Monday, February 18, 2013

Eating Out and Meal Prep

Happy Monday friends! I thought the holidays were busy, but February is killing me! Between engagements, weddings, birthdays, baby showers, holidays, I feel like I haven't stopped for a second! Being in the middle of prepping for my photo shoot doesn't really make things any easier, but it does force me to create a schedule and stick to it which is always good. With all the events going on lately, I've eaten out quite a bit. When trying to lean out I much prefer making all of my own meals, but sometimes you just gotta deal with what you're dealt so I wanted to share some of the clean eats I've had while out. 


This was my Valentine's Day dinner (aka B's birthday dinner #1) from the Keg. Grilled chicken breast with peppers and a side of asparagus. I asked for everything dry- no butter or oil, but obviously the peppers had oil of some sort on them. I just stuck to the chicken and asparagus, and it was great! 


I met a friend for lunch on Saturday at a new healthy to-go place in Scottsdale called Chop Shop. It's pretty amazing and has lots of healthy options- I went with the shrimp protein bowl that came with veggies and Forbidden black rice. Only downside is all the meats were pre-marinated so, I just had to deal with that. This was really good too! 


They also juice at Chop Shop so I tried one with 1/4 apple, kale, ginger, celery, and parsley. I haven't been a big juicer in the past, but this could be something I get used to! 


And lastly, B's birthday dinner #2 was at City Hall and I got the seared ahi with a side of asparagus. This was soooo awesome and a huge portion! I think I made it through about half and shared the rest :)

Then of course, I spent a few hours in the kitchen prepping yesterday...


In the mix- hard boiled eggs, ground turkey, turkey fajitas, cauliflower bites, roasted veggies, grilled chicken, mushroom turkey burgers, and yams and brown rice for carbs. Like last week this was fairly painless and I think I had everything done in about 2 1/2 hours, including a quick break for some cottage cheese and peanut butter toast. Today marks 5 weeks from the shoot date and week 2 of the James Wilson plan. The plan kicks up a notch this week, and I'm so ready for it! 
Make it a great week!! 

What are your go-to meals when you eat out? Do you order things specifically with no butter or oil, or do you just go with it?


11 comments:

  1. Okay..I've definitely ordered the same thing from the Keg! That and the Salmon another time.

    Your meals look similar to mine.

    You can definitely keep it clean when eating out :)

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  2. I do order things with no butter, no oil, dressing/sauce on the side. That being said, I def don't eat perfectly and do enjoy my meals when I'm out!! My go-to meal when I'm out is usually a salad or fish - mostly because I don't cook fish very often at home and I like ordering salads with different ingredients than I would normally keep at home.

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    1. I'm the same way with fish... at home, I'm over it. But when I'm out it's always so good!

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  3. I typically go for either grilled Chicken or Salmon with veggies grilled/steamed/raw no butter,no oil or get my protein in some kind of salad mix dressing/sauce on the side. Like you sometimes it doesn't come out the way I order but I typically don't like to make a scene so I just leave it and eat what I can. It's kinda funny cause when subbing a salad for gigantic sides like rice/potatoes/beans whatever I ask for a BIG salad and usually get like a tiny side salad with like two slices of cucumbers and a couple tomatoes and pay the price of an entire entree LOL!! Sometimes I feel like "okay people all I'm asking for is a little extra lettuce and veggies sheesh". I also sometimes call ahead of time to ask if things are pre marinated and if they are and I call early enough they will set stuff aside for me un marinated.

    Oh recipe cauliflower bites? and turkey mushroom burger. Both sound super yummy!

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    1. I semi burnt the cauliflower bites but hoping to make them again this week and post the recipe! It's super easy and a super low cal snack!

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  4. i've seen you posted what protein powders you use many times, but what kind of casein do you use? i bought a new one and couldn't even choke it down :/ and i'm not even picky with protein powder tastes... thanks in advance :)

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    1. Optimum Nutrition Chocolate Peanut Butter :)

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  5. Hi! I always think your yam chips look so good and want to make them! Just wondering if you still follow the recipe on your blog (with the oat flour and oil) or if you have changed it up at all? Thanks so much!!!

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    1. I switch it up, but yes I do use that one too! Sometimes I'll bake them with coconut oil and cinnamon,and sometimes I just bake them plain and dip in ketchup!

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  6. I am planning on trying the prep ahead this week. I am wondering if you do food prep Sunday, does that mean your items are good until the following Sunday? Or do you separate everything after making it? Thanks and keep up the awesome work!

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    1. Most foods should last a week in the fridge, my prep only gets us through thursday though!

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