Posts Tagged 'make ahead'

operation: domesticate erin

It’s definitely a tough move from having a bachelor(ette) style fridge to one stocked full of veggies, snacks, and more.

Being a self-discovered workaholic, I’ve found that the easiest meals are the ones either being served to me with an exchange of hard-earned cash or meals that could be cooked/microwaved/baked in under 15 minutes.  Forget the need to be healthy, give me something fast and something I can eat while working on my laptop.

Well it’s about damn time I made a change.  Forget that I work too much, the past year has led me to make the decision that I want to be healthier (and have a smaller waist size).  I took up running and thanks to the sport I do feel a bit better (and can totally rock a size 10 jean).  I’ve given up red meat, changed out soda for water and do attempt to count calories, but it’s not enough.  I’ve gone through many attempts to eat better which has helped but making it a habit when you’re coming home at 7-8pm every night can be daunting.  Especially during times I find myself in a crunch at work… who wants to go home to prepare a meal?  I just want to sleep.

So I turned to the two girls who definitely have a good head on their shoulders when it comes to food and green living.  I think the spark that led to this all was when Katie opened my fridge and about died.  With the girls, I’ll learn great ways to prepare meals (and still keep them easy… sometimes), live a bit “greener,” and eat healthier.

So far, I’ve already taken a lesson from Katie regarding cheaper solutions to chicken.

Instead of buying boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I now purchase split breasts.  It’s more meat at a cheaper price.  I can bake the whole chicken, let it cool, shred it, and use it for the entire week.  Today I’m enjoying a Chicken Apple Raisin wrap that I simply LOVE and it was super easy to make in the morning!  Plus I saved $15 on chicken and way more than you’ll ever know for lunches out.

Also, I decided the bachelor way of the refrigerator needs to go.  This is one habit that’s going to be hard to get used to.

I sat down, wrote out my meals for the week and derived a good list of groceries needed for those meals.  Once I returned home with the groceries and loaded my fridge, it was like looking at Katie’s fridge… but at my place.  It was a really weird experience as I haven’t seen my fridge this full since I was in a relationship.  Even then I think it wasn’t as full as it is now.  I’m definitely excited about this new change and working to have more food in the house and spending less going out.

And bonus! I spent some time last night pre-cutting some veggies and fruits and bagging them for easy access over the week.

Does that count as extra credit?

<3 Erin

individual sloppy joe portions

i thought this was a fantastic idea!  sloppy joes are easy to make, and freezing them for individual usage is even better, especially for families!  brought to you by kitchn.com:

Sloppy Joes are fabulous for more than a few reasons (frugality and comfort being at the top of the list), but we’re partial to them because of their ability to freeze and reheat. In our kitchen, we make a full skillet of the mixture and let it cool to room temperature. Next we use a scoop to portion out individual mounds, that get placed in muffin tins (we line ours with foil liners). Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze (2 hours usually does the trick).

The individual portions are perfect to toss into a zip top bag for a lunch at work (the foil wrapper can peel right off). If packed in the morning, it’s thawed by lunch a quick 30 seconds in the microwave will have you warmed and ready to eat. We pack a few slices of bread or a stray bun to hold it all together and since the meat is bagged separately, there’s no soggy bread!

They’re prefect for a post-school snack or a full out dinner with additional sides, so give it a try next time you make up a batch for some quick hearty lunches!

<3 kt

the best morning glory muffin recipe!

i was feeling extra adventurous this morning!  i decided to try this whole foods market recipe and it was seriously fabulous!  (bonus: they give you the nutritional info too.)  what i love about it, is that there is an alternative gluten free option as well.  -please do yourself a favor and try this!  you can make the batter  beforehand and put it in the fridge, preheat the oven in the morning, and bon appetite!

Makes 16

Whole wheat pastry flour combines with apples, raisins, carrots, coconut and walnuts in these nutritious and satisfying muffins. Also try our Gluten-free Morning Glory Muffins.

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed natural brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Fuji apple, cored, peeled and diced
1/2 cup seedless raisins  (i used 1/4 cup raisins & 1/4 cup dried cranberries)
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dried flaked unsweetened coconut, divided  (i didn’t use coconut because i’m not a fan)

**i used a teaspoon of brown sugar and sprinkled it on top of each muffin before baking it!

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; break up any brown sugar lumps with your fingers or a wooden spoon.

In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and vanilla, then add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Add apples, raisins, carrots, walnuts and 1/4 cup of the coconut and stir gently until well combined.

Spoon batter into 16 paper-lined muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full. Top evenly with remaining 4 teaspoons coconut and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

Nutrition

Per serving (1 muffin/about 2oz/55g-wt.): 200 calories (110 from fat), 12g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 21g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 3g protein

<3 kt


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