For a while now I’ve been obsessed with the meal prep photos on Instagram and Pinterest. I love the idea of spending a chunk of time planning and preparing meals and then not having to think about it any more. I’m making November the month that I really get into meal prep but I had a bit of a practice session last week and made myself lunches for Monday through to Friday. I made 3 different lunches from the same lot of ingredients so that it didn’t get too repetitive. Also so I could decide on the day what I felt like eating.
What I bought
- Bag of spinach
- Bunch of celery
- One red pepper
- One cucumber
- Tub of tomatoes
- Multipack humus
- Box of crackers
- Pack cooked chicken chunks
- Small block manchego cheese
- Pack sliced salami
- Punnet strawberries
- Punnet blackberries
*I also used a nest of dried noodles, a tin of sweetcorn, tin of mushrooms and a splash of soy sauce. These were already in my cupboard*
What I made
I used my soup maker to turn most of the chicken and the sweetcorn, mushrooms, soy sauce and noodles into chinese style chicken and sweetcorn soup. I made 2 large portions and stored them in the fridge for the days when I wanted something hot and comforting.
I also made 3 salad boxes, 1 with the remaining chicken and 2 with salami, cheese and berries.
I chopped up and portioned out the salad ingredients and split them between 3 meal prep containers. The ones I used have 3 compartments and are linked below. I added what was left of the chicken, a mini tub of humus and some crackers to the first box. For the remaining 2 boxes I added strawberries and blackberries to one of the mini compartments and folded salami and chunks of manchego cheese to the other one. The white stuff sticking out of the sides of the main compartment is kitchen roll, I lined the underneath so that my salad stayed crisp.
As this was my first attempt at prepping several days lunches at once, I was a bit skeptical that my salad would still be fresh on day five. I was pleasantly surprised, I think the kitchen roll definitely helped! Below I have linked all the products that I have used. These are affiliate links which mean if you purchase something through those links I get a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Not bad for a first attempt! Do you meal prep? What did you find worked for you? Let me know in the comments below =)