Healthy Meal Prep | Chicken Fajita Bowls & Salad

Hi guys! Did you have a good weekend?!  Ours slipped through my fingers like quicksand!  It was one of those busy, busy ones where I feel like I definitely need another day of weekend!  Yesterday, it was off to the car show and James’ favorite restaurant (iHop). I love doing weekend outings together, but at the car show, I was mostly chasing Jordan and trying not to lose the boys!  But at least I was comfy!  Flats and soft, cozy pants for the win!
I wanted to give you a peek at how my newly microbladed brows are doing.  When I first got them done four days ago, I was so freaked out about the color and shape, but they are quickly growing on me.  When I don’t have any makeup on, they still look very out of place, but with makeup, they are blending in more.  I feel like if you didn’t know I got them done, you’d think nothing of it.  In the picture below, I have makeup on, but nothing on my brows at all except a thin layer of ointment as they heal.  You can sort of see my real brow hairs in the middle and the microbladed part around it. I’ll do a detailed post about it with closeups when they are totally healed in a couple weeks.
On Saturday, we had baseball game and a birthday party, but I made a grocery list for a meal prep and ordered our groceries for pick up!  I’m trying to achieve the fitness goals I recently shared and prepping meals in advance always helps.
The online grocery ordering/pickup is such a lifesaver.  Our regular grocery store recently changed up how they organize everything and now everytime I go in there, I’m so lost! I can’t find anything and grocery shopping takes twice as long as I criss cross back and forth looking for things.  I actually went online to see if I could find the new store layout to better organize my grocery list and realized they had online ordering!
I usually shop at Kroger and always use my Kroger card, so when I went to place my online order, they had a list of everything I’ve purchased for the last several months already there so it was really easy to add things to my order.  I sent my hubby to pick up the order Saturday night and then Sunday morning, I prepped our meals for a few days.  When I shared on Stories, I got a lot of questions about it, so I’m sharing the details here so you can do this for yourself.
I made two types of meals (a chicken fajita bowl and a chicken salad) x 4 = 8 meals.  I find the meals last about 3-4 days, then you have to start over because the food goes bad at that point.  I plan to eat 2 a day, and my husband will probably eat a couple.
STEP 1:  Season the chicken (I used taco seasoning for all of it) and cook in a pan with olive oil spray until cooked through, but not overdone because if you reheat in the microwave, it will get too dry.
STEP 2:  Cook the rice according to package directions.  If you cook 1 cup dry rice, you’ll end up with about 6 (1/2) cup portions.  So, I usually cook 2 cups of dry rice so I have more for the week to eat with fish.
STEP 3:  While the chicken and rice are cooking, get out your to-go containers and veggies.
STEP 4:  Wash the veggies and chop the bell peppers, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and cucumbers.  Tip: Use a large plastic bowl as your “garbage bowl” to keep things less messy. Open the can of chickpeas and refried beans.
STEP 5:  I weigh my chicken so that I can make sure each bowl has about 4 oz of protein in it.  I don’t chop the chicken until after I reheat (for the fajita bowls) because again, they will dry out if you microwave small pieces of cut up chicken.  I found that three pieces of these chicken tenders vary from 3.75 ounces – 5 ounces.
STEP 6: Assemble the bowls.  The list of ingredients is below.  This is a lazy/easy meal prep! I only cook the chicken and rice.  The beans go straight from the can and get heated in the microwave when it’s time to eat.  The peppers, onion, tomatoes are raw. Go ahead and sautee them if you feel like it!
Below is what I put in each bowl, but you can add what you like.
CHICKEN FAJITA BOWL
–  about 4 oz chicken
(We have flank steak too, just haven’t grilled it yet.  I like to mix the chicken and steak in one bowl, but still about 4 ounces total meat.)
– 1/2 cup rice
– 1/4 cup refried beans
– grape tomatoes
– sliced yellow bell pepper
– sliced white onion
– cilantro
– jalapeno
CHICKEN SALAD BOWL
– 4 oz chicken
– 2 cups lettuce (Romaine & Butter)
– chickpeas
– cucumber
– red bell pepper
– sliced almonds
“Where’d you get those containers?”  That was one of the most asked questions yesterday!  I got them at take out places like Fuel Kitchen and kept them.  But, I found them here for a pack of 12 for only $11!  They are stackable, microwaveable, and dishwasher safe.  They even have bento box style!
I like them because you can fit a whole meal in them and they stack nicely inside the fridge.
When you’re ready to eat, you can just grab a meal and all the prep work is done!  I microwave the fajita bowls for 1.5 minutes and then add about 1 tablespoon of sour cream. Some people like to add shredded cheese too.
I eat the chicken salad as is, but add salad dressing- usually Maple Groves Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette.
GROCERY LIST
– 3 packages boneless chicken tenders (about 3 pounds)
– 1 cup dry white rice
– 1 can refried beans
– 1 pint grape tomatoes
– 1 yellow bell pepper
– 1 white onion
– 1 bunch cilantro
– 2 jalapenos
– 1 package Romaine lettuce
– 1 head butter lettuce
– 1 can chickpeas
– 1 cucumber
– 1 red bell pepper
– sliced almonds
– sour cream
– shredded cheese
– salad dressing
Did this help? Do you meal prep for the week?  What do you like to make that’s good for a few days? 
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22 Comments

  1. April 10, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Well, those look amazing!! Kind of beats the bowl of cereal I've been having for lunch lately. 😉 Can't wait to see you next weekend!!!!!!

    • April 10, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      My before bed cereal habit is so hard to break!

  2. April 10, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Such a great post Megan! I needed this in my life right now. Can't wait to try these out!

    • April 10, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Hi Sarah! Hope this helps!

  3. April 10, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    These both sound delicious! Thanks for sharing, I think I will have to give them a go!

    • April 10, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Let me know what you think!

  4. April 10, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this..I was planning to ask you, after I saw your story, then I thought she'll probably do a blog post and you did!!! Yay!!! ����

    • April 10, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      I wish I had better pics to share, but these are just iPhone since I wanted to share the post quickly!

  5. April 10, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    Love this! How do you work out the amount of chickpeas you add to the salad?

    • April 10, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      Oh that's a good question, but I didn't measure those, just a handful, maybe 1/3 cup.

    • April 11, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      They are super convenient!

  6. April 10, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    ohhhh my gosh this is SO helpful! is it bad that i didn't know microwaving small pieces of meat will dry it out? slightly embarrassed.

    those containers are everything – need to order them in my next amazon box asap! those fajita bowls looks so healthy and delicious, think i'll make those first 🙂 thank you for sharing!

    • April 11, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      Oh yes, they will be so dry you'll be choking them down and no one enjoys that! I did end up grilling steak and veggies to go with the fajita bowls, so if you have time for that, it makes them even tastier!

  7. April 11, 2017 / 2:11 am

    These look super yummy! Great ideas, thanks for sharing!! I'm definitely going to try both….these will be perfect for our busy schedule during the week. Reading the comments, glad to see I'm not the only one that likes late night cereal, lol! Amy

    • April 11, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      Right! Raisin Bran has been my go-to lately!

  8. April 11, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    This is so awesome! Thanks! What do u eat for smaller snacks during the day?

    • April 12, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      I'm glad it's helpful! If I don't want a meal, I'll eat Greek yogurt, cheese & crackers, apples & peanut butter or nuts/cranberries/dark chocolate mix.

  9. April 15, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    This is awesome! I love that you do posts about food prep because I'm not necessarily doing it from a fitness standpoint, but I am a teacher who packs a lunch five days per week and I would like to prep it all at the beginning of the week and then have healthy lunches to take all week and this really helps. I totally don't mind eating the same thing every day either-so that makes life easy!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  10. April 17, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Shopping today, thanks for the delicious looking ideas!! Thanks for posting great instructions as well.

  11. April 20, 2017 / 2:21 am

    Thanks for this post — I am eating low carb and am always looking for something more interesting than plain old meat and veggies!

  12. Anonymous
    April 23, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    I'm a teacher who's always looking to have lunches for the week made ahead of time, in order to be more efficient in the morning. Going to try this. Thank you.

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