All posts tagged: Meal prep

Beef Rendang + low calorie series

Here’s the first post in my new low calorie series! How exciting! Wee, woo! My mum used to make beef rendang pretty often when I was young. It’s one of those meals that are really homely and filling. It is originally an Indonesian meal that uses big chunks of steak cooked in the thick curry paste and left to slow cook for an hour or so until the curry is slightly dry and thick. This recipe I’m posting is not 100% authentic because I’m optimising it to fit into a low calorie meal plan and to be quicker to make. Instead of thick chunks of steak, the recipe calls for thin stir fry strips which are much faster to cook and lower in fat and therefore calories. I just use a beef rendang curry paste, you can find it in your local supermarket. At Coles and Woolworths it’s in the same section with all the other Asian curry pastes. The vegetables I chose for this recipe are carrots, broccoli, green beans and a bit of …

Sausages & mash + low calorie series

Who doesn’t love some sausages and mashed potato for dinner? I know I do. I know I freaking love sausages and mashed potato. And if you know someone who doesn’t, I don’t want to know them. Don’t introduce them to me please. ALERT: This meal is so easy. It feels like you’ve had a big naughty, filing, cozy meal when actually it’s the opposite. One serve of this meal is only 222 calories!!! Let’s put that into perspective: 2 slices of thin, white bread are 147 calories. This WHOLE meal is only 222!! Let that sink in. Gravy. Mashed potato. Sausages. 222 calories. Ugh, I died and went to mashed potato heaven. The real stinker here though, is the two ingredients I use that make this so low calorie. If you live in Australia, head to Coles and check out their Simply Less range, chicken sausages. For two sausages it’s only 117 calories, compared to Coles thin BBQ beef sausages which are 157 calories for one! While you’re at Coles you need to pick up …

Food Prep Part Three: Let’s do it!

Yay, weee, woohoo! Aren’t you excited??!! Today we are finally going to do some food prepping. Well, I am and you’re going to look and read. How exciting! Part Three is going to show you lovely people exactly what goes on in food prepping and how I do it. Let’s prep! PLANNING It’s time to decide what’s on the menu this week. 20 meals (lunch and dinner for 2) will be comprised of: Indian marinated chicken breast Butter chicken & natural yoghurt marinated and grilled chicken breast – served with spiced lentils and steamed mixed vegetables (steam on the day, prior to eating) serves 4 Chicken burrito bowl Mexican spiced grilled chicken breast – served with brown rice, salsa, guacamole, corn on the cob, pico de gallo and low-fat grated cheese serves 4 Mexican inspired taco salad Mexican spiced low-fat ground beef – served with corn chips, salsa, guacamole, corn on the cob, mixed salad, pico de gallo and low-fat grated cheese serves 5 Tuna salad Canned tuna in brine (or springwater or tomato & onion) – served with …

Food Prep Part One: Why you should prep

Hello lovely people, I’m going to do a series of posts about weekly food prep, the act of making your meals for the week ahead. For some people this means making 10 meals in total, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. For others it can mean 20 meals, 10 lunches and 10 dinners. Part one of this series will highlight the negatives, positives and health benefits of doing weekly prep (complete with paragraph titles and everything!), perhaps helping you decide if you want to get all up in this business. Part two will guide you and show you how to successfully meal prep. Part three will include one week of my food prep, including planning lists, recipes and step by step photos. After reading all three parts you will be equipped and well on your way to successfully meal prepping! NEGATIVES Let’s quickly talk about the negatives. Food prepping is hard and can be downright overwhelming. You have to stand in the kitchen cooking and packing for approximately 3 hours. You must bring your A game into the kitchen, if you can’t …