Don’t you just love the anxiety of having to pack your lunch? Especially trying to choose healthy options in the midst of your rush. Sometimes you don’t even have time to create an impromptu meal before work/school, and then you go to McDonald’s for a quick hamburger that will only make you feel guilty afterward. Yeah, been there. Done that.
What if I could tell you that you could make yummy lunches for days in less than an hour?
I’ve meal prepped a few times before, but this is the first time I’ve done it for a week-long portion. As you can see there is a bit more than one week’s serving because I had plenty of leftovers, I went ahead and made some for my mom. Since she works too, we’re both going to try this meal prep thing.
- 3 cups of brown rice
- 6 frozen chicken breasts
- two frozen bags of peppers and onions
- taco seasoning
- olive oil (to sauté the veggies)
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350° and place the frozen chicken on a cooking sheet. Sprinkle the taco seasoning mix on top. Bake at whatever time required for your oven. We ended up cooking it for 30 minutes total. While your meat is cooking, go ahead and grab a pot of water and cook your rice. Sauté your vegetables in the already heated skillet. Cook until the juice is fully evaporated. Then once everything is finished, select your meal containers and divide your tasty, healthy dishes.
I ended up having a lot of rice leftover, so instead of combining it with the already portioned meals, I placed the leftovers in its own separate container.
Helpful tips to create the perfect meal:
Make sure you have at least aprotein, a vegetable, and a carb/starch.
If you like a certain healthy option rather than another, make sure to include that in your meals. Eat what you enjoy, but be smart about it. For example, if you would much rather munch on some carrots than radishes, pack some carrots. If you don’t like chicken, pack some tuna. There are dozens of healthy substitutes that don’t require the assistance of a fast food restaurant.
Lunch is what keeps you going during the day. Breakfast helps regulate your body in order to fully wake up and start the day. Lunch is the extra fuel you need to keep you fully functioning during the long hours of the day. So, in other words, lunch is very important! You should never skip it.
The relief you feel after your week’s lunches are packed and ready to eat is amazing. Eating healthy isn’t that difficult. It does take some effort, but it’s worth it in the end.
Look forward. When you assume you’re going to fail, that’s inevitably what’s going to happen.
Stay motivated. Ask yourself why you’re doing this. Having a goal for yourself is the most important aspect of trying to eat healthier.
Verse for thoughts//1 Corinthians 6:19