Meal Prepping: Simple and Cheap for Beginners
I don’t know what I’m doing! I want to say that now before you read any further. What I do know is that I want to lead a healthier lifestyle and I want to lose some weight. I feel that I’m a very pretty girl but I have other body goals that I have let fall off track and I need to get back to where I was. I knew prepping my meals would keep me from buying fast food or eating junk during my lunch hour and most of all improve my diet. This was my first time meal prepping and it didn’t take much, maybe 2 hours total. I think the longest thing was using the rice cooker but that’s another story. Here is what you will need:
- grill pan or counter top grill
- glass square pan for veggies
- rice cooker or pot
- 5-7 single serving Tupperware bowls
I was able to get a grill pan from Ross for $6.99 and it’s awesome. Be advised I’m only cooking lunches and I’m only cooking for myself. A good sized counter top grill would probably be better for bigger portions. I thrifted my rice cooker and my glass pan and spent no more than $8.00 on both of them. But my best find for meal prepping was my Tupperware bowls. I got a set of 2 single servings for $1 at the Dollar Tree. SCORE!!!!! And I got 8 bowls for $4. No complaining on my end. You don’t always need brand new kitchen utensils and dishes to meal prep look for those deals and save your money for the food.
For my first meal I made grilled chicken breast, broccoli and brown rice. Nothing special this time. My biggest goal today was to have a successful prep and I managed that. My chicken breast were very thick so I butterflies them and cut them in half. I seasoned them with lemon juice and a little bit of lemon pepper seasoning. Using the lemon juice kept me from using added salts and things I don’t need. For the broccoli I bought frozen broccoli and used half of a medium sized bag. I microwaved it for 9 minutes. Stirring in between. I flavored it with 1Tbsp of butter and pink Himalayan salt and added 1/4 cup of mild cheddar to the broccoli. I know dairy isn’t a big plus but I’m new at this so I’m gonna cheat a little. I only made 1 Cup of brown rice which yields 3 Cups once it’s been cooked. This rice cooker was trial and error since I thrifted it I had no directions. I think a little additional water would make it better but hey you prep and you learn.
Once everything was prepped. I put it in the bowls that I got. I’m only prepping for Monday-Friday so if you want to do an entire 7 days I would recommend adding more food to your prep. Honestly I can’t wait to start this meal prep journey and figure out what I like and what isn’t too good. I want to try some overnight oats instead of plain oatmeal but for this week it’s gonna be good ole Quaker Oats until the next meal prep.
Here is my finished product. What do you think? Do you meal prep too? Share some of your recipes. Or try this super simple meal prep recipe. Happy prepping. Here’s to a better lifestyle and better food and a better body.