Ever since starting my new job, life has changed a bit. We are all finding our new groove as our work hours have shifted, which means a lot of coordination. For me, meal prep is my saving grace. While there have certainly been a few days that I’ve enjoyed work lunches and outings with my new coworkers, I try to keep my meals from home. For one, it is healthier than eating out, and two, is a lot more economical.
After being away for the weekend, our fridge was quite barren. I grabbed a few key items and then got to work in the kitchen to prep meals for the week. Please excuse the containers, they aren’t pretty but work! Here is WIAW:
Lately, I am all about them oats. I started watching Liezl Jane who is a master at oatmeal. Seriously, she could convert about anyone who says they don’t care for the meal. Typically, I use quick oats because, well, they’re quick! But Liezl uses steal cut oats and takes the time to make a small batch in the morning. At first I thought, “who has 10-15 minutes to make oats?!” But after tasting the thick, creamy outcome, I was hooked. And the time flies when I’m able to multitask in the kitchen by feeding Mitch or pulling my lunch together.
Maybe I missed the memo, but making steal cut oats in extremely simple (and worth it!). Simply add a half a cup of oats to a small sauce pan. Top with 1 to 1.5 cups of water (or milk of you prefer). The amount of water depends on how you like your oats: more water, looser and less leaves a thick texture. Bring the mix to a boil and then reduce and simmer for 10 minutes. During the boil time I also add cinnamon and a dash of vanilla.
Once done, I poured my oats into a bowl and topped with blueberries and almond milk. Does anyone else love to pour milk on top of their oatmeal – it is my favorite way to enjoy the dish.
Morning snacks are not always a norm, but I was a little hungry yesterday. Truth be told, I was dying to dig into the new Tone It Up bars that are now available at Target!! TIU just launched their line, which includes energy bars (coconut blueberry and chocolate peanut butter) and protein powder (vanilla and chocolate).
I grabbed one of each flavor of snack bars and am trying to pace myself and not dig in. They have a rice crisp texture with great flavor that is not overly fake or intense. It is a lighter snack, but perfect to tide you over between meals.
When I am uninspired or low on groceries, my go-to lunch is a big kitchen sink salad. And with Easter behind us, you know there were plenty of hard boiled eggs on hand! Thanks to Mitch, the majority of the shells were already cracked, which made lunch a snap. (Mitch loved to throw the eggs into the basket on Easter.)
This was my one blogger fail of the day – no picture of dinner. It was a later dinner time as Tuesday nights are swim nights for Mitch. One of my favorite quick ingredients is shrimp. They cook in no time and can be dressed up and served in a million ways. I made a version of Gina’s shrimp salad for me and served Phil’s and Mitch’s on a bed of brown rice. (I added a little rice to my salad – so good!)
And of course, the night wrapped with a few Easter sweets. Cadbury mini eggs are my all-time favorite!
What is your favorite Easter candy?
Are you eating hard boiled eggs all week?