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4 Easy Meal Prep Side Salads

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Every meal prep deserves a great side dish! Sometimes it’s easier to approach organizing your weekly routine when you focus on the sides. In today’s video, it’s all about salads!

Try a salad recipe, customize it according to flavor and your wellness goals and then add your choice of protein.  Simple!

Check out my other meal prep sides video!

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Winter Squash Primavera Salad

Ingredients

winter squash primavera

Ingredients for 5 servings:

  • 1 cup baked winter squash, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • spray olive oil
  • 3oz uncooked wheat penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced and chopped
  • 1/4 cup pasta water
  • 1 cup parmesan, shredded or grated
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • sea salt & pepper
  • Garnish
    • fresh parsley, chopped
Steps
  1. Set oven to 400F.
  2. Slice winter squash down the middle and spoon out seeds.  Spray the halves with olive oil then place them face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.  Bake for about 40 minutes until soft.  Allow it to cool enough to handle, then peel it and chop it into pieces.
  3. While that’s baking, prepare the wheat pasta.  Once the pasta has been cooked, do not discard the pasta water since we’ll need some.
  4. Set a nonstick skillet on medium high heat and spray with olive oil.  Add the zucchini and bell peppers – and if desired, garlic – and cook until the veggies are seared, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add the pasta, veggies and chopped squash to a bowl, then add in the remaining ingredients.  Fold everything together, then season to taste with sea salt & pepper.
  6. Garnish with parsley and enjoy this salad warm or cold.

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Calories
156
Protein
9g
Fat
5g
Carbs
19g
Sodium
-
Fiber
3g
Sugar
3g
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Horseradish Mashed Potato Salad

Ingredients

horseradish mashed potato salad

Ingredients for 5 servings:

  • 1 1/2lb red potato, raw
  • 4 tablespoons horseradish
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil mayo (or lite mayo)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup arugula, chopped and packed
  • 2 tablespoons dried chives
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Steps
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add red potatoes.  Cook for at least 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft and tender.
  2. Add the potatoes to a bowl and mash them with a masher or fork.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix everything together with a fork or spatula.
  4. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper.
Calories
134
Protein
3g
Fat
3g
Carbs
23g
Sodium
-
Fiber
3g
Sugar
4g
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Turkey & Shredded Brussels Salad

Ingredients

turkey bacon brussels sprouts salad

Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • 1 1/2lb Brussels sprouts, thinly chopped or shredded
  • 5 slices natural turkey bacon, from leg meat and nitrate free, uncured
  • Dressing
    • 1/2 cup olive oil mayo (lite mayo)
    • 1/8 cup Dijon
    • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or more depending on your preferences)
  • 5 tablespoons goat cheese crumble
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Steps
  1. Mix together the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
  2. Cook bacon until crispy.  Then chop and crumble into pieces.
  3. Use a sharp knife or mandolin to thinly slice or shred the Brussels sprouts into a bowl.  Add the bacon bits and toss together.
  4. Pour the dressing over the Brussels sprouts and mix.  Lastly, fold in the goat cheese crumble or divide the salad into 5 portions and sprinkle goat cheese over each one.
  5. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper.
Calories
137
Protein
10g
Fat
7g
Carbs
11g
Sodium
-
Fiber
4g
Sugar
4g
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Greek-Inspo Farro Salad

Ingredients

greek farro salad

Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • 1 cup farro, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives (with oil)
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons feta crumble
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Steps
  1. Cook farro according to the package instructions.  I simply cook mine the same way I prepare brown rice.
  2. Add the farro to a large bowl then add the remaining ingredients.  Fold everything together and season to taste with lemon and sea salt & pepper.
Calories
166
Protein
8g
Fat
4g
Carbs
25g
Sodium
-
Fiber
3g
Sugar
2g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.