Batch Cooking and Healthy Parmesan Patties

How’s it going this Monday? I can’t complain over here!!

Today starts Spring Break for my kids but we are using today as a “relax” day. Today is the only chilly day out of the entire week so it worked out perfectly for staying home. The rest of the week will be in the 70’s and 80’s so I plan to spend many hours outdoors. I just LOVE Spring!! Now that we have “Sprung forward”, it really feels like Spring time. I couldn’t help but smile when I looked at the clock at 7:00pm last night and the sun was still shining bright.

Now, I just have to hope that the weather is mild this season and does not bring any dreaded tornadoes to our area!!

Weekend Fun

My weekend fun consisted of batch cooking up a large amount of food for Lance and I to have for breakfast and lunch this week.

  • Quinoa
  • Ground Turkey
  • Mixed veggies
  • Egg Muffin Cups
  • Oatmeal Muffin Cups
  • Brownie Protein Bars

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All of that prepping and cooking took a good 2.5 hours but it will make the rest of the week a breeze, at least I hope so!! However, next week I think I will be a bit smarter and just make double or triple of what we have for dinner next Sunday night. Doh!! Why didn’t I think of that sooner. 😉

Last night’s dinner was phenomenal and I have to give all credit to Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life because it was her recipe, with a few very minor changes.

Healthy Parmesan Burgers(or patties in my case)

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Last weekend we happened to be at a new to us store and they had ground chicken breast for a great price. I am always leery of anything ground, unless it is beef or turkey. However, I remembered seeing this recipe on Courtney’s blog at an earlier time and thought this would be the perfect time to make it.

I did make a few substitutions because there were some items I was missing in my cupboard but it was no big deal and worked out perfectly. I didn’t have buns on hand but that was no biggie. I just whipped up a side of Roasted Ranch Red Potatoes as our carb.  Also, I didn’t have any marinara sauce in my cabinets but I did have an awesome supply of canned tomato products from Red Gold. Last month they sent me some of their products to try out and boy are they good!!

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Mission Accomplished, Red Gold!!!

Last night, I used a can of Red Gold diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano seasoning as my marinara sauce.

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I just emptied the can into my Ninja, pulsed for a few seconds and had a delicious sauce. It was so fresh tasting and I actually liked it even more than traditional spaghetti sauce!!

My family gobbled up this dinner and my husband requested that it be put into regular rotation. No problem, honey!! I got you covered on that one 🙂

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Workout

  • Today’s workout consisted of a nice upper body workout(chest and triceps done circuit style) that left my arms nice and wobbly. It isn’t a plan I can share because I got the workout from a program that was actually purchased. It is part of a 6 week at home workout guide. It is going to be perfect for me because the workouts are broken up into 5 days of training per week. 3 workouts are weight based and the other 2 workouts are HIIT based. The best part: each routine can be done in 20-30 minutes. Of course, that means you really have to push and give it your all to see results but I am cool with that!!
  • 2 miles on the gym treadmill. I was able to get my kids to the gym(and to behave while I was there) for a quick 20 minute cardio workout. Cardio is not my fave but it is essential right now because I am pretty serious about getting 5-10 pounds off my frame. Once I reach my goal, I will cut back on the cardio and just do the 2 days in the 6 week workout plan.

I have mentioned my friend before because I truly believe in the workouts/cookbooks/e-books that she offers. Anyhoo, if you are stuck in a rut or just want to change up your workouts and start seeing results(at home OR the gym) you should visit Kyra at The Get In Shape Girl!!

Questions:

What do you think of the time change? Like or dislike?

I will gladly lose one hour of sleep for months of additional sunlight!!!

Do you batch cook your meals for the week or do you eat whatever you can find?

What do you think about ground meat? Do you prefer turkey, beef or chicken?

 

 

 

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7 responses to “Batch Cooking and Healthy Parmesan Patties

  1. Bob and I were recently talking about ground meat . . . we both feel it can be a bit sketchy, and would rather have the real, whole meat product. Except our ground bison, because we buy straight from the farm so I know exactly what’s in it. I would love to find a reputable place to buy some ground turkey though!! And fresh eggs. This is on my summer to-do list. Love the batch cooking. I cooked beans, quinoa, shredded chicken and prepped veggies on Sunday. Feels so good to have so many options ready for the busy week. Love your marinara sauce “recipe”. Nice!! I’m definitely going to do that–easy, quick, and healthy. 🙂

  2. I’m so glad it’s spring break! Traffic was a breeze this AM 🙂

  3. Yay for spring break! I think all of your time prepping food for the week will be totally worth it! And I’m just not a fan of daylight savings….it throws me off balance for weeks!

  4. I thought we had an early Spring Break at the end of March but yours is even earlier! I just hate that we always have a cold Spring break. I wish it was in April when the weather is a little nicer.
    I have always thought about batch cooking but have never done it.

    • Our Spring Break is really early but our weather warms up so much sooner than many places. Today it was 68 and it will get into the 80’s later this week so it ends up being prefect for us!!

  5. I agree with you- I need the sunlight! Our Spring Break is next month but I CANNOT WAIT! 🙂

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