QUICK MEAL PREP RECIPES
Updated: Dec 28, 2017
First off - HAPPY FRIDAY. Second, get ready for some awesome recipes!
Time. We all get the same amount of hours in the day/week/year. But we are all yearning for more of it!! Most people when they hear the term "meal prepping" cringe and say "nope, don't have time for that". Well, this post is meant to inspire you to realize one thing.
MEAL PREPPING DOES NOT HAVE TO BE TIME CONSUMING, EXPENSIVE OR HARD!!
This past weekend we had two nights out for holiday parties. That meant two nights of going to bed after midnight. Let's just say that never happens for me. While I loved the parties and company, come Sunday, I was DRAGGING. But I had a challenge group kicking off on Monday and I'm all like "meal prep- key to success", "who is meal prepping?", "show me your healthy grocery choices" in the challenge group....while I'm laying on the couch pretty much falling asleep. Ha. #truth
So I obviously know that the success to a beachbody coach does not involve laying on the couch, it absolutely involves practicing what you preach. After the kids were all asleep, even though I wanted to go to bed so bad...I drug my butt downstairs and made the following:
3 freezer meal dinners
....in an HOUR and FIFTEEN minutes. No joke. Started at 8:15 and was almost done cleaning up at 9:29. I even took a picture of my oven clock because I was so impressed!!!
That is 12 meals in one hour and fifteen minutes. Yes please!!
Here's what I had to start with:
5 lbs chicken breast
Jar of pesto
Whole wheat pasta
Cherry (yellow) tomatoes
1 lb fresh green beans
Whole lemon 1 cup of chicken broth (low sodium)
Bisquick mixture (bisquick, parmesan cheese (I omitted), paprika & garlic salt/powder)
3 tablespoons of butter
I made the following recipes: Easy Pesto Chicken and Veggies
Cooking and into my containers!
While I was cooking the beans/chicken/tomatoes/pesto in one pan (YES only ONE pan!), I was boiling 8 eggs for snacks and then some whole wheat pasta for my yellow.
After I got all of those portioned out, I still had lots of chicken left. What to do with that since I had to either use or freeze and I cannot just leave it in there frozen (without any meal in mind...). I had 1/2 a jar of pesto leftover (per the recipe, I only used 1/2 of the jar in the lunch prep)...and I found this:
Slow Cooker lemon pesto chicken (I froze it)
I literally trimmed the remaining fat off of the chicken, put the rest of the jar of pesto, the lemon juice and DONE. Sealed it up and in the fridge - awesome meal for later and no wasted ingredients!
Second freezer meal? I made the Ultimate Chicken fingers - not 21 day fix friendly necessarily, but it's one of my kids favorites and they are WAY more healthy than chicken fingers from sonic or arby's. Plus throwing them in salads as leftovers throughout the week will not kill your clean eating. Here is a link to the recipe that I used (which I got from my HyVee freezer meals). Jimmy helped me out and mixed the bisquick, paprika and garlic powder in a baggie (it calls for parmesan cheese too - but I'm not eating dairy right now, so I omitted). Then I three tablespoons of butter and the quarter sized freezer bag of cut up chicken in a big bag and DONE.
Third dinner was just taking the pork ribs out of the packaging and putting them into a freezer bag. I plan on using them in the instant pot with this recipe at a later time. (PS do you have an instant pot - they are awesome!).
And DONE. By 9:29PM and prepped for the week. I also already had some cut veggie and fruit in the fridge - otherwise I would have likely added that because I have to have them in a container, as it makes it so much easier to eat for me!
Seriously you guys - this takes a little bit of planning but you can do it too!! I was running on empty, but am committed to my group, myself and my team - I know this works and while I'm not perfect in my eating, I do know that I need to make excellent decisions 80% of the time and the only way that is going to happen is if I plan ahead!!
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