The lunches and mains I'm meal prepping this week...
Following on from my story question on Instagram, I'm going to start documenting what I'm cooking or meal prepping every week as you all said you wanted to see it! I do typically share my meals on stories, but I thought this might be a nice way to share a meal plan of sorts if any of you wanted to follow along or just wanted some inspiration for your own meal planning.
Worth noting -
I mostly eat pescatarian and vegetarian/vegan with a very limited amount of dairy (my skin hates it) and more of an emphasis on quality protein. I love variety and nutritious food, but still enjoy baking and have something sweet every day (and not just a square of dark chocolate because that's boring). I am cooking for myself and my partner only and tend to do 1 shop per week, typically meal planning on a Sunday and getting a delivery on a Monday, so I'm going to try and post this on a Sunday if I can.
Anything under 30 minutes I class as quick. Anything 30-40mins is reasonable!
Make ahead tip for this week -
It's a fairly rice heavy week, so for 2 people, I need to prep 6-7 batches of rice (which is 6-7 cups in my rice cooker)
I'm aiming for 3 different lunch meals to last 6 days - 12 portions overall.
Meal prep tip: cook multiple portions of rice in one batch for the lunches, including any rice for main meals that you're going to eat within the next 3-4 days. You will be using the hob/pan most of the time and the oven only once.
Lao Gan Ma Roast Potatoes with Garlic and Sesame Mayo - pan and oven - 2 days (reasonable)
I would have these with kale, broccoli edamame beans. Roast potatoes always reheat well in my opinion.
Cowboy Rice Salad - no cook (assuming rice has been prepped) - 2 days (quick)
Super easy to make and full of flavour. I don't do boring salads, so this one is perfect. You could add other protein to it as well to bulk it out.
Thai Crispy Rice Salad - pan - 2 days (quick)
Sounds complicated, but the instructions are actually super easy. Not meal prep friendly, so one to have at the weekend.
I'm aiming for 6-7 portions for main meals, with at least 1 dish having multiple portions for 2-3 days, as it's nice to have a break from cooking for a few days!
Meal prep tips: as above, the best thing you can do prep rice. You could do this in 1 batch or 2, depending on how often you want to eat the rice-based meals. I would recommend 2 batches. Everything is made on the hob/in a pan. No oven required.
Chilli Tofu - pan - 1 day (quick)
An oldie but a goodie. I used to make this all of the time. It's super quick and can be on the table in under 20mins (I don't cook the onion as long).
Asian Chilli Garlic Prawns - pan - 1 day (quick)
Sticky, spicy prawns are always good. I would serve this with rice, broccoli, edamame and spring onion. Or cucumber with sesame seeds. Ay veg is fine, really.
Drunken Noodles - pan - 1 day (quick)
I have a soft spot for Thai food and these noodles are super easy.
Easy Honey Garlic Salmon - recipe says oven at the end, but pan is fine - 1 day (quick)
I usually have salmon 1-2x a week (I buy the salmon sides when they're on offer, cut them up and freeze them). This recipe looks soo good. I'd serve it with rice or couscous, and probably broccoli or asparagus.
Pasta with Tomato and Hidden Veg Sauce - pan - 2-3 days (quick)
I make this recipe every other week. It has so many vegetables packed into it and, although it's a recipe aimed at kids, it's such a good meal to have on hand when you want something low effort, multiple portions and really nutritious. I batch make a whole 500g bag of pasta when cooking this so you don't need to cook it on the day.