College of DuPage Nursing Student Christine Nwaezeapu knows that meal prepping can be a daunting task but there are lots of benefits, such as:
- weight control
- portion size
- a nutritionally balanced diet
So here are some points to follow prior to beginning the process;
- Pick a specific day of the week to cook your meals
- Start small e.g. prep only meals for 2-3 days
- Use proper storage containers
- Create a meal plan with
- 2-3 vegetable you might like
- 1-2 proteins
- 1-2 different Carbs
Rainbow Chicken and Veggies
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 4
2 medium chicken breasts, boneless skinless cut into ½ inch pieces
1 cup broccoli florets, frozen or fresh
1 small red onion, chopped
1 cup grape or plum tomatoes
1 medium zucchini, chopped
2 cloves garlic minced1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper (optional)
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
½ teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-4 cups cooked rice of choice (optional)
4 meal prep containers
Pre-heat oven to 450F.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
Place the chicken and veggies in the baking dish. Sprinkle all the spices and garlic evenly over the chicken and veggies.
Drizzle with the olive oil.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the veggies are charred and chicken is tender.
Place ½ or 1 cup of cooked rice of choice into 4 individual meal prep containers.
Divide chicken and veggies evenly on top of the rice.
Cover and store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freezer up to 2 months.
Shrimp Teriyaki Zucchini Noodles Meal-Prep
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time:15 mins Total time: 25 mins Servings: 4 Cals: 176
3-4 zucchini, spiralized
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon oil
½ cup water, divided
¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey (or sugar of choice)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup blanched broccoli florets
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until pink. Remove shrimp from pan and add ¼ cup water, soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame oil, and ginger and whisk to combine. Bring mixture to a boil.
In a small bowl whisk, together cornstarch and remaining ¼ cup water. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until thick.
Return shrimp to pan along with 1 cup of blanched broccoli and coat evenly with sauce. Remove from shrimp and broccoli from the pan and toss in the zucchini noodles just until coated with the sauce, if the zoodles are too much, add to the pan in batches.
Divide zoodles into 4 or more meal-prep containers. Top each container with shrimp and broccoli. Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days. To heat, microwave for 1-2 minutes or until steaming.
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