Well, I know that meal prepping can be daunting and scary. But, I am here to guide you through it. I am here to ease your fears and show you that meal prepping is so stinking easy… Even if you are a self-proclaimed “terrible cook”.
I used to be a terrible meal prep-er. I would either make too much and end up wasting some food because it went bad before I could finish it or I would make too little and have to improvise for a few meals a week (and end up eating cafeteria pizza with a whole lot of potato chips or an ice cream bar… three days in a row). But, I’ve finally cracked the code and figured out how to make this whole meal prepping thing work.
So, when I meal prep, I like to meal prep things for either lunch or dinner. I can easily make breakfasts in the morning, but I don’t always have unlimited time to make lunch and often have no idea what to have for dinner. Sometimes I am so pressed for time while making lunch that I just thrown random things in my lunch or end up buying lunch (lunches at my school aren’t really good fuel for my body… as mentioned above). So, I meal prep to save time and also make me eat vegetables and healthier foods.
I don’t like to do too much meal prep, though. I stick to a few staples that I know I will use up the next week and then roll with that. I usually like to meal prep brown rice and some sort of protein at the beginning of the week. I like having already cooked whole grains on hand because they are just so easy to pop in the microwave and eat in less than a minute.
For this week, I decided to make some delicious BBQ chicken because I am a sucker for putting barbecue sauce on just about everything. The only thing that stinks about barbecue sauce is that they are really high in sugar. But, I found a really nice low sugar option that actually tastes really good.
This recipe is a crockpot recipe, which basically means that you can easily set it and forget it. You just thrown in some chicken with some sauce and let it do its thing for a few hours and voila! You have a meal for everyday of the week. It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time cooking over a stove or someone who is a little forgetful in the kitchen… You’re welcome.
So, let’s get into the meal prep:
BBQ Chicken Breast With Steamed Vegetables
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- salt and pepper
- one bottle barbecue sauce of choice (I would go with a low sugar barbecue sauce)
- one bag mixed veggies
- In a crockpot, add in the chicken breast and season with salt and pepper.
- Top the chicken with the barbecue sauce and cook on High for 3-4 hours (or cook on Low for 6 hours).
- Once it is done cooking, shred the chicken.
- Steam some veggies and place about a cup into a Tupperware container. Add the shredded chicken and place in the fridge until you need it throughout the week.
Note: If you want some more sweetness without added sugars, add some pineapple to the chicken and barbecue sauce mix. It gives a good amount of sweetness without being artificial. (And it just tastes really good.)