sunday meal prep 5/15/16

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic weekend so far! It’s been a bit weird for me, since Draz and I are on vacation right now. Good weird, but still weird. But I’ve been really enjoying it! I’m still planning on doing some meal prep this week, even though we are on vacation. I don’t need a repeat lesson of last time!

How to use meal prep to simplify your life: Cook once and eat healthy all week!

Now, for this week’s meal prep, most of what you are seeing is the same that we have been making lately. For good reason…it’s delicious! But I did make sure to add in something new, or at least new to the blog!! I don’t make this dish very often. It’s not quite as healthy as I usually like to try to stick to, plus it makes a lot of dirty dishes! But it is just so tasty! So when I was flipping through my cookbook trying to pick something, this is what I ended up landing on. I hope you like it!

Before we get into the new recipe, salads! I think this will be the last week for my salads being the same. I really want to try something new!
Before we get into the new recipe, salads! I think this will be the last week for my salads being the same. I really want to try something new! Any suggestions? What type of salads do you love?
One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta, Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta and Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese!
One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta, Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta and Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese!
Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
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With homemade cheese sauce and savory meat, this dish is just full of tasty goodness! This meal is comfort food to the max and well worth the mess it makes 🙂
Servings Prep Time
8-12 people 5-10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 min 35 min
Servings Prep Time
8-12 people 5-10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 min 35 min
Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
Print Recipe
With homemade cheese sauce and savory meat, this dish is just full of tasty goodness! This meal is comfort food to the max and well worth the mess it makes 🙂
Servings Prep Time
8-12 people 5-10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 min 35 min
Servings Prep Time
8-12 people 5-10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 min 35 min
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and sloppy joe mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 min, stirring occasionally.
  2. Drain macaroni; set aside. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour, salt, mustard and pepper until smooth. Gradually add almond milk and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in 3 cups cheese until melted. Add macaroni; mix well.
  3. Spread 2/3 of the macaroni mixture in a greased 13x9x2 baking dish. Spread beef mixture to within roughly 2 inches of the edges. Spoon remaining macaroni mixture around edges. Cover and bake at 375 for 30 min.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5-6 min longer or until cheese is melted.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional Facts (according to caloriecount.net)

Calories 422, from Fat 181; Total Fat 20.1 g, Saturated Fat 10.3 g, Cholesterol 78 mg, Sodium 524 mg, Potassium 524 mg, Total Carbs 37 g, Dietary Fiber 2.7 g, Sugars 4.2 g, Protein 26.1 g, Vit A 21%, Calcium 37%, Vit C 14 %, Iron 51%

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As I said, pretty simple this week. But definitely tasty! That Mac and Cheese is so good! Did you make any old favorite comfort foods for this week’s meal prep, or try a new dish? I love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!!

Sara

Want to get started doing meal prep for yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!

 

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Sunday Meal Prep: February 21, 2016

Hey everyone! This week’s meal prep is all about keepin’ things simple 🙂 I was still not feeling all that great when I was planning for this prep (prep posts are staggered by one week, so this was last week) so I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t going to spend much time in the kitchen. I would say it was a success!

This prep took around 3 – 3.5 hrs of active cooking, so not too bad at all 🙂

Meal Prep

Pulled pork, sausage and veggie stir fry, chicken curry, mason jar salads
Our main meals
cookie dough protein bites, sweet potato banana bites, grapes and cheese, healthy snacks
Snacks and treats

 

Two main dishes for this week, other than more Pulled Pork for Draz: Slow Simmered Curried Chicken and Skillet Sausage and Veggies. Both of these turned out delicious!

The Curried Chicken is from the Easy Asian Recipes cookbook. I love this book! (Not an affiliate link)

The Skillet Sausage and Veggies is from the Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes 2008 cookbook, another cookbook I really love! (Again, not an affiliate link) However, the recipe below is based on the recipe I used this week. Enjoy!

Sausage Pepper and Cabbage recipe

I did also spend a little bit of time this week playing around with styling for food photography. What do you think?

That’s it for this week! What did you prep this week? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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Want to get started meal prepping yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

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Sunday Meal Prep

You know what amazes me? How out of all of the expenses that we have as adults, one of the only essential ones we have any control over is our grocery budget! We have control over all non-essential costs (or at least most), but when it comes to essential costs like bills, food and gas, we are pretty much out of luck. The grocery budget can make a huge impact on weekly costs…I know it does on ours.

So this week I decided to rejuvenate my efforts to reduce our grocery expenses while still keeping a focus on healthy eating. No easy task! That being said, I think I did a pretty good job this week! I did try a couple things this week I’ve never done before in my attempts to keep our budget lower and still healthy. I made homemade vegetable stock and cooked a dish using chicken drumsticks. I know, neither of these sound particularly adventurous, but I have never cooked either of these before. I have never even cooked chicken with any sort of bone in.

In my re-focusing on budget as well as health, I did some extra research when creating my menu this week. A few of the recipes came from this site and while I was originally unsure about how good recipes coming from a government resource would be, I was pleasantly surprised by how well these turned out! The Barley Jambalaya, Couscous with Peas and Onions and Quick Tuna Casserole all came from free cookbooks on this site. 🙂

So on to this week’s meal prep! Enjoy!

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Molly’s Chicken, Couscous with Peas and Onions, Saucy Green Beans and Barley Jambalaya.

For the Molly’s Chicken, make sure to read the comments section. There are a lot of good ideas in there! As for the Saucy Green Beans, check out the recipe below if you have missed it in previous posts!

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Our regular salads, looking delicious as always!
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This is mostly our freezer foods, excluding the Quick Tuna Casserole. The tuna casserole I forgot to photograph earlier, so it got included in this one instead! Also present are enough breakfast burritos for over 2 weeks, smoothies and vegetable stock.
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I really like how this tuna casserole turned out. It definitely was quick and so tasty!
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Smoothies! My favorite post-workout food, now prepped in the freezer to be pulled out the night before!

These are quite possibly the best smoothies I have ever made and sadly I can’t tell you how to make them. I kinda just threw things in, blended it for a long time (I really need a new blender) and voila! Very Berry Smoothies! I promise, I will try to record the ingredients and amounts next time!

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My first attempt at homemade vegetable stock! I think it turned out pretty well, though I’m sure there is room for much improvement.

For these, I used vegetable scrapes from previous meal preps that I had frozen with this in mind. I love that I could make all of this stock out of scrapes that would have otherwise just gone in the trash can!

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And last, but definitely not least, our sweets and treats! All of the weekly favs are there, including our newest addition: Cookie Dough Protein Bites!
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Seriously, these Cookie Dough Protein Bites are awesome. Make sure to check out this lovely lady for the recipe!

That’s it for this week! What have you been cooking? Do you focus much on budget meals? I would love to hear some of your healthy budget-friendly meals!

Sara (1)

Want to get started meal prepping yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!

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I will also sometimes add red pepper flakes to this while it is cooking for that extra kick!
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