10:35 AM Today we are celebrating the last week of meal prep together on OFF COLOR. But no worries, I will add more meal prep and menu ideas in the future, because I see your feedback and I can feel a lot of enthusiasm towards this topic. I love it!

Never in a million years, I thought about being so passionate about this topic, too. I just love the power of meal prep and especially the time I'm saving.... and still we are eating so damn good! Why not doing this earlier?

After week #3 with the motto I want to feel fancy, I am continuing with week #4 and the motto summertime laziness. 

One more week of sweating in the kitchen and giving all you got. 
Was the fanciness week my favorite so far? I think so! First of all I was impressed that even though I lived lavish and ate some r-e-a-l food and didn't follow a strict diet plan, I still kept it healthy somehow. I didn't went off, there was no craving, and all in all I felt satisfied.
I told you last week already: we can eat fancy without feeling any guilt. Every meal was made in a healthier way, so you don't have to worry about your summer bodies. And at the end of the day, I have to admit that this kind of week is a week we should celebrate more than once a month, haha. Be brave and add more "nasty" dishes to your meal prep - it's totally okay to go with it. Test it, cook it with some healthy options, and watch your body. Your body tells you if it's good or not!

I listen a lot to my body and I am happy that my body tells me to eat a bowl of pasta here and then, because I work out every day....I work very hard. Communication is the key, yo. I can't just do stuff and wait for results. I am always talking to my body and exchange to understand my mood, feelings, and vibes inside the system. Ha, sounds funny, but it's working.
For this week, after testing 3 different menus with a special focus, my body tells me to chill this week.
I know there are many people out there who feel the same. Especially now during the super hot summer season. We don't want to stand in the hot kitchen all day, sweating, feeling tired, and actually there's not a big appetite to eat crazy stuff. I got y'all.
I feel the same.

This very hot summer period is very short and I want us to enjoy it outside. We need a menu for this week which is a quickie, delicious, summer temperature inviting, and beyond easy, because we want no weird instructions which take us 3 hours to understand. 
This will be your perfect summertime menu! Laziness doesn't need to mean that the food is not good or that you are the worst cook - it's about time saving sexiness! We want to feel sexy this summer without wasting time in the kitchen. Let's do this 


So one last time - what can I understand under summertime laziness? What's your favorite summer dish? Any favorite fruits? Let me share my sexy thoughts. My perfect summertime snack is watermelon. The sweetest and juciest watermelon you can find. Fresh pineapple, passionfruit.... I actually crave A LOT OF FRUIT... BBQing is also a thing that turns me on - I mean who doesn't like a BBQ? I see myself sun bathing, swimming, and just enjoying the best food. No kitchen fun, only to get some more ice cubes and ice cream.
I hate being in a hot and steamy kitchen when it's hot and steamy outside, too. I want to save all my time and energy this week and I think you feel the same way. Let's chill for one week and eat some delicious things with the least work effort - sounds good to you? 

Curious to see what I planned for us this week? I prepared some freshness, juiciness, and a treat that screams summertime party or at least vacation vibes - let me just say viva Mèxico. 


Let's check the meal plan for week #4 


BREAKFAST: lemon breakfast cake 
I don't want to spend more than 2 minutes in the kitchen when I wake up. I want breakfast right now and I am not in the mood to get 1000 things out of the fridge and mix something special. That's why breakfast cakes are the best. We bake this buddy on Sunday and enjoy a couple of slices each morning with the biggest smiles on our faces. I didn't want a heavy cake to start the day with so I decided to create a fresh lemon cake with moringa and some coconut. Grab yourself two slices and enjoy ~

SNACK: a fruit snack  
I told y'all. It's watermelon time. I got myself the biggest I could carry and ate this beauty throughout the week! I am in heaven! 


LUNCH: fried rice with pineapple  
Here I am sharing a rent week, or low budget, or leftover recipe with you, which I always love to have. First of all it's simple, secondly, it's easy to make, so delicious, and super refreshing. I created this lunch out of boredom and I am happy that I had these ingredients in my kitchen - I'm forever thankful for this recipe. Fried rice with a splash of soy sauce, a hint of garlic, juicy and sweet pineapple and to keep our protein intake sexy as hell, a scrambled egg. Et voilà. 

SNACK: your secret crush blondie  
You might have seen it from week to week. I always need something sweet when this weird time of the day comes. But we are also learning here that we don't have to snack something bad around this time... All the snacks I shared the last weeks were protein packed and more than healthy. Just like this secret crush, called blondie. What's the special ingredient in here? I think you have to check out the recipe below! 

DINNER: taco bowls 
Viva México! Last week I was in love with Chinese food and Asian things, and this week we are travelling all the way to Mexico. It's so sad to always eat the same stuff - the world is full of delicious food and for this week's lazy vibes, I believe this Mexican inspired dinner is the perfect meal to end a day and to feel nourished and full. 


Okaaaay. 
That sounds....beyond. This might be my favorite week now!!!! 
Let's continue. 


What do we have to shop?  

oat milk (I bought 1l Oatly - 2,19€) 
oatmeal (I bought 500g - 0,49€)
lemon (I bought a net of 3 - 1,19€) 
watermelon (any fruit you like, I bought a big one for 1,79€)
rice (I bought 500g - 0,99€)
pineapple fresh or canned (I bought a fresh one for 1€)
eggs (I bought a box of 10 - 1,29€)
chickpeas (I bought 1 can - 0,69€)
peanut butter (I bought one jar - 2,99€)
ground beef (I bought 500g - 2,99€)
red bell peppers (I bought 3 - 1,19€)
corn (I bought a big can - 0,99€)
shredded cheese (I bought 250g - 1,25€)
yogurt or sour cream (I bough a high protein yogurt which is like a greek yogurt 0,99€)
salad (I didn't have to buy any, because I grow my own)


So I spent: €20,03 ✨
Now after 3 weeks of shopping certain ingredients (I often use the same stuff over and over again), my kitchen feels equipped and I have to buy less extra things. That's why this week is super low budget friendly again (just like every week, kinda, haha). But I also told you that I check diverese supermarkets to really get the cheapest deal or I plan my menus after checking their hot offers. So for summertime laziness, we can save some extra $ for more ice cream. 

What shall I have at home in my pantry?

I know every pantry looks different. This is all from my perspective! 
sugars (coconut sugar, maple syrup, agave - I prefer healthier sugars...)
baking supply (again, sugars, flours, baking powder, coconut flakes, cocoa)
oily situations (sunflower oil, coconut oil, olive oil)
basic spices (salt, pepper, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, paprika)
international cuisine helpers (soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, salsa, sriracha)

What substitute can I use? 

I would highly recommend to cook with the ingredients I have listed, because that's how I know that the recipe will turn out great! If you use any substitute, it can happen that the taste and texture might differ... 
but: 
If you don't like lemon cake, you can also prepare a chocolate or vanilla version.
If you are not a pineapple fan, you can also add mango or just veggies like edamame or peas into your rice.
If you are not into red meat, you can surely switch it out with some chicken or turkey. 


What do we have to prepare now?
Let's start easy breezy with the cake. Throw it into the oven and let it bake. Meanwhile, set up your rice and let it cook (I cook mine in a rice cooker - it's even easier!), while preparing the blondies. Once the breakfast cake is baked, follow up baking the blondie and check out the rice. The rice should be cooked now - add the ingredients you need to make it more sexy and then finish your cooking routine with preparing the ingredients for the taco bowl. Store everything in airtight containers and enjoy it throughout the week.




LEMON BREAKFAST CAKE 

YOU NEED 1 1/2 Cups oatmeal + 1/4 teaspoon baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder + 1 egg + 1 teaspoon vanilla + 2 tablespoons maple syrup + 1 Cup milk + juice from 1/2 lemon + 1/2 Cup gluten free flour + 1/4 Cup shredded coconut + extra coconut for the top decoration


1. Meal prep preperation tip #1 always got your things ready to be used at the day we are cooking - this means make sure you have your oats finely ground to use them as a flour in our cake recipe.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: oatmeal, the gluten free flour (corn flour, coconut flour,...), and the baking soda + powder.
3. In a second bowl we start a little mixing session: beat up one egg with the vanilla, maple syrup and milk. Mix this for at least 2-3 minutes - we want all our ingredients to get to know each other well.
4. Once the mixture is nice and smooth, add it to the dry ingredients and give it a good stir.
5. Time to preheat the oven to 176°C.
6. Press the juice out of the lemon! I used half a lemon, because mine was quiet big. If you have too much juice and you are not sure about the flavor, add it step by step to the dough and test in between if it is too sour!
7. Once the lemon juice is added and you like the taste (you can also add a bit of coconut sugar to balance the lemon), add the shredded coconut (which gives a little sweetness to the dough, too).
8. Stir the dough one more time, blend everything nicely, and fill the dough into a prepared loaf baking pan. I rather take a smaller one to have more cake per slice ~
9. Before baking this beauty, sprinkle some more shredded coconut and coconut sugar above which gives the cake the perfect crust!
10. Bake the cake for 20-30 minutes. Test if it's fully baked with a toothpick. It's perfect when it feels still a bit fudgy and a tiny bit moist.
11. Enjoy! (I dipped my sliced into some apricot jam in the morning.... oh booooy!!)
*Note: if you are into adaptogens, you can also add some of these. I added a teaspoon of moringa which fits perfectly to the lemon flavor


FRIED RICE WITH PINEAPPLE 

YOU NEED 400-500g rice + 3 tablespoons soy sauce + 1 can or a fresh pineapple cut into chunks + 2 eggs + 1 teaspoon ginger + 2-3 tablespoons Everything But The Bagel seasoning + extra garlic if you wish 

1. We are talking about lazy summer cooking - that's why I take out my rice cooker! The best invention... more soon!
2. If you don't have a rice cooker, cook the rice as described on your package! You can use any rice you like - I used jasmine rice.
3. After the rice is cooked, strain it and put it back into your pot and add the soy sauce. You can turn your oven down to medium heat.
4. Blend everything well - we don't want our rice to swim in soy sauce! If you feel like your rice could use 1 tablespoon more, make sure to go with your guts and add more.
5. Prepare your pineapple, or take it out of the can and add it to the rice. If you are using canned pineapple, feel free to add some of the sugar water, haha. That's flavor, too...
6. Add the spices and make sure every bit is covered and spiced well! Try your rice! More seasoning? Or maybe more salt? More garlic? You are the boss!
7. Last but not least, turn the heat a bit up and crack two eggs right into your rice party. Let the eggs cook for a couple of seconds, maybe half a minute. Don't mind the rice getting a bit crispy at the bottom!
8. Now take a wooden spoon or spatula and scramble your egg! Coat the rice with all the egg and let it sit there on medium to low heat again for a couple of minutes. We want the egg to cook fully through.
9. Remove it from heat and store it in an airtight container.


YOUR SECRET CRUSH BLONDIE 

YOU NEED 1 can chickpeas + 1/2 Cup peanut butter + 1/4 Cup agave or maple syrup + 1/4 Cup coconut sugar + 1 tablespoon milk + 2 teaspoons vanilla + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder + 1/4 teaspoon baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon pink salt + 1/4-1/2 Cup shredded almonds + optional if you wish extra chocolate chips 


1. Preheat the oven to 176°C and prepare a brownie pan with some parchment paper or grease it heavily with some coconut oil to prevent sticking.
2. Again: summer laziness... are you ready for a sexy blender recipe? Yes, you are. Take your go-to blender out and blend the chickpeas with the peanut butter first. Add some agave or maple syrup which makes mixing a bit easier.
3. Keep it all in the blender and add the coconut sugar, the milk, vanilla, baking powder and soda, and salt. Blend it on high modus and make sure all the ingredients blend well together.
4. Everything creamy? Pour the mixture into the brownie pan and add the shredded almonds. With a fork stir it into the dough and spread it evenly, so that you'll have almonds in every bite you take.
5. Once everything is set, the dough is spread and ready to be baked, sprinkle some salt on top.
6. Let's bake this baby for 20-30 minutes until the edges pull away from the pan. The blondies will be pretty blonde with a slight brown touch and your kitchen will smell beyond!
7. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Even better... if it's too hot, put the blondie in the freezer to enjoy a blondie kind of ice cream bar! You are welcome! 

TACO  BOWL 
YOU NEED 500g ground beef + 3 red bell peppers + 1 can corn + 150-250g shredded cheese + sour cream or yogurt + 1 salad head + 4-5 tablespoons taco spice blend (or paprika, salt, chilli, garlic, and some pepper - if you have salsa at home, add some salsa) 


1. Easy, easy. We only need one pan here and we keep it very chill. 
2. Prepare the bell peppers first. Cut it into tiny chunks and open your can of corn. 
3. Cook both over medium heat to enjoy actually more of their vitamin content - just 2-3 minutes. 
4. Remove both veggies from the heat and place it in your meal prep box to let it cool down fully. 
5. Now it's time to cook the beef. Throw it into the earlier used pan and let it turn brown slowly. 
6. Once the beef changes its color, make sure to spice it right! I want a lot of flavor - maybe you like less, or even more! Add the taco spice or add some main ingredients of the spice (in case you don't have it) and make sure all the beef is coated well. 
7. Flavor test. 
8. Let the meat cook a little further, so it'll get a great color and remove it from the heat then, too, to let it cool down. If you are not into all that weird spices, you can also just cook the meat and add some salsa which adds a nice sauce to the meat. Again: you are the boss! 
9. Prepare your salad also. Cut it, wash it, and wrap it in a wet towel so it stays crispy.
10. When dinner time is calling: just heat up some beef with the bell pepper and corn, add salad and sour cream, and sprinkle cheese on top! Mhmmm... 


This is what I call a lazy week! 
I'm sitting outside, soaking sunshine and sucking on my watermelon.
Those mornings here will be easy breezy and way too chill. A lot of healthy stuff, but also things that make your heart happy! No bad feelings, no guilt, only pleasure and happy vibes. 
Hydrate a lot and just vibe with this menu!

I want us to finish this month with a yummy finale and I hope this finale is exactly what you were looking for! Meal prep doesn't mean standing in the kitchen for hours.
This is the best proof showing you that simple and delicious stuff can be made in a couple of minutes!
Enjoy summer, lovebirds! You deserve it! 

Test this week of I feel fancy meal prep or pick one recipe only you can imagine to recreate at home. Whatever you choose to do with this post here - share it! I'm curious to hear your opinion and your experiences! If you have any further questions, contact me and I will get back at you!


*Also don't forget to drink enough water!!!! 


Happy meal prepping! 🙃

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