It’s Meal Prep Monday! Today I am sharing some of the meal prep items I’ve made over the past week. I was so excited to be able to cook some different things like beans, rice and other grains that I started prepping on the last day of our Whole30 just to be ready.
Cheddar Jalapeño Sausage
Quinoa with sautéed kale and onions
I’ve used Miller chicken sausages in past preps, but they don’t get old for us. It’s an easy and fairly nutritious choice, though I sometimes find them a bit salty. To counter that I made simple quinoa with sautéed onions and frozen chopped kale. I didn’t use any salt to counterbalance the sausage seasoning.
Kalua Shredded Pork
Speckled butter beans
White rice with jalapeño cream
Kalua pork has become one of my favorite go-to recipes for meal prepping. It’s so easy and hands-off and yields a huge batch of incredibly versatile meat. This week I paired the shredded pork with plain rice and boiled speckled butter beans. Simple sounded good, but to add a twist I charred 4 cloves of garlic and 8 jalapeños under the broiler and then peeled and pureed them once cool with coconut milk, a little salt and some lemon juice. Zing! The sauce was a bit more spicy than anticipated, but when you mixed everything together the heat leveled out. I think you could sub any pepper into this mix, even bell, depending on your spice preference.
I am so excited to be able to expand my repertoire with grains and beans again. While it can be nice to take a break and explore other options I personally feel like beans, rice, quinoa, lentils, etc. are a healthy part of our diet and I am glad to have them back. One part of the Whole30 I really struggle with is cutting out things I feel are solid nutritional choices (especially beans).
I need to get back in the kitchen and finish cooking for the week. Next up is a recipe I found on Pinterest for blender muffins. I really like having prepped breakfast options available so I am hoping they come out well.
What are you including in your meal prep this week?
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Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.
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