Dealing with changes can be tough. We’re going through our first of school with our little guy and trying to establish new routines.
So, every ounce of help we can get during the week is a must! I’ve been playing with meal prep but have never taken it too seriously. But with school now in full force, I really need to cut corners during weekly meals.
Walmart has these easy-to-use Meal Prep Containers from Mainstays that really make meal prep something I feel like I can get the hang of. They come in a 30-piece pack, which means you get 15 containers with matching lids – all for under $10! Plus, you can toss these stackable containers in the freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
For our first week back at school, I’m sharing a few things I’ve meal prepped that take no time at all to prepare and you have dinner, snacks and even a lunch ready to go for the week!
One of my favorite easy recipes to make is pasta salad. It’s super easy to prepare, you can make a lot affordably, and its versatile as a light lunch, or a side dish for dinner.
Portioned out for two people in a Mainstays Meal Prep Food Storage Container and stacked up neatly in my fridge and one meal is ready to go for the week!
1 box multi colored rotini pasta
½ cup Italian dressing
½ cup chopped olives
1 green bell pepper
1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
¼ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
Boil pasta for about 10 minutes until al dente. Strain and stir in Italian dressing.
Add chopped olives, chopped bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and parmesan. Portion out into Mainstays Meal Prep Food Storage Containers and let cool in the fridge.
This is one of my favorites, it’s so easy to make, especially in bulk. My son has been on a “Green Enchiladas” kick for the past year and I have one easy go-to meal that I know he’ll eat without question. Meal prepping enchiladas for dinner is a no-brainer!
½ lb shredded chicken (check out this recipe if you want to make some from scratch)
3 cups shredded cheese
16oz enchilada Verde sauce
This is a my quick and easy after school snack. Already prepped and enough to share with a couple kids, or just share with the family after everyone gets home from the busy day!
I’m using a homemade hummus recipe with garbanzo beans, but to make this even easier, feel free to grab some hummus off the shelf and you have snacks prepped for the week in a matter of minutes!
15 oz garbanzo beans
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 small garlic cloves
1/2 whole lemon
I really hope this gave you some meal-prep-spiration for this back to school season. I think I’ll be doing more bulk recipes down the line with my son officially in school, so I’d love to hear what you guys would like to see!
Be sure to check out Mainstays Meal Prep Food Containers only available at your local Walmart!