With all of the writing I’ve been doing for my upcoming book on meal prep and meal prep recipes, I wanted to do a deeper dive on an article I wrote a while back on cooking chicken in bulk and having variety. Besides over cooking the protein, I often hear complaints about the lack of variety.
So, here’s a video showing how I cook protein – beef (or ground meats) and chicken (poultry) – in bulk. Regardless of your diet, there’s a lot of key learnings in this video for everyone, even vegans. It talks about how to do exact meal prep or calorie counting so that you better arrive at the intended calories and macronutrients for each meal.
If you are a hardcore athlete or weightlifter, it is important that you eat a lot of healthy food such as chicken and veggies. But if you find yourself getting bored of or intimidated by the thought of eating so much chicken, you might be forgetting fun recipes like chicken noodle soup and chicken enchiladas to make from leftover chicken breast and rotisserie chicken. Chicken doesn’t have to be boring at all if you just put a little love and fun into your heart and into your meal. Here are 4 leftover chicken recipes that will be sure to blow your mind!
As a tip, it can be good to get chicken meat that comes with the bones and collect the bones for broth. Bone broth is a great way to replenish the body and refuel its need for the rich minerals that come from breaking down the bones. It helps to recharge the adrenal system and keep an athlete pumped up and ready for another intense training session. It is also great at helping people recuperate and now you’re using every part of the chicken from the meat to the bones! Decreasing food waste is great for you and for our environment.
Poultry is easier to digest than red meat and is probably in the top ten most versatile foods that exist. Curry soup, salad with chicken, chicken caesar (in all its forms), easy chicken taco, Thai chicken—you could name chicken recipes all day off the top of your head and not run out. It is high in protein and is a decent source of saturated fat. That high level of protein can be dehydrating though so make sure to drink lots of water and get lots of magnesium and fiber through eating vegetables. Dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables are great for that which include broccoli, Brussel sprouts, spinach, and cabbage.
If you had a fun time trying these chicken recipes for quick and easy meals throughout the day, please drop me a comment or send me a message. I would love to hear from you! Keep happy and healthy! Bon appetit!
As part of my partnership with Pronamel, they asked me to create content with the theme “Twice as Good” in mind – something that can serve two purposes.
First thing that came to mind was obviously, food! But here’s my take/twist.
One thing I like to do is purchase produce and products from my local farmer’s market and nearby small businesses. By doing so, I’m investing in my community and so it can flourish and provide newer, better “goods” for all of us.
Similarly, that’s how food should be. It should nourish our bodies and push us closer to our wellness goals, all while tasting delicious!
With that in mind, I purchased some produce from my local farmer’s market to create some delicious, natural salad dressings just in time for the spring!
I’m following up on a FAQ –
“What are some lunch meals you can enjoy that don’t have to be reheated?”
Here are four easy lunch ideas to help inspire your next meal prep! This is a continuation of the 5 cold lunch mash-up that I did last year.
When it comes to eating food cold (or at room temperature), keep it simple! Here are some guidelines I live by:
Here’s my “secret” way to make one of healthy eating’s and bodybuilding’s most bland meal into a flavorful masterpiece in very little time.
Meal Prep will never be the same…And it shouldn’t be.
When all you have is a microwave, it can be a little daunting to think about being able to cook your own meals. While it’s not ideal, the microwave can crank out some pretty awesome (and calorie-conscious) meals!
Here is a follow-up article on the 4 Dorm Room Recipe video from 2 years ago!
Remember, you should always customize recipes to complement your nutrition and fitness goals.
As I continue to experiment with the ketogenic diet, I’m discovering the various ways I can still enjoy the foods I really love with much less carbs.
I’ve used portobello mushroom caps for burgers but it was not until recently that I discovered I could also use them as taco shells. Check it out!
We’ve all been there – you’re at work or school and you’re hungry so you go to reheat your meal only to find out there is no microwave. Or your job requires you to be on the road all day and you don’t have access to a microwave. It’s a frustrating feeling! But I have good news – there are tons of meals that you can prepare that can be enjoyed cold or at room temperature.
Here are 5 of my favorite cold lunches to help get the wheels in your mind turning about what you can do…remember to make these meals your own and store them in quality containers.
For cold meals, I enjoy putting the food in stainless steel containers because I find that they keep the food cooler/colder while in the fridge or lunchbox cooler.
**As always, remember to adjust portions and servings to fit your diet and goals. Meals can fit nearly any fat loss or weight gain program, and are for both males and females – it’s all in the portions.**
Another year, another epic $75 Meal Prep video challenge! One of the most important lessons I’ve learned on my journey is the importance of being prepared. We’ve heard it time and time again, if we “fail to plan, we plan to fail.” But the good news is there’s #mealprep whereby we prepare several meals or snacks (or food) in advance so that we always have a healthier alternative readily available to us!
This grocery challenge is all about showing how easy it is meal prep AND how we can do so on a limited/set budget. While $75 may seem like a lot of money to many people, think about how much money you spend weekly just for lunch. The average lunch spend is about $9; multiply that by 5 days (work week) and you’re already spending over half of the $75 and we haven’t even addressed breakfast, dinner or those frequent $2 and $3 snacks. By the end of a week, you’ve likely spent close to $100. Ask yourself – how much of that food is nourishing your body to push you closer to your goals?
But no worries! Got you covered. Let’s “ball on a budget!” Here are 5 meals for 5 days for $75!
Couple of things before we get started:
HUGE THANKS to my friends at Kroger! They made it extremely easy to make this video so I had a very enjoyable (and affordable) shopping experience. If there’s not a Kroger close to where you live, check for one of its affiliate stores here (at the bottom of the page). Remember I live in Texas, so prices may vary depending on where you live around the nation (or globe).
PROTEIN / DAIRY
Only thing better than one of your favorite Chinese foods, is when it’s prepared in a heart healthier way so you can enjoy it more often.
While this version is lower in fat, it definitely does not compromise on flavor! You won’t notice the difference in taste, but you will in how you feel after eating it. With only 345 calories per serving and over 35g protein, your muscles and your tastebuds will be begging for more.
Congrats on accepting the FitMenCook 5-Day No Sugar Challenge! I once read an article that suggested it was easier for people to give up sex than it was to give up sugar. And if you think about it, they may be right since added sugar is everywhere!
GOAL FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS:
FOODS TO AVOID
Remember, check the ingredient label to determine if what you’re about to eat satisfies the requirements for this challenge. Nearly all food has sugar so focus on what sugars or sweeteners have been ADDED to the food.
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF SUGAR:
QUICK TIPS TO GET STARTED:
A note on alcohol…
ONE FINAL IMPORTANT NOTE:
If you do happen to have a weak moment, or mindlessly eat something with sugar, don’t beat yourself up! Identify how and why it happened, learn from it, then keep going strong in the challenge. We CAN do this!
Best wishes and Boom.
This will be a living page so that I can add new ideas and tips from all of us! So…
Cooking Utensils I Use Weekly
TIP: always have healthy snacks available to curb cravings in between meals and to prevent making unhealthy food choices or overeating at meal time.
Favorite Cooking Oils
Seasonings & Spices
Teas & Superfoods
If you’re needing to cook chicken in bulk for the week and want to better measure your portions, try using kabobs. Each kabob is a measured portion of your serving. Here are 3 quick ways to season your chicken breasts to keep your diet interesting!
Here’s the story behind my sweet potato sliders! Huge thanks to American Express for allowing me to share this story.
The same energy and excitement I feel when exercising is matched every time I step into the kitchen to try a new recipe. In both places I “train” hard and look for creative ways to challenge myself. These sweet potato slider melts are a product of such training — they fuel my creativity while also feeding my body healthy, non-boring food. It’s moments like these when I truly love what I do.
Bodybuilding and eating healthy on a budget is possible! You just need a little creativity and a willingness to try new things. Instead of using pasta sheets, use slices of sweet potato. Not only is it delicious, but also it is heart healthy and a solid complex carbohydrate that you can integrate into your diet in a new, exciting way.
If you’re trying to prepare nearly all of your meals in advance, variety will be critical so that you do not deviate from your diet and actually eat the food you spent all that time preparing. To help guard against “diet fatigue,” I recommend prepping 2 -3 flavors of chicken each week. Here’s how I do it to save time!
No boring sandwiches or wraps. Ever. Instead of shoveling out $9 for a wrap at lunch, just make your own. Less than half the cost and likely twice the protein! Plus, you know exactly what you are putting in to your body.