Cucumber, Tomato and Grilled Chicken Summer Salad (120 cal/serving)

Keep it Simple September – Meal Prep Cold Salad – 4 servings

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Starting realllllllly simple: a monkey could make this exquisitely fresh meal-prep lunch. It’s a manefestation of Farmers Market HEAVEN. One particular amish farm stand has the most amazing yellow cherry tomatoes I’ve ever had in my life – which deserve a spotlight in this dish.

2 chicken breasts
4 cucumber
2 cups cherry tomatoes (the more color variation the better!)
salt pepper garlic powder and fresh chopped basil to taste

Grill or cook chicken (I cooked in pan and then chopped)
Chop cucumber and halve cherry tomatoes.
Mix all ingredients and package up into four containters

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Jim Wins This Time Shake

I’m trying something new for the last 3 weeks of May, based on twentysomethingJim’s suggestion and my own observations about my eating behaviors I’m going to try a version of intermittent fasting. Typically, it’s extremely unhealthy to eat only one meal a day. It’s important to eat consistently and frequently to keep Mr. Metabolism up. However, I’ve been averaging 2 workouts a day for the past month and noticing that I’m not really hungry during the day (but eating anyway because I feel like I should) and then STUFFING my face when I get home after evening classes/workouts. This “bingy” eating causes me extreme anxiety, especially after hard-core dieting for the fitness challenge. I’ve been advised to eat a fruit and veggie here or there throughout the day and then eat everything else in the evening (when I’ve been having my snack attacks). Keeping it Paleo – of course. The concept alone makes me feel much much better. We’ll see how it goes.

Jim Wins This Time Shake: 2 servings @ 150 cal/ea (F 6g; C 63g; P 21g)

2 cups kale
1 cup almond milk
1 banana
1 cup frozen strawberry
1 cucumber
3 tbs Hemp protein

twentysomethingandpaleo protein shake method:

Mix one recipe’s batch of protein shake every other day.
Day 1:
– pour half into big-ass-water bottle and “leave room for cream” (jk there’s no cream in paleo – but seriously leave room in the water bottle)
– bring to work and keep refrigerated if possible
– an hour before work ends and you head to your home-box, go down to the ice machine and fill up all that cream-room with ice
– shake like they taught you in zumba and get a baby ab work out
– drink half
– kick ass at your WOD
– drink second half BEFORE you even have time to cry
Day 2:
– rinse and repeat

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Peach-Orange Cabbage Salad with Jerk Chicken (2 servings @ 300 cal/ea)

This beautiful springy salad is perfect for emptying out that cabbage in the freezer while incorporating light colorful and seasonal fruit too! (I’ve been eating rather heavy foods lately) But the don’t worry it’s not too light! The jerk chicken keeps it interesting…

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1 chicken breast
3 tbsp jerk seasoning (OR 2 tbsp chili powder and 1 tsp paprika)
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp basil
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 orange
1 peach
1 cucumber
2-3 cups shredded cabbage

Dry rub chicken breast in jerk seasoning and cook in skillet. Let rest.

Cube cucumber, orange, and nectarine.

Mix 3 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp onion powder, and 1 tsp basil and toss with shredded cabbage.

Shred chicken with a fork and knife, mix with cabbage, mix in the fruits and veggies.

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First-Day-of-Spring Veggie Flower Patch with Fresh Guac

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Admittedly Pin-spired by this site, this veggie flower patch tickled my festive fancy. Happy Spring! Despite the inches of snow we’ve been getting, I decided that my co-workers need a nice edible floral arrangement to ring in the new season.

Flowers:
1 cucumber
4 carrots
toothpicks
up-cycled Styrofoam produce containers (when will they learn, those environment-hating packagers)

Guac:
1/2 avocado
1/2 tomato
1 small onion
5 sprigs cilantro
1 tbsp garlic
2 tbsp lime juice

No cooking involved – only steps:

Step 1: Peel, halve, and gut your cucumber. Peel carrots and cut off the bottom third (it’s too thin)
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Step 2: Slice cucumbers for the leaves. Slice two triangle cuts along length of carrot, making a “W” on top. Then slice carrots. In case you can’t tell from my knife work I: a) have super dull hand-me-down knives, b) have shamed my top chef/iron chef America/chopped idols c) am too impatient to slice better
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Step 3: Feed the excess produce-waste to your pet bunny, because bunnies want to welcome spring too.
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Step 4: Chop onion, cilantro, garlic, and tomato. Mix with avocado and lime juice.
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Step 5: Package up, refrigerate, and get ready to make your co-workers smile like it’s mid-May.