Meal Prep

Crustless Sausage & Cheddar Quiche

Happy Sunday Funday! I am super excited to share some new awesome recipes with you all. Stay tuned for more!!!

I’ve been trying to eat food lower in carbs. So, I made this crustless quiche. I’m not a huge fan of eggs. I can only eat them every so often. The problem is eggs are a great food while doing the Keto/low carb diet. I need to change the texture and try and mask the flavor as much as possible to really enjoy an egg dish. Quiches and egg stratas are a great way to accomplish that.

That is where this recipe comes in. The star of this dish is definitely the sausage and cheddar cheese. I mean c’mon who doesn’t like sausage and cheese?

This quiche is definitely low in carbs because there is no crust. If you aren’t watching your carb intake or want to use a crust, feel free to do so. I’m sure it would just make this dish even better. If you want to spare some carbs, don’t worry this quiche is delicious without any crust at all.

This quiche is wonderful left over. Dare I even say better the next day! The flavors seem to intensify really well by the next day and makes this a great left over dish. It’s perfect to prep for breakfasts through the week. If you want to double this recipe, just make it in a larger baking dish and cut into squares to serve vs pie slices.

I hope you give it a try!

Crustless Sausage & Cheddar Quiche

Ingredients:
8 oz cooked breakfast sausage
1 medium onion, diced
1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cup heavy whipping cream
6 large eggs
2 t salt
2 t pepper
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder

Directions:
In a medium sauté pan over medium heat cook the sausage and break up into small pieces. Cook until cooked through. Remove from heat and drain on paper towel to remove excess grease. Add diced onion to the sauté pan and cook on high heat mixing every so often until onion has softened.

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8 inch pie pan with cooking spray. Spread the onion and sausage evenly on the bottom of the pie pan. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and add the heavy whipping cream, whisk until fully incorporated. Fold in the cheddar cheese.

Pour egg mixture into the pie pan. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Insert a knife into the center of the quiche to make sure it comes out clean. The quiche shouldn’t be jiggly in the middle. If it is put back in for another 5-7 minutes. Let the quiche set 10-15 minutes before cutting to serve.

Chef Notes: To make sure the quiche doesn’t go over and make a mess bake it on a cookie sheet to catch any leaks of the egg mixture. Your oven will thank you.

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Mushroom, Spinach & Mozzarella Egg Muffins (Keto Recipe)

Happy Monday everyone!! It’s officially time to get 100% back on track. I thoroughly enjoyed the holidays but it’s a new year and time to start fresh. Be prepared to see a lot of new recipes. I’m hoping to work in the kitchen on some new things that are healthy and make it easier to stay on track.

That brings me to this new recipe. I’m not a real big fan of eggs. I’d much rather something else besides eggs for breakfast but with having a lower carb/keto diet eggs are a big part of that. I have to make eggs taste like something completely different for me to enjoy them. So, here’s a take on some egg muffins I made. They are super simple and you can definitely add whatever ingredients you want. Note, that if you aren’t doing a low carb diet you can use just regular milk in place of the heavy whipping cream.

Mushroom, Spinach & Mozzarella Egg Muffins (Keto Recipe)

Ingredients:

6 eggs
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup baby spinach, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, chopped (I used baby portabellas)
¾ cup shredded mozzarella
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Extras:
Cooking Spray
Muffin Tin

Directions: Preheat oven 375°. In a medium bowl whisk the eggs and the heavy whipping cream together. Season with salt and pepper. Spray the muffin pan well with cooking spray. Add the mushrooms and spinach to each opening. Top the veggies with an even layer of cheese. You can use more or less of both the cheese, mushrooms and spinach. Feel free to use different ingredients for inside the muffins. Evenly add the egg mixture to each opening. Fill ¾ of the way full.

Bake the muffins in the oven for 13-18 minutes. Check the muffins to make sure a toothpick or knife comes out clean and they are set. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before removing from the pan. Note: These are great to make ahead of time and have for the week. Just heat them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds for a quick on the go breakfast.

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Mediterranean Chicken Bowl Meal Prep

Meal prepping although may be tedious can really make your life easier.  It will keep you focused and makes life so much easier.  Take a few hours this weekend to make some amazing dishes to have throughout the week.  The key to making meal prep successful is making sure you do what you know.

You don’t need to make a chicken dish with 72 ingredients that takes hours to prepare.  Just so something simple.  Marinade chicken and toss on the grill or in the crock-pot.  I am the first person to say I don’t like basic meals.  However, when it comes to meal prepping basic is really the best way to be. It will be much quicker for you if you just do simple recipes.  This recipe has chicken with Mediterranean flavors topped with a tomato salad and served with  couscous

Mediterranean Chicken Bowls

Ingredients:
6 chicken thighs or breasts, boneless and skinless
3 T Greek yogurt
1 T Olive Oil
1 lemon, juiced
2 t red wine vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 T oregano
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 T onion powder
Sprinkle: Salt and Pepper

Directions: In a bowl mix all above ingredients together minus the chicken.  Once well mixed add in the chicken and refrigerator for 1 hour.  Once ready to cook you can either cook it in a saute pan or on the grill. Either way will work fine.  Make sure regardless you let the marinade drip off before putting on the grill or in the pan.  Cook until done.  Set aside.

Salad:

Ingredients:
4 campari or roma tomatoes, chopped
5 mini cucumbers, cut into half moons (you can use regular cucumbers as well)
1 small red onion, chopped
1 1/2 T Olive Oil
2 t oregano, dried
Sprinkle: Salt and Pepper
3 T Feta (optional)

Directions: Add all above ingredients minus the feta to a bowl and mix well. (The feta will be added once you are ready to eat.) Refrigerate.

Extras:
Prepared Couscous
Tzatziki sauce (homemade or store bought)

When I make this meal I use a 2 opening container. I chop the chicken up and add that to the container and then on the other side I add in the couscous.  You can decide the amounts you choose to have. I usually add about 4-5 oz of the chicken and only about 1/2 cup of the couscous.  I add the salad to a separate container.  Once ready to eat, I heat container with the chicken and then I top the chicken with the salad and 1/2 T or so of crumbled feta.  If you want to add the tzatziki sauce to the top it off you can also do that.  Just makes for a nice finish but definitely isn’t needed.  This meal is very filling and has lots of protein and vegetables.  And you’ll feel satisfied after eating it. Who doesn’t like a light healthy lunch that’s ready to go?

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Meal Prepping 101- Lunch

Meal Prepping 101

I’ve been cooking for so long now and preparing healthy foods that I get a lot of questions from family, friends and those on social media regarding my meal prepping. I’ve been doing it on and off for probably 2 years now. Honestly, it really is the best way to try and stay on track eating wise or to even just reduce the stress of figuring out your breakfast, lunch or dinners during the work week. In this post, I will give you some tips on how I meal prep and what foods I make for lunches. Keep in mind this can be altered to your preferences of food style (low carb, high protein, vegetarian etc) and likes and dislikes.

You can meal prep your lunches for just the work week or for the full week (including weekends.) I typically only do the meal prep lunches Monday through Friday.

The first thing I do when I’m meal prepping is make a list of what I want for the week. I usually pick 2 proteins, 2 carbohydrates and 2 vegetables and then I choose the cooking style. I try and keep the meal as balanced as possible. Sometimes I will omit the carbohydrate and double the vegetables.  Frozen vegetables can be an alternative to making them fresh just to cut down on time.  I don’t ever use canned vegetables for my meal prep, however if you choose to use canned make sure that you use the no salt option otherwise it’s loaded with sodium.

The possibilities for foods are endless, here’s just an example of some of the foods I use.

Protein:
Chicken
Shrimp
Pork
Ground turkey
Fish

Carbohydrate:
White or Brown Rice
Potato
Sweet Potato
Quinoa
Couscous
Beans

Vegetables:
Broccoli
Zucchini
Brussels Spouts
Peppers
Asparagus
Cauliflower
Butternut Squash
Cabbage
Mushrooms
Avocado
Tomatoes
Kale
Lettuce (Of any kind)

After I decided what I’m going to make I decide how I’m going to cook the foods. See below for 6 meal examples.

Example:

Meal 1: Marinated grilled chicken breasts, grilled peppers and onions and baked potato

Meal 2: Baked turkey meatballs, diced sweet potato and steamed broccoli.

Meal 3: Roasted pork tenderloin, Brussels sprouts, and roasted new potatoes

Meal 4: Sautéed shrimp, white rice and asparagus

Meal 5: Baked fish, couscous and a lettuce salad or tomato salad (Note: Cold items will need to be in a separate container)

Meal 6: Taco Salad Ground Turkey, Lettuce and toppings

I usually pick 2 meal ideas and prep that for the week. Keep in mind, you can interchange the cooking methods. Let’s say it’s Sunday and you are all ready to meal prep grilled chicken and it’s pouring rain with no end in sight, just throw the chicken in a crockpot or bake in the oven.  Just be ready to change it up if needed.

For me personally the food containers are so important I’ve bought several meal prep containers over the years. Just check out containers online there are tons of them.  I prefer the 3 opening containers the best, personally.

If your goal with meal prepping is healthy eating and not just convenience I’d suggest getting a scale and weighing your food or measuring out what you eat.  It’s very easy to just over fill an opening in a meal prep container.  All the pictures featured on this post I did just that. I measured out the couscous and weighed the sweet potatoes and the chicken and so on.

I do really enjoy meal prepping. It makes life so much easier.  It will take up some time on your Sunday depending on how complex you make your meals.  However, you won’t regret it.  The work days will come and you will love how easy it is go just grab your prepped meal and be on your way to work!  One thing I can say is don’t over think it.  It shouldn’t be stressful. So don’t stress!  Just do what is easiest for you at that time.  There have been plenty of times I’ve added chicken to the crockpot with salsa and then just baked sweet potatoes and used a frozen broccoli.  That’s okay. It’s going to happen, life gets in the way sometimes and you can always tweak it to your lifestyle.

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Pork Tenderloin, roasted butternut squash and steamed broccoli

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Taco Salad with ground turkey, salsa, cheese, sour cream, shredded lettuce and tomatoes.

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Crockpot lemon chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli.

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Pork tenderloin, white rice and grilled peppers and onions.

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Tenderloin, broccoli and butternut squash.

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Chicken, sweet potato, brussel sprouts or broccoli

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Turkey Meatballs, broccoli and

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Greek grilled chicken, tomato cucumber salad with red onion and feta topped with tzatziki sauce and couscous.