3 ingredient Low Carb Chicken Nuggets

Quick and easy low carb Chicken nuggets with only 3 ingredients!

Ingredients:⁣⁣

1 pack Shrewd Foods protein puffs (only 2g carbs)⁣⁣

1 Meats2u chicken breast ⁣⁣

1tbs sugar free syrup ⁣⁣

You will also need a cooling rack + baking sheet (key to get them crispy)⁣⁣ and a Food processor ⁣⁣

Directions: ⁣

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. ⁣⁣

Dice chicken breast into 1 inch cubes. Set aside. ⁣⁣

2. Pulse protein puffs in food processor until they are a course powder (like Panko bread crumbs) and dump into a shallow Tupperware dish. ⁣⁣

3. In a separate bowl mix chicken breast with 1 tbs of sugar free syrup. Once evenly coated in syrup, add each piece one by one to your protein puff powder coating evenly. ⁣⁣

3. Immediately transfer to your lightly greased cooling rack. Space them out evenly and bake for 12-15 min. ⁣Enjoy while warm! ⁣

If you try this recipe, make sure to let me know what you think!

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Crockpot shredded chicken

This has easily become one of my favorite and quick ways to prep a good amount of chicken for my boyfriend and I especially since we are so busy with our hectic work schedules

It was nice to dust off my crockpot that I was not using at all anymore and it’s gotten to the point where we actually think we want to get a second one just to make even more!

This recipe can be used with basically any sauce that you like depending on what you were going to be adding your chicken to our use the shredded chicken on top of salads, tacos, rice, etc. Because it is extremely versatile and easy to eat cold if you are one of those people who are always on the go.

Ingredients:
Instructions:

1. Place defrosted chicken breast in crock pot. Add as much broth to fully cover chicken and a little bit more I usually use about 3/4 of a carton

2. Cook on high for about three hours or low for six just depending on how long you are going to be leaving your crockpot.

3. Once cooked, drain excess liquid and let it cool down. You can either use a hand mixer or two forks (pull forks in opposite direction)to shred the chicken.

4. Transfer to a large container add your favorite sauce, salsa, or leave unseasoned and add sauce later!

Mix well and store for up to about 3 days.

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Chunky Meats2u Shrimp Burgers

Burgers:

• 1 pound @meats2u shrimp, shelled and deveined

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• 1 egg

• 1/4c chopped cilantro

• 2 tbs minced garlic

• 1/2 cup Panko

• 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

• 1 large shallot, minced

• 1 tsp salt & pepper

• 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped small

Aioli

• 1 avocado,

• 1/2 c plain greek yogurt

• 1 tbs fresh lime juice

• 2 tbs minced garlic

• 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

• 1/4c chopped cilantro

• 1 tsp salt & pepper

Instructions

Burgers

• Divide the shrimp in half. Coarsely chop one half and set aside. Put half in a food processor. And grind to a coarse puree. Add in egg, shallot, cilantro, jalapeño and garlic to processor. Process until smooth. Sprinkle mixture with breadcrumbs and process again. Transfer contents of food processor to a bowl & add coarsely chopped shrimp and red pepper. Season with salt and black. Mix well. Form burgers and chill for 1 hour (covered).

• Heat oil in a heavy skillet. Fry the shrimp burgers until golden, about 3 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Drain on paper towels.

Avocado Aioli

• Remove peel and seed of avocado and scoop into food processor.

• Add greek yogurt, lime juice, garlic cloves, jalapeno, cilantro, salt and pepper. Process until smooth.

• Place in a dish, cover and chill for an hour.

If you are feeling discouraged about “Getting back on track”..

It’s probably about that time where the “new year new me “ has lost its luster. I tried SO hard to stay on track through the Holidays, they are tough on everyone! Then I had to throw in the fact that I was sick for weeks back to back and in the middle of picking up my life and moving to a different city PLUS work was a lot of pressure on me.

My scale has been dead for WEEKS. I literally did not change the batteries in my scale because I was all messed up in my head about gaining weight and didn’t want to see the number. I thought if I got on the scale it was going to be 12lbs heaver, I’m not joking …. I finally got on last weekend and I was barley up 5lbs and was getting upset over NOTHING.

When you’ve been through tough relationships that make you self conscious about your weight, an eating disorder and then throw in the fact you are constantly scrolling on Instagram seeing all these “amazing bodies” your self image can be a mess. There are going to be times where you miss workouts or you mess up on your meals, you are human BUT don’t let it drag out and be the person that gets in your own way. This definitely has become a lifestyle for me and with that you need to see the big picture. Sure there are times that I’m getting ready for a photo shoot or some sort of event and I go a little bit more hard-core but overall I have come to terms that being a thyroid cancer survivor my life has to be lived a little bit differently with my nutrition.

I love how I look and feel when I TAKE CARE OF MY BODY. that’s how I see all the time in the gym & kitchen, me taking care of ME. Are you taking care of YOU?

Seared Scallops and Cauliflower Risotto

I was looking for a relatively clean meal to enjoy on a Sunday evening while my boyfriend and I are both home to enjoy a meal that’s not in a melaprep container. Keith had never tried scallops before but absolutely loved this recipe! Traditionally risotto is made with quite a bit of fat and it would be way more carbs if I didn’t use the cauliflower rice so the substitution fits your macros while still having a savory meal.

If you don’t like scallops you can also substitute shrimp or chicken.

Ingredients:

Seared Scallops

• 1 lb Meats2u Jumbo scallops

• 3 Tbs avocado oil

• Salt and Pepper

Cauliflower Risotto

• 4 cups of riced cauliflower

• 2 tbsp avocado oil

• 3 garlic cloves minced

• 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

• 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

• 1/4 tsp

• 1/4 tsp

1 bunch asparagus

Lemon

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375. Cut off ends of asparagus and place of a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 9 mine while prepping the rest of meal.

2. Bring a medium skillet to medium heat

3. Add garlic and green onions to the skillet and cook ~3 minutes

4. Add the riced cauliflower to the skillet and continue to cook until the riced cauliflower is almost tender (~3 minutes)

5. Stir until the parmesan cheese is well incorporated. Lower the heat so that the rice does not stick and cook until the cauliflower rice reaches your desired level of tenderness. Turn off the heat.

6. Pat the scallops with a paper towel. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top (about 1/4 tsp of each if you’re not sure about sprinkling)

7. Bring a frying pan to medium heat; Add avocado oil and wait about 30 seconds for it to heat up

8. Add scallops to the pan and cook for 3 minutes per side. Remove from the heat and pan so that they do not continue to cook.

9.Add a large spoon of risotto to a plate. Top with asparagus, scallops, green onions.

Low Carb Lemon Pepper Chicken “Fried Rice”

So I know that utilizing cauliflower instead of rice is not headline news but I feel like I do often forget how much it is a great filler when you are on a low-carb diet and looking to fuel up!

I am not a huge fan of cauliflower unless it’s roasted, mashed or riced. A lot of people who are on the keto diet or just in general are looking to keep their carbs low definitely should take advantage of incorporating “Riced cauliflower” into their meals. I find it at Trader Joe’s or Sprouts!

I decided to make a lemon pepper fried rice and seriously it was one of the best things I have made since I have been back on my meal plan! A great guilt-free way to enjoy fried rice! If you enjoy making more of a classic version, you can always add peas, carrots, & liquid aminos instead! I will probably make another version of this with some shrimp in the future!

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Pre-cook your chicken. I decided to cook it in a crockpot or you can go ahead and bake it however you please! Chop or shred and set aside to add at the end. It’s also to just add top if you are counting your protein intake After the rice is cooked to your own portion (that’s what I do)

2. In a large skillet heat olive oil. Then add package of Riced cauliflower. Cook on high heat too quickly crisp up the cauliflower so it doesn’t get soggy for about 2 min.

3. Drizzle in egg whites and once they are not translucent, stir in broccoli with any other veggies you would like to incorporate!

4. Add Chicken and enjoy!

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Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna

I love the cheesy carb-loaded goodness of my Italian family roots just as much as the next person BUT my waistline, not so much!

I have substituted zucchini noodles previously when I made an enchilada style dish and it was absolutely amazing so I decided to try it with a lasagna dish!

Although I am I’m not sure what my grandpa would think about me subbing zucchini for noodles but for me it was absolutely delicious! I was worried about the dish being too soggy because there is a lot of moisture in the zucchini but I didn’t have any issues.

Traditionally I like to make my family recipe tomato sauce but I’m trying to make these recipes short and easy!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar of pasta sauce
  • 3 large zucchini
  • 1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 20 oz ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 pack of Meats2u House Seasoned Chicken*
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Basil
  • Olive oil cooking spray

*Pre-cook your defrosted Meats2u Chicken in a crockpot for about 2.5-3 hours, drain, and shred with an electric mixer

You will also need a 9×13 baking dish and a Y peeler

Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl combine ricotta cheese and egg with fresh basil, 1/4 tsp oregano, and pinch/salt pepper. Refrigerate until ready to assemble

2. Using a Y peeler make thick noodle like strips with your zucchini, set aside.

3. Lightly grease your deep 9 x 13 pan and preheat your oven to 375°

4. To assemble have your chicken, Baby spinach, cheese mix, and sauce ready to go. Starting with the zucchini noodles line them along the bottom of the pan (2 Columns lengthwise seems to work best). Then top with ricotta cheese and spoon the pasta sauce over the top. Add your shredded chicken and top with baby spinach. Repeat one more time.

5. Your final layer should be a layer of zucchini topped with a bit of pasta sauce and sprinkled lightly with the mozzarella cheese. You can add the shredded cheese to each layer but I am trying to keep this low fat! Who doesn’t love cheese though?

6. Top with foil and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for an additional 25 minutes to allow cheese to brown. Serve warm!

 

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Eggs Florentine: Protein Style

If you have been following me for a while then you would know that I absolutely love breakfast and brunch! Breakfast is definitely a meal where it’s easy to load up on the carbs and sugars so often times I try to find more “leaner” alternates to enjoy. One of my absolute favorite breakfast dishes is Eggs Benedict. I decided to make a high protein alternate to Eggs Florine utilizing one of my favorite items from Meats2U, their chicken breakfast patties!

Just look a that yolk drip…

Ingredients:

1 pack Meats2u Breakfast Sausage patties – defrosted

1 Small bag baby spinach

4 Eggs

Pinch of paprika to garnish

2 tsp. White wine vinegar

Spray olive oil

Pink Himalayan Salt (or regular)

Pepper

1 tsp lemon juice

Directions:
1. In a medium sauce pan fill 3/4 way full with water. add vinegar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
2. While you are waiting for the water to boil, in a well oiled cast iron skillet (preferable but you can use a regular skillet) cook your defrosted Meats2u Breakfast Patties. Cook on each side 3-6 min.
3. Carefully, using the handle of a wooden or silicone cooking utensil, swirl the water in a clockwise motion into a small whirl pool is created. Gently break egg into the water. Lower the heat to medium low and simmer until the eggs are just set, about 3 minutes. The yolks should still be runny. Remove the egg from the water with a slotted spoon and set aside on a warm paper-towel-lined plate. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet sauté your spinach and lemon over low heat. We all know that we start off with a huge pile of spinach in end up with nothing so make sure you sauté the whole bag. Season with salt & pepper.
5. Time to assemble: Place or sausage patties on a plate them top with a generous helping of spinach, and finally add your poached egg. Garnish with paprika. Enjoy!

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Taco Tuesday with a twist

So does this count as taco Tuesday? I was craving tacos with all the fixins’ But I decided to loaded up on a sweet potato instead. I used Meats2u Chicken patties to stuff them full of lean protein. It is part of the Chicken Lovers pack. You can get it here and use VIPKELSEY 1/2 off shipping and next day delivery Monday-Thursday

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, approximately 2 lbs total 
  • 1 package of Meats2u Chicken Patties
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt, more or less, to taste

Garnishment:

  • 1 medium avocado,  peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt, more or less, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, more or less, to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp lime juice, to taste
  • Salsa

Additional Garnishment:

  • freshly chopped cilantro
  • chives
  • Sliced lime, to squeeze
  • plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • sliced jalapeños

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Poke each sweet potato all over with a fork. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Bake the sweet potatoes for approximately 40-50 minutes, or until fork tender. You can also microwave instead to cut down on time.

  2. During the last 10-15 minutes the sweet potatoes are baking, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet placed over medium heat. Once the oil is heated add the Meat2u patties breaking it apart as it cooks, so that there are no large chunks. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until the meet is no longer pink.

  3. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool before handling. They will be too hot to handle and slice into to stuff right out of the oven.

  4. While they are cooling, combine the avocado, salt, pepper, lime juice, and garlic powder into a small mixing bowl. Mash thoroughly to combine. Adjust seasonings and juice to your taste preference.

  5. To serve, cut each sweet potato in half and scoop out the centers into a bowl. Mash and mix up with salt/pepper. Refill the potatoes then top with mashed avocado mixture and salsa

  6. Garnish with any additional toppings of your choosing!

Tupperware Gang: Not just for the gym rats anymore

From leftovers to now calling it “meal prep” there has been a dramatic shift in the attitude towards eating out of tupperware and how it is viewed from society, but in a positive way. I remember the first time I ordered meal prep back in 2015 when I was staying with one of my coworkers at the time waiting for my apartment to be ready and I did not want to burden her with cooking in her kitchen since I was a guest. Cue On Season Meals, who had just recently opened their doors and was conveniently located on my commute to work

 

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After a few weeks of ordering I had felt so spoiled that I didn’t have to lift a finger to prep anymore and around that time was when I started getting into health and fitness so I continued to order my meal prep. I honestly could not cook my food every single time I ate and just thinking about the amount of cleanup and dishes already makes me tired and stressed!

Meal Prep during my salon visit

Along my journey I have run into so many people who are embarrassed and uncomfortable to bust out to tupperware in public. Meanwhile I am sitting over here with a plastic fork and a container in my purse ready to eat, always! People always tease me about this but I don’t mind at all! You have to unapologetically take the steps to align yourself towards your own goals. Whether that goal is weight loss, eating healthy, or building muscle its going to take discipline and most of all stepping out of your comfort zone.
I eat my mealprep on the beach, in the movies, on the plane, and I even bring it while I’m getting my hair done at the salon. And guess what? Nobody cares or even asks me about it.

Beachin it

When you really think about it isn’t it silly to care so much about what other people think? But I completely understand and often find myself falling into that pattern.
If you eat out a lot and your goal this year is to start fueling your body whether or not you want to lose weigh explore ordering meal prep. I still need help getting my food prepped even though I am extremely efficient in making my own meals but it gives me time back in my already busy week. Meal prep can range anywhere from $7 to $16/ meal but you need to consider on average how much do you spend when you eat out even if it is fast food. Here are some things the consider when choosing a meal prep company:
1. Location – Is the meal prep company conveniently located or will they deliver?
2. Do they have any special membership pricing or perks?
3. Do they have a good variety and the ability to customize your order according to your goals?
4. Is it easy for you to order?
5. What meals do you need to order that fit your lifestyle? I currently order breakfast, lunch, dinner. In the past I also ordered five extra meals that had just protein and vegetables as well.
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So whether you are a competitive athlete, a parent on the go, or someone trying to live a healthier lifestyle remember there is no shame shame in being a member of the Tupperware gang!