Sunday Food Prep Inspiration 20

Hi Friends!

It’s time for more Sunday food prep!

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I ended up getting a late night spark of energy after we got home from an evening at my in-laws so I did this prep around 11pm on Saturday. I ended up being extra grateful because I hurt my ankle the next morning and couldn’t do much of anything on Sunday!

Here’s what I made:

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Sprouted Lentils – which I used in this mac and cheese
Grapes for the freezer
Green Beans
Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken
Salmon- which I used for this Salmon Quinoa Salad
Lettuce for Salads

Sunday: I made Sweet Potato Bites & some energy balls


Here’s what some of you have been up to in the food prep department:

Kristin (@kscoulson on Twitter)

Weekly food prep- egg quiche muffins, hb eggs, quinoa, steamed cauliflower, roasted broccoli, cut up celery and peppers, baked chicken

Was so tired and did not feel like cooking, but so glad I did!

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Erika from Erika Huerta Runs :

  •  In the first column, I prepared organic whole wheat rice cakes with almond butter.
  • In the second column, I cut up pears and Golden Delicious apples and organic cottage cheese.
  • In the third column, I boiled a bunch of organic eggs and I have Chobani Greek yogurt and spinach and artichoke hummus.
  • In the fourth column, I have cherries and carrots.
  • In the fifth column, I have organic black beans.
  • And in the last column, I put together baked organic chicken with 1 cup of brown rice.

Daily eats breakdown:

  • Snack 1: rice cakes with almond butter.
  • Snack 2: cottage cheese with cherries.
  • Lunch: rice, chicken and black beans.
  • Snack 3: hard-boiled eggs with apples or pears.

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Allison from Appetizing Adventures with Allison :

(Bottom left) Baked pumpkin chocolate chip oatmeal for breakfast x4 days

(Bottom Right)Lunch will be a baked sweet potato, broccoli, and quinoa black bean patties (they kind of fell apart) and snacks for work of strawberries + blueberries and watermelon

(Top) Snacks for home: citrus water, apple slices, kiwi, some leftover red pepper strips and celery

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Lindsay at A RunnAround Life :

Here’s what I did:

Chopped up and washed some strawberries, blueberries and cherries {my first cherry bundle of the season!! — they’re so worth the price…when they’re on sale}, chopped up and steamed veggies and hardboiled a dozen eggs. I also made a tomato and mozzarella bake, which was inspired by Taralynn over at Undressed Skeleton {details on my blog}. Having healthy eats on hand is so convenient when I’m running out the door, getting back from the gym and starving or just not in the mood to cook. I love making this part of my weekend routine.

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Danica from It’s Progression :

Romaine hearts shredded for salads, diced onion and bell peppers for this week’s dinners, peeled and sliced carrots, hardboiled eggs, cooked black beans (done in the slow-cooker, so easy!), sliced lemon for hot lemon water in the mornings, sliced strawberries, and bananas, rhubarb, and kiwi to go in the freezer for this week’s smoothies and baking!

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Brittany from Barr and Table :

I always have salads during the week so I wanted to prep some of my greens. It makes it so much easier to just grab a bunch when I’m making my lunches in the morning. I’m also really in love with beets lately and when you roast your own beets, it’s practically a 2-for-1 since you get the greens for salads too! The bean salad and tomatillo salsa are a couple of my new faves that give my salads a little extra kick.

My husband told me he wasn’t going to eat the chickpea salad when he saw that it was on but as soon as he tasted it, he asked me to save the recipe and make it again. Hilarious! But really, the salad is so tasty icon smile Sunday Food Prep Inspiration 20

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So much good food!!! I love it!


Are you food prepping this weekend? Want to submit a pic to be featured in an upcoming post?! I’m starting to run low on submissions so be sure to send yours over!

Here’s what I need from you:

Email me the following:
1. Your Name
2. Your Blog URL (if you have one)
3. A photo of your food prep
4. A short description of what’s in the photo. Tell me what you prepped and how you’re going to use it during the week!

Every Sunday, I’ll post a roundup of the photos I received that week so that you guys can see what others are preparing and hopefully get some inspiration and ideas! I’ll keep this series going for as long as I receive photos, so send one every week if you want to!

Send to: theleangreenbean <at> gmail <dot> com

Tweet and Instagram your pics as well to inspire others!! Use the hashtag #sundayfoodprep . Remember that in order for a pic to be included in the post, you have to email it to me! If you have more than one pic, please make them into a collage before sending!


Want more inspiration and tips? Read these:

How to Prep Food on the Weekend
Weekend Prep for Easy Weekday Meals
How to Eat Healthy in College
How to Eat Healthy During the Week

And check out the Food Prep Tab for links to all the previous Sunday food prep posts!


Let’s chat: Are you prepping food today? Whatcha makin’?



June Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

Time for another Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

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This month I was super lucky to receive my package from my girl Melissa. We bond over Crossfit all the time on Twitter and I just love her. Plus she totally hooked me up with an amazing FPP box. Check out what I got:

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Kale Chips
Pineapple Chips- so good!
Sunflower seed butter- a fun change from my typical pb
Fat Cat Purry-Purry Sauce- pretty much the best name ever, right? I’m so excited to try this! Love that it’s super low in sodium.
HOMEMADE COOKIES- enough said.

I got my box a couple days after hubby had his surgery. I was exhausted and grumpy and finding those cookies in my package was just about the best thing ever! Delicious.

Thank you so much for the amazing package Melissa!!!!!


And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for July, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

You must submit your information by July 4th as pairings will be emailed on July 5th!

*If you’re from Europe, please CLICK HERE to signup.


If you participated in Foodie Penpals this month, be sure to link up your reveal day post below and check out what some other people received!


Salmon Quinoa Salad

Hi Friends!

Just popping in to share my newest easy lunch/dinner obsession. Lately I’ve been baking some salmon almost every weekend during my Sunday Food Prep, so I’m always looking for creative ways to use it up. This is my latest concoction: Salmon Quinoa Salad.

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It uses just a few simple ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand. Here’s what you need:

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Protein and healthy fats make this easy recipe an energy powerhouse. And save the leftovers; it’s just as good the next day!
Serves: 3

  • 2 cups cooked salmon, flaked
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ c chopped red pepper
  • ½ c chopped tomatoes
  • 1 medium avocado, cubed
  • ½ c hot salsa

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Serve with tortilla chips.
  2. *Note- the flavor gets better if you make it the night before and eat it for lunch the next day!


Easy enough, right?

Let’s chat: What’s your favorite way to eat salmon?


Weekly Eats 32

Hi Friends!

Time for another edition of Weekly Eats. Let take a look at what we’ve been eating over here in Beanland.

His & Hers Breakfasts

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1. His: Quinoa breakfast bar w/ berries and coffee
2. Hers: Oatmeal with berries, nut butter, almonds and chocolate chips + green tea
3. His: Fried eggs, pb toast and hot italian sausage
4. Hers: Fried eggs, homemade lentil bread, avocado and peppers

Lunches & Dinners

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1. Chicken enchiladas (similar to that recipe but with extra veggie added in and only using 1/2 can soup and 1/2 can enchilada sauce) with lots of avocado
2. Salmon & egg quesadilla with red peppers
3. Chicken & lentil soup with carrots and chips
4. Black bean meatless meatballs, with eggs, chips & avocado

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1. Salmon, quinoa, tomato and avocado with hot salsa
2. On repeat
3. Chicken, nectarine, avocado, chips and carrots
4. Chicken fried quinoa (instead of rice)


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1. PB & J on lentil bread
2. Banana chocolate chip muffins with sprouted lentils- Here’s the recipe I used: 1 c mashed bananas, 1 egg, 1/3 c applesauce, 1/3 c peanut butter, 1 1/4 c whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 1/2 c sprouted lentils, chocolate chips. mix and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. **note: i didn’t add any sweetener besides the banana…so these are not sweet. I’m used to it and I like it that way but if you’re not, you’ll probably need to add some sugar or something
3. PB toast and an apple
4. Frozen grapes!

Lunches & Dinners

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1. Family dinner- salad, corn casserole, roll and pork tenderloin
2. Dessert- vanilla pudding with oreos and cookies
3. Salmon salad with hb egg, avocado, peppers, tomatoes and salsa for dressing
4. Lentil veggie mac and cheese – made with 1/2 pasta, 1/2 quinoa and using sprouted lentils

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1. Sunday afternoon Mexican fiesta- trying out a new local restaurant
2. Another hubby breakfast
3. Lentil veggie mac and cheese with chicken added in, plus berries and green beans
4. Vanilla ice cream topped with strawberries, walnuts and dark chocolate chips

That’s all!

Let’s chat: How were your eats this week?


Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken

Hi Friends!

Just popping in with a quick Crockpot tip for you! Did you know you can make a rotisserie-style chicken in the crockpot? It’s not actually a rotisserie chicken because it’s just sitting in your crockpot, not spinning, but the end result is similar! Fall-off-the-bone tender meat with very little effort on your part. Plus it’s healthier than the rotisserie chickens you get at the store (although those certainly are delicious, aren’t they?!)

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Excuse the photos. It’s not the prettiest thing to look at. Just focus on the simplicity of this recipe….and the taste.

Here’s what you do:

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Think your crockpot is only good for soups? Think again! This chicken recipe is as easy as it is fall-off-the-bone heavenly.

  • 1 whole young chicken (5-6 pounds)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil

  1. Tear four sheets of aluminum foil, scrunch them up into balls and place them in the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Remove the giblets from the chicken, rinse with cold water and pat dry.
  3. Combine the spices and oil in a small bowl and mix until a paste forms.
  4. Rub the paste all over the chicken.
  5. Stuff the garlic cloves inside the chicken.
  6. Place the chicken into the crockpot on top of the foil balls.
  7. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or until internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  8. Carefully remove the meat and discard the bones (or use them to make chicken broth!)

As always, cooking time will vary based on the size of your chicken and the cooking temperature of your crockpot. I had a 5 1/2 pound chicken and I cooked it for 5 hours. It got a bit overdone, so I’d recommend checking around 4 hours and going from there. It was still delicious though. The meat falls right off the bone and you can add extra seasonings to it based on whatever dish you’re using it in, or just eat it as is.


  • The aluminum foil balls help elevate the chicken so it isn’t just sitting on the bottom of the crockpot.
  • The seasonings listed above are just suggestions. Use your own favorite spices, or try adding some grated garlic or lemon zest to the mix!
  • The skin will not get crispy in the crockpot. If you’re looking for crispy skin, the oven is definitely the way to go.
  • I’d recommend looking for an organic chicken if you can find one…and check the label to look for one low in sodium!