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Today I am here with a different kind of post! A few days ago I attempted my very first meal prep mission. I set out to complete 4 days of lunch meals and I am so excited to share my experience with you!
I decided not to go to the store and instead just work with what I already had in my refrigerator and pantry! You might ask what initiated this whole meal prep mission in the first place and I must say it is because… You guessed it, I am trying to save money. I find myself always stopping for food on my way to work. If I cut that fast food run not only will I be eating a healthier meal but I will also be saving money.
Before I start I will say I didn’t take pictures of everything. I also prepared parts of the meal before hand so I would save time.
Here are the ingredients I used for this 4 day meal prep.
- 1 cup of jasmine rice
- 1 cup of black beans
- 3 Large Tilapia Fillets
- 3 Small Potatoes
- 2 Organic Carrots
- Olive oil
- Garlic Powder
- 1 whole onion
First I cooked the cup of beans the night before in 2 cups of water in a medium sauce pan. Lots of people soak the beans overnight or at least a few hours before they start cooking but I didn’t have time to soak them. So I just set the burner at a medium heat level and let them boil. They sat on the stove for about 60-75min. Since I will be reheating them later I cooked them until they were tender. I also added a little bit of butter because why not? Lol I put them in a glass container and let them chill in the fridge overnight.
I finished up my prepping the next day. I cooked the cup of jasmine rice in 2 cups of water. I brought it to a boil and then reduced the heat and let it simmer for 20min or until the water was absorbed. It came out nice and fluffy!
I picked up a ton of Tilapia from my local Fiesta a few weeks ago. I kept it in my freezer and only pulled a few fillets out as I needed them. I decided to cook 3 for these 4 meals.
They were pretty large fillets and came packaged individually in plastic so I let them thaw outside of the plastic in a glass container for about 4 hours. I left them in the frigde while i was at work and when i came back they were ready! I seasoned them with pepper, salt, basil, and a little bit of garlic powder. I also added some Olive oil, set the temp to 350, and placed them in the oven for 25min.
I also cut up some carrots and potatoes that I had in my refrigerator vegetable drawers. It was all I had left from my last grocery trip. I seasoned them with pepper, salt, Garlic powder, and added some Olive oil. I roasted them in the oven for about 20min.
They came out perfectly roasted and was so excited!
I cant believe I had that many ingredients in my pantry and felt really great about cooking them and making these meals. I love that I didn’t spend any money and really utilized all my previously purchased food.
Here is what my meals looked like before I added the fish! I tried my best to distribute everything evenly in the containers shown below. Since I dont have matching plastic containers my meals look like this….
The fish came out so juicy and very tasty! Again I tried my best to split the 3 fillets into 4 equal portions.
When I was finished I wasn’t satisfied so I decided it needed some savory onions on top and grilled some on the stove top.
I cut up an entire onion into rings and added olive oil to the pan along with some pepper and garlic salt.
It was the best decision I could’ve made to add that extra savory touch!
Here are my lunch meals for the next 4 days!
I am so incredibly pleased with how this weeks meal prep turned out!! I would say mission accomplished just to toot my own horn! I hope to continue to do this in the upcoming weeks. I really need to start being a lot more frugal and focus on saving money this year. More to come on that subject!
Thanks so much for reading and I really hope you enjoyed this type of post. If you liked it please let me know down in the comments. I would love to know if you’ve ever tried to meal prep before and your results!