Are you tired of thinking about what you're going to do for lunch every day? Or dinner? Me too. We live in a fast-paced world that lends itself to opting for outside food. But with restaurant prices skyrocketing, it's time to look in our kitchens. Groceries are up too, I know. But if you shop smart and plan ahead you can keep your budget under control and most likely eat healthier too. So for this meal prep suggestion, I'm making grilled BBQ chicken thighs with potato & asparagus. If you're preparing chicken thighs, you should also check out my post on how to trim the fat from chicken thighs. It also works for boneless thighs like these and will help you know where to look to get all that fat out.
Meal Prep: Planning Ahead has Never Been Easier
So you want to plan ahead, do you? There are a couple of different ways you can do this.
- First, always cook with leftovers in mind. I do this frequently. I simply make more than I need for any given meal. You’re already in the kitchen cooking a meal. Why not make a bit more than you need? The leftovers go in containers and are eaten for lunches for a day or two.
- Second, you can approach meal prep by making specific meals just for lunches. Simply pack them into cute little containers that make you feel oh-so organized and efficient. I recently purchased four bento-box style meal prep containers. They each fit into their own zippable carry bag and I love them! But really, any container will do!
Benefits of Meal Prep:
- No more spending your hard-earned money on take-out food. The prices are getting so high it’s really not affordable to do this too often.
- Preparing food in your own kitchen means you know exactly what’s going in your food.
- If you are working from home, you don’t have to stop and make something new for lunch. Simply reheat your already-prepared food. This gives you more time to relax and really enjoy your break!
Now go forth and meal prep!
Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs w/Baked Potato & Asparagus
It's almost too easy. There are only a few ingredients and very little effort is needed to put this one together. When it's the middle of winter in New England and I can't get to my outside grill, I reach for my cast iron skillet grill.
If you're looking for more "official" meal prep ideas, you should check out my MEAL PREP: Garam Masala Tenders with Garlic Bok Choy and Squash. But let's not forget that making more than you need for dinner is the other way you can think ahead and meal prep.
Make Bigger Meals and Use Leftovers For Lunches:
- Shepherd's Pie
- The Ultimate Spaghetti Lasagna
- Mrs. Mann's Steak & Sausage Pie
- Cardamom Chicken Thighs w/Coconut Raisin Rice
- One-Pan Sausage, Peppers, Onions & Potatoes
- Pork Carnitas for Tacos & Sliders
- Chicken & Broccoli Penne Pasta w/Garlic White Wine Sauce
Stay safe out there and remember to enjoy your kitchens and all the memories you create there!Print