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Mum nails meal prep and fills her upright freezer with 104 meals and snacks for less than $80

Meal prep. Meal prep. Meal prep. The benefits of meal preparation are next to countless.

When following a healthy eating plan, meal prep can help you stay on healthy eating track, save on groceries, spend less time in the kitchen and help you reach your overall weight loss goal.

And though it has BIG results, it can take a whileĀ to perfect – just ask 28 Day Weight Loss ChallengeĀ member Cassie.

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Source: Cassie’s Meal Prep.

How meal prep has helped mum gain control over her life and save on groceries

“Remember when you were learning to ride a bike? How it was difficult and unnatural to begin with, but you kept practicing, and one day you were off riding?!

“That’s how I have felt about food prep this month.”

One of Cassie’s July goals was to improve her meal prep skills. She admits that in the beginning meal prep felt weird and ‘clunky’. However on Sunday evening – she says sheĀ finally nailed it.

An epic afternoon

Cassie’s meal prep begun at 3pm on Sunday afternoon. She didn’t finish until about 10pm that evening. However, in that time, also she managed to clean the house, eat dinner, bathe her children and put the kids to bed.

“Hands on time would be around 4 hours,” Cassie reveals.

What Cassie made

Cassie was excited to meal prep fresh, savoury dishes. Most of the meals she chose to prepare were chicken based.

“This made things easier for me as I prepped all the meat at the same time,” she says. “The veggies were similar across the recipes too, so they were all chopped first.”

Cassie had her slow cooker on, her pie maker on as well as her stove, oven and Thermomix.

Cassie has no doubt her meal prep will save her on ‘those nights’ where she feels like takeaway – as she will already have a freezer full of delicious, healthy food.

“Besides…it will be easier to defrost something from here then to get takeaway.”

This is what Cassie made:Ā 

1. x12 serves of Slow Coked Asian ChickenĀ 

This recipe is ideal for cooler days, when all you want is something warm and slow cooked. Tender chicken and full of delicious Asian flavours, this chicken dish is a winner.

Best of all itā€™s only 320 per serve INCLUDING the rice, making it idea if youā€™re following aĀ healthy weight loss plan.

You can grab the recipe here.

2. x7 serves of Chicken Green CurryĀ 

Cassie made a delicious, chicken green curry which was based on the Healthy Mummy’s freezer-friendly veggie packed yellow curry recipe – which you can check out here.

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3. x5 serves of Roast ChickenĀ 

This is the recipe Cassie and her family ate on the night of her meal prep. She also packed up the leftovers, ready to go for another lunch during the week.

This recipe was inspired by the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Roasted Dijon Chicken recipe – which is available to Challenge members.

4. x4 serves of ChickenĀ and Leek SoupĀ 

This recipe is another one found in theĀ 28 Day Weight Loss ChallengeĀ Recipe Hub. It has less than 410 cals per serve, is super creamy and easy to make.

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5. x12 serves of Chicken PiesĀ 

This recipe has 503 cals per serve, more than 20 grams of protein and contains ZERO grams of free sugar. You can also grab this recipe in ourĀ 28 Day Weight Loss ChallengeĀ Recipe Hub.

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If you wish to access this recipeĀ andĀ other healthy recipes – sign up to our 28 Day Weight Loss ChallengeĀ HERE.Ā 

5. x4Ā serves of TandooriĀ Chicken Ā 

This recipe is also available to those on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.Ā The chicken combined with the brown rice is a high fibre dish, which will help keep you feeling fuller for longer.

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6. x10Ā serves of Choc Chip Banana BreadĀ 

This recipe is NEW to theĀ 28 Day Weight Loss ChallengeĀ and has been a hit with so many mums (and their kiddies). After all, who doesn’t love banana and chocolate together?!

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7. x14Ā serves of Spicy GingerĀ Cookies Ā 

Less than 193 cals per serve, these cookies and easy to make and will no doubt become a family-fave. Again, this recipe is available to Challenge members on theĀ 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.Ā 

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8. x10Ā serves of Chia and Lemon CookiesĀ 

These chia and lemon cookies have 139 cals per serve. You can grab this recipe here.

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9. x18 serves of Peanut Bubble CrunchĀ 

We haven’t stumbled across too many women in our community who have NOT fallen in love with this recipe. The ingredient-stars of the recipe include rice bubbles, peanut butter and dark chocolate.

You can get the recipe here.

10. x8 serves of Choc Mint CreamsĀ 

This recipe is for the mint lovers. Coconut cream, peppermint and dark chocolate – yummy!

Members of theĀ 28 Day Weight Loss ChallengeĀ can access this recipe via the Recipe Hub.

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Preparing, cost and pantry staples

For this meal prep, Cassie mostly used ingredients and pantry staples she already had at home. She had bought some chicken on sale, hence wanting to base this week’s meal prep around chicken dishes.

As an estimate, Cassie believes this meal prep would haveĀ cost her $80. That includes two whole chickens, over 1kgs chicken thigh, 500g chicken mince and 600g chicken breast.

She was able to make 41 main meals (servings) and over 60 snacks.

However, later on, Cassie says she will add garnish and rice to some meals.

Where does Cassie do her shopping?

Cassie says, “I split my shopping between my local fruit shop and Aldi/local independent supermarket. I like to try support small businesses, then try keep costs down by getting a lot of staples from Aldi.”

Where will sheĀ store this food?

“Most of this food will be going to my freezer stash,” she says. “My kids are pretty fussy so I often find myself cooking two meals.

“My partner and I will often eat once the kids are in bed, so having these meals prepared will mean I’m not cooking two meals every night and we also won’t be eating so late.

“I’m building my freezer stash- last weekend I prepared red meat dishes, this week chicken and next weekend I will be making vegetarian meals to freeze.”

Tips and insight for other mum’s interested to meal prep using Healthy Mummy recipes

We thought Cassie’s recipes and creations looked unreal – so we had to ask her – what is her FAVOURITE Healthy Mummy recipe.

“Choosing a favourite Healthy Mummy meal would have to be like choosing a favourite child,” Cassie jokes. “I’ve been thinking about the slow cooked brisket with roast cabbage a bit lately. We also love the Bacon and Kaleslaw for a quick easy meal.”

For mums who have never meal prepped before – but are inspired to do so – Cassie says to start slow.

“My first few attempts at prepping were a few snacks and extra serves of meals I was already cooking.

“I’ve slowly worked my way up to this. I enjoy having a freezer full of meals. Find what works for you.

“My parents gifted me an upright freezer 6 years ago and I always wanted to fill it with meals, but it always ended up full of meat that I would need to defrost then prepare. I’m so excited to see my freezer full of healthy meals for the first time!”

Cassie’s Healthy Mummy Journey

Cassie signed up toĀ 28 Day Weight Loss ChallengeĀ in January 2017. 2016 had been a difficult year for the mum, so she was determined to turn 2017 around.

“Signing up to the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge was my first step. Through meal planning and prepping I feel as though I have more control over my life and more time to spend with my family.”

Along the way, Cassie has also managed to lose 9 kgs.

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Access meal plans, recipes and meal prep tips on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

If you are inspired by Cassie’s meal prep and journey – and are keen to follow a healthy eating meal plan, master your meal prep skills and tackle your weight – then be sure to check out our Ā 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

OurĀ 28 Day Weight Loss ChallengeĀ has been able to help thousands and thousand of mums lose weight, blast belly fat and improve their overall health through healthy eating plans and exercise programs.

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To learn more about theĀ Ā 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click HERE.Ā 

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