You guys! I’m super excited about today’s post! This has been one of my most requested blog posts over the past few months, and I figured that the New Year was the perfect time to share it with you! (I totally meant to share this with you last Thursday… but #lifehappened. So hopefully it will be helpful for you this weekend!)
Most people make some sort of resolution to eat better, but it’s SO HARD when you’re busy. I know that a lot of people find it easier to simply order lunch while they are at work instead of spending hours prepping food for the week. But I’m here to tell you, meal prepping isn’t nearly as daunting of a task as you might think!
My typical morning routine is usually some sort of hot mess disaster mash up of me trying to do my make-up, curling my hair, snuggling my cat, drinking my coffee, eating my breakfast, putting together a cute outfit and singing loudly to TSwift simultaneously. The absolute last thing I have time for in the mornings is to think about what I’m going to eat for lunch six-ish hours later.
One day while Trev was off of work, he witnessed what can only be described as Hurricane Savannah attempting to get her life together and pack her lunch and get out the door by 6 am. This is when he looked at me and said “BABE. I can help make your morning easier. Let me show you how to meal prep.”
So last year, when Trevor and I made a habit of eating better, we also made the commitment to take an hour (sometimes less) every Sunday to meal prep so that our mornings were a breeze. And guys… I’m not even exaggerating when I say that Meal Prepping has made my life SO MUCH EASIER.
Every morning, I’m still a hot mess when it comes to getting myself looking presentable, BUT all I have to do is grab my lunch out the ‘fridge, put it in my bag and run out the door.
So to make your live’s easier too, I figured I’d share our tips for meal prepping on Sundays, and a few of our favorite recipes!
5 Tips For Quick and Easy Meal Prepping
- Make a Plan! This one might be a little bit obvious, but if you think about what you want to make ahead of time, you can make sure you have everything you need, and plan out just how long it’s going to take you to cook it.
- Stock up on containers. Your life will be SO much easier if you have containers to store your lunches in. My favorite are these from Pyrex! I like the rectangles for most of my meals, and the big bowls for salads!
- Keep your pantry/spice cabinet stocked. Most recipes call for spices or pantry staples like rice and olive oil. Your job is much easier when you have all these things on hand. PLUS you don’t have the excuse of “I don’t have everything I need… I’ll just order Panera tomorrow.” 🙂
- Vary Your Menu. If you’re like me, you can’t eat the same thing every day without getting sick of it. So take the time to plan two different meals for the week, or figure in leftovers from suppers the night before! It’s easy to get a variety in your lunches as long as you plan ahead.
- Prep Smarter… not harder! Don’t like cutting veggies? Buy them precut. Don’t want to spend an hour cooking on Sunday night? Use a slow cooker or instant pot. Strapped for time? Use a grocery shopping service and simply pick up your groceries so you have more time to cook. There are SO many ways you can make Meal Prep easier. You just need to find what works for you!
I tend to rotate between the same few meals every couple of weeks. Right now, my go-to meals tend to be Sausage and Veggies, BBQ Chicken Salad, Burrito Bowls, and Italian Chicken! I like to make enough for at least three meals ahead of time, and then plan to take leftovers the other two days. This helps us eat less food, and helps me not get bored of what I’m eating.
And since these are my current favorites, I figured why not share the recipes with you!
Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies
What You’ll Need
- Turkey Sausage (I like this one.)
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1 Yellow Pepper
- 1 Sweet Onion
- Your Favorite Kind of Potatoes (I like the Boomer Golds from The Little Potato Company!)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
- Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning, Salt and Pepper to taste.
I’m so sorry I can’t really give you exact amounts on ingredients. I literally don’t use measurements. I just like throw everything in a bowl until it looks good!
Start by chopping up your veggies and sausage and put into a large bowl. Once all chopped up, toss in EVOO and seasonings. Then, dump onto a cookie sheet.
Roast your sausage and veggies at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes, then flip and roast for 15 more. (Check your potatoes to make sure they are cooked all the way!)
Then, divide them into containers and store in the refrigerator. And BOOM! You’ve got a delicious, healthy meal ready to grab as you run out the door every morning!
Easy Burrito Bowl Chicken
Everyone knows that the hardest part about making burrito bowls is waiting for the chicken to cook. This isn’t really a recipe… because it’s SO easy, but this is our trick for perfect chicken every time!
What You’ll Need
- Chicken Breast
- 1 Jar of Salsa
Place chicken in your slow cooker and cover with a jar of salsa. Cook on low for 8 hours. Once chicken is done, place is a re-sealable container and shred! (It will fall apart.)
From here, you can easily put together a burrito bowl for the next days lunch! I like my burrito bowls to have rice, chicken, beans, corn, lettuce, sour scream and queso!
This chicken crock pot recipe is SO simple. It’s kind of like a roast… but feels a little lighter and not quite as savory.
What You’ll Need
- Chicken Breast
- Italian Seasoning Packet (Can be found in the salad dressing aisle!)
- Potatoes (You can use cut up large potatoes, or small ones like the Boomer Golds I mentioned earlier.)
- Carrots (We like to use baby carrots to make our lives easier!)
- Italian Dressing (We use the Olive Garden kind!)
- Parmesan Cheese
This is what I think might be consider a “dump” dinner. Simply dump everything into a crock pot, and cook on low for 8 hours. It’s SO yummy!
And, I’m saving my personal favorite for last! Every time I eat this, everyone wants to know what I have. So I figured I might as well share!
BBQ Chicken Salad
What You’ll Need
- Your Favorite Salad Toppings
- Shredded Chicken
- Ranch Dressing
- Your Favorite BBQ Sauce
- Tortilla Chips
The only thing in this meal that needs to be cooked ahead of time is your chicken! I like to put chicken breasts in the crock pot for 8 hours on low with either a little water or chicken stock and salt and pepper. Once it’s done, I pull it out and shred it up! Then I put in 5 small pyrex containers so it is ready for the week!
Now, you can totally make up your salad ahead of time, but I don’t like anything to get soggy! I pre-portion out my chicken, cheese and lettuce for the week, and keep in the fridge!
I also make up a little bag of crushed tortilla chips instead of croutons for an extra crunch!
But the secret ingredient that makes this salad so good? The dressing! I simply mix half ranch and half bbq sauce (I like the original Sweet Baby Rays). It’s SO freakin’ yummy!
Do you meal prep? If you do, what are your favorite meals to make? Leave them in the comments below, I know I’m always looking for new ideas!
Alright my loves, I’m off to snuggle in and watch The Bachelor! I hope you all had the best Mondays!