Meal Prep Taco Salad Lunch Bowls

Check out this Meal Prep Taco Salad Lunch Bowls recipe from kristineskitchenblog.com.

 


 

Meal Prep Taco Salad Lunch Bowls

 

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time:25 mins
 

Meal Prep Taco Salad Lunch Bowls that you can make ahead! These easy taco salads are filled with taco beef, lettuce, cheese, black beans, corn, and salsa!

Serves: 4 salads

Ingredients

 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounce can corn, drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup grated cheddar and/or jack cheese
  • 1 cup salsa

 

Directions

 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up the meat until beef is browned, about 5 minutes. Add the taco seasoning and water and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally until liquid is mostly gone and meat is cooked through about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

 

Assemble the salads: Divide lettuce between 4 storage containers, pushing it to the right side of the container. Holding the container so that it tilts to the right, place the beans and corn next to the lettuce. Once the meat is completely cooled, carefully spoon it into the left side of each container. Add tomatoes on top of the beans and corn, and sprinkle the cheese on the top of the lunch bowls. Add ¼ cup salsa on top of the taco meat. Seal each container with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 

When ready to eat, shake or stir to combine and enjoy!

Parmesan Zucchini Tots

PARMESAN ZUCCHINI TOTS

Check out this Parmesan Zucchini Tots recipe from kirbiecravings.com.

 


 

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded and lightly patted dry zucchini (about 1 1/2 medium zucchini)
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs (please use panko for best results; if using regular bread crumbs, you will need to adjust and use less; if you use non-seasoned panko breadcrumbs, make sure to add Italian seasoning to your mix)
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

Shred zucchini with a vegetable grater. When done, pat zucchini dry with a few sheets of paper towels. While you don’t need to completely dry the zucchini, you do want to absorb some of the moisture. I used about 4 sheets of paper towels. You want to keep drying the zucchini until the stage where when you pat the shredded zucchini with a paper towel, the paper towel is moist but no longer soaking with water.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of patted dry zucchini and add to a large mixing bowl. Add egg, cheese, and breadcrumbs. Stir until everything is thoroughly combined.

Take 1 tablespoon of zucchini batter and squeeze between the palm of the hand, compressing it. Some water should also release out. Using both hands now, shape to resemble a cylinder tater tot shape. Place onto a baking sheet lined with silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Repeat with remaining zucchini.

Bake for about 20 minutes until bottoms are golden brown and crispy. Flip over and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve warm with dipping sauce of your choice.

Quinoa Spinach Avocado Salad

avocado salad

Check out this Quinoa Spinach Avocado Salad from thegardengrazer.com.

 


 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 medium avocados
  • 3 oz. baby spinach, more as desired
  • 8 oz. cherry tomatoes
  • 3 green onions (or finely diced red onion)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (I use 2)
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

 

Directions

 

Cook the quinoa according to package directions.*
Meanwhile, roughly chop the spinach. Place in a large bowl.
Mince garlic, and add to spinach.
Slice the green onions, halve the cherry tomatoes, and dice the avocado.
When quinoa is done cooking, add it to the large bowl with spinach and toss. (The heat from the quinoa will lightly wilt the spinach and mellow the garlic.)
Add the green onions, tomatoes, red wine vinegar, and salt. Stir to combine.
Add the avocado and lightly toss.
Serve immediately or refrigerate to let flavors blend more.

 

*To cook quinoa, I use a ratio of about 1 cup quinoa to 1 1/2 cups water for fluffier quinoa.

Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Avocado Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

Check out these healthy breakfast burritos stuffed with sweet potatoes, black beans, egg whites, and avocado from ambitiouskitchen.com.

 


 

INGREDIENTS

 
6 low carb whole wheat tortillas
3 medium sweet potatoes
1- 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
few dashes of red pepper flakes, if desired
8 large egg whites
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Mexican or Colby jack cheese
1/3 cup red enchilada sauce
 

INSTRUCTIONS

 
Cook sweet potatoes: Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork a few times. Place in microwave and microwave on high for 4-6 minutes or until cooked through. This may take up to 10 minutes depending on how thick your sweet potatoes are. Alternatively, you can roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

 

Once sweet potatoes are cooked, remove the skins and place potatoes in a medium bowl. Mash with a fork; set aside.
 
In a separate large bowl, add black beans, cumin, chili powder and red pepper flakes if desired. Stir to combine then set aside.
 
In a separate medium bowl, beat egg whites together. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium-low heat. Add in egg whites and cook. Fold every few minutes to get fluffy eggs. Once cooked, remove from heat.
 
To assemble burritos, make sure you have warm tortillas; it makes them easier to roll. You can warm them up for 10-20 seconds in the microwave before assembling. Layout warm tortillas and evenly distribute and spread mashed sweet potato on each. Evenly distribute egg whites, diced avocado, black beans, and shredded cheese on each tortilla.

 

Next drizzle about a tablespoon of enchilada sauce in each. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Tuck ends in, then roll up burritos. To warm up: Place on baking sheet in an oven at 300 degrees for 5-10 minutes or simply microwave them for a minute or two. Serve with sour cream, greek yogurt, salsa, or hot sauce. Makes 6 burritos.
 

NOTES

 
Nutritional information is based on using low-carb tortillas that were 80 calories each. Feel free to use regular whole wheat tortillas.
 
These burritos are freezer-friendly. Simply wrap in plastic wrap, then in foil and place in freezer. To reheat, remove foil and plastic wrap and microwave until warmed, about 2-3 minutes.

2-Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes

sweet potato pancakes

Check out this sweet potato pancakes recipe, from sinfulnutrion.com, that requires just two simple ingredients, making them a quick & easy paleo and gluten-free breakfast.

 


2-Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes

 

Author: Sinful Nutrition
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 3-4 pancakes

 

Ingredients
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract*
  • ½ tsp cinnamon*
  • *optional

 

Instructions
  1. Rinse and pierce the sweet potato with a fork.
  2. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Let cool, and peel off the skin.
  4. Add flesh of sweet potato to a blender.
  5. Add eggs, and optional ingredients if using, and blend until smooth.
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat.
  7. Coat with non-stick spray.
  8. Pour batter into 2-inch diameter circles in skillet.
  9. Let cook 2-3 minutes, or until brown, flip, and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
  10. Top with butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon if desired.

 

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With the hot weather among us, focus on hydration!

 

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Many athletes suffer from hyponatremia: when the sodium in your body is flushed out and concentration is low. The symptoms can be exactly the same as dehydration (cramping, nausea, fatigue, etc) and the first thing many athletes do is drink more water, which can exacerbate the issue. Electrolytes can be consumed in the form of sports drinks (many choices to choose from) or low-calorie tablets like NUUN. If you know you have a workout approaching, make sure to come into the training session hydrated and ready to go.

 

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