Isnt it one of the best feeling ever opening up your fridge and having food there ready and waiting for you? Heck ya! Unfortunately many of us don’t have the money to hire people to come in and have this ready for us… so that’s when its time to start meal prepping!
Taking a day of the week to prep your lunches for work is a super awesome time saver, and will keep you from that afternoon Harveys/mcdonalds/what ever quick and easy food is near your work! Plus… it can save you a bunch of money. I don’t know about you… but extra money in my wallet always makes me happy!
Every Sunday I take the time to prep meals. For weeks when I am super busy, this is a life saver! I often keep the staples the same, and play with different sauces I can prepare. When purchasing sauces form the grocery store, there are a million to choose from! The problem with these are the ingredients. Crammed full of corn syrup, dyes, hydrogenated oils, and ingredients no one could ever pronounce!
It is very common to get tired, and lethargic after eating, especially your afternoon meal. One attribution to this is hidden sauces. When adding on a salad dressing, or a sauce to your stir fry, you don’t often think of the mounds of sugar you are adding into your diet. This can cause that crash shortly after eating. Your blood sugar will rise, youll feel happy and energetic… and then you will crash, and grab for that extra cup of coffee. That’s what simple processed sugars will do to you. This is not going to attribute to a happy new year. Feel low energy can bring your mood down very quickly.
My fiancé works in an office surrounded by all the bad foods… so being the super fiancé that I am, I prep all his meals to take to work with him. They have to taste good to keep him interested, so I am playing with the sauces every week!
The staples of his lunch each week:
A protein source (Its normally chicken, but sometimes he wants fish)
A complex carbohydrate source (Sweet potato is a favorite)
Veggies! (This week we did green beans, carrots, and onions!)
This week we did a sweet chilli type sauce, that was super yummy and simple!
In a bowl mix together:
- ¼ soy sauce
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 2 chopped cloves of garlic
- 1tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- Lots of black pepper
Mix it all together!!
On a baking sheet, I cut up all the chicken breast (I was cooking 6), laid it out and poured all the sauce evenly over the chicken and added the onions on top! Baked for 45 mins (stirring up the chicken every so often) at 375 F, and it was perfect.
A super yummy sauce that you can feel better about, and in the long run will cost you less than these pre-packaged sauces.
This week for the veggies I roasted the sweet potato, and carrots together with some coconut oil, salt, pepper, and cinnamon! I tossed in the green beans for the last 15 mins. I also toss in some parsley once everything is all cooked. Awesome for digestions and detoxification.
Now all you have to do is divide it up into meals.. or put all your veggies in one container and your meat in another.
And you’re all set!!
I am looking forward to showing you guys some more simple meals!