I don’t know about you, but I’m still SHOOK from last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. WHAT. IN. THE. HELL. I can’t even right now. If you are up to date, you know exactly what I mean. I literally had tears in my eyes over the death of a pretty significant character. Why you do this to me HBO?! ‘Scuse me whilst I go mourn in the corner. 🙁 If GoT has aired, you know it must be Meal Prep Monday time and this is week 10! Holy moly! How time has flown. This week’s meal prep was all about convenience as I didn’t feel like spending a lot of time cooking. I feel like this has become a common theme with me lately and I’m sure you can appreciate this as well since it means less work for all of us! 🙂
This past weekend was busy for me as I had lunch with a fellow blogger, Genevieve over at Pura Vida Sometimes at Perfect Pear Bistro as she is allergic to wheat as well and follows a gluten free diet. Yay for finding other local bloggers who are gluten free! It’s been a while since I’ve had a Cuban sandwich and I was able to enjoy one without getting sick. It was awesome to finally meet and get to know each other better as well as bounce ideas off for blogging. I also celebrated a friend’s birthday party at one of my favorite Asian restaurants, Flo’s. Needless to say, with all of the running around and entertaining that was done, I was beat and didn’t want to spend a lot of time cooking.
Meal Prep Monday: Vol. 10
This week’s grocery shopping was done at Costco & Trader Joe’s. I really wanted meatballs and a rotisserie chicken and Costco has both. It’s hard to find gluten free meatballs, but I was able to find some tasty ones there and they were decently priced. Ya’ll know the rotisserie chickens at Costco are some of the best around and the price is hard to beat. I ended up spending $30ish at Costco (I saw ish because I lost my damn receipt and paid cash…which never happens so ish it is.) and $18.80 at Trader Joe’s. I then made a second trip to Costco later on that week to get a few other things (oats, protein powder, Chicken burrito bowls and some other household items) because I was unprepared and didn’t have enough oats for the whole week or a mid-week meal. Sometimes, you make a list and have everything planned to a tee and then you realized you weren’t even close. <sigh> I got 75% of the food made on Sunday and that’s basically what matters anyway.
Here’s what I bought at Costco: rotisserie chicken, salsa & chicken and basil meatballs. From Trader Joe’s I bought: eggs, cooking spray, green beans, black beans, pinto beans, Strawberry Lime Agua Fresca and 4 RxBars. I spent $58.79 for the week and made 14 meals. The total cost per meal was right around $4.19 per meal. Still cheaper than eating out and a whole lot healthier too! Here’s what I ate:
Breakfast: Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats (someday I’ll put this recipe up…)
Lunch: Tex Mex Chicken Chili
Dinner: Meatballs with rice and green beans
*Weird combo, I know, but it worked and was super tasty! Why rice and not pasta? Well I had a bad experience with gluten free pasta that stored overnight and I’ve been wary ever since to make big batches of pasta as left overs. Rather than make pasta every night, I figured rice would be easier as I can make it ahead of time.
*Ingredients per bowl: 1 cup of rice, 5 meatballs, 1 cup green beans and 1/2 cup marinara sauce
Mid-Week Meal: Chicken Breast Burrito Bowl
Stay strong my friends, until next time!