So earlier this month I got a new job. Great location, good pay, even better benefits… The bad side? The hours are from 12 to 8:30PM with a lunch scheduled for 2PM and a break at 7:30PM. Oh, and did I mention that my commute home is significantly longer by 1 hour?
This means I wouldn’t get home until 10:30 at night. That leaves a big question in my day-when do I eat dinner on work days?
If you think that I simply don’t have dinner or I eat as soon as I get home at 10:30PM, you’re mistaken. Since dinner is the last big meal of the day before going to bed, I’ve learned to have dinner at work during my break. But the next question would be what would I have for dinner?
This is where I’ve embraced meal prep. For the past 2 weeks, I’ve taken some time out of my Sundays to make at least 5 dinners for the week. The meals aren’t fancy but they fill me up so I’m not starving by the time I get home. Plus preparing these meals also means I’m able to take the time to include nutrients like vegetables and protein.
Then there’s another question that comes up-how can I juggle meal prep with a full schedule? My weekends are dedicated to other online projects, chores around the house, and catching up with people. That’s easy-make those meals simple so that you’re not spending so much time cooking. And when break/”dinner time” comes around, I just pop one of these meals in the microwave for 2 minutes and dinner is served!
Quick Meal Prep For The Work Week
-Premade roasted chicken. It’s already cooked so it’s one less thing to worry about!
-Various fresh and flash frozen vegetables
-Brown rice. This Boil in the Bag has worked fine for me-I can cook this while preparing the rest of the meals
-Extra virgin olive oil. You can also use unsalted butter
-Garlic. I like to use a garlic press to crush it. You can find one for cheap at Target
-5 plastic takeout containers (not pictured)
- Cut up the roasted chicken and divide it into 5 equal servings among the takeout containers
- Prepare rice as instructed on on packaging. With Success Boil in the Bag Rice I find I just need 2 pouches for 5 meals
- Sautee fresh vegetables in extra virgin olive oil and crushed garlic
- Rinse frozen vegetables in lukewarm water then set aside until dry. Sautee those vegetables in the oil and crushed garlic
How easy is that? Protein, grain, and at least 2 servings of vegetables. Plus it’s delicious!
On top of planning my dinner ahead, I’ve also been bringing my lunch as my job is in a big touristy area. With that meal I bring something different for that. Considering I have chicken for 5 days straight I try to make my lunches more diverse. And because I focus more on my dinners I do get lazy with lunches and opt to have premade foods on hand. That’s when I choose from one of my Kitchen Staples like a frozen ready meal and Greek yogurt.
Do you do any meal prepping? What are your methods for easy healthy meals?