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Title: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Travis on October 26, 2018, 11:26:59 AM
I made a goal this year to lose weight, get back in the gym and change my nutrition. I successfully lost 65 lbs over the year cutting out shit food, mostly processed stuff and the hardest was cutting back on the alcohol. So, I looked into meal prepping. I figured this would be a way to ensure I had a healthy meal every day and so far for the year it has worked extremely well. Nothing fancy just basic foods and ingredients. The rest of the day Iím just mindful of what I eat. Still have pizza, ribs, and the occasional Steak Ďn Shake triple burger but not everyday and donít go crazy with it.
Anyways, Iíd thought Iíd share what I made for my lunch dinners this week. Itís grilled chicken breast with mashed potatoes, brown rice, black beans and broccoli. The ingredients change every few weeks so I donít get burned out but this is basically what Iíve been doing. Normally use sweet potatoes but weíre having russets tonight so may as well use that.

Take care guys.

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Title: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: HoosierKettle on October 26, 2018, 11:38:06 AM
I usually grill enough at night to have leftovers for lunch. I hardly ever eat fast food.

Are those your lunches for a tire week?  Thatís a great way to do it. I donít always have access to a microwave. I may have to chuck the go anywhere gas in the truck to warm up leftovers.

Congrats on the weight loss and the moderation. Itís not easy.

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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Travis on October 26, 2018, 11:56:09 AM
Thanks man. Yes, those are for the whole work week. Depending on the shift depends on what Iíve been making but I just pop them in the microwave (if needed) and warm them up.



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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: JEBIV on October 26, 2018, 12:26:03 PM
Awesome prep work, Tami plans most meals and enough leftovers for lunches for both of us. We try to maintain a low carb lifestyle for weight loss/control and health as well. Hats off for the weight loss and the planning. You must plan well if you want to eat healthy.
Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: RumBar on October 26, 2018, 12:58:56 PM
Travis! Food for thought man! Great idea on the week long prep. I need to lose a bunch of pounds. Giving up the rum will be tough though. Glad to hear your success.


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: lksdrinker on October 26, 2018, 01:07:29 PM
Congrats @Travis!  Making a simple (not necessarily easy) change like that and seeing actual results is something to be really proud of!
Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Travis on October 26, 2018, 02:35:00 PM
Thanks guys. Here another one that doesnít require a re-heat of any kind. Pasta noodles, diced cucumber and tomato, pre cooked shrimp (grilled would be better, just done for ease) and topped with green onion and Italian dressing drizzled over. Literally takes like 20 minutes to make.

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Oops... wrong meal prep Here it is

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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: db3694 on October 26, 2018, 02:44:47 PM
Awesome man.  I need to do the same thing.  Thanks for sharing.


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Cellar2ful on October 26, 2018, 03:38:25 PM


Wow. Congratulations Travis.  65 lbs is quite an accomplishment.  Bet you feel like a new man.   Nothing wrong with eating healthy.
Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Kneab on October 26, 2018, 04:13:44 PM
Congrats on the weight loss Travis. I need to do the same. The meals look great. I just bought bigger pants today, only one pair because I plan on this being temporary.

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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Brain_STL on October 26, 2018, 09:38:36 PM
Travis, I I never realized that! Dude, youíre a rail the last time I saw you. Thatís grate!

My wife and I subscribe to EMeals.com and choose the heart healthy menu. For about five bucks a month you get a menu, recipes, and a shopping list. We love it and it takes the thought out of ďwhatís for dinnerĒ. Weíve done this for about five years and we love it! (This is not a commercial and I have no financial stake in this, we simply love this convenience)


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Mr.CPHo on October 27, 2018, 01:13:39 AM
Thanks for sharing, Travis, thatís so awesome!  Iím sure youíre saving a bunch of money too!   


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Charcoal_Guerrilla on October 28, 2018, 12:42:32 AM
Great work! Inspired me to prep breakfasts for this week.


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Travis on October 28, 2018, 04:22:24 AM
Great work! Inspired me to prep breakfasts for this week.


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Thatís a great start!


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: LightningBoldtz on October 28, 2018, 06:31:29 AM
Soooo you're a prepper huh?

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Title: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Travis on October 28, 2018, 06:54:43 AM
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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Travis on October 28, 2018, 06:55:33 AM
Soooo you're a prepper huh?

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I have clue what Iím looking at, but Iíd love to have that outfit, especially when cleaning the bathroom after the kids...


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: HoosierKettle on October 28, 2018, 08:24:00 AM
I donít know what Iím making yet but Iím going to make my weeks meals today. Another good excuse to fire up the kettles.


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: HoosierKettle on October 28, 2018, 03:29:25 PM
Iím prepping. Windy as hell but not bad in the smoke shack.

Donít confuse the drink. Itís Diet Coke.




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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Travis on October 28, 2018, 03:58:55 PM
Iím prepping. Windy as hell but not bad in the smoke shack.

Donít confuse the drink. Itís Diet Coke.




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Looking good man. You can also go on YouTube and search meal prep ideas for hundreds more recipes. Hope you enjoy it.


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: chiku18 on October 28, 2018, 05:10:52 PM
I have recently started travelling and last weeke was first- my  kids missed the food so preparing - dinner ( chicken legs) , lunch for school -thighs ( for chicken quesadilla) and chicken patties ( for Tuesday schools lunch )


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Travis on October 28, 2018, 06:09:11 PM
I have recently started travelling and last weeke was first- my  kids missed the food so preparing - dinner ( chicken legs) , lunch for school -thighs ( for chicken quesadilla) and chicken patties ( for Tuesday schools lunch )


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That looks incredible. Be safe traveling man


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Shoestringshop on October 29, 2018, 05:49:24 AM
Congratulations on the weight loss my friend! I really wish I could do lunches for each day of the week but no microwave in my car. Lol .  I take cold cuts when I can. The more I save on eating out the more grills and grilling I can do.


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: nvandyke on October 29, 2018, 07:07:47 AM
Awesome!  I had some health issues and have recently been eating healthier and cutting out junk (no more pop was the hardest).  I don't individually portion leftovers like you do, but when I'm grilling chicken and veggies (i love grilled vegetables) I always make more than the wife and I need, and use the the leftovers for healthier lunches/dinners during the week.  Haven't touched fast food in months.  Great work on the weight loss and overall healthier lifestyle.  Keep it up!
Title: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: HoosierKettle on October 31, 2018, 05:00:30 AM
Half way through my first week of healthy meal prep. Love it!  I had no idea this was a thing. It combines everything I love. Cooking and eating.

Iím pretty excited about figuring out what to make for next week.

Itís so easy in the morning. Just grab my meal out of the fridge and go.


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Title: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: foshizzle on October 31, 2018, 09:15:38 AM
This Lunch bag is awesome. The freezer packs are built into the bag so you put the whole bag in the freezer and no need to transfer the cold packs every day. Makes it a little more convenient in the morning. Have had mine for over 2 years now and still going strong. They also make a few other styles too. This along with a Hydro Flask Yeti type drink container and youíre all set. My office is jealous when Iím eating BBQ all week long, those Paleo type diets are great. Eat more meat and not gain the weight.

PackIt Freezable Classic Lunch Box, Camo https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019DMFO5Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_OgE2BbEV371FT


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: HoosierKettle on November 04, 2018, 10:40:45 AM
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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Mr.CPHo on December 05, 2018, 08:02:48 AM
Thanks to Travis for this threadís inspiration....

We see our fair share of homeless people down here in Jacksonville.  Sometimes Iíll give them whatever loose change or single dollars I have, but I always wonder whether theyíre truly going to get something to eat, or just get their next substance fix. 

I saw this post a couple months ago and decided I would put forth just a little bit more energy and, in conjunction with my meager profits flipping grills, start giving warm meals instead of cash. 

A quick trip to our local Restaurant Depot yielded the necessary to-go containers and a couple of huge pork shoulders.  Because dry beans are much cheaper than canned, I made the baked beans from scratch using Catskillsmokerís maple syrup and maple sugar among other ingredients.  I used Rubís Swamp Boys rub on the shoulders and Swamp Boyís BBQ sauce in the finished pulled pork.  I also made a basic cornbread in the oven.  Once all the food was finished, I weighed out 8 ounces of meat, 6 ounces of beans, and two pieces of cornbread per individual serving.  By this time, my wife figured out what I was doing, and took it upon herself to make ďdoggy bagsĒ with dry dog food and a couple of dog treats to hand out as well.  (Why do so many homeless people have dogs?)

So with a couple of coolers loaded with warm meals, we headed towards downtown on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, to hand out meals.   I had never done anything like this before, and I wonít lie, I was a little nervous.  The first person we gave a meal asked if I could open the box and unwrap the plastic utensils because her hands were too cold.  Another man started crying because he could share his food his family (we gave him two more meals).  We met veterans, prostitutes, and people with obvious mental health issues; all were thankful and non-threatening.  My earlier nervousness and apprehensions disappeared and as our food supply quickly dwindled, I vowed I would do this again before Christmas.  My only regret is not making more food, but thatís okay, turkeys went on sale right after Thanksgiving!

Thanks for looking.


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: JEBIV on December 05, 2018, 08:08:06 AM
A very worthy effort by you Charlie, a warm meal will always warm a heart, my hat is off to you fine sir!!
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Post by: nvandyke on December 05, 2018, 10:05:12 AM
Very nice of you to do that.  I'm not bashing food they would get from a shelter...but what a cool idea to share some quality, homemade food!  Hats off to you sir!
Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: SixZeroFour on December 05, 2018, 02:04:10 PM
Incredible Charlie - huge props for stepping up and doing this! That man's tears of joy alone must have instantly made the effort worthwhile.

Here's wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas.


So with a couple of coolers loaded with warm meals, we headed towards downtown on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, to hand out meals.   I had never done anything like this before, and I wonít lie, I was a little nervous.  The first person we gave a meal asked if I could open the box and unwrap the plastic utensils because her hands were too cold.  Another man started crying because he could share his food his family (we gave him two more meals).  We met veterans, prostitutes, and people with obvious mental health issues; all were thankful and non-threatening.  My earlier nervousness and apprehensions disappeared and as our food supply quickly dwindled, I vowed I would do this again before Christmas.  My only regret is not making more food, but thatís okay, turkeys went on sale right after Thanksgiving!
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Post by: HoosierKettle on December 05, 2018, 04:16:59 PM
Very nice Charlie!  Was it that cold in Jacksonville?  The homeless down there have it made compared to our northern homeless. Iíve thought about doing something similar but never did it. Good on you for thinking about and actually executing.


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Kneab on December 05, 2018, 05:53:10 PM
Nice work Charlie

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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Travis on December 06, 2018, 04:39:52 AM
Charlie, you are the real deal brother. Iíd shake your hand if I could. Thatís absolutely inspiring. Thanks for sharing that man.


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Title: Re: Anyone ever consider meal prep?
Post by: Darko on December 06, 2018, 02:27:59 PM
Great job Charlie.I'm inspired to do the same in my area.
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Post by: hawgheaven on December 10, 2018, 06:12:04 AM
Charlie, what a great thing to do. God bless you and your bride brutha!!
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Post by: crowderjd on December 18, 2018, 08:55:31 AM
I just saw this post, Charlie, that's amazing.  Something for me to think about.

Travis, congrats on the weight loss, I am inspired for the year ahead...I've gained about 30 lbs the last two years, and would like to go the other way.

Good job all around guys!