Week 4 | 5 Healthy Back-To-School Meal Prep Boxes!

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Meal Prep Essentials

Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

Shrimp Scampi
1 Tbls butter
1 cup peeled shrimp
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 lemon, zest & juice
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Melt butter in a skillet over med-high heat. Add shrimp & cook until pink on one side, about 2 min. Flip shrimp & cook until bright pink & opaque, 1 to 2 min. Add garlic, wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, salt, & pepper. Cook, stirring for another 2 min.

Sides
2 cups spiralized zucchini
1/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes
Lemon wedge

Serve shrimp over spiralized zucchini noodles & spoon over 2 to 3 Tbls of pan sauce. Finish with tomatoes & lemon wedge.

Beet & Citrus Salad

White Wine Vinaigrette
2 Tblss white wine vinegar
1 Tbls olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl combine all ingredients & whisk well.

Salad
2 cups finely chopped kale
1/2 cup cooked farro or brown rice
1/2 cup diced steamed beets
1/2 cup sliced fennel
1/2 cup orange segments
1/4 cup pomegranate arils

Toss kale with half of dressing. Assemble salad in a container & top with remaining dressing.

Spanish Beef with Roasted Peppers

Spanish Beef
1 Tbls oil
3/4 cup beef chuck, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 cup finely diced yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 large russet potato, peeled & diced
1 Tbls tomato paste
1 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
3/4 cup beef broth
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a skillet over med-high heat. Add beef & season with salt & pepper to taste. Cook beef, turning often, until browned on all sides. Add onion & cook until onion begins to soften, 2 min. Add garlic & thyme & cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add potatoes, tomato paste, paprika, cayenne, & broth. Mix everything together & bring it to a simmer. Cover with a lid & continue to cook, stirring occasionally until potatoes have softened, about 10 min. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Roasted Peppers
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 green pepper, sliced
1/2 poblano pepper, sliced
2 tsps oil
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Arrange peppers on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle oil over peppers & season with salt & pepper to taste. Bake peppers until they have softened & begin to caramelize, 15 to 20 min.

Grilled Chicken & Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad
2 cups mixed greens
1 cup diced watermelon
2 Tblss crumbled feta
1 Tbls chopped fresh mint

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 Tbls olive oil
1 Tbls balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl combine all ingredients & whisk well.

Grilled Chicken
1 (4-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Heat a BBQ or grill pan to med-high heat.

Drizzle olive oil over chicken. Season both sides with garlic powder, parsley, salt, & pepper.

Grill over med-high heat until it releases easily, 4 to 5 min. Flip chicken & continue to grill for another 3 to 4 min. Reduce heat to med & continue to cook until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF, about 5 to 8 min.

Honey Garlic Meatballs & Fried ‘Rice’

Honey Garlic Meatballs
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground chicken
1 egg
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

In a small bowl whisk together honey, soy sauce, garlic, salt, & pepper.

In a large bowl mix together ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, & two thirds of honey garlic sauce. Be sure not to contaminate remaining sauce.

Shape meatballs & place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until golden & they have reached an internal temperature of 165°F, about 20 min. Brush remaining honey garlic sauce over meatballs & return to oven until glaze becomes sticky, another 3 to 5 min.

Cauliflower Fried Rice
1 Tbls sesame oil
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
2 cups frozen peas & carrots
1 garlic clove, minced
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups cauliflower rice
3 Tblss soy sauce
2 green onions, finely chopped

Heat oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add onion & cook, stirring, until it begins to soften, 2 to 3 min. Add frozen peas & carrots & continue to cook for another minute. Add garlic & cook until it becomes fragrant, 30 seconds. Push vegetables to one side of pan & scramble egg in other side. Once eggs are cooked, 1 to 2 min, mix everything together & add cauliflower, soy sauce, & sriracha. Cook, stirring, until cauliflower is hot & begins to soften, 3 to 5 min. Stir in green onions.

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