Simple Meal Prep Ideas

So people are always asking me for meal prep ideas. I actually have like 7 different grocery lists I have together that I just switch up every week to keep things interesting.

What I find that freaks people out is the idea of "eating the same thing everyday." But the funny thing is that most likely if you wrote down everything you ate in 3 days, its usually the same thing. It's just that you aren't planning it ahead and you are not thinking about it. So when I ask you to meal plan and meal prep, it freaks you out. SMH

I am planning to put together a really awesome freebie for you on exactly HOW I meal prep and plan for but for now, check out this article originally published on the Team Beachbody Blog.

Article by Amanda Meixler

This week, Social Media Manager Amanda Meixner was short on time when it came to her usual Sunday meal prep session. Rather than skip it altogether (what would she eat?), she modified her routine to make it much faster. Instead of planning all of her breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the week, she prepared simple foods that could be mixed and matched to create a variety of meals. Genius.

For her buffet-style menu, Amanda made baked salmon filets and chicken breasts, soft-boiled eggs, steamed broccolini, sautéed mushrooms with broccoli, baked sweet potatoes, and an Asian vegetable stir-fry that came pre-chopped. She cooked a large batch of oatmeal, and stocked her fridge with salad fixings, pre-cooked lentils, apples, bananas, hummus, almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette.

This simplified menu made shopping faster, and it took Amanda less than two hours to cook everything for the week! Then, each day, she used her colored Portion Fix containers to build healthy, delicious meals. Scroll for her grocery list.

Image by Amanda Meixler, Team Beachbody

Image by Amanda Meixler, Team Beachbody

Below are two of the delicious meals Amanda made from her buffet. First is a lunch platter of chicken seasoned with lemon pepper and garlic powder, sautéed mushrooms and broccoli, broccolini, lentils, and hummus. This meal counts as 1 red, 1 yellow, 2 green, 1 blue, and 1 teaspoon (21 day fix containers). 

Image by Amanda Meixner, Team Beachbody

Image by Amanda Meixner, Team Beachbody

Amanda made this dinner of chicken, stir-fried Asian vegetables, and baked sweet potato in minutes from her meal prep buffet. It counts as 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, and 1 teaspoon. (21 day fix containers

Image by Amanda Meixner, Team Beachbody

Image by Amanda Meixner, Team Beachbody

Amanda’s Grocery List:

1 lb. salmon
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 dozen eggs

1 container broccolini
2 containers mushrooms
1 bag broccoli florets
4 bell peppers in different colors
1 package fresh Asian vegetable stir-fry mix
1 bag baby spinach
2 bags lettuce
1 box cherry tomatoes
1 carton pomegranate seeds
1 large cucumber
2 large sweet potatoes

4 apples
1 bunch small bananas (about 8)
3 cartons mixed berries

Dry Goods:
old-fashioned rolled oats
olive oil

Prepared Foods:
prepared hummus
2 packages cooked lentils
balsamic vinaigrette dressing

So as you can see in this article, the idea is to keep it simple YET fun and exciting. One of the things I teach in my 15-day challenge is portion control, plating your meals, and keeping it simple - protein, veggies, and healthy carbs in every meal. I also created a document with 28 different healthy and easy recipes you can fall in love with. There is no need to overcomplicate things.

What you need to do is start by writing it down. 

Take out a pen and paper. Write down what you want to eat throughout the week for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Split it up into a grocery list. Look at what you already have in your pantry and refrigerator. Go shopping and prep. Remember, you can freeze cooked foods! 

Good luck. Sign up for my 15-day FREE Challenge. And respond to my emails if you have questions.