Meal Prep.

Many people have asked, so I am glad to share! Meal prep has been going strong in our house for over a month straight now. It has not only saved us money, but helped us with portion control and healthy choices.

Who am I to deny myself AMAZING tacos for lunch every day, especially since I work on taco street now…

Food Truck Tacos

Or a beautiful frozen pizza for dinner. It is just so easy to do while I need to do a million things…

PIZZA

I am certainly not perfect. But I am also not made of money and time. So something had to give.

Meal prep came from the inspiration that I could eat awesome healthy lunches, and still make things for dinners all on Sunday afternoon. I had no idea how much more life enriching it can be. I have tried it a bunch of different ways the past 5 weeks, all with varying levels of difficulty.

Breakfast –

Smoothies and Sandwiches! I was SICK AND TIRED of strawberries and blackberries, bananas, and pineapples just rotting in my fridge. I never had time to just cut them up before blending. So I decided I would put them in a baggy, divided up already. Just add coconut milk and honey before blending! Husband and I have different smoothie preferences so it goes as follows –

Me –

  • 1 regular pack of fresh strawberries
  • 5 fresh bananas
  • coconut milk
  • local honey
  • drop of vanilla for taste
  • protein powder as desired

Husband –

  • 1 regular pack of fresh blackberries
  • 5 fresh bananas
  • 1 small pineapple or pre cut // either way works.
  • coconut milk
  • local honey
  • drop of vanilla for taste
  • protein powder as desired

These are dairy free and require no ice, because you just stick the fruit divided up into 5 bags in the freezer. The frozen fruit is enough to make the smoothie texture. They really work in getting us daily nutrients.

Breakfast

Breakfast 2

Breakfast sandwiches are more time consuming, but I have done them different ways.

Ingredients –

  • 8 count of biscuits or whole wheat english muffins
  • 8 eggs
  • 8 pack of pre-cooked Jimmy Dean chicken, pork, or turkey sausage patties
  • 8 slices of jalapeño or pepper jack cheese

Easy way out is to toast all the english muffins, add cheese and sausage, and scramble eggs to mush on the muffin, close it up, put it in a sandwich baggy and close it up. I like the other method of having to bake the biscuits and cook the eggs over medium. These freeze perfectly. To warm up, just microwave for 1.5 minutes wrapped in a paper towel.

Lunch –

So as we discussed before, Husband doesn’t touch anything, green. Ever. Which means, I have to customize our lunches. It is a little extra work for me, but I appreciate making lunches we both will eat. Here is what I have tried so far –

  • grilled chicken breasts
  • grilled pork tenderloin
  • green beans
  • broccoli and cauliflower
  • sweet potatoes
  • potato wedges
  • mac and cheese
  • rice

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My first #MealPrepSunday was about 4 hours of non stop on my feet cooking. I grilled 8 chicken breasts, hand peeled and boiled 4 sweet potatoes, and hand cut and steamed a head of cauliflower and broccoli. Husband ended up with a single breast, baked beans, and sweet potato in his lunch. I had that plus my cauli/broc mix. It was WAY too much. Repeat. I can’t eat that much in one meal.

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Chicken

Grilling

I revamped next week to make it a little easier, see if it could take me less time. I still grilled 8 chicken breasts, but cut 2 into 4, those were my 4. (much better portion for me.) We had two left over we ate for dinner that night! I bought a can of green beans, threw some onion on top for flavor, and a can of sweet potato. I can definitely just microwave a sweet potato and get the same effect, but much more fresh. That is what I will do from now on.

Meal Prepping

Meals

This week I got a little lazy, and added mac and cheese to the mix. I know, so not “good for you”, but whatever. It’s amazing. Plus, I think I can’t eat totally healthy every single day of every single week. Next week, I will do brown rice instead.

mac and cheese

I have gotten the average price per meal down to under $2. DID YOU HEAR ME?! $2 for a full delicious breakfast and lunch!! AMAZING!! Also, the portion control is the biggest thing. Its not just fast and easy to grab a great lunch, but its a good portion of food to leave you feeling full, but not falling asleep at your desk from eating too much. These meals have been life saving.

Now, that definitely doesn’t stop me from occasionally stopping by Gordough’s for a naughty donut…

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Or finishing my dinner with a treat…

Blue Bell

But most of all, its something Husband and I can do together. We work as a team getting all the tupperware together, shopping, grilling, and cooking sides. I love this time I get to spend with him being productive! So many people spend the whole day on Sunday prepping and getting crazy. It is up to you how crazy you want to make it. You best believe come fall, I will be crockpotting more meals for the week. These few hours on a Sunday has saved us so much more time here and there that adds up. We get that quality time and get to do something together we both are passionate about!

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I am not trying to sell you on meal prep. Its up to you whether or not you want to make your life easier or not. 😉 I just never thought I could, but now, we can’t not! Happy Meal Prep! And if you are a meal prepper that has some great easy additions to your lunches, throw those up in the comments! I would love to keep adding to it!

Happy prepping preppers!

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