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Instant Pot Chicken Breast

 

 

If you are not making this chicken every week for meal prep you are missing out on one of the easiest ways to have chicken on hand for chicken salads, bbq sandwiches, quesadillas and more. This simple recipe lends itself to making homemade chicken stock in the same pot!  If you do not own one of these, you are missing out. It is like having your own kitchen assistant creating and cooking fabulous foods for you. 

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Ten Tips For Hosting A Meal Prep Party

The hottest new trend in home parties are meal prep parties.  These functional but fun gatherings are a great way to get together with friends and accomplish something together. 

A party can be as simple as preparing a single meal together that you all plan to eat that evening or as involved as all prepping your meals for the week.  The beauty of these fun parties are that it is time well spent, doing a task together. If you ever thought “ugh… food prepping is drudgery” attending or hosting a party just might be the way to take away the doldrums of cutting, chopping, and packaging the family meals.

1. Decide On The Type of Party

Is your party going to be for adults, children, or a combination of both? Mommy and me parties could be fun where mom’s get kids interested in preparing kid inspired breakfasts, and snacks. It could be an adult only party where maybe you and your book club members read a cook book and then create one of the recipes together. Maybe your party would be a couples coking party where each couple competes against the other. Your imagination is the limit to the fun you can have.  We once attended a sibling sushi making contest, it was a blast. 

2. Keep The Guest List Manageable

Meal prep parties should be smaller in nature, They should only be as large as your kitchen island can hold. Remember there must be room for all attendees to maneuver around their respective work areas.  Depending on what menu you are planning you may needs extra room for serving, packaging, or for appliances such as crock pots.  We once held a pickling meal prep party and needed room for ingredients and all those jars. 

3. Plan The Menu

Plan the menu according to your theme and your guests.  It’s imperative to know ahead of time if there are any food allergies or sensitivities. Keep your menu trim, select easy recipes or ones without too many items to prepare, and be mindful of timing of the recipes you have selected. 

4. Create A Shopping List

Decide who is responsible for sourcing items. If you are planning a weekly meal prep  for example you may want to tell everyone to bring the items needed for the amount they would like to prepare. This is also a good idea for shopping preferences for example you have two friends, one who only shops at Whole Foods and the other Aldi.   

If you are planing to prepare and then sit down to eat the  meal together you still have choices. You can assign out items for your guests to bring, split the bill  or you can shop for the items and absorb the cost.  If you do all the shopping for a meal, you have the peace of mind that you have all the ingredients and on time. 

5. Have Extra On Hand

Extra tools like cutting boards, knives, extra towels, extra paper towels, extra ingredients. There is always someone who forgets something or underestimates what they needs. Extra disposable take away containers are always a good idea. Make sure you have extra cleaning supplies on hand too. Kitchens can be messy place and spills happen. 

6. Clean Well Before A Party

 Clean everything in and around cooking and bathroom areas . It is not just for the sake of propriety but for the health and well being of your guests. It is easy to spread germs into the cooking area.  Make sure each guest is feeling well, and washes their hands in the bathroom sink before before they begin touching anything in the food prep areas. 

Remove pets from cooking areas

7. Think Safety 1st

Remove small children if you are using knives, graters, or other sharpe objects. Be mindful of splattering grease, boiling water and spills. Accidents can be avoided with a little bit of caution. If you are hosting a party where small children are involved ensure they have age appropriate, safe tools to use. Never let small children operate, mixers, the oven, or stove.  Keep safety in mind when planning menus. 

A party can be as simple as preparing a single meal together that you sit down and eat, or as involved as prepping meals for the week ahead. 

8. Benefits of an Instructor-Led Party

If you have ever attended a cooking class then you know an instructor is a valuable asset. Instructor lead events bring focus to the objective and keeps things on a time track. An instructor leading your meal prep party adds a layer of organization to your event. Like an MC does to a show or a DJ at a wedding. They add value by imparting their culinary knowledge to your guests who are likely to pick up helpful cooking tips and techniques along the way. 

Instructor led parties can assist you with planning, they can help the host decide on the best event type for them in the space allocated and design the menus in such a way that your party is sure to be a success.  Good instructors will help you create the shopping lists.    They should also guide you through food safety procedures to ensure you are prepared to have others cook in your space. During the session they will reenforce food-safe handling practices and food storage techniques. 

9. Where Do Instructor-Led Parties Take Place?

Instruction can happen in a physical setting such as a culinary studio or in the safety of your home, in person, or virtually.

When an instructor leads a party virtually. It is as easy as logging on to a zoom meeting. The instructors value stretches beyond their culinary knowledge, they ensure that the time spent is managed properly and keep your guests focused and on task. They want you party to be as fun and successful as you do. Once the instruction has ended you and your guests can enjoy your time together. 

10. Where To Find a Meal Prep Party Instructor

Many popular kitchenware stores have culinary studios built inside of them.  They offer many types of classes. 

Some cooking schools are designed just for children 

Virtual Meal Prep Parties are offered for convenience and safety

Many popular private chefs will come to your home and provide a cooking class

The Most Popular Types of Meal Prep Parties

So what are some examples of some successful meal prep parties? Meal Prep Made for example offers two distinct types of parties. Both are home type parties where the instructor logs in virtually. 

The Ultimate Dinner Party

The Ultimate Dinner Party is one of the most popular- You prepare the guest list and select the menu.  

Your Instructor will be notified you have chosen a menu and date. They will open up a dialogue with you to discuss assistance with planning. 

Prior to your event you will receive a shopping list for all the items along with the list of necessary tools to accomplish the job, such as cutting boards, knives, etc. 

The instructor will log on to the session before your guests arrive at your home, run through the check list with you and be there to greet your guests.

The instructor may have additional questions for your guests around their culinary skills and food allergens. The instructor will assign tasks to each. This sets the tone for the party. 

At the designated time the instruction portion begins and you and your guests are coached through the entire process of making the meal.

Once the meal is to a point where you are just waiting for it to stew, simmer, or bake. The instructor will thank you and your guests and they will log off so that you can enjoy your private time together. 

*Meal Prep Made instructors are food safety certified

Single Dinner Party

The Meal Prep Party

The Meal Prep Parties are also very popular. Similar to “The Ultimate Dinner Party” you will prepare the guest list and invite your friends.

You will select the best menu options for your group.Your Instructor will be notified you have chosen a menu and date. They will open up a dialogue with you to discuss assistance with planning. 

You will receive a shopping list with all the necessary items that you will prepare for the week. 

You have complete control over the cost of the food. You decide if you will split the costs with friends or have each show up with the ingredients to prepare their meals. 

You will receive instructions on the tools your guest will need to prepare the meals. 

Your instructor will log on prior to the party starting and run through any last minute checklist items with you.

Once everyone has arrived at the designated time, the instruction portion begins and you and your guests are coached through the entire process of preparing the weekly menu. 

Once your meals are prepared, the instructor logs off from the virtual session and you and your guests can begin packing up the food. (The instructor will recommend coolers with ice packs are part of the necessary tools in order to keep the meals safe.)

*Meal Prep Made instructors are food safety certified

Young friends cooking

Most meal prep party instructors love to see the final product and receive feed back as well. Don’t be surprised if they ask you to share the party photos, receive feedback, and ask about guests comments.  

If your friends loved the experience, you might suggest making it a regular scheduled social event. 

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Start a Simple, Super Quick Breakfast Prep Routine

You have heard it your entire life, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While you may not buy in to that theory completely there is something to be said about setting the tone of the day with healthy eating and fueling your body with something more than caffeine. 

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats are so easy and versatile. I prepped four breakfast bowls in the time it took to shoot this video. The video is only 4 minutes long! I used frozen blueberries for two and a half of a granny smith apple for the other two. If you are looking for a healthy way to trim the fat and your food budget this breakfast prep is a winning recipe! 

Mango Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

Mango Sunshine Smoothie Bowls are the perfect summer breakfast. Wake up your taste buds with bright flavors and healthy turmeric. 

Cold Smoked Salmon Roll Ups

Cold Smoked Salmon Roll Ups are delicious for breakfast or lunch. Packed with protein and zero carbs fill your belly without guilt. 

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Make the perfect hard boiled egg. Pro tip “use up older eggs for hard boiled method as they are easier to peel. The reason is the older the egg is the membrane between the shell and the white has already started to loose elasticity. I always use a teaspoon to peel as it is faster. 

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Fall Inspired Buddha Bowl

Fall Inspired Buddha Bowl

Meal Prep Made
Butternut Squash makes this Buddah Bowl burst with Autumn flavors. We call it Fall Inspired but that does not mean that you can't eat it all year long. Butternut and Quinoa are a match made in heaven. This bowl is delicious and good for you!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Lunch
Servings 4
Calories 222 kcal
Avg Cost Per Serving $1.85
Avg Recipe Cost $7.40

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Cups Butternut Squash
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika
  • 8 Oz Spinach Leaves
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Cooked Quinoa

Instructions
 

  • Peel and cut the squash or buy it pre-cut and skip this step
  • Place the squash a bowl or a baggie
  • Add the salt
  • Add the thyme
  • Add the garlic powder
  • Add the cinnamon
  • Add the olive oil and mix
  • Preheat the oven If you have larger chunks you may want to roast them at 385F if smaller 425F is perfect
  • Spread the squash onto a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper, this make clean up so much easier.
  • Pop the squash into the pre-heated oven. After 15 minutes turn the squash carefully with a spatuala add the paprika.
  • let it cook for 8-10 minutes more until a fork is inserted and the squash is tender.
  • Once you taste the squash you will be tempted to eat it all, it is a a mouthful of sweet goodness but if you want to have the Buddha bowl you will need to set it aside to cool in a bowl or container. If you plan to have the bowls later in the week. Go ahead and just refrigerate the squash.
  • To make the bowls, we used premade quinoa, spinach and a pre-made hard boiled egg.
  • Add the cold quinoa to on side of the bowl, add some raw spinach to the other side and place a large spoonful of the cooled yummy the squash right in the middle. Add in the half of an egg this really adds to the richness of the bowl. We used radishes for color but was not necessary for the flavor.
  • This bowl does not need a dressing maybe just add some olive oil. If you insist on dressing it pur suggestion would be an apple maple syrup dressing made with dijon. (recipe coming soon)
  • You can make this and store in a mason jar for up to 3 days. Beyond that the sqaush will begin to break down.

Video

Notes

If you are going to store this in a mason jar and insist on dressing the bowl ahead of time. Add the dressing at the bottom of the bowl, then add the spinach, layer with the quinoa, and then the squash. 

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 667mgPotassium: 768mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 12926IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 4mg
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Summer Fruit and Granola Bowl

Summer Fruit and Granola Bowl

Meal Prep Made
An easy way to pull together a last minute breakfast. All you need are some pre cut canteloupe melon chunks and a handfull or your favoriite berries. We used raspberries and blueberries but strawberries or blackberries would work just as well. Actually I think the blackberry and the cantaloupe would compliment each other nicely. You can use your favorite yogurt, I used plain greek because it has no added sugar. For sweetness beyond the fruit and granola you can add a little local honey.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 245 kcal
Avg Recipe Cost $3.92

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup Cantaloupe
  • 1/4 Cup Granola
  • 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tsp Honey

Instructions
 

  • Use pre-cut Cantaloupe melon
  • Wash your berries and dry them
  • Add some yogurt to a bowl
  • Make a row of each othe ingredients
  • Drizzle the honey on top

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 10gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 41mgPotassium: 329mgFiber: 5gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 1385IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 2mg
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Brunch Toast

Brunch Toast

Meal Prep Made
We call this toast brunch toast because it is too rich to beconsidered a breakfast toast. Between the savory Proscutto ham and the crunchiness of the par-cooked asparagus, the richness of the Ricotta cheese, the creamy avacado, and the half egg. This brunch toast will fill you up and satisfy the need for crunchy, salty and creamy. Why if you wanted to get some more greens in you could have added a little baby spinach too!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 399 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Slice Bread
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 3 Stalks Asparagus
  • 1/2 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Slice Ham
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil

Instructions
 

  • Toast a slice of bread
  • Microwave 3 asparagus staulks for 30 seconds
  • Slice an already boiled egg in half
  • Slice an avocado in half and in slices
  • Scoop the Ricotta cheese onto the cooked toast
  • Roll the ham and place onto the toast along with all the other ingredients
  • Drizzle the olive oil

Notes

This recipe is so simple that we did not see the need to provide video and step by step instructions.
We used Pane Bread
We used Prosciutto Ham

Nutrition

Calories: 399kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 16gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 516mgPotassium: 659mgFiber: 8gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 356IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 2mg
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Uncommon Ramen

Uncommon Ramen

Meal Prep Made
This is not your plain old ramen noodle lunch. Although the recipe is quite simple, using the packet of noodles from your favorite grocery store. If you eat meat, use the beef pho base. The with the earthy taste of the mushrooms will add that umami flavors to what is normally a plain soup. If you prefer this to be more plant based simply use the vegetable pho base The cilantro add brightness and if you like spice just add a little Sriracha sauce!
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Total Time 10 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2
Calories 231 kcal
Avg Cost Per Serving $2.02
Avg Recipe Cost $4.05

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Packet Ramen Noodles
  • 2.5 Cups Pho Broth
  • 2 Ounces Chicken cooked
  • 1/3 Cup Mushrooms
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Green Onion
  • 1/3 Cup Cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Add Pho broth and seasoning packet to a medium sized pot cook on med- high heat until it comes to a simmer
  • Add the ramen noodles and then the onion (If you like raw onion you can add 2/3rd and reserve some for after the soup is cooked)
  • Cook for 2 minutes stir the noodles to break them apart.
  • Add the pre-cooked chicken and 2/3rds of the mushrooms, reserving some to add in after the soup is cooked
  • When the noodles are par-cooked
  • Add 1/2 the cilantro
  • Turn off the heat and let it stand in the pan for 1 minute.
  • Pour everything into a bowl then add the green onion, rest of the mushrooms, and cilantro
  • Add ½ tsp of sriracha (optional) if you want a little kick. We highly recommend the sriracha.

Notes

Warning This has lots of sodium between the Pho Broth and the Seasoning Packet.  If you want to cut some of the sodium we suggest that you omit the seasoning packet from the noodles and just using the broth. Or simply add a half packet. 
Depending on which Pho base you select the nutritional values may change. Always check the label of the product you are using in the recipe and factor that  information accordingly. 
Vegans/Vegetarian - Substitute tofu for chicken or used a plant based chicken product, Vegetable Pho in lieu of beef pho. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2gCalories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 1354mgPotassium: 212mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 264IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg
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Spinach Salad w Shrimp and Avocado

Spinach Salad w/ Shrimp and Avocado

Meal Prep Made
This salad tastes like the kind of meal you would order in an upscale eatery. Not only is it delicious but is loaded with healthy fat from the avocado. Shrimp as a low calorie protein is grilled or pan fried with a zesty rub. If you have some pickled red onion on hand that will lift the entire salad to a new dimension. Add a balsamic reduction and you have a salad that you will never tire of eating.
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Total Time 8 mins
Course Lunch
Servings 1
Calories 326 kcal
Avg Cost Per Serving $5.07
Avg Recipe Cost $5.07

Equipment

  • 1 frying pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Spinach Leaves
  • 6 Jumbo Shrimp
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/4 Cup Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion
  • 1 Tbs Dry Rub Seasoning I used Adobo and paprika
  • 1 Oz Feta Cheese
  • 1 Tsp Olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Press dry rub on shrimp on both sides and set aside
  • Heat a frying pan on high and add olive oil
  • Place the shrimp in the pan once it is hot and cook for 1 and a half to 2 minutes on each side (don’t overcook).
  • Add spinach, and avocado to your salad plate
  • Add the Onions , shrimp and the feta cheese
  • Drizzle with balsamic reduction

Video

Notes

Make the pickled onions and the balsamic on your regular meal prep day. Then this salad will come together super quick. Perfect for lunch or dinner at home!
You can use fresh or frozen but thawed peeled and deveined shrimp
For our dry rub we have used Adobo Seasoning and paprika 
Pairs well with our balsamic reduction dressing!  

Nutrition

Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 11gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 209mgPotassium: 960mgFiber: 10gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 7899IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 154mgIron: 4mg
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