Sunday Meal Prep: April 24, 2016

Some weeks it can be hard to get going, hard to do the things you know you need to do. I love cooking, but even with that it can be hard to get the motivation going to meal prep sometimes. There are ways to plan for that though! If you know you have a busy week ahead and that by the time you get to Sunday you will be exhausted, you can plan your menu to take less time! It might still be a push to get going, but it won’t be as bad if you know you only have a couple hours of prep to do instead of 5-6 hours!Meal Prep - Eat Healthy and Delicious Food When Your Life is Busy

The week prior to this cooking session was one of those weeks. I was really busy…much more busy than usual. So when I was planning this menu on Wednesday, I knew that by the time I got to Sunday, I was not going to want to do much of anything. And so I planned accordingly. No new recipes, no meals that require 1+ hrs of active cooking…just simple, healthy, filling meals. 🙂 Enjoy!

To start off with, we were running low on our freezer breakfast burritos, so I made another batch of those! These burritos and our salads are pretty much the two things I always want to make sure I have prepped!meal prep breakfast burritos, mason jar salads, grapes and cheese

We have a lot of tasty main dishes this week! I tossed chicken into the slow cooker for some Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken, which comes together wonderfully with so little active cooking time. I also made Steak Tacos and Balsamic Pork Chops with Roasted Brown Butter Balsamic Asparagus as a side. Along with that, I played around with a recipe I created a while back – Cabbage and Sausage Skillet. CabbageStirfryBalsPorkChop

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce
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This is one of my favorite side dishes to make! Quick and easy, yet fancy enough for a special dinner!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce
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This is one of my favorite side dishes to make! Quick and easy, yet fancy enough for a special dinner!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet; toss to coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 for 12 minutes.
  2. Just before asparagus is done, melt butter in a small skillet over med heat. Cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over asparagus, tossing well to coat
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Cabbage and Sausage Skillet
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This is a recipe I've been playing with for a while. One of the things I love about it is how variable it is!
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Cabbage and Sausage Skillet
Print Recipe
This is a recipe I've been playing with for a while. One of the things I love about it is how variable it is!
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Seasonings: 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne, 1/2-1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp caraway, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over med-high heat. Saute onion, peppers, and garlic approximately 7 minutes or until softened. Add carrots and potatoes, all liquids and seasonings (reserve 1/2 cup chicken broth), cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add cabbage and stir to mix. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add tomatoes and sausage. Reduce heat to low, cooking 10-15 minutes or until cabbage is tender, adding reserved broth if necessary.
Recipe Notes

Adjust seasonings to fit preferences. This mixture can be a bit too spicy for some people.

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SweetChiliChickenSteakTacos

15 Minute Steak Soft Tacos
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Simple, yet filling and delicious! These steak tacos were originally a recipe from when I was a kid, though I have made a few changes to make them just a bit healthier!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
15 Minute Steak Soft Tacos
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Simple, yet filling and delicious! These steak tacos were originally a recipe from when I was a kid, though I have made a few changes to make them just a bit healthier!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cut steak into roughly 1-in pieces. Heat the oil in your skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak and cook until lightly browned. Stir in water, salsa and seasoning mix. Heat to a boil. Stir in rice and cover. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Then remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Spoon steak mixture into tortillas. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, red onions, or any other desired toppings.
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Everything turned out pretty delicious and I only spent 3 or so hours in the kitchen, spread out over the night. It was definitely a nice break from some of my longer meal prep, plus it was great to go back to some of my favorite simple recipes!

How do you plan for weeks that are more busy? Do you cut down on what you usually prep, or do you just push through? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Sara

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