Weekly Meal Prep

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I know, it's strange to see some sort of food post on here.  I'm not a cook, nor do I want to be.  I don't enjoy cooking.  But I DO enjoy saving time during the week when all I want to do is hang out with my boys.  So for the last couple weeks I've given meal prep a try.  I know some people cook up elaborate meals and their meal prep could take most of the day.  But that's also something I don't want.  I like relaxing on Sundays, not spending my day cooking.  So I wanted to share a couple of quick meals that I've been loving in case anyone else is looking to save time during the week.  (Note: I didn't create either of these recipes because again, I'm not a cook.  I just wanted to share what works for me.) IMG_1706

Breakfast: Ham, cheese and veggie frittatas (I loosely followed this recipe.)

Starting with a base of hash browns, I add in eggs, ham, onions, cheddar cheese and bacon bits.  The frittatas are able to be frozen to reheat each morning during the week- just take out of the freezer the night before and then microwave for 30 seconds when you're read to eat.  This takes me a total of a half hour to make for six.  Even Brandon is a fan of these.

Approximate calories: 110 calories each, depending on your "toppings"

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Lunch: Chicken Veggie Bowls (I loosely followed this recipe.)

This is one of the quickest things I make.  I start by roasting the veggies in the oven (I like green beans, asparagus and broccoli or onions) with a bit of olive oil and sea salt.  While those are roasting I cook the rice.  And to make things even easier, I use frozen pre-grilled chicken.  I warm the chicken up with a drizzle of lite Italian dressing to give it a bit more flavor.  Making 4 cups of rice, 22 oz. of chicken and approximately 2 cups of veggies gives me a quick lunch for each day of the week.  Altogether it takes about a half hour to put make.  I also love these new containers that I got on Amazon ($20 for 10 of them!)- they're freezable, microwavable and dishwasher safe.  And there's enough room in them to combine all of the ingredients if I take the lunch to work and don't want to take a second bowl.

I usually put 1/2 cup of rice, 1/2 cup of chicken, and 1 cup of veggies in with each "bowl".

Approximate calories: 280, depending on your veggies

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I also make dinners during the week that'll offer us leftovers for a couple of days- like spaghetti.  I also love this Pasta Pizza Casserole by Skinny Mom (and so do my boys).  I've been working on finding new healthy crockpot meals to make as well that can cook all day on Sunday and then last us for a few days so I'd love any meal suggestions (reminder: please make them EASY).