Lunches & Dinners

Mini Thanksgiving Feast Patties

These thanksgiving feast bites are the perfect appetizer to bring to any fall or winter party since they are all of your protein and veggies in one plus the flavor just gives you all those holiday vibes! Bonus is they take less than 30 minutes to make. I love using Cece’s Veggie Co premade veggie noodles and rice for this to keep it super quick and I love that they are all organic and high quality. Plus, adding all the veggies in there make these fit with my magic formula for a powerhouse meal or snack PFFP. PFFP stands for protein, fat, fiber, and phytonutrients. The turkey thighs provide quality protein & healthy fats, while the veggies provide the fiber and phytonutrients. Click here to see where you can buy Cece’s products near you.

Mini Thanksgiving Feast Patties

You can also rice your own broccoli and spiralize your own root veggies.

Baked Turmeric Veggie "Fritters"

This recipe is a great meatless source of protein and full of anti-inflammatory turmeric! They're great eaten by themselves as a snack or as the protein in a meal. I love pairing mine with veggies and hummus. This recipe makes about 12 "fritters" and I say serves "4" since I usually eat 3 per serving if I want them as a main dish, but you can easily have 1 or 2 as a snack and it will serve more. As with everything else I make, I love meal prepping them for easy access during the week.

Favorite Broccoli

Nothing too special about this broccoli recipe except that it is my FAVORITE and I make it almost every week. Simple to meal prep, lasts for a while, and SO rich in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, fiber, Vitamin B6 and more! You can mix up the spices or the fat to change the flavor to match whatever you're pairing it with. 

Simple Salmon

Salmon is chock full of health benefits. One of the main ones is omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids that we MUST get from food since our body cannot produce them ourselves. here are some guidelines about an easy way to prep salmon but you can really customize it with your own spices. I love to meal prep a bunch and eat it for lunch and dinner through out the week. I eat it both cold and hot and with all different types of sides. Hope you enjoy!

Ginger Cabbage

I love this flavorful, easy way to give cabbage an Asian flare. The ginger also has added anti-inflammatory benefits! I love to cook a big batch on Sundays and pair it with everything during the week (put it on salads, eat it as a snack etc.) It keeps pretty well.

Cinnamon Bun Cauliflower

Sounds weird, I know, but if you have a sweet tooth like me, why not make your vegetables sweet too? I'm telling you this recipe is SO delicious and can be served with savory dishes or sweet. I love to dip it in almond milk "cream cheese", almond butter or eat it plain! Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable it really takes on the taste of the seasoning, which in this case, is the cinnamon.

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Lean Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

These are one of my favorite things to meal prep. They're flavorful, filling and full of lean, clean, nourishing ingredients. They're pre-portioned and portable too.  Plus, added bonus, they're popular with people of all ages/sexes/taste preferences in my opinion. Prep a batch eat eat them all week on salads, with roasted vegetables, with pesto or marinara sauce on them or on zoodles or noodles!

"Cheesy" Baked Zucchini Coins (Money in your Mouth)

These dairy-free, oil-free, gluten-free faux-fries SOUND terrible but let me tell you they will trick your tummy! These taste sinfully good but are so light and lean. They are also super simple. Make some tonight!

 

2 zucchinis

1/4 Cup almond flour

3 Tbsp nutritional yeast

2 Tsp garlic powder

1/2 Tsp salt

1/4 Tsp pepper

cayenne pepper (optional if you like spice)

1/3 about cup almond milk

Instructions:

1) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and spray a wire rack with coconut oil or other cooking spray and place on baking sheet.

2) Wash and cut zucchinis into 1/4 inch thick coins. Pour almond milk into one bowl and mix dry ingredients in another bowl.

3) Douse the zucchinis in the almond milk then transfer to the almond flour/nutritional yeast bowl to coat them with the mixture.

4) Place the floured zucchini coins on the wire rack on the baking sheet and bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes until the edges are golden brown. You don't need to flip them half way but you can.

Omega 3 Tuna Burgers with Avocado Crema

These burgers are packed with healthy fatty acids from the omega 3s in both the tuna and the flax seed meal. Omega 3s are especially important in the American diet since most Americans get a lot of Omega 6 fatty acids but not very many omega 3s, and the balance/equality of these two is critical to maintain optimal health.  These burgers also are easy, delicious and have a great texture in my opinion.  Try them topped with my lightened up avocado "crema".

Salty Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Salty and a little bit sweet, crunchy, vegetable perfection.  I love this preparation for brussels sprouts because it's easy and packs in a ton of flavor without frying them. I have these on the side with all different kinds of dishes, definitely one of my "go to" dinner sides and they store well, so you can make a big batch and eat them all week!

Pumpkin Turkey Muffins

Perfect meal prep menu item to get you through busy fall and winter weeks.  Packed with vegetables (mushrooms, celery, and pumpkin) as well as lean protein (egg whites and lean turkey breast) and bound with healthy fibers (rolled oats), these could not be any healthier! They also have a great comfort-food flavor. Make one batch to feed the whole family or pack for lunches all week long.

Easy Peasy Pizza

Not only is this pizza low carb and super lean, but it's easy since it uses mostly pre-made ingredients.  It's perfect to do "make your own" pizza bar with a whole family or group of friends, without feeling stuffed and bloated afterwards.

Easy Peasy Pizza

Baked Coconut Chicken Tenders with Homemade Honey Mustard

These lightened up version of fried chicken fingers will be sure to satisfy both your clean eating fanatic as well as your fried chicken fiend.  The chicken is breaded with minimally processed, gluten-free grains to keep the glycemic index low and the coconut ads a great flavor and texture. Since these are baked, no guild from the fry-o-later!  Honey mustard sauce is equal parts healthy and satisfying - this comfort meal will not disappoint.

Tangy Cauliflower

This sweet and spicy garlic chili cauliflower is addicting if you like a kick of flavor. It is one of my personal favorite ways to boost the flavor without adding tons of sodium/sugar.

 

Creamy Tuna Wraps (Mayo-free)

I call this a wrap because that's my favorite way to eat it, stuffed in a big whole wheat wrap.  However, it can be served by itself as a salad or on a big bed of greens.  This tuna salad is the perfect mix of flavors, textures, colors and nutrients! Plus, it's made with canned tuna so it's so easy to whip up.

Creamy Tuna Wraps (Mayo-free)

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp & Brussels Sprouts

I have a heavy palette for spice so I absolute love these spicy shrimp and brussels sprouts.  This makes one big flavorful meal with minimal added sodium or unhealthy fats.  It also is pretty quick to whip up.  If you aren't as much of a spice-fiend as I am you can always adjust the sriracha.

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp & Brussels

Crispy Un-Fried Tofu

Tofu can be polarizing but if you prepare it right it can be delicious even for meat-lovers!  Texture is key.  The below preparation goes really well with all different seasonings, sauces and flavor profiles.  It has the perfect crispy "fried" texture without the frying.

Crispy Un-Fried Tofu

Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is such a versatile side dish! Not to mention it can be cooked into oatmeal and other breakfasts to get your morning veggies and you won't even notice (but that's a separate post).  It's so easy and can reduce the carb and calorie load of any meal while still giving you the hearty satisfaction you get from eating rice or another grain! I like to season mine with turmeric, it has a great flavor and reduces inflammation in the body.

Comfort Zoodles

Zucchini + Noodle = Zoodle (for those who are unfamiliar).  They are my FAVORITE way to make an easy, lean dinner taste comforting.  You must first own some kind of spiralizer (to make the noodles), however, you can find these for under $20 at Amazon.com or Bed Bath & Beyond, you really don't need anything fancy.  The zucchini fills you up at only about 30 calories per zucchini (vs. a serving of whole wheat pasta at around 190).  Plus it is a great source of calcium and potassium.  I love zoodles for lunch or dinner and they store pretty well if you want to pre-make them and keep them in the fridge.

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

I love this salad as a side or a main with any protein added on.  The best part about it is that it makes a big serving and the longer it sits in the dressing the yummier it is, so it's one of those leftovers that actually gets better with time!

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad