by Kaitlyn Raymundo
Low on time and low on money, I definitely have a few go-to recipes that are quick and easy to meal-prep and eat throughout the week. As an athlete and a constantly hungry person overall, I find that having slightly smaller meals and more frequent snacks is the best way to sustain myself around my class and practice schedule. Recently, I’ve been more conscious of balancing food groups within my meals as well, attempting to get a source of protein with each meal as well as my daily value of fruits and vegetables. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite weekday recipes!
First, I start off the day with a shot of diluted apple cider vinegar. I don't do this everyday but I try to do it at least every other. While it doesn't taste great, I like the way it seemingly "cleans" my digestive tract. It's also a versatile ingredient that I use for salad dressing and other forms of condiments.
Egg muffin cups + modified banana boat: As for breakfast, this is a fairly new discovery of mine and I’m super into it! I found the recipe off of Buzzfeed and will link it down below. Basically, the recipe makes six egg muffin cups that you can fill with any vegetables of your choosing. This is worth three breakfasts for me. It takes 30 minutes to prep and then its grab and go for the rest of the week! I love that I can get protein easily with the eggs, a source of vegetables early in the day (I’ve been loving the tomato and spinach combo), and that it keeps me full for a few hours. These egg muffins might be fine on their own, but I generally accompany them with fruit because I like to fill up at breakfast so I don’t over-eat the rest of the day, especially leading up to practice. This cut up banana is another version of the banana boat that I’ve previously blogged. I love the combination of bananas, nut butter, granola, and honey. The nut butter is a wonderful healthy fat that keeps me full and it satisfies my sweet tooth, which is nice because sometimes I wake up craving something sweet for breakfast. It’s like a healthy built-in dessert for breakfast. Honestly, I go to sleep excited that I get to eat this combination in the morning. Lame, I know.
Snacks!: I’ll briefly touch on what I like to snack on as well. They’re all cheap and so quick to grab. I almost always have something salty thrown in there, in this case the Saladitas. I find these to be equivalent to Saltines and they came individually packaged, the perfect grab in the mornings. Fruit snacks are another of my go to for a burst of energy. I got these in huge pack from Costco and have been eating them daily for over two months, but I still haven’t run out. A granola bar is another essential for me. This one is wrapped in parchment paper because Sara’s grandma makes them homemade and is generous in giving them to me to eat! I love them because they are not just tasty, but are also nut-based which provides some healthy fats for my diet. Healthy fats are another way I keep full for longer periods of time. Finally, a piece of fruit. Some weeks it’s apples or sometimes strawberries, whatever is in season and cheap at the grocery store.
Chicken+sweet potato+spinach: I love this recipe because it’s so tasty and so quick. I usually defrost my chicken overnight or throughout the day, season with salt, pepper, paprika, and chili powder, and cook it in the pan quickly. These thinner chicken strips are super quick to make on the stove and my favorite source of lean protein. Sweet potatoes are a great complex carb and super versatile for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In this case, I washed it and poked holes into the skin with a fork. Then I put it in the microwave for three minutes, turning it every minute or so. Half of one is perfect for my meal. Then I wilt some spinach and squeeze some lemon on top and voila! A super easy, quick, and not to mention yummy dinner.
Dessert: I’m not going to lie, I have dessert almost daily, but definitely in moderation. I didn’t photograph it but today I hung out with the team for snacks and movie night. We had some s’mores and pumpkin muffins so I treated myself to each one! A great way to end my day and satisfy my sweet tooth.
Hopefully, this was a helpful source of inspiration for your weeknight meals! Let us know if you try one of them. What do you want to see next?