Hey guys! I hope you’re having a improbable weekend! I bought again from a brief journey to Seattle a few days in the past, however wished to hop proper again on the meal prep wagon ASAP. I didn’t have loads of time to brainstorm a brand new recipe combo, so I turned to an previous basic, and one thing that I’ve been craving the previous few days—Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs. I paired the candy and tangy thighs with the identical facet dish as the primary time I made this recipe, Carrot and Orzo Salad, after which added in some roasted zucchini for extra inexperienced. Roasted zucchini definitely isn’t the prettiest meals on this planet, however I like the creaminess that zucchini takes on when roasted. I saved the zucchini easy with just a few salt and pepper as a result of there’s already loads of taste occurring with the Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs. Plus, it’s good to maintain issues easy. Don’t make your meal prep extra difficult than it must be. Have one star of the present after which pair it with one thing easy on the facet. 🙂
And, since I do know I’ll be requested a number of occasions, these containers are the three cup Pyrex glass containers with crimson lids, bought from Amazon. 😉
Maple Dijon Chicken Thigh Meal Prep
This meal Prep Includes:
Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs (6 servings): $6.70
Carrot and Orzo Salad (6 servings): $four.92
Roasted Zucchini (four small zucchini + olive oil, salt, pepper): $2.07
Total Cost: $13.69
Cost per meal: $2.45
Cost of leftovers: $three.87 (two servings every of hen, Carrot and Orzo Salad)
All three of the objects on this meal prep use the oven to roast, so let me provide you with an concept of how I timed all of it. I started with the carrots and bought these within the oven, then started on the zucchini. Once these had been within the oven (on the decrease rack), I began boiling water for the orzo for the carrot and orzo salad.
While the orzo was boiling and the greens nonetheless roasting, I ready the maple dijon hen. By the time the hen was prepared to enter the oven, the orzo was performed so I poured that right into a colander and let it drain whereas I attended to the hen and carrots.
There was nonetheless just a few extra minutes left for the carrots to roast, so the hen sat for about 5-10 minutes till the carrots had been performed. Once the carrots had been performed, I took them out, and put the hen within the oven of their place. Since the zucchini went into the oven later and have a better moisture content material than the carrots, they nonetheless wanted somewhat extra time within the oven.
While the hen and zucchini had been roasting, I completed getting ready the Carrot and Orzo Salad. Since the salad was completed earlier than the zucchini and hen had been performed, I popped that within the fridge for a bit.
Finally all three objects had been completed, they went into their meal prep packing containers, and into the fridge! Easy. It’s all the time good to go over all of the recipes you’re getting ready to get an concept of the way you need to orchestrate their preparation. How a lot multi-tasking are you able to deal with? What must be within the oven, at what temperature, and for a way lengthy? Make a psychological map of the way it will all go earlier than you start. Start the longest recipes first and the shortest recipes final.
All of this comes with apply so that you is probably not a kitchen ninja at first, however the planning and execution expertise will include time. 🙂
Both the Maple Dijon Chicken Thigh recipe and the Carrot and Orzo Salad recipe make round 6 servings, however you could possibly definitely add somewhat extra to every of your 4 lunch packing containers to forestall having leftovers that go to waste. If you simply redistribute the six servings to 4, the price of every of the 4 meals goes as much as $three.42, which remains to be fairly low for a meal in comparison with consuming out.
I don’t recommend freezing the orzo salad as I feel it might get too dry throughout the freeze/thaw cycle. The Maple Dijon Chicken would possibly freeze okay, though I haven’t tried freezing this one as a result of I all the time eat it too quick! It’s tremendous delish!