When it comes to lunch everyday, Dave and I often found ourselves stuck between hurried, unhealthy lunches and unnecessarily spending money on going out to lunch because we hadn’t prepared anything. With both of us having full-time jobs, there doesn’t seem to be time in the morning to prepare a healthy, sustaining lunch. Leftovers are great, but often more calories than I care to eat for lunch. I knew there had to be a simpler, healthier solution.
Enter meal prep. By using our Sunday evenings productively, we have been able to prepare lunches for the entire week in just a half hour.
The first thing I do is place 10 slices of chicken on baking sheets. I choose whatever variety of spices I feel like and bake them for half an hour at 350 degrees.
While the chicken is baking, I work on a side dish! And I can’t recommend enough these Suddenly Grain Salads. They come in three different varieties: Southwest Grains, Harvest Grains, and Tuscan Grains. This week we used the Southwest Grains variety for our meal prep, which includes beans, corn, red peppers and a chipotle vinaigrette. The product only takes about 20 minutes to make, with next to no hands-on effort. The grains boil on the stove for 17 minutes, and are then mixed with the vinaigrette.
Once the chicken and the side dish are both done, I portion them out into tupperware containers so in the morning, Dave and I can just grab them on our way out the door in the morning.
One of my favorite parts of the Suddenly Grain Salad is that it can be served hot or cold! It’s easy to make in bulk and use for several meals (like we are with meal prepping our lunches) or whip up a box to use as a side dish for any dinner.
I’ve got the other varieties sitting in my cupboard, and I can’t wait to give them a shot! There are so many different ways this Suddenly Grain Salads could be prepared. In the future I’d like to try it cold mixed with veggies (avocado, tomato, etc) or hot in a skillet.
Meal prep has become a necessary evil for us in order to live a healthier and simpler lifestyle, but these Suddenly Grain Salads have made it easier! And today you can use this $.75 coupon to try the product yourself and start making meal prep easier!
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