Meal Prep: Week 2 & The Best Steak Marinade

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I know this is late, BUT I wanted to share what I made for the second week of our meal prep. I try to prep twice a week because we go through meals really quick and I only have 12 containers right now - need to buy more ASAP!

PROTEIN

Marinated Flank Steak
Using the marinade above, let the steak marinate for at least 24 hours (48 is best) and then cook over medium-low heat with the lid until cooked through. You don't want to dry it out since flank steak is so thin so definitely keep the lid on and the heat low.

 

GRAINS/LEGUMES

We went with black beans and refried black beans this week - Chance's favorite! 

 

VEGGIES

Riced Cauliflower & Carrots
Using one head of cauliflower, I chopped it in the food processor in small batches. I repeated this for the carrots as well. Then, as I did with the riced broccoli last week, I sauteed over medium-low heat with some water in small batches until cooked to my liking.

 

Hope you enjoy this week's meal prep! Let me know what your favorite meal prep meals are in the comments below or if you have any questions/feedback! Thanks!

My First Meal Prep: Beginner's Guide to Meal Prepping

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meal prep via chaos with coffee
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Most of you saw on my Instagram that we're trying out the whole meal prep thing and I am honestly SUPER EXCITED about it. Chance and I are both really into health and fitness, but honestly him way more than me. WAY back in college when I was running 4-5 miles a day I was really into health and fitness, but then I got really sick and lost my motivation, then life got super busy (I know that's a terrible excuse) so it wasn't until last summer that I started getting back into a "beginner's" workout routine and exercising more regularly. Now that we're more settled into our new home and have obtained workout equipment it feels like we are starting to finally make progress instead of just maintaining so I thought I would share our journey and maybe some of you will get some inspiration out of it or provide some motivation!

Again, this is my FIRST TIME doing a weekly meal prep so feel free to provide feedback, but just keep that in mind because I am learning as I do. Since Chance works Sunday - Thursday, my meal preps will be every Saturday vs. Sunday like most people, but here are the meals and variations I went with this week.

 

PROTEIN

Italian Chicken
I used boneless chicken breasts and rubbed them with Mrs. Dash Italian Seasoning and then added them to a saucepan with Olive Garden Salad Dressing. I cooked thoroughly on each side with the lid on.

Old Bay Shrimp
I just used a bag of pre-cooked frozen shrimp, thawed if partially and then placed it into a large saucepan with 1/2 cup of old bay and let it cook like a shrimp boil.

 

GRAINS/LEGUMES

This week I went with what was in the pantry: black beans and chickpeas! 

 

VEGGIES

Riced Italian Garlic Broccoli
I used a really large bag of broccoli from Sam's Club and chopped it in the food processor in small batches. Then, again in small batches, I sauteed over medium-low heat with some water, Mrs. Dash Italian Seasoning and garlic until it was cooked to my liking.

 

I only made 6 meals because I didn't order enough tupperware apparently so I'll be doing another meal prep Monday or Tuesday most likely when the rest arrives! Let me know what your favorite meal prep meals are in the comments below or if you have any questions/feedback! Thanks!

 

 

Easy Turkey Black Bean Burgers

Easy Turkey Black Bean Burgers

Now that I've fully conquered the flu, I am back in action and ready to share more recipes with you all! As I mentioned in one of my last posts here, Chance and I are living in a hotel in Fishkill, New York until we close on our house, but the good news is that we finally have a kitchen again! I was getting so tired of eating out for nearly every single meal in December - thank god Virginia is only a train ride away. Anyways, while we were home for the holidays visiting family, Chance came up with this low carb recipe idea - Turkey Black Bean "Bun" Burgers! In case y'all didn't already know, I'm allergic to gluten so I don't usually eat many carbs anyways so this recipe is great and packed with protein!

We've made the recipe several times now and it's super easy. The first time we added avocado on top, which is my favorite way to eat the dish, but the second time I made it our avocados weren't ripe enough so I sautéed some onions and added jalapeños for spice. Whichever way you to chose to go with, this recipe won't disappoint! Scroll down for the full recipe and share your favorite ways to eat it!

Turkey Black Bean Burgers
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INGREDIENTS
• 1 Ib. Ground turkey
• 2-3 tbsp. Slap Ya Mama Seasoning to taste
• 3 tbsp. coconut oil (olive oil is fine too)
Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Burgers
• Avocado

DIRECTIONS
1. Add a 2-3 tablespoons of Slap Ya Mama Seasoning (give or take depending on your preferences) to the ground turkey and mix with your hands. Pre-heat a pan over medium heat with coconut oil (or olive oil).

2. Form the turkey meat into patties and cook until no longer pink in the middle (about 4 minutes on each side). Add your black bean burgers and heat up in the pan until cooked through.

3. Build your turkey black bean burger using a black bean burger as the base. Top with avocado and hot sauce or toppings of your choice!

NUTRITION FACTS*
350 Calories
27g Protein
40% of Daily Dietary Fiber
*note: these are calculated based on our ingredients and may vary

 

 

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

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Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. How do I even begin to describe 2017 - my life has completely changed in all the right ways since January and for the first time in several years I’m actually quite thrilled to jump into a new year!

Chance and I have so much to be thankful for and even more to look forward to in 2018 that the anticipation is killing me! Together we traveled across the east coast, explored 15+ cities in 5 states over the span of 5 months, missed flights, got lost on country roads, ate way too much breakfast food (just kidding, that’s impossible), moved to New York, bought a house and so much more, but my favorite thing that we did was meet each other. 

2017 was a BIG year for me personally, I left New York City and moved back to Virginia, landed my dream job, bought my first car, moved back to New York upstate and SO much more that I can’t even begin to go in detail about (and honestly don’t want to), but the most important thing I did was to let myself be happy, start living my life and surround myself with positive, motivated, ambitious, genuinely good people! Bring on 2018 world!

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So, with that said, here are some of my New Year’s Resolutions: 

Try out a vegan or vegetarian diet

Do Kayla’s BBG on Sweat every week

Budget properly

Be kind and patient  

Volunteer at least once

Read 12 books

Travel to Europe

Explore 20+ new cities  

Be more creative

Run a half marathon

 

What are you resolutions for 2018? If you're like me, my favorite resolution is to be healthier and workout more often so I've included a little round up of my favorite workout gear to get you ready for 2018. Cheers to a new year!