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Winning Healthy Recipe Of The #FitMenCookoff

The dishes have been reviewed and the delicious, healthy meals have been considered. The top finalists have been narrowed down to one all-star dish. Here's the winner of the #FitMenCookoff!

It's time to lay down the spatulas, turn off the oven, unplug the food processor, and turn off the dishwasher. That's right: It's time to unveil the winning dish of the #FitMenCookoff. Among all the delicious stuffed meats, handmade tostadas, munch-worthy fritters, easy-to-eat rolls, and tangy dressings, one dish stood apart.

The winner of the challenge is Savory Chicken Meatballs with Zucchini Pasta and Marinara Sauce, and a fully-loaded twice-baked sweet potato by Joseph, aka @cookeatlift!

I was drawn to the simplicity of this stellar dish. It's healthy fare that turns a muscle-building staple on its head without being overly complicated. The chicken breast meatballs are a great alternative to a lone piece of dry chicken breast, and the twice-baked potato with apples provides a sweet take on a complex carb. This meal is also extremely versatile and can be easily adjusted for both low- and high-calories diets. Going low-carb? Ditch the potato. Looking to bulk up and add on some lean muscle mass? Go all-out and enjoy! Boom.

I've recreated Joseph's meal below but made it "meal-prep ready" with a few tweaks to save you some time in the kitchen! Congrats, Joseph, and to all of you that submitted amazing recipes.

FitMenCook Chicken Meatballs & Twice Baked Sweet Potato Meal Prep
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Savory Chicken Meatballs with Zucchini Pasta

  1. Set oven to 375°F.
  2. In a bowl, mix ground chicken breast, eggs, panko crumbs (or Quest protein chips), half of the oregano, 1 tbsp garlic, onion, goat cheese, and sea salt & pepper.
  3. Form small meatballs, about the size of golf balls, and place on a baking sheet. With these ingredients, I was able to make 12 of equal size.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 18-20 minutes. To brown the top of the meatballs and add a small layer of crispiness, you can bake for 18 minutes and then broil for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Chop up tomatoes into small pieces and set aside.
  6. Set a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat and spray it with coconut oil spray. Add 1 tbsp garlic and the rest of the oregano, and cook for about 2 minutes, continuously stirring with a spatula.
  7. Add diced tomatoes to the skillet and stir. Then, toss in tomato sauce. Stir, then reduce to low heat and cover cook for about 8-10 minutes.
  8. Shred a zucchini using a julienne peeler or a spiralizer. Place the raw zucchini noodles into your meal-prep containers, then top with the cooked chicken meatballs and drizzle with marinara sauce.
  9. Boom.

Always remember to adjust portions and servings to support your fitness goals.

Savory Chicken Meatballs with Zucchini Pasta PDF (90 KB)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (4 meatballs) Recipe yields 3
Amount per serving
Calories 421
Total Fat 13 g
Total Carbs 19 g
Protein 50 g

Loaded Twice-Baked Sweet Potato

This recipe will make 6 stuffed sweet potato halves at about 180 g sweet potato per half.

  1. Set oven to 375°F.
  2. Bake sweet potatoes for 1-1/2 hours or until soft, yet still firm.
  3. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool to room temperature. Note: You should immediately remove the sweet potatoes from foil if you wrapped them before baking.
  4. Slice the sweet potatoes in half, carve out a portion of the insides, and place it in a separate bowl. The hollowed-out sweet potatoes should look like mini bowls.
  5. In the bowl with the sweet potato contents, add Greek yogurt, zero-calorie sweetener, cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla extract. Mash and thoroughly mix together.
  6. Restuff the sweet potato halves with the mixture and bake in the oven for another 8-10 minutes.
  7. Chop the green apple into small pieces.
  8. Set a nonstick skillet on medium heat and spray with coconut oil spray.
  9. Toss in the chopped green apple and sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Saute the apple until the edges are brown.
  10. Add the twice-baked sweet potato to your meal-prep container. Top with apple and 1 tsp chopped pecans.
  11. Dive in. Boom.

Always remember to adjust portions and servings to support your fitness goals.

Loaded Twice-Baked Sweet Potato PDF (90 KB)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1/2 sweet potato) Recipe yields 3
Amount per serving
Calories 224
Total Fat 3 g
Total Carbs 46 g
Fiber 7 g
Protein 9 g

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