Go To Meals

I wish I discovered this hack years ago because it has seriously changed my life for the better. No longer spending $20 a day on fast food or sugar snacks from convenient stores on my way back home. Now I spend most of my time in grocery store aisle looking my next meal. I’ve cut my dinner budget more than fifty percent making meals at home. Making it affordable to splurge on weekend outings at restaurants because I can actually afford to. With this budget cut the only thing spared is the cost, I am still satisfying my taste buds along the way.

Meal prep does not have the best credibility, most people cringe at the thought of eating the same meal for multiple days but that is not necessarily the case at all. With meal prep you can determine what you want to eat by making a strategic plan to certain meals.

After looking through Pinterest I had a pretty good menu for a weeks time that have become my go-to recipes for keeping me full all day.

Smoothies

This is not completely a meal prep but definitely something that I consume on a regular with much needed preparation. I appreciate the dump and go method of life because it can become very hectic at times. These are great additions to starting my day right! My favorite smoothie for breakfast has to be Strawberry and Banana you can never go wrong with this in the morning. You’ll need

1 cup strawberries

½ banana

1 cup greek yogurt

1 tsp chia seeds

¼ cup granola

You can bag the strawberries, banana, chia seeds, and granola and freeze them a head of time. I would not recommend putting yogurt in to freeze it makes it a pain to blend in the blender.

Chili

This is the easiest meal known to man especially if you use canned beans. In a crockpot throw in a can of black and red kidney beans, petite diced tomatoes, and two cups of vegetable broth. Adding seasoning like cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper adds to the taste of your chili. Stir and turn the crockpot on for 3-4 hours. Enough time for you to make this before you head out to class and ready for you return. Topped with cheese and sour cream this is the ultimate way to spice up your weekday.

To make this meal worth eating multiple days in a row you need to add ingredients that will leave a lasting impression. Chopped bell pepper and fresh green onion sets this chili recipe apart from many others.

Tuna Salad

I’ve made this meal for years and has become a staple in my favorite recipes. Its so simple yet, so diverse, rather on a wrap, bread or crackers this definitely a need. Paired with the right ratio of mayonnaise and pickle relish this is a recipe that everyone needs to try at least once.

Grilled Cheese

Depending on your childhood you have believed that this can only be made with Kraft singles and bread. But who wants to eat this for multiple days? Not me, it becomes old really soon. Adding spinach, mozzarella, and tomatoes to this simple recipe changes it tremendously.

Salmon and Roasted Veggies

How do you pronounce it, is it salmon or salmon? I rough chop bell peppers and onion tossed in teriyaki sauce place on a foil-lined sheet pan next to salmon fillets drizzled in the sauce as well. Place them in the oven for 25 minutes on 375F, turning on the broiler for the last 5 minutes of the bake.

I will continue to add to this list of recipes as I find more go-to items along my way. Feel free to comment below your favorite meal prep ideas of your own!