Saturday, August 13, 2016

21 Day Fix Meal Plan - Week of August 15-21

This week's meal plan is a little wonky since Andi and I are currently vacationing in Alaska. I'm doing my best to make healthy choices along the way (the 80/20 rule is in full effect because, hey, it's vacation!), and keeping track of my meals and containers with a tentative plan. I shoot for one protein and vegetable at breakfast lunch and dinner and use fruits, nuts and seeds to keep me fueled as snacks throughout the day.

Before I left town, I drafted a meal plan for my challengers to use this week, and - bonus! - now I'll also have a food plan ready to slide back into when Andi and I return home later this week.

Here's a link to this week's 21 Day Fix meal plan for August 15-21. 

Two of my favorite recipes on the meal plan this week are homemade turkey burgers and blueberry almond overnight oats. Easy recipes that can be made ahead to save time.

Homemade Turkey Burgers
Serves 4
21DFX: 1 red

1 lb. ground turkey (or beef)
fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, mint -- or another of your preference!)
1 egg
olive oil

1) In a large bowl, combine ground turkey with chopped, fresh herbs. Use as much as you like of any variety. I use lots of cilantro and a small amount of basil and mint.
2) Add 1 egg to the meat mixture and combine.
3) With your hands, divide ground turkey mixture and form 4 burger patties with your hands.
4) **If the mixture is too wet, you can add a few Panko breadcrumbs to the mixture.
5) Heat olive oil a large skillet on the stove-top and cook burger patties for 5 minutes on each side.

Serving suggestion: lettuce, tomato, pickle, red onion and Dijon mustard make great accompaniments. 

These patties freeze wonderfully, so make extra and keep them in the freezer for a later meal! 

Thanks to Andi's mom, Janie, for this recipe. She made these burgers for us at the lake cabin a few weekends ago, and they tasted amazing! Give these a try, even if ground turkey isn't your thing; you won't be disappointed.


Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats
Serves 1
21DFX: 1 yellow, 1/2 purple, 1 blue 

1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
12 almonds (whole, slivered, or crushed)
1 tsp. honey
cinnamon, to taste

1) Measure, then pour, old fashioned oats into a mason jar or storage container with lid.
2) Pour unsweetened almond milk over the top of oats.
3) Add blueberries and almonds to mixture.
4) Drizzle honey over top. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
5) Place in the refrigerator, covered, overnight (or for up to 5 days).

Serving suggestion: Eat cold, or warm up in the microwave for 30-90 seconds to your liking.

This recipe is for one serving, but takes no time at all to make several servings at once. To make more than one serving, lay out several storage containers on the countertop and layer ingredients in the order listed above in each container. 

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