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Top Three Meal Prep Marinades
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Who doesn't love a good marinade? It's one of those fun cooking tricks that infuses a huge amount of flavor into your dish with minimal work! Marinades are especially helpful when cooking for meal prep as you want that dish to still have maximum flavor days after it's made. In addition to adding flavor, marinades help tenderize your protein. This is especially helpful if you purchase cheaper cuts of meat!

These are my top three marinades that I use all the time! And fun tip, reduce the amount of oil in the recipe and turn these marinades into delicious sauces. 

I typically marinate my protein for 30 minutes, bonus points if you marinate overnight before your meal prep! 

Enjoy these flavor packed, super simple marinades! 

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1) Lemon Caper Marinade

Ooo this one is so bright and flavorful! Chicken and fish are perfect for this marinade. Bright lemon, fragrant parsley, garlic and salty capers make this marinade something special. 

Lemon Caper Marinade

Enough for 1 pound of protein

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed 
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Add protein and toss to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes or place in a plastic sealable bag and refrigerate overnight. 

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2) Jerk Chicken Marinade

If you are looking for flavor, here is where you will find it! So many aromatic spices go into this marinade that my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I use this mostly on chicken, but this marinade is amazing on everything! 

Jerk Chicken Marinade

Enough for 1 pound of protein 

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Add protein and toss to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes or place in a plastic sealable bag and refrigerate overnight. 

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3) Spicy Chipotle Marinade

If you want something spicy, look no further! This powerful marinade packs a big punch. Use it on chicken, pork, beef and fish!! 

Spicy Chipotle Marinade

Enough for 1 pound of protein

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped 

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Add protein and toss to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes or place in a plastic sealable bag and refrigerate overnight. 

Savory Shredded Cabbage and Beef
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I am quickly starting to love using my slow cooker as part of my meal prep! I have been using it to help prep dinners. This week I used the slow cooker to create the most tender, melt in your mouth shredded beef. The cabbage, thyme and bacon blend together to create a flavor that is savory, without being heavy. The secret to this recipe is to line the bottom and sides of the slow cooker with bacon. It prevents the beef from drying out and adds a lovely flavor. 

I used a three pound chuck roast and it lasted for three dinners! I made shredded beef tacos, served it with roasted veggies and put it on a salad!! It seriously cuts my dinner time cooking down to almost nothing. 

Do you have a favorite slow cooker recipe that you meal prep? If not, give this a try and you might have found one :) 

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Savory Shredded Cabbage and Beef

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 10 bacon strips 
  • 3 pound chuck roast 
  • 1 package shredded coleslaw mix ( make sure it has cabbage and carrots)
  • 1 red onion, sliced 
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 
  • 1 cup beef broth or water 

Instructions

Line the bottom of the slow cooker with bacon strips. Add all other ingredients and cook on low for 7 hours. Shred and use however you would like! 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato and Beef Stew
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Slow cooker meals have always held a special place in my kitchen.  I love throwing everything into the slow cooker in the morning and forgetting about it. Then when I come back home from work it feels like someone else has made me dinner! It doesn't get any better than that, especially when you are exhausted from your day. I was clicking through my current recipes on the blog and I realized that I have never posted a slow cooker beef stew. Shame on me!! If there is one meal that everyone should try in a slow cooker, it's a hearty, savory stew. This sweet potato and beef stew really hits the spot. Rich broth, tender beef and savory sweet potatoes combine to make a healthy and filling dinner for fall and winter nights. Searing the beef in a skillet  right before you place it in the slow cooker really helps develop flavor and keeps your meat tender. Of course if you are stretched on time, just throw it all in the slow cooker and run! :)  What's even better about this stew is that it freezes well so you can always make a big batch and then stash it in your freezer for an even faster dinner.

Give it a try and let me know what you guys think!  

Sweet Potato and Beef Stew

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs beef stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 16 oz beef broth
  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 small bag baby carrots
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking barley
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Procedure
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the beef stew meat, flour, garlic and thyme and sear just until all sides of beef are browned. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker, and add all remaining ingredients, except for the kale. Stir to combine. Cook on low heat for 4-5 hours. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add in the chopped kale and stir.