I tend to only make cheap Vegan Meal Preps. Being fully motivated by cheapness can be very limiting if done to extremes. So thinking out side of the box on this one was pretty refreshing.
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One of my favorite quotes is “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”. You don’t need to hear reasons to spend more money in order for meal prep compliant to go smoother. But I feel compelled to mention a few reasons to have a less perfect, less cheap, less fresh meal prep for the sake of winning in non-food related areas of life.
- Are you new to meal prep or cooking in general? This 5 minute meal prep is the way to go. You’re allowed to build kitchen skills slowly.
- You’re busy? Dude, tell me about it. School, work, projects, personal goals, limited time, trying to finish a stack of books from the library, a clean house and a tight body… the list of things to put energy into outside of the kitchen is long. And often more fulfilling than life just in the kitchen. Less time in the kitchen means more time for personal and financial growth.
- Have fitness goals but struggle with compliance? Dude, don’t over complicate it. Find the path with the least steps. Less time and thought required means less barriers to entry.
- Eat out too much? If you’re lifestyle is designed around the upper tier of convenience then a 5 minute meal prep will be on your wavelength while offering more control over macros & calories. This is definitely cheaper than take out too.
- Already superman/superwoman? If you’re already killing it in every area of your life then take a freaking week off. Make a 5 minute meal prep and chill the fkkkk out. Your kitchen will be waiting for you when you come back in a week.
Alright. I’ve talked too much. Wrapping it up, Oprah.
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Total calories per day – 1530 (28.3g fat, 255g carbs, 61.6g protein)
Total cost per day – $7.21 ($36 for 5 full days)
What you need:
1 box oatmeal, 10 bananas, cocoa powder, package of veggie dogs, 5 bags of lettuce, 5 steamer bags of broccoli, 5 microwavable bags of pre-cooked rice, 5 microwavable bags of pre-cooked pasta, salad dressing (optional: sauces for veggies, toppings for oatmeal or banana ice cream)
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Breakfast – Organic Maple Spice Instant Oatmeal
– 28 cents, 150 calories (1.5g f, 30g c, 4g p) –
A single packet of instant oatmeal isn’t a crazy volume of food so feel free to add a banana with it (100 calories for 12 cents) or eat 2 oatmeal packets for breakfast. For 28 cents a packet you really can’t go wrong. If you’re the type of person that needs protein with your first meal then I recommend adding a scoop of protein powder to it. This takes 1 minute to cook in the microwave with some water. Not fancy but it’s a drama free breakfast.
Lunch – Pasta + Salad + Dressing
– $2.96, 530 calories (8g f, 99g c, 18g p) –
The only pre-cooked pasta I could find was at a regular grocery store (not whole foods and not aldi). The brand is Barilla. I’m pretty sure you can find these at Wal Mart food stores. They’re $1.99 each which isn’t bad and only take 1 minute in the microwave to heat up. Make sure you have a massive bowl to eat this huge meal in. I buy the “garden salad” mix from aldi. They are iceberg based. I used to buy aldi’s butter lettuce but they cost more and have way less calories. The iceberg bags are much more volume for cheaper and have a nice crunch to them. Aldi sells bags of chopped kale if you want darker greens. I put 1 serving low cal balsamic dressing from Aldi in a dressing container.
- Pre-prep your salad dressing into little containers for the week
- Pour salad greens in a large bowl
- Microwave pasta for 1 minute
- Put heated pasta on salad
- Mix dressing with everything. ENJOY
Dinner – Seitan Frankfurters, Brown Rice, Broccoli (+ sauce optional)
– $3.57, 600 calories (17g f, 66g c, 35g p)
This large dinner is so satisfying. Over a 3rd of the calories came from the frankfurters. They’re super delicious but higher in calories. Feel free to use tofu if looking for something lighter. I love adding a side of orange sauce or soy sauce with these. It’s the best!
- A packet of frankfurters comes with 6 veggie dogs. Divide them into 5 meal prep containers.
- Add a small container of whatever sauce you like on the side
- Microwave steamer bag of broccoli for 5 minutes
- Then microwave rice pouch for 90 seconds
- Add heated food to meal prep container. ENJOY
Snack or Additional Breakfast Optional – Chocolate Banana Ice Cream (+ toppings optional)
– 40 cents, 250 calories (1.8g f, 60g c, 4.6g p)
I pretty much can’t go a day without banana ice cream. Especially chocolate nice cream. I didn’t include the topping in the calories because that’s optional. Feel free to add a scoop of protein powder to this.
- Freeze 2 chopped bananas per baggie. Do 5 days worth of frozen bananas.
- Put a baggie of frozen bananas in a food processor with a touch of cold water and 2 spoons of cocoa powder. Feel free to add sweetener. Processes til smooth.
- Add toppings or eat as is. ENJOY
Here’s the cost breakdown per serving and what store I found everything at!
- 28 cents oatmeal packet (aldi)
- $1.99 microwavable pasta pouch (kroger or wal mart)
- 89 cents bag of salad greens (aldi)
- 8 cents per serving salad dressing (aldi)
- $1.09 per serving seitan frankfurter (whole foods)
- $1.29 microwavable rice pouch (aldi)
- $1.19 steamer bag of broccoli (aldi)
- 12 cents per banana (44 cents per lb)
- 5 cents spoon of cocoa powder (aldi)
- 93 cents vanilla pea protein powder per serving (trader joes)