Monday, March 17, 2014

Meal Prep Monday - Mango Overnight Oatmeal and Slow Cooker Chicken

So I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I made it home safely from India last night. The bad news is that I came home to this:

The weekend I left for India, it rained in Santa Barbara. Great for the drought situation, not so great for our roof, which apparently leaked everywhere and all down the inside of our walls. So our landlady sent contractors to tear out walls, blast fans to dry things, and do all kinds of construction-y stuff while I was gone. They waited to do my room until last, so it's inhabitable and I'm stuck borrowing my housemate's bed while she's out of town. (Thanks, Jess!)

With the home renovation craziness, unpacking,  and prepping to go back to the office, I consider finishing this week's meal prep and post a small miracle! But in my jet-lag, stress and malaria prophylaxis addled state, I avoided attempting anything fancy and kept it super basic. 


Overnight oatmeal is the easiest meal prep breakfast I know, and Trader Joe's had delicious frozen mango on sale. Boom. Mango mason jar overnight oatmeal recipe born.

Mango Mason Jar Overnight Oats

Calories: 384 | Fat: 12 g | Cholest: 0 mg | Sodium: 141 mg | Carbs: 47 g | Fiber: 9 g | Sugars: 23 g | Protein: 20 g

1/4 cup oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp slivered almonds

1 cup frozen diced mango
1/4 cup non fat Greek yogurt
3 tbsp egg whites
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Mix ingredients together in a mason jar.
Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!
Makes 1 serving.


I made slow cooker shredded chicken this week because it's the easiest meal prep protein ever. Just dump 2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker, add spices and enough broth to cover the chicken, and cook on low for 6-8 hours. If you're wondering how to use it in meals, check out my post here for some ideas. I also picked up some ready to eat edamame at Trader Joe's for a meatless protein option, no cooking necessary.


I made my usual roasted broccoli and cauliflower, cooked some frozen peas, and was planning to bake some sweet potatoes. But that turned out to be difficult because I didn't buy any. Luckily, I discovered some rutabagas I bought and forgot before I left for India, and 2 out of 3 were still good. Score!


The weather in Santa Barbara has been beautiful, and with the whole daylight savings time change thing that happened while I was gone, I'll be able to get in more post-work runs. Should help me with my Run This Year goal and 10K training schedule!

Monday: Rec league volleyball playoffs
Tuesday: Track interval workout (for reals)
Wednesday: Zumba
Thursday: Easy 4 mile run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Slow 6 mile run
Sunday: Yoga class?

Q: Have you been through any fun home renovations lately? Is there such a thing as a fun home renovation?


  1. Overnight oats are my favorite but I never thought to try frozen mango! yayy for spicing it up!

    Ugh my house had a horrible leak a few months ago and it destroyed all my roommates Steve Madden shoes ! Thank goodness for renter's insurance but still... Good luck getting through it!

    1. Oh gosh your leak situation sounds much worse! Thanks for the good wishes :)

  2. Ugh! Good luck with the repairs...hopefully it doesn't take too long! Home renovations are never fun!

    1. Thanks! Fingers crossed everything is finished this weekend!

  3. Yikes, what a mess to come home to! I've had to go through a couple renovations in my apartment b/c the landlord wanted to put new windows in my room and fix the shower - which meant my bedroom was a disarray for a few days. Im soo going to try the shredded chicken, never done it before!

    1. Oh man I think that optional upgrades would be even more frustrating to sit through, especially since it's out of your control. Glad you liked the shredded chicken! Let me know how it goes :)

  4. Oh my gosh, that sucks that your place got flooded! I've never had to do any home renovations, and I don't imagine it being too fun!

    1. Thanks for the sympathy! I'm lucky to have been gone for most of it, fingers crossed it's finished soon!

  5. We're in the tail end of renovations on a home we bought last August. We started renovations in September, then took a break from October until January, and then picked up again in February. Real work started three weeks ago, and we are almost done. My sympathies go out to you!

    1. That's a long time to be rennovating! Congrats on being almost done and thanks for the sympathy :)