Hopefully after last week you have a healthy breakfast ready to go all week.
So now we are going to move onto lunch. To be honest I keep my lunches pretty simple but there are loads of options you could do that you could either keep fresh in the fridge all week or freeze to get out the evening before to defrost.
I love to just have Chicken Sausages (www.heckfood.co.uk) with some veg such as broccoli, carrots and cauliflower. The key to stopping them going mushy is to only boil them for a couple of minutes so they are still pretty crunchy. To pimp them up I sometimes add spices such as Paprika, Turmeric, Cumin and Chilli or I use a pre mixed selection of herbs.
You could make a huge Spanish omelette (Eggs, Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, New Potatoes, maybe add some ham or chorizo) cut it into decent slices and just add fresh salad each day (you can buy pre bagged I won’t tell).
If you are up for doing some actual proper cooking you could make a lean turkey or beef chilli style dish by light frying it with whatever vegetables you like (things like peppers, onions and courgette work well) add tinned tomatoes and some paprika and/or chilli, and maybe some kidney, butter or adzuki beans or butter nut squash. This should keep in the fridge but you could also freeze it in portions and just take it out the night before. If you add fewer tomatoes so it is not really in a sauce this would be tasty eaten cold but if you happen to have access to a microwave it would only take a few minutes to heat up.
This could also be easily made into a stir fry, or cook some of your favourite veg and add to rice or pasta and add a spice mix or marinade.
Perhaps you could batch cook some strips of chicken, beef or pork with a Piri Piri marinade, make a bean salad (you can buy mixed beans in tins and just add other veg if you like such as carrots, peppers, celery, onions) and mix together to either eat on its own or with a wrap or pitta.
It’s not really the weather right now but Soup is really easy to make in bulk, portion out and you can either heat up that morning and keep in a flask until lunch or heat up at work if you have facilities. Just add yourself a bread roll and it will make a really filling lunch. Covent Garden do some great recipe books with some really simple but tasty options as well as some more adventurous.
Pinterest also has some great ideas for meal prep recipes, there are literally hundreds so it really boils down to what you like to eat and how much cooking you want to do, but taking just a little time on Sunday to prepare for the week will not only help you to make healthier choices it will also save you time during the week and save you money!
I’d love you to share your own meal prep ideas with me!