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Food Prep

Food prep can mean a lot of different things. Preparing meals for the freezer, assembling complete meals to be warmed during the week, or getting a head start on week night cooking by having ingredients prepped and ready to go.

I’m not always short on time during the week but I’m often lacking in energy and motivation at the end of a work day, and something that I generally enjoy <cooking> can feel more like a chore. I work really hard to stay on a budget, which includes the purchase of groceries as well as money spent on entertainment (i.e. eating out), and I also try to eat relatively well.

There are three reasons the wheels fall off an otherwise perfect meal plan for the week:
1) not having the ingredients on hand, requiring another trip to the store (because that is unlikely to happen, I’d rather order a pizza at that point)
2) forgetting to thaw frozen items from the freezer (again with the pizza order)
3) failing to have prep work done on the front end (you guessed it, pizza!)

So, in an effort to keep us on track with both our budget and healthy eating, I spend time planning meals for the week ahead, doing all my grocery shopping in one swoop, and prepping ingredients on the weekend. In the event that these things aren’t possible over the weekend I try to have a number of options I can pull from the freezer and warm in the oven through the week. Failure to do so often means eating out and I don’t know about you, but it’s nearly impossible for me to make the healthy choice when eating out. Add to that, eating out adds up fast!!

This weekend will be no exception and I’ll be busy washing and chopping fruits and veggies after a trip to the store and pulling items from the freezer.

A bit of what is on deck for the upcoming week are a few recipes I’ve shared with you previously:
Roasted Parmesan Asparagus as a side dish to Grilled Chicken:
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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon as a side dish to Pork Chops:
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My favorite smoothie for a quick grab breakfast:
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And, assembly of several of these salads, using this shredded chicken pulled from the freezer, for lunches through the week:
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What other tips do you use to keep yourself on track with both eating well and staying on budget where food is concerned? I’d love to hear your suggestions below in the comments section!

Wishing you a fun and safe weekend!
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My Favorite Smoothie

A smoothie can be a really nice grab-and-go breakfast, or morning snack…or any time of day snack, really. I’ve tried several varieties, but this one is my favorite. In fact, I never get tired of it and drink several of them most weeks.

It’s one of those smoothies that people look at and ask, “WHAT is THAT?”. Or feel the need to comment, “What are you drinking, it looks GROSS!”. Here’s the thing: It’s green. And for whatever reason, that puts some people off as they automatically think I must be drinking a salad I ran through the blender and am now slurping through a straw. Here’s the other thing: people’s filters are evidently broken because I’m pretty sure commenting on how gross you think someone’s food or beverage looks isn’t etiquette best practice. Aanndd…one final thing…you will quickly learn to brush off the unfiltered comments because this smoothie is so wonderful in both flavor and amazing creamy texture…it’s totally worth it!

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Ingredients:
1/2 very ripe banana
1/2 ripe avocado
1/4 cup mango (I use frozen)
2 T plain greek yogurt
1/2 of a lime, juiced
1/8 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
Directions:
put everything into the blender and process until smooth

Note:
Since this recipe calls for using half of several ingredients, I prep 2 smoothies at a time and throw the second one in the fridge so it’s a quick grab-and-blend the next day. If you juice the lime over the top of the avocado, the avocado will hold its color well until the following day.
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? One that you never tire of and would like to share? I’d be willing to forego my favorite to try some new varieties…share in the comments below!

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