It’s time for another healthy 5-day meal prep menu to keep you on track with your health and weight loss journey! This week’s menu is loaded with nutritious recipes that are full of flavor. All of the healthy recipes on this week’s meal prep are gluten free with grain and dairy free options (scroll down for an overview of the menu and macros).
Today’s post is in collaboration with Caraway, and I couldn’t be more excited to partner with them. I’ve been using their non-toxic, non-stick cookware for several weeks now, and it has exceeded all of my expectations (read my honest review below).
Why I Chose Caraway Cookware (hint: non-toxic!)
A few months ago, I started doing some research on the best non-stick, non-toxic cookware because it was time to replace some of my older cookware that I’ve had for 10+ years. In the process of researching, I came across Caraway and was definitely impressed with their quality and non-toxic materials.
And, the timing couldn’t have been better because during this time of research, they reached out to me for a collaboration. And, of course, I agreed under one condition: that I get to test out the cookware first. Needless to say, it did not disappoint!
Here’s why I fell in love with Caraway:
- Truly Non-Toxic: The most important thing to me when it comes to choosing cookware, in general, is that it’s non-toxic. 95% of non-stick cookware contains PFOA’s (aka forever chemicals) that are extremely difficult for your body to break down and can stay in your body for years and even decades. These chemicals may lead to certain cancers and disrupt your hormones. If I’m going to be putting time and effort into making healthy meals for me and my family, the last thing I want is for my cookware to be leaching toxic chemicals into my healthy food. They’re cookware is also lead and cadmium free.
- Non-Stick: While I love cooking with my cast iron and stainless steel cookware, they’re not the best at being non-stick. This is another major reason I love Caraway’s cookware. It has a ceramic coating that’s mineral based and completely non-toxic. Having the best of both worlds (non-toxic & non-stick) is such a game changer for me in the kitchen. It means I can use less oils when cooking certain foods.
- Easy to Store: When you get the Caraway Cookware Set, it comes with magnetic dividers to beautifully store your pots and pans in your cabinets, pantry, or even on your countertops (because they’re just that pretty!). Also included in the set is a canvas lid holder that mounts to inside of any cabinet door.
- Aesthetically Pleasing: In doing my research on non-toxic cookware, it’s difficult to find cookware that’s both non-toxic and aesthetically pleasing. Caraway has changed the game with meshing the two together. Their cookware is magazine worthy and truly a decor piece for my stovetop!
- Easy to Clean: One thing I’ve been loving about my Caraway cookware is that it’s super easy to clean. Because of the non-stick ceramic coating, everything just wipes right off with a simple soap and water rinse. No more scrubbing forever to get those eggs off the pan (lol).
Follower Discount –> Caraway is giving all of my followers a 10% off discount site-wide for a limited time! (code: KAYLACHANDLER10) This includes any of their cookware, bakeware, and food storage containers.
Caraway’s Ceramic Coated Glass Meal Prep Containers (love these!)
Caraway also sent me their food storage set, and I must say – I’ve never seen/felt such high quality storage containers before! They’re perfect for healthy meal prep.
Here’s why I absolutely love their food storage set…
- Non-Toxic: All of the storage containers are free from BPAs, PFOAs, PTFEs, lead, and cadmium.
- Non-Stick: The containers are lined with their non-toxic, non-stick ceramic coating, which makes for super easy clean up!
- Glass: Other than the inserts, all of the containers have a glass base (no plastic!)
- Extra Inserts: Sometimes you want to keep certain foods separated. With the extra inserts included in the storage set, you can easily store salad dressing, dips, salsas, nuts and seeds, fruit, etc. without worrying about it touching the other food in the container, which is especially beneficial when taking meals on-the-go.
- Oven Safe: Not only are their containers oven safe, which means you can easily reheat leftovers, but they’re also microwave safe and even dishwasher safe.
- Easy Storage: And, best of all, you don’t have to worry about clutter in the kitchen because their food storage set comes with magnetic dividers that perfectly stores every piece of the set!
Follower Discount: Caraway is giving all of my followers a 10% off discount site-wide for a limited time! (code: KAYLACHANDLER10) This includes any of their cookware, bakeware, and food storage containers.
Meal Prep Menu At-A-Glance
- Breakfast: Southwest Breakfast Frittata with Fresh Strawberries
- Lunch: Creamy Shrimp and Dill Pasta Salad
- Dinner: Grain Free Orange Chicken With a Low Calorie Rice Blend
- Snack: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Balls
*All of the recipes on this week’s meal prep menu are gluten free with grain and dairy free options.
Calories At-A-Glance For This Week’s Meal Prep Menu
This meal prep menu ranges from 1,400-1,685 calories per day depending on whether or not you include the snack balls and how many snack balls you have (up to 3 balls per day included). Keep in mind, the average woman needs around 2,000 calories per day to maintain her weight and 1,500-1,600 calories per day to lose weight. This will vary depending on your fitness level and how often you exercise.
Therefore, my meal preps are based on averages and aim to stay within this range. If you find that you’re not losing weight after reducing calorie intake, you may want to get your doctor to check your hormones and vitamin/mineral levels as these may be hindering your weight loss results.
Disclaimer: This is a weight loss meal prep for women who are moderately active (not athletes). Most women will see weight loss results with a daily caloric intake between 1,400-1,600 calories but results are not guaranteed. If you aren’t losing weight on my weight loss meal preps, consult with your doctor to discuss further options. Hormonal imbalances can play a major role in those who have difficulty losing weight even after cutting calories. Men can also use my weight loss meal preps; however, you may need to double some of the recipes to increase your caloric intake to around 1,800-2,000 calories per day assuming you’re only moderately active.
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Southwest Breakfast Frittata with Fresh Strawberries
For breakfast this week, we’re prepping this delicious Southwest Breakfast Frittata. Not only is this frittata loaded with protein and healthy fats to keep you full and energized all morning long, but it’s full of flavor and extra savory. It’s gluten free, grain free, and dairy free!
Macros for Frittata Only (1 serving):
347 Calories, 18g Fat, 9g Carbs, 3g Fiber, 4g Sugar, 33g Protein
Macros for Frittata + 1 C. Strawberries (1 serving):
394 Calories, 18g Fat, 20g Carbs, 6g Fiber, 11g Sugar, 34g Protein
Creamy Shrimp and Dill Pasta Salad
If you’ve been searching for healthy lunch ideas to take on-the-go that don’t have to be reheated, this pasta salad recipe should be on repeat! Not only is it extra creamy, but it’s completely different from the other pasta salads I’ve shared with y’all before because of the shrimp and dill combo (it’s so tasty!).
For the pasta noodles: To keep this recipe gluten and grain free, I suggest using either chickpea noodles or cassava noodles.
Dairy Free option: To keep this recipe completely dairy free, be sure to swap out the greek yogurt (in the dressing) with a plain dairy free yogurt.
Macros for this Pasta Salad (1 serving):
428 calories, 19g fat, 37g carbs, 6g fiber, 6g sugar, 31g pro
*These macros are calculated using the Banza chickpea fusilli noodles and plain greek yogurt in the dressing (as shown on the recipe card below).
Grain Free Orange Chicken with Low Calorie Rice Blend
I wanted to switch things up for dinner this week and do something Asian inspired. So, we’re making an orange chicken with a healthy twist. And, for the rice mixture, we’re going to do a 50/50 rice and cauliflower rice mix to lower the calories (and make it weight loss friendly) and to sneak in extra fiber and nutrients. This dinner recipe is gluten free and dairy free.
Grain Free Option: To keep this dinner recipe completely grain free, just leave out the rice and use only the cauliflower rice. The orange chicken mixture is already grain free.
Macros for 1 serving of the Full Dinner:
578 calories, 18g fat, 57g carbs, 6g fiber, 21g sugar, 48g pro
*This includes 1 serving of the orange chicken mixture, 1 serving of the rice-cauliflower rice mixture, and 1/4 of an avocado.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Balls
For your healthy snack this week, we’re making these traditional chocolate peanut butter oat balls but with a low calorie twist. Instead of using regular peanut butter, we’ll be using powdered peanut butter to cut the calories in half making it more weight loss friendly. Since they’re only 95 calories per ball, feel free to have up to 3 balls per day without exceeding a total of 1,685 calories per day!
If you’re only wanting to eat healthier and not trying to lose weight, feel free to use regular peanut butter or almond butter as a 1:1 substitute.
Peanut Butter Substitute: You can also use powdered almond butter if you can’t eat peanut butter.
Grain Free Option: To keep these snack balls grain free, you can substitute the oats with hemp seeds. Or, you can make these No Bake Mango Pineapple Energy Balls.
Macros for 1 Ball:
95 calories, 3g fat, 14g carbs, 2g fiber, 7g sugar, 4g pro
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Full 5-Day Meal Prep Menu Below
Looking for more Healthy Meal Prep Menus?
If you’re on the search for more healthy 5-day meal preps like this one, here’s a few of my favorites. You can view the full archive here.
- 5-Day Healthy Weight Loss Meal Prep Menu (gluten, grain, and dairy free)
- 5-Day Anti-Inflammatory Meal Prep Menu (must try the soup!)
- 5-Day Healthy Meal Prep for Fat Loss (gluten, grain, and dairy free)
- 5-Day Healthy Weight Loss Meal Prep Menu (must try the teriyaki ground turkey skillet!)
- 5-Day Fat Loss Meal Prep Menu (must try the grain free burrito bowl!)
How To Care for Your Caraway Cookware
For those who decide to take the leap and invest in their longterm health with the Caraway cookware set and food storage set, here’s a brief rundown of how to take care of it so it’ll last you for years. These instructions will also come with your purchase.
- Cook on low-medium heat. With ceramic cookware, you don’t need super high temperatures to cook your meals as it more evenly distributes and retains the heat compared to other types of cookware. High heat may wear away the ceramic coating over time and shorten the lifespan of your cookware. The only exception to this is boiling water and other liquids. When boiling, you can use high heat.
- Avoid non-stick sprays: Because Caraway’s cookware is already non-stick, you won’t need to use aerosol sprays at all. These can leave an unwanted residue on your pots and pans that are more difficult to clean. Only use oils and butter. And, when adding oils, you only need about 1-2 Tbsp worth. The oils are more so for adding extra flavor to the dish, not for the non-stick aspect.
- Hand Wash: Okay, I know this one may sound daunting, but I promise you ceramic coated cookware is the easiest to clean! All you need is a little soap and water with a gentle scrub and it’s clean in less than 60 seconds – literally no elbow grease required! Hand washing your pots and pans will drastically increase the lifespan of your non-toxic ceramic coated cookware.
- Oven Safe: Caraway’s pots and pans are oven safe up to 550 F. And, will work on any type of stovetop.
- Don’t Use Metal Utensils: This goes for all non-stick cookware (yes, even the toxic kind). Metal utensils can scratch the non-stick coating and expose the aluminum body. Always use wooden or silicon utensils when cooking with non-stick cookware.
I want to give a huge thanks to Caraway for sponsoring this post. I’m truly blown away by the quality of their non-toxic, non-stick cookware and food storage containers. These will definitely be used on repeat in my kitchen!
DISCOUNT –> Don’t forget to take advantage of the 10% off site-wide discount (code: KAYLACHANDLER10) before it expires!
FTC Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Caraway. All opinions expressed are my own. I only partner with brands I truly believe in and use myself.
Hello! To decrease the amount of fat in the fritatta, can I sub egg whites for some of the eggs? If so, how much should I use? Thank you!