Easy Meal Prep On A Budget
Meal Prepping is something I have to do, not only to remain on target with my goals but also for my sanity. I usually prep on a Saturday or a Sunday, so my busy weekdays can be as stress free as possible. I thoroughly enjoy not having any dishes, mindless eating, or grocery store runs during the week. Prepping isn’t for everyone, but I think if you try it you’ll soon see all the benefits.
This week we prepped lunches and dinners. I made three different meals to give a little variety. And will be having eggs and English muffins for breakfast. My snacks this week will consist of fruit, yogurt, and nuts. My evening snack if I need one will be Halo Top or popcorn.
I shopped at Safeway this week, because in my area, I like their produce better and they offer already chopped and ready to go veggies (I need simple and fast!). For my entire bill snacks, breakfast items, and all meal items, my end bill this week was $152.00. This will provide 6 breakfasts, and 18 of the meals below (4 chicken, 4 spaghettis, and 10 skirt steak.) I prep for three people total.
Meal #1 Turkey Meatballs “Spaghetti” (this made 4 containers in my house, with sauce and meatballs leftover)
*I will sometimes eat the sauce and meatballs for a snack
1 box of zucchini noodles
1 box of butternut squash or sweet potato noodles
1 jar of prego (or any type of pasta sauce you like or make your own)
I used frozen pre-cooked turkey meatballs
- Bring water to a boil in a pot big enough to hold and cover your noodles
- Once water is boiling, drop in noodles. You only need to boil for a few minutes.
- Remove pot from heat and drain the noodles.
- Divide noodles into containers (or make one big batch you’ll eat out of)
- Place desired number of frozen meatballs in each container (meatballs will “cook” when you heat up your meal to eat)
- Pour desired amount of pasta sauce over noodles and meatballs
- Keep in fridge until ready to eat.
Meal #2 Fiesta Lime Chicken with Brown Rice and Roasted Vegetables (this made 4 containers for me)
4 chicken breasts (I buy organic, and I purchase the brand Rosie’s when at Safeway, but you can buy whatever you are comfortable with)
Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning
2 packages of Uncle Bens 90 second brown rice (again-it’s all about easy)
Roasted Vegetables of Your Choice (see recipe below)
Method for Chicken:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Line a casserole dish or cookie sheet with foil (I’m all about making this easy clean up)
- Place chicken on top
- Drizzle with olive oil
- Sprinkle Mrs. Dash seasoning
- Cook in oven until chicken is no longer pink (for me it’s about 25 minutes)
- Following directions on rice package, cook rice
- Divide the chicken into 4 containers.
- Divide the rice between the 4 containers.
- Divide your vegetables between the 4 containers.
- Place lids on containers and place into the fridge.
Meal #3 Skirt Steak with brown rice and vegetables (my family eats this the most so I made 10 containers of it)
Skirt Steak (I bought 4 packages with 2 steaks in each package)
Marinade of your choice (I bought Stubbs original flavor)
Uncle Ben’s 90 second rice (I used 4 of them)
Roasted Vegetables of your choice (see recipe below)
Method For Steak:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Line a cookie sheet or a 9×13 baking dish with foil (I have to use three dishes)
- Place steaks into dish
- Pour chosen marinade over steaks
- Cook steaks until desired doneness (for me it’s about 45 minutes)
- Cut steaks to size of serving size of choice (we stick to about a palm size)
- Place steaks into containers, followed by dividing the rice and vegetables into containers.
- Place in refrigerator.
Roasted Vegetables (made enough for 14 containers)
This week I used from the already prepared and “oven ready” at Safeway (yes! Oven ready, it’s already cut up, AND in a cooking dish so no clean up!!!)
Oven Ready Package Carrots
Oven Ready Package Potatoes
Oven Ready Package Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots Mixture
1 package of Asparagus
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Take off the plastic tops to the containers and remove the seasoning package inside.
Drizzle olive oil over each container.
Sprinkle with Mrs. Dash Herb and Garlic (but feel free to use any Mrs. Dash seasoning you like)
Place in oven for about 20 minutes.
*I slightly undercook because when you reheat the meals the vegetables will continue to cook then.
Remove from oven and divide into all your containers with your protein servings.