Monday, January 25, 2016

SLP Eats - Quick and Healthy!

Tonight I'm linking up with the Frenzied SLPs to share ideas about quick and easy SLP eats.

First, I need to tell you that the cooking part of this is NOT quick. However, I cook and freeze large recipes in small, meal-sized containers for calorie control and convenience. Heating up the individual servings is very quick and easy. 

Let's start with breakfast. Here is my favorite on the go meal in the morning. If I'm heading to the gym before school, I grab one of these before I head out the door. It's easy and quick to heat up at school. The calorie count and grams of protein are in the preferred range. 

Here is another alternative. This is a breakfast casserole made in the crock pot. It will be portioned out and frozen, so it can also be taken to school. Click on the photo for the recipe.

On to lunch. I always start with a salad. It is half romaine lettuce and half spinach. I buy the pre-shredded carrots. A few slivers of thinly sliced red onion adds some pizzazz. My favorite dressing is Newman's Own Cesar Lite. Two tablespoons equals about 70 calories. Some dressings are three times that much!

Entrees (for either lunch or dinner) usually consist of a hearty casserole that I make ahead, portion out and freeze. Here is my Spanish rice and chicken dish. I jazz it up with some red pepper flakes! Click the photo for the recipe.

Another favorite is this paleo sausage dish that is made in the crock pot. I use turkey sausage. 

Here is the recipe:  

2 lb(s), Sausage - Italian, sweet, links
2 Green Bell Peppers diced and sauteed
2 large, Onions - diced and sauteed
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp(s), Spices - Onion powder
1 tbsp(s), Spices - Garlic powder

Put all of the ingredients into the crock pot and cook on high for about 2 hours. I serve over 1/2 cup whole wheat noodles, which I make ahead and mix into the individual portions of this recipe. 

Now a word about storing these creations. Here is a shot of the inside of my freezer. I label each container. Those labels have been printed on card stock, laminated and a dot of Ailene's Tacky glue is placed on the back. Sounds familiar doesn't it? Pull off the labels to heat up the dish. Re-use as necessary. 

Last summer at the TpT conference, I met my wonderful friend Pam from Small Talk SLP. She had brought some yummy granola from home that she made. Well, that was IT. I had to make some once I got home. I played around with a few recipes and this is my favorite-Maple Pecan Granola. Here is a photo. The recipe is below it. Warning: It is addictive and healthy, but NOT low-calorie!  You have been warned!!

Here is the recipe for the granola:

4 cups whole, old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup maple syrup (I use pure maple syrup--it makes a difference!)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (you can use coconut oil)
1 teaspoon maple flavoring

Mix oats and nuts together in a large bowl and set aside. Mix syrup, oil, maple flavoring and salt together. Pour that mixture into the dry ingredients and blend well. Spread onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes. Enjoy!

That's it-for now! I have a LOT of recipes I have collected. Expect another installment of #SLPeats in the future!


  1. Wow. Even your freezer is organized! :)
    Thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Using Tack It to mark recipes-Brilliant!

  3. Love the reusable freezer labels! Brilliant! I am always running late in the mornings, so ready-to-go breakfast is a must. Crock pot egg bake is always my go to! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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