How to Meal Prep Effectively

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Hi, y’all! Welcome back. 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love! And chocolate.♥ Now chocolate is true love, right?! Last week, we talked about how to meal plan effectively and today, we’re taking the next step! What do you do once you have all of that food?? Well, you meal prep, of course! Preparing your food a few days in advance may seem like a huge chore, but once you get the hang of how to meal prep, it will become second nature.

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How to Meal Prep Effectively

If you are new to meal planning and prepping, or have not read last week’s post on How to Meal Plan Effectively, click here to get caught up!

1 // Develop a Plan

Just like your first step of meal planning is to make sure you’re organized, meal prep is much the same. You cannot walk into the kitchen without a plan and expect things to go efficiently and effectively! I used to spend probably four hours every Sunday making one meal at a time. At a certain point, that didn’t work for me anymore. I have less time and more responsibility than I used to, so I had to come up with a different method. Now I can be in and out in 90 minutes and wrap up with breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the week, plus dinner for that night!

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One Pan Taco Bowl (+ a Meal Prep Hack!)

Today, I have a recipe for the easiest, yummiest one pan taco bowl you’ll ever eat. This recipe has been on repeat for the last few months. It’s healthy food that doesn’t feel like healthy food — if that makes any sense at all.

One Pan Taco Bowl

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When I entered this meal into MyFitnessPal, it came out to 277 calories with 30 grams of protein, 17 grams of carbs, and 11 grams of fat. This is a balanced meal all by itself! But, I have been known to top it with some cheese and a dollop of greek yogurt. 😉 Another great thing about this meal is that you can completely mix it around to fit your tastes. I’ve made it with kale instead of spinach, and I plan to make it for my husband with ground pork soon.

Ingredients:

1 lb. of ground turkey (or chicken or beef)
1 10oz. can of refried beans (I used a black bean version by Old El Paso)
1 can of jalapeños (or green chiles)
1 bag of spinach
Salt, Pepper, Garlic
Mexican spices such as: chili powder, cumin, powdered oregano, even red pepper flakes if you want to kick it up a notch!
Shredded cheese, Greek yogurt, sour cream, salsa (for garnish)

Directions:

In a pan on medium high, brown turkey
As it’s cooking, add in spices — I always use salt, pepper, garlic, chili powder, and cumin! — and jalapeños.
Add in the spinach a few handfuls at a time. As the leaves cook down, add more.
After spinach leaves have cooked down, mix in your refried beans.
Let everything sit and meld together for a few minutes
Top with Greek yogurt (or sour cream), a sprinkle of cheese, and salsa for serving

One Pan Taco Bowl

Even Pippa wants in on the goodness! :p

Ok, here’s my meal prep hack! I briefly mentioned earlier this week how I eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the week. I mix my meals up by eating something different every week, but it saves SO MUCH time and effort for me to make one lunch or one breakfast and eat on that all week long.

Eating on track doesn’t have to be as difficult or time consuming as it may seem to be. Instead of making five different lunches or breakfasts each week (especially if you do a weekly meal prep!), just make multiple servings of one meal and divide it up. Yes, it can get boring. Yes, there are some days when I see what my students are having in the cafeteria and I choose to buy lunch instead. But, 99 percent of the time, this routine helps me stay on track when I would otherwise be lost!

Crave variety? There are other ways to mix it up. 1. Prep chicken breast and season it five different ways. BOOM — five different lunches. 2. Make three servings of one meal and two of another and alternate them throughout the week.

One Pan Taco Bowl

Do you have any recipes you’re returning to over and over lately?

If you liked this post, check out How to Meal Plan Effectively or A Ridiculously Easy Snack Idea.

Today, I’m linking up for Foodie Friday with Farrah, Annmarie, Esther, and Jess!

How To Meal Plan Effectively

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I’m linking up again for Wild Workout Wednesday, which is quickly becoming my favorite link-up. Be sure to visit Nicole’s blog and click around to get more health and fitness inspiration!

A huge component to a healthy lifestyle is effective planning. When I learned how to meal plan and prep effectively, everything clicked for me! With pre-portioned options waiting for me, I’m much less likely to make poor decisions. It also helps me spend less at the grocery store, because I’m not impulse buying or just throwing things in the cart willy nilly.

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How to Meal Plan Effectively

It took me quite some time to figure out how to meal plan. It started to get easier when I joined the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan. I suddenly had all of these amazing healthy recipes at my finger tips, along with a guide to what I should eat and when. Another fantastic feature of the TIU Plan is that I get lifetime updates for free. It is initially a large chunk of change, but in the long run, a fantastic value. I highly recommend it if you are feeling lost when it comes to your nutrition.

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