Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Eat Healthy, Lose Weight, Save Money

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I have spent some time this week food prepping. Life has been so busy lately and we have a long to-do list this month. I don't want to waste time in the kitchen, but I still need to feed my family healthy meals. 

The answer to fitting it all in is Planning and Prepping. 

I decided to step away from Aldi again. I tried to do that once before at Walmart and I fell flat on my face. I'm still angry with Walmart, y'all. 

And I've been a little hurt too. 
After sharing my food prepping posts this summer, one lady on Pinterest decided to bash my stuff. I'll admit that was kinda hard to take. I feel that if she would have actually read the post, it would have made sense to her and she wouldn't have made the comment that she did. 

So...I'm going to try the whole sharing my prepping thing with you again. I'm by no means an expert at this! There's probably a thousand different ways to go about it, but I thought I would share what works for me. 

This week I went to Sam's and I attempted to find healthier foods to prep with. 

For $10.98, I bought 6 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breasts. For $1.83 per pound, it's a pretty good deal. I cooked it for an hour in a 350 degree oven all at one time. I decided to place it in my stand mixer to shred it for recipes. 

And I had a bunch of chicken to work with!

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I will use this on salads, enchiladas, and casserole type meals. 
You can add it to veggie soup for a very healthy meal. 
Chicken, tuna, turkey and venison are staples in our household. 

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I took three large spoonfulls of shredded chicken and cooked them with stir fry veggies. 
Throw it over some premade quinoa and you have very good meal. My boys ate it all like crazy...no leftovers. 


I bought a large package of quinoa at Sam's for $5.88. It's gluten free and can be used as a side dish, in place of rice in recipes, or in casserole type dishes. It's rich in protein and is so versatile. 

I made the entire package while my chicken was cooking and I had a large container! 


I also made some enchiladas. I bought two packs of whole wheat tortillas for $4.98. 


You can use them for wraps with the shredded chicken and lettuce. 
You can make quesadillas for quick lunches. Throw some spinach and all natural cheese in them. 


I added some cheese, corn, pinto beans, and shredded chicken to mine. 


I lined my pan with foil and stuck them in the freezer. Once frozen, you can just lift the foil from the pan and wrap them to store in the freezer. When you're ready to cook them, just place the foil packet back in the pan for easy clean up. 


Before I bake these I will add enchilada sauce and some diced tomatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Top with cheese the last five minutes of baking. 

I actually didn't mind shopping at Sam's for my meals. If you take the time to find recipes that you can use some of the same ingredients in bulk, then it's worth going there. 

You can't go wrong with bulk chicken, frozen veggies, quinoa, and tortillas. 

I got five pounds of apples for $5.98, sweet potatoes for $6.25, large bags of lettuce mix for $2.19 per bag and lots of frozen veggies. 

I also bought bulk items to make a ton of venison chili. Not into deer? Just use ground turkey. 

I will cook it in the crockpot all day and then divide it into family serving sizes to freeze for future meals. With chili as the starting point, I can make multiple meals....

  • Chili Pie (put chili in a baking dish, top with cornbread mix, top with cheese and bake). Super easy, but doesn't kill your diet!
  • Chili Mac (chili on top of whole wheat pasta)
  • Stuffed Peppers (hollow out your peppers, add chili and some cheese and bake)
  • Chili Casserole (mix it with some of that quinoa and add some corn...bake it)
  • Chili-ladas (Make enchiladas, but add the chili mixture. Bake and top with cheese)
There are tons of ways to use leftover chili without burning your family out on the whole bulk food prepping!

I spent $113.08 at Sam's and I don't think it's that bad at all. I got a ton of food for the money and I will be stocking my freezer so I got more than just a week's worth of food.  


13 comments:

  1. great idea!!! it looks so yummy!!! please show us more prepping!!

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  2. You really have to ignore the negative Nancy's on the internet. They don't help anyone, and who cares what others think about us anyways. And if I remember correctly, your food prepping post from this summer on Pinterest is what brought me to your blog in the first place. I love reading your ideas, and trying some of your recipes. You are truly inspirational and anyone not saying so can go suck an egg, preferably a rotten one!

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  3. Wendy, on my new blog I just started a new blog hop about healthy eating. I would love if you would come and link this post up. Sorry I didn't make it over to Motivation Monday. I am trying to get my new WordPress blog up and running. http://agutandabutt.com/2013/10/hop-along-with-the-battle-of-the-bulge-1.html

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  4. Great suggestions! I've not been doing enough make ahead meals lately and I need to spend some time doing this. Pinning this so I can refer back to your ideas. Thanks so much for linking up to Through The Lens Thursday.

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  5. Hi Wendy, I popped by from Heather's Friday Favorites link up. I just wanted to say hello and check out your blog. I love the progress you've made with your weight loss. Congrats to you! Those enchiladas above look AMAZING! Meal prepping is key. Keep up the great work!

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  6. Hi Wendy, I was stopping by from Heather's Friday Favorites link up. I wanted to say hi and to check out your blog. Those enchiladas look amazing. Meal prepping and planning ahead is suck a lifesaver, huh? I loved the lookback on your Halloween photos. Your weight loss progress is amazing. Keep up the great work!

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  7. Hi, Wendy. We are big Aldi shoppers, too! We don't have a Sam's Club nearby, though. I love Chicken Enchiladas and this recipe looks easy to make, plus great prep for future meals. It's just me and the hubs most of the time, so a small meal like this is perfect for us.Plus, it's healthy! Thanks for sharing.
    Ann @ Christ in the Clouds
    http://christintheclouds.blogspot.com/

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  8. Such a great idea!!! I suck at preparing for the week and that's the biggest weakness for trying to figure out what we are going to eat each day. This would cut down on fast food trips a lot!

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  9. Thank you so very much for linking this to my blog. I've been wanting to do some prepping, and these are great idea starters. My husband loves all the food you listed above and takes his lunch to work every day. I really need to put some of these together for him.

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  10. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I take my lunch to work most days of the week, this definitely helps. I need to get better at prepping over the weekend though. Thanks for sharing at the Blog Hop Blitz!

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  12. Great ideas and I love the chicken veggie stir fry! Thank you for sharing on the Blog Hop blitz.

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  13. Thanks for sharing this despite what you've dealt with in the past, Ive been looking for a ton of prepping and planning ideas to make eating healthier and losing weight more "doable" and found this article to be very helpful!

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