MEAL PREP FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Weekly Plans and Recipes to Lose Weight the Healthy Way
By: Kelli Shallal, RD
Published: October 29, 2019
Publisher: Rockridge Press
I have found when I plan out my meals and spend time prepping the food so meals can be quick, that I eat much better. This should not be shocking but sometimes life gets in the way and I forget that spending an hour or two of shopping and prepping food can save me more time and effort later on in the week.
Shallal is a registered dietitian and personal trainer. After becoming a mom, she knew meal prep was the best way for her to lose the baby weight. Her cookbook includes three sections teaching about the science of losing weight and how to meal prep. She then offers meal prep recipes including basic, batch -friendly, flavor variety, and superefficient recipes. Her last section includes healthy carbs, delicious veggies, proteins, and snacks. At the end of the book, she also includes a list of fruits and veggies that are usually heavy in pesticides and should be purchased as organic and others that you can mostly not have to worry as much when purchasing them. A chart of measurement conversions and an index of recipes complete the book.
I loved how she preps the reader with ideas for creating a plan including a chart for What I Have, Recipes to Make, and What I Need. Then she offers helpful tools and equipment that will be helpful for the meal prep. I also loved her tips for freezing versus storing in the fridge. Not everything holds up well in the freezer. Plus, not everything tastes good after being reheated in the microwave and she shares tips for reheating as well.
Some of the recipes I’m anxious to try include Chopped Rainbow Mediterranean Salad, Protein-Packed Peanut Butter and Berry Overnight Oats, Taco-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, and Easy Layered Enchilada Casserole to name a few. One recipe I’ve made twice already, once for myself and again for our family Christmas last weekend was the Glazed Slow Cooker Carrots. I love cooked carrots but no one else in our house does, so I took the chance to make these so I could have them for a few meals. They were also a hit at the family Christmas and since they are so quick and easy to make, they are perfect to take to a gathering.
GLAZED SLOW COOKER CARROTS
Since I purchased these rainbow carrots as baby carrots in the bag there was hardly any prep and the bonus is that they were pretty. For our family Christmas, I bought actual carrot sticks and peeled and cut them which took longer, but they were also pretty.
They cook up in 3-4 hours and would make for a perfect side for any of your upcoming holiday events.
I really appreciate Kelli Shallal’s easy recipes, helpful tips, and plans for meal prep. I wish there were more pictures in the cookbook as I love seeing the recipe I am making, but that is really my only negative for this cookbook. If you would like some guidance on planning and prepping meals, Kelli Shallal’s cookbook is an excellent place to start.
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