I’m doing a different kind of meal prep than I have done before. In the past, I have cooked up a few things that could be later turned into meals. I might do a whole chicken, for example (favorite super easy whole baked chicken recipe here) or I might cook up a bunch of potatoes. But this time, I am doing a whole week’s worth of meals at once.
For the nutrition challenge I am doing, we have prescribed amounts of food we need to eat each day. We were given 5 trays to use to measure food out, but I went onto Amazon and bought 20 more because it seemed like the easiest way to do this. I could have just as easily made the week’s worth of meals in glass or other containers, but sometimes you have to do what is simple.
Now, I am someone who is not a huge fan of eating the same meal day after day. So, the trays really helped. I tried to mix and match things so that even though I was eating roughly the same things, I had different meals every time.
Here are some examples of what I made:
- For protein, in this batch I have boneless chicken thighs, (easier to eat at work) bone-in chicken thighs (super tasty), pork-chops, leg of lamb and scrambled eggs. In some cases I scrambled the eggs with turkey chorizo, other times with sautéed onions.
- For starch I have boiled fingerling potatoes, brown rice or fruit. Occasionally a mix of the two. If you look close you can see sometimes I did oranges, other times blueberries and blackberries. I also tucked a few kumquats in there. Have you ever had a kumquat? They are awesome! They are like tiny sweet sour oranges you eat whole. They are so strong they are perfect for ending a meal if you usually have a sweet tooth. The brown rice I bought frozen and it is wonderful. I measure it out and throw it in the tray, frozen. It thaws in the refrigerator and heats up with the rest of the meal.
- I really try to mix things up with the vegetables. I have green beans, Brussels sprouts, cabbage with sautéed onions and carrot shreds (far right), lots of red peppers (they were on sale this week), tomatoes seared with onions and mushrooms, sautéed mushrooms, and even a few salads.
Here are a few things I have found that work great for me:
- Fresh herbs. I have a friend growing herbs hydroponically right now and he keeps giving me herbs from his garden. Those sprigs of basil, parsley and thyme are delicious and add a lot to the meal.
- Carrot shreds. I have never bought these before, but I really like them. They add a dash of color and of crunch to everything.
- Total heat time is 2.30. That heats everything up in the tray perfectly – you just have to remember to remove your fruit!
- Sautéed onions. Easy to make (low and slow) and delicious on dang near everything.
As the next week goes by I will try to post more about what I am doing, and how I am doing it!