Stay on Track With Weekly Meal Prep

In September I made some BIG changes that effected our home and my health. I cut out all sugar and began a low-carb lifestyle. I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I’m down 34 LBS and still have a long way to go.

Because our life here in Ireland is busy, meal times can be a bit rushed. In order to continue eating well, I need to have meals on hand that I can grab quickly. If not I would be running to the chippy and grabbing some fish and chips instead!

Each Sunday I take about an hour and prep several meals for the week. This weekly preparation has been a life saver!

Stay on Track with Weekly Meal Prep

Here are a few meal prep ideas to get you started. Just prepping one meal each week can help you to stay on track.

Quiona Mini Quiche

This is my favorite meal prep recipe lately. I made them with tomatoes and feta last week and they were delicious! You can find the recipe HERE

Stuffed Mushrooms

I just cut up the mushroom stem, onions, tomatoes, added Mayo and Cheese.

Overnight Oatmeal

I’m still on the lookout for a recipe that I love, this one wasn’t great to be honest!

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Fresh veggies

I’ll snack on this all week with some hummus

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Turkey Meatballs

I’ll share this recipe soon

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Just preparing a few things each week has been so helpful. I hope you find this post helpful. I plan to share more of my Meal Prep recipes, ideas and some step-by-step instructions in the future.

Easy Thanksgiving Meal – Planned For You

Easy Thanksgiving Dinner

 

You have just 2 days before the big day. Thanksgiving. Are you ready? Is your turkey defrosting? It’s not?? Ok. stop now and run to your freezer and dig that baby out.

 

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy Thanksgiving Dinner that anyone can put together. I’ve even included a printable shopping list. I’ve found several simple and easy recipes on Pinterest you can find all of the recipes on my Easy Thanksgiving Dinner board on Pinterest. Simply click on the widget below to find the recipes.

Our Thanksgiving Menu includes:

Roast Turkey

Mashed Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole

Stuffing

Gravy

Rolls

Pumpkin Pie

 Click on the image below to get your recipes:

EasyThanksgivingDinnerPinterest

Get your printable shopping list, simply click the image below:

Thanksgiving Shopping List Printable

Mini Quiches – Quinoa Ham and Cheese

One KEY tool in my weigh-loss journey is weekly food prep. It is a life saver and without it I would be more likely to eat something unhealthy. Don’t the Boy Scouts say something about being prepared… It’s true for weigh loss too!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite breakfasts! This is a super high-protein breakfast that keeps well in the fridge. The recipe is simple and quick too! Perfect for busy mamas!  Do you meal plan or do weekly food prep?

Quinoa Mini-Quiche

 

Mini Quiches - Quiona Ham and Cheese
Breakfast
6
 
Ingredients
  • Coconut oil
  • 4-5 eggs
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 slices ham
  • ¼ cup cheese of your choice - I use mature cheddar
  • Optional: minced red or green peppers, green onions
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Basil, Thyme or other spices (I mix it up and use whatever I have on hand.
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 325.
  2. Grease your muffin tins with coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
  3. Beat your eggs first
  4. Stir in quinoa.
  5. Fold in ham and cheese, optional vegetables and herbs.
  6. Fill each muffing tin ½ way.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until puffed up and starting to look dry on the top.
  8. Cool before packaging.
  9. I store these in the fridge for the week and just re-heat them each morning

 

Resources:

Silicone 12-Cup Muffin Pan   – Currently 50% off

White Quinoa

 

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies – With Gluten Free Option

Every year I look forward to Autumn. The colorful trees, pumpkin picking, warm sweaters, Thanksgiving and all of the yummy pumpkin treats! One of my favorite treats to make are these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. They are always a hit in our house.

For several years I also made these little pumpkin treats for the Allume Conference. The first year I made 250 of them and handed them out when I met the other conference attendees. It was a great ice breaker and made it much easier to get to know everyone. No one turned down the pumpkin whoopie pies.

Since moving to Ireland I haven’t been able to attend Allume (although I’ve stalked Facebook and Twitter the whole time!). Each year I’ve made these cookies it brings back such good memories of weekends spent my friends at Allume.

So here it is – the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Recipe:

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Recipe

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour  (substitute Pamela’s Baking Mix for gluten free)
1 TBS cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning (or 1 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp ginger and an additional 1tsp cinnamon)
1 c white sugar
1 c light brown sugar
1 c canola oil
3 c pumpkin puree (a good trick is to keep is to refrigerate it before using so it’s cold)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract ( I use Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Paste -love it)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Using parchment paper, prepare your baking sheets

In a large bowl, whisk  the flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix the white sugars and the oil together. Add the pumpkin mix to combine. Add  eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

Add the flour mixture about 1 cup at a time to the pumpkin mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.

I use a very small ice cream scoop (to make mini whoopie pies but you can also use a larger scoop for larger cookies I also sprayed my scoop w/ canola oil to help the dough not to stick.

Drop a rounded, heaping Scoop of the dough onto the  baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, (mini pies take less time) Cookies are done when a toothpick comes out clean or if you press on the top they are springy and do not sink.

Remove cookies  the oven and let the cookies cool. completely on a cooling rack.

** I use and Love Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Paste 4 oz

 

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Filling:

3 c sifted powdered sugar – sifted
8 oz cream cheese, at room temp (1 box)
4 oz (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract)

 

In a medium bowl using a hand mixer beat the butter until smooth, butter should lighten in color, about 3 minutes.

Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, then add the vanilla and beat until smooth.

To make the whoopie pies. Take one cookie upside down and place a scoop ( I use my mini ice cream scoop to get even portions) of frosting on top. Place other cookie on top and press softly to distribute the frosting.

*To make Gluten Free Whoopie pies substitute the flour for 3 1/2 cups of Pamela’s GF Baking mix) Letting the dough sit in the fridge for a few hours before putting in the oven helps with the texture.

Store in the Refrigerator and eat often! 

It may be wise to conceal them in a box marked “broccoli” to deter Whoopie Pie thieves.

 

Enjoy!