Lately, Hubs and I have been doing weekly deliveries of Hello Fresh. While I personally love the meals we get, I’ve noticed that we’ve been falling behind on making food outside of the three meals. So, to test out a new plan, we decided to skip Hello Fresh this past week, and try meal prepping instead.
If you’re not familiar with meal prepping, it’s essentially making food in one day instead of throughout the week. That being said, you’ll still have to make some things (depending on what meals you’re making), but the bulk of the work will already be done.
First, when meal prepping, you want to come up with meals that have similar ingredients (if you want a crash course, take a look at this Buzzfeed article. This is where Hubs and I first got inspired to meal prep!) Since we’ve been getting mostly beef and pork dishes from Hello Fresh, we decided to do only chicken and vegetarian based meals.
Last Week’s Menu:
- Southwest Chicken Salad
- Cajun Chicken Alfredo
- Veggie Fried Rice
- Veggie Burrito Bowls
- Chicken Fajitas
All of these meals had very similar ingredients, as well as ingredients that we already had on hand. In fact, our grocery list consisted of chicken, lettuce, tortillas, and the fresh veggies. For the most part, the prepping for this week was very low-key.
Since we were having 3 meals with chicken, I knew I needed to make roughly a pound of chicken for each meal. So on Sunday, I put three pounds of chicken, 2 cups of chicken broth, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a crock pot, and let it cook on high for 4 hours. During that time, we ran out to the store to grab a couple of things for the house.
Once the chicken was done, I pulled it out and gave it a rough chop. I put all of the chicken in one container, but you can separate it so that the portions are even. For the fajitas and pasta, I added extra seasonings while I was re-cooking the chicken to give it extra flavor.
The rest of the prep was super easy. We separated out black beans, refried beans and corn, and pre-chopped the rest of the veggies for the salad and burrito bowls. This made putting things together really easy.
- For the salad, everything was already chopped and good to go, so we only had to mix it all together and add dressing.
- For the alfredo, we only had to cook the pasta and reheat the chicken.
- For the burrito bowls, we made instant rice, and then mixed the rest of the ingredients in to make the bowl.
- For the fajitas, we cooked peppers and onions, added the chicken to heat it up, and heated up some of the refried beans.
- For the veggie rice, we had some Trader Joe’s Japanese rice, and added some of the left over chopped up veggies.
I would say that this week was a success! All of the meals were super easy to make, and the fact that it took no more than 2 hours out of my Sunday to make my life easier was amazing. It’ll be touch cancelling Hello Fresh, but I think more meal prep will be in our future.
Have you tried meal prepping? Let me know how it went!