How Ingredient Prep Turns Into Meals

As I shared recently, I’m a big ingredient prepper over the weekends. If I just prepped full meals ahead, I’d be disappointed at some point during the week that the flavors just weren’t what I was craving, and as a result wouldn’t be satisfied. Plus, I think it’s more fun to enjoy the same ingredients with different flavors most of the time. This post is to show you how some simple ingredient prep translates into meals during the week.

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Quick & Easy White Bean Chili

It’s okay if you indulged this weekend – and it’s also OK if you didn’t do any food prep for the week! Many people feel guilty, on top of feeling overwhelmed, when it comes to making food decisions during the week, but feeling guilt for not thinking ahead will never help your current situation. While I recommend prepping in whatever ways you can over the weekend, there’s a variety of reasons that sometimes it just might not be feasible. So, today I’m sharing a quick white bean chili that you can make with items you likely already have at home.

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No Added Sugar Chickpea Banana Muffins

There’s these amazing chickpea flour banana bread muffins I made a few years ago. They’re now one of the most consistent posts I get traffic from via search engines, and they’ve been turned into amazing cupcakes and gingerbread muffins, too. Despite their deliciousness and nutrient density, I was still a bit uneasy about the added sugar if they’d be a regular part of Cooper’s diet, so I set out to adapt them to be added sugar free. Now I present to you, Mommy & Me banana muffins!

gluten free baby muffins

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Sheet Pan Miso Ginger Tempeh

While I have eaten it in plenty of dishes while dining out (hello miso blistered shishito peppers at Sprig & Vine, I only cooked with miso for the first time this past fall. And I’ve done the same thing with it each time… make this sauce for tempeh! So, since I wanted to share this recipe with you regardless, this month’s Recipe Redux theme of cooking with a new ingredient was a perfect opportunity to get it on the blog.

sheet pan tempeh

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High Protein Pesto Pasta

Throw together meals make life way easier, and having an index of them can reduce stress since you know you will have lunch or dinner in no time. But, are your go-to last minute meals well balanced to satisfy you and help you reach your health and fitness goals?

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Southwest Soup

While my new content schedule will be officially running next week, in an interest of getting you all set up for food prep this weekend, I obviously had to get you this recipe! While you’re prepping other items for the week (like baking sweet potatoes & roasting veggies in the oven and hard boiling eggs) you can make this big batch of southwest inspired soup with bold and zesty flavors.

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Lentil Walnut Stuffing

Ah, stuffing. The main reason I look forward to Thanksgiving food. It was my favorite as a child and while other sides are close contenders, still is now! I love the texture and flavor of a classic stuffing both on Thanksgiving Day, and afterward mixed with protein and veggies for new meal creations.

lentil walnut stuffing

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Pumpkin Cilantro Pesto Sauce

Pesto is one of those things that I can put on pretty much anything {like hot sauce}… and I do. Serve it drizzled over roasted fall vegetables, with your favorite protein (like crispy salmon!), or whole grains. It’s even delicious on a baked potato or toast, and I’ve been known to add it to eggs before scrambling. You may be thinking of pasta, so hopefully this has opened your eyes to the possibilities!

cilantro pumpkin pesto

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35+ Taco Recipes Without Ground Beef

Tacos are (or should be) a part of everyone’s diet and are a super quick weeknight meal. While I personally don’t eat beef, it’s still eaten by many of my clients and those I reach in other ways. So for those of you like me, you need options, and for those of you who eat beef – let’s make your taco experience more creative!

So, to expand your palates and increase your intake of plants, I’ve rounded up over 35 easy taco recipes from dietitians that are free of beef (and pork!). You can even make your own tortillas if you’re feelin’ adventurous. Need vegan options? Any recipe below with a “*” can be made vegan {some may require eliminating cheese}.

meat free taco recipes

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Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich

I’m finally getting into a groove balancing being a new Mom, working and making yummy meals. So much so that I’ve got normal blogging, Facebook lives and newsletters on the schedule! There’s so many recipes and thoughts I have to share and I’m excited to finally have the time to!

buffalo tempeh sandwich

So let’s get right to it! I’ve been experimenting with a breaded buffalo tempeh and just can’t seem to perfect it yet. In the meantime, the flavor combo of Franks Red Hot and Miyokos double cream chive non-dairy spread is my new favorite thing, so I wanted to share this simple dish with you.

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