One of the best things I can do in a week to ensure healthy meals are available and ready to go is prepare a batch ahead of time, usually on Sunday evening. Then, I like to portion them out into containers so that all I have to do is heat them up. A basic trio of ingredients eaten constantly in our house is grilled chicken, brown rice, and green veggies like zucchini. This time, I also added black beans.
For me, one large chicken breast is sliced and divided into two portions- one is usually too much for me. I boil one cup of dry brown rice- it yields about 3 cups or so cooked. Then, I just cut up the zucchini- I didn't even cook it. I find that when I reheat the meal in the microwave for one minute, it's perfectly cooked.
The best containers for packaging are the 3-cup kind, so you can add about a cup of each ingredient. The containers below are only 2 cup.
I like to add about a teaspoon of low-sodium soy sauce or teriyaki to the whole thing, but you can season it however you like.
This is SO convenient for me on those busy nights when I don't have time to cook AND it saves the kitchen clean-up. Double bonus! Or I can just take a container with me to work.
Do you do something similar? What are you favorite meals to prepare a large batch of and eat throughout the week. Chili also comes to mind for me.
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p.s. Many of you asked what kind of containers I use. My favorite are the Rubbermaid with Easy to Find Lids. You can order them here. I got mine at Costco.