Healthy Meal Prep — Turkey Lettuce Wraps, Santa Maria Tri-tip, Orange Chicken

Sunday Meal Prep:

This healthy meal prep included my standard 2 dinner meals (3 meals each)  and 1 lunch meal (5 meals).  This meal prep is gluten free, dairy free and paleo-esque.  The only added sugar to this meal prep was some coconut sugar I included in the orange chicken recipe.  Quinoa is featured heavily in this meal prep as it is included in two of the three meals.  I used my Instantpot for the orange chicken recipe, but if you don’t have an Instantpot or pressure cooker, the recipe can be made using a slow cooker or even on the stove top.  This meal prep was very simple and took me about three hours.  I hope you enjoy.

 

MEALS:

  1. Turkey lettuce wraps — Served with spiralized yellow squash and roasted asparagus.
  2. Santa Maria Tri-tip — Served with roasted cauliflower and fresh cherry tomatoes.
  3. Orange Chicken — Served with quinoa.

MEAL PREP STRATEGY:

As I do with every meal prep that calls for quinoa or a grain, I get that started first since it requires a good amount of idle cook time.  So with this meal prep, I first started cooking 2 cups of quinoa.  Next, I did all the vegetable prep – chopped the cauliflower into florets, chopped the asparagus into three sections, spiralized the squash.  I also cubed the chicken breasts.  Once the labor intensive chopping/slicing part was done, I decided to do the Instant-pot meal first since that too requires a small amount of idle time while the pot is gaining pressure.  While Instant-pot was gaining pressure and cooking, I prepared the turkey lettuce wrap mixture (by then the quinoa was ready) and got that started. By time the Instant-pot was done cooking I was starting my Tri-tip prep.  Overall time was around 3 hours, but like always, I enjoyed a beer and the cooking experience and took my time.
 

RECIPES:

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