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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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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

Glass meal prep container with tofu stir fry with broccoli, red bell peppers, and cashew nuts.

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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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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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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Round plate with steak strips and Chinese broccoli.

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

Glass meal prep container with steak strips and Chinese broccoli.

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.

Round plate with steak strips and Chinese broccoli.

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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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.

Glass meal prep containers with baked salmon and snow peas served with a side of sliced oranges.

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.

Glass meal prep containers with baked salmon and snow peas served with a side of sliced oranges.

orange ginger salmon

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.

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Lentil Soft Tacos

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Simple vegetarian lentil tacos are a great way to incorporate plant-based meals into your weekly meal prep.

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Round plate with three lentil street tacos topped with cherry tomatoes and fresh cilantro.

If you’re eating on a budget, but still looking for tasty meals, then try incorporating some plant-based dishes such as lentils into your weekly meal prep. They are a low-cost ingredient but still packed with protein, fiber, and other nutrients.

Lentils are a delicious alternative for meat in comfort dishes like soups, chilis, and stews. But they also work well in dishes like soft tacos. In general, all you have to do is combine the lentils with your choice of liquid, bring it to a rapid boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer over medium heat for about 20 to 30 minutes. Their neutral flavor profile makes them adaptable to a range of flavors.

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To Make These Lentil Soft Tacos, You’ll Need

  • Dried Lentils: You can use any kind, the most common you’ll find are red or green. For this recipe, we used red lentils
  • White onions: You can also use red or yellow onions
  • Vegetable broth: We wanted to keep this vegetarian, so we opted for vegetable broth.
  • Corn tortillas: You can also serve this over steamed rice
  • Cilantro: Other herbs such as green onions or basil will also be tasty options
  • Cherry tomatoes: Feel free to use Roma tomatoes. The cherry tomatoes add nice fresh flavors to this meal
  • Seasonings & Oil: We used chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and cooked it in olive oil

Round plate with three lentil street tacos topped with cherry tomatoes and fresh cilantro.

Easy steps to Make Vegetarian Lentil Soft Tacos

  1. First, rinse your lentils and make sure to drain them.
  2. Add oil to a heated pan and start sauteing the onions until they soften.
  3. Next, add the lentils, seasonings, and broth. Bring the liquid to a boil.
  4. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.
  5. Cover the pan with a lid and cook until the lentils are tender.
  6. Uncover the pan and add the chopped cilantro and cherry tomatoes.
  7. Serve inside the corn tortillas.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Saute pan with cooked lentils and cilantro.

Meal Prep Tips for Vegetarian Lentil Tacos

  • To serve: Feel free to serve with avocado, salsa, or pico de gallo. Instead of corn tortillas, you can use regular flour tortillas or even serve with a side of rice or even cauliflower rice
  • To store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. Keep the cooked lentils separate from the corn tortillas until you are ready to eat them to keep the tortillas from getting soggy
  • To reheat: The lentils can be reheated in the microwave

Glass meal prep containers with three lentil street tacos topped with cherry tomatoes and fresh cilantro.

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Vegetarian Lentil Soft Tacos

This vegetarian lentil taco is a great alternative to meat tacos. It's a great source of protein and is also a budget-friendly meal.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Latin
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • spatula
  • saute pan

Ingredients
  

  • 0.75 cups dried lentils (rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup white onions (diced)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 mini corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced)

Instructions
 

  • Add olive oil to a saute pan on medium high heat and saute the onions until they soften. Then, add the lentils and seasonings and stir it around for one minute. Pour in the broth and bring it to a boil.
  • Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low-medium. Cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer until the lentils are tender (about 25 to 30 minutes).
  • After they are tender, let it cook uncovered until the lentils thicken. Add the chopped cilantro and cherry tomatoes and mix well. Fill the corn tortillas with a scoop of the cooked lentils and enjoy!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to soak lentils before cooking?

No, they do not require to be soaked, but you do want to rinse them in cold water to remove the debris, and then drain them.


Are dried lentils good for you?

In combination with a well-balanced diet, incorporating lentils can help lower cholesterol and protect against diabetes. They are also a good source of fiber which helps with your digestive system.


Can I use canned lentils?

Yes, they can be a quick alternative, but look for those with low sodium content and rinse them before using them. But they cook so quickly, that we prefer the dried lentils and are also cheaper in cost.

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Citrus Shrimp Quinoa Spinach Salad

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This citrus flavored shrimp quinoa with spinach salad is a fresh and easy lunch meal prep that you can prep for yourself in less than 20 minutes!

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Rectangle plate with shrimp, quinoa, spinach, and mandarin oranges.

Reasons Why We Love This Shrimp Quinoa Spinach Salad

  • This salad has vibrant flavors paired with a powerhouse of nutrients.
  • The shrimp and quinoa pack in the protein.
  • The combination of the fruity mandarin orange and nutty spinach brings in healthy antioxidants and an array of vitamins and minerals.
  • The pecans also provide a good source of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

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Ingredients You Need

  • Shrimp: We love using pre-cooked shrimp for salads because it makes meal prep easy. Shrimp is also low calorie, but high in protein.
  • Quinoa: You can use any color.
  • Spinach: This ingredient is rich in iron, Vitamin C and E, potassium, and magnesium which all contribute to supporting immune function.
  • Tomatoes: This fruit adds sweet and tangy flavors and it’s also good for protecting heart health.
  • Mandarin Oranges: You can use fresh oranges or any other citrus fruit such as grapefruit.
  • Pecans: We love adding nuts to our salads to add a crunchy texture but it is also a good source of healthy fat.
  • Vinaigrette: We made a homemade vinaigrette with the ingredients used in this recipe, but you can also use your choice of store-bought vinaigrette.

Rectangle plate with shrimp, quinoa, spinach, and mandarin oranges.

How to Make Shrimp Quinoa Spinach Salad

  1. First, prepare the quinoa in boiling water on the stovetop.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, you can mix together the ingredients for the homemade vinaigrette.
  3. After the quinoa cooks, let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Then, in a mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients and drizzle them with the vinaigrette.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep containers with shrimp, quinoa, spinach, and mandarin oranges.

Meal Prep Tips for Citrus Shrimp Quinoa Salad

  • Ingredient Tips: If you are using frozen pre-cooked shrimp, it is best to defrost the shrimp in the refrigerator the night before for the best quality.
  • Batch Cooking Tips: We often use quinoa in meal prep, so you can also make a bigger batch in advance and freeze it in an air-tight container and store it up in the freezer for up to 3 months. All you have to do is defrost it as needed for your weekly meal prep.
  • Storage: This meal can be stored in a meal in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. However, do not pour the vinaigrette over the salad until you are ready to eat the meal so that it does not get too soggy.
  • To Serve: This meal can be served chilled.
  • Extra Ingredients: Leftover oranges can be used in smoothies, and pecans can be used up in baked goods or eaten as a snack. Use shrimp in other recipes such as pasta, soft tacos, or roasted veggies.

Glass meal prep containers with shrimp, quinoa, spinach, and mandarin oranges.

Shrimp Salad

Citrus Shrimp Quinoa Spinach Salad

This quick and tasty shrimp quinoa and spinach salad is perfect for a weekday lunch meal. It is high in protein and loaded with nutrients.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • mixing bowls
  • boiling pot

Ingredients
  

Quinoa

  • 1/3 cup dried quinoa
  • 1 cup water

Salad Components

  • 12 oz large shrimp (frozen, pre-cooked, peeled & deveined)
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 roma tomato (diced)
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 2 tablespoon pecans (chopped)

Salad Dressing

  • 2 lemons (juiced)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

Quinoa

  • Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a boiling pot. Add the quinoa and lower the heat to medium. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 15 minutes. After it cooks, fluff with a fork and let it cool

Salad Dressing

  • In a mixing bowl, add the juice of two lemons with olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, and the seasonings. Whisk together until the dressing is well blended

Salad Assembly

  • Defrost the shrimp according to the packaged instructions
  • In a bowl, add the shrimp, quinoa, spinach, diced tomatoes, and mandarin oranges, and chopped pecans
  • Pour over the dressing and mix all the components together

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to make quinoa taste good?

Use strong seasonings such as garlic powder, fresh herbs, and bold citrus flavors to boost the flavor of quinoa.


Is shrimp good for you?

Shrimp is low in calories yet rich in nutrients making it a great weight loss protein option. It is less than 100 calories for a 3 oz serving and provides about 20g of protein.


Is shrimp high in cholesterol?

A 3 oz serving contains 161 mg of cholesterol which makes most believe that it could easily increase the cholesterol in your blood. However, it also contains omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart health, and if eaten in moderation, it can be incorporated as part of a healthy and balanced diet.

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Baked Meatloaf Patties and Roasted Green Beans

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Love the comfort of meatloaf, but don’t want to wait too long for the prep? Here’s a twist on a meatloaf family favorite using burger patties.

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Round plate with beef patties covered in tomato sauce on top of roasted green beans.

While classic meatloaf recipes are normally baked in a loaf pan, we opted for using hamburger patties and baking them flat on a sheet pan. This definitely took less time than traditional meatloaf and was a huge time saver, and you still get the classic flavors of meatloaf that we all find comfort in.

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Why These Meatloaf Patties are Great for Meal Prep

  • The recipe uses budget-friendly ingredients
  • Everything can be cooked on one sheet pan
  • It’s a healthier version of meatloaf that still satisfies your tastebud

Round plate with beef patties covered in tomato sauce on top of roasted green beans.

Easy to Find Ingredients for Baked Meatloaf Patties

  • Lean Ground Beef Burger Patties: We used pre-made beef burger patties to save time on meal prep. However, you can definitely use any kind of ground meat and form your own burger patties
  • Green Beans: You can pair your patties with any kind of roasted veggies such as asparagus, broccoli, or even with mashed potatoes
  • Red Onions: Adding aromatics to anything always adds more flavor. You can also use sliced shallots or minced garlic
  • Tomato Sauce: You can even use leftover spaghetti sauce
  • Sugar: If you don’t want to use sugar, you can substitute it with honey. Adding a little bit of sweetness helps balance out the tartness of the tomato sauce
  • Olive Oil: Keep it heart-healthy with oil, and you can also use avocado oil

Glass meal prep containers with beef patties covered in tomato sauce on top of roasted green beans.

Easy Instructions to Make Meatloaf Patties

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Mix together the tomato sauce with the sugar, seasonings, and red onions.
  • Layer the beef patties on a lined sheet pan and top each patty with the tomato sauce.
  • Place the seasoned green beans on another sheet pan since they will cook faster.
  • Bake in the oven until the beef patties are fully cooked.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep containers with beef patties covered in tomato sauce on top of roasted green beans.

Meal Prep Tips for Meatloaf Patties

  • To Serve: You can serve these with a side of mashed potatoes, buttered pasta noodles, or even rice pilaf.
  • Leftovers: If you make a large batch and have leftovers, you can also enjoy these meatloaf patties in between toasted bread or hamburger buns.
  • To Store: You can store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

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Baked Meatloaf Patties and Roasted Green Beans

Get the homestyle taste of meatloaf, but with easy portions to prep for the week using hamburger patties.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • sheet pan
  • oven

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lean beef hamburger patties (3 oz each)
  • 8 oz green beans (washed and trimmed)
  • 1/4 cup red onions (diced)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. In a mixing bowl mix together the tomato sauce with the brown sugar, red onions, half of the paprika spice, half of the garlic powder seasoning, and half of the salt.
  • Place the hamburger patties on a sheet pan and evenly top each patty with the tomato sauce mixture. Place the green beans on another sheet pan and season with the paprika, garlic powder, and salt. Drizzle the green beans with olive oil.
  • Place both sheet pans in the oven and bake the green beans for 12 to 15 minutes. Bake the beef patties for at least 25 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do meat patties need breadcrumbs?

For this recipe, we did not use breadcrumbs like most traditional meatloaf recipes use because the patties were already formed and stuck together when they bake.


Do you have to put milk in meatloaf?

Milk is often added to meatloaf to help soak in the breadcrumbs. However, for this recipe, we did not use breadcrumbs and therefore did not use milk. This meatloaf patty version of the recipe is gluten-free and dairy free.


What meat do I use for meatloaf?

It is usually made with ground beef and sometimes includes a combination of pork or lamp. For this recipe, we only used ground beef, however, you can even use ground turkey or ground chicken.