Meal Prep is a FANTASTIC thing to do if you're short of time or you'd like to take a yummy meal to work! It's also great to ensure that you're keeping on track and eating enough to fuel your body for your day! This meal prep idea makes around 6 meals! In each meal, I used; ¾ cup of salsa, 5 cooked meatballs and 3/4 cup of rice. This is a rough estimate of what i'd typically eat for a lunch/dinner but you're welcome to change it up and do it to your own preference of quantities! Meatball Mix:Ingredients:600g Lean Beef Mince (uncooked)1 Zucchini, grated finely½ brown onion, grated finely2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped2 tbsp mint, finely chopped¼ cup carrot, finely grated (1 small carrot)1 tsp. salt1 tsp. pepper1 cup of breadcrumbs2 eggs1 tbsp. olive oilDirections:Add mince, zucchini, carrot, onion, garlic, mint, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and parsley to a bowl and mix thoroughly.Once mixed thoroughly, place mix in the fridge for 30 minutes.Using roughly a tablespoon of mixture at a time, roll the mixture into small balls. Heat a large fry pan over medium-high heat and coat with olive oil.Add meatballs to the pan and cook for 6-8 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Chicken stock Rice Ingredients:1 ½ Cups of Basmati rice (uncooked) (washed thoroughly)3 Cups/1L Chicken Stock1 tablespoon butter½ a brown onion, finely diced4 whole pimentos all spice3 whole clovesDirections:Preheat a deep pot over medium/high heat. Once hot, add butter to the pan and let melt for 1 minute.Wash basmati rice thoroughly until water runs clear.Into the pot, add cloves, all spice and onion to the pan and cook until onions are translucent.Add the basmati rice to the pan and mix thoroughly for 1 minute.Add the chicken stock to the pan and continue to mix thoroughly.Add a lid to the pot and wait until stock comes to a boil. Once boiling, turn to a low heat and set a timer for 12 minutes. Once times goes off, use a fork to seperate the rice. Bean and Corn SalsaIngredients:½ avocado, diced½ lime, squeezed½ red onion, finely diced2 tomato, diced1 400g can of corn kernels, drained1 400g can of black beans, drainedDirections:Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Hope you absolutley love love this! It's a great meal prep idea! Come a let me know over on instagram if you LOVED it! Love Leah x
Meal Prep is something super popular, but often paired with boring and bland foods. It doesn't have to be that way! I created these yummy spicy sweet potatoes and a delicious and easy chicken patty. I also added a small salad to go with it, but separated the containers so you can re-heat! Ingredients:Sweet Potato:¼ teaspoon of rosemary¼ teaspoon of turmeric¼ teaspoon of pepper¼ teaspoon curry powder1 Tablespoon of olive oilSprinkle of cayenne pepperSprinkle of saltSprinkle of pepper1 Small sweet potato, washed, peeled and cut into circlesChicken Patties:500g chicken breast mince (uncooked)1/4 teaspoon turmeric2 spring onions, sliced thinly2 garlic cloves, crushed1/2 a zucchini, grated finely1 carrot, grated finely1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper Salad Mix:2 Cups of lettuce leaves9 Cherry tomatoes9 Olives3 Button mushrooms1 Cucumber1 Carrot3cm of crumbled feta1 Lemon, cut into thirdsDirections:Pre -heat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Cut into ling strips or circles - whatever you fancy!Add all spices into a bowl and mix. Splash the olive oil on the sweet potato and add the spice mix. Coat well. On a lined baking tray - place the coasted sweet potato and place into the oven for 40 minutes or until soft. Add chicken, carrot, zucchini, spring onion, garlic, salt, pepper, turmeric to a bowl and mix thoroughly to ensure all ingredients are mixed through.On a non-stick pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-hight heat.Use roughly two tablespoons of mixture per patty and roll into a small ball and lightly flatten into a small patty shape. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and completely cooked through.Cut one open to ensure patty is cooked through and mince is white inside.Divide salad mix by 3 into 3 seperate Tupperware containers.In the remaining 3 Tupperware containers;Add 4 chicken patties to each Tupperware container. Add 4-5 pieces of sweet potato to the each Tupperware container.Top with a natural greek yoghurt dressing. (i put coriander, lemon and salt in the yoghurt!) Hope you LOVED this recipe - and hope it spices up your meal prep! If you do make it, please send me a photo over on instagram or facebook...I'd love to see! Love, Leah
Soooo... have you ever grilled nectarines before? Because you should. Just trust me, its SO GOOD!! The natural sugars in the fruit just come alive and everything these nectarines touch just turn to GOLD! So take your banana nicecream to the next level with this AMAZING combo and add a little flair to a new summer-time treat! Banana Nicecream Ingredients:4 bananas4 tbsp. almond milk4 nectarines1/4 cup of Maple syrup1/4 Tsp. of vanilla essence Directions:1. Peel the bananas and place into a small freezer bag and freeze until frozen. If you have time, let them freeze overnight2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper.3. Add bananas and almond milk to a food processor and blend until the mixture forms a soft ice cream like texture. Place into a container and back into the freezer for another 30 minutes (or until you’ve finished the nectarine part!)4. Cut the nectarines in half, deseed them and place onto a baking tray. Pour over the maple syrup and vanilla essence and place in the oven for 20 minutes.5. Once soft, place under a grill for 5 minutes to get a beautiful brown colour on the top of the nectarine.6. Scoop the banana nice cream into a bowl and top with the maple nectarines.