The Food Diaries: Monday Meal Prep

Chicken Taco Salad

3 medium yams 

6 chicken breasts 

3-4 tablespoons avocado oil 

1 large head lettuce 

1 large bell pepper (I prefer orange or yellow) 

2 avocados 

1 small can black olives

1 can black beans 

1 package taco seasoning 

1 lime

Cilantro, for garnish

This is one of my favourite recipes to meal prep, mainly because it's super simple - and as you guys know, I'm generally a sloth on Sundays. I've made this with shrimp, ground turkey, ground beef, and chicken. It's always turned out great. 

First things first: preheat the oven to 425. Chop your sweet potatoes to similar sized small pieces, toss with half the avocado oil and salt and pepper. Spread 'em on a baking sheet and get them in the oven. I like mine just soft for this recipe, no crisp, so I usually aim to have them in for 30 minutes.  

Get a pan on the stovetop and add the rest of the avocado oil. If you don't use non-stick pans, you may need a bit more. Season your chicken breast with salt and pepper, and make sure the pan's hot; then add them in and leave them for 4-6 minutes (depending on thickness) before you flip 'em. 

In the meantime, roughly chop your lettuce and vegetables (leave the avocados, for now). I usually start assembling the salads in Tupperware at this point. Lettuce goes on the bottom, then peppers, olives, and black beans. I add 1/4 avocado to my three portions (and 1/2 an avocado to Damien's) then make sure I squeeze lime juice over everything. 

When the chicken is just about cooked, I add the taco seasoning. That's because the brand I use asks you to mix it with water and then pour it over the meat. I like to do that as the last step so that it's all nice and hot, bring it to a nice bubble and then reduce the heat for the last few minutes of cooking. 

I recommend letting the sweet potatoes and chicken cool before adding them to your salads. This'll just help keep all your veggies nice and crunchy. 

Occasionally, I'll skip the sweet potatoes and use rice instead. Totally depends on what we have available, and how carbed up I want to be. 

Paleo chipotle mayo is a great topper for this recipe. Drizzle a little bit on right before you dig in, and you'll be a happy camper. 

PS - This makes 3 large man-adult-sized portions and 3 medium girl-adult-sized portions. I generally give us both a similar main protein portion (because gainz), but Damien gets more sweet potatoes, beans, and everything else. 

 

Creamy Rice Pudding

1/2 cup arborio rice

4 cups Almond Milk 

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt 

Cinnamon 

Vanilla 

1/2 raisins, cranberries, or other dried fruit. 

Damien's been asking for rice pudding for close to six months now, so I bit the bullet and made us some for this week's meal prep. There's nothing fancy about this recipe. It's an old favourite of my Mom's - and considering she's literally the best cook I've ever met, I figured I would trust it. 

In the interest of ~health and fitness~, I subbed out whole milk for Almond Milk. I avoid dairy, but feel free to use whatever substitute suits you best. 

Add rice, sugar, salt, and milk to a saucepan over high heat. Bring to just a boil (keep an eye on the heat and a wooden spoon in the pot, because this will overflow quickly) then reduce heat. Stir in cranberries or raisins or whatever the heck you're using. Simmer very gently like so gently it's barely bubbling, for 50 minutes. 

Take off heat, stir in vanilla, and let sit. Top with cinnamon. 

I'm just keeping this in a giant glass container in the fridge, and we're portioning it out as we see fit; I know that if I actually store it in my little jars, I'll just eat them because they look so cute. Yes, I am easily manipulated by cute food. 

I also made us some Kodiak protein banana bread, but I'm not sharing that with you guys for awhile as it turned out a bit dense. The mix is for muffins, not bread, and I don't think I cooked it long enough (impatient, sorry not sorry). It tastes great, but the center was a bit pudding-esque and so has cooled to be very dense. Also, the middle fell. #BakingFail. Oh well, at least it's filling! 

Along with these snacks, we're having apples, BabyBells, pears, and hardboiled eggs. Allllll the snacks, all the time. 

Happy Monday, guys!