Fall Meal Prep

Fall Meal Prep

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Ingredients

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Vegetables
6 Yukon Gold Potatoes
4 large Carrots
1 Delicata Squash
1 bunch Kale
1 clove Garlic
Protein
1 (boneless & skinless) Whole Chicken Breast
Breakfast & Snacks
0.75 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 cup Kefir
0.25 cup Real Maple Syrup
0.5 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup Dried Cranberries
0.25 cup Raisins
1 cup Pecans
1 cup Almonds
0.25 cup Pistachios
Condiments
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Ground Black Pepper
Balsamic Vinegar

Fall Meal Prep

  • 60 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • Medium

Ingredients

  • Vegetables

  • Protein

  • Breakfast & Snacks

  • Condiments

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Starting the week off with meal prep is a big help for any household.

It’s true what they say, it’s better to be over prepared than scrambling at the last minute.

Most of us want to have healthy, home cooked meals, however, time is money and most days when we get home tired, cooking is the last thing on our minds. Unless you are a full-time food blogger, of course 🙂

Cooking seasonally is not only better for your wallet but it also allows us to enjoy produce when it’s at it’s peak. Seasonal produce tastes and looks better.

For fall, I am loving root vegetables like squash and dark leafy greens. A full meal prep includes, breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner.

I always recommend having some vegetables prepared, a protein, a salad, an easy breakfast and snack. The best snack are nuts, those are pure brain food!

The below is simply a guideline to help all of us be better prepared. Feel free to swap out the vegetables for anything yummy you see at the grocery store.

Chicken is an easy and lean protein choice but you can use any meat or meat substitute you like! I love having canned beans on hand instead of meat most weeks.

Glass containers with air-tight lids are also a big part of a successful meal prep.

I love using snapware and mason jars. 16 ounce, wide mouth mason jars have been a game changer for me. I also use the 4 and 8 ounce, regular mouth for salad dressings and sauces. I recommend having a variety of sizes for both the snapware and mason jars.

 

For this meal prep, I am using:

  • Two 16 ounce, wide mouth mason jars
  • One 8 ounce, regular mouth mason jar
  • Two large rectangular snapware glass containers
  • One small rectangular snapware glass container
  • One regular round snapware glass container
  • and I recommend having an additional round or rectangular snapware glass container for the to-go work lunches!

 

Along with all of the below mentioned ingredients, I also suggest having a few other things on hand for the week.

Other staples for me are:

  • Fruit like berries which are great with the overnight oats or to snack on
  • Avocado for salads or avocado toast
  • Canned beans like chickpeas or black beans to add to salads
  • Eggs for a morning scramble or hard boiled eggs for a snack
  • Chicken or vegetable broth for a quick and easy soup recipe (see how I would use it below).

 

This meal prep serves 2 people and makes 2 breakfast portions, 2 lunch portions, and 2 dinner portions.

 

 

Steps

1
Done

Preheat The Oven and Prep The Vegetables

Preheat your oven to 450°F.

Wash and dry your delicata squash, carrots, and potatoes then set aside.

I love delicata squash because you can keep the skins on, they are edible! I do recommend buying organic.

To prep the delicata squash for roasting, cut off the ends then cut lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and fibrous flesh. Next, cut each half into finger-width half moon slices.

See video for detailed instructions.

For the carrots, peel then cut into large chunks. A similar thickness to the delicata squash so they roast at the same rate in the oven.

For the potatoes, cut them into quarters or eights depending on the size of your potatoes.

Place all of the prepared vegetables on two parchment lined baking sheets in one single layer and allowing a bit of space in between each vegetable.

Next, drizzle with about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and season with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1.2 teaspoon of ground black pepper per baking sheet.

2
Done

Roast The Vegetables

Roast the vegetables in the preheated 450°F for 25-35 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

After the vegetables are done roasting, allow them to cool on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before transferring them to your glassware and store in the refrigerator.

Keep one of the baking sheets with the used parchment paper that has oil, salt, and pepper residue as we can reuse it to roast the chicken later!

3
Done

Make The Kale Salad

First, remove the fibrous stems from the kale leaves and discard. See video for how to remove the stems.

Next, either rip or chop the kale leaves into bit size pieces then add to a large bowl.

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the kale leaves then using your hands, massage the kale leaves well for about 1 minute.

Massaging the kale leaves gets rid of the rubbery texture and bitter taste.

Next, add 1/3 cup of dried cranberries then transfer the salad mixture to a glassware container and store in the refrigerator.

4
Done

Make The Balsamic Salad Dressing

To your small glass jar, add 1 crushed or minced garlic clove, 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of ground black pepper.

Seal your jar well then shake until the mixture is well emulsified. Store the dressing in the refrigerator.

5
Done

Make The Nuts & Dried Fruit Snack Mix

Grab a larger jar and add 1 cup almonds, 1 cup pecans, 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, 1/4 cup dried cranberries and 1/4 cup raisins. Seal the jar and store in your pantry.

You can also divide up this snack mix into snack bags and take them to work!

6
Done

Make The Overnight Oats

Grab a large bowl then add 1 cup of kefir, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, and 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix well with a spoon.

Next, add 3/4 cup of oats, 1/4 cup of chopped nuts (I love using pecans), and 1/4 cup pf raisins.

Mix well then transfer the oat mixture into one large or two small glass jars. Seal well then store in the refrigerator.

7
Done

Roast The Chicken

I always tend to my meat last to avoid any cross contamination.

Lower your oven to 400°F.

Using tongs or a fork, transfer the two chicken breasts to your cutting board dedicated for raw meat then cut off any excess fat.

Next, transfer the two chicken breasts to your baking sheet with the previously used parchment paper and coat the chicken in the residual oil, salt and pepper mix that was left on the parchment paper for when you roasted the vegetables.

If the chicken breasts still look a bit dry, add a bit more olive oil, salt and pepper.

Roast the chicken breasts in a preheated 400F oven for 25-35 minutes. The time will depend on the size of your chicken breasts.

The chicken breasts are fully cooked when the internal temperature of the thickest part of the meat reads 165F. I highly recommend getting a meat thermometer.

After the chicken comes out of the oven, allow the chicken breasts to rest for 10 minutes before cutting the meat and/or transferring to your glassware then store in the refrigerator.

8
Done

What To Make The Next Couple of Days

Breakfast: Overnight oats with berries.

Lunch: Kale salad with roasted delicata squash, roasted carrots, chicken and balsamic salad dressing.

Snack: Dried fruit and nut mix.

Dinner: Add the roasted potatoes, delicata squash, carrots and chicken to your plate then heat up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

9
Done

Or Make The Best Dang Chicken and Vegetable Soup

If you have chicken or vegetable broth handy, make this soup.

Heat up the broth while shredding the cooked chicken and chop the roasted vegetables into smaller pieces.

Add the shredded chicken and roasted veggies to your broth. If you have any kale leftover, add that to the soup as well.

Give the warmed soup a taste and season with salt and/or pepper, if needed. Since both the veggies and chicken are seasoned already, the soup will most likely not need a lot of seasoning.

Add a teaspoon of olive oil if the soup needs a bit more flavor.

Joni

Hi guys, so glad you are here! My food blog is about easy, colorful and mostly healthy recipes. I grew up in Germany and have been in the states since 2002. Currently, I am living in sunny Miami, FL! Please leave me a comment if you have questions or recipe requests and also follow me on social media via @foodbyjonister. Happy cooking and eating!

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I haven’t ever been good with meal prepping, but I know it works so well and helps so much. This is a great fall meal prep! I especially love that Delicata squash, that’s my favorite squash.

Your video inspired me to cook larger batches. Now the fall is here, and kids are back to school, I seem to be always cooking for packed lunches and dinner. Some planning will help me get more organized for sure.

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