Lunch is one of the most challenging meals of the entire day.
People tend to either skip it all together, settle for grabbing some fast food or make their own lunch.
Now let’s be honest here…most people don’t make their own lunches on a daily basis.
Because it’s hard to come up with ideas! Plus, who wants to cook in the middle of the day or has their crap together enough the night before to cook something?
I sure don’t!
Meal prepping on Sunday’s is crucial for me to eat healthy throughout the week and has been especially important lately since I have marathon training, a full time job, my blog and still need a little personal time in there.
So when I discovered Trader Joe’s Balela Salad a couple weeks ago I was instantly obsessed with how easy it was to bring a bag of mixed greens and a container of Balela Salad to work to toss together for the world’s easiest lunch ever.
Good morning & happy Sunday!
I’m about to head out to my longest run yet for marathon training but HAD to share this recipe with you all first.
Naan, goat cheese, green olive tapenade & artichokes…does it really get any better than that?
Actually, it does because you can get everything from Trader Joe’s and whip this delicious meal or appetizer up in 10 minutes.
You may be asking what Naan is. Naan is an oven baked flat bread that normally is eaten soft but is even more delicious crisped up for a pizza variation.
How many of you enjoy slaving away in the kitchen after a long day of work?
Nobody? …That’s what I thought!
Dinner can be a very challenging meal for people for many reasons; they’re tired, there’s no food in the house, they don’t know what the heck to make so they end up getting takeout or resorting to a frozen meal.
…Not exactly an ideal situation.
Last week I discovered my new favorite easy weeknight dinner- Greek Polenta!
Kellen at A Cup of Kellen posted this Greek Polenta recipe (pictured) and you guys…IT’S AMAZING!!! There are so many bold, delicious flavors in this meal your taste buds will be excited by every single bite.
I was really intimidated to try cooking polenta but good old Trader Joe’s makes it so easy with their Organic Polenta. It’s already cooked so all you have to do it heat it in a skillet for a few minutes on each side.
Image via TraderJoe’s.com
This meal took maybe 10 minutes to throw together and tastes like you were slaving in the kitchen for hours. I served my Greek Polenta over a big plate of baby kale and to help fill Bryce up heated up some sun-dried tomato sausages…YUM!
HAPPY SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!
I love love love the Super Bowl. It honestly feels like a holiday- everyone get’s together and eats, drinks and watches the game…what’s better than that?
In case you still have no idea what to bring to your Super Bowl party take a look at my Super Easy Super Bowl Snacks post. These are all 2-4 ingredients and everything can be found super easily at Trader Joe’s.
Now let’s fast forward post Super Bowl. I know I always think of this weekend as a “cheat weekend” then come Monday it’s time to get back on track for the 983759345th time.
So the theme of my Weekly Meals this week is going to be light dinners to help get you back on track post Super Bowl.
The best way to rest your body is to drink a ton of water, decrease your sodium intake and really up the veggies and protein in your diet. My favorite way to increase veggies in my diet is SPIRALIZE them into noodles. Yep, veggie noodles!
I’m obsessed with this Spiralizer you can get on Amazon for only about $25. It honestly is one of the best kitchen gadgets you can own.
There is nothing worse than getting home from work, cooking up a feast using 98743589435 different pots and pans, eating at midnight then being left with 2346237846 dishes to wash.
That’s why I love easy, one pot meals so much!
My One Pot Kale, Sausage & Lentil Soup is filled with healthy veggies and fiber packed lentils to keep you full and satisfied.
Just look at all those healthy ingredients…Mmmm!
This is going to be a short & sweet little Weekly Meals post I’m writing before heading out to run the Carlsbad half marathon. In true psycho, OCD fashion I did my shopping/ meal planning a day in advance so after the race I can relax, enjoy and take a nap haha.
Pictured is one of my all time favorite dinners, PaleOMG’s “Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie” that I made last week. Funny story, Bryce’s brother and his friend are in town and got to our house STARVING! Neither one of them had any idea what a spaghetti squash even was much less what it tasted like and devoured this dish. My whole casserole dish was empty in 30 seconds! This recipe can seriously make anyone a fan of eating healthy- it’s a must try!!!!
This week I’ve been talking with a ton of people who want to eat healthier but have no idea where to start. My advice is always PLAN! Simply writing down your weekly schedule and figuring out which nights you can cook and can’t cook is a great place to start!
Sorry I’m getting this post out so late but these playoff football games have been INTENSE! I’m a huge football fan (RIP Chargers) and I have seriously watched every minute of every game this weekend screaming my head off at the tv.
I finally have 20 minutes during half time of the Redskins v. Packers game to plan some meals for the week- HA!
Just in case you’re drooling over that Buffalo Chicken Casserole picture from last weeks Weekly Meals. You can get the recipe here and can get my red Le Creuset dutch oven here– Honestly if you don’t own a dutch oven GET ONE! They’re an investment but the most versatile kitchen item you can own. I do everything in this pot: pasta, meats, chili, soups…etc and am obsessed if you couldn’t tell.
So this week is going to be a little different. I am running my first half marathon of 2016 next Sunday so I’m upping my carb intake this week. I don’t believe carb loading the night before a race does anything but put you into a food coma so I usually just add a little bit of extra carbs throughout the week to start saving up some amazing energy for the weekend- god knows I’m going to need it.
Actually working a full 5 days this week has been exhausting…seriously TGIF! I’m ready to sleep in tomorrow and do a whole lot of nothing this weekend.
Anyway, this Kale & Chickpea pasta is one of my all time favorite pasta dishes. There is this magical blend of flavors and textures that keeps you wanting more. It also is packed with protein so a small serving goes a long way…hello lunches for the next day.
A lot of people get confused between chickpeas and garbanzo beans. GUESS WHAT?? They’re the exact same thing! And the are an extremely healthy food to incorporate into your diet.
Just 1 cup of chickpeas has the following:
- 15 g of vegetarian protein
- 12 g of healthy fiber
- 0 g of saturated fat
- great source of immune boosting zinc and copper
It’s officially 2016 and the only real differences I’ve noticed is that the gym is more packed than ever and that Trader Joe’s was sold out of kale yesterday….hello resolution time.
Resolutions are an important thing to talk about and I really learned this after working in weight loss for years. It goes like this for most people:
- Make a resolution to get fit, lose weight, eat healthy…
- Stick to it for 2 weeks
- Give up because you’re not seeing results fast enough
I really want to stress to you all to not expect to change overnight. Change takes time and that’s a good thing. You have to give your body time to adjust to a new routine. Plus let’s look big picture…don’t focus on just losing 10 lbs in 2016…focus on losing that 10 lbs then keeping it off for good!
Be patient and let these wonderful resolutions truly become a part of your life long-term not just for January.
Let’s get to my Weekly Meals. It’s suppose to rain all week and barely get above 60 here in San Diego- THIS IS FREEZING and yes I’m a complete baby (hence my $300 SDG&E bill from having the heat on 24/7…whoops).
Freezing temps = soups, casseroles and pastas in my house (skinny versions of course).