Wow, here we are at week 5 which is also the start of Phase 2. This week has been rough for me, the workouts are longer again, all of the workouts are new, and getting up at 5 when you don’t get enough sleep makes me cranky. However, I lost 3 pounds and 2.5 inches during phase 1 so not too shabby. Anyway, this phase I decided to add an extra red to my count even if I am still in Plan B due to the fact that the others on this meal plan take the beach body recover which is pretty much like a protein powder which counts as a red. Below is our meal plan which is kind of thrown together last minute. We had a lot of stuff planned on the weekend, so I feel like I am still trying to catch up.
I know our breakfasts are a broken record, but right now we are all liking them so I will leave them as is.
If you are wanting another option than this, you can make these 2 Ingredient Pancakes. I normally add blueberries to mine while in the pan so they get nice and warm too, but this blogger sometimes just add some peanut butter to it. So the containers are almost the same as my scramble above. Also, on either of these recipes, the more ripe your bananas, the sweeter they will taste.
So for one of our lunches during the week, we have done roasted potatoes following this recipe, topped with eggs and spinach which are cooked together topped with cheese. It is really good, but the spinach pieces were sometimes chewy. So I tried pureeing the spinach with the eggs and then cooking them. As you can see they are REALLY green. However, they taste just like normal eggs, so I think we will continue to have them this way even if they do look super crazy.
Then my shake which I use THIS powder instead of Shakeology because it is much cheaper and has very similar nutrition. Then it shows what others things I added to my shake above. It is only green because I like adding spinach to my shakes since I can’t taste it, and it is an easy way to add greens. (I like Mocha and chocolate flavors the best.)
For some of the lunches and dinners above, we mix up the meats, sometimes rotisserie chicken, bratwurst, smoked kielbasa sausage, etc. Then which ever veggies are on sale is what we go with right now it was broccoli, but up on the plan I might have written roasted squash and zucchini because that is what we could get cheaper. Same goes for the carb as well. Sometimes I make mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, sometimes I make them into “fries” that are baked in the oven. So have fun and switch things up.
I made chicken salad from a rotisserie chicken. They are very affordable at Sam’s Club or Costco, and I just would shred all of the chicken, and make my salad. HERE is my original recipe, but I did alter it a tad for this to make sure it wasn’t too fatty or sugary.
Jessica’s Quick Chicken Salad
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken shredded (or 3 cups diced cooked chicken)
- 1/4 cup Helmann’s mayonnaise
- 1 cup red grapes, halved
- 1 stalk celery, diced (if you don’t like the texture, add celery seeds to give the same flavor, I do this in pot pie sometimes. Or just mince really really small.)
- 1/2 cup crushed Pineapple
- salt and pepper to taste
- pecans or cashews, optional
- In a bowl, combine the chicken, mayo, grapes, celery, pineapple, salt, cashews, and pepper. Combine until well mixed.
- Serve on a wrap, shredded lettuce, or on a lettuce leaf.You can always adjust it. I filled a red container a little bit heaping and counted it as 1 red and 1/2 a purple since I prefer my chicken salad sweeter and used the fruit to do that for me. Also, I have a friend who adds shredded carrots to her which makes it orange, but tastes amazing. So next time I will add some shredded carrots.
My friend Lindsey shared this recipe with me, and I LOVE IT! It is a Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili that can be made in a regular or instant pot. It has a good sweet and slightly spicy taste depending on how much chili powder you add. This is a keeper, which I make after I stop counting my containers. It is really good for lunches too.
As I mentioned I have a sweet tooth, so at night I have been saving a fruit, and containers for a peanut butter. I don’t do this every night, but sometimes I make Chunky Monkey. It is one frozen banana that is ground until smooth in a strong blender. It will take a bit of time and you will need to scrape down the sides, but once it looks like soft serve ice cream add peanut butter, and top with a dash of cinnamon and a few mini chocolate chips. It is really really good. I have seen others make this ice cream as a base and add in just fruits to make it taste more like a sorbet. I hope you enjoy.
I also realized that I could do chocolate covered strawberries if I don’t go crazy with them. So I plan to make a batch to have one or two in the evening instead of chunky monkey. The link under the picture is for a recipe that uses shakeology if you are looking for something like that.
Please let me know if you have any questions or want clarifications on anything, and thanks again for reading.