My name is Alex and I run a food and recipe blog called My Own Meal Plan. I have been blogging for two years and I have loved every minute of it. I am passionate about food, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle, while still indulging in my sweet tooth every once and awhile. I love blogging because it helps me connect to people and share my talent in ways that I never could before. I am excited to be here guest posting on Jake’s site, because I feel that I have a lot to offer. If you come to my page, www.myownmealplans.com you will find all kinds of recipes ranging from appetizers, to dinner ideas, to Meal Prep Mondays, to instant pot favorites, and even desserts & sweet treats! My goal for My Own Meal Plan is to be a food blog that has it all, a one stop shop! Every recipe that I post has been tried and tested over and over again before it hits the site, that way I know it’s a recipe that everyone will love! I am excited to connect with all of you and help you reach your health and fitness goals by sharing one of my favorite recipes on my site, my Prep Free Meal Prep idea! Let’s get started!
Have you avoided meal prepping because you don’t want to deal with all the pre prep work? Does meal prepping sound intimidating and scary? I know I have. When I first started meal prepping last January, I didn’t know where to start! After many weeks of trial and error, I finally mastered the idea of meal prepping. I have tons of yummy meal prep recipes on my page, and I am posting more every week. Come check them out! http://myownmealplan.blogspot.com/p/recipe-index_27.html#MealPrepping. I love meal prepping and I love having a healthy meal on hand, but when you are super busy, sometimes meal prepping isn’t an option. There are some weeks that I just don’t have it in me to shred zucchini, cook chicken, and wait for brown rice to cook up. Because of this, I have tested a few different products now, and have found the best, tastiest, easiest ingredients to cut corners and make meal prepping quick and easy! Now, meal prepping is easier than ever! Make it with me!
Let’s start with the rice. I use bowls rice as the base for a lot of my meal prep bowls. Sometimes, I just don’t have time to cook it! Now, I use this freezer brown rice that comes all cooked up, measured and ready to go! This is the best rice! You can buy it at Trader Joes in packs of 3! You’ll find it in the freezer section, in a green box. It’s so easy and simple to cook up. You simply poke some holes in the bag and microwave it on high for 3 minutes. Then it’s hot, steamy, and ready to eat! I LOVE IT!
Next up, is the package of vegetable stir fry. This is so awesome! I found it at Smith’s! It’s got all kinds of different vegetables prepped, sliced and ready to go! Everything from kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, snap peas and more! You just have to dump the whole bag into a pan with some olive oil and heat it up! It even comes with a yummy ginger sauce that you can add for an extra boost of flavor!
Lastly, for the chicken. There are so many ways to get your chicken. My personal favorite is the packaged rotisserie chicken sets from Costco. They sell in as two whole rotisserie chickens, chunked up, skinned, and fully cooked and ready to go! You can also cook up some frozen chicken in the Instant Pot, 20 minutes and you’ll have a fully cooked breast. Learn how to use this method HERE. You could also use those precooked grilled chicken strips from Costco that you find in the refrigerator section. As a last resort, you can always use canned chicken! There are so many great ways to get chicken that is all prepped and ready to go, simply use your favorite method!
For your convenience, I have provided you a full video tutorial! You can watch step by step how I cook up this easy Prep Free Meal Prep!
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Prep Free Meal Prep
Yields 4 Meals
2 packages Trader Joes frozen Brown Rice
1 package Vegetable Stir Fry Kit
1 package precooked rotisserie chicken, or 3 cooked chicken breasts, or 3 cups grilled chicken strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
In a frying pan, add the olive oil. Add the package of vegetable stir fry and cook until vegetables are wilted. Add the ginger glaze that comes with the vegetables and set to the side.
For the rice, remove the package from the box. Puncture 3 holes in the bag and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove from microwave and portion out into meal prep containers.
For the chicken, simply cut up whichever chicken you choose to use. Instant Pot Frozen Chicken, Costco rotisserie chicken, or the Costco grilled chicken strips.
Assemble each bowl. Rice, veggies, chicken, and refrigerate until ready to eat. When reheating, use half power and heat for 2-3 minutes.