Lately my household has been obsessed with shedding weight. It’s been a total overhaul from bottom to top. From the groceries we have been buying, meal prepping, vitamins, and even working out; it’s been some serious dedication over on Easton Road. Cause, you know, summer is comin’!
It is very easy to change the grocery list. The pimpliest thing you can do is up the intake of protein, veggies, and fruits. You mostly want to stay away from the carbs, sugars, and bad fats. What? Aren’t all fats bad? Uh, no! Avocado is a fat that is actually really awesome for your body. It helps store the good fat that you cause use for energy when you’re running low.
So if you’re like me cutting sugar out cold turkey is not something that can come easy to you. I absolutely love sugar. It fuels my soul, but sucks every ounce of energy out of my body in the long run. I don’t even really seem to get that high from sugar anymore, but I definitely get that crash. To supplement my sugar cravings I enlisted the help of fruits. Oranges are just finishing up an amazing season right now so they have been a really great help, but I things that look like candy. Things like blueberries and blackberries. Throw some strawberries in a yogurt and I’m as content as could be. I have 1/3 the calories I would have had eating the amount of candy I could normally consume, my sugar craving is curbed for a bit, and I knocked out a serving of fruit. Home run if you ask me. If I’m super hungry that day I might throw a little granola in there for some crunch and fill factor.
If you are one to be easily intimidated by meal prepping I urge you not to be. Please take my word for it when I tell you I am the laziest chef who like the highest amount of praise possible. I usually find all the recipes I’m going to cook by Googling “One pan chicken with sides” or “easy (fill in the blank)”. Cooking shouldn’t ever be an additional chore but it should be something that you learn to love and not an added labor to your day. As a college student and someone who literally works in the food industry, that actual LAST thing I want to do, is deal with food. However, I’ve grown to love to meal prep because of that simple fact. When I’m in the heat of my week I really love having the ability to reach in the fridge and know that there is a full prepped meal ready to go waiting for me.
Last week I went to Tanner’s Bro’s in Richboro. Greatest place to get produce because it’s fresh and not overly priced. When I got home I placed tin foil on a large flat pan and set the oven to 350 degrees. I peeled two large sweet potatoes into chunky strips and placed them together on one side of the pan. In the middle went the green beans. On the right hand side went the brussels sprouts. The entire pan got a drizzle of olive oil and popped into the oven for fifteen minutes. While that was baking and crisping away, the chicken tenders got a light dusting of sea salt and garlic pepper. Throw the chicken on top of the veggies and shut the door for another fifteen minutes. Once the chicken is cooked all the way through, place on a cooling rack and drizzle balsamic glaze on top of the entire pan. Let this cool and portion. I got about six servings out of this meal and heated it in the microwave for 2 minutes each time. I only had to add extra balsamic once. Success? I think so! This meal is PACKED with goodness and the tenders are the perfect bite.
Here is the link for the full recipe. I modified my version to fit my needs so feel free to do the same for yours as well!