Meal Prep Sundays: Lose Weight, Save Time and Money!

Welcome to my weekly meal prep post! This is my first post about meal prep so I decided to give a background about meal prepping and why some people do it. Recently I have decided to cook healthy and in portioned sizes for me and my husband. I have been thinking about doing this sometime back when I was in the Philippines but I just didn’t have time as I was busy with all my preparations on migrating here. However, here in the US where I am more blessed with time (yay!) I am able to carve out around 1-2 hours once a week to make meals from scratch that is portion controlled, healthy and not overly meat-y or sugar-y!

Why meal prep?

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Meal prep is a way for you to save time and money instead of cooking everyday. It saves time because you only need to set aside a couple of hours a week for your meals. As for me, I only prepare dinners. Some people do from breakfast to dinner, but I only make the ones for dinner because my husband and I are usually on the go during breakfast and lunch. However, dinners are always special for us because it’s the time we eat together. Not only that! Meal prep has helped me maintain my weight without restricting my options too much! I don’t do vegan, dairy-free or meat free. I eat whatever I want on the weekends. I love pizza, chocolates, chips, and ice cream! I am 5 2″ at 102 lbs and I am just keeping that through the way I prepare my meals.

I will try my best to post weekly inspiration recipes, two to three recipes per post that you can swap for either lunch or dinner, whichever you prefer. My procedure won’t be too specific or complicated, because who reads those anyway? We just want to get the whole idea here and you can tweak it whatever way you want, according to your lifestyle. So let’s get cooking!

White Sauce Pasta and Breaded Chicken Popcorn

Recipe

Boil pasta with oil and salt until al dente. You can choose any kind. I picked penne. While pasta is boiling, bread the chicken using the flour-egg-panko with parmesan cheese breading. Fry lightly on another pan with minimal oil, seeing that both sides are golden brown. Drain pasta and start on the sauce. Put 2 cups milk and chopped mushrooms in the pan, and a little butter for flavor. Add salt and pepper to taste. Wait to boil, then add cornstarch or flour mixed with a 2 Tbsp water for the sauce to thicken. When you see that the sauce is quite thick, add spinach. This is optional though. You can mix it with the pasta right away or later on.

Turkey Chili and Quinoa Salad

recipe

Stir fry 2 servings of ground turkey on salt, pepper and minced garlic/garlic powder. When it is no longer mushy, add 1 small can of tomato sauce. Let sauce simmer, then add 1 can of cooked black beans. Add spices such as chili flakes, red pepper or paprika for an extra “chili” boost. Let simmer again. While it simmers, boil quinoa and drain when cooked. Add a little ketchup, soy sauce and pepper to taste, and mix well. Also add chopped greens if preferred.

Buttered Shrimp and Seasoned Vegetables

recipe

Sautee skinless shrimp, butter, minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Add mushrooms if preferred. Shrimp is cooked when it turns to an orangey-pink. While stir frying, blanch in water the cut broccoli and baby carrots on a separate pot. Drain the veggies and put desired seasonings. Add butter if you want, but it’s additional calories too! Haha!

I hope you like these recipe ideas and combinations! I will try my best to post new ones when I can. Feel free to leave comments or questions!

Milk to my Cookie Travel Mug

 

Milk to my Cookie Travel Mug

This is a picture of a milk and cookie couple in a cute cartoon style, with the text “You’re the milk to my cookie”. Show your loved ones how great of a match you are through this product. Milk and cookies always are good together!

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Only Love by Martin Luther King Jr

 

Only Love by Martin Luther King T Shirt

This is a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. with his famous quote which says “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” This is very timely design if you are fighting for a cause.

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Love is in the Bear Sweat Shirt

Love is in the Bear Swear Shirt

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I Came for the Chocolates Long Sleeve T-Shirt

 

I Came for the Chocolates Long Sleeve T-shirt

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Warning: Serial Midnight Snacker Pajamas

 

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Ready to be a Loser Tank Top

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I Can’t Change the World, But I Can Change a Part of It

Finally! I had some time spared to write. I haven’t been able to write lately because I was juggling so many things all at once. However, now as the holidays are approaching, I can reflect and write a little more.

With so many news about wars and so-called “wars”, political wins and losses, victories and defeats, opinions being thrown here and there online and offline (but mostly online, ha!), I realized something–that nobody can fully change the world.

And it’s all good! Perhaps you’re wondering why. It’s good because we can be more motivated to set a more realistic goal for ourselves. In our lives we have our own sphere of influence. These are people within our community that we can help, provide for or give other services to. This is our mission field and God called us in it. Now, some are called to step out to other parts of the world, but that’s a specific gift. For others, it is good to know that we cannot fully change the world, but we can change a part of it.

When Thomas Edison invented electrical lighting, it made an unforgettable mark in history. The day didn’t end when the sun set, and people can be productive even during the night. Now, it didn’t stop wars, solve world hunger or promote world peace–but it did make a difference.

And it made me think that even the most brilliant of minds cannot solve all of the world’s problems, then there must be a reason for that. Perhaps it is for us to understand that we are finite beings and that we all need each other to build a better world. That we need to trust each other that one is doing his or her best despite our doubts. That perhaps even working together, we still need to have faith in God who is sovereign over all.

I was given the privilege of having an outreach with my group for men and women with disabilities last week and I could say that despite 2016 being a crazy year for me, it is one of the best highlights. It made me realize that I can’t change the world entirely, but I can make “kuyas” and “ates” happy and remember God on that day. And that is one change that is worth every effort.

So I hope this season of giving and onwards, we remember that we have our own spheres to influence. So I hope and pray that I see that change in me and in others–that instead of complaining about what we (and others) cannot experience in this world, we become what we want the world to be one person at a time.

Red Flags Vs. Green Flags

Red Flag vs. Green Flag

One of the things during the day that make me smile (aside from my student’s progress), is looking at my engagement ring around my finger. It isn’t mainly because pretty to look at (though for me it really is), but it gives me a reminder that I made major decision in my life that I am completely sure. Four months into our engagement was fun, exciting and you could say a little bit crazy.

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As I was thinking about the things that made me sure about Charles and reminding myself of my friends’ questions about my readiness for marriage and what made me sure that he is “the One”, I won’t give a cliche answer of “You just know.” Though at some extent I would believe that to be true, but that little statement “You just know” for me is comprised of green flags interconnected to lead me to my final answer. And so, to help others, I have come up with some of my major red flags and green flags in a relationship that may be helpful for ladies to arrive to a sound decision.

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GREEN FLAG # 1 : You share the common core values

For me, faith was a big issue. It was important for me that my future husband shares the same beliefs, but not only that, it is important for me to be led in that area too. Men are called to be spiritual leaders of the household, and to spearhead the course of your relationship. I am always humbled and thankful that I have found a man who isn’t just in the same faith, but also someone who I know can lead me in that aspect. It is important to take note of other core values such as if you want to have kids, parenting style, finances, and other major values that might come into play.

RED FLAG # 1 : You argue with major core values

If faith is of importance to you, then do know that a spiritually weak man cannot lead you and you will end up leading him or be disappointed in what he cannot do. If he doesn’t want kids and you want to have one, if he has a different spending style with yours and he is unwilling to compromise, then it may be a red flag.

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GREEN FLAG # 2 : He treats you with utmost respect

He acknowledges your opinion, he doesn’t belittle you with his words. He supports your dreams and listens to you even at your worst moments. I am admittedly a very emotional person. Sometimes, even the little things such as difficulty from work or a bad traffic situation can upset me. I am happy that Charles tirelessly listens to my rants and never uses words to bring me down disregard how I feel. He is honest when he needs to be, but he is gentle.

RED FLAG # 2: He is disrespectful

If he uses words for the sole purpose of mocking you in a bad way, bringing you down or to insult who you are, watch out! It is a red flag. If you’re asking for an apology and he doesn’t acknowledge that it was a mistake to show you disrespect, you really have to think twice about your relationship. He can also be disrespectful not just with you, but you can observe this with how he treats other women in his family.

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GREEN FLAG # 3: Communicating with him is easy

Communication is the water that keeps your relationship blooming and alive. I can say that I was sure with Charles because I have observed how we communicate to one another. We talk easy, our humor matches up with each other, I can voice out my opinions without feeling judged, I can be transparent without feeling fear. I can talk about anything with him under the sun. He also makes it a point to talk to me whenever he can.

RED FLAG # 3: Talking to him feels like a chore

One of the things that I’ve been to is having a relationship that has very minimal communication. Because of this, we grew apart and I started to know him less and less. My friends and family also observed that our conversation was a bit “forced”, they somehow felt that I was trying too hard to match myself with his personality. We weren’t seeing eye to eye on a lot of our verbal and non-verbal communication. You also have to take note of this because when all the romance fades, you should remain friends with your future partner. Make sure that your partner can be your best friend.

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GREEN FLAG # 4: He gets along with your friends and family

He doesn’t have to be ultra chummy with your brother or know a lot about your mom, dad or sister, but you can sense some positive vibes between them. See if your family and friends like him for you. When you invite him for a meal with your family, you can observe how he gets along with them. Charles gets along well with all my friends and family. I guess it helped that he is quite easygoing with people that’s why people can be comfortable around him, but as a general note, if he gets along well, then this is a good sign.

RED FLAG # 4: Your friends and family doesn’t approve of him

There are some exceptions to the rule, but if I go by general observations, you would see if he’s right for you when your friends and family are happy to see you together. When people feel blessed about your relationship, when they see you happy with him, they approve of it. But when they see that you’re always depressed, problematic, they will not turn a blind eye on the relationship like most of us do when we are still holding on.

These are some of my own red and green flags, but I’d like you to take it with a grain of salt. Ultimately, pray that God will lead you to make a right decision when it comes to a future spouse because making a choice about it can completely change your life, for the better or worse. God is sovereign and He desires for you to allow Him to lead you to His best.


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Carpe Diem BF Homes: Bang For the Buck Food and Drinks!

So I was out to have a car wash one Saturday evening and I was with Sam, and saw that one of the cafes that ring a bell on our ears (Care Diem) was just around the vicinity. We decided to give it a try! A lot of people we know are raving about this cafe so why not?

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but first, a selfie! hahaha 🙂

The staff was very accommodating when we went in. She was presenting the things available in their menu as well as their best sellers. When I looked around as I was deciding on what to order, some people seemed to be quite comfy in the area, sitting around the edge couches and doing school work or just hanging out with friends. I wanted something fairly light that can be shared with Sam so after much deliberation we decided to have these (prices range from 150-300 pesos):

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Fish and chips – much larger than how it looks like in the picture! The fish was crisp and freshly breaded, fries just right, and the sauce was delectable! There’s also a veggie side in case you feel queasy from too much fried-ness. This one is really good.

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Seafood pasta – I honestly forgot the name! But it was good as it was garlicky, cheesy and had my favorite of all-seafood! I just love seafood on pasta or pizza or even just by themselves. It tasted fresh and the spaghetti was al dente and on point.

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Chocolate lava cake – the plating of this one is super creative, cute and totally unexpected. It was themed like a mini-garden with small shovels as spoons. It was totally instagram-worthy. And also, the taste did not disappoint! The lava cake was perfectly warm, moist and chocolate-y, and the ice cream’s coolness was there to balance it out. I would honestly have this dessert again for second round if it weren’t for the calories. Haha!

I love everything we had in Carpe Diem and we will definitely be back! Thank you for the amazing gastronomic experience. We totally “siezed the day” 🙂

Carpe Diem

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