Comforting Meal Prep for the Win!

This week has been a challenging one for myself and Draz. Heck, I would even say it’s been tough on our animals as well! Getting used to my new work schedule and all that goes with it is about what I expected….and at the same time not at all. In some ways, I’m adjusting pretty quickly! In other ways, not so much.

One thing I’m really glad I didn’t have to worry about this week? Our meals. More than just about any week that I can think of, meal prep kept us both on track and less stressed during this massive change. Since we are now on opposite work shifts, we are now on opposite eating schedules too. He is having dinner around the same time I have breakfast! So having everything ready to go in the fridge was one thing less to worry about.

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This week was all about budget-friendly healthier versions of comfort food! In all the chaos I forgot to take a full meal prep photo, but I did manage to get a couple pictures before it was all gone! Our main dishes were:

  • Creamy Mac and Cheese with Ham and Stir-fry Veggies
  • Crockpot Buffalo Chicken and Noodle Soup
  • Chinese Stir-fried Eggs with Tomatoes (served with steamed jasmine rice)

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All of these turned out wonderful, though I think the mac and cheese was my favorite for the week. Something about pasta and veggies is just so comforting!

I still have a lot of adjusting to do to deal with my new schedule, but I think I’m making good headway! I managed to get more time in the jewelry studio this week than I have in over a month. And I got in a pretty good amount of workouts in, including a kickboxing workout that kicked my butt! (Thanks Laura!) One thing I’ve found is helping – limiting my social media use in the first few hours of the day!

If switching your schedule like this is something you’ve ever dealt with, I would love to hear your tips for adjusting! Have a great week y’all! I have some exciting things coming up soon that I just CAN’T WAIT to share with you!

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sunday meal prep 5/15/16

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic weekend so far! It’s been a bit weird for me, since Draz and I are on vacation right now. Good weird, but still weird. But I’ve been really enjoying it! I’m still planning on doing some meal prep this week, even though we are on vacation. I don’t need a repeat lesson of last time!

How to use meal prep to simplify your life: Cook once and eat healthy all week!

Now, for this week’s meal prep, most of what you are seeing is the same that we have been making lately. For good reason…it’s delicious! But I did make sure to add in something new, or at least new to the blog!! I don’t make this dish very often. It’s not quite as healthy as I usually like to try to stick to, plus it makes a lot of dirty dishes! But it is just so tasty! So when I was flipping through my cookbook trying to pick something, this is what I ended up landing on. I hope you like it!

Before we get into the new recipe, salads! I think this will be the last week for my salads being the same. I really want to try something new!
Before we get into the new recipe, salads! I think this will be the last week for my salads being the same. I really want to try something new! Any suggestions? What type of salads do you love?
One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta, Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta and Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese!
One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta, Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta and Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese!
Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
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With homemade cheese sauce and savory meat, this dish is just full of tasty goodness! This meal is comfort food to the max and well worth the mess it makes 🙂
Servings Prep Time
8-12 people 5-10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 min 35 min
Servings Prep Time
8-12 people 5-10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 min 35 min
Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
Print Recipe
With homemade cheese sauce and savory meat, this dish is just full of tasty goodness! This meal is comfort food to the max and well worth the mess it makes 🙂
Servings Prep Time
8-12 people 5-10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 min 35 min
Servings Prep Time
8-12 people 5-10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 min 35 min
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and sloppy joe mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 min, stirring occasionally.
  2. Drain macaroni; set aside. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour, salt, mustard and pepper until smooth. Gradually add almond milk and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in 3 cups cheese until melted. Add macaroni; mix well.
  3. Spread 2/3 of the macaroni mixture in a greased 13x9x2 baking dish. Spread beef mixture to within roughly 2 inches of the edges. Spoon remaining macaroni mixture around edges. Cover and bake at 375 for 30 min.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5-6 min longer or until cheese is melted.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional Facts (according to caloriecount.net)

Calories 422, from Fat 181; Total Fat 20.1 g, Saturated Fat 10.3 g, Cholesterol 78 mg, Sodium 524 mg, Potassium 524 mg, Total Carbs 37 g, Dietary Fiber 2.7 g, Sugars 4.2 g, Protein 26.1 g, Vit A 21%, Calcium 37%, Vit C 14 %, Iron 51%

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As I said, pretty simple this week. But definitely tasty! That Mac and Cheese is so good! Did you make any old favorite comfort foods for this week’s meal prep, or try a new dish? I love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!!

Sara

Want to get started doing meal prep for yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!

 

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