Week One : Meal Prep

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So it’s time for week one of meal prepping!

I have found that prepping food ahead of time really makes all of the difference. It takes away the stress of having to find/make something in the morning when I am most likely already running late because I lost track of time and it takes away the possibility of making a bad choice for lunch by having healthy foods and meals made ahead of time!

Breakfast this week was our recipe of the week-    Honey Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

I haven’t been very adventurous with different overnight oat recipes because I really do like sticking with the original one I had found but this one I think is my new favorite!

I store mine in mason jars because #1 it’s cute and #2 the glass helps to keep food better for longer.

I modified the recipe to be easier for me and it still turned out amazing! I added everything including the chopped apples (not pictured) into a bowl and mixed it together. I also doubled the recipe to make sure I had enough for a whole week (I also think I will add more just because doubling didn’t give me quite enough for 5 days). I’m also a big baby and use the vanilla almond milk and the vanilla yogurt because I like that it is slightly more sweet and I think over time I will slowly adjust my taste buds to like the plain. But for now I am going to be a big baby and use the vanilla flavors.

Finished product! I added a little more almond milk to the top because I know the oats will soak it up over night just to add more too it since the double recipe didn’t make enough for 5 days.

P.S. This recipe is amazing! My new favorite! The apples give a slight crunch and the honey and cinnamon make it just the right amount of sweet and delicious!

Next up is Lunches for the week!

There is no recipe for this one just using what I had and adding it together to make enough for my lunches. I find the one pan meals to me my favorite ways to meal prep and this is kind of close to that.

I start off with the veggies. I found this big bag at Grocery Outlet for $6. The bag doesn’t give instructions for roasting in the oven but I justimg_7372 dump them out frozen on a pan I have put some cooking spray on and season them with this No Salt Seasoning:

 

I really enjoy putting this an all kinds of things to add flavor but without the added salt! It really does make a difference when you try to consume less salt because you won’t retain water as much and you won’t bloat as much either!

So I cook my veggies on 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. I usually set a time for 30 minutes, after they have been in the oven for a few and then I take a few extra to pull them out because I am usually multi-tasking while prepping everything. This usually is enough time for the veggies to get nice and cooked and to come out half roasted and half steamed, meaning not totally mushy and some crunch still left! Just right in my book! Then I move on to the chicken.

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Normally I would cook a chicken breast for each day of the week but I was running short and needed to keep some for dinner that night so I went with 4. I cook the breasts from frozen at 400 degrees for 1 hour. For this week I sprinkled a home made ranch seasoning that my sister had made for me and then put a small amount of avocado oil on top of that. An hour was the perfect amount of time for these to cook and get cooked all the way through which was nice!

 

 

 

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Last but not least I cut up some cucumbers partly because they were on sale at the grocery store 3 for $1 and partly because they sounded so good! So I bought 3 and cut them up to split between my lunches each day.

 

 

The last and final step is to package everything up so that it’s all ready to grab and go in the mornings when you are busy rushing out the door (or maybe that’s just me).

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First I wanted to show the containers I got. These are cheap and easy to store food in for weekly mean prep. I think they were $3 for a set of three at Wal-Mart and they have two different compartments for different foods.img_7387

 

 

As you can see here it was easy peasy and I got this all done within a couple of hours. While the veggies and chicken were cookie I worked on my over night oats which was nice and made my life that much easier.

 

For the most part I do a lot of my shopping at Costco just because I can get the bulk food that will last my husband and I at least one month. I like to do this kind of prep along with dinner prep once a month so that I’m not shopping every week spending money on things I most likely won’t use.

I hope you enjoyed this! I am going to try and make this something that I post weekly or every two weeks so that you can see the different recipe’s I find and try for yummy healthy eating! Food can be good and good for you!

 

Thanks for stopping by and keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!

 

 

 

 

 

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