6 Meals in Less than an hour.
Hey everyone! Meal prep is one of those things with a little up front coomitment it will pay off the ret of the week so you can stay on your A-game.
I just went back to work full time. This was always in our plan as my husband, brother in law and I are trying to get a restaurant open. It's a huge undertaking. If any of you have started or own businesses you know what I mean, there are many sacrifices made. Now we have reached a point where our finances are feeling a bit stretched. Also, my time feels a bit stretched, but meal prepping, even 1 meal for the week, saves me from a the delicious yet detrimental to my health dinner of gf cookies and chicken nuggets and a possible mental breakdown. (we've all been there, right?...)
I tend to prep my breakfasts more than any other meal because Im usually busy prepping my kiddo for school and her meals and making sure both she and I are set for the day. The husband helps a lot, but the mornings always seem rushed on school/work days. Plus, when I was eating gluten I loved to just grab a bagel or some other pastry with coffee. This whole gluten free thing takes some serious extra planning.
For this weeks meal prep, I prepared one of my favorite breakfasts. Its full of lean protein, lots of vitamins and fiber from the kale and sweet potato and healthy fat if you add avocado on top. It's also pretty quick to prepare. This meal keeps me going and full till lunch time. Also, this time of year, when it frosty out, I want a nice warm meal to get me going.
Turkey Sweet Potato Kale Hash
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 2 T olive oil, divided
- 1/2 T cumin
- 1 T garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano
- 1-2 sweet potatoes, cubed
- 1 large bunch of kale, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste.
First heat oil in a large pot on medium. Add ground turkey and season. Remove the turkey from the pot and then heat a little more oil on medium for your sweet potatoes.
Place the cubed sweet potatoes in the pot and spread evenly. I like to add 1/8 of a cup of water and cover the sweet potatoes for 10 minutes to speed up the softening process just a little, stir a few times to make sure they are not sticking. After 10 minutes, test your sweet potatoes for softness. I like to remove the lid and turn the heat up slightly to try and get my sweet potatoes to brown a bit for 3-5 minutes. Once the sweet potatoes are softened to your preference, reduce the heat to low and stir the ground turkey in with your sweet potatoes.
Add in your kale, I stirred in 4 large handfuls briefly until kale was shiny. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
Remove from the heat.
I like to find the total weight of the hash. To do this you place a bowl n a kitchen scale and zero it out. Add your kale, turkey hash to the bowl and get the total weight in ounces. Todays prep was 55 ounces. I divided it into 6 ziploc plastic containers 5- 9 ounce portions and 1- 10 ounce portion.
Then cover and place 3 in the refrigerator and 3 in the freezer. I like to eat, toss or freeze any leftovers within 3 days due to food safety.
Voila! 6 meals done in under an hour! Eat one now, you deserve it!
When you are ready to eat, microwave the refrigerated ones on high for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes. When you get to the frozen meals, pull the meal out of the freezer the night before and place it in the refrigerator to thaw.
I like to eat this meal by itself or with sliced avocado. If you have more time, its great with a fried egg on top or scrambled egg mixed in. Would be great with a side of gluten free toast too!
This comes to $1.93 per 9 oz serving
All natural ground Turkey - $3.99*2 = $7.98
Bunch of Kale - $0.99 .99
Sweet Potatoes - 1.29/lb *2 $2.58
=$11.55/6 portions = $1.93 per serving
Let me know how you plan ahead for the work week. I'd love to hear your ideas!