Beef Giniling/Picadillo Recipe – Meal Prep for 5 days

January 29, 2018

Dear Readers,

THIS IS MY FIRST RECIPE OF 2018!

I am so excited to share with you all a recipe that is so special to me, since it’s my own twist to the popular Giniling and Picadillo dish. This dish is a classic in our household! I grew up eating this food (usually with rice) and I cannot wait to share with you all how easy, simple, and delicious this recipe is!!

Traditionally, a dish like Giniling or Picadillo is meant to be eaten with rice. However, MY version of this recipe is meant to be eaten without the rice. The potatoes are enough carbohydrates for my diet… I think that this will definitely fill you up on its own, even without the rice. But hey, if you really love your carbs, then feel free to indulge this with some rice too!

This is my original recipe, inspired by my mom and Tita Nats  – I just tweaked a few things here and there to make it more my own. At first, I really did not know what to call it, because it has influences from the Giniling – Filipino dish, as well as some influences from the Picadillo – Mexican/Cuban dish. I could had released this post earlier, but the naming issue prevented me from doing so. Let’s just say, this “uncategorized” dish is just pure GREATNESS. Anyways, without further ado, let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

-Coconut oil

-roughly 0.675 kg of ground beef

-5 red potatoes

-5 carrots

-asparagus

-onion

-bulb of garlic

-olive oil (for cooking the asparagus)

-2-3 tbsp seasoning salt (depending on your taste, I’d suggest 2 tbsp but some may like it saltier)

-3 tbsp taco seasoning by Clubhouse

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NOTE: This will be enough for 5-6 days worth of meal prep!! I only took a picture of 4 packed meals, because I only have classes on 4 days of the week. My family and I ate the rest of the cooked Giniling/Picadillo for dinner that night. And ohhhh myyyy, was it ever good!

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BEGIN:

1.) Prepare carrots and potatoes by peeling and cutting them into tiny cubes.

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2.) Sautée onions and garlic with the coconut oil

3.) Add ground beef and cook until beef evenly turns light brown

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4.) Season your beef with salt and taco seasoning

5.) Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes in medium heat

6.) Add potatoes and carrots

7.) Cover pot with a lid and let it cook until both potatoes and carrots are soft. At this point, it should take another 15 to 20 minutes on medium heat.

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8.) While waiting for the Giniling/Picadillo to cook, start frying your asparagus with olive oil. Then, season your asparagus with salt.

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9.) Once everything has been cooked, start placing the food in your containers and eat the leftovers!

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ENJOY 🙂

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

$35 Meal Prep – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner For 3 Days!

November 6, 2017

Dear Readers,

Ohhhh university…. it’s the best 4 years of learning! For the most part, the best thing university teaches us, is how to save and spend money the best economical way. You see, with the more money you save on food at campus, gives you more money to waste on liquor, clothes, random splurges, and whatever item or activity there is to reduce your “school stress”. With the most of us, “average university kids”, struggling with money, food is truly an expense we can’t skip out on. Therefore, my university years taught me how to be a wise spender while being a healthy eater.

My lifestyle had undergone some dramatic changes since last year. For instance, I had become very strict with what I eat, especially when I’m in school. As a business student, I can’t help but notice how expensive eating on campus can be. The basic prices for lunch varies from ~$6.00 (Subway 6-inch sub or Tim’s) to ~$10.00 (Edo, Thai Express, La Prep or Mucho Burrito). Multiply that by 4, since I’m a full-time student with classes from Mondays to Thursdays… and count in the additional taxes you end up paying for your meal… eventually, the amount of money an average student spends on food adds up substantially. That rough estimate only accounts for lunch… I didn’t even bother adding the various expenses on dinner and snacks on campus!!!

…What about the nutrition from the food on campus – let’s not even touch on that.

So, for starters, here’s a super cheap and easy meal prep for breakfast, lunch, and dinner enough to last for 3 days!!! By cheap, I mean cheap!!! My grocery bill from today, only cost me $35.41 at Safeway!!! Which equals to $11.80 a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!!

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BREAKFAST:

-Greek yogurt and frozen berries

OR

-Frozen fruit smoothie with almond milk

Normally, I workout in the mornings around 6:30 am to 9:00 am. I like to have a small bite before my workout, nothing too heavy, just lite and quick. So, what I end up doing is either: making a smoothie or yogurt!

My little trick with my yogurt is simple. First, I pack it in a small container and place the frozen berries on top. Then, I take this container with me to school and I eat it right after my workout! By that time, the berries had defrosted and you’re not biting into frozen chunks of fruit! The frozen berries also keeps your yogurt chilled, so you’re not eating warm yogurt either.

LUNCH AND DINNER

Pan-fried Chicken and Turkey Meal Prep

Ingredients:

-3 chicken breasts

-3 strips of turkey meat

-broccoli

-sweet potato/yam

-frozen corn and frozen green peas (not from today’s grocery)

-virgin olive oil

-salt

-garlic & pepper seasoning

BEGIN:

Potatoes: 

1.) Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit

2.) Peel skin of sweet potatoes and rinse in cold water

3.) Slice into thin round pieces

4.) Place flat on a baking pan, then drizzle with olive oil

5.) Season with salt and roasted garlic & peppers

6.) Bake sweet potatoes for 35 minutes

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Broccoli: 

1.)  Rinse broccoli in cold water

2.) Steam for 15 minutes

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Corn and Beans: 

1.) Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pot

2.) Add a cup of frozen corn into pot

3.) Then, add a cup of  frozen green peas

4.) Cook for 10 minutes in medium heat

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Chicken and Turkey: 

1.) Warm a drizzle of olive oil on a pan under medium heat

2.) Start frying chicken and turkey

3.) Season however you please – salt, steak seasoning, peppers etc.

4.) Constantly flip sides to ensure proper cooking

5.) Let it cook for 30 minutes under medium heat

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COMBINE

Once everything has been cooked, gather all of the vegetables and meat and place it  evenly in your containers. Like so:

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ANNNNND just like that, you’re already saving more and eating better! ANNND you are very, very, very welcome!

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

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