Last week’s meal prep was very successful, so this week I decided to meal prep lunches and dinners. Once again I decided to keep it simple and just went with chicken, potatoes, and broccoli but next week I may try something different. I wanted to create a post on how I meal prepped this week and some tips for beginners.
First, I peeled and diced 3 sweet potatoes and 3 regular potatoes. Last week I made rice, but I never ate any of the meals so decided just to do 2 different types of potatoes this week. I added just a little oil (for the potatoes I use non stick foil) and some Mrs. Dash seasoning and place in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes I checked on them, stirred them around a little, and baked them for another 10 minutes until they were fully cooked. Set these aside to cool.
Next up I cooked the chicken. I just laid out 3 chicken breasts and season 2 with Mrs. Dash and another with Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper to give it a try. Placed in the oven for about 20 minutes, checked on it, and ended up cooking it for another 10 until fully cooked. Took the chicken out of the oven and let it cool.
Something that I have always wanted to try has been to meal prepping. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s where you plan out all of your meals for the entire week or for several days. My plan was to prep enough lunches for 5 days, plus a few extras … but I ended up having even more than that.
I did a lot of research before meal prepping for my first week, and what a lot of people were saying was to keep it simple at first. So I did just that. All I wanted for my meals was baked chicken, vegetables, and some sort of a starch and that was it. And that’s precisely what I did.
For my meal prep this week I baked 3 chicken breasts in the oven (seasoned with Mrs. Dash and pepper), oven roasted sweet potatoes (also seasoned the same as the chicken), white rice (I hate brown rice … I know it’s healthier but I just can’t), and steamed broccoli. This ended up creating 8 meals (so glad I decided to buy extra containers!) and I even prepped some extra food. In case some days I don’t want what I made, I also prepped some romaine lettuce (chopped and washed) for salads (which I can top with almonds, mandarin oranges, goat cheese, sunflower seeds, etc) and a few boiled eggs (for salads and for snacks).
For snacks I wanted very simple things that I knew I’d eat. So for snacks I have applesauce (I love adding a little bit of cinnamon to mine), roasted almonds (already portioned which is a bonus!), mandarin oranges, and some frozen yogurt (seriously it’s my fav and only 100 calories!). I also some snacks from my latest Nature Box that I can nom on if I want something a little different.
Think if I decide to meal prep again next week, I may try some other starches and vegetables (I’m super pick so we will see :P) as well as prepping some fruits and additional snacks. I really like variety when I eat, so we will see how this week goes first! If meal prepping is something I enjoy, I may invest in better quality/more containers as well as a scale. For measuring the food out I just used measuring cups and sort of guessed.
One of my favorites dishes to both eat and cook myself is Alfredo! I am such a huge fan of cheese and pasta, and when those are combined? SIGN ME UP! One thing that I make every once in a while as a treat for myself is homemade Chicken Alfredo, and here’s how I do it.
You will need:
- Chicken (here I used tenderloins but chicken breasts work too).
- Uncooked Fettucine pasta
- 1 1/2 cups of Parmesan cheese (shredded)
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups of Heavy Cream
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- Salt, pepper, and garlic salt for seasoning
- Olive Oil
To get started go ahead and boil water (don’t forget to add salt!) for the pasta and follow the instructions on the box on how to cook it. Heat up a large enough pan and add a few tablespoons of oil. While the pan is heating up cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.
After adding the chicken to the pan turn the heat down to about medium and go ahead and season the chicken. Salt, pepper, and garlic salt is what I usually use! Cook the chicken until it’s no longer pink on the inside.
When the chicken is done it should have this nice brown color to it on the inside, if you’re not sure if it’s cooked fully just cut a piece in half and see if it’s pink. Once it’s fully cooked, remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.