Sunday, October 27, 2013

Egg White Mini Quiches!

Easy Egg White Quiches, great for weekly meal prep!

All you need is a carton of egg whites, fresh spinach, and cheese ( I used a 5 cheese blend).

I chopped up some of the spinach bunch:

Then, in a small bowl I mixed the whole carton of egg whites with the spinach and cheese:

After mixing a bit, I poured it into 10 wells of a muffin tin:

One carton of egg whites is about 10 eggs, so this is about one egg per well :)

Next, slide the tray into the oven at 350 degrees:

I cooked them for about 20-30 minutes. I used a knife to poke down each one so that the moisture would come out, and they would bake thoroughly.

The tops will become a little browned when they are done:

These came out great and are great for a quick breakfast or snack! So, I just stored them in some Tupperware for the week:

Did you no any meal prep this week?!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Spaghetti Squash "Pasta"!

If you haven't figured out yet, I am a huge fan of creating healthy Italian inspired meals!

Here's how I made my spaghetti squash pasta dish:

Start out with one whole spaghetti squash:

Preheate the oven to 350 and stick the whole squash in on a baking sheet:

I let the squash bake for a bit before cutting it, since it was WAY too hard at first :) so when it is partially baked, pull it out of the oven and slice it in half and put it back in the oven:

I put it in cut side up, but I think you can do it either way. 

When the squash was getting close to done, I started to heat up a skillet with olive oil and some seasoning for the "pasta" fixins:

Tonight's was fresh green beans and chicken meatballs:

As those are cooking up, I took the spaghetti squash out and started shredding it!

I shredded both halves and got so much "pasta"!

For the sauce I used some fresh pesto from the refrigerated section at the store:

I threw about half of the container in the skillet with the meatballs and green beans, and that was that!

This came out so great! The feeling of eating a big plate of pasta with out the bloated feelings later! 

And did I mention the spaghetti squash was only 99 cents?! A lot of bang for your buck! We had lots of spaghetti squash left over.

What I also love about this meal is it can be done multiple ways, so look out for my recipes for leftovers!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Winner Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Here's a healthy Italian style chicken dinner!

My portions will make a hearty dinner for two :)

Start by peeling up four small squash:

Once that's done start heating up a skillet with olive oil and red chili flakes:

After it has gotten nice and hot, add the peeled squash "pasta" and veggie of your choice (mine was broccoli!):

While those start cooking up I get out two skinless chicken breasts:

I don't know why that's upside down? Hehe

Anyway, I throw them into a separate skillet with olive oil, some Mrs. Dash and fresh ground pepper:

I like when the chicken gets I little brown on the outside! Cooking each side as needed:

When they are getting close to done add a little sauce of your choice (mine was plain diced tomatoes in garlic and olive oil) to your "pasta":

And Winner Winner!

This meal was filling, delicious, and fiancé approved! I grew up with Italian food, so it has always been my favorite so I am glad to be able to make some healthier options :)

What about you?!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Toned Tuesday: Quick Full Body Workout!

Here's a full body workout perfect for a busy day!

These are the 7 moves that will be sure to get the heart rate up!

- 15 bicep curls (I used 10lb dumbbells)

Keeping back nice and straight, curl dumbbells up towards chest:

- 15 push-ups:

Start in plank position, lower body towards ground, keeping elbows in and back straight:

Modification: push up from knees on the ground.

-15 supermans:

Lay face down, hands and feet never touching the ground. 

Contacting the lower back and glutes raise arms and legs:

-20 full sit ups:

- 20 bicycle crunches (each side):

- 20 weighted reverse lunges w/ a kickback (each leg):

-30 weighted squats:

Rest and Repeat 2 - 3 Times!

Here's the circuit overview:
-15 bicep curls
-15 push ups
- 15 supermans
- 20 full sit ups
- 20 bicycles (each side)
- 20 weighted reverse lunges (each leg)
- 30 weighted squats
- rest, hydrate and repeat 2 - 3 times!

This can be done in a short amount of time and almost anywhere! A great way to sneak in a workout on a busy day!

Let me know how it goes for you!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Easy Pork loin Dinner

Tonight's dinner was yummy and easy to make!

I bought a pre-marinated pork loin from Trader Joes: 

Trader Joes has some nice meat selections :) this peppercorn-garlic marinated one has no added sugars and minimal ingredients which is great! 

First, I browned the two sides of the pork in a stove top pan with a little bit of olive oil.

Next, placed it in a Pyrex pan and into the oven at 350:

While it was cooking, I sautéed up some broccolini and cauliflower:

I let the pork loin cook till about medium-well, sliced it up, and dinner is served!

Minimal work, with lots of yum! 

Also, the pork loin is huge and great for leftovers!