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A Note From Stephanie Vanlochem

Meal Prep is the ultimate act of self care. Yes, 'change' is a constant you can count on in this crazy life; but so is food! Call it what you want to call it- meal prep, batch cook, reinvented leftovers. It doesn't have to be difficult, consume your whole Sunday, or make your brain hurt. I think we can all agree that you are going to eat today, tomorrow and the next day. Can you see yourself in a few hours, or in the coming busy days rummaging around asking yourself the age-old question, "what am I going to eat?" Meal prep is simply extending some forethought. This practice can be anywhere on a broad spectrum. This feed is a great place to get practical ideas that can be easily applied to eating delicious, nutritious, beautiful food that will help support our busy lives.
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Stephanie Vanlochem

@cookbycolor

Petaluma, CA

I am a studying nutritional therapist, chef, and an expert on colorful cookery.

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Quick and easy dinner for tonight, this Rainbow Quinoa Stir Fry is protein and veggie packed and…

Rainbow Quinoa Stir Fry

Quick and easy dinner for tonight, this Rainbow Quinoa Stir Fry is protein and veggie packed and made with only simple, real ingredients ps sorry I've been a little MIA on IG - life has been crazzzzy and social media is what I let go of first. But I'm back in action so stay tuned for tons more recipes! -
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Emergency Meatballs! We always have a batch of Emergency Meatballs stashed away in the freezer, and…

Go-to Meatballs

Emergency Meatballs! We always have a batch of Emergency Meatballs stashed away in the freezer, and they’ve saved mealtime more than once! I’m a firm believer in having emergency protein, soups, or stews on hand in the deep freeze, waiting for those times when life happens and the only viable alternative is calling for pizza. In those moments, being prepared with a batch or two of Emergency Meatballs is priceless. What makes these Emergency Meatballs special Well, it’s sort of that they’re not special. Two pounds of meat means you’ll have leftovers, and the spices / flavor profile is neutral enough that these pair well with just about anything. Here’s what you can do with them once you thaw them gently in some simmering bone broth: Chop up and toss into an egg and veggie scramble, Add to a frittata, Dice and serve over a salad with some Paleo Ranch Dressing, Use as the protein in your favorite soup, Pair with tomato sauce and serve over spaghetti squash, Take on the go for portable pre- or post-workout protein.The possibilities are virtually endless.
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A Note From Stephanie Vanlochem

Steph is constantly proving that it isn't difficult to be prepared. Try framing this by cooking more than you need for one meal. In this example, make double the meatballs you'll need for dinner- which really doesn't add much to the workload. This will allow you to stick what you won't use in the freezer or fridge for an easily compiled meal for your future self.
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So thankful for all of the men and women who have served our country! Enjoying a little Whole30…

Sweet Potato And Chicken Shepard's Pie

So thankful for all of the men and women who have served our country! Enjoying a little Whole30 Shepherd's Pie! Made with ground chicken and topped with mashed sweet potatoes, this one is giving me all of the Fall feels!
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A Note From Stephanie Vanlochem

We love this dish from Christi in my house. This is something so comforting and delicious- you might as well make a double batch! I would put one batch directly in the oven; and the other in the fridge for an easy dinner later in the week. No, mine does NOT look this pretty. But it's ok; it tastes fantastic even without the beautifully piped in sweet potato mash.
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"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" said... who? Cereal advertisers. As an alternative…

Banana Cream Pie N'oatmeal

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" said... who? Cereal advertisers. As an alternative to processed grains loaded with sugar every morning for breakfast, I created this Banana Cream Pie N'Oatmeal (that's means it's NOT oatmeal).
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A Note From Stephanie Vanlochem

I make this n'oatmeal often- and use several variations to keep it fresh. I love it, and you will too. I will bake several sweet potatoes (you can stick a knife in it; but take them out before they are mushy) on Sunday (passive prep) and store in the fridge. Then you can heat the potato up in the toaster oven when you are ready to blend the components together. You can use any dried fruit or maple syrup to sweeten. ***Ultra Meal Prep Tip: When baking potatoes you can bake more than you need for this one recipe; and use them in say...the recipe for Shepards Pie. Or to stuff with slow cooker chili later in the week.
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Trying to brighten my mood with this gorgeous rainbow ratatouille. Yeah. I know. More like a…

Rainbow Ratatouille

Trying to brighten my mood with this gorgeous rainbow ratatouille. Yeah. I know. More like a tian...What can I say? I like alliteration. And color. Duhhhh. Call it what you wanna call it...Serve on the side of ANYTHING. Even tears. Holy hell what a week. Especially to not be drinking. Or comfort eating. Can I have three whiskeys and a chocolate cake please?
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A Note From Stephanie Vanlochem

This is a dish we make often in my house. Please feel free to use whatever veggies you have- and this recipe will serve approximately 10 portions. It is great to make for Sunday dinner. It will help start the week strong with delicious prepared vegetables.
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The best natural condiment. Garlic roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper. Squeeze it out and…

Roasted Garlic

The best natural condiment. Garlic roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper. Squeeze it out and spread it on your loved ones....or your baked meats/veggies.
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A Note From feedfeed

It's hard to beat the aroma & flavor of Roasted Garlic! It adds amazing complexity to just about anything. A few of our favorite uses? Slathered on toasted bread, whipped into mashed potatoes, stirred into soups or blended into vinaigrette. Note from Stephanie: It is a great staple to have that adds depth of flavor in any capacity.
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Hello meal prep heaven - aka Vegetarian Orzo Chili. Nutrition packed veggies mixed with fiber-full…

Chili With Orzo

Hello meal prep heaven - aka Vegetarian Orzo Chili. Nutrition packed veggies mixed with fiber-full beans and hearty orzo. Perfect lunch for the work week!
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A Note From Stephanie Vanlochem

All the C's: Cozy. Colorful. Comforting. Chili. Cook it and eat it for days to come!
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Brightening up a rainy September with a colorful veggie curry. It's been our new weekly summer…

Coconut Veggie Curry

Brightening up a rainy September with a colorful veggie curry. It's been our new weekly summer favorite, and a great way to integrate anything into it for a one pot delicious meal. In this one that I made last night there are chickpeas + zucchini + okra + asparagus + orange bell peppers + a few fresh cherry tomatoes + red cabbage sprinkles + rain-kissed cilantro leaves and flowers + urfabiber pepper flakes. I remember in our high school cafeteria in Hong Kong, you could purchase curry sauce with rice for lunch (with meat cost more) I guess it was my lunch most days because I haven't stopped loving a plain old comforting sauce and rice. Cx
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A Note From Stephanie Vanlochem

Colorful Coconut Curry to brighten up even the snowiest winter weekday! As Christine suggests- it is a great way to use the veggies you have on hand- and can be a lovely sauce repurposed for a lively lunch the next day.
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Almond Butter Brownies!  Grain free / vegan / YAY! … made these yesterday and was trying to show you…

Almond Butter Brownies

Almond Butter Brownies!  Grain free / vegan / YAY! … made these yesterday and was trying to show you guys but my darn insta vid wasn’t working. Anywayyyy... on to the goods.  DUDE.  it’s so simple!
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A Note From Stephanie Vanlochem

Real Talk. Treats are meal prep level: Badass. When a sweet tooth hits- it's nice to have something chocolatey, decadent and satisfying that won't undo all your hard work. These easy grain free, vegan brownies are where it's at. Hello, chocolate.
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Double Tap if you LOVE Chimichurri! My Argentinian friend showed me how he makes his #Chimichurri…

Cilantro Chimichurri

Double Tap if you LOVE Chimichurri! My Argentinian friend showed me how he makes his #Chimichurri using a 'salmuera' which means brine. My version is cilantro-based because I don't love parsley. I'm serving this on my grilled flank steak tonight! It's a great sauce to have on hand, especially to add lots of flavor to dishes. Put it on your veggies and eggs too! Perfect condiment while doing the Whole30!
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A Note From Stephanie Vanlochem

Chimchurri made with cilantro and brine is my JAM. This is a perfect example of: do something your future self will thank you for. It will keep for a few weeks- and totally liven up your life. It can transform something that would otherwise be "just" lunch into something worthy of sharing in the break room. Though, you will probably hoard it all to yourself because it is THAT good. As Natasha suggests- put it on anything. Everything. I love to use it as salad dressing, or as a dip for veggies.
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