Spend a little time in the kitchen…save a LOT of time in the gym. For around $74 dollars, I purchased over 140 servings of meat last month, all under 160 calories/serving. By buying marked down meat, and freezing it until I was ready to use it…I saved a bundle, and had some amazing protein to boot! Protein that you can chew, people–not just drink! 🙂
We often think of meat as a more expensive option than protein bars or shakes, but that is not typically true. Plus protein from lean meat has a complete profile, and additional nutrients to boot. The key is…serving size! Four oz. of meat, or about the size of the palm of your hand, provides 22-24 gm of muscle building protein! So measure, and enjoy!
Scroll through my pics for some ideas on how you can make cooking simple, speedy, but satisfying (hint, think crockpot, or bulk cooking).
Pork loin chops can be sooo lean and tasty. The key—do not overcook! It cooks up quick and simple in just a few minutes. Season simple, sizzle, eat! Don’t forget to add veggies, or fruit!
LEAN pulled pork tastes amazing! Use your crockpot, season with Montreal steak or your favorite rub or even salt free seasoning blend, & add mixed frozen veggies (peppers & onions) for easy flavor! (I used the lean Pork Shoulder Picnic Roast, from Smithfield’s that was netted together). Add 16 oz of water to the crockpot for cooking, and then use the juices to make savory grits, quinoa, or brown rice, after the meat is cooked!
Beef Chuck Tender Roast is simple and goes far, too! Again, use your savory juices wisely, and package your leftovers with veggies! Some of the leanest cuts of beef contain the words ROUND or LOIN.
Lean burgers don’t have to be boring…juice them up with egg white, and minced veggies like peppers & onions. Use the high fiber, low cal Sandwich Thins to keep it light, and mash 1/4 of an avocado for a healthy mayo substitute! Try some goat cheese or skim mozzarella for a new and lighter twist as well.Chicken breast cooked simply or pan seared first….keep it simple. in the oven, or on the stovetop…This is an example of Shawn’s stuffed goat cheese & herb chicken breast, compared to my simple season & bake style. 🙂 Both taste great…but his WAS especially amazing! lol
Chicken breast keeps well in the fridge or freezer. Pair it with beans and tomatoes, broth, barley, and seasonings for an amazing soup–don’t forget the onions & cayenne!Beef milanesa is thin, lean, and cooks in a flash! Try your own Mexican dishes with this beef, or wrap over scallions, marinade in Worcestershire, garlic, & honey, and enjoy…only in Chef Shawn’s world! 🙂This is how I cooked mine…simple skillet, add seasonings and spinach.This is how Chef Shawn made his…architects, they’re so incorrigible! My point is…meat is a wonderful option for easy variety or complex recipes. It pairs well with veggies, and is one of the simplest protein/carb meals to reheat/eat. Spend a little time in the kitchen making servings ahead, and save yourself a LOT of time in the gym by not eating out all of the time!