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So I have not been in a recipe creating or following mood lately. Legit don’t have time for that right now. It’s no surprise that my go-to meal is a bowl of food: protein, fat, veggie, carb, flavor… boom, you’re done. Cooking and eating is really not hard or complicated if you just keep it simple. No need for elaborate recipes or fancy gadgets. I’ve been food prepping for about an hour over the weekend (hard boiled eggs, chopping/pre-cooking some veg and pre-making chicken and some ground meat) and that’s it. This makes “cooking” (more like assembling” super easy.
I’m still all about my post-workout smoothie. When I’m going from a workout to coaching, I make it the night before: 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 banana, 2 tbsp of my vegan protein powder blend. Blend it all together, keep it in the fridge over-night, workout, shake it up, drink.
After my workout and smoothie, I eat a more substantial meal so I dive headfirst into a cold bowl of meat, veggies and salsa. I cooked up some organic ground turkey and steamed broccoli over the weekend (I totally over-cooked the broccoli and it’s really soggy). Then I just throw about 1/3 of a lb of the turkey, a generous serving of broccoli and a few dollops of salsa into a bowl. Voila. Meal numero uno. Yes, eaten cold.
Or I sub the broccoli for green beans… not pretty but does the trick.
Salad beasts (or big salads) are one of my faves for an easy and nutrient dense meal. I start with my greens then add protein, veggies and fat. This salad was spinach, a shredded chicken breast, carrots (I bought a pre-shredded bag of organic ones), red pepper, sunflower seeds, a whole avocado and some olive oil. Done.
Return of the soggy broccoli for a delicious meal ready in about 5 minutes. In the morning, I sliced a piece of clodhammer steak and put it in a bowl with a few tablespoons of coconut aminos, 1/4 tsp paprika, salt and pepper and let it marinate for a few hours. I had pre-cooked broccoli and green beans in the fridge. When I got home after an afternoon of coaching and I was starving, I heated some coconut oil in a pan before adding the steak. Once the steak was starting to cook through I added the carrots. Then added a few more splashes of coconut aminos plus the green beans and broccoli to warm and a few sun-dried tomatoes.
I broke out my spiralizer this week – it’s been awhile…
This was a random experiment as per a recommendation from Tabitha to combine tahini with chicken – I really want to like tahini (tahini is crushed and blended sesame seeds and a good source of calcium and other nutrients). I combined about 2 tbsp of tahini with pinches of paprika, chilli powder, pepper and salt. Then I mixed the tahini sauce with a shredded chicken breast (pre-made, from the fridge) and a few cut-up sun dried tomatoes. Then I just barely cooked the zucchini noodles in a pan with coconut oil and added the chicken mixture in the last minute. Not bad. (There’s a lot more chicken at the bottom of the bowl).
For this dinner, I put about 1/3 of a pound of grass-fed ground beef in a pan and allowed it to cook. I didn’t have any tomato sauce made so I just added some pureed tomatoes and basil, oregano, chilli powder, salt and pepper to the beef. Once the beef was almost done, I added a spiralized zucchini to cook for a few minutes.
Okay one last spiralized creation: broccoli noodles + tuna + avocado. It was actually delicious! This was my first time spiralizing broccoli stems and I’m never turning back. I cooked the broccoli noodles in a pan with a bit of coconut oil for 3 minutes or so. Then I topped the noodles with a can of tuna, a whole avocado, sun dried and cherry tomatoes. Mix it all up and devour.
My evening is seriously incomplete without a sweet potato. My dad thinks I have an addiction and my mom asked if you can become intolerant to sweet potatoes. Hah. Sweet taters are my favorite starchy veg and I gotta get those carbs in! I have not been prepping my sweet potatoes lately, dunno why… but whatevs. You can easily roast them in the oven or steam them or turn them into “hash” (directions for all here) or even spiralize them but my lazy method of choice has been the microwave. Yup: pop it in the microwave for 10-14 minutes (depending on the size of the tater) allow it to cool (seriously, I always burn my mouth) and enjoy ‘dem carbs.
I legit only use the microwave for taters (and soup sometimes) and from all the research I’ve read, it’s pretty inconclusive.
Oh I can’t forget to tell you about my tumeric shots… no they are not as delicious or fun as Jager bombs. So I’ve been trying out these little power-shots of coconut water and an 1/8 of a teaspoon of tumeric. Research has shown the beneficial anti-inflammatory effects of tumeric on the body so I have been giving it a go – I know Lauren and Lindsay will both be proud :) With this marathon training, my body certainly feels quite inflamed. So far it just tastes disgusting but I’m up for just about anything if it has the potential to better my health and performance.
Hope this is helpful and gives you some very, very simple (and delish) ideas to fuel your life!
Have a great weekend – safe and easy fast to my members of the tribe!
Questions of the day…
What have you been eating lately? Up to anything fun this weekend?
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