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What’s up with Meal Prep

When I get home from the gym I am starving.  That’s when I get in trouble in my kitchen.  There is a new wave of meal preps being shared across Social Media.  They range from trainers and how they prep meals for the week to Blue Apron services that will provide meals ready to prepare to your door.

Why is this phenomenon taking place?  From my perspective we’re busy.  I mean really busy with absolutely no time to develop a meal plan, go to all the grocery stores to get the best products at the right price, or to cook the meal.  Time, to many of us, is precious.  With some busy folks who do not want to do fast food runs to maintain a healthy lifestyle, meal prep seems to be a way to resolve the drive thru dilemma.

2016 Pinterest Meal Prep photoThe industry has created such a pleasing visual of grab-and-go meals, it’s no wonder meal prep has caught on in the online fitness community because it helps those participating in a healthy lifestyle to stay-on-track.

The idea is to create a main protein that can be paired up with complex carbohydrates, in bulk, and plate it up in plastic lunch containers.   The Daily Burn has two fantastic pages of what is meal prep and the social media darlings of meal prep.  Visit the site and you can glean a lot more info from them.

Chef Kelvin Fernandez, Photo Huffington post
Chef Kelvin Fernandez, Photo Huffington post

There is another great idea and it comes from online personal meals for two or families.  The two that I follow on social media are Blue Apron and Plated.  Forbes did a great story on Blue Apron with a video comparing the two companies using celebrity Chef Kelvin Fernandez.  I enjoyed seeing what comes in the kit – prepackaged spices, vinegar, sauces, meat, and vegetables.  I’m kind of loving this idea.

I am not consistent with prep meals.  I need to be.  I did, however, make a ground chicken protein last week that my husband really enjoyed.  I used it with salad and a Nordstrom recipe so I could get in all my complex carbs without using processed food – corn tortillas or nacho chips.  This week I can mix it with black beans, salad fixings, steamed vegetables, lettuce wraps, sweet potato – it’s versatile as long as you prep the other items ahead just like the protein.

Food Network on their Healthy Eats page has the nutritional content of 4 ounces of ground beef at 90%, 85%, Turkey and Chicken.   They also give you 25 ways to use ground meat.  Dream on.

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  • 1 ½ lbs ground chicken thighs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ sweet onion, chopped
  • ½ green and red bell peppers, julienned
  • 2 T Canola oil
  • 1 T Chili powder
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • 1 t black course pepper
  • 1 t cumin
  • ½ t Kosher salt

Using a nonstick fry pan, add the oil to a heated pan.  Evenly distribute the ground chicken over the surface of your pan with a nonstick spatula.  When chicken is half way done, add the garlic and the vegetables.  When the chicken is almost done add all the spices.  Sauté for 5 more minutes till all the flavor is infused into the chicken.  Taste for flavor and adjust if you like it spicier.

You can mix this with anything, brown rice, vegetables, potatoes, breakfast….limitless opportunities.

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