This week has been tremendous loopy, however I’m pleased with myself for nonetheless getting my weekly meal prep so as. Even although I’m solely prepping 4 days price of 1 dish, it’s nonetheless been a enormous assist and vastly decreased my tendency to only seize one thing to go within the midst of all this chaos. Thanks to the meal prep, I have already got one thing “to go” that I made myself! Woot! This week I’m hitting these summer season/southwest flavors with this tremendous straightforward Cilantro Lime Chicken Meal.
This week I’ve paired my tremendous cheap Cilantro Lime Chicken Drumsticks with a basic Taco Rice and a easy mixture of corn and black beans. If you’re trying to cut back your refined carbs, you may swap out the Taco Rice for Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes, which might roast within the oven on the similar time that the rooster bakes.
The mixture of corn and black beans included on this meal is actually superb due to the frozen hearth roasted corn kernels from Trader Joes that I had leftover in my freezer. I can’t even categorical how a lot taste that “fire roasted” bit provides. It’s severely superb. BUT I do know that not everybody has entry to Trader Joes or frozen hearth roasted corn kernels, so you may nonetheless use common frozen corn kernels, or skip the corn all collectively and simply 2 cans of black beans. I’d additionally recommend searching for “seasoned” canned black beans, that are normally the identical value as plain black beans, however have the spices already cooked in so it’s rather less work. 👍
Sunday Meal Prep: Cilantro Lime Chicken Meal
This Week’s Meal Prep Includes:
Cilantro Lime Chicken Drumsticks: $5.25
Four cups Taco Rice: $1.52
Corn & Black Bean Mix: $2.17
Total Cost: $eight.94
Price Per Meal: $2.24
About that Corn and Bean Mix…
I rinsed and drained a can of black beans, which is about 1.5 cups and mixed it with about an equal quantity of the frozen hearth roasted corn kernels. I seasoned it with a pinch of salt and a lightweight sprinkle of cumin and left it at that. I knew I’d be including inexperienced onions from the taco rice over high and there could be a wedge of lime from the Cilantro Lime Chicken Drumsticks to squeeze over the entire field, so I didn’t really feel just like the corn and beans wanted a lot else. This made about three cups of the combination, so I put about three/Four cup in every meal field.
- I obtained new containers! While I do love my reusable Ziploc containers, they don’t make a meal-sized rectangular choice anymore and for some meals I actually need a longer rectangle form. So, I made a decision to check out these glass containers. They really feel very well constructed, the lids match on tremendous tight, and though the lids are plastic, they’re BPA free. The lid has a neat steam vent for reheating, though I normally simply go away my lids sitting on high, unlatched, and barely cocked to get the identical impact. These containers are barely smaller than I anticipated, however I feel they’ll work properly. Plus, they got here in a pack of 4 which is precisely what I needed. 🙂
- The Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe makes Four-6 drumsticks, relying on what number of you purchase in a pack. My pack had 5 this time, so I’d have one drumstick leftover. I merely gave that to myself as an additional with one of many containers, or you would eat it with one other meal. I don’t discover that freezing cooked bone-in meat reheats that nicely. It takes far too lengthy to get the bone portion to warmth by.
- The rice, then again, freezes nicely. The Taco Rice recipe makes about 6 cups, so you may both give every meal prep field 1.5 cups as a substitute of 1 cup to make use of all of it up inside 4 days, or portion out the additional two cups and freeze it as quickly as doable. It’s crucial with rice to chill it down rapidly after cooking to cut back the potential of meals poisoning, so be certain that to portion it, cool it utterly, then switch it to freezer luggage for freezing.
General Meal Prep FAQ
Q: What if I can’t stand to eat the identical factor for a number of days in a row?
A: Meal prep simply may not be for you. Meal prep works when your need to both A) do as little cooking as doable, B) Eat wholesome with as little resolution making as doable, or C) Eat on a funds with as little grocery buying as doable, outweighs your need to have selection in your each day meals. It’s additionally doable that you just may simply not have discovered the fitting recipe for you but. Sometimes I get sick of my meal by the fourth day, however there are undoubtedly some recipes the place I eat it all week and am nonetheless unhappy once I eat the final portion! So chances are you’ll simply want to seek out the recipes that actually make you tremendous glad day after day. 🙂
As I’ve additionally talked about, I prefer to prep solely 4 days in a row to keep up high quality and assist cut back my “burnout”. Right now I’m solely prepping one out of my three meals per day, so I nonetheless get a whole lot of selection by my different meals. I additionally at all times have not less than a portion or two of different meals stashed within the freezer that I can seize to combine issues up, if obligatory.
Q: Instead of consuming one meal all through the week, how do I exploit one ingredient throughout a number of recipes?
A: I really feel like that might be extra alongside the strains of meal planning than meal prepping. Meal prep is cooking sufficient of 1 recipe to final a number of days so that you just solely have one set of elements and solely cook dinner one time. Meal planning strategically combines recipes to take advantage of out of your elements, however nonetheless requires buying a number of units of elements and cooking a number of recipes. I DO plan on placing collectively some meal plans for you quickly, although! Just as quickly as I end my transfer and get settled into my new residence. 🙂
Q: Doesn’t the meals get limp/soggy/gross?
A: Yes and no. Leftovers are by no means going to be the identical as they have been the day you cooked them, they usually’ll proceed to alter day-after-day that they’re within the fridge. Whether or not this might be tolerable to you could be very private, however I’ll strive my finest to incorporate ideas for every meal to maintain the meals tasting its finest over the 4 days! But, as with query primary, if you’re tremendous delicate to taste and texture adjustments, meal prepping may not be the answer for you.
That’s it for this week!!