Meal Prep Made Simple

A quick/healthy/simple idea for rookie meal preppers… or veterans that are pressed for time

  • Four healthy dinners in 25 minutes for less than $20
  • Nutrition breakdown: 550cal; 40g protein, 48g carb, 22g fat per serving
  • Roasted chicken; Mixed veggies; Quinoa; Avocado

Doing some form of meal prep is the KEY to a healthy diet. But I think a lot of people feel overwhelmed at the thought of starting up a meal prepping routine. Not knowing where to start. Or thinking they don’t have the time/money/energy/knowledge/etc. Especially when they see over-the-top meal prep pics and posts from other health nerds (guilty as charged 🤷‍♂️). Well it doesn’t have to be rocket science. Or take forever. Or cost a lot of money.

Here’s one of my go-to dinners for weekends when I’m pressed for time, and one that I recommend to my clients who are new to meal prepping. I pick up a roasted chicken and some frozen vegetables from the grocery store. I pair that with some quinoa for some carbs and 1/2 avocado for a good source of fats. I simply shred up the chicken while I boiled some water for the veggies and quinoa. 25 minutes from start to finish. Quick. Cheap. Healthy. Easy. And honestly, pretty tasty.

25 minutes to boil the quinoa and veggies while I’m shredding the chicken.

Yeah, I’d prefer fresh vegetables. Roasted. I would prefer to have salmon a night or two to mix it up. Marinade my own chicken. Etc. But I was busy. And this works. And now I don’t need to cook this week, I’m saving some money, and I know I’m set up to have a healthy week overall.

Dinner for tonight and the next three nights!

Pro tip: I used Trader Joe’s Everything-But-The-Bagel Seasoning to make the veggies and quinoa a little more interesting 👌.

Give it a whirl if you’re just getting into the game or just plain busy. Mix & match veggies. Swap out quinoa for some brown rice. Add your own favorite seasoning. Etc.

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Jim Warner Fitness & Endurance Training

*ACE Certified Personal Trainer *NPTI Kettlebell Certification *NPTI TRX Suspension Training Certification *Conditioning Coach at Jungle Gym Strength & Conditioning, Newport News, VA *Amateur Endurance Athlete -Boston Marathon Qualifier -Ironman Triathlete -Cross-country Cyclist

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