A New Addition to Our Growing Lineup
The TimeChop Kitchen has been busy creating this Easy Lean Proteins connected meal plan. Low on time for errands this week? Try this “one stop shop”! Like our Fast & Fresh Trader Joe’s connected meal plan, everything can be found at Trader Joe’s. We’re all about Italian-Asian fusion, lean protein, and adventurous flavor.
1. Easy Lean Proteins
You might not think of meatballs as lean, but we are here to prove you wrong. Meatballs are the star of the Easy Lean Proteins connected meal plan. You’ll make them with the Core Meal and enjoy them again in two Fresh Dinners and one Carryout. They are made with ground turkey and a hidden trove of veggies. We crafted a multi-cultural delight. They pare with the homemade Italian style tomato sauce and are equally satisfying when drizzled with an Asian inspired ginger glaze.
Additionally, the plan features center-cut pork chops, sweet Italian chicken sausage (nitrite & nitrate free), and six vegetarian meals.
2. More Time Savings
Are you hungry and short on time at the end of the day? The Fresh Dinners in the Easy Lean Proteins connected meal plan can be on your plate and ready to eat in 20-30 minutes. That’s a complete meal to nourish your ravenous soul and satisfy your impatient tastebuds.
The time savings is even more apparent when it comes to lunch. When creating your menu for the week make sure you schedule the Carryouts to follow each Fresh Dinner. When you do this you can quickly assemble a delectable lunch for the next day in under 10 minutes, and be the envy of your lunch squad.
The Fresh Dinner and Carryout is like a motorcycle with a side car. Our method of building tomorrow’s lunch from tonight’s dinner is the cornerstone of the connected meal system. Insider tip: A Carryout doesn’t have to be lunch. If you already have a lunch date you can just as easily have the Carryout for dinner. How awesome would it be to come home after a long day and have dinner waiting for you in the fridge? Additional tip: You can schedule it for any day after you make the Fresh Dinner.
3. Everyone Needs to Eat More Veggies
Have you heard that, according to Center of Disease Control (CDC), only 9% of American adults eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables needed to meet their nutritional needs? It is our mission to help you increase the amount and variety of vegetables in your meals. Maybe mission is a strong word, but we really want to make eating veggies easy and ensure that you can check off several servings in each meal.
With twenty-two fresh ingredients from the produce aisle in this meal plan, variety is taken care of. You might even learn how to love a new vegetable. Ever wonder what to do with that large, white, bulb with the stubby green stems and fern-like fringe? It’s fennel, and we put it to good use in the meatballs, tomato sauce, roasting it, and tossing it raw into salads.
Trader Joe’s makes some veggies so easy to use there’s no excuse not to eat more. For example, shaved Brussels sprouts, broccoli slaw, mirepoix and roasted golden beets all make getting your RDA of veggies a slam dunk. Trader Joe’s did some of the prep work so you can get them into your meal and mouth faster.
4. Spectacular Salads
TimeChop salads are like fine art masterpieces. They are created from a palate of vibrant colors, varied textures and rich flavors. Full of vegetables with the addition of proteins and carbs they are the real full meal deal. This is not a side dish to push to the corner of your plate. Our salads have power and punch to fuel your body and mind. Remember, our Carryout salads are connected to a Fresh Dinner and take less than ten minutes to create when you make them as you clean up after dinner.
5. Fantastic Flavor Boosts
Let’s be honest, convenience and healthy don’t always go hand in hand. We’ve scoured the store, reading labels and then testing products in our TimeChop kitchen to find that balance for you. When reading a label we ask ourselves, “Is this something I could make at home?” With that in mind, we look to find a secret sauce or special ingredient that will add flavor and save some time in the kitchen.
This Easy Lean Proteins connected meal plan utilizes four terrific Trader Joe’s products for adding flavor. We love their Almond Butter Turmeric Salad Dressing, Yuzu Hot Sauce, Onion Salt, and Everything but the Bagel Seasoning Blend.
And One More Thing; Did We Mention the Meatballs?
They are just that good! You’ll want to add them to every meal, but that would be a lot of meatballs. If you do end up with extras don’t be afraid to have some with breakfast or put them in the freezer. You’ll love being able to pull them out and thaw for a quick meal. Try tossing them into a soup!
We carefully select our fresh and perishable ingredients for optimum use throughout the week in our connected meals. The reason for this is so you don’t buy a head of lettuce or a bunch of basil and only use it one. We want to eliminate the frustration many solo/duo cooks have with tossing un-used produce that spoiled before they could eat it. That’s the beauty behind our connected meal system: minimal waste.
That being said, we don’t know how many meals or servings you will plan, and extra produce or meat could happen. Here are a few suggestion on how you can put them to good and tasty use at the end of the week.
- Use the egg whites in an omelette or scramble with the chicken sausage, spinach, shaved Brussels sprouts and parsley. Don’t forget about using Everything but the Bagel seasoning.
- Toss romaine lettuce into a blender with some celery, mint and any frozen or fresh fruit you might have and blend up a smoothie. Add in some of those hemp hearts for protein and flax meal for extra omega-3’s.
- Make a super “Fridge Clean-Out” salad. You should know by now that anything can go into making an awesome and filling salad. Don’t forget the fresh herbs.
Suggestions and Comments Wanted
We want to offer meal plans that meet your needs, tastes, desires, dreams…. Seriously, we want to know what you want, so don’t be afraid leave a comment with a suggestion or two.
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