Here at Healthy Mummy H.Q we LOVE all things meal prep. Meal prep is a GREAT way to stay on healthy eating track and tackle your weight. It’s even proved to be a fantastic way to save BIG BUCKS on groceries.
Healthy Mummy community member, Beth, was recently inspired to do her first ever MASSIVE MEAL PREP to get organised for the month ahead. Like many busy mums, Beth spends her time going to and from her kid’s sport, school as well as checking homework and running a household.
So, Beth made a WHOLE BUNCH of meals and snacks (349 to be exact) to help her get ahead, save time and have no excuse what-so-ever to stray from her healthy eating plan.
349 meals snacks for only $1.29 a serve
Beth says she made a whopping 349 serves of meals and snacks. She spent $450 at the local grocery shop and purchased everything from meat, to oil, to cocoa.
Beth reveals, “$450 for 349 snacks means this all cost me only $1.29 a serve. Eating healthy does NOT have to be expensive.
“I also have plenty left over ingredients for future meals and could keep going making more snacks but just don’t have the room.”
What Beth made
1. Porcupine Meatballs x28
Porcupine Meatballs served with steamed vegetables and mixed mash. This recipe was sent in by one of our readers and is for delicious rice, zucchini and herb meatballs that are prepared in a slow cooker. You can get this recipe on our blog here.
2. One Pot Lemon Chicken and Roast Vegetables x12
Rosemary, garlic and lemon OH MY! This recipe will no doubt be a new family fave. You can get this recipe on our blog here.
3. Teriyaki Lamb Stir Fry x12
If there were two words that get mums excited about cooking dinner, they would be ‘quick and easy’. And it doesn’t get much quicker or easier than this. You can get this recipe on our blog here.
4. Chicken and Pineapple Fried Rice x9
Why even think about take away when you can whip up this delicious and healthy chicken and pineapple fried rice.You can get this recipe on our blog here.
5. Devilled Sausages x12
For a budget friendly meal that is easy to prepare and sure to please the whole family, try these devilled sausages with sweet potato mash. You can get this recipe on our blog here.
6. Sausage and Veggie Pasta Bake x18
Here’s a recipe that is family friendly comfort food at its best – pasta and sausages! You can get this recipe on our blog here.
7. Peanut Bubble Crunch x74
With rice bubbles, peanut butter and chocolate, the kids will absolutely adore crunching this scrumptious slice in their school lunches, or as an afternoon tea treat. You can get this recipe on our blog here.
8.Lamb and Feta Meatballs x29
These Healthy Lamb Feta Meatballs use lean minced lamb, low fat feta cheese and loads of veggies for a nutritious take on a family favourite. You can get this recipe on our blog here.
9. Raspberry Muffins x36
For a budget friendly meal that is easy to prepare and sure to please the whole family, try these devilled sausages with sweet potato mash.You can get this recipe on our blog here.
10. Lime, Coconut and Sour Cream Muffins x36
If you are craving a cupcake, this healthy recipe is a must-try. You can get this recipe on our blog here.
11. Double Chocolate Muffins x48
These Double Choc Chip Muffins will make the perfect healthy afternoon treat. You can get this recipe on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.
12. Salted Choco Goji Berries x21
Make in bulk to store leftovers in the fridge or freezer to have on hand as required. You can get this recipe on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.
13.Steak, Thyme and Mushroom Pie x 14
And who doesn’t love a good, meaty pie?! You can get this recipe on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.
How long will these yummy treats last?
Beth is hoping these 349 meals last an entire month.
Beth reveals, “In terms of the meals – we will still cook dinner most nights. However two nights a week we don’t get home until 9:30pm (kids sports) so will definitely use them then.
“Hubby also will be taking them for lunches and I will grab one and my teenagers raid them for afternoon tea. The kids also love muffins in their lunch boxes so it’s making sure they are taking healthy treats.”
Meal prep tips for other mums!
When it comes to meal prep, Beth says planning is key. Setting time aside to go through the recipes each week and working out what you can prep is paramount.
Beth says, “I go through my cupboards and try and utilise what I have and also try and chose meals that have similar ingredients as it cuts costs being able to buy in bulk.”
Beth also suggests using cheaper cuts of meat where possible and swapping veggies for whatever is on special. Beth says, “this also helps get them into veggies into those fussy eaters who wouldn’t normally touch them.”
With this big meal prep – Beth says she got the family involved.
“Hubby was in the kitchen the entire time also and the kids also joined in. Whether it was putting lids on the containers, grating veggies or stirring; they all did something to help and in fact made the lamb and feta meatballs completely by themselves.
“Not only does it give you help but it teaches them about eating healthy and they are more inclined to eat something if they have helped make it.”
Thanks for the awesome tips Beth.
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