I was lucky when it came to meal prep ideas this week, because I actually had the energy to make several things!
Last week was pretty bare bones in terms of meal prep because I was so exhausted over the weekend (thank you Bobstock and 7-months-pregnant-energy-levels). We ended up eating out WAY too many times for dinner this last week because I didn’t want to cook and nothing was prepared.
Instead of doing that this week, I decided to make two lunch-like meals and have some extra for dinners. I made a turkey pasta bake and a chicken version of my Healthy Enchilada Casserole. Both are perfect meal prep ideas because while they bake in the oven you can get other snacks prepared!
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- bananas, red grapes, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples and avocados
- red potatoes, broccoli, zucchini and snap peas
- boneless skinless chicken breasts, Jennie-O Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey, Jennie-O Lean Turkey Burgers and shredded rotisserie chicken
- eggs, 1% cottage cheese, 1% milk and a variety of Oikos Triple Zero yogurt cups
- low moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese and Laughing Cow Creamy Mozzarella Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil wedges
- Dave’s Killer Bread (Powerseed), whole wheat bagels, whole wheat penne and white corn tortillas
- Special K Vanilla Almond cereal and Great Grains Blueberry Almond cereal
- marinara, refried black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes and green enchilada sauce
Meal Prep Ideas:
Last week I was tired once I got home from work and didn’t want to cook dinner, so this week I prepared a few different meals. I’ll rotate what I have for lunch and will have extra meals available for a quick dinner. I made 8 meals total, plus four turkey burgers.
The turkey burgers were cooked over medium heat. I sprinkled them with salt and pepper (both sides) before cooking.
I started by making a chicken version of my Healthy Enchilada Casserole. It is one of my most popular recipes on the blog and it is delicious! Rather than using ground beef however, I substituted chopped chicken. Other than that I followed the recipe fairly closely.
While the enchilada casserole was baking I also steamed some broccoli.
The other meal I wanted to make was a turkey pasta bake. First, I browned the Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey.
Then I boiled water and cooked whole wheat penne al dente.
I also chopped zucchini into small chunks. Then I combined the zucchini, ground turkey, penne and 1/4cup shredded mozzarella cheese together in a large bowl.
The turkey was already seasoned, but the rest of the ingredients were not. I ended up adding 1tsp salt and 1Tbsp Italian seasoning to the mix.
Next, I gave that a quick stir and transferred it to large glass baking dish.
I sprinkled 3/4cup shredded mozzarella cheese on top and covered the dish with aluminum foil. Then I baked it for 20 minutes at 350°.
While the pasta was in the oven I mixed up my afternoon snack. I mixed 3/4 cup 1% cottage cheese with 1/4 scoop vanilla protein, then added some fruit salad on the side. Donny had made a fruit salad over the weekend which included cantaloupe, strawberries and blueberries so I took some of that.
The only other thing I prepared this week for meal prep ideas was overnight oats. I combined 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/2 Tbsp chia seed, 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 scoop vanilla protein and 1 oz Oikos Triple Zero vanilla Greek yogurt (I divided one container among the five overnight oat servings).
So simple and so delicious! I topped the oats with a combination of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, sliced banana and almond butter.
Other than that, I packed some Oikos Triple Zero Greek yogurt cups for in between meals and also some apples. I also have red grapes to eat for breakfast or to take as a snack throughout the day.
That does wrap up this week’s meal prep ideas so if you have any questions then please ask! Email me at email@example.com or comment below.