Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Quick & Easy Meal Prep

 

As a mom to three (seriously, amazing) kids under the age of 12, I don't always have a lot of time available.  Often our days are a blur of activity: work for myself and my husband, school for the kids, exercise, homework, making dinner, baths, good night stories, and closing out the day. Weekends bring lots of family time and a chance to reconnect with one another and get ready for the upcoming week.  Occasionally, Sunday night rolls around and I have yet to prep my meals for the week. *I have skipped prepping before and it just sends me back down a road of poor food choices that I don't care to think about, ha ha!

When this happens, I grab my "go-to" meals and prep away.  It's nothing fancy, but these items ensure that I have healthy meals readily available to me all week.

I keep my pantry and freezer stocked with the following items (and usually pick up extra when they go on sale):
  • Plain oatmeal (quick cook)
  • Halos (small tangerines)
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Frozen broccoli (Publix has a wonderful organic frozen broccoli that cooks quickly in the microwave)
  • Organic green beans (I use Kroger's Simple Truth Organic brand)
  • Chicken breast
  • Raw shrimp (medium)
  • Cooked, ground turkey (I always buy it on sale and portion it into 3-4oz servings and freeze it)
  • Apples (I prefer gala)
  • Trail mix
  • Quinoa (I used Kroger's Simple Truth Organic frozen)
  • Hot sauce
Having these items on hand make it super simple for me to create a weeks worth of healthy, delicious meals.

Sriracha Chicken with green beans
 
Red pepper ground turkey with zucchini noodles
 
Shrimp, quinoa, & broccoli
 
Sriracha chicken, quinoa, and broccoli
 
So, here is how a typical day plays out:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with 2 halos
Lunch - Red pepper ground turkey & zucchini noodles
Snacks - celery, apple, trail mix
Dinner - Sriracha chicken with quinoa and broccoli.
 
 
Check out my other posts for more in depth recipes and more meal prep ideas!