It’s the first weekend of April, and unfortunately I’ve got Spring Cleaning on the mind. This week, I’m trying to learn more about Pantry Challenges. If you’ve ever done one, tell me about your experience! All I know so far is this: For a set duration of time, you eat and prepare food at home only, and don’t buy anything else. There are variations of the challenge where you’re allowed to buy milk or fresh produce only. But the main theme is this: Use up what you have instead of buying more. And as normal, here’s the Sunday Meal Prep for April 2nd, 2017.
I’ll be trying out my own personal pantry challenge during April – and publishing my experience in two parts. You might all know that Costco is a very good friend… so yeah, we’ve got a decently stocked pantry. That’s why I truly think I can avoid the store for a while.
First – I’ll take an inventory of our fridge, freezer and pantry. Then I’ll try to plan out all our meals for a certain period of time (currently undecided). This first post will basically explain my plan.
The second post will be the results. I’ll let you know how it went, and why I think it may or may not work for you. Hopefully, I’ll save some money! You buy it so you can use it, right? Stay tuned!
My Personal Planning Goals: 1,700 calories a day, made up of 30% carbohydrates, 35% fat, and 35% protein (MyFitnessPal says this equals approximately 127g of carbohydrates, 66g of fat, and 149g of protein).
1) Reduce costs and food waste
2) Save time during busy week days
3) Help provide simple strategies, examples and meal preparation steps that are beneficial to almost anyone
4) Have healthy choices planned, prepared and available to reduce impulse eating
Meal Plan for April 3-7
|Breakfast||Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito||Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito||Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito||Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito||Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito|
|Lunch||Feta Basil Turkey Burger with Veggie Quinoa||Feta Basil Turkey Burger with Veggie Quinoa||Feta Basil Turkey Burger with Veggie Quinoa||Feta Basil Turkey Burger with Veggie Quinoa||Moo-Shu Chicken (or Pork!)|
|Dinner||Homemade Mini Pepperoni Pizza||Moo-Shu Chicken (or Pork!)||Moo-Shu Chicken (or Pork!)||Moo-Shu Chicken (or Pork!)||Try a new recipe! Ideas below.|
|Snacks||Protein Shake, Sweet Potato Brownie Bite, Hard-Boiled Egg, Turkey Pepperoni||Protein Bar||Hard-Boiled Egg, Protein Shake||Protein Shake, Sweet Potato Brownie Bite, Hard-Boiled Egg||Sweet Potato Brownie Bite, Hard-Boiled Egg|
See more detail on Project Meal Plan’s My Fitness Pal account.
Prepped on Sunday:
- Make-Ahead Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burritos for breakfasts
- Feta Basil Turkey Burgers with Veggie Quinoa for lunches
- Freezer Friendly Sweet Potato Brownie Bites for snacks
- Hard-Boiled Eggs for snacks
Supplies List (for one person):
- ground breakfast sausage (16 ounces) (I use chicken sausage)
- ground turkey, lean, 20 ounces
- eggs, 2 dozen
- Ole Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps
- shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup
- feta cheese, 3/4
- shaved parmesan cheese
- dry white quinoa, 1 cup
- chicken broth, 1 can
- green pepper, 1
- yellow onion, 1
- fresh basil, 5-6 tablespoons
- baby carrots, 8 ounces (or 3-4 large carrots)
- head of broccoli, 1 medium
- sweet potato, 1 medium to large
- for the Brownie Bites: peanut butter, pure vanilla extract, flour, maple syrup, cocoa powder, coconut sugar (or regular sugar), baking soda, mini chocolate chips
- worcestershire sauce
- garlic powder
- chili powder
- minced garlic
- onion powder
- avocado oil or olive oil
- Protein Bars/Shakes
- Turkey Pepperoni
Sunday Meal Prep for April 2nd, 2017:
- [10 minutes] If you’re making the Freezer Friendly Sweet Potato Brownie Bites, follow the directions and bake the sweet potato in the oven. Let it cool when done.
- [50 minutes] While the sweet potato bakes, make your Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos.
- [15 minutes] Follow these instructions for How to Cook Quinoa in the Rice Cooker, to get some quinoa started for lunches. Chop up some baby carrots and broccoli florets and set aside for later.
- [20 minutes] Finish the recipe for the brownie bites. Sweet potato should be cooled off by now.
- [10 minutes] Once the brownie bites are going in the oven, get the turkey burger mixture ready for the Feta Basil Turkey Burgers. You can store the mixture in the fridge while you wait to complete all the brownie bites. Then you can cook the burgers when the last batch of brownie bites are in the oven. Set burgers aside to cool when done.
- [20 minutes] When the quinoa is done, fluff it with a fork and let it cool. Put all the veggies in a microwave safe bowl, add 2-3 tablespoons of water, and heat for 4-5 minutes in the microwave on high. Test the veggies to see if they are as soft as you like. When done, in a large bowl mix veggies, quinoa, 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon onion powder, a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. Top with with 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shaved or grated works). Mix thoroughly. Make your lunches by adding two burgers and a heaping cup of quinoa to each bowl. Store in the fridge and eat within 4 days. There may be some leftover quinoa veggie mixture which can be eaten on Sunday.
- [30 minutes] Optional: Make some hard-boiled eggs for snacks. According to the FDA, hard-boiled eggs keep in the refrigerator for up to one week after cooking. Check out the Food Network’s guide for boiling eggs.
Total Active Time Estimate: 2 hours 35 minutes
During the Week Ideas:
20-Minute Moo Shu Pork (or Chicken!) – Dying to try this from Gimme Some Oven! Looks very good as leftovers too.
Spaghetti Squash Taco Bake – I’m all for spaghetti squash meals – like this one from Bless Her Heart Ya’ll. This is a great Friday night option.
Thanks for checking out the Sunday Meal Prep for April 2nd, 2017. Any feedback is appreciated so I can improve the Sunday Meal Prep posts every week. Tag @projectmealplan on social media if you meal prep! I’d love to see what you’ve created! And follow me on Pinterest for meal inspiration every single day 🙂