Recipe Recap-Week of April 8th

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you’re week is off to a great start!  I can’t seem to wake up this morning.  I went to barre this morning so I’ve been up plenty long enough to be over my sleepy/grouchy morning attitude but I’m having a hard time shaking it this morning!  I’m drinking my coffee and collagen but maybe it’s time to spark it up!

This week I stepped out of my comfort zone a little bit, or at least out of my norm.  I made a veggie overloaded meatloaf and a soup made in the instapot!  Both were super yummy and I’m excited to share them with yall!  I did have one compete fail this week though.  If you follow my instagram (@thebalancedprep) you probably saw that my overnight oats were, well, less than to be desired.  Such a bummer but completely my fault!  I make overnight oats pretty regularly but I was attempting to add in protein powder this week and just used WAY too much!  I’ve gotta get more almond milk today or tomorrow and try again!  I got the cinnamon crunch Quest Nutrition protein powder and it smells and looks so yummy!  It should be the perfect addition, just in the correct quantity!  Anyways, lets jump into the recipes!

Veggie Overload Meatloaf–Yall.  This meatloaf has ALL the veggies!  Zucchini, carrots, celery, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach.  Talk about loaded with nutrients!  If you glance at the recipe you can see it adds a little bit of work with the meat, I didn’t do all that.  I bought two pounds of 93/7 ground turkey and called it done.  Be gone from me extra steps.  Mama aint got time for that.  That’s pretty much all I changed for this recipe but I am planning on making it again soon and making a few other tweaks!  I’ll get back to you on that!  I need to figure out how to add in tomato paste or crushed tomatoes or something.  I would personally rather have more of a tomato taste, I could have done without the sun dried tomatoes.  I served this with 3 oz roasted sweet potatoes that I seasoned with chipotle powder and S&P.  Smokey and sweet, yum!  This meal came in right below 400 calories which is perfect for my Monday night dinner.  I teach on Monday nights and then like to turn around and workout at 5am Tuesday morning so I need ALL THE FUEL!

That’s a side note–I am loving taking a night class and then taking a 5am class the next day!  It’s almost like doing two workouts in one day because they end up being so close together.  Hello metabolism!

Instant Pot Tortilla Soup (stove top option included)–So I’ll be honest.  I made this (super easy by he way) and then I was NOT excited to eat it.  I questioned why I would think making soup was a good idea.  I thought it wouldn’t be filling and that it definitely wouldn’t taste that wonderful.  Can I just tell ya, I was wrong!  So yummy, so flavorful, and actually filling!  I used my pressure cooker but I think it the future I’ll use my crock pot.  I’d like to play with the recipe a little also, maybe only use about half the amount of corn and add some peppers.  Not sure yet.  I’ll get back to you on this one also.  But you should definitely go ahead and make this version!  I added a dollop of greek yogurt and half an avocado (and maybe a little cheese).  Yum!  A little pinch of cilantro would set it over the top.

I also made my yummy Greek Salad from this recipe recap so definitely check that out also!  What is everyone else prepping/eating this week?!

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