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!
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.
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.