Good Morning Washington: Meal Prep for a Week Under $50
Have you ever felt that eating healthy is too expensive?
You want to commit to making healthier changes, but your budget doesn’t allow you succeed.
What if I told you, that eating healthy on a budget is not as hard as you think it is.
Using the tips in this blog post you will learn how to repurpose your ingredients to help you eat healthy on a budget.
I recently had the opportunity to be the guest at WJLA Good Morning Washington for Meal Prep 101 to discuss how to meal prep for a week under $50.
If you want to watch the segment, scroll to the bottom of the post 🙂
So if you think eating healthy on a budget is impossible, you are in for a pleasant surprise.
Using a list of multidimensional ingredients (like the one above) you can create a variety of healthy meals and snacks for a whole week that will keep your taste buds in a happy place. If you are the type of person who gets bored easily, this post is for you.
First, let’s talk about why repurposing is helpful.
Have you ever gotten bored with your food mid week?
If you’ve been in this situation before, you know how annoying it can be and more importantly how much it can hurt your budget. Repurposing allows you the freedom to change your menu in the middle of the week to keep your meals and snacks exciting.
The key to doing this successfully is to meal prep basic ingredients like grains, proteins, meats, and legumes in advanced. Make sure you keep your basic ingredients in separate containers, this will help you re-use them later in a different way.
At the middle of the week, you can assess all your ingredients and mix up your menu before getting bored. For the segment on Good Morning Washington, I focused on a mix of 6 dishes you can repurpose during the week.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
This snack is a great replacement for popcorn. You can use canned or raw chickpeas (you will have to cook them first). Simply season them with your favorite spices, and pop them in the oven. These are great for meal prepping because they preserve really well over time. You can eat them on their own, or you can add them to your salads.
If you do not roast all your chickpeas, you can use the rest to make hummus!
Quinoa is a great grain to use because it is neutral in flavor and you can eat it cold or hot. For this dish, you can use cold quinoa with bell peppers, sea salt, cucumbers, cilantro, mint, and lime to create a delicious Mediterranean-style salad.
To make sure your salad is fresh you should only mix your ingredients when you are ready to eat them.
Mason Jar Breakfast
Mason jars are a great tool for meal prepping and preserving your food because they are airtight containers. You can use your favorite oatmeal, for this option I used steel cut oats because they are significantly less processed than other oats. You can eat it cold or hot and pair it with your favorite fruits.
You can also use your steel cut oats in your smoothies!
Turkey Burrito Bowl
This deconstructed turkey bowl burrito is a great example of what you can do by combining your basic ingredients. The great part about this method is that you are in control. You decide how much you want to include and what ingredients you want to focus on. This is a great option especially if you need variety.
You can turn your turkey burrito bowls into an awesome chili!
Avocado, Strawberry and Cucumber Salad
This salad is everything. If you are a sugar addict like myself (no judgment here), you will love this salad. It has the perfect hint of natural sugar, with a yummy healthy fat like avocado and the cucumbers bring it all together.
The best part?
You can eat each ingredient individually and then mix them together for a refreshing and filling snack.
Chunky Mango Salsa
You will love this salad. It is my absolute favorite. You can add this to any dish and it will taste amazing. Mangos are juicy, sweet and have a great texture. Add some onions for flavor and crunch, add cilantro and mint to make sure it is fresh and flavorful, and a lime to bring it all together. You can use a little sea salt and cumin as well.
You can add your mango salsa to your quinoa salad and the turkey burrito bowl!
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