“Meal prepping,” because it has now come to be identified in health circles, has all the time been an enormous a part of my price range consuming technique. Cooking your meals forward of time and having them pre-packed in single serve parts simply makes life a lot simpler, and drastically reduces the temptation to eat out. Shop as soon as, cook dinner as soon as, have every little thing able to go so that you by no means must waste time fascinated with what your subsequent meal will probably be. Meal prep does take somewhat little bit of funding on the entrance finish with planning and prepping, however as soon as that’s accomplished you’re free!
Sadly, I’ve gotten away from the meal prepping mannequin these days and I do know that I desperately must get again into the swing of it. So, I’ve determined to begin a brand new weekly sequence showcasing how I method weekly meal prep. Meal prep generally is a bit daunting for inexperienced persons, so I figured it could be useful to see how I do it and provides some weekly meal prep inspo for veterans alongside the way in which.
I’ll be utilizing recipes which might be already accessible on Budget Bytes and pairing them with different objects to make a nicely rounded meal. The Sunday Meal Prep examples will simply be one meal, like a lunch or a dinner, somewhat than a three-meal-per-day seven day plan (I don’t wish to get that strict–I want some flexibility), however even having one in all your every day meals prepped for the week is a gigantic assist. And as soon as I’ve a number of weeks of examples, you’ll be able to all the time mix them to do a 3 meal per day plan of your personal.
And lastly, most of my Sunday Meal Prep posts will probably be for Four-6 servings. I solely wish to prep 5 days prematurely, tops, as a result of issues simply don’t final for much longer than that within the fridge. For recipes that make six servings, I’ll normally stash one or two of the servings within the freezer for later. So in case you solely prep 4 servings of one thing at one time and there are seven days in every week, what do you do for the remainder of the times?? Well, you’ll be able to cook dinner in 4 day cycles, you’ll be able to have one “freebie” day, like date night time, or you’ll be able to fill within the additional days with objects that you’ve stashed within the freezer like I discussed above. It’s an exquisite system and when you get going you’ll really feel like you might have this adulting factor OWNED. 😉
So let’s get prepping, we could??
Skillet Meatballs and Marinara Meal Prep
I used to be completely craving good old style pasta and marinara this week and I occurred to have some Italian sausage in my freezer, so I knew precisely what I used to be going to meal prep. Skillet Meatballs and Marinara! This easy recipe requires only a few substances and is tremendous satisfying. I added some flippantly steamed broccoli to spherical it out, and a banana for “dessert.”
This Week’s Meal Prep Includes:
Skillet Meatballs and Marinara (6 servings) $7.98
three Tbsp grated Parmesan $zero.31
1 Large crown Broccoli, steamed $2.40
Four Bananas $zero.99
Total price: $11.68
Each meal (with banana) $2.03
Each meal (with out banana) $1.78
I solely bought 4 bananas as a result of I deliberate on freezing two parts of the pasta and broccoli)
This is often the kind of meal that I’d convey for myself for lunch after I nonetheless labored within the laboratory. The banana could be eaten as a snack earlier within the day or with my lunch as a form of dessert.
If you’re shopping for lunch out daily if you work, you’ll be able to see the acute financial savings right here, to not point out the well being advantages. If the broccoli is ready and there in entrance of you, you’re WAY extra prone to eat it. I even used entire wheat pasta this time round to get somewhat additional fiber. 🙂 Plus, these meals have automated portion management. #win
- Only partially cook dinner the broccoli in order that if you reheat your meal, it doesn’t over cook dinner and develop into mushy. I steamed my broccoli simply till it was brilliant inexperienced and the stems barely started to melt.
- It’s all the time good to reheat your “meal box” in increments, stirring between every increment. I normally begin with one minute, stir, and add 30 seconds extra at a time till it’s heated by means of.
- Label and date objects that you simply put within the freezer so you’ll be able to keep on prime of your stock and eat older objects earlier than they get too previous. A little bit masking tape and a sharpie will do the trick after which you’ll be able to simply take away the tape earlier than washing the container.
- These blue prime Ziploc containers are my favourite as a result of they will go into the freezer, fridge, microwave, and dishwasher. But, in case you don’t like reheating or consuming out of plastic, there are a number of nice glass meals storage containers available on the market as nicely.
So that’s all I’ve this week, however since this can be a new sequence, I’d love to listen to what info you’d get pleasure from seeing within the Sunday Meal Prep posts. If you might have any questions, concepts, or simply wish to share your personal suggestions for meal prepping, please go away a remark under. And simply bear in mind, in case you’ve by no means left a remark earlier than, your remark will probably be held carefully till I can confirm that it’s not spam. 🙂
Until subsequent week!