How to Meal Prep When You Eat Every Meal at the Office
  • January 11, 2018
  • Whether you’re rolling your sleeves up for the next “busy season” or simply having a busy week at work, many of us have experienced eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at work. It can be annoying and boring… especially when Meal Prep Sunday can get pushed to the side if Sunday is your only day off.

    What if I told you that I did most of the work for you? Find simple, quick, and delicious recipes to make for the week, check. Create a grocery list, check. Your part? Dedicate an hour to your meal prep, and you won’t have to suffer through one annoying, boring meal all week! Game on.

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    Grocery list:

    • 2 red bell peppers
    • 1 orange/yellow/green bell papper
    • 1 head of broccoli
    • 2 carrots
    • 1 yellow onion
    • 6 garlic cloves
    • 1 container of spinach
    • 2 containers grape/cherry tomatoes
    • 3 green onions
    • 3 large ripe avocados
    • 1-2 bunches of cilantro (you will need 1.5 roughly chopped cups)
    • 3 limes
    • 1-2 jalapenos (optional)
    • 1 bunch mint (optional)
    • 1 romaine hearts
    • 1 red onion
    • 1 small carton of whole milk (skim and 2% work, too)
    • 1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
    • 1 small container of plain Greek yogurt
    • 1 dozen eggs
    • 1 box quinoa
    • 1 container of salsa
    • 2 bags frozen corn kernels
    • 3 cans black beans
    • 1 bottle low sodium soy sauce
    • Toasted sesame seeds (optional)
    • 2 lbs boneless, skinless check breast
    • 2 (10.75 oz.) cans condensed cream of chicken soup

    Optional toppings for soup:

    • Sour cream
    • Tomato
    • Green onions
    • Lettuce
    • Cilantro
    • Avocado

    Optional addition for burrito bowl:

    • .5 lbs meat of choice

    Snack suggestions:

    • Plain Greek yogurt with fruit
    • Cheesesticks
    • Hard boiled eggs
    • Almonds
    • Fruit
    • Veggies and hummus

    What you most likely already have in your kitchen, but will need to pick up if you don’t:

    • Olive oil
    • Lemon juice
    • Onion powder
    • Red wine vinegar
    • Salt
    • Ground pepper
    • Sesame oil
    • Rice vinegar
    • Honey
    • Ground ginger
    • Crushed red pepper (optional)
    • Ground cumin
    • Dried Cilantro

    The menu for the week:

     

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Breakfast Egg muffins Egg muffins Egg muffins Egg muffins Egg muffins
    Lunch Soup Power Salad Soup Power Salad Soup
    Dinner Burrito Bowl Stir Fry Burrito Bowl Stir Fry Dinner of choice

     

    And finally, the recipes:

    Eggs Muffin Cups

    Start your day right with protein and veggies.

    Prep Time: 5 Minutes

    Cook Time: 18 Minutes

    The Gist: Whisk together 7-8 eggs, ¼ cup of milk, and veggies of your choice (I put spinach and red bell pepper in the grocery list). Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.

     

    Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad

    Rely on powerful super foods to get you through the afternoon!

    For this recipe, the prep and cook time happen simultaneously, costing you just 20 minutes.

    The Gist: Cook the quinoa, cut veggies and avocado. When quinoa is done, mix it together with veggies, red wine vinegar, salt and avocado.

     

    Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup

    Take 5 minutes to slow down and savor this delicious soup midday.

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 4 hours (in a slow cooker, like a Crockpot)

    The Gist: Mix condensed cream of chicken soup, salsa, corn, black beans, water, ground cumin and dried cilantro together. Put chicken breasts in slow cooker. Pour liquid mixture over the top. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. When the time is up, shred the chicken, and enjoy soup with toppings of your choice.

     

    Quinoa Burrito Bowl

    Another superfood-rich recipe that will help you power through your long night at the office.

    Also, another recipe where the prep time and cook time happen simultaneously, costing you about 20 minutes. Add approximately 10 minutes if you choose to add cooked meat. Tip: Cook power salad quinoa and quinoa for this recipe at the same time to cut your prep time down!

    The Gist: While cooking the quinoa, blend yogurt, avocado, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, jalapenos, min, salt and pepper in a food processor. When quinoa is cooked, divide into two bowls. Add in chopped lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, red onion, and avocado (and meat, if necessary). Drizzle with dressing.

     

    Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry

    A fresh and delicious meal that’s colorful enough to literally brighten up your desk.

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 15 minutes

    The Gist: Preheat oven to 425. Line a sheet pan with foil for easy clean up. Place in preheated oven. Mix together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey, and ground ginger for the marinade. Cut chicken and chop veggies. Pour marinade over chicken and veggies; mix and stir until well combined. Transfer chicken and veggies onto hot baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with crushed red pepper and/or sesame seeds if desired.

     

    And there you have it! Three meals (and don’t forget the snacks!) you can bring to work each day that will keep you full and energized, even throughout the busiest workweek. The only question is, what will you do with the rest of your time on Meal Prep Sunday?

    About Ashley McCullough

    Ashley McCullough has been an active advocate of weight lifting, taco eating, city living and not running for as long as she can remember. A lifelong Notre Dame fan, she graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. By day, you can find her organizing objects by color, singing, chanting, dancing around, and reading with her kindergarten class. After the school bell rings, well, not much changes. She continues to do all that. But she also thoroughly enjoys conversing and interacting with adults at group fitness classes and #Sweatworking events. Ashley was born and raised in the suburbs and moved to the city 4 years ago. She never plans to leave… unless she is able to find a beach house on a mountain in a major industrial city on a private island. Then she just might.

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