One of the biggest hang ups for many women with meal prep is not knowing what to make. I am giving 35 ideas these are enough meal ideas for at least 1 month.
Plus MANY of these can be made ahead of time, using rotisserie chicken or simple ground meat. I am no Martha Stewart nor do I want to spend HOURS in kitchen. I like to make food that is easy to make TASTY, quick and I can easily freeze.
Have a read and let me know what you think’ Do you have any other suggestions’
- Beer Can Chicken: Take a whole roasting chicken and cover it with your favorite rub. Open a can of beer and pour out (or drink!) ¼ off the top. Sprinkle in a bit of rub and carefully place the chicken in the cavity of the chicken. Carefully place on a baking sheet and bake in a 375 F oven for about 75 minutes or until juices run clear.
- Chicken Burgers: You can purchase pre-made chicken burgers. You can make your own by grilling a chicken breast and using that as your patty. You can also ground chicken patties, just as you would make a beef patty. Place on a bun or replace bun with leaf of lettuce and top with your favorite burger toppings. Serve with salad. Add a little flavor Make it Greek – add in 2 TABLEspoons feta, 2TABLEspoons chopped greek olives and 1 teaspoon oregano. BBQ meatballs – add in 4 TABLEspoons of your favorite BBQ sauce. Mix it in.
- Chicken Burritos: Pre-made chicken burritos are simple to prepare. Be sure to shred some cheese and dice some tomatoes and colored peppers. Serve with salsa, and/or guacamole.
- Chicken Cacciatore: It sounds like a complicated dish, but it’s quite simple. Saute chicken, salt and pepper and brown in a skillet. Once browned, add chopped onion, minced garlic, sliced red peppers and mushrooms and sauté. When the vegetables are tender, add a ½ cup of chicken stock and can of stewed tomatoes that you have chopped up. Bring to a covered simmer for about 30 minutes. Season with oregano and basil. Serve over your favorite noodles.
- Chicken Fajitas: Gather up some soft tortillas, grilled strips of chicken breast, sautéed onions, mushrooms and pepper. Top with salsa, guacamole and/or shredded cheese.
- Chicken Fried Rice: All you need is some fully-cooked chicken pieces, steamed brown rice, carrots, peas, corn and scrambled eggs. Slice the carrots thinly and sauté them in a large skillet. Add the peas and corn and sauté a little longer. Then add the rice and stir until heated through. Then add the scrambled eggs and mix thoroughly. Serve with soy sauce
- Chicken Kebabs: Always a great addition to the grill, chicken kebabs are easy to make. Add cubes of chicken and any vegetables you want to your skewer. Brush with seasonings and olive oil.
- Chicken Veggie Soup: All you need is some chicken stock, your favorite vegetables cut in small pieces, fully-cooked chicken chopped into small pieces and some veggies. Start by heating the stock over medium-high heat and adding the vegetables. Add the densest vegetables first as they’ll need more time to cook. Allow carrots to simmer for about 20 minutes, while frozen peas and corn only need about 5 minutes. Add the chicken 5 minutes before serving. You can pretty much add in any veggie you desire
- Chicken Rice Soup: Much like chicken veggie soup. You can add rice to your broth as you cook the soup, but be careful not to overcook it, or it will be soggy.
- Chicken Salad Sandwiches: Take some leftover chicken, chop it finely with a food chopper. Then chop some celery finely too. Mix chicken and celery with a few tablespoons of greek yogurt and a bit of mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Serve on whole wheat bread and add some lettuce and tomato, if you’d like. You can also put on top of salad greens
- Chicken Satay: A wonderful appetizer or make it a meal by adding brown rice and vegetables, chicken satay sounds exotic, but is easy to make. It’s marinated chicken breast meat, grilled on a skewer. Serve with peanut sauce and dip away!
- Chicken Stir Fry: A stir fry is what you make it. All you need is some boneless chicken breast, cut in pieces, and your favorite vegetables. Sauté the chicken until no longer pink on each side. Then add your vegetables and cook until desired tenderness. Serve over rice, noodles and add soy sauce or other preferred seasonings. One of my favorite ways to get in veggies
- Chicken Teriyaki: Use teriyaki sauce to marinate strips of chicken breast. Sauté with onions, carrots and bean sprouts. Serve over rice to enjoy this filling meal.
- Chicken Chili: Brown the ground chicken and add it to the crockpot. Then add chopped onion, peppers, kidney beans make your own seasoning with chili powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add some hot sauce or crushed red pepper if you like it hot.
- Club Sandwiches: This double decker sandwich is sure please. All you need is 3 pieces of whole grain bread per sandwich, turkey or chicken, lettuce, tomato and mustard. Spread mustard on one side of each piece of bread Take one slice of bread and top with meat, lettuce and tomato. Top with a slice of bread and spread mustard on the top-side. Then add another layer of protein, lettuce and tomato. Top with the last slice of bread. Season with salt and pepper and serve with soup or a salad.
- Cobb Salad: A hearty and delicious salad, all you need is your favorite lettuce mix, chicken breast pieces, sliced boiled egg, tomatoes, olives and avocado Serve with a red wine vinaigrette.
- Curry Chicken: Instead of boring old chicken, try adding some kick with curry spices. Serve with rice and vegetables. If you’re making it spicy, add some plain yogurt on the side.
- Deep Fried Whole Turkey: While it may seem strange to the uninitiated, a deep fried turkey produces a very juicy piece of poultry. Make sure to use a deep fryer, instead of frying of large meats and do it outside to avoid messes and accidents. You make think this will resemble fried chicken, but as long as you don’t eat the skin the meat is so tender. We do this for Thanksgiving every year.
- Egg Drop Soup: This simple traditional Chinese soup is made with chicken broth, chives and ginger. Egg is drizzled in slowly and then the broth is thickened with cornstarch.
- Ginger Chicken: Ginger adds great flavor to chicken. You can do a whole roast chicken or just bake chicken pieces. Combine some soy sauce, crushed garlic and ginger. Then rub all over the chicken and bake. Click for great recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-garlic-ginger-chicken/
- Lemon Chicken: Marinate your chicken in a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Then grill or bake. Serve with roast potatoes and vegetables.
- Roast Chicken with Roasted Vegetables: Roasting a chicken is not only delicious; it’s actually quite easy. Coat a whole chicken with your favorite rub and place in a roasting pan. Place roughly chopped potatoes, carrots and onions around the chicken. Roast covered for about an hour and a half or until the chicken reaches and internal temperature of 165 F. Don’t forget to baste every half or so and you can remove the cover in the last half hour to help the skin brown.
- Turkey Meatloaf: Ground turkey, egg, oatmeal and a bit of milk can form your loaf. To add more flavor, add tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Serve with mashed potatoes.
- Spaghetti with Meat Sauce: Whether you use canned sauce or make your own, the addition of ground beef add a nice flavor and texture. Brown the beef first before adding it to the sauce and then let it simmer for a while before serving. Use spaghetti squash, or any other veggie noodles.
- Spaghetti with Meatballs: Add meatballs to your next spaghetti dinner. You can make them with ground beef, oats, an egg and a bit of milk. Season with salt and pepper and bake at 350 F for about 30 minutes.
- Stuffed Peppers with Beef: Fully-cooked ground beef is mixed with cooked brown rice and placed in a stuffed pepper and top with nutritional yeast. Bake for 1 hour at 350 F.
- Taco Soup: Make a delicious soup with fully-cooked taco-seasoned ground beef. Add 1 can black beans, 2 cups fire roasted corn, 1 can stewed tomatoes and 1 can beef broth. Like it spicy add in some hot sauce or crushed red pepper.
- Breakfast Sandwich with Egg and Bacon: Forget McDonald’s, you can make a breakfast sandwich at home. Portobello mushroom cap, top with a whole egg and spinach. Bake 400 degrees for 20-30 min
- Split Pea Soup with Ham: A soup made with split peas, onions, leeks and carrots is pureed and then small bits of ham are added. This is my winter go to!! Love it I make my in the crockpot. I buy smoked turkey parts and cook with it gives it SO much flavor.
- Barbecued Salmon Fillet: Cooking a salmon directly on the grill can cause sticking, but you can use a sheet of foil, turned up at the edges to create a cooking surface for your salmon. Add your favorite seasonings and grill until the salmon is cooked through. Serve with rice and vegetables.
- Crab Cakes: Crab meat, onions, eggs, bread crumbs and a few seasonings and you can make crab cakes. I use the canned crab and bake in the oven for 30 min. You can also used canned salmon — one of my favorite lunches — put this over top salad greens
- Black Beans and Rice: You can make this dish all in one pot. Use fully-drained canned black beans. Put them in the pot with your rice and cooking as usual. For extra flavor, use a vegetable broth instead of water for cooking.
- French Toast: Beat some eggs with a dollop of milk and cinnamon. Dip some Ezekiel bread slices so both sides are covered with the egg mixture and cook on a medium skillet. Flip over when browned on one side and cook on the other side. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with syrup. For extra yumminess, top with fresh berries.
- Lentil Soup: Hearty and full of dietary fiber and folate, this soup is a healthy addition to a meal. You can make lentil soup in a variety of ways, but you can’t go wrong with carrots, onions, tomatoes and garlic.
- Minestrone Soup: This Italian soup is usually made with a variety of vegetables, stewed tomatoes and pasta. Chicken stock is often used, but you can easily substitute it with vegetable stock, if you prefer.
Do these give you any other ideas to prep your meals’
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