Guys. Dreams really do come true. As many of you know, meal prepping is one of my favorite things. Not only do I do it out of necessity and out of a desire to eat clean and stay healthy, but I also have found that I sincerely LOVE doing it. There is something very relaxing and calming about being in the kitchen, crafting up delicious foods, knowing that I get to enjoy them every single day for the next week. The end product is SO satisfying: looking at your beautifully stocked and organized fridge full of tasty food, just waiting to be eaten.
Anyways, I was talking to a sweet friend of mine who remarked that she didn’t enjoy eating. More than that, though, she thought of it as a chore. Something she didn’t want to have to put time or effort into thinking about or doing. Instead, she said she would go an entire morning/afternoon without eating and then eat something small that was unsatisfying and probably unhealthy. Then later her and her husband would go out and grab something to eat for dinner. I thought of this as a great opportunity to help her out and to put my passions to good use!
I offered to help her meal prep and stock up on healthy, satisfying foods that she would be able to easily grab and heat up without putting much thought or effort into. To my surprise, she hired me! I came up with an idea of the kinds of foods and meals that would be good for her (& her husband) to eat, and came up with a budget of how much to spend on groceries for the week.
And then the fun began. I stocked up on all her groceries that she needed. Because she really had nothing in her pantry, this was a lot of food to buy. But, to both of our amazement, I ended up spending a measly $118 for EVERYTHING.
I know that picture is blurry, but lemme tell you. We stocked UP. Even tupperware, and staples like baking powder, peanut butter, and a family pack of apples were all included in this haul. I thought this was incredibly encouraging for anyone under the impression that eating healthy was going to cost a fortune. Eating healthy simply requires a bit of planning, wise shopping, and a proper use of the ingredients you buy!
Here are the details for what I made:
- Tuna Noodle Casserole. Now this is NOT something I would ever make, nor have I ever made it before, but this is her favorite meal, specially requested, and I knew it would get her to start eating, so this is where I started. I used a healthy alternative and whipped it up.
- Spaghetti w/homemade red sauce. I made the sauce with organic, sugar free, all natural tomato paste and sauce and mixed it with organic ground turkey, garlic, onions, and ample spices. YUM!
- Next I made/prepared the fixings for a taco salad. For this I made ground turkey with taco seasoning as the meat/protein. Then I bought black beans, corn, salsa, avocado, and an organic spring lettuce mix as the base.
- Breakfast Egg Bites. These were a HUGE hit. I scrambled eggs together with pineapple bacon chicken sausage, spinach, & light mozzarella cheese and baked them in muffin tins. (Recipe coming to the blog soon, I promise. You’re gonna want this one.)
- Three different kinds of roasted veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. All tossed in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. These were super easy and a great addition to any meal.
- Peanut Butter Energy Bites. Made with creamy peanut buttah, oats, chia, flax, honey, and chocolate chips. These are great for a snack or a little after dinner treat.
- I chopped up all her apples, carrots, and celery for easy snacking and convenient eating! These can be eaten plain or dipped in peanut butter or hummus!
I hope this gives you not only some inspiration for your next meal prep, but also encouragement that you CAN do what you love for a living. Not only did this bless her & her husband with access to healthy, fresh, REAL food, but it gave me so much joy and satisfaction in doing what I love and blessing others with it!
If you need any tips, advice, help with planning your own meal prepping strategy, please reach out! As you can see, I truly truly love it.
xoxo, Tessa Jean.