Happy Tuesday everyone!
This weekend I did some meal prepping and I wanted to share my experience with you. It was super simple! We used easy meals and it took us about 1.5 hours to complete all of it. We did all of our shopping at Aldi and it saved us so much money.
Three Meal Prep Lunches
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders (1.5lbs)
- Salt Free Herb & Garlic Seasoning
- Plain Quinoa (1 bag)
- 2 Heads of Broccoli
I cooked my chicken in a large skillet pan with some olive oil and the Herb & Garlic Seasoning. For my quinoa, I just cooked it according to the directions on the package. I steamed the broccoli. Once everything was cooked I put 3.5-4 oz of chicken, 1 cup broccoli, and even amounts of the quinoa into 4 bowls. I think I cooked two servings of quinoa which was perfect for four meals. Nick and I each get two of these bowls for the week.
Ground Turkey/Sweet Potato or Mushroom/Brown Rice Bowls
- 93% Lean Ground Turkey (1.2 lb package)
- Quick Brown Rice
- 2 Containers of Slice White Mushrooms
- 3lb bag of Sweet Potatoes
I cooked my ground turkey in a skillet on the stove with a little of olive oil and salt and pepper. When it was done cooking, I drained off the excess juice/oil. Afterwards, I sauteed Nick’s mushrooms in the pan with some oil and garlic salt. I cooked my two sweet potatoes in the microwave. Then, I cooked the brown rice on the stove. I only cooked 1 cup of rice because the serving size is 1/4 cup so I divided it evenly into 4 lunch containers.
Chicken & Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts
- Baby Spinach (1 container)
- Strawberries (1 container)
- 1 package Chopped Walnuts
- Leftover Chicken from the lunches above
Nick & I used the 2 leftover chicken strips we had from the chicken bowls above and put them in our spinach salads. These were super yummy. We used about 3 cups of spinach per person, 1 chicken strip, 4 strawberries, and 1/8-1/4 cup of walnuts. We also used Zia’s Italian Salad Dressing which we had at home already.
- Plain English Muffins
- Unsalted Raw Almonds
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
We made two different snacks: 1. We bagged 1/4 cup almonds with 1 Kraft mozzarella cheese stick and 2. Cut up carrots with roasted red pepper hummus. We made enough for each of us to have one snack each day for 5 days. We also bought plain English muffins to eat with either peanut butter or eggs in the morning. They are pretty low cal and paired with those two foods, they make a balanced breakfast!
In total we spent $38! This gave us 3 days of Breakfast (3 muffins each for the week), 10 meals, 10 snacks, & more. We have leftover nuts, strawberries, spinach, and carrots to snack on during the week. I was pretty impressed with what we managed to accomplish with only $38. But really… it would not have been nearly this cheap if we did not go to Aldi!