MEAL PREP ON A BUDGET

Do you feel like grocery prices are skyrocketing? Are you worried about spending more money on food? Don’t worry; there are ways to save money and still eat healthy meals. By planning ahead and buying in bulk, you can make several meals without breaking the bank.

Last weekend, I spent $108 on groceries and made 13 meals. Here’s what I bought:

  • Pack of 5 Chicken thighs
  • Pack of 4 Salmon Filets
  • Pack of 2 Sirloin Filets
  • 18 Eggs
  • 4 Bags of Veggies (Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts)
  • Small Bag of Sweet Potatoes
  • 10lb Bag of Rice

I also used some items I already had, such as ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, honey, olive oil, salt, pepper, and other seasonings.

I marinated the chicken in equal parts ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and honey overnight. I chopped up all the veggies and sweet potatoes and set the rice cooker to cook about 5 cups of rice.

For the salmon, I seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika and cooked it in a pan until done. For the steak, I seasoned it with salt and pepper and seared and cooked it in the pan until about medium-rare. I usually just poke it until it feels right. For the chicken, I cooked it in the pan until the temperature reached 165+.

I cooked the veggies in a big frying pan with olive oil, salt, pepper, and chopped garlic until tender. I chopped up the sweet potatoes, seasoned them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roasted them in the oven at 425 for 45 minutes. I cracked the eggs into a muffin tray, seasoned them with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and black sesame, and baked them until done. (about 10 minutes at 425 in the oven)

Once everything was cooked, I portioned it into Tupperware. I don’t measure everything out, but I estimate about 1/2 cup of rice and 3/4 cup of veggies with some meat.

I ended up with 3 chicken meals, 4 salmon meals, 2 steak meals, and 4 egg meals with sweet potatoes. It was about 4 days of meals. It didn’t break the bank, and it didn’t take me a terribly long time to do. I also had some extra rice and veggies left over for more meals.

The biggest advice I can give you guys is to just keep it simple. Plan ahead and execute! Grocery prices can seem to be out of control, but with proper planning and timing you can make a lot for not so much.

I hope this helps you save money and eat healthy meals. Let me know what your go-to meals are! If you need help making a plan, shoot us a message at [email protected].

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