Happy Sunday, I hope your weekend has been as relaxing and enjoyable as it could possibly be! I whipped up a few dinner recipes for you guys so when you head out to the grocery store today you have a few healthy options to choose from. Going into the grocery store with no plans of what to make for dinner can lead to bad choices {frozen pizza, precooked chicken, & boring old pasta with sauce} so I hope these PDFs are helping you plan out your meals and stick to healthier options.

While I was creating this weeks menu I thought about how much meal prepping has saved me time and energy during the week, and since it is a new year and I know a lot of you are trying to get on a healthier track I thought why not give you a little meal prep 101. So below as always there is the Dinner PDF for this week, but also a few tips to meal prepping {what to prep, how, when, how much}. Enjoy!

Download & print off HERE

Download & print off HERE

 

Meal Prepping 101
  1. Buy & cook in bulk: On a normal week I buy 2 lbs of chicken, 1 bag of carrots, 1 bag of brussel sprouts and 1 carton of eggs {just for hard boiling}. I then cook all these up on a Sunday so I have them on hand for the rest of the week. So now I know throughout the week I have chicken for salads, veggies to add to any recipe & hard boiled eggs if I’m feeling lazy in the morning. I buy in bulk so I know I won’t run out of staples throughout the week.
  2. Make it meal staples: When I think about my week ahead {in meals} I know that I will need the necessary nutrients to get me through each day, but when I think about meal prepping I think about what are the necessary nutrient dense foods that take me the longest to make. Think Chicken, eggs, veggies etc. What are the things you want to have on hand to add to or base any meal around but don’t want to wait to cook up every night/ meal. Chicken is easy to add to a salad, burrito bowl, sandwich, etc. Roasted veggies you can eat by themselves or add to a rice bowl, salad, on the side with dinner. I also am a huge lover of eggs in the morning because of the nice amount of protein they offer but sometimes and am too lazy to cook them. These are breakfast staples for me and if I already have some hardboiled cooked, I know I will choose healthy over a lame bowl of cereal that doesn’t really offer me much in the nutrients department.
  3. Prep it all on one day: I usually make Sunday my prepping day because I don’t want to fuss with any prepping throughout the week. Take this last week for example, I prepped on Sunday and then on Wednesday when Chris and I both had crazy schedules we knew there was Chicken all ready for dinner and all we had to do was cook some rice and throw together a quick salad. Meal prepping makes life so much easier!
  4. Start small: I know I said buy in bulk above but if you aren’t sure of your schedule one week, or are just starting out meal prepping take one food group and prep all of those ingredients you would want for the week. Example: buy your fruits and veggies for the week. Cut up your fruits and store them in a tupperware and cut and roast your veggies so you know you have those.

Happy meal prepping!

xo,

Lauren