and green onion, then I baked them at 325F for about 20 minutes or until the eggs were set. Once they were completely cooled I stored them in an airtight container in the fridge. Each morning I would grab 2-3 and pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds and ate them warm because we all know I love a hot breakfast!

My lunch last week was tilapia with Brussel sprouts/yellow squash and PC brand quinoa, corn and black bean blend (yes from the frozen food isle).

wp-1473187222150.jpgI put the tilapia in tin-foil with olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper and put it on the barbecue for about 20 minutes. It was delicious.

The Brussel sprouts and squash were steamed and then mixed in with PC brand quinoa corn and black bean blend.

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The quinoa blend was a little bit spicy all by itself BUT onces the Brussel sprouts were added in, it was perfect. Quinoa is a great carb choice as it has a lot of nutrients and is considered a ‘good’ carb. It is a great replacement for white rice or pasta.

My snacks consisted of cut up oranges, nectarines, and cucumber with a mini babybell cheese!

There you have it. My first week back to meal prepping and I didn’t do too shabby (even if I do say so myself). I have saved money by not going out to eat WHILE eating a much healthier diet. I still eat out once a week but that’s ok. It is my treat to myself ❤

 

 

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Meal Prep-Breakfast Time!

What do you eat for breakfast?

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I am a savoury kind of girl so I love bacon and eggs. Or an omelette with sausage and mushrooms.

I was never one for breakfast. Even being diabetic I would adjust my insulin so that I didn’t have to eat it. It made my stomach hurt or feel sick if I ate but, knowing how important breakfast was, I tried to find a way to eat it anyways. What I realized was that if I wait until about 2 hours after I wake up, I can eat and not feel crappy and I am full for most of the morning.

Now I find that, without breakfast, I don’t have the fuel to get through the first half of the day. OR if I eat CRAP for breakfast I am starving before lunch is even close to being a possibility. By 10am I will be hungry and craving something like nobody’s business!

My solution for the past few months has been this:wp-1472066120256.jpg

Greek Yogurt Parfait

  • ½ cup Vanilla Oikos greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs Vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup Welch’s frozen strawberry/blueberry mix
  • ¼ cup Oats and Honey, Nature Valley Protein Granola

Mix the yogurt and the protein powder together FIRST. Once smooth, add in the rest of the ingredients. Also, you can use any frozen OR fresh fruit that you like.

Don’t get me wrong, its actually REALLY good. Its packed FULL of protein, low in carbs (35 in total), and low in calories. It keeps me full ALL morning and I don’t even contemplate snacking. The issue that I have started to find with this is…someone can only eat Greek yogurt SO MANY days in a row before they get sick of it! I am totally Greek yogurt’d out! 

Being so sick of this Greek yogurt breakfast I have been having, I decided to change it up. For me, breakfast has to be something I can either grab and go or can be put together at my desk. That being said I went ahead and made THIS:wp-1472068938369.jpg

Zucchini and Leek Frittata with Bacon

  • 8 eggs scrambled(I ate this for 3 separate meals)
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 small leek
  • 3 strips of bacon, already cooked

wp-1472068938368.jpgCook up the zucchini in a frying pan with a little bit of EVOO. Once the zucchini is browned a bit, throw in the leek and cook for another minute. Once the leek has started to get really fragrant, throw in the cooked bacon and then the scrambled eggs. I like to scrape the bottom of the pan a bit when the eggs first get in there. This makes sure that the eggs cook a little more even. Throw the whole thing in the oven on 350F, or even just a LOW broil, until the top of the eggs have set.

My daughter and I both had a bit for snack the night that I made it, and they served as my breakfast for 2 days with melba toasts on the side. I separated them into separate containers and just tossed them into the microwave for a minute or two when I was ready to eat them. They were SO good and totally helped by giving me a healthy break from my usual breakfast and giving me that savouriness that I crave!

So, what do you eat for breakfast? Do you have any awesome breakfast meal prep recipes? I NEED MORE. Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

Meal Prepping and Recipe Sharing

I always have to write my meal prepping posts after lunch because if I don’t, people around the office ask me why I am salivating so much lol. This week my meal prepping was on the ball! I prepped all of my breakfasts, lunches and snacks on Sunday as usual.

My breakfast was a new take on my usual toast (instead of peanut butter I used avocado). I mashed 2 avocados on Sunday, and separated into air tight containers for each day, in hopes that they would make it through the week without browning too much. I must say that this was pretty much a success. By the 4th day my avocado was beginning to brown a little just on the top so next time I’ll squeeze a bit of lemon juice on the ones that I will eat later in the week.

My lunches were really flavourful and delicious, especially the Mexi Bowl (YUM). I was actually really disappointed that I didn’t make enough of these for each day of the week lol. But the other choice for my lunch was an avocado wrap and soup. This did not disappoint either.

My snacks were the go-to staples that I have been using for a few weeks. Maybe next week I will change it up a bit.

This week my prepared meals consisted of the following:

Breakfast: 224 calories, 30 carbs

  • 2 pieces of multi-grain toast
  • 1/2 of a mashed avocado
  • sprinkle of salt

Lunch: 400 calories each

  • Mexican Bowl

OR

  • 1 avocado wrap
  • 1 cup of Campbell’s Healthy Request chunky chicken noodle soup

Snacks: totalled 90 calories, 25 carbs

  • cucumbers and cauliflower
  • 1 medium apple

Now my favourite part…the recipes. I am going to grace you with BOTH of the recipes that I used for my lunches this week, as each day I could not wait to eat either one. Clearly I was on an avocado kick this week but that’s ok because avocado is so good for you. It is higher in calories but as long as it is eaten in moderation it has way more positive benefits than negative.


I stole the recipe for the Mexi Bowl from The Wanna Be Chef. You can check out her blog here. It is super easy to make (you just dump everything in a bowl and heat up when your ready) and it’s really yummy. This recipe makes 1 serving, I tripled it to get 3 lunches. It was 400 calories and 70 carbs.

Mexi Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (I used Uncle Ben’s but you can use whatever kind you like)
  • 3/4 cup black beans, washed and drained (I found 1 can was enough to make my 3 lunches)

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    All mixed up and ready to eat!
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

Directions:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, layer the rice, beans, vegetables, salsa, and cheese.
  2. Store with a tight lid until ready to eat.
  3. When ready, microwave on full power for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir and eat!

As for my avocado wrap it is 300 calories and 30 carbohydrates. You can eat just this wrap without the soup for lunch but I was freezing and soup sounded wonderful :). This makes 1 wrap. I cut up my cucumbers and onions, stored my mayo and 1/2 avocado in separate airtight containers to bring to work. My avocado I slice at my desk before I put it in the wrap.

Avocado Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 1 tortilla
  • 1/2 avocado (sliced)
  • 1-2 rings of red onion diced
  • 1/4 cucumber sliced and then quartered
  • 1/2 tbsp Hellman’s mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. Layer ingredients on top of tortilla
  2. Fold
  3. Eat!

How is everyone’s meal prepping coming along? What are you struggling with? If you’ve tried any of my recipes let me know what you thought!

Sesame Salmon—Recipe

I am happy to report that I have officially lost 3 pounds since my 2 pound weight gain! And I’ve done it in a matter of 2 short weeks! WOOHOO

Working out and building lean muscle is obviously very important in a weight loss journey but I really think that the most important part of my journey is what I eat. I don’t call it a diet because that is NOT what my journey is about. It is a life change. It is not all about eating salad every day or only veggies or only protein for the rest of your life, I still eat really yummy food and have snacks and treats. I just choose healthier options and smaller portions. I also count calories (limiting my daily intake to a certain amount determined by a discussion with my doctor) and carbohydrates. This helps me to still eat things that I want and not binge when I am craving something. It’s still hard a lot of the time, especially the portion control and not being hungry! But I try my best and I am pretty happy with it so far.

Today I am posting a recipe from this week’s meal prepping session! I love salmon and it fits in really nicely with my healthier lifestyle. Salmon is a lean protein which is a good change from red meat. It also is full of the great Omega-3 fatty acids which are nature’s heart medicines. So my recipe for today is a Sesame Salmon that I made to go with my homemade Sesame Lo-Mien and Grilled zucchini and Carrots. Its yummy!

Sesame Salmon

Ingredients

  • 5 Salmon Filets (1 for each day of the week)
  • toasted sesame seeds (I toast mine myself, explained in first step)

Sesame Sauce

  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 c soya sauce-low sodium
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • 3 tbs sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp hot chili oil
  • 4 tbs canola oil
  • 4 green onions

Directions:

  1. First, if you have raw sesame seeds, you need to toast them. All you have to do it throw them in a pan on medium and stir them constantly until they begin to brown. If your sesame seeds are already toasted, skip this step!
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 400°F
  3. Arrange salmon on a baking sheet that is lined with tin-foil, making a bit of a tin-foil boat. This helps to keep the salmon in the sauce.
  4. Whisk all of the ingredients for the sauce together in a bowl until the oil and the soya sauce combines. Its pretty leaky but that’s ok.
  5. Using a spoon, spread a few table spoons of sauce on each of the salmon filets
  6. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily.
  7. Half way through baking, put a few more table spoons of the sauce on each salmon filet
  8. Once the fish is done, plate on top of lo-mien or brown rice. Top with toasted sesame seeds.
  9. You can use any left over sauce to coat your lo-mien noodles or some brown rice.
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Sesame Sauce mixed and ready
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My lunch all packed and ready 🙂

My mouth was watering just typing this today. I have already had this for lunch 2 days in a row and I still cannot get enough of it! If you love fish and a you are a sweet and salty lover like me then try this recipe out! Its my new favourite and a great alternative to red meat.

Do you meal prep? Which meals do you prep and what are your favourites? Let me know 🙂

Meal Prep Recipe- Egg Muffins

I promised you a recipe and here is it.

My Egg Muffins. In the mornings I need something that is full of protein and is going to keep me full for at least most of the morning. I was also sick of eating hard-boiled eggs every day at work. So I made these yummy egg muffins with zucchini and mushrooms (you can change these ingredients to whatever you like). They are very flavourful and my 7-year-old daughter actually asked me to make a second batch because she wanted to take some for her breakfast at daycare (I just couldn’t believe that she liked something with zucchini in it hehe).

To keep the calories down I used half regular eggs and half egg whites (8 large eggs and 8 egg whites) to make 12 egg muffins. They work out to 48 calories each, so I eat two for breakfast plus 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and I am full for the morning.

Without any further ado:

Egg Muffins Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 large eggs
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp greek seasoning
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Pre-heat over to 350 F
  • Beat eggs and egg whites with spices, set aside
  • Spray muffin tins so the egg does not stick (sometimes it sticks anyways)
  • Divide zucchini and mushrooms equally among muffin tins
  • Pour beaten egg mixture equally into muffin tins so that they are filled pretty much to the top
  • Bake egg muffins in 350 F oven for about 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean

I let them cool and then bag them into individual serving sizes (2 in a plastic baggy or container). Then they are ready to grab and go when I make my lunch at night, or first thing in the morning. I re-heated them for about 30 seconds and they were perfect!

Have a great one!

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Filling muffin cups with zuchini and mushrooms
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Egg mixture
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In the oven! (Sorry for my messy oven lol)
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Finished product with a hungry audience.