Meal Prepping: Simple and Cheap for Beginners

I don’t know what I’m doing! I want to say that now before you read any further. What I do know is that I want to lead a healthier lifestyle and I want to lose some weight. I feel that I’m a very pretty girl but I have other body goals that I have let fall off track and I need to get back to where I was. I knew prepping my meals would keep me from buying fast food or eating junk during my lunch hour and most of all improve my diet. This was my first time meal prepping and it didn’t take much, maybe 2 hours total. I think the longest thing was using the rice cooker but that’s another story. Here is what you will need: 

  • grill pan or counter top grill
  • glass square pan for veggies 
  • rice cooker or pot
  • 5-7 single serving Tupperware bowls

I was able to get a grill pan from Ross for $6.99 and it’s awesome. Be advised I’m only cooking lunches and I’m only cooking for myself. A good sized counter top grill would probably be better for bigger portions. I thrifted my rice cooker and my glass pan and spent no more than $8.00 on both of them. But my best find for meal prepping was my Tupperware bowls. I got a set of 2 single servings for $1 at the Dollar Tree. SCORE!!!!! And I got 8 bowls for $4. No complaining on my end.  You don’t always need brand new kitchen utensils and dishes to meal prep look for those deals and save your money for the food.

   
For my first meal I made grilled chicken breast, broccoli and brown rice. Nothing special this time. My biggest goal today was to have a successful prep and I managed that. My chicken breast were very thick so I butterflies them and cut them in half. I seasoned them with lemon juice and a little bit of lemon pepper seasoning. Using the lemon juice kept me from using added salts and things I don’t need. For the broccoli I bought frozen broccoli and used half of a medium sized bag. I microwaved it for 9 minutes. Stirring in between. I flavored it with 1Tbsp of butter and pink Himalayan salt and added 1/4 cup of mild cheddar to the broccoli. I know dairy isn’t a big plus but I’m new at this so I’m gonna cheat a little. I only made 1 Cup of brown rice which yields 3 Cups once it’s been cooked.  This rice cooker was trial and error since I thrifted it I had no directions. I think a little additional water would make it better but hey you prep and you learn.  

 
Once everything was prepped. I put it in the bowls that I got. I’m only prepping for Monday-Friday so if you want to do an entire 7 days I would recommend adding more food to your prep. Honestly I can’t wait to start this meal prep journey and figure out what I like and what isn’t too good. I want to try some overnight oats instead of plain oatmeal but for this week it’s gonna be good ole Quaker Oats until the next meal prep. 

  
Here is my finished product. What do you think? Do you meal prep too? Share some of your recipes. Or try this super simple meal prep recipe. Happy prepping. Here’s to a better lifestyle and better food and a better body. 

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  1. Wow you did a good job!! Everything looks great & I’m sure you’ll save so much money by bringing your lunch!!!

  2. These look great! I generally meal prep over the weekend and stock the fridge so I can grab-and-go each morning πŸ™‚

  3. Does the food really stay good all week? I always get nervous about food in the fridge.

  4. I love that you used frugality in your meal prepping post! Healthy living is not expensive, as so many believe.

  5. Have you had good results since starting your meal prepping? I am going to start but of course I am nervous about failing and what not. I dont really know what I am doing so this looks awesome and easy.

    • Yes I have. I will say that meal prepping alone hasn’t been my saving grace I have been working out and walking a lot and cutting back unnecessary sugars and drinking a lot of water. But yes it’s been great. I don’t weigh myself but I recently went on a trip and put on a semi reversing bathing suit and I looked great! It’s all about how you feel and letting this be a stepping stone to healthy eating

      • Failing is part of the process. The more you fail, the more you learn about your convictions and when you get convictions, you’ll start to change what you eat and when you start to change what you eat, you’ll not only look great but feel great. Good luck! You can do it! Thanks Randi for starting this post!

  6. What food would you not recommend prepping for the week?

    • Tilapia. It can stay good but if I use tilapia. I make 2-3 days worth and then make the rest when I’ve ran out. It doesn’t stay good an entire week. And if you make a pasta or even rice be sure not to cook it too soft. Because by the end of the week it will be very soggy.

  7. Thank you for the inspiration! I so want to start doing this. Kids go back to school in a week, so it’s back on a regular gym routine and meal prep would really help!

  8. Thank! I needed an easy start!!!

  9. Meal prep is awesome my daughter and son and law does that and now I’m on my own again I’m going to start as well , I’m always on Pinterest finding new recipe ideas as well happy meal prepping to us all 😊😊

  10. Meal prepping is awesome me my daughter and son and law used to meal prep they still do now that I’m on my own again I meal prep for myself , I as well always on Pinterest for new ideas , especially with the job I have I work at a convenient store , but I work out and walk and I eat healthy , sometimes we do have the temptations we just have to continue to strong . happy meal prepping to us all 😊

  11. I love your meal prep ideas and suggestions. I’ve always done this with soups & stews, even before “meal prepping ” was a thing. Thanks for sharing your tips & tricks for other foods.

  12. I still don’t know if i trust making a weeks worth of meals, doesn’t the veggies like broccoli get soggy

  13. Your meals look great . Good job. But don’t call it “Tupperware “. It’s not. Use the microwave only in an emergency.

  14. Rachel K. Card March 7, 2017 — 3:23 am

    Not sure if you know but you can make oatmeal in the rice cooker too! I make a large batch each week for my Hubby and he loves it. I mix in raisins or craisins. Im sure you could mix in all types of things. Just put in the amt of oats you like and the corresponding water and set it for white rice and let it go. I do it before my workout and its ready by the time Im done. fresh on mondays and easy to reheat the rest of the week!

  15. Hi I meal prep every week. We make Turkey chili, lentil soups, tomato soups, stir fry’s and chicken & blackbean quesadillas etc. In addition, I will make salads and divide into Tupperware for the week. I love meal prep saves money and it’s super healthy. The trick is make large batch of what you like and freeze what you can. My husband and I swear by it πŸ™‚

  16. Thank you for those tips. I have taken a break from blogging but I’m coming back full force very soon πŸ™‚ and meal prepping is great. I never thought about freezing and I’m gonna have to try that. Seriously thanks.

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