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Today was so much more productive than yesterday, but it did help that we finally had water! Since I didn’t get to do any of the cooking that I wanted to do yesterday, I spent 3-1/2 hours doing some meal prepping for this week, the weekend, and next week. I enjoying cooking, but only when I have the time to do it and want to do it.

I started with some Buffalo-Garlic Turkey Burgers from Chris Powell‘s newest book, Choose More, Lose More for Life. I made 8 of them so we could each have one for dinner tonight and I froze the rest of them.

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While the burgers were cooking, I took the rest of the ground turkey and made some meatballs to go with spaghetti.

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This is our go to meal on Friday nights before a long run. I hate waiting for spaghetti noodles to cook, so making a few portions at a time saves so much time. I ran out of sauce, but that is easy enough to add later! 🙂

By the time I got all of this done, it was time for some much needed lunch.

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This is not my normal lunch, but it is what sounded good. One thing I love here is the fresh bread. I took some fresh Turkish bread, toasted it, and then topped it with some white cheese (feta), tomato slices, and a little bit of white cheese on top. Then added a side of raw carrots and roasted red pepper hummus. Delicious!

After lunch I headed back to the kitchen for some more meal prep. This recipe is another one from Chris Powell‘s book Choose More, Lose More for Life. It is the Chicken Ratatouille. I made 6 portions of it, so I could freeze some as well.

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The top is just the Chicken Ratatouille and the bottom has quinoa added to it for extra carbs. The recipe also calls for it to have a portion of canned diced tomatoes with garlic, but I didn’t have any today, so I will add it tomorrow after I get some. All of this goes on top of baby spinach with some parmesan or mozzarella cheese, if you don’t have quinoa or couscous with it. I can’t wait to try it out. I will post a review later this week!

One thing I love about Chris Powell’s recipes is that they are super easy to make. I already had the chicken cooked up for this, so I saved myself some time there, but still super easy and relatively quick to make as well. I cut up the chicken that I had left over from this recipe for salads tomorrow night!

For me, the worst part about meal prep is cleaning up the kitchen. I try to clean as I go, but the big dishes are always saved for last. I didn’t take a picture of the clean up, but I guess I should have. I was more worried about getting it cleaned up so I would be ready to go run when Rob got home from work.

Since we had water today, we were able to get our run in. Wahoo! It was a beautiful day for a run too, but we got out later than normal and the sun was beginning to set, so it got chilly quick. It’s a good thing I decided to put on my black Nike jacket after I took this picture.

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I decided to wear my new yellow Halo headband for tonight’s run! Loved it! Here is a quick recap of tonight’s run:

An awesome 5 mile run late this afternoon. It felt really good today and definitely showed in our pace. It wasn’t our fastest 5 miler, but the last mile is our fastest mile during training.

Today’s splits:

1— 8:59
2— 9:10
3— 8:56
4— 8:44
5— 7:54

A great chatty run with the hubby tonight! I love how the miles go by so fast when you are having a good conversation.

After our run, we came home, stretched, showered, and we finally ready for some dinner. At least it was already made!

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We each had a Buffalo-Garlic Turkey Burger with cheese (I had swiss), roasted potatoes, and raw carrots. Yes, I had raw carrots twice today. They sounded good when I was cutting them up for dinner that I decided to have some for lunch as well! Dinner really hit the spot after a hard run.

Of course you can’t forget dessert. I love ice cream, which is another reason why I run, so I can have dessert! Dessert for me tonight was this…

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Vanilla ice cream (Breyer’s) with strawberries and blueberries. Yum!

I really like meal prepping because it saves me a ton of time during the week and on the weekends. The last thing I want to do after a long run on a Saturday is to come home and make something. Meal prepping allows me to freeze delicious meals, pull them out, and reheat them. Just like the freezer meals you see in the store, except much better for you.

I have some other recipes pulled and ready to make tomorrow! I love having a freezer full of ready-to-eat food! Stay tuned!

Do you do any meal prepping? 

What’s your favorite meal to freeze?

What are you training for right now?

Thanks for reading!

~Brooke & Rob