fyi... if your waiter or waitress tell you that they absolutely love quinoa (pronounced exactly like it sounds) and it's also their favorite dish on the menu you prolly shouldn't take their word for it. #YoureWelcome #TrueStory #InsertNervousLaughter
meal prepping is soooo uncomplicated, guys. all dishes are meal preppable (just roll with it). you just make a bunch of something, split it up into equal, individual portions (normally using tupper ware) and store them in the fridge until you're ready to chow down. let me see... yeah, that's pretty much it. if you're doing the macro counting thing, just throw the whole recipe into my fitness pal, note the number of servings you prepared, and let the app do the math. bada-bing. could be pizza. could be grilled chicken. could be fufu. could be french fries. feel me?
now, when i personally use the term meal prep, I'm referring to healthier, lighter, and better-for-me foods. ya know, nothing deep fried, usually leaner cuts of protein, (grilled, baked, boiled) all types of fresh produce, and no-low processed complex carbs (taters, squashes, whole grain pastas, rice, breads). foods that keep me feeling light yet satisfied, energized, and they fuel me through my workouts and busy days. i am careful about not using an excessive amount of oil both in my food and while cooking (in the pan before sautéing) because oil has the most calories per serving than any other food <gasp>.
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someone always asks how i cook my quinoa and my rice cooker gets 100% of the credit. we all have that one (or multiple!) thing we struggle to get right when it comes to cooking. unfortunately for my Nigerian husband i cannot get stove top rice to save my liiiiife. the rice cooker uses the same liquid ratios and i substitute low sodium chicken broth for the water if i have some on hand.
i used my Fish Fixe wild caught gulf shrimp for this recipe! have you seen my Insta posts about Fish Fixe yet? check these local, busy moms out on IG and see just how they are completely changing the premium seafood delivery game. i didn't know just how much i needed this service, lol! more exciting news about Fish Fixe is on the way so sit tight.
i normally knock out my meal prep on sunday afternoons after church. pick the best day for your schedule and get it done. marination time included, this should take you no more than an hour. however, if you marinate the night before that helps cut that extra 30 minutes right on out.
I was able to make 6 individual meals using these measurements! double or triple as needed.
remember, you are always in control over what you put into your food and what you put into your mouth.
happy prepping! questions? ask below and let's get them answered. enjoy your friday, fit friends!