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!
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!
MEAL PREP! Seems like everyone is doing it right? Well thats because it saves you money, its healthier than eating out, and helps you be more in control of you fitness plan.
Yes might say “well I don’t have time for meal prep”. Trust me when I say once you get the hang of it its quick and you will wonder why you didn’t start prepping sooner.
Average cost of 1 meal at a “heathy” restaurant is around $10.50 and if you multiply that by the number of times you eat out in a week its easily around $130! Depending on the meat and veggies I get, meal prepping from me brings my cost down to around 75$ a week.
The Grocery Store Visit:
Step 1: MAKE A LIST- Always make a list of what you want before you visit and how many meals you will need to purchase for. Step2: SHOP-
Veggies– Meal (broccoli, asparagus, spinach, brussel sprouts, etc.) *Tip: start with only 1-2 veggies
Other Produce– these will be what helps add flavor(shallots, onion, garlic, parsley, basil etc.)
Meat– Think lean and healthy ( ground turkey, chicken, tilapia, tuna, and salmon (in moderation)I am really picky about my meats and I order from Meats2U who cuts down to meat prep work for you plus their meats taste amazing and are cost effective!
Carb- Complex and NO white ( brown rice, quinoa, oats, sweet potato/yams)
Accessories and other:Seasonings – make sure you have plenty of variety and low in sodium!
Favor God Seasonings are on my Wish List
Foil – this will minimize cleanup 200%
Spray olive oil
Baking sheets, pans, and utensils
Tupperware- INVEST! You need to have 1 container per meal you are prepping. I would recommend starting off with ones without the dividers to allow more versatility. Make sure to get quality and microwave/dishwasher safe! Here are some of my favorites:
IKEA: I use these the most and phased out most of my plastic containers because I do not like to reheat plastic!
This part it took me a while to figure out what to use. The best containers I have found are the 6 Pack Bags which I posted about before.
The ice packs stay cool all day long, have so many compartments, and are durable! I own two of them right now and I love them!!
The pink one is the Innovator 300 and hold 4 water bottles, 3 meals plus an extra Tupperware container the Black one is theInnovator mini which is smaller and holds 3 smaller meals and 2 water bottles. They both come with 3 containers plus a vitamin pack container! They also recently came out with a new smaller cube bag, which of course I decided to get. I usually take this one with me when I’m going to be sticking it in my backpack because it is less bulky because it doesn’t have the drink slots.
I like these because I am in sales and I do not have an office to put food in the fridge so I need to keep my meals cool while in the car. Plus whenever I travel I can bring all my food more the weekend.
Still looking for more? Check out this video from Buff Bunny ( I LOVE her!)