We started exploring meal prepping about a year ago. We were looking for options to create easy go-to lunches and dinners. We tried meal prepping for ourselves and we tried purchasing meals from meal prep companies.
A few benefits we have found for us include:
- We save money. We were spending $8-10 per person just for lunch and then most nights we were tired and ended up going out to eat and that was $20-30 for both of us.
- We save time. Meal prepping gives us back time. We don’t have to spend part of our lunch break during the work day sitting in traffic, skipping the gym. Also after a tough day at work, dinner is ready so there are no excuses to go out to eat or eat off track.
- It helps us meet our healthy and fitness goals. Our workouts are planned and our meals are planned making it a no-brainer and keeps us consistent.
We decided we wanted to share our meal prepping strategy with our friends; so naturally, we hosted a meal prep social!
We found four lunch or dinner recipes we liked, added one breakfast option and one snack option. Our goal was to help our friends have a few meal to take with them to experience what it is like to have a meal prepped and ready to go.
Once we had the recipes, we put all of the ingredients into a spreadsheet to make sure we bought enough of everything. Then we used the Walmart app and Sam’s Club app to create our shopping lists.
Broccoli Rice Red Pepper Egg Muffin – We found this recipe on Meal Prep on Fleek. We liked this recipe because it is an easy on-the-go breakfast. It is also under $4. It is also a low carb and low sugar recipe which will help start your day on track for success.
Carnitas Burrito Bowls – We selected this recipe from Fit Foodie Finds because it has protein, vegetables and whole grains in every bite!
Jalapeno Sliders with Sweet Potato Buns – This is another recipe from Meal Prep on Fleek. We substitute ground turkey for ground beef. This recipe also has a slight kick and is great for an on-the-go lunch or dinner.
Quick Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls – This recipe, by Crunchy Creamy Sweet, has few ingredients for an easy and fast weeknight dinner.
Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables – This recipe by Averie Cooks is easy, fast and yummy. There are so many variations to fit your needs and taste.
No Bake Energy Bites – This recipe, by Gimme Some Oven, is delish and quick! This recipe can also be altered to fit your nutritional needs.
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