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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…

Easy avocado blender pesto

Pesto is one of those things that you either love or hate. Take my brother and me for example. Ever since I discovered pesto in my mid-teens, I’ve never been able to get enough of the stuff. In fact, mainly sustaining myself with white pasta and jars of pesto was probably the main cause of my fresher 5 (ok, 15) while living in a university dorm. My brother, on the other hand, hates the stuff. He even disliked being in the same room as me when I was eating anything that contained pesto. Too bad, I say. While pasta isn’t…

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…

Meal Prep Protein Pancakes

Have you gotten around to trying Instagram-famous protein pancakes? If you haven’t, I’d advise you to drop everything and quickly whip up this super easy and macronutrient-balanced breakfast recipe! And if that’s a little inconvenient at the present moment, I’d suggest pinning it for later (and follow my page while you’re at it!). Protein pancakes are almost too good to be true. They have the same texture, feel and taste as the ones made with white flour, chunks of butter and refined sugar. Sure, traditional pancakes make a fantastic treat, but they probably contain a few too many empty calories…

Breakfast meal prep: brownie chocolate oatmeal

We’re more than halfway through healthy breakfast meal prep month in the Shape University community, have you been joining in? This all came about because I received a few emails and messages from ladies who asked me to bring back some of the challenges and themed months that I started last year. And you know what they say, ask and you shall receive! So far this month we’ve had a heavenly chocolate chia pudding to keep the Easter cravings away, and simple but delicious baked oatmeal muffins to mix up the overnight oat routine. If you want to be in…

17 recipes to sneak more vegetables into breakfast

In my personal experience, I’ve come to realise that just about every aspect of your life improves when you begin to eat more vegetables. Not only are vegetables usually low in energy (calories) and super filling, they also offer a myriad of nutrients including micronutrients and fibre. If you’re one of those people that loves to have giant salads and green smoothies for every meal, you might find it easy to eat plenty of vegetables. But you are definitely the minority. Although there are a number of delicious vegetable types (sweet potato omg), they’re rarely people’s favourite thing to eat. One handy…

Cheese and spinach stuffed chicken in sauce

Do you ever get home from work/school/university and think to yourself, “I just really can’t be f**ked to cook”? Don’t get me wrong, most days I LOVE being in the kitchen. I even have a set of speakers in my kitchen for cooking time. I usually put on some music or a podcast when I prepare my deliciously healthy meals. I can (and often do) spend hours in there. Other days, I can’t think of anything worse. Like at the moment, it’s the middle of summer in Sydney. For the last few days, I’ve just been ducking into the kitchen…

Sweet potato toast that’s meal prep-friendly

Remember that heart-wrenching feeling you felt deep within your soul when you found out bread might not be that nutritionally wonderful for you? If you’re a bread lover like me, you might have felt like your world was turned upside down. In Western society and many other cultures around the world, bread is an absolute staple. It’s eaten as toast for breakfast, in sandwiches for lunch and as a side with dinner. There’s even bread and butter pudding for dessert! Unlike plenty of health practitioners and diet advocates, I actually don’t think that bread is the equivalent of the…

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