This post is sponsored by General Mills on behalf of Linqia but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
As many of you probably know by now, I’m a big fan of meal prepping. I set aside 3 hours out of my Sunday each week and devote them to meal prepping. I’ve been doing it for about two years, and I don’t remember how I got by without it!
I meal prep for a few reasons. The first one being that when you have good food around you, you will eat good food…simple as that! If I pack up my lunch box with a solid meal, and a few healthy snacks… I’m not going to have any need to run out and buy lunch, or snack on something that isn’t healthy. Which leads me to my second reason.. it’s cheap! When you eat out everyday, it adds up. The average salad/healthy sandwich costs between $10-$15, sometimes more. If you have a 5 day work week, that means you’re wasting at least $50 just on lunch… which is crazy! I buy my meats and produce in bulk at Costco, which helps me save even more money.
The main reason that I meal prep is because it saves me time. I can spend a few hours on a Sunday, and cook all of my lunches, and prepare all of my dinners so that I have to do minimal cooking when I get home from work. One of the main excuses I hear people saying they don’t eat healthy is because they “just don’t have enough time”…. but I don’t buy that line. Everyone has an hour or two to devote to making themselves something healthy to eat.
Yes, eating healthy can take up some time. Obviously cooking chicken, fresh veggies and some sort of grain is going to take much longer than zooming through the drive through, but believe it or not.. you can meal prep quicker than you think!
I’m always looking to cut back on any time I spend in the kitchen on Sunday (especially now that it is football season!) Yesterday morning when I was shopping I noticed a new product.. Suddenly Grain Salad. There are a few different flavors of the salads – Harvest Grains, Southwest Grains, or Tuscan Grains. I love Mediterranean flavors, so I was immediately drawn to the Tuscan Grains, which is primarily made up of Brown Rice, Quinoa, and Wheat Berries with Almonds and a Tomato & Herb Dressing. The pacakage said it only took 17 minutes to make.. so I tossed it in my cart and figured it was worth a try!
After shopping in the morning, I came home and was ready to get cookin’. I cooked my Suddenly Salad Grains while I was preparing the huge package of chicken I had gotten at Costco. Less than 20 minutes later and it was ready!
I only use about 1/4 of the dressing on my grains. (Only because it was super flavorful!) I also added in extra slivered almonds for extra protein, but you don’t need to do either of these things! Once I had grilled my chicken, I got out my containers and food scale and measured everything out.
I portioned out 5oz of chicken, and 1/4 c of Suddenly Grain Salad. That means each one of these little containers has a total of 36.5g of protein, 28g of carbs, and only 3g of fat! Perfect to keep me fueled for the rest of the day.
Overall I was done with my meal prep in just about 2 hours. (I also made turkey meatballs, and chopped up a bunch of fresh veggies for snacks). That’s it.. two hours and now I don’t have to worry about my lunches, and most of my dinners for the rest of the week! Wooo-hooo! If you’d like to try Suddenly Grain Salad, check out the store locator and use this $0.75 off coupon!
Do you meal prep? If you do, what is your favorite dish to make? I’m always looking for new recipes 🙂