Sunday was a crazy day for us, between the grocery store and Costco we were shopping for two and a half hours, and then we came home and cooked even longer than that. I know I’ve read stories from a lot of people who say eating healthy and meal planning is quick and easy but it really isn’t in our household. Sundays are usually reserved as a day to do grocery shopping and meal prepping, and the whole process usually starts at 9 or 10am and doesn’t end until after lunch. It’s still worth it but some days it’s incredibly draining and I think it’s valuable to be honest about that. It’s hard work but it pays out in the end.
Still, this past Sunday I made a huge mistake of taking on the task of trying to make four new recipes all in one day. Somehow everything turned out alright but it wasn’t without stressing and a few moments of panic where I really didn’t know what I was doing. Next time I will go with one new recipe and a bunch of others that I’m used to making. Maybe then it will not take the whole day to get our meals in the fridge.
While I’d normally share one recipe at a time with you, especially since I modified some of these, I decided that this Tasty Tuesday would be more of a show and tell of this week’s meals. I’ll be linking he recipes in case anything peaks your interest but I won’t be going to any of them in great depth.
I should start off by saying that I did not follow any of these recipes by the book. Instead, I used them to make my ingredient list and to get a basic idea as to what I was cooking. I modified to make things healthier (i.e. removing the heavy cream from the pork chop recipe and not breading my orange chicken) and other things were skipped solely because I was lazy. In the end everything turned out okay and I think that is an important thing to remember with meal preps: don’t be afraid to experiment.
Now, onto the meals
Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry (above, left) – Sunday’s lunch was a delicious stir fry recipe I picked up from one of the lovely ladies I follow, you can check out her blog here. Sahar always makes my day with her kind comments and I was able to pick up this easy and delicious recipe from her. It’s simple because the stir fry uses minimal ingredients which include mostly frozen veggies and pre-cooked chicken. This is definitely a lighter meal since it’s not made with any of those sugar packed teriyaki sauces (which I love) it’s just a bit of soy sauce, lemon juice and honey. Couldn’t get much simpler than that! It was easily adjustable to Matt’s need for more calories by just placing it over a bed of rice while I had mine as is.
Three Ingredient Orange Chicken – I will be honest with you, I did not read the full recipe for this one before going to the store which is why I sort of blanked out on the fact that there would even be breading. In the end it worked out better because skipping the flour, eggs, and oil made this dish a bit healthier. The sauce is a simple combination of orange marmalade, bbq sauce, and soy sauce. I found it to be a bit heavy on the bbq taste (could be the brand I used) but overall it was pretty tasty. I threw in a bunch of asparagus, peppers and broccoli to get my veggie portion in there and then a small bed of rice noodles served as my carbs. Voila, another meal done.
5 Ingredient Coconut Chicken – this was the recipe I was the more disappointed in but I think it had something to do with the fact that I didn’t clean enough of the coconut milk off of the chicken when I took it out of the bag so they didn’t have the chance to crisp up in the oven. The marinade itself helped keep the chicken nice and tender but I would have liked some of the crispy golden bits that you see in the picture of the recipe. Perhaps someone else will have better luck giving this a try. Still, over another bed of rice noodles and veggies with a bit of Sriracha as a sauce, this was still a decent meal and prep was pretty easy.
5 Ingredient Cider Dijon Porkchops – I haven’t had pork chops in months because I find most of the time they just dry out in meal preps but the thick cut pork chops from Costco combined with the zinger of a cider sauce in this recipe turned out great. As I mentioned I swapped out the heavy cream and used milk instead so my sauce became more of a base to just fry the chops in than it was a glaze. They still turned out great and the milk and cider sauce helped keep them tender. These went with roasted asparagus, carrots and potatoes to make another filling meal. This is definitely the recipe I’d be the most likely to do again, especially because those Costco pork chops yielded lots of servings and they’re now tucked away in my freezer ready for next week.
So there we have it, four new meals that yielded six servings for each of us (they weren’t all done at the time hence why the picture only has four servings each). It was an exhausting trial but now we only have to worry about making dinners for the week which is really something because it’s a busy one.
On that note, it is bittersweet for me to say but this marks the end of Tasty Tuesday for a while. With my jobs and volunteering commitments I’m finding that it’s hard to really pull out new recipes and to take pictures of food worthy of sharing. I’ve come to realize that I need to take this off my plate (food pun intended) for the time being. My Fitness Friday posts and my regular Sunday check ins will continue as normal, I just figured it’s better to take a step back and lessen my workload in order to give you guys quality content rather than posts that are forced. But I promise, I’m not going anywhere.