Like many of you, I find that sticking to the same old “chicken and veggies” prep can get boring. So this weekend, it was definitely time to find some new recipes to add to our home menu. So, I put my new FitMenCook application (app.) to work! I quickly scrolled through the recipes, found two new recipes that I believed I could manage without going over the grocery budget, “Sweet Potato Lasagna Meal Prep” & “Budget Spicy Turkey Chili,” and headed to the grocery store.
The app. was definitely easy to use as I could take it with me to the store. Each recipe provides the ingredient list, instructions, and nutrition breakdown. One can easily select the “add to shopping” button, where the app. will then add the recipe’s ingredient list to a separate shopping list. So, if one were shopping for more than one recipe, all ingredients could be found on one list & each ingredient could easily be “checked off”. The app. further separates the ingredients by isle or recipe for an easy find at the grocery store!
While following the steps to recreate these dishes, the instructions were very easy to follow. It’s cool that Kevin adds his own warnings about certain items. For example, being careful with sodium content in foods and pushing for the purchase of BPA containers–details that some might not naturally pay mind to. Also, for those who aren’t so keen on reading every detail, or might just be confused by the steps, the app. provides very short videos with the basics to recreate each recipe.
While planning for these meals for my own family, I did substitute some items, so I’ll quickly provide my take on them.
The first recipe was based off Kevin’s “Sweet Potato Lasagna Meal Prep.”
This recipe calls for lean ground turkey, but you can definitely use ground chicken or ground beef. I opted for the beef since Eric is not a fan of turkey & I wanted to get away from “chicken, chicken, chicken.”😉
To season, I simply used salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of thyme & oregano.
Instead of using cottage cheese, I used what I had: plain greek yogurt. This did not affect the overall flavor as Eric literally cleaned his plate! YAY!
Instead of sautéing a red onion w/ garlic paste, I used what I had: yellow onion, garlic clove, and a tbsp. of olive oil. I sautéed these together before adding the meat (just like the original recipe).
I built the lasagna & baked as instructed in the FitMenCook app. It was sooooo yummy & like I said, ERIC CLEANED HIS PLATE! Those close to him know he’s a picky eater, so the unexpected “this was good!” without having to ask (or inspect his plate out of the corner of my eye) was a relief and gave this recipe a guaranteed spot on our menu! =)
The second recipe we decided to try was the “Budget Spicy Turkey Chili,” except we chose to make it a “Budget Spicy Chicken Chili.”
As mentioned, we opted for ground chicken since Eric doesn’t like turkey & I’m also not too keen on the flavor of ground turkey.
To season the meat, the recipe calls for ground cumin, smoked paprika, onion powder, cayenne pepper, pepper, garlic powder, ground coriander, and a packet of McCormick Chili Seasoning Blend (low sodium). Woah! I read this and said, “Wow…great…interesting…I have a few of these at home, but naaaaa’ no thank you!” So, I opted for a simple gluten-free chili mix I found at the grocery store.
To cook, I added a tbsp of olive oil to my cooking pan, the meat, the gluten free mix, diced onions, and diced jalapeños.
Once the meat is fully cooked, add in the tomatoes, tomato sauce (organic is only about 50cents extra & worth it), black beans (Chicagoans, I found cans of organic for $1 at Mariano’s), and steamed corn (I always get frozen veggies from Target as they’re $1 a bag, but bulk bags also help the budget). Let it all cook for an extra 10 min & done!
Once served, we garnished ours with greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), a bit of cheese, and slices of avocado. We also chose a side of plantain chips for an alternative to crackers. Delish!
Prepped for days!
I recommend trying a new dish this month! This app. is definitely worth the $2 price and very helpful–especially for those who are new to cleaner eating and prep work. BTW, don’t forget to hashtag & share your final products. -Jas😉