Meal planning/prep doesn’t need to be complicated. You don’t need any fancy recipes and it doesn’t have to take a long time. When I am really busy and don’t have a whole lot of time to devote to meal prep this is my go to plan!
This week is crazy! I am just back from vacation and have a ton to do at work. So, I took some time on Sunday, about an hour to be exact, and prepped all my dinners for this week – 5 meals worth. On the menu is chicken, pork, and roasted vegetables.
First, I went to Aldi and bought everything that I needed:
- ~1.5 pounds pork tenderloin, sliced
- ~1.5 pounds chicken breast
- 3 large zucchini
- 1 bag Brussels sprouts
- 2 heads broccoli
- 1 jar no-sugar-added marinara sauce
***Note: I am only cooking for one person so adjust quantities accordingly. Also, with more food comes more prep time, but I can’t foresee it taking much longer than what I have detailed here.***
Then, I came home and started cooking! I cut up all the veggies and seasoned them. The Brussels sprouts just got some olive oil, salt, chili flake, and pepper. The zucchini and broccoli were seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and chili powder. I popped them all in the oven at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.
While the veggies were in the oven I cooked the meat. The pork was just seasoned with salt and pepper. The chicken was my standby favorite from Aldi – the Southwest marinated chicken breast.
In about 45 minutes my 5 dinners for this week were done! This is what my dinners for this week will basically look like:
I decided to add some marinara sauce on the veggies 1) just to spice it up and 2) because I found this one at Aldi with no added sugar.
Also, a pro tip! If I ever want seconds I just eat more the veggies. However, if I eat more veggies one night I might run out another night. So, I always make sure to have a stock of frozen veggies in the freezer that I can pop in the microwave just in case!
After you prepare everything, make sure to pack them in airtight containers and pop them in the fridge. I like to separate the veggies and the meat in different containers. Or if you have bento style boxes you could pack each of the meals separately.
And that is it! 5 dinners, one hour, and my week is set 🙂 I really like this set up because you can change up the seasoning, the protein, the veggies and have something completely different the next week.
What is your favorite go-to meal prep tips and trick? Let me know in the comments!