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Low-Cost Meal Prep

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Eating healthy on a budget can be challenging especially if you are short on time. Meal prep can help set you up for success. Set aside time during the weekend to try these meal prep ideas so that you can have tasty wholesome meals available during your workweek.

Menu Breakdown

Breakfast Recipe One: Chicken Sausage & Cheese Muffin with Fruit

If you are looking for a tasty grab and go breakfast during your crazy weekdays, then these easy chicken sausage and cheese muffins will work great for you. It is a toasted breakfast muffin filled with a savory sausage and topped with melted cheese. You can also add eggs for extra protein. They are easy to make in advance and reheat. You’ll love this recipe because it’s a healthier and cheaper option than your usual fast-food breakfast items.

sausage muffin

Breakfast Recipe Two: Sunny Side Up Egg with Apple & Sausage Hash

There is nothing more comforting than a hearty hash during the cooler months. One of our favorite things to order for brunch is a hash that usually consists of corn beef with diced potatoes. For this recipe, we used pre-cooked sausage and added diced apples instead of potatoes. The apple swap adds a sweetness to the savory meal and is also a great way to get added fruits for breakfast. Topping it off with a sunny side up egg brings it all together.

eggs and apple hash

Lunch Recipe One: Pesto Shrimp Mini Pizzas with Salad

These bite-sized mini pesto shrimp pizzas bring big flavors and are really easy to make. The combination of the herby pesto, sweet shrimp, tangy tomatoes, and red onions on top of toasted English muffins just hits the spot. The great thing about these mini pizzas is that you can make everything in advance and pop them in the oven when you are ready to eat them. 

shrimp mini pizzas

Lunch Recipe Two: Grilled Balsamic Steak with Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Some things are just meant to be just like this balsamic glazed steak and savory sweet potato wedges. This meal is rich in iron, vitamin c, and fiber. Adding the balsamic vinegar to the marinade is an easy way to add flavor to your steak, and baking the sweet potato wedges saves you calories from the fryer. 

steak and sweet potato

Dinner Recipe One: Roasted Lemon Italian Chicken with Rutabaga

This oven baked recipe is so simple and comes together really easily. The chicken is simply seasoned with Italian seasoning, and topped with lemon and fresh garlic. It bakes alongside rutabaga and red onions to make the cooking process really simple with fewer dishes to clean. This is a super easy dinner option roasted to perfection.

lemon italian chicken

Dinner Recipe Two: Instant Pot Basil Pesto Beef Stew

Pesto is one of our favorite sauces to use in dishes because of the powerful flavors it brings. It is also a healthy way to season your dishes. It contains herbs, garlic, lemon, nuts, cheese, and oil. If you don’t have fresh herbs, using basil pesto is a great way to add an extra punch of flavor. This is a delicious and warm meal perfect for the chilly winter evenings.

basil pesto stew

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