A Look Back at What I Cooked This Month.

If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail. And for me, the most important thing I plan is the food I’m going to eat. So I am inviting you to take a look back at my monthly meal prep — March 2017

My transition from corporate job to freelance has been the most amazing experience. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that I have been given the past few months. I have taken a lot of risks, trusted that the Universe had my back, and followed the path that I knew would make me the happiest. Where did it lead me? Meal prep!

I have been meal prepping for Ryan and I for years now, ever since we did our first Whole30 in 2014! So when I became a certified health coach and started Holistic Happening, I knew that meal prep would be my biggest strength. I have also found the power in food as medicine on my own personal health journey, so I am excited to be able to give the gift of delicious and nutritious food to others!

What is meal prep?

Have you ever gotten home from a busy day at the office, opened the refrigerator and realized there is nothing to eat? So then you spend most of the night picking at random leftovers, opening and closing cabinets trying to find something nourishing, only to then order in a pie of pizza that you didn’t really want? Happens to the best of us when we fail to plan ahead!

Meal prep is creating a plan for your weekly meals and cooking it ahead of time. Planning ahead will make healthy food choices so much easier and leave you feeling satisfied, happy and successful! And even though you’ll spend a few hours once a week cooking and cleaning, you’ll end up saving a lot more time to enjoy other things. You’ll also save money because you won’t be tempted to order in or pick up something on the way home from work.

Now, I am a planner — I mean I make lists for my to-do lists. And that’s why meal prep comes so naturally to meal. I love planning ahead! So I have combined my love of planning, cooking and my expertise as a health coach to create the perfect business model. I am helping others meal prep for the week so they can spend their time doing other things — spending time with their family, working out or keeping them far away from the kitchen if cooking is just not their thing. Stay tuned because I’ll be sharing some of my go-to meal prep tips later; but today let’s take a look back at the meal prep I did for others!

A Look Back At My Monthly Meal Prep — March 2017

When it comes to meal prep, I’m not a fan of following elaborate recipes. I love cooking clean and simple food with minimal ingredients. This makes it easier to mix and match food throughout the week rather than stick to a specific meal laid out in a recipe found online. So most of my prep includes a range of vegetables and proteins placed in containers — I like to call this the meal prep buffet! I just open a container and put it on my plate and continue going down the buffet line (in my fridge) until I’ve created a balanced plate complete with protein, vegetables, healthy fats and carbs. Sometimes a good recipe comes in handy, especially when making a larger dish that can be eaten all week. Casseroles, frittatas, banana bread — those are all amazing recipes that help with meal prep. So one tip and trick that I’ll share today is plan ahead, figure out what you’re doing during the week and how much food you’ll actually need. A casserole can really come in handy if you want all your essential nutrients in one dish.

Here’s a look back at some of the delicious food I cooked this month.

Meal Prep 1:

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Meal Prep 2:

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Meal Prep 3:

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  • Mashed Coconut-ginger mashed potatoes
  • Rice pasta in a dairy-free cashew cream sauce
  • Lentil and tomato stew
  • Roasted broccoli in Primal Kitchen Foods Avocado Oil and Primal Palate Garlic & Herb blend
  • Turkey and spinach meatballs
  • Roasted salmon seasoned with Primal Palate meat & potatoes seasoning
  • Raw oat and peanut butter energy balls

Meal Prep 4:

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  • Roasted broccoli drizzled with Primal Kitchen Foods avocado oil and seasoned with Primal Palate breakfast blend
  • Roasted sweet potato wedges tossed in Tinstar Foods ghee and seasoned with Primal Palate Meat & Potatoes blend
  • Long grain rice and red bean
  • Red pepper, zucchini and pesto turkey meatballs
  • Roasted brussels sprouts
  • Pistachio crusted roasted wild caught salmon

Meal Prep 5

  • Wild caught cod brushed with Tinstar Foods ghee and seasoned with Primal Palate seafood blend
  • Broiled sweet potato discs brushed with Tinstar Foods ghee and seasoned with Primal Palate meat & potatoes blend
  • Roasted broccoli mixed with Primal Kitchen Foods avocado oil and seasoned with Primal Palate breakfast blend

So as you can see I have a variety of food that I’ve prepped for others so they can have a deliciously successful week! I love cooking food and providing this gift of health to others.

What’s on your meal prep plan this week? I’d love to hear what you’re cooking this week and can always use the inspiration!

And check out my 10 weekly meal prep tips to help you have a successful week planning your meals!

Originally published at www.balancedlife-leslie.com on March 24, 2017.

Originally published at medium.com