As a server who works a lot at the end of the week, making sure I am eating healthy meals can be a challenge. There are two things that help me in this area, one is stocking my fridge with fresh produce and meat, and the other is to prepare lunch and dinner in advance. Having a few hours in a day to do a weekend meal prep has really helped me stay on track with eating healthy and staying energized at work.
Even though it sounds like a lot of work, heading to the grocery store to pick up a few fresh items really doesn’t take more than 20-30 minutes. As you have probably heard before, a great tip is to stay on the perimeter of your supermarket to save time and stay out of the aisles where the food is pre-packaged. It will save you time, money, and keep your health on track!
Weekend Meal Prep Time!
When doing my weekly shopping, I like to get a variety of fruit and veg at different levels of ripeness. For example, one avocado is ripe, and the other will be near the end of the week. My strawberries are ready to be eaten, but my bananas need another few days. This method ensures you will have fresh food all week long.
Another tip is that as soon as I get home from the grocery store, I wash and prep my strawberries right away. It only takes 2 minutes, but it makes them a lot easier to grab as a snack in a pinch. Otherwise, I open the fridge, see that the strawberries require work to be eaten, and grab something easier but less healthy instead.
As soon as I get home, I pre-heat the oven and put some rice on the stove so I can be cooking a few meals while I put the rest of my groceries away. The key here is multi-tasking to save time.
The piece of salmon I bought was pre-seasoned, which also saved me time. I just threw a sheet of aluminum foil onto my baking sheet, slapped down the salmon, chopped a few fresh veggies, and in the oven it went!20 minutes later, I had a delicious, healthy meal!
Similar to preparing my strawberries right away, I do the same with my fresh veggies. It takes me less than 5 minutes to throw together two portions of this salad. Just a bed of arugula (my favourite leafy green), with slices of tomato, cucumber, and a bit of soft mozzarella! I like this salad best with balsamic dressing, or even just olive oil, salt and pepper.
While my salmon and veggies were in the oven, I also threw on a pot of rice. It takes about 15-20 minutes, so it’s ready at the same time as everything else. I love stir-frys, and having it ready is amazing when I need a quick bite to eat before work.I often buy a whole cooked chicken at the grocery store when I am doing my weekend meal prep. It’s easy and at my grocery store, it’s very cost efficient compared to buying raw chicken. When I’m done cooking up my rice and veggies, I just throw a chicken breast on my stir-fry. It’s such an easy, hearty, healthy meal.
Lastly, if I’m feeling really inspired I will whip together an easy breakfast/snack food like these delicious banana muffins! Since this recipe makes so many, I share them with my roommates.
These are a few of the meals I prepare on a weekly basis to make my life easier.
If you want more simple lunch/dinner ideas like this, please let me know! I would love to make another weekend meal prep post for you.
What are your favourite easy to prepare meals? Share them in the comments below 🙂
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