My Meal Prepping + Tips

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Meal prepping is one of those things I love and hate all at the same time. I love having most of my meals planned and done on Sunday night. I love not having to worry about my meals during the week. I love that it makes me feel really organized and prepared for the week.

 

I hate having to start planning for the week on Saturday (I grocery shop on Saturday). I hate having to do all the prep work and the (sometimes) hours of cooking on Sunday.

 

For me, I love it more than I hate it. Yes, I despise it when I am doing it, but once it is over, I feel so much better about it. It really is a life saver.

 

I am always looking for great meal prepping ideas. So today, I am going to talk about my meal prep and some of the things I make, in case anyone else is looking for ideas too.

 

Breakfast:

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I am really boring. I pretty much eat the same thing for breakfast every week. The only time I don’t is if I made something for breakfast on Sunday that I can eat on during the week.

 

I normally make these omelet bites. It technically makes 12, but I make 10 and have 2 a day. You can use just about any veggies you want in them, but I generally do onion, red bell pepper,  mushrooms and spinach.

 

Lunch:

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A lot of times, I roast a big pan of veggies for my lunch. Sometimes I will make a soup (I recently made this soup and it was delicious). But typically it is veggies. I worry that I don’t get enough veggies, so this is a good way for me to get a variety. Sometimes I add chicken or tuna on top.

 

I also pack myself a snack, usually an orange, too.

 

So this is what I take to work:

 

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My dad and I work together (I pack his lunch for him too), but usually once a week we eat lunch out. So that is why there are only 4 lunches and 4 oranges.

 

Dinner:

 

Since there is only two of us, I typically make 2 things that will last for two nights each. The other night we either have something that is just enough for one night or we might have something left over from Saturday night that we eat. And Friday night is almost always pizza night at our house.

 

These are a few of my favorite meals to make and that are great for making ahead.

 

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10 Minute Lasagna

Note- I usually add either ground turkey meat or portobello mushrooms to this one.

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Chicken Zucchini Casserole

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One Pan Chicken and Potatoes

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White Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

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30 Minute Skillet Enchiladas 

I normally make the skillet enchiladas on Sunday night and then we eat it again during the week. Side note – I normally add black beans to it, and I use whole wheat tortillas.

 

 

I realize that most people would probably get bored eating the same thing for breakfast (and sometimes lunch) every week. But it makes things a little easier on me. We do get in a bad habit of having the same 5 or 6 dishes for dinner, which I blame on my husband because he requests them. But I really try to make new things a lot, especially on Sunday nights.

 

A few of my meal prep tips:

Make a plan before you go to the grocery store.

Go ahead and plan out your entire week. That way, you don’t have any surprises like you suddenly don’t have enough food for Thursday night.

 

Set aside a few hours on the weekend to cook.

I just don’t have the time to really do much cooking during the week. I work out when I get home, so if I am doing a little cooking, I make sure it is on Monday when I do my BBG so during my breaks I can check on things. So I know that my Sunday afternoons are spent in the kitchen preparing for the week.

 

Prep your ingredients ahead of time.

Even if you don’t want to prepare your actual meals in advance, go ahead and get the ingredients ready. Cook some chicken, roast some veggies, maybe cook a bunch of rice or pasta that could be used in some things. Chop some lettuce for salads. It doesn’t have to be extensive cooking. You could just be getting ahead start.

 

Do you meal prep? What are your favorite make ahead recipes?

Comments

  1. says

    I just saw a couple of recipes I need to incorporate into our weekly rotation! I am the WORST planner, but I’m reaching a point where I really need to start doing it to save both time and money in the long run! Thanks for the great ideas!

    Also- we are big fans of the little mini quiches too! Easy, healthy, and yummy!

  2. says

    I just saw a couple of recipes I need to incorporate into our weekly rotation! I am the WORST planner, but I’m reaching a point where I really need to start doing it to save both time and money in the long run! Thanks for the great ideas!

    Also- we are big fans of the little mini quiches too! Easy, healthy, and yummy!

  3. says

    I meal prep every Sunday too! It’s the longest 2-3 hours of my life, especially when chopping veggies, ha.

    I’m jealous that you can get away with taking so little to work. I need a cooler to haul all of my food!

  4. says

    I would love to have lunches planned for the week because a lot of times I end up not eating lunch at all and then end up hangry, or really for me it’s like depressed hungry – sangry? If I spent my weekends prepping for the week then I’d also have food to eat on Saturday, a day when I’m typically alone and dislike cooking for just me.
    I like the idea of a bunch of roasted veggies for lunch – I’d probably want rice too because I love my carbs.
    Chic on the Cheap

  5. says

    Oh wow you really go all out, and those breakfast bites are super fun. Gosh I am so busy that I swap my meals, I have lunch for dinner and dinner for lunch. At lunch I go to any of the hot bars near my job and I have chicken or fish, a starch, veggies and then field greens. Generally costs about $6-$7 and is more or less having a hot “home” cooked meal. Then I got to Pret-A-Manger and get sandwich, and half with some chips one night and then half the next. Costs about the same as shopping. Yep typical New Yorker.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

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