Are there ever enough hours in the day?! Between work, time at the gym, laundry, errands, making dinner, preparing for the next day and whatever else is on your to-do list, there's often too much to do and not enough time to do it.
Meal prepping for the week is one of the ways I gain a little extra time each evening. It's also a great way to stick to those healthy eating resolutions we all made just a couple of weeks ago. Yes, it takes a little planning, time and effort, but it's so worth it when lunches for the week are all packed up and neatly stacked in the fridge! An hour or two invested today, saves lots of time during the week - that's a win for me!
Here's my quick and easy lunches for the week- salad, sweet & spicy sweet potatoes, hard boiled eggs and jasmine rice. I also throw in some apple sauce and a lara bar.
One of my favorite salads is a semi copycat version of the oh-so-delicious Grilled Market Salad from Chick-fil-A.
GRILLED MARKET SALAD:
Avocado Ranch Dressing
My mom actually introduced me to this one. She likes to add some blue cheese crumbles and chopped nuts too.
SWEET & SPICY SWEET POTATOES
I've shared this recipe before (here).
I absolutely love it! We have this very often in our home.
Southwest Chipotle Seasoning
Red Crushed Pepper
This week I made two Grilled Market Salads and two Taco Ranch Chicken salads. Two of my favorites. Yum!
Some people can eat the same thing every day and never get bored. I am not one of those people. I have to change it up just a bit. So for my Thursday and Friday meals this week, its more of a Mexican salad.
Lots of veggies topped with an easy peasy Taco Ranch Chicken that's made in the crockpot and is super simple.
TACO RANCH CHICKEN
1.5 lb Chicken Breast
1 cup salsa
1 packet Ranch Seasoning
1 packet taco Seasoning
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1. Place all ingredients in the crockpot.
2. Set on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.
3. Shred chicken and place back in the crockpot for 30 minutes.
Voila! Easy at that.
TACO RANCH SALAD
Red Bell Peppers
Shredded Taco Ranch Chicken
Spicy Ranch Dressing
Lunches are now ready to grab and go each morning. This is a big time saver for me and if you give it a try, you might just find it is for you too.
Also, be sure to make meals you will enjoy eating and I suggest mixing it up from time to time. Be creative, try to copy your favorite restaurant meals, and have fun trying new combinations. Most of the time, the meals I make don't come from a cookbook. I just try a little of this and a little of that - Pinterest ideas, some family favorites, and others that just seem like they might be tasty. If it's great, awesome! If it stinks, oh well, better luck next time.
If you meal prep, please share your go to favorites. I'm always looking for good ideas!
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