I try to meal prep my lunches for the week since that is normally my biggest meal of the day. There are many nights when I get home from BJJ and I don’t have the energy to consume a meal. All I want to do is shower and sleep. On these nights a protein and recovery drink are normally my go to dinners. Other nights I cook a fresh dinner to sit down and eat with the family.
For lunches I try to keep two things in mind. 1) limit the amount of containers I have to carry and 2) make sure I have a decent mix of protein and good carbs.
This week was simple:
Baked Sweet Potato – Spicy Green Beans – Grilled Chicken Breast
Baked Sweet Potato – Spicy Green Beans / Cut Green & Yellow Bell Peppers – Baked Tilapia
Surprisingly these were very easy to cook.
First the potatoes were baked – very simple instructions
Baked Sweet Potato
-Pierce potatoes a couple times with a fork
-Place potatoes directly on upper oven rack and place a sheet of aluminum foil on rack underneath to catch drippings
-Bake at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes turn oven off and leave in heat for 15-20 minutes
The Spicy Green Beans Recipe can be found here
For the Tilapia I purchased frozen fillets from my local grocery store and put them in the fridge for 24 hours to thaw out.
-Line baking sheet with foil (optional but highly recommended) and spray with non stick spray
-Place fillets on sheet/foil
-Season fillets with seasoning of choice. For this bake I did fillets with different seasoning to get some variety Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb, Louisiana Cajun Seasoning, and Everglades Seasoning
-Bake in oven at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until done. (If your fillets are still a bit frozen this may take longer). Be careful not to overcook as you will most likely store and then microwave them later.
I try to mix in veggies/carb/and a protein with every meal. For the grilled chicken I actually found some pre-cooked Tyson chicken breasts in the back of the freezer. I threw those in the tupperware and put them in the fridge. By the time they thaw out I’ll be ready to take them to work.