I thought I would do another post with some lunch prep ideas, hopefully this is interesting and inspires you on your healthy eating journey.
Please remember that I am NOT a nutritionist and I cannot tell you what you should eat, this is just what I’ve been eating lately.
Chicken Breast with Green Beans and Butternut Squash
I made a variation of this meal several times over the last few months. It’s incredibly easy and insanely filling. I will say that I ended up reducing the chicken to half a chicken breast because this was just a lot of food for mid day.
1 cup of green beans from a frozen packet (approximately 30 calories and 27% of your daily value for vitamin C)
1/4 of a butternut squash cubed. I coat the squash in two tablespoons of coconut oil then sprinkle in whatever spices I fancy. I’m a big fan of salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and a dash of cinnamon. I love the spiciness of the cayenne and I would put that on everything if The Boy would let me. I then bake it at 375 for around 45 minutes. I like to cook it until it starts to get almost a tad burned on the edges because it begins to caramelize and it adds a nice sweetness. (For the squash at 400g per serving which is roughly what I ended up with here: 180 calories 8g of fiber and more than your daily value of vitamin A. The coconut oil adds around 60 calories)
1 chicken breast grilled on the George Foreman with lemon pepper and salt (For a full chicken breast it’s roughly 160 calories and 34g of protein)
Total calories: 430
The bulk of the prep time is just cubing the squash but that still only takes a few minutes. Total cook time is 45 minutes and you can grill your chicken in a few minutes or bake it along with your squash and it will be roughly the same cook time. Overall, this is a pretty fast meal prep which is the main reason that it’s been my go to meal so often.
Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti
One of my favorite foods in the whole world is spaghetti. I just love it. I love it equally when prepared with pasta or with spaghetti squash and the squash has a bit more added nutrients and fewer calories so that’s an awesome option if you’re counting calories.
Use one large spaghetti squash or two small squashes. Just cut them in half, clean out the seeds and bake them at 350 for around 45 minutes or microwave them on a plate with a bit of water in the bottom for around 15 minutes per half a squash (here I’ve used what ends up being roughly 270g of squash per meal which comes out to around 83 calories and around 3g of fiber)
For the spaghetti sauce I use about the easiest sauce recipe possible (I hesitate to even call it a recipe).
Brown 1lb of ground lean turkey with a half an onion and a heaping tablespoon of garlic and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Once the meat is browned add:
1 x 14oz can of diced tomatoes
1 x 14oz can of whole stewed tomatoes
1 x small can (I think they are around 6-8oz) of sliced mushrooms
Then I add a dash of salt, pepper, oregano, a bay leaf and any other spices I fancy and just let it simmer for a while.
The sauce ends up being 250 calories per serving with 21g of protein and I add a tablespoon of parmesan which bumps it up by a measly 20 calories.
Total: 375 calories
Prep time is a little bit longer on this meal just because you have to keep stirring the meat and onion while it’s browning. You can let the whole mix simmer for as little or as long as you like. I’m clearly not a chef, I’m all about the ease of preparation factor.
Turkey Meatballs with Butternut Squash and Broccoli
I don’t normally like to let my squash get quite as done as I did for this meal prep. I’m easily distracted though and I forgot to keep an eye on it.
For the meatballs:
mix 1lb of lean ground turkey, 1 large egg, 2 Tbs of parmesan cheese and 1 tsp. of ground nutmeg. Form into 8 meatballs and place on a greased cookie sheet or in a greased 8×8 baking pan and cook for around 30 minutes. (2 meatballs ends up being 192 calories and 22g protein)
Same squash “recipe” as listed above (180 calories 8g of fiber and more than your daily value of vitamin A. The coconut oil adds around 60 calories)
1 cup of broccoli florets from frozen (30 calories, 2g of fiber and all of your daily value of vitamin C)
Total calories: 402
Prep time is around five minutes and the only real time commitment here is baking the meatballs which doesn’t really take all that long.
I’m not sure when I will post this but I’m writing it on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I’m full of stuffing and gravy and pecan pie so I feel a little weird writing about healthy food. What I CAN say is that on a day to day basis I feel so much better when my lunches are smaller and healthier and I’m making sure to get the nutrients that I need but man do I love some holiday binge eating as well.
I hope you found this helpful or at least interesting and I’d love to hear what healthy meals are your favorites. Do you meal prep for your week? I’m always looking for new ideas so feel free to share in the comments! Also, would you have any interest in an occasional post about my workout routine? I think it would be a fun way to kind of keep track of my own progress and I’d love to bond with you over some exercise chit chat!
- My brother finally convinced me to binge watch The IT Crowd on Netflix and it is definitely one of the better decisions I’ve made in life.
- I need to go for a run but I’m covered in cute snugly cats and I’m finding very little motivation to move off of the couch.
13 thoughts on “A Month of Meal Prep”
I love spaghetti squash. I’ll probably end up picking one up later this week, thanks for meal inspiration!
The I.T. Crowd is awesome! 🙂
Me too! It’s delicious! The Boy doesn’t really love it as a pasta replacement but that just goes to show that men have no taste 😊
Yay a fellow IT Crowd fan! Do you have a favorite character? I don’t think I could choose.
I love Moss and his versions of swearing!
Miss is flipping great! 😄
I want to wear an IT crowd shirt to a job interview under a nice suit jacket. And I just might one of these days!
Ahaha! That’s spectacular! I think it would actually be kind of a cool look actually 🙂 plus it would separate the cool would be employers from the uncool would be employers.
So organized! I buy my lunch pretty much every day. The odd times we’ll have leftovers from dinner I’ll bring it to work but it’s just easier for me to buy something. I’m eating sushi today. 😛
I used to make spaghetti out of spaghetti squash when I lived alone – a great alternative!
Never heard of IT crowd…. I tend to not watch shows until they’re cancelled or ended. We’re debating between the Sopranos or Mad Men right now lol… so behind.
Ha! I guess at least one small portion of my life is organized. It’s much easier to buy lunches for sure. Mmm sushi…
I really only watch tv on netflix so it’s hit or miss whether or not I catch current shows. The IT Crowd has been cancelled though so it meets your criteria 🙂
I haven’t actually seen the sopranos but it’s on my list of things to watch someday. Mad men is fun though!
Wow! You are so… organized! And everything looks so appetizing…mmm
Thanks! This is really the only part of my life that is at all organized 🙂
I hope you’ve been doing well lately!
So inspiring! =) Keep meals organized is such a good way to avoid filling up on junk. Nice, healthy meals you’ve got there!
Thanks! I am a definite food addict and if left to fend for myself when I’m actually hungry, I’ll choose junk every single time. Meal prep is a life saver for me 🙂
Haha, same here. It’s so hard to resist!!