A lot of people think meal planning and prep needs to be this big, labor-intensive ordeal. But the truth is that it can be very simple. In fact, most weeks I meal plan and prep in less than one hour, and today I'm going to show you exactly how I do it!
The first thing I do is log in to That Clean Life to create my meal plan.
When choosing meals to add to my plan for the week, I keep it simple by choosing two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks, and two dinners. I also try to choose meals and snacks that can be prepped ahead of time.
This is what my meal plan looked like this week:
This is why I chose these meals:
Click here to add this Za'atar Flattened Chicken with Green Tahini Sauce to your That Clean Life meal plan.
Click here to add these Pressure Cooker Chocolate Steel Cut Oats to your That Clean Life meal plan.
Click here to add these Meal Prep Veggie Bowls to your That Clean Life meal plan.
Click here to add these Double Chocolate Mint Energy Balls to your That Clean Life meal plan.
Based on what I add to my meal plan, That Clean Life automatically generates and itemizes my grocery list, which makes shopping a breeze:
Once my meal planning is done, it is time to do some prep. Here are the steps I followed to prep this meal plan in less than one hour:
Step 1: Preheat the oven and cook the Za'atar Flattened Chicken. At the same time, put your veggies for the Meal Prep Veggie Bowls on a pan and place them in the oven with the chicken on the second rack. Remember to set two timers as you will need to take the veggies out before the chicken. Move onto Step #2 while everything cooks.
Step 2: Soak the cashews for the Creamy Pasta with Kale.
Step 3: Start the Pressure Cooker Chocolate Steel Cut Oats in your Instant Pot. Move onto Step #4 while they cook.
Step 4: Hard boil the eggs for the Meal Prep Veggie Bowls.
Step 5: Make the Double Chocolate Mint Energy Balls. Divide into containers and place them in the fridge.
Step 6: Add the soaked cashews to your blender and make the sauce for the Creamy Pasta with Kale. Transfer it to a jar and store it in the fridge.
Step 7: Remove the chicken and veggies from the oven. Remove the oats from the Instant Pot. Divide everything into containers, let cool and store in the fridge.
Optional: You can prep the Fruit-On-The Bottom Chia Pudding and the Figs and Yogurt with Flax now, or the night before.
And that's it! You’ve just successfully planned and prepared nutritious meals and snacks that are going to make your week a lot easier. By keeping your meals simple and using leftovers, you can prep your meals in less than an hour and have delicious meals all set for the entire work-week. Enjoy!
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