Meal Prep Problems.

  • If I prep my meals for the work week I am a champion at staying on course. The weeks that I fail to prep are weeks where I start sneaking in extra calories and pushing the limit on my Calories In - Calories Out window.

    The problem with prepping my meals is eating them day 4 and day 5. Anyone else notice that on day 4 and 5 the chicken is a little too dry, the pasta is getting hard, the yams are 'wet', and the broccoli is dry? I mean, these are just examples but my point is that my food just isn't as appetizing the longer it sits in the fridge.

    Sometimes I troll through Pinterest and look at meal prep photos. It all looks so good and perfectly organized. lies, lies, its all lies

    Sometimes I freeze my day 4 and 5 meals but I don't have a work environment that makes thaw or heating an easy job.

    anyone else notice this pattern in their weeks? What kind of food are you guys prepping for the week?
  • This is how I meal prep.

    Without a microwave I'd probably purchase a wide mouthed thermos (my daughter has one) to pack hot food. Just warm up a freezer meal before leaving for work in the morning, then pack it in the thermos.

    There's salad mason jars, and I find that things in casserole or one pot form (soup, stew, chili, stuffed vegetables) tend to hold up better than just individual components on a plate.
  • I food prep two days a week, because of that reason and my husband had eaten half of it by the middle of the week ...
    But I also dont work mon to fri.
    On mondays (which is my Sunday).
    I hardboil about 20 Eggs
    These go in salads or in egg salad with cucumbers as my "bread or chip"
    I chop up: 6 bell pepper, 3 cucumbers, onions.
    I spaghetti-ize 3 zuchini. The left over remnants are chopped up for egg scrambles.

    I also bake a pan of boneless chicken thighs or breasts.

    Between all that I'm able to make:
    Chicken with alfredo/pasta sauce, mushrooms and zuchini noodles
    Egg salad or tuna fish "sandwiches" on cucumber.
    Veggies with hummus
    A salad (Just throw a bunch of veggies together with dressing)
    I do alternate with turkey and cheese roll ups or make shephards pie with cauliflour. But the previous are almost always my staples because its a quick food prep and i like all of them.
    Good luck!
  • I don't meal prep, but I want to. These are great tips. Munchy, your meal prep document is amazing! I have recently discovered eatingwell.com and I love it so far.
  • Quote: I don't meal prep, but I want to. These are great tips. Munchy, your meal prep document is amazing! I have recently discovered eatingwell.com and I love it so far.
    Aww, thanks! I wrote it out for friends/coworkers because they were always asking me how I do it. A little bit of prep goes a LONG way.