ThePrep: How to Meal Prep for a Week of Low-Lift Dinners
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I'm at the point in the holiday season when I'm down to the last of my shopping, wrapping and cookie baking and am getting seriously excited to celebrate Christmas. And with just a week left before the big day, I'm trying to squeeze in all the last-minute Christmas activities I can, like walking around downtown Burlington admiring the beautiful decorations, catching up with friends over a holiday cocktail and watching Christmas movies with the tree twinkling in the background. So this week, I'm keeping dinner super simple with help from meal prep, so I can fit in all the festive things I have planned.
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I'm getting some prep work done and out of the way on Sunday, starting with cooking up a batch of Sheet-Pan Roasted Root Vegetables, which makes enough to use in Sunday's and Thursday's recipes. Up next is chopping broccoli and a red pepper for Monday's Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice and chopping the onion, carrot and rosemary for Tuesday's Slow-Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew, so all that's left to do is dump the ingredients in the crock pot and turn it on come Tuesday morning.
Mixed in with the meal-prepped recipes are straightforward dinners that come together with just a handful of ingredients and a few steps. And as always, I swapped in ready-to-use ingredients on the shopping list wherever possible to save you even more time and deliver a week of dinners that are as easy as ever.
Sunday: Roasted Root Vegetables with Goat Cheese Polenta (Use quick-cooking polenta to shave off 15 minutes from this recipe.)
Monday: Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice
Wednesday: Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Kale served with whole-wheat pita bread
Thursday: Roasted Vegetable & Black Bean Tacos
Friday: Prosciutto Pizza with Corn & Arugula (Go for frozen corn and follow the directions at the bottom of the recipe page for making this in the oven.)
We're making shopping easier with a list of all the ingredients you need to make this week's meals. You can print it out, or just keep it on your phone when you hit the store. Get the shopping list.
There are literally cookies and chocolate all over the office and I need a better option for an afternoon snack that won't send my energy levels crashing. These yummy Chocolate Peppermint Energy Balls will work great as a still-sweet but not sugar-laden convenient snack.
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Just a little something to sip on while watching Christmas movies this week, this kahlua-spiked hot chocolate feels like a perfect match.
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