Meal prep can get a little, shall I say, boring?
Eating practically the same thing everyday can get pretty monotonous. Sure, you can switch up the protein or the veggies, but sometimes it still just tastes the same.
Here is a way to spice up your meal prep to get some different flavors in while still keeping your protein, veggies, and carbs balanced! Also, without adding lots of extra cals.
Who shops in the Latino food section of the grocery store? If you don’t, start. Lots of great options there and no I’m not talking about the hard shell “Mexican” taco packages (although, I actually like those).
I’m talking about this:
In this section of the store, you will find a wealth of delicious seasonings and spices. Sazon is a flavoring commonly used in Latino cooking that makes food extra delicious. It can be bought in flavor packets or cubes (think bullion cubes). They are catered toward specific types of dishes. For example, the one above would be for a poultry and veggie dish. There are others for red meat or fish fish.
What I’ve found is that you can change your entire meal prep flavor by just using 2 of these flavor packets or 2 of the cubes. Pictured above are the packets.
Sure, you can add them to the meat as it’s cooking and I’ve definitely done that, but that’s not what will hold the most flavor for you.
Here’s your answer: the quinoa.
Yup, remember that bland filler you’ve been eating? Well, that’s your answer to delicious flavor in your prep.
It’s very simple. As you bring the water to a boil and add the quinoa, also add in 1 flavor packet or bullion cube per cup and a half of quinoa. As the quinoa cooks and takes in water, it will absorb all of that yummy flavor so at the end you are left with fluffy and flavorful quinoa.
Your quinoa will cook, covered, for the usual amount of time. The only difference will be the flavor and also the bright orange color!
As I said before, you can definitely add the Sazon to your meat as well. It won’t hold as much flavor as the quinoa, but you will still taste it!
As soon as your quinoa is good to go, you can add it to your usual protein and veggies and, as usual, veggies should be at least half, protein one quarter, and your quinoa can make up the final quarter of each meal.
Your final product:
Now, if Sazon isn’t for you as we all have different preferences, you can add any flavoring to your quinoa for example regular bullion cubes or Italian dressing packets. The trick is to add it to the boiling water so that the flavors can be absorbed while it is cooking. You could use any bullion cube or flavor packet.
Be careful of the quinoas that come already flavored because sometimes they add Olive Oil and then the calories are through the roof! You are better off adding the flavor yourself.
Food and eating should be something we all look forward to so make sure that what you are eating is delicious!
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