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Recipes Made Simple: 21 Day Fix Friendly Lunch Meal Prep 

 


Meal prepping is one of the easiest ways to help stay in control of your eating habits. Whether you are counting calories or doing portion control containers, doing a simple meal prep will make eating healthy easier and more convenient.

Ingredients: (1 serving)

  • 5 ounces of Shredded Chicken Breast (1 red container)
  • 1 cup of steamed Broccoli (1 green container)
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper (1/2 green container)
  • 1/2 cup of Quinoa with Brown Rice (1 yellow container)

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Recipes Made Simple: No fuss Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries


As part of my Recipes Made Simple Cooking Guide, one of my favorite sides to use are sweet potatoes.  This recipe is very simple.  All you will need is 1 large sweet potato, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and cooking spray.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400-degrees
  • Peel potato and cut into fries
  • Spread fries onto a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  • Evenly coat the fries with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.
  • Place into the oven and cook until tender usually 15-20 minutes depending on how thick you cut your fries.

Optional: once tender, spray the fries one more time and place in the broiler on low for 2 minutes. This will give the fries a little extra crisp.  

Full recipe: Jalapeño and Onion Burger

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Grilled Garlic and Pepper Chicken with Grilled Vegetables, Black Beans, & Broccoli 

A super easy, quick and healthy dinner! Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated.

I took four chicken breast and covers them with black pepper, granulated garlic, and a little bit of salt. Grilled for about 6-7 minutes each side.

For the vegetables, I just sliced them up big enough so they wouldn’t fall through the grill grate and cooked them until they were tender.

I steamed the broccoli in a pot until tender.

Then I drained and rinsed a can of black beans and cooked in a pot until warm.

You can put whatever seasonings you want on these vegetables but I find the grill gives them a nice smokey flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breast
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 2.5 cups of fresh broccoli

Nutrients: (2 servings)

Calories: 450

Fats: 12 g

Carbs: 25 g

Proteins: 64 g

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Recipes Made Simple: Italian Meatloaf

Ingredients: (4 Servings)

Meatloaf:

  • 2 pounds of 93/7 Ground Beef
  • 2 Ounces of Diced White Onions
  • ½ of a Red Pepper Diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese   

Vegetables:

  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 2 Ounces of Sliced White Onions
  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • 12 ounces of Snow Peas
  • 1 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Seasonings: Dry Italian Seasoning, Granulated Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt, and Pepper    

Red Potatoes:

  • 4 Medium Sized Red Potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic
  • ½ Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ Tablespoon Salt

Directions:

Meatloaf:

  1. Dice Onions and Red Peppers
  2. In a bowl mix all burger ingredients together and form into a loaf and put into a cooking pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 400-degrees and cook for 40 minutes.

Vegetables:

  1. Slice pepper, onions, and cucumbers, and place them in a bowl with the snow peas.
  2. Toss vegetables with olive oil, and dry seasonings

Baked Red Potatoes:

  1. Cut potatoes into evenly sized cubes.
  2. Put into a Ziplock bag and add seasonings
  3. Shake the bag until all the potatoes are evenly coated with the seasonings.
  4. Place into the 400-degree oven and cook until tender (about 30 minutes).

Once all the food is ready plate, serve, and Enjoy

Estimated Nutrients: Per Serving

Calorie: 431

Fats:  14 grams

Carbohydrate: 38 grams

Fiber: 6 grams

Protein: 37 grams

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Recipes Made Simple: Grilled Jalapeno and Onion Burgers 

Grilled Jalapeno and Onion Burgers

Ingredients: (3 Servings)

Burgers:

  • 16 Ounces of 93/7 Ground Beef
  • 2 Ounces of Diced White Onions
  • 1 Ounce of Diced Jalapeno
  • 1 Teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Granulated Garlic

Vegetables

  • 8 Ounces of Broccoli
  • 8 Ounces of Carrots

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 Medium sized Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

Directions:

Burgers:

  1. Dice Onions and Jalapenos
  2. In a bowl mix all burger ingredients together and form into 3 even sized patties
  3. Throw onto the grill for 5-8 minutes each side. 

Vegetables:

  1. Steam Fresh Broccoli and Carrots until tender.

Sweet Potato Fries:

  1. Skin and slice the sweet potatoes into fries
  2. Place fries onto a greased cooking sheet and spray with cooking spray, sprinkle cinnamon on top then mix together, evenly coating the potatoes in cinnamon.
  3. Bake at 400-degrees for 20 minutes, then put under the broiler on low for two more minutes to crisp the tops.

Once all the food is ready: plate, serve and Enjoy

Estimated Nutrients: Per Serving

Calorie: 435

Fats:  11 grams

Carbohydrate: 40 grams

Fiber: 12 grams

Protein: 47 grams

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What’s for Dinner? Stuffed Chicken Breast with Zoodles and Baby Bella Mushroom Caps

This turned out pretty good, the only thing I didn’t do was season the chicken itself.  I would recommend seasoning the chicken with at least salt and peppers before cooking

Ingredients: (2 Servings)

Chicken

  • 2 Large Chicken Breast
  • ½ Cup Cottage Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ Cup Tomato Sauce

Vegetables

  • 2 Medium Zucchinis
  • 8 Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Seasonings: Dry Italian Seasoning, Basil, Granulated Garlic, Salt, and Pepper

Directions:

Stuffed Chicken

  1. Cut Chicken in half and smash thin.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together cottage cheese, 1 teaspoon Garlic, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Spread cottage cheese over the chicken and roll up.
  4. Place chicken on a baking sheet and cover with the desired amount of tomato sauce.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes in a 400-degree oven

Zoodles:

  1. Spiralize 2 Zucchinis
  2. Sauté in a pan with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, and Italian Seasoning. Cook until tender.

Mushrooms:

  1. Remove stems from the bottom of the mushrooms.
  2. Place cap side down in a baking dish and drizzle 1 Tablespoon of olive oil over the mushrooms.
  3. Sprinkle Garlic and Oregano on top.
  4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees

Once you plate the dish, pour your desired amount of tomato sauce onto the Zoodles, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top, serve, and Enjoy!!!

Estimated Nutrients: Per Serving

Calorie: 500

Fats: 23 grams

Carbohydrate: 21 grams

Protein: 55grams

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Easy to Make No Bake Oatmeal Protein Bites

These Oatmeal Protein Bites, are perfect on the go snacks that are low-fat and packed with protein.  Each Bite contains less than 2 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, and more than 5 grams of protein. These are easy to make no hassle treats that everyone will enjoy.

The ingredients for this recipe are very basic and directions are easy to follow.

For this recipe, I use Organic PBfit – All-Natural Chocolate Peanut Butter Powder.  I like to use this because it helps lower the amount of fat in these bites. Other ingredients include Rolled Oats, Protein Powder, Unsweet Cocoa Powder, Cinnamon, Unsweetened Almond Milk, and Stevia.  I like to use the Stevia to help add sweetness, but you can add honey or Agave Syrup to help sweeten the Bites.

To make these Bites, simply mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix them together. Then, add the Almond Milk and mix until you have a thick consistency.  Set in the Refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  This step is important to help soften the oatmeal.  After 2 hours roll into 15 even sized bites, and you’re ready to enjoy.

Oatmeal Bite Ingredients (Yields 15 Bites):

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, split into 15 even Oatmeal Bites
  • Place into a container to store in the refrigerator.

Nutrients per 3 Bites:

  • Calories: 222
  • Fats 5 g
  • Carbs 32 g
  • Protein 16 g

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What’s for Dinner? Stuffed Pepper with Black Beans and Onions

Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Onions

Ingredients: (4 Servings)

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef ( I use 91/9 from Costco)
  • 4 Peppers
  • 4 Ounces Vidalia Onion
  • 1 Cup Black Beans
  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • ¼ Cup Shredded Cheese
  • Seasonings: McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet, season with steak seasoning.
  2. Finely chop the 4 ounces of onion.
  3. Cut the tops off the Peppers and remove seeds.
  4. Mix Beef, beans and Onions together in the pan and separate evenly into the four Peppers.
  5. Place Stuffed Peppers into a deep baking dish and cover with tinfoil.
  6. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 min.
  7. After 25 minute remove tinfoil and top with cheese, place back in oven and cook for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
  8. Chop Cucumbers, plate and Enjoy!!!

Nutrients: Per Serving 

Calorie: 295

Fats: 13 grams

Carbohydrate: 19 grams

Protein: 30 grams

*Nutrients from the Lose it! App

If you look at the meals I cook, I use many of the same ingredients, just prepared differently.  This makes my shopping very easy during the week and cuts down the price.

What’s for Dinner!! Dinner For 2


Fajitas style Chicken Breast with Onions, Peppers & Black Beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breast
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 1 Tbsp of Olive oil
  • 1 Can of Goya Black Beans
  • Taco seasoning of your choice

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken into somewhat even chunks and place in a Ziploc bag.
  2. Cover in taco seasoning and mix together.
  3. Heat up a pan and spray with cooking spray.
  4. Place chicken in the pan, cooking for about 5 minutes each side.
  5. Take Chicken out of the pan and let rest.
  6. Add 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil to the pan and add chopped onions and peppers, cooking until tender.
  7. Rinse and drain black beans and cook in a pan until warm.