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Unlocking Your Ideal Meal Prep Style

Embarking on a journey toward healthier eating is undoubtedly rewarding, but the path to success looks different for everyone. Let's explore three distinct meal-prep personalities: The Minimalist, The Ingredient Lover, and The Full-Recipe Prepster.

Balsamic Chicken

The Minimalist: Simplifying for Success

Are you all about simplicity and saving time? If so, you're The Minimalist. Opt for low-to-no-cook methods using pre-prepared or ready-to-eat ingredients. For every meal, assemble a protein, veggies, healthy fats, and, if needed, a whole-food carbohydrate. Think pre-hardboiled eggs, rotisserie chicken, steam-in-the-bag veggies, and avocados. Here's a quick Minimalist recipe to try:


Quick Chicken & Veggie Delight

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 oz. store-bought rotisserie chicken

  • 1 cup frozen steam-in-the-bag carrots

  • 1 small sweet potato

  • 1 tbsp. grass-fed butter

Directions:

  1. Heat the carrots as per the package instructions.

  2. Microwave the sweet potato until tender.

  3. Serve the rotisserie chicken, carrots, and sweet potato. Top the sweet potato with grass-fed butter. Enjoy your hassle-free, nutritious meal!

The Ingredient Lover: Mix-and-Match Magic

Craving variety without spending hours in the kitchen? You're The Ingredient Lover. Batch-cook proteins, veggies, and starches, then mix-and-match for diverse meals. Get creative with seasonings, sauces, or dressings. Try this delicious Ingredient Lover combo:


Balsamic Chicken & Arugula-Beet Salad

Balsamic Chicken:

  • 4 organic chicken breasts

  • Avocado oil

Balsamic Marinade:

  • ⅓ cup olive oil

  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. dried oregano

  • ½ tsp. dried basil

  • ½ tsp. dried parsley

  • ¼ tsp. dried thyme

Arugula-Beet Salad:

  • 4 cups arugula

  • 2 cups roasted beets, sliced

Orange-Balsamic Dressing:

  • 4 tbsp. olive oil

  • 4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

  • 4 tbsp. orange juice

Chili-Garlic Sweet Potatoes:

  • 2 to 3 medium sweet potatoes

  • 2 tsp. olive oil

Chili-Garlic Spice Rub:

  • 2 tbsp. chili powder

  • 1 tbsp. salt

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano

  • 1½ tsp. paprika

  • ¾ tsp. cumin

Directions:

  1. Prepare Balsamic Chicken on the stovetop.

  2. Mix Arugula-Beet Salad ingredients and dress with Orange-Balsamic Dressing.

  3. Roast Chili-Garlic Sweet Potatoes in the oven.

  4. Enjoy a delightful, customizable meal!

The Full-Recipe Prepster: Following the Culinary Roadmap

If you prefer a specific recipe without the guesswork, you're The Full-Recipe Prepster. Choose recipes, batch-cook for the week, and relish the variety. Ensure each recipe delivers at least 30 grams of protein per serving. Here's a mouthwatering Full-Recipe Prepster option:


Garlic-Seared Steak With Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 4 5 oz. grass-fed tenderloin steaks

  • Himalayan or Celtic salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves

  • 2 tbsp. grass-fed butter or ghee

  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus spears

  • Optional: 2 to 3 sprigs fresh rosemary or 4 to 5 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions:

  1. Season steaks with salt and pepper, sear with garlic in butter until cooked to your liking.

  2. Roast asparagus with a hint of olive oil until tender.

  3. Plate and savor the rich flavors of your meticulously prepared steak and asparagus.

Bonus! Blueberry Blast Shake: A Universal Staple

Regardless of your meal-prep style, integrate the daily protein shake into your routine. Try this refreshing Blueberry Blast Shake:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

  • 1 scoop protein powder

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • Ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

  2. Sip, savor, and reap the benefits of a protein-packed shake.

Discovering your meal-prep personality and implementing these systems can revolutionize your approach to healthy eating. Mix and match methods based on your mood, week, or season of life.


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