Meal Prep – Dinner Two Ways
I love meal planning. LOVE it. Everything is easier with a meal plan. We have weird work schedules in this house and kid schedules so we’re busy. Just like every other family out there and a plan makes it so much easier to keep the wheels on the bus turning.
The only real big downside to those weekly cooking prep meal plans is leftovers. Now I’m not sure if I’m in the minority on this one. But I LOATHE leftovers. I don’t want to eat the same meal two to three times in a row. I wish I could. Props to my dog who eats the same food every day and never complains. But that’s just not me!
We were stuck in the cycle of cooking every night and a lot of that falls on me. Being a single mom with two fairly picky kids, and unfortunately, they are picky in their own way! I was always making two-three different meals a night and it got exhausting.
I’ve finally found a few great recipes that I can make enough for leftovers, but recreate the dish into something new and exciting for night two. I have not found any type of food I want to eat four-five days after I originally cooked it, but I’m sure those are out there as well!
My most recent favorite easy weeknight dinner had been soy ginger grilled chicken lettuce wraps with basmati rice and sriracha. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive and it’s quick, especially if you buy or slice the chicken breasts so they aren’t so thick.
This is one of the easiest dinners and it’s so healthy. I marinate the chicken in a soy/ginger/garlic sauce for two-three hours before grilling and then just chop it up, toss some basmati or brown rice or quinoa on a butter lettuce leaf and top with sriracha and avocado!
When I made dinner the second night from leftover base ingredients of chicken and rice, I steamed 3 cups of broccoli to give it a healthy dose of added body to dinner, another whole avocado chopped up and tossed in, and of course sriracha sauce!
Dinner two ways is becoming a staple in our house. Makes weeknight dinners so much easier, and with two busy boys and a busy work schedule its always nice to have a couple quick and easy meals that are already half prepared and keeps us in budget better than making completely different dishes every night.