Easy Meal Prep For Men

Real Quick: Today’s post is kinda like a meal prepping guide for men that are beginners to meal prepping. Actually the tips I give with some recipes. Keep an eye out for actual recipes coming soon. And as always with recipes and the ingredients that are used if you are allergic, intolerant or sensitive to any of the ingredients mentioned today or in the recipes coming up you can always switch them out for something you can have just make sure you choose a replacement with similar or as close as possible macros that ensure that you stay on track and that you can have it.

Gentlemen here is the easy meal prep that I promised you. I’m not that familiar with meal prepping for men my area of expertise is more women health. If i missed something or I could improve on something please let me know. I am learning more specific men health, fitness and nutrition and I Here is another “lazy” or easy kinda of post. This time I bring you easy meal prep ideas. If you have been with me for a while now I did a series called the best/worst of something.

I’ve been working to put all the best and worst posts into its own separate post so you can reference when you need it. Before the new year, I wanted to start a new series. I didn’t know what to call It in the beginning and I called it lazy keto vs. strict keto. I didn’t like the word lazy because that Implies that I am calling you lazy and I AM NOT calling anyone lazy. So I changed the name to “easy”  which is still not the final name. 

The Idea behind this series is that I give you the easy way out but still with max benefits. Let’s be honest there is really no “easy” way out but I’m giving you quick meal recipes, quick exercises that take less than 30 minutes a day and I give you exercises that you can do throughout the day that you might be doing already but didn’t know.

If you have any ideas that you want to see in this series you can comment on this post or you can reach me at any of the links plus my email that Is all linked at the bottom of every post.

sorry for the SUPER long Intro keep reading for today’s post!


Sandwiches are the lazy man’s lunch staple, but they’re not exactly nutritious (especially not when you throw a measley slice of American cheese on salami and top it off with white bread). What’s more, they don’t really fill you up, so it’s not uncommon for you to pick your fast food poison and go to town shortly after. So tell us: Why do you even bother going to the gym again?

You may loathe the idea of meal prepping, but packing a lunch for work doesn’t have to be time-consuming—and it doesn’t mean you have to eat the same thing every day. In fact, with less than an hour’s worth of prep this Sunday afternoon (Pro tip: Do it while you’re watching football.), you’ll have everything you need to make five satisfying meals in seconds each morning. Just follow our three-step plan.


Step 1: Grocery Items

Here’s what you’ll need. It seems like a lot, but don’t forget, a box of rice or a bag of frozen veggies will last weeks.

– 1 cup dry rice brown rice
– 1 cup dry whole-wheat penne pasta
– 2 whole-wheat tortillas
– 1 15-oz. can of beans (black, cannelini, or garbanzo)
– 2 oz. almonds (or 1/2 cup)
– Olive oil
– Wine or cider vinegar
-Dijon mustard
– 8 oz. chicken breast
– 8 oz. lean beef, such as sirloin
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– 1 7-oz. container 2% Greek yogurt
– 1 bag pre-washed spinach
– 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
– 1 large avocado
– 1 small apple\


Step 2: Sunday prep

  1. Whisk together 2 tbsp dijon, 2 tbsp olive oil, and 4 tbsp vinegar. Add some salt and pepper. Use this mixture to coat both your chicken and your steak, in two separate bowls.
  2. Throw both of your meats on the grill until chicken is fully cooked and steak is at desired doneness. If you don’t have a grill, bake the chicken in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for 30-45 minutes and sear the steak in a skillet, over medium-high heat, until cooked.
  3. After both meats have cooled, chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces and slice the steak. Set them aside.
  4. Cook rice and pasta on the stovetop. While they cook, drain and rinse your beans and prepare your chicken salad by mixing 2 tbsp yogurt, 1 tbsp mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Chop the apple into bite-sized pieces. Combine half of your chicken, the apple, and half of your almonds in the yogurt mixture.
  5. Cover chicken salad, along with your rice, pasta, and beans, and store everything in the refrigerator. Take the remaining yogurt and mix 2 tsp each olive oil and vinegar right into the container. Add some salt and pepper and store in the fridge for later in the week.
  6.  Lastly, defrost your frozen veggies. Measure about 3 cups into a microwave-safe bowl, cover with a paper towel and cook on high 5 minutes. Place defrosted veggies alongside the other ingredients in the fridge.

Step 3: Lunch assembly

Give yourself an extra couple of minutes each morning to toss toss together these healthy lunch ideas—and their super-simple instructions


Final Thoughts

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Holiday Party Mistakes

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy today with friends, family, good food, good company and really good alcohol (Just kidding about the alcohol) or if you are drinking here is a PSA: Don’t drink and drive and have a wonderful time.

I have decided that I would extend #blogmas until December 31st. I have been having so much fun and I enjoy seeing you all enjoying my #blogmas posts (In a non-creepy way). To catch up on the first 24 days of #blogmas all the links are provided in the #blogmas section

Today’s post is a fun little post that is very helpful for anyone that is thinking or is having a New Year’s Eve party. I wish these tips were around back in my party-throwing days. I hope these tips help you as much as I wished they helped me (I didn’t know about these tips back then).

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 25! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 22 Days of #Blogmas

Blogmas Days 1-24

*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

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Getting a reservation at your favorite restaurant during the time-crunched weeks around Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas isn’t easy. Neither is ponying up the triple-digit (or more!) price tag of dinner—or the even higher cost of securing a private space. So hosting at home is the perfect solution, right? You bet, as long as you avoid these common holiday party mistakes along the way.

You forget to schedule in advance

Weekly planner with pen and camera

In today’s crazy world of calendars in the cloud and emails on your wrist, we all seem to be so busy and stretched so thin. When planning for any event, I like to give a six-week runway. By that, I mean invitations and all event planning would ideally begin six weeks before the gathering (If you have the time).

Once you’ve distributed the initial invitation via Paperless Postor Evite, set a calendar event to ping attendees with reminders three weeks out (“get excited!”) and one week out (“don’t forget…”) to keep things top of mind.


You skip the to-do list

Shopping list

Streamline the pre-event prep and avoid forgetting any important details by creating a to-do list:

  • Items to purchase (groceries, flowers)
  • Items that need to be dug out of storage or borrowed (vases, extra chairs)
  • Items to clean (bathrooms, silverware)
  • Items to accomplish before guests arrive (lighting candles, whipping the cream)

You Dismiss The Easiest Decorations

Holiday table set-up

While you’re digging out the “musts” from storage, keep your eyes peeled for easy, affordable accents. That’s right: You DON’T need to drop $30+ per bouquet to dress up your space. Small details like a bowl full of ornaments or vase stuffed full of eucalyptus can make a big impact.

Cut down on prep time and save money by choosing candles in lieu of a lot of flowers. They take less time to arrange and display as decor but they still make a splash.


You discount the benefits of online shopping

Party favors

Stop schlepping bags around town and start hitting the easy “buy now” button on your laptop.

From invitations to favors or custom pillows for the party, shopping online cuts back on time in traffic and allows for easy price comparisons. I love ordering custom party details from companies like Shutterfly. I’m also a big fan of Amazon Prime since purchases usually arrive on my doorstep within 48 hours.


You Don’t Plan Ahead For Drop-in Guests

Unexpected guests

A friend of a friend who just got dumped needs a pick-me-up. A new Tinder plus-one. A random neighbor who sees the crowds piling in. An unexpected guest is almost par for the course these days, so plan ahead for a couple extra servings of everything just in case.


You Run Out Of Spirits

Drinks

Happy hour can turn less-than-happy in a hurry if your bar runs dry.

You know your crowd better than anyone. However, in the events world, It’s estimated half a bottle of wine per person at a sit-down dinner and one cocktail per person per hour at less formal affairs. Calculate accordingly based on your menu and the time frame of your party.


You Forget The Bubbly

Champagne

If a party is thrown during the holidays and there isn’t sparkling wine involved, is it really a party?  Plus, since it’s fairly light on the alcohol-per-serving scale (generally about 12 percent, compared to 22 percent in a Long Island Iced Tea), it’s a smart choice to bring a just-right level of cheer.


You Don’t Cook Enough Food

Antipasto plate

Pound for pound, people can throw down come dinnertime.

Estimate that each adult will consume one pound of food each,” Perotti says. For bone-in proteins, such as turkey, spiral ham, or pork crown roast, purchase 1 ½ pound per person to allow for ample portions because the bones take up some of the weight.


You Attempt A New Recipe

New recipe

Practice, practice, practice. It can be tempting to tear out that trendy recipe from the latest glossy food magazine, but stick to tried-and-true options for larger gatherings to keep #kitchenfails to a minimum. Practice these Pinterest favorites, then add your winners to the menu.


You Forget To Ask About Dietary Restrictions

Friends seated around table

About one in five people have a food allergy or intolerance. Ensure there are eats for everyone by including a simple questionnaire with the RSVP. Feel free to keep it light-hearted so it doesn’t sound like you’re bothered by their bill of fare.

Try something like: I love tailoring the menu to your taste! So check the box if you’re steering clear of…

  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Meat
  • Anything that comes from an animal”

You Rush

Woman talking at party

Don’t go from 0 to 100 miles per hour with your party pace.

I really enjoy spending time with my friends and family, so maximizing catch-up time is crucial. I love having about an hour or so of cocktails and appetizers at the beginning to give everyone plenty of time to get in from the cold, get comfortable with the mix of guests, and begin to let their hair down.


You Ignore The Vibe For The Seating Arrangements

Holiday place cards

The way you set the spread sets the pace for the formality level of your feast. For a less formal, family-style meal, don’t assign seats, but let it be organic.


You Ignore The Aroma

Pumpkin spice latte

Candles trigger a cozy vibe, but their aroma usually stays corralled within a room or two. Pipe seasonal scents throughout your whole home (in an all-natural, affordable way) by filling a stock pot with water and these kitchen staples:

Mint Candy: Vanilla beans + peppermint essential oil
Apple Pie: Apples + cinnamon sticks + lemons
Pumpkin Spice Latte: Vanilla beans + pumpkin pie spice + espresso powder
Fresh and Festive: Rosemary + cranberries + orange


You don’t know your limits

Woman stressed

 

So what if your table decor doesn’t look Martha Stewart–fancy or your turkey wouldn’t fit the classic Norman Rockwell scene. Keep the end goal in mind.

Remember that entertaining is just that: entertainment. You should enjoy it as much as your guests. Don’t take on more than you can, and do what feels authentic. Your friends and family will be impressed with whatever you plan. And if they aren’t, then don’t invite them back! Kidding. Kind of.


Final Thoughts

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If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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Best Of Pinterest (Holiday)

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah ,or Kwanzaa you’re looking forward to this year, odds are your holiday menu is already in the works. Instead of whipping up your tried-and-true and, dare I say it, stale recipes, why not try your hand at something new? To help you gain some cooking inspiration, Pinterest mined its data to dig up its top tried holiday recipes of 2018.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie pin

Live Well, Bake Often/Pinterest

Why buy the store-bought stuff when you can whip up a glorious pumpkin pie at home in less time than it will take you to pick one up at the supermarket? This fall favorite from Live Well, Bake Often calls for warm spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, and it is loaded with a sweet filling made of real pumpkin and evaporated milk. Want to shorten the prep time even further? You can opt for crafting the base with a store-bought pie crust instead of baking your own (we won’t tell).

Get the recipe from Live Well, Bake Often.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies pin

Gimme Some Oven/Pinterest

Whether you’re leaving them out for Santa—or for your cookie-monster alter ego ( mmm cookies) that awakens at midnight—these chocolate crinkle cookies from Gimme Some Oven will hit the spot. They call for ingredients you probably already have stocked in your pantry, and they make a tasty snack when paired with a tall glass of milk (or dairy free milk) You’re going to want to dole these bad boys out to everyone on your nice list this year, but we’re totally not judging if you decide to hoard them all to yourself.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch apple pie pin

The Diary of a Real Housewife/Pinterest

I can almost guarantee that making this delicious Dutch apple pie from The Diary of a Real Housewife will be a crowd-pleaser come the holiday season. Warm, caramelized apples are met with a crunchy spiced topping, making for a combo that’s too tempting not to slice into for seconds.

Get the recipe from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies pin .

Bless This Mess Please/Pinterest

Finally unravel the ribbon on that box of cookie cutters your in-law gifted you by whipping up a batch of these festive cookies from Bless This Mess. The subtle flavors of ginger and cinnamon are bound to please even the pickiest of palates, and the cut-out cookies serve as the perfect op to bond with the little ones.

Get the recipe from Bless This Mess.

Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks

Christmas tree spinach breadsticks pin

It’s Always Autumn/Pinterest

Spinach and cheese are one of our favorite combos, especially when paired with fluffy dough that’s shaped into a noble evergreen. Pinterest users tried this winning recipe from It’s Always Autumn nearly 600 times and saved it about 386,000 times. What are you waiting for?!

Get the recipe from It’s Always Autumn

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The Best Store-Bought Taco Seasonings

The Best Store-Bought Taco Seasonings—Ranked!

Can we all agree that tacos are among our favorite go-to weekly meals? I wish Taco Tuesday could be every day of the week. It’s because tacos are so versatile, so easy to make, are a relatively well-balanced meal, and are the perfect default dinner whenever I don’t want to spend more than a minute thinking about what I want to cook. Plus, those flavorful packets of taco seasonings make taco night come together even more seamlessly. With a simple tear of a seam, you can transform any boring ground beef or chicken breast into a star protein you’d happily buy from your local Mexican restaurant.


Here’s How It Went Down.

I went to my local grocery store and picked up five of the most popular taco seasoning packets and two and a half pounds of ground beef, or a half a pound per packet. I made one large batch of ground beef and then split it into 5 servings.

To honor the brands, I seasoned each batch of ground beef according to each packet’s instructions—just cut in half (because each packet is intended for one pound of ground beef). Each packet recommends mixing the seasoning with a certain volume of water. We simply halved the amount of seasoning and water.

For McCormick and Ortega, we mixed half a packet of seasoning with 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons of water; for Bearitos and Old El Paso, we mixed the seasoning with 1/3 cup of water; and for Simply Organic, I mixed the half packet of seasoning with 1/4 cup of water. I brought each batch up to a boil and then down to a simmer for 3 minutes. Finally, time to taste test!


The results, listed from My Taste Tester least favorite to His favorite (the winner!).

Disclaimer: before I get into the rankings: all of these taco seasonings tasted very similar. My taste tester expressed some difficulty noting the differences between brands when he tasted the ground beef on its own, and it was nearly impossible to distinguish between brands when we paired the beef with a tortilla chip. I ultimately came to the conclusion that you can feel comfortable buying any of these taco seasoning packets to flavor your meat because they’re very similar in taste and all the toppings you’ll add to the tacos will really level the taste playing field.

Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix, 40% Less Sodium

Ortega taco seasoning mix 40 percent less sodium

It might be healthier because it’s lower in sodium, but testers agreed that this seasoning was the worst because it was very bland. The amount of seasoning and water needed made this meat look the most like cafeteria taco slop.


Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix, Original

Old el paso taco seasoning mix original

Although my tester agreed this flavoring was fairly underwhelming, he didn’t rank it last because there was a sense of familiarity in the flavors. While he likened it to Lunchables meat, another noted it tasted like “that yellow packet taco seasoning my mom used as a kid,” which was right on the money! He was surprised to find that their mom’s go-to seasoning didn’t quite stack up to the other blends once he tasted the other kinds.


Simply Organic Spicy Taco Seasoning Mix

Simply organic spicy taco seasoning mix

He agreed this was the most distinctive seasoning blend out of all five choices. That’s because it’s very spice-forward and leans toward the “spicy” side. While it was ranked mid-range for some who thought it to be a bit too powerful, others fawned over it and marked it as his top choice. Because it was pretty polarizing depending on your spice preference, it landed in his #2 number two spot.


McCormick Original Taco Seasoning Mix

Mccormick original taco seasoning mix

Now, the overall winner: McCormick! With flakes of garlic and a well-rounded flavor profile, tasters pleasantly chowed down on this taco meat. Not too spicy and not at all dull, this taco seasoning packet was just right. Grab the red packet in your grocery store to make your protein the perfectly-spiced canvas for all your favorite taco toppings.


 Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? Some take Taco Tuesday’s very seriously so I wanted to bring you something you can use or pass on to other taco lovers. I know it can be difficult to find a taco seasoning that you or your friends like. This list is based on a friend’s opinion who take his taco seasonings very seriously. For his taste test regular meat was used but if you are vegetarian and or vegan you can always use vegan “meat”. If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


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I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

 

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

 

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