Quick, easy meal prep - Being prepared

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As a mom of 3 young boys, a wife to a duck hunter (during hunting season), a small business owner and operator and a victim of holiday fluff.... I can't tell you how happy I am to be PREPARED. For my life, if I'm not prepared I've already lost the battle. I know I'm not the only busy person out there so I wanted to show you some of my tricks and how I prepped for the upcoming week.
Before I begin let me put the disclaimer out there that I am not a food blogger, a mom blogger, a fitness blogger or any type of a blogger at all. So this is just me, sharing my prep with you in hopes that it can help you on your journey to feeling your best. I call this OPERATION FEEL GOOD, it's much deeper than wanting to shed a few holiday pounds, I'm ready to FEEL great, to not feel bloated and tired all the time, to be able to do all of the things I love, like play with my wild boys, work on "work" things (I hate even calling it work because I seriously LOVE Get Fit so much), workout hard... the list goes on.


My Simple Plan:

  • Tomato Basil soup with a kick

  • 4 bento box lunches (or anytime meals)

  • Green Smoothies

  • Hard boiled eggs (my lifesaver, if you don't like eggs... I'm sorry)

Things you'll need:

  • Tomato Basil Soup with a kick ingredients (below)

  • Tupperware containers for anytime meals

  • 4 Salmon filets or Chicken (I used the frozen salmon filets from Costco)

  • Quinoa or brown rice (I used the frozen Quinoa and Kale from Costco freezer section)

  • Broccoli (I used pre-chopped broccoli from Costco)

  • Spinach

  • Frozen/Fresh fruit for smoothies (I used: frozen blueberries, frozen bananas, frozen pineapple)

  • Eggs

I started by prepping my TOMATO SOUP, I found the recipe on Whole30Recipes Instagram account and added some heat and basil to it.

  • 30 cored tomatoes, various sizes & varieties. I used roma's because they were on sale, also I threw in some large red hot house and a 28oz can of marzano fire roasted whole tomatoes)

  • EVOO or coconut oil (I used local Sciabica's Jalapeno Olive Oil)

  • Seasonings of choice (I used black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, himalayan salt)

  • 1 C Vegetable Broth

  • Fresh basil (optional, I just love basil so I threw in a few fresh leafs)

  • Oven-safe stoneware casserole (I used my Martha Stewart green casserole I got for Christmas!)

  • Slow cooker

Heat oven to 425 degrees, core tomatoes & cram as many as you can into a stoneware casserole. Drizzle generously with olive oil and dredge (way more than you even think you need) with seasonings of choice. Throw in basil if you have it. Roast in oven for 25-30 min.
Add vegetable broth to slow cooker, heat on high.
Rest tomatoes in pan on the counter to cool for a bit. You can peel the skins if you want to but they get pretty soft in the slow cooker. Transfer tomatoes to slow cooker, add a small bit of the oil, no more than 2 tbsp. worth.
6 hours on high and then use an immersion blender or food processor and blend it up!

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Isn't that color fun?!?
I'm a MULTI TASKER, so as the tomatoes were roasting in the oven I had eggs on the stove boiling, broccoli rinsed and trimmed and drizzled with EVOO, frozen salmon filets thawed and seasoned with lemon juice & fresh garlic, quinoa & kale (total cheat from Costco, found in the freezer section) in the microwave.
Once the tomatoes came out of the oven I put the Salmon in at 350 for 15 min. and then went the broccoli at 425 for about 15 min. DONE!

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All I had left was to put together the smoothie bags. If you've never had a "green smoothie" before you are probably freaked out by the fact that there is spinach in it... trust me, if my 6, 5 and 1 year old boys can't taste the spinach neither will you. There is a little trick though so listen up: Puree your spinach in a little water before you add any other fruit! That way the spinach can get really blended and not be still leafy in your smoothie. I used my favorite kitchen gadget : NUTRIBULLET : and blended up about 7.5 Cups of raw beautiful spinach. If you tried to eat 7.5C of raw spinach it would take you a long time... but blend that baby up and it all fits in about 1.5C pureed nutrient denseness! It's great. Ok enough fluff... I portioned out 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2C frozen blueberries and about 2-3 little spears of frozen pineapple in each ziplock bag and then divided up the spinach amongst the bags. When it's smoothie time I'll set the bag out for a second and throw it in my Nutribullet!

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That's it! Not even a ton of dishes to do.
You'll probably notice that my prep doesn't include breakfast/dinners/snacks so here's my plan for the week:
Breakfast: 2 eggs over medium over a bed of fresh spinach and sliced avocado (kind of like a breakfast salad)
Snacks: Hard boiled egg + veggie (celery, cucumber, bell pepper, carrots, etc.) or a green smoothie :)
Lunch: Salmon lunch box with maybe a side of Tomato soup ;)
Dinners: My dinners this week are simple, clean, fresh and easy. Guac turkey burgers & sweet potato fries, tex mex chicken in the crockpot, Chicken stir fry...
I also had a few hacks that I wanted to share with you! If you've ever done a bootcamp with us you know about the amazing benefits of warm lemon water in the morning... you can thank me later for this:

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Found this baby at Sprouts today! Only 1 ingredient: Organic Lemons! 1Tbsp = 1/2 medium lemon juiced

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Another thing I found that I love.... we rang in the New Year with our great friends at a cabin in MiWuk and on our way home we stopped in at Cover's Apple Ranch for breakfast. I found so many goodies but these two took the cake. I wish I would have gotten the BIG JARS of both. The pomegranate juice was so fresh and had nothing added to it. The applesauce was to die for. So yummy and thick! And just one ingredient... APPLES. I can tell that midway through this week of getting rid of holiday SUGAR and FULFF, I will be enjoying this treat!

I hope this helped give you some ideas for your own journey! Remember... BE PREPARED, it's a gift once the hectic week starts.