My weekend was fairly busy, but I still managed to meal prep. Planning is the key to making sure you prep healthy snacks and meals for the week ahead. I only had a limited amount of time to get things cooked and packed, so I made the most of it.
My meal prep ideas included several no-cook recipes so that I wasn’t waiting on things to get done. I could move at a faster pace because nothing needed cooking time!
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Did you manage to prep any meals or snacks this week?
- cherry tomatoes, red onion and frozen broccoli cauliflower and carrot blend (steam bag)
- apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and avocado
- boneless skinless chicken thighs, deli turkey (plain and Cajun), eggs, 1% milk, a variety of Oikos Triple Zero Greek yogurt cups, mozzarella cheese and Laughing Cow cheese wedges (Spicy Pepperjack & White Cheddar)
- Flat Out Light Wraps, tri-colored quinoa, pitted dates and canned green chiles
- not pictured from Trader Joe’s – watermelon, cauliflower pizza crust and individual bags of Kettle Corn popcorn
Meal Prep Ideas:
Donny & I were going to be gone half of Saturday & half of Sunday to go to Denver. I didn’t think I’d want to meal prep after I got home Sunday and I was 100% correct!
Luckily, I’d planned ahead of time and managed to get it done before we left on Saturday.
I actually went grocery shopping on Friday after work. Since I’d planned to make a couple different quinoa salads I decided to make the quinoa on Friday night while I was cooking dinner, rather than having to do it Saturday morning.
Quinoa is really easy to make and you can freeze any leftover cooked quinoa, so I decided to make the entire box (I cooked it on the stovetop according to the directions on the package). Then I allowed that to cool for a while before putting it in a container to keep in the refrigerator until the next day.
I ended up with roughly 2 cups of extra quinoa after making my two salads. In resealable freezer bags I measured out 1 cup cooked quinoa, poured it in the bag, got as much air out as possible and sealed it up. Then I flattened the quinoa to make it easier to store/stack in the freezer. Next I used a sharpie marker to put what it was and the date on the baggie.
It will stay good in the freezer for several months. When I am ready to use it, I’ll pull the baggie out of the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator or microwave it until it is thawed out. One-cup portions are good for just Donny & I, but you could portion them out into bigger quantities.
On Saturday morning I made two quinoa salads – one caprese and one southwestern. Here is what I put in each salad:
- Caprese Quinoa Salad — 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 cups diced cherry tomato (halved or quartered), 1 cup cubed mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup shredded fresh basil and 1/2 tsp salt
- Southwestern Quinoa Salad — 2 cups cooked quinoa, 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed), 2 cups sweet corn, 1 6-oz can diced green chiles, 1/2 red onion (diced), 1Tbsp Mrs. Dash No Salt Fiesta Lime seasoning and 1 tsp salt
[Caprese Quinoa Salad]
[Southwestern Quinoa Salad]
First I mixed all the ingredients for each salad together in bowls, then measured out 3/4 cup into five meal prep containers.
Next up was to cook chicken! I covered a baking sheet with aluminum foil, sprayed it with non-stick cooking spray and placed the chicken in a single layer on the sheet. Then I sprinkled each thigh with some salt and pepper, flipped them and sprinkled the other side too. Next, I baked the chicken at 350° for 25 minutes.
Chicken varies in size and thickness. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160°.
Knowing I didn’t have a ton of time Saturday morning I bought some steamable bags of frozen veggies. They are quite handy and only take 3 minutes in the microwave! I cooked two bags of the broccoli, cauliflower and carrot blend, then divided that among five meal prep containers.
I wanted to use chicken for a couple meals, but also have beef a few times this week. Instead of cooking any beef I pulled two cooked lean hamburgers out of the freezer. Two burgers will go with the quinoa salad and veggies and I added 4oz chicken to the other three containers.
At one point I thought about stopping there and leaving the rest for Sunday. Instead, I powered through and made snacks for the week. I’m SO glad I did this because I was exhausted Sunday afternoon when we got home and I had very little motivation!
My mid-morning snack is overnight oats made with 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup 2% milk, 1/3 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 Tbsp chia seed and 1/5 container of strawberry Oikos Triple Zero Greek yogurt. I took one container of yogurt and distributed it among the five overnight oat containers.
Once the oatmeal and chia had time to sit in the liquid and soak it up, I topped them with a variety of banana, strawberries and blueberries.
As for my mid-afternoon snack I went with another no-cook recipe! I packed containers with ingredients to make a turkey-cheese wrap. Each one had 1 Flat Out Light wrap, deli turkey and 1 wedge Laughing Cow cheese. Some of the containers had Cajun turkey while others had regular. A few containers had white cheddar cheese and the others had spicy pepper-jack. I also added some carrots and snap peas for a serving of veggies.
Since I’m eating more and more throughout the day (Baby E is hungry hungry hungry) I packed an apple and a Greek yogurt cup to snack on randomly when I need it.
Well that was everything in terms of meal prep ideas. My key to an easy meal prep session is planning! I didn’t have a ton of time to get much done this weekend, but planning ahead of time helped me still get it done.
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