My Current Budget-Friendly Meal Prep

March 1, 2020lifewithcattitude

So I’m all about meal prep right now. I let myself slip back into garbage eating habits after Christmas but I’m hopping back on the wagon! This post-holiday fluff has GOT TO GO! And of course, being on a budget, I can’t afford to go all out for my meal prep. The biggest investment is quite obviously the crockpot or Instant Pot. We just have a crockpot but we hope to upgrade to an Instant Pot at some point when our budget isn’t so tight! Especially considering I’m the only one who eats what I cook, I’ve got to get real creative and frugal because I really hate when food goes bad. So here is a list of my current go-to meal prep that’s super budget friendly!

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Ground Turkey With Veggies

This is a classic because it’s stupid simple and it can be cheap. The best way to save money on g round turkey is to buy it in bulk and divide it up. If you can find it on a manager’s sale, even better! Brown all of it and freeze half, or use all of it if you’re like me and you work out regularly. Whenever I finish browning my turkey, I add about a quarter cup of salsa and season with chili powder and cumin. Pretty much like taco meat, but just add salsa. As for the veggies, I just buy bags of store brand frozen veggies and microwave them for a minute less than the directions say, so they’re not mushy by the end of the week!

Price for the week = ~$15

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

My crockpot is a literal godsend for meal prep. This is easily the top favorite recipe for literally everyone in my house. I’ve already raved about it here! Stick a pound of chicken breast/thighs in first, pour over a packet of Ranch seasoning, one undrained can of corn, a drained and rinsed can of black beans (bonus points if they’re seasoned for more flavor), a can of Rotel tomatoes, and a block of cream cheese on top. Throw on the lid and cook on low for 8 hours, take out the chicken and shred, and put back in the crockpot to cook for 30 more minutes. The price can vary based on meat sales, but there could be a baseline price.

Price for the week = ~$15

Sauteed Veggie Medley

This is one for my vegan or vegetarian friends, or even my meat lovers who need a break. This is such a simple recipe, and it can be soooo filling, especially if you add in pasta. I personally cook cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and brussel sprouts. For this one, I actually spring for fresh produce because it provides a crunchier and less slimy end product. When I’ve sauteed frozen veggies in the past, they end up mushy and slimy after the first meal. But with fresh produce, it stays crunchy longer. Jazz it up however you want, but I promise this will fill you up for the week!

Price for the week = ~$10

Chicken and Dumplings

This is Travis’s favorite comfort food in the world because of his late mother’s recipe. While I’ve never been able to find out her recipe for homemade dumplings, I’ve been able to substitute just fine! I stick a pound of chicken thighs in the bottom of the crockpot, top with two small cans/one big can of cream of chicken, half a onion diced or a heavy amount of onion powder (I never measure it), garlic or garlic powder (same lack of measurement because I love garlic), and a BOX of chicken stock. I say a box because the [non-flaky] biscuit dough you’ll be cutting up and tossing in after cooking on high for 4 hours will absorb SO much liquid. After adding biscuit dough, cook for one more hour. This stuff is so delicious and incredibly cheap!

Price for the week = ~$10

So these are my current go-to’s for my meal prep, and I can’t over-state how much I love these! They’re so budget-friendly and filling! What are your favorite go-to’s when it comes to meal prep? Let me know in the comments!

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    May 22, 2020 at 4:33 pm

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    1. lifewithcattitude

      June 4, 2020 at 6:36 pm

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