Low-Calorie Meal Prep Cookbook 75 Recipes to Simplify Your Meals by Nicole Hallissey, RD, MS, CDN

If you are looking for a cookbook with interesting recipes and some attention paid to calories, this title is worth a look.  As is generally the case, there are recipes for the three meals of the day along with a section on snacks and dips.  For breakfast there are sweet potato hash egg cups, peaches and cream overnight oats and chocolate banana buckwheat cupcakes, to name a few.  For lunch we have Greek Salad with Chickpeas and Quinoa, Cobb Salad in a Jar and Veggie Wontons Over Crunchy Slaw, among others.  Dinner includes General Tso’s Tofu and Vegetable SheetPan Bake, and Garlicky Pasta with Ground Turkey and White Beans along with quite a few others.  The directions are easy to follow and the recipes look tasty.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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low calorie cookbook, meal prep, healthy cookbook, healthy eating cookbook, healthy eatingSample Recipe: Mango Chia Pudding

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus 1 hour to chill | Serves 5 | Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan

Chia is a modern-day superfood. One ounce of chia seeds (approximately 2 tablespoons) contains 4 grams of protein, as well as omega-3 fats, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. Considering those facts, it makes sense that chia is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

Instructions:

1. In a bowl, add the chia seeds, coconut milk, water, honey, vanilla, and salt. Stir to combine, then cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator, stir again, and set aside.

2. In each of 5 meal prep containers, layer 1/2 cup mango and 1/3 cup chia pudding. Top with 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes.

Tips:

STORAGE: Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

SUBSTITUTION: If you don’t like canned coconut milk, any other liquid, including water, regular milk, or other nondairy milks, will work well; just use 2 cups of liquid for every 1/2 cup of chia seeds.

PER SERVING: Calories: 265; Fat: 16g; Protein: 5g; Carbohydrates: 29g; Fiber: 10g; Sugar: 16g; Sodium: 34mg

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can reduced fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch coarsely ground sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups mango chunks, fresh or frozen
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

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