Hi! How was your weekend? Ours was a nice mixture of being busy and relaxing. We celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday, went on a few walks (the weather in NJ was beautiful!), did some shopping for an upcoming trip, and cooked a lot of food for the week. Speaking of food prep, I thought I would share what I did this weekend to prepare for a really busy week ahead. Besides being really busy at work, I also have several client meetings, Bar Association events, networking events and a family get together. I was also hoping to be able to sleep, eat, exercise and most of all, spend time with my husband. What’s a working girl to do? PLAN!
Thanks to my Sunday food prep, my meals this week will look something like this —>
Breakfast: Egg bake with spinach, shredded potato, onion, maple turkey breakfast sausage, garlic and spices. For days that I hit the gym, I also have 1 scoop of Sunwarrior protein powder with water or a protein smoothie.
Lunches: I packed 3 containers of quinoa, shredded rotisserie chicken and 1 cup of roasted chickpeas, broccoli, onion and carrot based off of this Chickpea Broccoli Buddha bowl from Hummusapien (I have meetings the other 2 days). I topped each bowl with 1 large spoonful of the peanut sauce from Hummusapien’s recipe. It’s one of the best sauces I’ve ever had! Perfectly sweet, salty, spicy and savory – the Thai would be very proud that you hit all 4 “S”s!
Dinners: Trader Joe’s quinoa/brown rice pasta with “creamy” sauce (almond-milk based roux) w/ sundried tomatoes, basil, onion and rotisserie chicken based on this recipe; OR vegetarian re-fried bean & chicken enchiladas; OR leftover chickpea broccoli buddha bowls with a salad.
Snacks: roasted Indian chickpeas; cucumber and carrots with hummus; Boom Chicka Pop; Lara or KIND bars.
In order to have these meals (and others) all week, I had to prep the following today (Sunday):
- Slice organic strawberries for smoothies, oatmeal, and yogurt parfaits;
- Cook 3 cups quinoa in chicken broth;
- Shred chicken of 2 rotisserie chickens from Wegmans;
- Roast broccoli, carrots, onion and chickpeas;
- Prepare Trader Joe’s Brown Rice & Quinoa pasta & non-dairy sauce w/ chicken and sundried tomatoes;
- Slice 2 lemons to use for water and tea all week;
- Slice carrots & cucumbers for snacking;
- Prep ingredients & cook egg bake.
Did you do any meal prep over the weekend? How do you manage eating well during the week when you’re really busy?