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Smoked Salmon English Muffin

White round plate with open faced english muffin topped with sliced avocado, smoked salmon, and sliced cucumber.

This open-faced Smoked Salmon English Muffin is perfect for busy mornings or an afternoon snack. It combines delicious smoked salmon with sliced avocados and comes together in less than 10 minutes for a great start to the day!

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White round plate with open faced english muffin topped with sliced avocado, smoked salmon, and sliced cucumber.

Why This Recipe is Great for Meal Prep

  • There is no cooking involved! All you need to do is slice up some ingredients and assemble it all together. Definitely a major timesaver!
  • It is packed with great nutrients from the salmon and avocado to help you fuel up your day
  • It literally requires only 5 ingredients!

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Simple Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Smoked Salmon: Look for high-quality smoked salmon that has no coloring and natural smoked salmon for the best taste. If you can’t find smoked salmon, you can also use cooked salmon and serve it chilled. However, it won’t have the smoky cured flavor that smoked salmon is known for.
  • Avocado: This ingredient provides a nice buttery texture that is smooth and creamy and is a great accompaniment to the smoked salmon.
  • English Muffin: These taste even better toasted. You can also use mini bagels as an alternative option.
  • Sliced cucumber: You will often find smoked salmon paired with cucumber because it offers a light and refreshing taste to the smoked salmon .
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon adds some acidity and brightness to help cut through the saltiness of the smoked salmon.
White round plate with open faced english muffin topped with sliced avocado, smoked salmon, and sliced cucumber.

Easy Steps to Assemble This Recipe

  1. Toast the English muffin in a toaster.
  2. Slice the cucumber and avocado into thin slices.
  3. Layer the sliced avocado on the bottom slice, followed by the salmon, and cucumber.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Meal Prep Tips

  • To Serve: You can spread cream cheese or creme fraiche onto the English muffins. Other great toppings include capers, pickled shallots, or freshly chopped dill.
  • To Store: If you are storing this ahead of time, keep the salmon, cucumber, and avocado separate from the English muffin to prevent it from getting soggy. You will also want to wait to slice the avocado until you are ready to eat the meal to prevent it from browning early. Otherwise, you can store all the ingredients in an airtight meal prep container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for the best quality.
Round glass meal prep containers with open faced english muffin topped with sliced avocado, smoked salmon, and sliced cucumber.
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Smoked Salmon and Avocado English Muffin

This Smoked Salmon English Muffin is an easy 5-minute recipe that is packed with protein, healthy fats, and tons of flavor.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz smoked salmon
  • 1 each avocado
  • 1 each english muffin
  • 1/4 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 each lemon (juiced)

Instructions
 

  • Evenly layer the salmon strips, avocado slices, and sliced cucumbers on top of the english muffins
  • Squeeze lemon juice on top

Notes

Note: Be sure to slice the avocado when you are ready to eat to prevent it from browning. You can also spread the english muffins with cream cheese or sour cream

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between smoked salmon and lox?

Smoked salmon is cured or brined, then it is smoked. However, Lox is only cured, but not smoked.


How is salmon smoked?

Salmon can be cold-smoked or hot-smoked. Cold smoking occurs over an 18-hour stretch typically between 70 to 75F degrees, while hot smoking can take up to 8 hours at a temperature of 145 degrees.


Is it healthy to eat smoked salmon?

Smoked salmon is packed with nutrients, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids which all can help boost your health. It is also high in protein which can help you feel full longer.

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Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

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Crispy crunchy tofu flavored in a soy-ginger sauce and stir-fried with a bright and colorful mixture of vegetables.

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Round plate with tofu stir fry with broccoli, red bell peppers, and cashew nuts.

Tofu tends to have a bad reputation for being bland. However, with the right combination of sauce and seasonings, it can soak up all the flavor and make for a delicious meal. Add fresh and colorful veggies and you get a fast and healthy dinner

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Prepare This Easy Tofu Stir Fry with Simple Ingredients

  • Tofu: We used firm tofu because it has less moisture and easier to get it crispy during the cooking process
  • Aromatics: We used red onions and garlic to round out the flavors of this dish, but you can also use green onions or shallots
  • Vegetables: We used a combination of colorful vegetables such as carrots, green beans, broccoli, and red bell peppers
  • Cashew: You can also use peanuts which are found in many stir fry recipes
  • Seasonings: We seasoned this dish with a honey soy sauce, along with sesame seeds and sesame oil which are traditional in Asian-inspired dishes

Round plate with tofu stir fry with broccoli, red bell peppers, and cashew nuts.

How to Make Easy Tofu Stir Fry

  1. Press the moisture out of your tofu.
  2. Cut the tofu into cubes.
  3. Add oil to a heated wok and sear the tofu cubes on each side until golden brown.
  4. Remove the tofu, and add the vegetables.
  5. Stir until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Add back the tofu and pour in the stir-fry sauce.
  7. Top it off with cashews and sesame seeds.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Saute pan with tofu stir fry with broccoli, red bell peppers, and cashew nuts.

Meal Prep Tips for Tofu Stir Fry

  • Ingredients Options: To save time on prep, you can buy pre-washed and cut vegetables. There are fresh and frozen options available at the grocery store
  • Cook Methods: You can also turn this into a “sheet pan” stir fry recipe and cook it in the oven or your Air Fryer. Just coat the tofu and vegetables in oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt. Roast in the oven at 400F for 12 to 15 minutes or cook it in the Air Fryer at 360F for 8 to 10 minutes. In the end, drizzle it with the stir-fry sauce.
  • To Serve: You can enjoy this meal with a side of steamed rice or cauliflower rice if you want to keep it low-carb
  • To Store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • To Reheat: The meal can be reheated in the microwave

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Tofu Stir Fry

Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

Flavorful, crispy tofu tossed with fresh and colorful vegetables are perfect for a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • saute pan

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz tofu (firm)
  • 1/4 cup red onions (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup green beans (washed and trimmed)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes

Instructions
 

  • Prep the veggies: Cut the bell peppers into one inch cubes, dice the red onions, cut the green beans into one inch pieces, and make sure the florets are cut in half.
  • Make the stir fry sauce: In a mixing bowl, mix together the stir fry sauce until it is well blended.
  • Prep the tofu: Next, cut the tofu block in half and place each block in between several paper towels. Press down on the tofu to remove the excess moisture. Cut the tofu into one inch cubes.
  • Cook the tofu: Add oil to a skillet on medium high heat and sear the tofu cubes on each side until it is completely golden brown all around (about 2 to 3 minutes each side)
  • Cook the veggies: Next, remove the tofu from the skillet. Add the onions and carrots and saute until they soften. Then, add the green beans, red bell peppers, and broccoli florets. Add the stir fry sauce and mix it around for 3 to 4 minutes until the veggies are tender.
  • Combine it all together: At the end, add the tofu back into the pan and top it off with the cashews and sesame seeds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long can you keep this in the fridge?

You can store it in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 days.


What else can I serve with this tofu stir fry?

Enjoy this recipe with steamed rice, lo mein noodles, or even with quinoa.


What can I substitute cashews with?

Regular peanuts or pine nuts are great tasty options!

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Grilled Steak with Roasted Corn and Potato Hash

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This roasted corn and potato medley is the star of this steak dinner meal.

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Round plate with grilled ribeye steak with corn, baby potatoes, and bell peppers.

When it comes to meal appeal, it is more important to add bright colors and use flavor profiles that you crave, and nothing pulls at our cravings like grilled steak, crispy potatoes, and sweet corn.

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Here’s What You Need for This Steak and Corn Recipe

  • Steak: We used Rib Eye steak that was thinly sliced so that it can grill quickly
  • Marinade: We marinated our steak with balsamic glaze, paprika, garlic powder, and salt, and coated it with olive oil. This marinade gave good flavor and a good char and caramelization when we grilled the steak.
  • Vegetable Medley: We used a combination of corn, baby corn, and bell peppers

Round plate with grilled ribeye steak with corn, baby potatoes, and bell peppers.

Easy Steps for Making Steak and Corn

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
  2. Cut the vegetables and place them on a sheet pan. Add the seasonings and coat them with olive oil. Roast them in the oven.
  3. Meanwhile, marinate the steak with balsamic concentrate and seasonings.
  4. Heat an indoor grill and sear the steak on each side until it cooks to your desired doneness.
  5. Let the steak rest before slicing it into thin strips and enjoy them with the roasted corn and potato medley.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep container with grilled ribeye steak with corn, baby potatoes, and bell peppers.

Meal Prep Tips for Steak and Corn

  • Cooking option: If you have an Air Fryer, you can also air fry the vegetables at 350F for 8 minutes
  • Herbs: Add herbs to the corn medley such as green onions, basil, or cilantro for fresh flavors
  • To Store: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator

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Steak & Corn

Grilled Balsamic Steak with Roasted Corn and Potato Hash

A gourmet steak dinner served with a delicious medley of roasted sweet corn, potatoes, and bell peppers.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • sheet pan
  • tongs
  • indoor grill pan
  • oven

Ingredients
  

Steak and Seasonings

  • 12 oz rib eye steak (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic concentrate
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Roasted Corn and Potatoes

  • 2 baby potatoes
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Cut the baby potatoes in half and dice the red bell pepper. Place the potatoes, bell peppers, and corn on a sheet pan, add the seasonings and coat it with olive oil. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, season the steak with balsamic concentrate, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and coat with olive oil.
  • Heat an indoor grill pan on medium high heat an sear the steak on each side for about 4 to 5 minutes until it is fully cooked and reaches an internal temperature of 145F. Let it rest before slicing it into thin strips and enjoy them with the roasted colorful veggies!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What else can you do with any leftover corn and potato medley?

If you have any leftovers, you can use them as a salad topper. We also like making it into a corn potato salad by adding a little bit of mayo and lemon juice.


Is corn high in fiber?

Yes, it is rich in fiber and can help aid digestion. It has insoluble fiber which feeds good bacteria in your gut and can help you keep regular. 


Is corn healthy?

Most people trying to lose weight avoid corn because they are concerned about weight gain. However, one ear of corn only has about 100 calories, 3 grams of fiber which can help you feel full longer, and the carb is a slow-to digest type of carb that can help with weight control. So you can enjoy this vegetable in balanced portions.

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Italian Chicken with Green Beans and Almonds

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This Grilled Italian Marinated Chicken is so easy to make and it results in a delicious and juicy chicken dish.

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Round plate with grilled chicken and green beans with almonds.

We love marinating our meats to add flavor and also keep it juicy during the cooking process. Sometimes, we don’t have the time or energy to make our marinades homemade.

So one of our favorite meal prep hacks is using salad dressings!

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Did you know salad dressing can be used for more than just salads?

Most salad dressings make for tasty marinades, in particular, vinaigrettes. So If you’re new to cooking and feel like it may be too much work to make your own from scratch, vinaigrettes are a great way to flavor up your proteins.

For example, in this recipe, we used an Italian vinaigrette that we already had on hand and marinated the chicken, and also used a balsamic glaze to flavor our green beans.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Protein: We used boneless chicken thighs but you can also use chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins
  • Italian salad dressing: We used this to marinate the chicken
  • Green Beans: You can also use asparagus or cauliflower
  • Almonds: You can also use pecans or walnuts
  • Balsamic Glaze: This is used to season the green beans

Glass meal prep containers storing grilled chicken, green beans, and almonds.

How to Make Grilled Italian Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Marinate the chicken with the Italian salad dressing.
  • Meanwhile, heat a grill pan on medium-high heat and grill the chicken on each side for a few minutes until it gets a good char.
  • Then, transfer the chicken to a sheet pan and let it finish baking in the oven.

How to Saute Balsamic Green Beans

  • While the chicken is cooking, boil the green beans for a few minutes to help them get tender. Then remove them from the pot with a slotted spoon.
  • Add oil to a heated pan and add the green beans and almonds.
  • Then, drizzle it with balsamic glaze and mix it all together.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep containers storing grilled chicken, green beans, and almonds.

Meal Prep Tips for Marinades

  • Most vinaigrette salad dressings contain an acidic component such as vinegar or lemon juice. The acid will help tenderize tougher cuts.
  • So you can marinate your tougher cuts for a few hours or overnight in a refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.
  • For more tender cuts such as fish, you just need to brush them with a marinade right before cooking to add flavor.

Chicken & Green Beans

Italian Chicken with Green Beans and Almonds

Grilled and Juicy Italian Chicken that is so easy to throw together and serve in a variety of ways.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • indoor grill pan
  • saute pan
  • large pots
  • tongs
  • sheet pan
  • oven

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup italian salad dressing
  • 8 oz green beans
  • 2 tablespoons almonds
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. In a mixing bowl, marinate the chicken with the italian dressing for at least 10 minutes.
  • Heat a grill pan on medium-high heat and grill the chicken on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes. Then, transfer the chicken to a sheet pan and finish baking it in the oven for about 20 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F and is fully cooked.
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and place the green beans in the pot for about 4 to 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the green beans from the boiling water.
  • Then, add oil to a pan on medium high heat and add the green beans and almonds. Season with balsamic concentrate, garlic powder, and salt. Stir it all around until the green beans are fully coated with the sauce.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I marinate the chicken?

it’s best to marinate your chicken overnight, but if you’re on a time crunch, marinate it for at least 10 minutes.


How to serve grilled chicken?

Grilled chicken is great because you can serve it with basically anything. Slice it into bite-size pieces and serve it over salads, in pasta, or in tortillas.


Can I bake my marinated chicken without grilling it?

Yes, absolutely. Place it in a baking dish and bake it for at least 25 minutes until it fully cooks and reaches an internal temperature of 165F. We like to grill our chicken for a few minutes before we transfer it to a sheet pan just to get a nice golden brown color, but it’s not necessary and will still taste delicious!

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Air Fried Chicken

Enjoy “Fried Chicken” without the mess of a deep-fryer. Learn how to make these fried chicken drumsticks using the Air Fryer and not have to deal with all the oil and mess of traditional deep-fried chicken.

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Plate with crispy Air Fryer chicken with sliced yellow squash and zucchini.

We Love these Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks for These Reasons

  • No Need for a crazy amount of oil, so there is less guilt eating them because it’s a healthier version of this comfort food
  • The chicken still turns out golden brown and crunchy on the outside, and still juicy and moist on the inside
  • You can make it for yourself, but also treat your family and friends to this delicious meal

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chicken Drumsticks: We used drumsticks because they turn out moist and juicy. However, you can also use chicken thighs. If you want to keep it lean, you can use chicken tenderloins.
  • Eggs and Milk: This will help bind the breadcrumbs to the chicken.
  • Breadcrumbs: We used regular bread crumbs, but you can also use panko breadcrumbs.
  • Vegetables: We used budget-friendly vegetable sides such as yellow squash and zucchini.
  • Seasonings: We kept it simple with paprika, garlic powder, and salt. However, feel free to add other seasonings such as cayenne for a little heat and Italian seasoning if you like herb flavors.
  • Oil: Spray the chicken with oil so that it can get crispy in the Air Fryer. You can also use cooking spray.

Plate with crispy Air Fryer chicken with sliced yellow squash and zucchini.

How to Make Air “Fried” Chicken Drumsticks

  1. First, prepare your egg wash by mixing together the eggs and milk. Next, prepare the breadcrumbs on another plate and season it.
  2. Start dipping the chicken in the egg wash, followed by dredging them in the breadcrumbs. Make sure they are fully coated.
  3. Spray the chicken with cooking spray and place them in the Air Fryer. Cook them until they are golden brown and crispy.
  4. Halfway through the cooking process, be sure to flip them over so that they evenly cook and get crispy on all sides.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep container with crispy Air Fryer chicken with sliced yellow squash and zucchini.

Meal Prep Tips for Air “Fried” Chicken Drumsticks

  • Other cook methods: If you don’t have an Air Fryer, you can bake it in an oven at 425F for 40-45 minutes until it is crispy.
  • To serve: Serve with a side of mashed potatoes, creamy caesar salad, rice pilaf, or other vegetable options such as green beans or asparagus.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days for the best quality.
  • To Reheat: The chicken can be reheated in the microwave, but it might get soggy. So you can reheat it in the Air Fryer at 360F for 2 to 3 minutes until it is warmed through.

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken with Squash and Zucchini

Use your Air Fryer to make crispy fried chicken for your next comfort fix.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • mixing bowls
  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or cooking spray)

Vegetables

  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (or cooking spray)

Instructions
 

Chicken

  • In a mixing bowl, mix together the eggs and milk. Add breadcrumbs to a large plate and sprinkle with the seasonings.
  • Start with dipping the drumsticks in the egg wash. Next, dredge them in the breadcrumbs, making sure that they are fully coated. Spray the chicken with cooking spray and place them in the Air Fryer basket.
  • Cook the chicken at 360F for 20 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F. (Using tongs, flip them half way through the cooking process so that the drumsticks can get golden brown and crispy all around)

Vegetables

  • Meanwhile, slice the squash and zucchini into 1/4 inch half coins. Season them and spray them with cooking oil.
  • After the chicken has cooked, remove them from the air fryer basket and place the vegetables in the basket. Cook them for 8-10 minutes at 360F.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Air Fryer Fried Chicken healthy?

Cooking the chicken in the Air fryer is healthier than cooking it in a deep-fryer. When cooking it in the deep fryer, extra oil seeps into the breading while it cooks because it is fully submerged in oil. You can also make this recipe more healthy if you want to use lean meat such as chicken breast or tenderloins.


How do I make the chicken crispy in the air fryer?

Be sure not to overcrowd your Air Fryer. You want to make sure that enough hot air circulates each chicken drumstick. You can also pre-heat your air fryer for a few minutes before placing the chicken inside the basket so that the basket is already nice and hot.


How long can I store Air Fried chicken?

You can store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, we recommend heating it up in the air fryer at 360F for 2 to 3 minutes. It can also be reheated in the microwave, but it may not be as crispy.

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Cinnamon Toast Quinoa Crunch with Strawberries

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If you enjoy oatmeal for breakfast, try this breakfast alternative. It is a sweet and nutty cinnamon-toasted quinoa recipe. Feel good and start the day off with this super healthy bowl of nutrients!

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Why we enjoy this sweet quinoa breakfast for meal prep

While we often enjoy quinoa as a stand-in for rice at dinner time, we’re sharing the love for this superfood and giving it a deserved spot at our breakfast table

  • It is super nutritious just like oatmeal. It’s high in protein and contains high fiber, it is gluten-free, and easy to digest.
  • This breakfast quinoa is a great vegetarian, gluten-free option for breakfast.
  • It’s super fluffy and you can dress it up with whatever toppings and other nutritious fruits you enjoy.

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What You’ll Need to Prepare Quinoa for Breakfast

  • Quinoa: Use any color you have on hand.
  • Fresh Fruit: We used strawberries, but any kind of fruit will work just fine.
  • Dried Fruit: We mixed in raisins for added texture, but you can any dried fruit or even toasted coconut.
  • Nuts: We used Pecans, but other options include chopped walnuts or almonds
  • Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, or hazelnut will work.
  • Honey: You can also use maple syrup, agave nectar, and even add a dash of vanilla.
  • Oil: We used olive oil to help toast the pecans, but you can also use coconut oil.

Bowl with quinoa and strawberries.

How to Prepare Quinoa for Breakfast

  1. Boil water and add the quinoa. Lower the heat to low medium and cover the pot with a lid.
  2. Let the quinoa simmer and cook until it is fluffy.
  3. Meanwhile, add oil to a saute pan and toast the pecans. After the quinoa cooks, add it to the pan.
  4. Mix in the cinnamon, raisins, and honey.
  5. Top it off with fresh strawberries.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Bowl with quinoa and strawberries.

Meal Prep Tips for Breakfast Quinoa

  • Cooking Tip: Rinse your quinoa before cooking it because it has a coating that can make it taste bitter or soapy. If it still appears watery after 10-15 minutes, remove the lid to cook it until the water fully absorbs.
  • Storage: Store the meal in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • To Reheat: Heat them in the microwave until they warm through.
  • Extra Ingredients: If you have leftover quinoa, mix it in with your scrambled eggs or use it as a filling for omelettes. Add it to soups or chili, use it instead of rice for fried rice, or as a salad topper instead of croutons.

Glass meal prep containers storing quinoa and strawberries.

Breakfast Quinoa

Cinnamon Toast Quinoa Crunch with Strawberries

Tasty breakfast quinoa recipe with toasted nuts and dried fruit that taste just like cinnamon toast!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • boiling pot
  • saute pan
  • spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 2/3 cups dry quinoa
  • 1.25 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons pecans (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup strawberries

Instructions
 

  • Boil the water and add the quinoa. Lower the heat to low medium and let it cook for about 15 minutes covered. Afterward, fluff it with a for,k
  • Next, add olive oil to a saute pan and toast the pecans for about a minute. Add the cooked quinoa and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Add the raisins and drizzle the quinoa with honey. Mix it all together.
  • Top off the quinoa with fresh strawberries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is quinoa a grain?

Quinoa is actually a seed but it is known for its grain-like texture and can be prepared and eaten like a grain.


What does quinoa taste like?

Quinoa is mildly nutty in flavor and can be flavored for both sweet and savory dishes.


Is quinoa good for diabetics?

Quinoa can be beneficial for people with diabetes because it has fiber and protein which can both contribute to helping keep blood sugars under control. It also has a lower glycemic index than white rice making it a great substitute.

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Salmon Salad Stuffed Avocado

wood plate with avocado topped with salmon salad and celery sticksHere’s an easy no-cook meal using canned salmon and avocados. This is a great low-carb meal that will keep you full and fill you with many nutrients you need to get you through the day. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our privacy policy for details. Jump to Recipe Pin Recipe Canned salmon […]
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Beef Stir Fry with Garlicky Chinese Broccoli

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Try Chinese Broccoli in your next stir-fry dish. Discover how to prep this nutritious green vegetable for your next weekly meal prep.

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What is the difference between broccoli and Chinese broccoli?

  • Chinese broccoli is in the same family as broccoli, Brassica Oleracea. However, it has thick stems, small florets, and large flat leaves
  • Chinese broccoli also has a more bitter flavor than regular broccoli

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To Make Chinese Broccoli with Beef Stir Fry, You’ll Need

  • Sirloin Steak: You will want to cut your steak into thin strips so that it cooks quickly during the stir fry
  • Chinese Broccoli: If you can’t find Chinese broccoli, you can also make this recipe with broccolini or regular broccoli
  • Garlic Cloves: Use fresh garlic for this recipe. Cut them into slivers. This is what gives the “garlicky” flavor to the recipe.
  • Soy Sauce: You can also use Oyster sauce which is a syrup-like sauce used in Chinses Cuisine and made from oyster extract
  • Oil: You can cook with olive oil and also add sesame oil for extra flavor

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How to prepare Beef and Chinese Broccoli Stir Fry

  1. Prepare the Vegetables: Cut the broccoli into one-inch pieces and slice the garlic into slivers.
  2. Cook the Meat: Add oil to a hot wok and saute the beef strips until fully cooked. Season with the soy sauce.
  3. Cook the Vegetables: Remove the beef strips from the wok and add the broccoli. Cook the Chinese broccoli until they get tender, then add the garlic slivers and cook until they are toasted.
  4. Add back the beef: Add the beef strips back to the wok and drizzle with sesame oil.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Round plate with steak strips and Chinese broccoli.

Meal Prep Tips for Beef and Chinese Broccoli Stir Fry

  • Shopping: When buying Chinese broccoli, avoid selecting the ones with flower blossoms because they will be less tender
  • Prepping: Wash the broccoli thoroughly because it can be sandy and have loose dirt. Trim the bottom of the stems if they look dry.
  • Cook option: You can cook them directly in the stir fry, however, they are a bit tough, so you can blanch them in boiling water before cooking them in the stir fry. This will also get rid of some of the bitterness.
  • To serve: Serve with steamed rice or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days for the best quality.

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Beef Stir Fry

Beef Stir Fry with Garlicky Chinese Broccoli

A low-carb beef stir fry with garlicky Chinese broccoli that is light, fresh, and delicious!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • wok
  • tongs

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz sirloin steak (thinly sliced strips)
  • 6 oz chinese broccoli
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and sliced into slivers)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions
 

  • Cut the broccoli bottom stems (about 1 inch) and discard. Then, roughly chop the rest of the broccoli into 3 inch lengths.
  • Add olive oil to a wok on medium-high heat and saute the beef strips. Season with soy sauce and cook until they are golden brown and fully cooked (about 5 to 7 minutes). After they cook, scoop them out of the wok and set them aside.
  • Next, add the Chinese broccoli to the wok and saute them for about 3 to 5 minutes until the broccoli is soft and tender. If they are still a bit tough, add a dash of water to help steam the broccoli.
  • Then, add the garlic slivers and stir them around until they are toasted. Finally add back the beef strips. At the end, drizzle with sesame oil and mix well

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can Chinese broccoli be eaten uncooked?

Yes, the leaves, stalks, and florets can be prepped and eaten raw in many dishes such as salads or slaws.


How long does Chinese broccoli last?

It can be stored unwashed in an open plastic bag in the fridge for about 7 to 10 days.


Where can I buy Chinese broccoli?

You can find it in most Asian specialty stores.

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Pineapple BBQ Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

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Baked Pineapple BBQ Chicken with Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Rice is a delicious weeknight dinner idea you’ll love.

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Round plate with bbq baked chicken breasts topped with pineapple, red onions, and served on creamy cauliflower rice.

We grew up in a household eating cuisines with tropical flavors. Fruit was often part of savory dishes. I guess you can say it was a great way to sneak fruit into our meals!

For this recipe, we used basic ingredients that we already had on hand and prepped them in a way to create a yummy, sweet, sour, and savory flavor combination.

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Here’s What You’ll Need for Baked Pineapple BBQ Chicken

  • Chicken Breasts: We used thinly sliced chicken breasts so that they can cook faster and cut down the prep time. You can also use chicken tenderloins for this recipe
  • Pineapple: We often have frozen pineapple on hand for smoothies, but you can also use canned or fresh pineapple
  • BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite pre-made bbq sauce such as honey or hickory smoke flavor
  • Red Onions: You can also use yellow or white onions, but we like using red onions to add color

Round plate with bbq baked chicken breasts topped with pineapple, red onions, and served on creamy cauliflower rice.

How to Make Pineapple BBQ Chicken

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Place the chicken in a baking dish and coat it with the bbq sauce.
  3. Add the pineapple chunks and red onions on top.
  4. Sprinkle the chicken with the seasonings.
  5. Bake everything in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep container with bbq baked chicken breasts topped with pineapple, red onions, and served on creamy cauliflower rice.

What to Serve with Baked Pineapple BBQ Chicken?

  • We wanted to keep the meal tropical, so we served it with creamy coconut cauliflower rice.
  • While the chicken bakes, saute cauliflower rice on medium-high heat. Add the coconut milk and seasonings and cook until the sauce thickens.
  • After the chicken cooks, serve it on top of the cauliflower rice and garnish it with freshly chopped cilantro.

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Pineapple BBQ Chicken and Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Sweet and Savory Oven Baked Pineapple Chicken served with a Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Rice is a delicious and tropical dish that you'll enjoy during your work week.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • saute pan
  • tongs
  • spatula
  • baking dish
  • oven

Ingredients
  

Pineapple BBQ Chicken

  • 12 oz chicken breasts (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup pineapple (frozen)
  • 3/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup red onions (diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Coconut Cauliflower Rice

  • 2 cups cauliflower rice (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the chicken in a baking dish. Coat the chicken with bbq sauce. Top it off with the pineapple and red onions. Sprinkle it with the seasonings.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes (flipping the chicken halfway through). Cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Meanwhile, add oil to a saute pan on medium high heat and saute the cauliflower rice for about 3 to 4 minutes until it heats through and softens. Pour in the coconut milk and add the seasonings. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens.
  • After the chicken cooks, serve it with the cauliflower rice and top it off with freshly sliced cilantro. Enjoy this tropical delight!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use instead of bbq sauce?

If you don’t like bbq sauce, you can mix together soy sauce with lemon and honey and marinate the chicken with it. For this recipe, mix together 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp of lemon, and 1 tbsp of honey.


What can I serve with pineapple bbq chicken?

You can serve it with regular roasted cauliflower, mashed potatoes, or rice pilaf.


What if I don’t have pineapple?

Mango and oranges will also work well because they also have the tangy flavors that pineapple has and will work well with the sweetness of the bbq sauce.

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Oven Baked Orange Ginger Salmon and Snow Peas

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Honey Glazed Salmon and Roasted Snow Pea recipe that comes together in less than 20 minutes in one pan!

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Round plate with baked salmon and snow peas served with a side of sliced oranges.

Flavor Highlights

We often use lemon to add the citrus component to seafood recipes, but switch it up and try oranges instead. The flavor will definitely surprise you! Pairing it with ginger and honey will become your new favorite flavor combination.

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To Prepare This Sheet Pan Salmon Recipe You’ll Need

  • Salmon: Use fresh salmon or frozen filets. If using frozen filets, be sure you thaw them out in the refrigerator in advance prior to baking.
  • Snow Peas: If you can’t find snow peas, you can use snow peas or other green vegetables such as green beans or asparagus.
  • Ginger and Garlic: If you don’t want to peel and mince your own ginger and garlic, there are packaged options that come in a paste or are already pre-minced that you can buy. You can also use powdered ginger or garlic if you already have it on hand.
  • Red Onions: You can also substitute with shallots or green onions.
  • Oranges: Feel free to add orange zest to the sauce.
  • Soy Sauce: Use lower-sodium soy sauce if you can.
  • Honey: You can also use maple syrup or agave nectar.

Round plate with baked salmon and snow peas served with a side of sliced oranges.

Easy Recipe Steps to Make Ginger Salmon and Snow Peas

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Whisk together your marinade in a small bowl.
  3. Place the salmon and snow peas on a sheet pan.
  4. Top the salmon with garlic, ginger, and red onions.
  5. Drizzle the marinade over the salmon and snow peas
  6. Bake everything in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

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Meal Prep Tips for Honey Glazed Ginger Salmon

  • Other Cook Method: You can make this in a toaster oven or even in the Air Fryer (360F for 8 to 10 minutes).
  • To reheat: Reheat it in the microwave until it is warm. (about 2 minutes depending on your microwave settings).
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days for the best quality.
  • To Serve: Feel free to serve this with a side of rice pilaf or cauliflower rice.

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Oven Baked Orange Ginger Salmon and Snow Peas

Sweet, sticky, and savory baked salmon with roasted snow peas all made in one sheet pan.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • sheet pan
  • oven

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz salmon
  • 8 oz snow peas
  • 1 orange (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup red onions (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400F. In a small bowl, mix together the juice of an orange, soy sauce, and honey.
  • Place the salmon and snow peas on a sheet pan. Top the salmon with minced ginger and garlic. Top the snow peas with the diced red onions. Then, drizzle the marinade over both the salmon and veggies.
  • Bake in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes. Enjoy with a side of sliced oranges for a refreshing palate cleanser!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are sugar snap peas and snow peas the same?

Snow peas are flatter, while sugar snap peas are more rounded. However, both have similar flavors and nutritional profile.


What temperature should salmon be cooked at?

USDA recommends cooking fish to an internal temperature of 145F.


Is it okay to eat the skin on salmon?

Yes, while salmon is known to provide healthy fats, much of that skin is also stored in the skin and is a good source of omega 3s.