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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Meal Prep and Planning 2/23/18

If there is one piece of advice I can give you when trying to lose weight, it's prep and plan. But let's be serious here. I do not make 5 lunches or dinners that are all the same! I would be so BORED after the 2nd meal. 

What I do is plan out my dinners for the week. If a meal has 4 servings then that gives me 2 lunches to plug into my menu. They don't have to be complicated meals either. Keeping it simple is usually the best way to go. Wiggle room is a must!

Here is my menu for this week. 

Friday - Instapot Chicken and Broccoli over Birds Eye Steamed Cauliflower Rice
Click here for the recipe

Saturday -
Lunch: Chicken and Broccoli leftovers
Dinner: Veggie Pizza Omelet with Turkey Sausage and Cucumber Salad

Sunday -
Lunch: Pizza Bagel with Sausage Crumbles and Roasted Veggies
Dinner: Shrimp Bowl

Monday -
Lunch: Chicken and Broccoli leftovers
Dinner: Salmon and Steamed Asparagus

Tuesday -
Lunch: Pizza Bagel with Pepperoni and Cucumber Salad
Dinner: Instapot Turkey Tacos and Roasted Veggies

Wednesday -
Lunch: Turkey Tacos over Roasted Veggies (no taco shell)
Dinner: Sausage & Mushroom Pita Pizza with Cucumber Salad

Thursday -
Lunch: Turkey Tacos over Brown Rice (no taco shell)
Dinner: Grilled Chicken Tenders and Steamed Broccoli

I try to use up my leftovers but if I hadn't, that's what we would be eating on Thursday night. Waste not, want not. Nothing I hate more than throwing food away. That's like throwing money out the window. 

So that's how I plan out my meals for the week. I post it on the fridge. I know when to take something out to defrost. I also tweak it as I go along if I'm not getting all my points in or there are too many points being eaten. 

Once this is all done, for the most part, I enter it all in my tracker. It's done. I don't have to worry about it for a whole week. Just tweaking here and there. I have a PLAN. 

Meal prep: Every weekend. Rain or shine! LOL

I need to have things available to me or I'll put the wrong food in my mouth. So if I can make some snacks or meals ahead of time, I will. Then all I have to do is pull it out of the fridge and nuke it. After working all day, being able to do that is a real pleasure! 

I made some hard boiled eggs in the Instapot using the 5-5-5 method. Cook for 5 minutes, use natural release for 5 minutes, plunge eggs into an ice bath for 5 minutes. 

I grilled up some chicken breast tenders with taco seasoning. I make my own seasoning and use a 1/2 tbsp for 0 points. Click here for recipe

Now I have a piece of cold chicken to snack on or stuff into a pita. Whatever I feel like. The point is that it's there. Waiting for me. 

I made a cucumber salad and roasted vegetables (no oil, just Pam, salt and pepper) to have some healthy sides to go with anything I cook this week. Cucumber, red onion, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. The roasted veggies were mini bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, salt and pepper. Simple but delicious. 

I must be doing SOMETHING right. I've lost almost 30 lbs since the end of December, 2017. I work out 5 days a week as well. 

I wanted to share my madness with you. If it helps you in any way, that's awesome! Please let me know if you have any questions. I would be more than happy to help you succeed!


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