Post # 1
I’ve been planning my meals and prepping them on Sunday’s for the past few months. Not only have I saved a ton of money doing this, but it literally forces me to eat healty. The only problem is that I’ve fallen into buying the same things every weekend at the grocery store, and the only meal I’ve been switching up (a little) is dinner.
I’m looking for some suggestions, especially for lunch & dinner. Here’s what I currently do:
Breakfast: Protein shake
Morning snack: Blueberries & strawberries (portioned)
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken or plain tuna & mixed veggies. If I’m still hungry I always have brown rice packs in my office.
Afternoon snack: Plain almonds
Dinner: I try to do something different every night. I do bunless turkey burgers with salsa at least once a week (SO good), usually a fish one night a week, and some type of steak lettuce wraps with hummus.
Anyone have any tips or new recipes? How can I switch this up? Let’s share! 🙂
Post # 3
FI recently said that he wanted to try a more filling breakfast because he wants to get more serious about weight training. I tried this recipe for freezeable breakfast bowls over the weekend and it’s really good: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/06/country-breakfast-bowls-freezable/
I’ve definitely noticed that I’m less hungry throughout the day after eating these for a few days. To make it healthier, you could try replacing the potatoes with a different veggie or removing the cheese on top. I also added in some turkey sausage to mine to add some more protein for FI’s weight lifting.
For lunch and dinners, one of our go-to dishes is chili. Easy to make, lots of veggies, and it gives us tons of leftovers. Hearty soups like chicken noodle and minestrone are also good and easy to make.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We make healthy veggie-rich stews / soups / chili in our big crockpot and then freeze them in small glass tupperwares. That way you can rummage through the freezer and always have something satisfying yet healthy to defrost.
My current favorite is a stew that’s tomato-based (put in a few big cans of diced tomatoes) with diced yams, diced chicken breast, onions / garlic / green peppers / whatever veggies, couple tablespoons of this this amazing stuff called Patak’s curry paste, a little brown sugar, and whatever other spices. You just toss all the stuff in the crockpot for a few hours and then season to taste. IT’S SO GOOD!!!
Post # 5
@bleusteel: That looks so good!! It also reminded me that I’ve made these before. You make them in a muffin tray. I used egg whites, tomatoes and spinach. They lasted the whole week too!
Post # 6
@lolot: That sounds really good! Can you only order that online? Or do some stores sell it? My FI loves anything spicy, so I think he would really like that!
Post # 7
@Soon2BMrsC21: Those look awesome! I’ll have to try them next.
Post # 8
@bleusteel: Not my photo, lol…I just googled it. But, you can add any veggies you want!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@Soon2BMrsC21: You can get it at most grocery stores – I think we actually get the hot kind, and it’s pretty hot but also so flavorful that you don’t need to use much. It’s SO good!
Those muffin things look amazing! The perfect high-protein, veggie-rich, low-carb thing for the morning.
Post # 10
@lolot: I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!
Post # 11
My go-to for breakfast is overnight oats- rolled oats, soaked in almond milk, chia seeds and ~1/2 scoop of protein powder, and you can add whatever fruit, nuts etc that you want… it’s super simple, delicious and filling.
For dinners, I’ll do shredded chicken in my slow cooker every week or two. I usually do tacos (chicken breasts+ salsa+ taco seasoning), or buffalo chicken (chicken+hot sauce+greek yogurt+ranch dressing mix).
oooh.. stuffed peppers are also good.
I also like to make a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and incorporate it into my meals wherever (e.g. as a rice substitute, a quinoa salad, or just a bit on top of a salad to add some protein).
Post # 12
@Soon2BMrsC21: This morning I found a recipe for breakfast burritos. You just prepare them, wrap them up and freeze them for the following week. Basically just scrambled eggs, bacon, salsa, and cheese in a tortilla.
Post # 13
I’m really bad at planning beyond the next day or so lol, but I always have tons of ideas for meals:
– Smoothie in the morning with almond milk, a banana, any berry and/or spinach and some flaxseed/chia/almond butter.
– Overnight oats with oats, almond milk, chia seeds kept in the fridge overnight to dig into the next morning!
– Eggs! 2 eggs on the pan with some tomatoes/peppers/spinach. Bacon/sausage too if I am not running out of the house since I WILL smell of bacon all day.
– Leftovers from last night’s dinner. This is most often the case for me.
– Kale or spinach cut up in small pieces, mixed with some quinoa, edamame and maybe peanuts! Toss with mustard oil, S&P, and crazy delicious!
– Grilled chicken with roasted veggies (peppers, zucchini, etc)
– Grilled chicken/fish/tofu with roasted veggies and rice/quinoa
– CURRY! A few days back I had curried chicken with quinoa.
– Soup! Last night I made roasted cauliflower soup and ate it with carrot chips, and turkey bacon. SO good.
But yeah.. I dont plan meals because I like opening the fridge and seeing whats in there and getting creative with the ingredients. Spices are your friend.
Post # 14
@Soon2BMrsC21: Everytime I try and make those they come out deflated, lol… Any tricks on how not to let that happen?
Post # 15
I work 12 hour shifts at the hospital for three days in a row. So i have got to plan something or i just dont eat healthy or cheaply.
Breakfast: cheerios and milk…or boiled eggs because they are the best way to start your day. they are filling and great protien to jump start your day. or yogurt with cottage cheese and some fruit with granola.
lunch: salad, carrot, celery, radish, light cheese, boiled egg
snacks: i really like apples with PB or with just good cheese. Nut mixes, my fav is with the yogurt chips, or dried/dried fish:P or no sugar added apple sauce.
dinner: Coconut chicken curry soup with veggies and rice. Love the stuff!
Post # 16
@bleusteel: I dont know if you subscribe to any magazines but Women’s Health, Self and Redbook have fantastic recipes! IT seriously helps keep me on track with my diet AND saves me money each week.
Every time I receive a new magazine I tear out the pages and add it to my folder of recipes to try. There is a variety of foods to choose from and MOST are super delish! You can also check out their websites and realsimpledotcom. I found about 10 recipes from there last week alone.
Good luck and happy/healthy eating!
ETA: Today: Breakfast – I had a SB latte, 6 Brazil nuts, honeycomb cereal (weakness for me!)
Lunch – a salad with grilled corn, green beans, grape tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, red onion and avocao in a Dijon vinaigrette with a home made goat cheese, spinach and leeks quiche (1/2 eaten every 3 hrs)
Dinner – sashimi and shimp tempura (definitely not home made!)