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Spinach & Feta Turkey Burgers

For this week’s meal prep, I wanted to keep it healthy but still somehow give into my cravings. Since we are in the thick of Summer, I’ve had this hunger for burgers (and for me… Summer = grilling).

Sooooo, I decided to try out : Spinach & Feta Turkey Burgers with Greek yogurt avocado spread.

And let me just say: THIS MEAL IS SO YUMMY and most importantly, EASY!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package of Ground Turkey Breast (1-2 LBS)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 5 ounces of Feta
  • Half box of spinach (8 oz), squeezed dry
  • 1 Avocado (optional)
  • 3 TBS Greek Yogurt (optional)
  • Mustard (optional for spread)
  • Whole wheat Lavish bread or burger buns (optional)
  1.  Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add in spinach and toss with tongs until wilted. To avoid sogginess, roll up cooked spinach in a dishtowel and wring out the excess water.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, crack and beat in two eggs, add feta, cooked spinach, and turkey, until well combined. Form into 8-10 patties.
  3. Cook on preheated grill or stovetop until no longer pink in the center, 10-20 minutes,
  4. Toast your bread or bun. I prefer Lavish Bread because of the longer shelf life, higher protein, and hearty crunch.
  5.  Slap on your spread!

Voilà!

The blend of zest this meal offers, is unreal! The patties turn out super juicy and flavorful! If you’re up for a ridiculously easy dish, and I MEAN as easssyyyy as mixing, forming, and tossing your patties on the grill…then this recipe is for you. This meal is definitely Mediterranean inspired, so I like to add a Greek Salad on the side!

Trust me, this is a household favorite….and yeah, sure… I only cook for myself, but you get the gist! Enjoy!

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DIY Wine and Cheese Date

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Not too long ago, my girlfriends and I headed to our local winery in hopes of unwinding over a few glasses of wine. Turns out, everyone else in LA had the same exact idea! There was a wait of over 2 hours long with a minimum purchase of two bottles per group. This seemed pretty ridiculous to us so we decided to create our own picnic by the beach.

We stopped by Trader Joe’s and picked up a ton of finger foods and of course, WINE.

What we bought:

Cheese: Brie, Blueberry Goat Cheese, Cheddar, and Gouda

Fresh Fruit: Strawberries & Grapes

Carbs: Crackers, Pita Chips, & a Baguette

Meats: Calabrese Salami & Italian Dry Salami

Sweets: Chocolate Almonds

Wine: Red (Merlot) & White (Pinot Grigio)

[Previously to heading out, we packed our own cutting board, utensils, napkins, cups, and plates]

We drove around until we found the ultimate spot to set-up shop.

We parked our car in a turnout road which overlooked the surrounding mountains and ocean. It was literally an ideal place for taking photos plus we were also able to get away from all the crowds. We opened the doors, blasted some music, and feasted!

This was the perfect alternative to wine and cheese tasting, at a fraction of the cost. If you’re indecisive on what to do with your weekends, I hope this date idea comes in handy!

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*Malibu, CA*

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Homemade Chicken Vegetable Pizza

New week = new meal prep recipe idea! I finally took the plunge and decided to take my large shopping trip to Trader Joe’s. & UMM, why have I been wasting my time & money at these other markets?!! I was in foodie heavennnnn. I heard great things about TJ’s pizza crust options so I decided to build my meal prep around it. I mean, a load of veggie toppings counts as salad, right?

I tried a gluten-free/organic dough crust as well as a cauliflower crust.

What you’ll need:

  • Regular or cauliflower crust
  • 2-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 Asian Vegetable Stir Fry pack
  • 1/2 bag of spinach
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbps feta cheese
  • 4 tbps tomato paste
  • 2 tbps pineapple (obvi, optional)

Preheat the oven to 425° F.

Dice chicken breasts and grill pan over medium heat, 6 minutes on each side.

*If using cauliflower crust: Bake crust first for 15 minutes then let cool.

(Do not skip this added step or else your crust will crumble like mine did -____- )

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*oops*

Prep your crust with a touch of EVOO and tomato paste/sauce. Carefully, spread the cheese, herbs, chicken, and veggies.  Bake once more for 20-25 minutes or until crust and veggies are golden brown.

*If using regular crust: Prep your crust. Add toppings. Bake for 20 minutes. Let pizza cool before slicing.

Voilà!

*Disclaimer*

Cauliflower crust is absolutely delicious, however, it did cause me some discomfort. Cauliflower is in the family of Cruciferous veggies, which b/c high in fiber can lead to bloating. But, I would def recommend either version of this recipe to all!

 

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Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

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It’s no secret, my obsession with Chipotle is concerning. Their rice?…I mean, come onnn!! But since I made a pledge to make 2017 my healthiest year yet, I had to painfully put down the massive burritos and practice weekly meal prepping. Every Sunday, I prep the same meal: rice, veggies, and chicken. As it can be very monotonous, I like to whip-up different recipes.

This week, I decided to try my own rendition of Cilantro Lime brown rice (to avoid a stop at Chipotle, tbh), and let me tell you, this has been my favorite (and easiest) rice recipes to date!

What you’ll need:

  •  1 cup brown rice
  •  2 limes (1 tablespoon of zest)
  •  2 ½ cups water
  •  ½ -¾ cup of chopped cilantro
  •  Herbs

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  1. In a medium sized pan, add 2 cups of water + rice.
  2. Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes in medium heat.
  3. Uncover and stir in ½ cup more of water on low heat for 5-10 mins.
  4. Once the rice has absorbed all the liquid, stir in zest, lime juice, and cilantro.

Voilà!

  • Side note: throw the squeezed limes into the garbage disposal, naturally cleaning its walls + creating a fresh scent for the sink.

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I seriously could not help but to scoop out spoonfuls during the cooking process.

Simple. Tasty. Flavorful.Healthy!

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Ballin’ on a Budget: Souplantation Edition

If there is one thing I’m most passionate about, it would be food :p There are a plethora of trendy restaurants and eateries around every corner, here in LA. We have hot-spots like, The Nice Guy, Nobu, Fig & Olive, etc., where we can unwind over a dish & cocktail. However, when I’m hit with that bill, it hurts. I’m all for being bougie for a night or two, because #treatyoself… but mama just ain’t got it like that. Most importantly, I eat like a dude, so having a smaller portioned dish, sometimes just does not cut it for me.

If you’ve ever wondered what heaven looks like, welcome! This is Souplantation.

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It literally fulfills to end goals: 1) Your options are salads and soups aka healthy shit- so you’ll feel better about your self 2) Its a buffet, so pig tf out.

If that doesn’t convince you, become a member and you’ll receive coupons for every single visit! Lunch w/ beverage is $9.99 (hellerr) and dinner w/ beverage is $11.99 (yasss.) &  THEY HAVE HORCHATA!

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So, I always go in with a game plan. Build one massive salad and fill a second plate with only celery & carrots. I navigate my way through the bar and head to the soups. I pour to the rim, two bowls of Chicken Noodle.

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I’ll grab one piece of cornbread/focaccia and finally, feastttt.

This chicken noodle is by far the best chicken noodle I have ever tried, but it’s literally just chicken and noodles. So here is where I will add in the celery and carrots from the salad bar, with pepper to taste.

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Fast forward 30 mins, and I literally am bursting at the seams, like uncomfortably full yet pleased and almost proud I went through so much food for 10 bucks! Guarantee, if you’ve eaten here, you know what feeling I’m talking about.

Do yourself a favor, grab some hungry homies and check this place out! It’s a great alternative to Tender Greens, Whole Foods, or Urth Caffe but at a fraction of the cost! 🙂

 

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Greek Yogurt & Lemony Chicken

If you are like me, you do not have the patience to stand around in the kitchen for hours. Because ain’t nobody got time fo’ that, every Sunday, I meal prep for the week. So it’s imperative to use the most low-maintenance yet yummy but also healthy recipe to keep me from eating out (which is hard af.) This dish has two ingredients: Non-fat Greek yogurt & lemons.

This creamy and tart dish literally has me slurping it’s juice every single time. Plus, the cultures in the yogurt, help tenderize the chicken where as the lemons stand in as a marinade. This is one of the few meals that I never get bored of. Healthy and delish? COUNT ME INNNN.

I eat 2 chicken breasts a day, 6x a week. So, I will usually prepare up to 12 breasts in one baking dish.

What you’ll need:

  • Chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • Herbs

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Scoop 1 cup of Greek yogurt in a mixing bowl and cut the ends off of the lemons

  • Side note: you can throw the ends into the garbage disposal, naturally cleaning its walls all while creating a fresh scent for the sink.

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Cut each lemon in half and squeezzee into the bowl

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Put the lemons aside and mix in herbs (I add salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste)

Add in chicken breasts and lemon slices and marinate in the fridge for however long you would prefer (I usually do 30-45 mins)

Next, preheat the oven (if you decide to bake) to 400° F.

Or you can grill pan over medium heat, 10 minutes on each side.

Transfer from bowl to baking dish. Bake 45-1 hr. Flip the breasts half way through.

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Voilà! I paired with brown rice, black beans, cooked spinach, and avo (:

  • (This marinade is a great substitute for salad dressing, dipping sauce, and even stands as a natural face mask)