Post # 1
I want to loose about ten pounds and lower the body fat percentage. I also want to eat food that is not prepared with a million preservatives and junk inside. I am super allergic and have been feeling like crap. Zero energy. Super tired.
I also have a few races I want to do and want to be pretty fit for them. That and that I get married in March 21st 2015 yaaay and want to look my best that day. But the other reasons are my main concern. So I’ve been trying to eat only stuff that I prepare at home in order to avoid all the preservatives and extra ingredients my body don’t need. But that translates into skipping meals when I’m on the road and getting home starving only to have to start cooking and wait more. By the time I eat I am so darn hungry I over eat. So I realized the only way to eat my exact nutrition plan was uhh cooking in advance and preparing the meals and sticking to them.
Here’s pictures for a bit over 2 weeks meal prepping. Only thing I did not include was breakfast because I’m always home when I wake up so I’ll eat my oatmeal and yogurt with nuts and a bit of honey.
In this batch I made:
2 big chicken salads with almonds and cranberries. I also prepared a raspberry vinaigrette.
Chili that I mixed with sweet potatoes and side salads, or with pasta or brown rice
I made chicken tortilla soup
A full chicken that went into the soup and left overs were paired with sweet potatoes and sauteed veggies,
I packed red bell pepper and tomato soup
Made balsamic tomatoes for snacks. Low fat cottage cheese with pineapple, and apple sauce for snacks. And banana puree with cinnamon.
A bunch of other things but you get the idea 🙂
Post # 3
@Sporty-Bee: This is exactly what I do. When I come home from work I’m always hungry and if I don’t have something prepared then I tend to make really bad food choices. So on a Sunday I make all my meals for the week and freeze them. It means there’s always something healthy ready and waiting for me.
To help I also only buy food that’s allowed on my diet, if there’s no temptation in the house then I can’t cheat.
Post # 4
@GIJen: thanks! It’s my first try at this but you are right. When we are starving we make the crappiest food choices. I also don’t bring home any junk stuff. I buy things for Saturdays, when I like to have an off day and eat whatever I want. Otherwise I get cranky and anxious about Food. Hehe
Post # 5
I love this idea. My question is, how does it all stay good for two weeks? I find that most food has about a five-to-seven day shelf life after it’s prepped, and the USDA recommends that cooked meat only be refrigerated for up to a week before it starts growing bacteria. Do you have a way that you combat this?
Post # 6
@abbie017: I was wondering the same thing. Maybe they are all being frozen?
I prepare breakfasts, lunches and dinners for 2-4 weeks at a time so I don’t have to worry about what we are eating during the week. I just defrost breakfasts and lunches the day before and dinnners a couple days before needed.
Post # 7
This is a great idea and those look really tasty!!! Are some of them items you plan to keep in the freezer? I’d be concerned with how long things would stay fresh after they were prepped. What’s your plan for that?
Post # 8
@abbie017: I was wondering that too.
Post # 9
@abbie017: yes. I’ll only leave food in the fridge for 3-4 days. The rest goes in the freezer. And I take them out when the stuff in the fridge is about to be over. I’m extremely allergic to mold. So I try not to eat anything that’s been more than 4 days in the fridge after it’s been cooked. I also buy very small amounts of cheese and things that will go in a week. Now I’ve been preparing my own yogurt at home
Post # 10
yes. Most meals will go to the freezer. Snacks I only prepared for a bit less than a week. And The salads are the first thing that will go. If I stick 100% to plan, salads should be gone by Wednesday. Then prepare more tiny side salads with fresh spinach. But that’s pretty easy.
The chicKen tortilla soup is crazy good. I skipped the tortillas though to save extra calories and fat I don’t need. So it’s more like a mexican chicken soup lol
The chili turned out tasting really awesome. I used lean beef. It was my first attempt at chili and I couldn’t be happier.
If anyone is interested I can share the links for the ones I used. Really really tasty. Both the chicken tortilla and the chili.
Post # 11
I also got these containers that have a dry erase lid. So you can write what the food inside is and / or the date in which it was prepared. Or if you are following a super structured plan you can write when you need to eat that meal. Pretty cool containers. They are on sale at Costco right now so I got two sets.
You can tell the mutli language mess I have in my head right now by just looking at the way I wrote on the lids! Lol Spanglish.
Post # 12
Awesome! Go get it, girl! 🙂
Post # 13
@Sporty-Bee: How long did the cooking/prepping take you? I’m interested in doing this too, but I don’t know how well I’d do carving out the time for prepping it all! Any recipes you care to share would be great too! Thanks!
Post # 14
@Sporty-Bee: How are the salads kept fresh?
Post # 15
@Sporty-Bee: this is exactly my plan for tomorrow! I don’t think I have enough containers though…
Post # 16
@DBS5127: well the chili I had to sautee the onions and beef and all in all that was like 15 mins because I use one of those onion and pepper choppers and the mini food processor for the garlic. I’m lousy at chopping those. Then it all went to slow cooker for like 4 hours. But that I don’t nind as it’s start and forget. I was doing a bunch of other things. Same with the chicken soup. I used a whole chicken that I cooked in the slow cooker and then shredded it and threw it back with the broth veggies and seasonings for the chicken tortilla soup. I used the left overs from the chicken for two meals. I baked 4 sweet potato portions and 4 chicken breasts in one go. It wilk depend on what you want to prepare for your meals and how many meals you want to pre pack. Now I’m pretty confident than with the right meals and being efficient, I can prepare all the meals for a whole week in an hour If I stick to baked potatoes or sweet potatoes with grilled chicken breasts and salads. Even some brown rice or pasta With grounded beef. I’d say it is a lot about proper planning and choosing simple meals. Probably choosing the chili and the chicken tortilla soup wasn’t my smartest decision for a first time doing the meal prep. It freaked me out that it took so long to make those in the slow cooker! Lol. But they are really tasty and in all honestly not really complicated. Just welll… SLOW cooking! Haha