Happy Saturday everyone! It’s the weekend. The best time to chow down on some junk and binge-watch Netflix!
Wait, stop. You have extra time, so why not meal prep?
Here are some easy, low-carb meal prep ideas for the next time you throw down in the kitchen:
The first thing I like to do is start by pre-heating my oven and seasoning my meat. That way I can pop the meat into the oven and get started on other sautéeing, chopping, frying, etc.
Caribbean Spice and Garlic Chicken with Garlic Roasted Broccoli
This recipe is super easy! Probably the easiest one out of the three. Just roughly chop up some broccoli, sprinkle with some garlic powder and crushed chilli flakes and pop it into the oven until it’s good and roasted.
I seasoned my chicken with some Caribbean spice and garlic powder that I bought and threw that in the oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Don’t cook your chicken for longer at a lower temperature, you’ll end up with dry chicken. Cooking your chicken at a higher speed for a shorter amount of time will keep your chicken moist. Remember to let the meat rest before you slice it, if you plan on cutting it before you assemble it into your container. Let those juices flow!
Basa Fish with Vegetable Stir-Fry
This recipe is simple as well. I seasoned my basa fish filets with some cumin, paprika, black pepper and lemon before popping into the oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Perfectly cooked at a speedy time! Chop up some bell peppers, broccoli, and onion and cook with some store-bought stir-fry sauce and that’s really it.
Honey-Pepper Shrimp with Cucumber Tomato and Red Onion Salad
This one is my favourite. This honey-pepper shrimp was taken out of Ayesha Curry’s The Seasoned Life cookbook. It involves cooking up a sauce with some rice wine vinegar, honey, onions, garlic and ginger and then simply pouring it over some fried shrimp. It’s fast and it’s so delicious! Peppery but with a sweetness, definitely a change from the Caribbean spice chicken and spicy garlic broccoli. Pair this with a fresh salad like this and you’re done!
I add in snacks like homemade fruit and nut mix and some fruits and I’m ready to avoid temptations with food ready to go for a few days.
All of these recipes were made a lot faster than I expected. Store-bought seasonings and sauces made preparing delicious meals like this really simple. Sometimes I dread meal prep because I feel like it will take me ages to do, but with a plan ready and some quick recipe ideas, it will be a breeze.
Let me know what you think of these recipes and if you want to see more meal prep ideas!