So, I meal prep. Some people think it means I’m part of a cult that only eats extra extra lean ground beef, unflavored chicken breast, brown rice, and quinoa. And as exciting as all that sounds – I’m not part of this exciting cult. Follow the blog here if you don’t want to miss the meal preps!
I practice IIFYM and I meal prep.
Why? What the hell?!
I just find it sooooo easy to put aside my Sunday to cook all my meals for the week. I never have to cook during the week. Not even breakfast. It takes about 2 hours if you’re taking your time, but I know I’ve been able to complete it in about 1.5 hours if I’m rushing.
How do I manage to cook so much in so little time?
The oven. Maybe the slow cooker? It really depends on the week. Lately I’ve been using the oven to bake my chicken and some veggies (you can read about it here). I also use the rice cooker so all my carbs (and my boyfriend’s) are cooked in one shot. Luckily I only eat rice for dinner, and he only eats it for dinner, too. So between the rice cooker and oven, all of our dinners are done within 30-45 minutes.
As for lunch, I typically have ground turkey. So as long as its thawed, I just throw it on a pan, put some seasonings on, and bam! Done. I’ll also steam some veggies, usually Birds Eye Steam Fresh Broccoli, Cut Green Beans, or Sweet Peas. I’ll also divide a bag into 2-3 meals. So that’s about 5 minutes per bag in the microwave.
When it comes to breakfast I’m picky about how I prep food. I love egg muffins, but I’ve been opting to make red beet eggs. I’ll probably put up a recipe for this later, but you just hard boil eggs and pickle them in beet juice with vinegar.
If I didn’t lose you yet, beets are a super food! Here’s a quick run-down on beets:
- Full of B vitamins, copper, magnesium, manganese, iron, and potassium
- Improves your blood pressure – thanks to nitrates
- Lower your risk for heart disease
- Increase your endurance
- Better brain function
- Detox your liver
- Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories
- High in fiber
So if you get a chance, buy a can of beets (they’re only $0.50 per can) and put some eggs with them. It’s high protein, quick to eat, and super healthy! Plus the eggs turn pink/red, so what’s not to love?
As for snacks, I typically just have bananas and cereal bars – so no prep needed.
Honestly, portioning out food into Tupperware containers is the longest part of the prep. All the food pretty much gets to cook and I get to relax and wait until it’s time to portion everything out!
How do I portion things out?
See the little black thing on the table in the picture below? That’s a food scale and it is LIFE to me!This is my favorite food scale
I typically weigh out the cooked chicken and pork for my boyfriend (or he weighs it out). Other than that, I use measuring cups for the rice, and just use a spoon for vegetables and try to make consistent & even amount of scoops per container.
Life isn’t that serious where you have to weigh out every gram of every bean, corn, tomato, or anything. I take one bag of green beans and divide it into 3 containers by spoon scoops. It’ll be close to even.
Anywho, don’t be afraid to meal prep! It doesn’t have to be excruciatingly annoying to prep or weigh out food. You got this!