College Kid Meal Prep

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, meal prepping is really a game changer. For me, personally, I don’t have time to sleep most nights, let alone to cook a full meal. So o)e day a week (usually Sunday) I cook a massive batch of something tasty, and pre-portion it out for fool-proof healthy eating. IMG_1615.JPG

This week I was feeling adventurous and made 2 different meals, and also made enough for Ryan (that’s one of the perks of dating a dietetics major). The recipes are SUPER easy and you can dress them up however you want and sub in whatever you like. But here’s a quick rundown of what I did:

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

I’ve made this recipe before, and it’s definitely been featured on my instagram a number of times.

Ingredients:

  • 3-5 chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of salsa (about 12 oz. and just whatever brand is on sale)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of taco seasoning (If you don’t have any, don’t worry about it, I prefer it but it’s not make or break)

Now dump all that goodness into a crock pot and cook it on low for 6-ish hours or high for 4-ish hours. And then shred the chicken and chow down! Some of my favorite toppings are as follows, but they’re totally optional:

  • Mexican-blend shredded cheese
  • Lettuce (either as a topping or to make lettuce wraps)
  • Tortillas/tortilla chips
  • Low-fat sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Mexican-style rice

And really the list goes on, whatever suits your fancy!

Ground Turkey, Rice, and Veggies

This is another recipe that has a lot of potential variety, but it’s fairly low in calories and pretty tasty in my opinion.

Ingredients: 

  • Ground turkey- 85% lean (A pound of turkey made 9 dinners for us, so a half pound would make about 4-ish)
  • Brown rice (you could use white rice, but I like brown rice)
  • Zucchini
  • Squash

Pretty self explanatory. But I brown the turkey in a big saucepan, I season it with a hodge-podge of seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Then I put it in a container and strain out the excess fat. Then, using the same pan, I cook up my veggies with a little bit of olive oil, season them the same way. I use minute rice, because it’s easy and I’m lazy, so I whip that up following the instructions on the box.

I follow serving sizes as closely as possible, especially with the rice, and I dish them out into little containers. I prefer to put them one meal to a container, but in theory you could just mix it all together and throw it in one big container and just dish out a scoop or two each night.

Variations:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Ground chicken
  • Tofu? (if that’s your thing)
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Really any vegetable that you like/know how to cook
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