In an attempt to make my life easier/ healthier I started meal prepping about a year ago. I highly recommend it! On Sundays I typically go to the grocery store and get all the food I need for the week but I try to make it as cheap as possible. I also usually only meal prep my lunches and sometimes my breakfasts. It makes the week so easy when you don’t have to worry about packing up a lunch every night! Although, I will say it does take maybe an hour or two on Sunday to get it all ready depending on what you’re making, but it’s worth it!
I typically either go vegetarian with my lunches, or I make them with ground turkey. I feel like a lot of meal prep recipes I’ve seen have chicken in them but does it even keep very long? I mean a week is 5 days, is chicken still okay to eat on the 5th day? I’m not trying to die. Also I VERY rarely chicken anyway because I’m scared of undercooking it and getting the ‘nella (salmonella LOL).
My favorite meal prep breakfast is overnight oats. I know, what a basic bitch, but they’re sooooo easy and delicious. Imma be honest with you, you’re probably going to need to invest in some Mason jars for this but like whatever, you’re making overnight oats, you’re already basic. My favorite overnight oats recipe is ½ cup of oats, ½ cup of almond milk, 1 tsp of cinnamon, ½ tsp maple syrup, and 1 tbsp of peanut butter. First, you put in the oats, then the milk, cinnamon and maple syrup, and you top it off with the peanut butter. Then you just leave it in the fridge overnight and the oats suck of all the milk and they’re nice and moist. The best part about this recipe is you can make just one jar of it for one day or you can make several for the whole week!
A classic meal prep lunch I like to make is a burrito bowl! I usually do brown rice with sautéed peppers, onions, and mushrooms, corn (Kroger has canned fiesta corn and it is the tits), shredded cheese, avocado, taco seasoning powder, and salsa. I feel like black beans would be good to put in this if you like them, but to me, beans are the worst food on the planet. They’re the devil’s vegetable, along with tomatoes which are the devil’s fruit. Also, if you’re a brave soul then I think chicken would be good in here as well!
The only time I make any meal prep chicken meal is when I make my chicken salad. I buy chicken breasts and then I bake them for like 40 hours to make sure they’re cooked all the way through (really tho I bake them at 400 F for like 20-25ish minutes then check their temperature. They’re usually done by then). Then, I shred them breasts up in a bowl and add Greek yogurt (instead of mayo)(also, I kind of just wing it on how much I put in there, I think it’s personal preference ), chopped up pieces of celery, then either grapes that I cut in half or raisins (because raisins are cheap and grapes usually are not). Then ya just gotta put that good good into some plastic containers and right into the fridge! Like I said, I usually only make enough for 3 days because chicken is scary, but I’m sure it could at least be eaten for 4 days depending on how much you make! I like to put it on a piece of toast, in a pita pocket, or in a lettuce wrap.
Another lunch I enjoy is spaghetti squash spaghetti with turkey! I don’t know why, but turkey seems way safer to me so I’ll typically eat this for up to 4 days. I get 2 spaghetti squash, cut them in half long ways, scoop out the seeds, and bake them face down on a cookie sheet at 400F for like 50 minutes. Once they’re done cooking, I use a fork to shred out the innards and put them into a bowl. Then, I cook the ground turkey in a pan until it’s brown and add that to the squash. Then, all ya gotta do is add in some marinara sauce! Or you could do alfredo, or olive oil and parmesan or add in mushrooms. I’m not the boss of you, do whatever you want.
A similar recipe to the above is zoodles with turkey meatballs. You’ll need a spiralizer to make the zoodles, but tbh if you don’t have a spiralizer yet then you need to get the hell out of 2018. To make the meatballs, I put the ground turkey in a large bowl with whatever spices/seasonings I’m feeling that day, some breadcrumbs, and an egg. Then, I mash it all together until it’s mixed and form balls with my hands. I place the ballz on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake them for like 20 minutes a 400F. Cut one of them open to make sure they’re not pink inside and they’re done. For the zoodles, I just spiralize them and then sauté them in a pan with olive oil for just a lil’ bit, just enough to get them soft. Then, the sauce or topping is up to you!
I also buy little healthy snacks to eat throughout the day. If I didn’t have snacks, then I would definitely die. Especially because I usually starting fixin’ to eat my lunch at like 9:30am so the snacks save me from that. A few of my favorites are string cheese (or Babybel mini cheese wheels if I am feeling particularly wealthy that day), RX Bars (they’re SO good and are only like 5 ingredients total), bananas, or rice cakes with natural peanut butter are just some snack examples. I also HAVE to have a lunch dessert. The healthiest lunch dessert I bring is 2 squares of Dove dark chocolate, it’s not a lot but enough to satisfy my sweet tooth (otherwise I would be buying full sized candy bars at the vending machine every damn day).
Anyway, I’m not sure if you’re interested in what my favorite meal prep lunches are but THAT’S TOO BAD!