Meal Prepping

If you know anything about me I’m an organizer and try to always have all my ducks in a row. My schedule is different than the average person. I don’t work a 8-5 job. Twice a week I work until after 8:00pm and have a 40 minute commute back home and another night of the week I attend a bible study so I normally pack a snack and eat it on my way. My eating habits can be horrible, not to the fact of the junk food that your mind most-likely skipped to but more to the fact of the time of night I eat my dinner or I may have skipped meal because of my schedule at work hadn’t allowed me time to eat. Also, there are days when I throw random items into a lunch box and call it a meal, it’s more like a bunch of things considered to be more of a snack.

At the beginning of fall last year I began to meal prep more. I have always made a list when I grocery shop and plan out my meals a head of time, but I have never spent an afternoon prepping all my meals for the week so I can come home and warm something up rather than making a whole meal at 9:00pm and waiting for it to bake and yeah…you get the picture it’s 10:00pm  and we are sleeping on full stomachs. So that’s why I love meal prepping, it makes my life so much easier!

So here are a few of my favorite soups to meal prep for during the week.  Plus, I will meal prep for the week and also have extra to freeze for lunches. My husband works from home and so it’s easy for him to grab a pre-made soup from the freezer and heat it up. I will also often grab a container in the morning and let it thaw at work and heat it up for one of my meals.

Another thing that is wonderful about meal prepping is planning even more ahead and having left over ground turkey or beef and then seasoning it for tacos, taco salads or haystacks – bingo! Another night is already prepped! Also, meal prepping is fairly inexpensive. I make a list and stick to it. I always try and grocery shop on the outside of the store for foods like: fresh vegetables & fruits {I will do frozen when out of season} – Meats & fish – dairy, etc. Within the isles I try to only buy non-processed foods like: nuts, popcorn, baking items, chicken/beef stock, etc.  Therefore, I’m not buying oreos and food filled with things I’m unsure of. Yes, I’m not perfect occasionally I will buy granola bars when I often and can easily make them myself. And yes I have bought a pack of oreos before also (:  Grocery shopping to me is fun and all about feeding myself with foods that are good for my body. Produce can get expensive, that’s why when summer comes I am grateful for my parents garden! I will also prep vegetables for the winter by freezing them from the garden.

I hope you find a recipe you will enjoy enough to start meal prepping yourself! Here are just a few of my favorites, Enjoy!

 

Fresh Vegetable Soup

 

1 Pound Ground Turkey {or beef}, cooked

½ Bag of Pre-sliced Carrots

1 Stalk of Celery, cut into small pieces

3 large Yellow or Red Potatoes

½ of a sweet onion, diced

Kale leaves, to your desired amount – optional

1 bag of Sugar Snap Peas

½ bag of Frozen Corn

22oz can of Stewed Tomatoes

22oz can of Diced Tomatoes

16oz can of Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained

16oz can of Light Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained

16oz can of Dark Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained

1 ½ tbsp of minced garlic {I buy my garlic in a jar}

1 Packet of Ranch Seasoning

32oz box of Organic Beef Stock

Salt to taste

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cook your turkey or beef until done on the stovetop.

Add all ingredients into a pot on the stove…or I used a Dutch Oven at 400 degrees in the oven.

 

Season to taste! And Enjoy!

 

400 degrees for 2 hours in the oven, make sure the potatoes are done to your likeness.

 

*You could also add pasta or rice to this recipe, something to try again!

 

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Taco Soup – This is my husband’s favorite thing I make

 

16oz can Chili Beans

16oz can Corn, not cream style

16oz can Kidney Beans

22oz can Diced Tomatoes

16oz can Italian Style Diced Tomatoes

1 Dry packet Ranch Seasoning

1 Dry packet Taco Seasoning – OR I make my own, recipe below.

1 Pound Ground Turkey {or beef}, cooked

 

Toppings: Fritos, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese

Add all ingredients to a pot, do not drain anything and simmer.

 

If it’s too thick add beef broth – this recipe can also be made in the croc pot.

 

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Olive Garden’s Pasta E Fagioli

 

1 cup Ditalini Pasta

2 tbsp Olive Oil, divided

1 pound Spicy Italian Sausage, cooked

3 Cloves Minced Garlic

1 Onion, diced

3 Carrots, peeled and diced

2 Stalks Celery, diced

3 cups Chicken Broth

16oz can Tomato Sauce

16oz can Diced Tomatoes

1 tsp dried Basil

1 tsp dried Oregano

¾ tsp dried Thyme

Salt, Pepper

15oz can Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained

16 of can Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained

 

 

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta, drain.

 

Heat 1tbsp Olive Oil, add Sausage, brown

 

Add oil, garlic, onion, carrots, celery – cook 3-4 minutes

 

Whisk Chicken Broth in

 

Heat and boil, reduce heat, simmer and cover until vegetables are tender 10-15 minutes

 

Add pasta and beans, simmer

 

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Taco Seasoning from Scratch

 

In a container with a lid mix together:

½ cup Chili Powder

¼ cup Onion Powder

1/8 up Ground Cumin

1 tbsp Garlic Powder

1 tbsp Paprika

Shake up all ingredients. Use 2-4 tbsp per 1 pound of ground meat.