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The best 8-ingredient-or-less dinner meal prep recipes

If you’ve ever meal prepped before, you’ll know how life-changing it can be. An hour or two in the kitchen once a week can make all the difference to your food choices throughout the week. Whether it’s coming home to a healthy dinner after a stressful work day or a having nutritious breakfast waiting in the morning – meal prep just makes everything easier. That said, if you’re not a seasoned chef or even just someone who ventures into their kitchen very much, many meal prep recipes might turn you off. You might be on Pinterest just looking for a simple…

19 dinner meal prep recipes that take 60 minutes or less

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a solid meal prep routine has the power to change lives. How do I know that? It’s changed mine. The reason meal prep is so effective for transforming lifestyles for the better is because it saves the most important thing of all – time. Time is a finite resource. The biggest reason people find themselves making unhealthy choices is usually due to a lack of time. But meal prep can change all of that. Dinner is a sticking point for plenty of us. After a long (possibly stressful) day, the…

Easy meal prep: vegetarian Mexican-style stuffed zucchinis

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’ll know I’m ALL about the sneaky veggies. Macronutrients, calories and kilojoules aside, I’m always most happy with my food creations when they feature as many servings of vegetables as possible. I’m not the biggest fan of vegetables – tastewise, at least. I mean, if there’s a burger or carrot sticks in front of me, I know which one I’d prefer to eat. Although, I know which one I’d feel better after eating… Sneaky veggies are the perfect way to get more nutrients if you don’t have an innate love for vegetables. …

Lunch meal prep: rainbow crunchy ginger slaw

Planning and preparing your lunch for the week is a great way to get started with meal prep. That’s because lunch meal prep can be as simple as a salad or toast, or as extravagant (and delicious) as a slow cooked curry or buddha bowl. The options are endless. While lunch meal prep is a great way to add more nutrients to your diet and to save a few bucks, it can be a tricky one. There are a few variables you have to consider, like: where will you be when you’re eating? can you reheat your meal prep lunch? do you need access…

Healthy easy cheesy meatballs

“Spahhhhgggeettttttiiiiiii and meatballs, all cover in cheese,” is exactly what I was singing while crafting this delicious healthy meatballs recipe. And I must say, it certainly did not disappoint. A couple of these mozzarella-stuffed healthy meatballs, a carrot spiralized into noodles, a few spoonfuls of your favourite tomato pasta sauce and you’re in business. I created this recipe on a cold autumn night when the craving for comfort food had reached its peak after a rainy commute home. There’s nothing better than biting into a meatball, fresh from the oven, followed by a string of melted mozzarella cheese. The best part is,…

16 low-calorie ways to add healthy flavours to food.  

When it comes to food, we’re conditioned to believe that the only way to add flavour involves dumping copious amounts fat, refined sugar, salt and other high calories taste bombs to a recipe. These ingredients do indeed make food taste fantastic. But unfortunately, they’re definitely at the top the “only eat in moderation” list because most of them are high in calories and rarely offer much nutritional value. Taste is an immensely important part of any enjoyable meal, and the problem with many healthy foods and recipes is the fact that they’re bland and unsatisfying – mainly because they’re missing…

Pumpkin, pepita and feta salad

Last week I wrote about the unhealthy meals that sustained me through my first year of university (and my first year of living out of home) that resulted in me gaining a whole lot of weight and losing a whole lot of self-confidence. This week I have another recipe for you that sustained me throughout a year of university. This salad was my go-to meal prep recipe and helped me to lose a substantial amount of weight, and ultimately change my lifestyle for the better – all on a uni student’s budget (that’s not much you guys). On a Sunday…

15 recipes that don’t require a kitchen.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be more than aware that I’ve been suffering through a major kitchen renovation for the past nine weeks. Two weeks was doable. Five weeks was challenging. By eight weeks, it was a full-on nightmare! And then it was a delayed another week… But I survived, and now have a new lovely, white, pristine kitchen to boot. From a glass half full perspective, I even became a better cook. Being forced to live without a kitchen also forced me to become more creative with my recipes, ingredients and appliances. I also used a slow…

Creamy cauliflower chicken risotto

The season has officially changed here in Sydney. We’re now leaving summer behind and heading into autumn (or fall for my American friends), and inevitably, cooler weather. Like most people, my diet changes from season to season. Not only is it cheaper to eat this way, but your fruit and veggies will be much fresher if they’re in season. But most importantly, winter and comfort foods just go hand in hand. When you’re reaching for an extra layer and thick socks, a fresh salad or some juicy summer fruit somehow seem slightly less appealing. Instead, I find myself looking for…

Homemade breadcrumbs

This is a guest post by The Essential Girl, Rachel Andorfer. As I was making dinner sometime last month, I realized that I was still reaching for a container of processed breadcrumbs. I glanced through the ingredients and of course, my breadcrumbs were made from the most processed white bread out there, complete with preservatives and artificial flavours. I started thinking about making my own from the sprouted grains bread I buy, but I was put off by the idea because it seemed like a lot of work. A couple meals later with those store-bought breadcrumbs, though, and I knew…

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