I devoured this too quickly to even think about taking a photo, so text will have to suffice.
What to buy:
1lb of pasta (I use Barilla Plus varieties)
1lb of lean ground turkey
5 boxes of Green Giant Health Blend frozen vegetables
Whatever other veggies you like (I just grabbed mushrooms)
Now, if you haven’t heard of the Green Giant Health Blends… go find them now. They’re awesome. There are six different varieties, each targeted towards a different health focus; immunity, digestion, vision, weight, etc. Each blend is different and comes in a light herbed sauce of either butter or extra virgin olive oil. The packets are 7oz and contain two servings, but I like my veggies so I eat the whole package.
On Sunday night, boil up the pasta and sautee up 6oz of the ground turkey. freeze the other 10oz and cook it on Tuesday night (or switch it up; cook 9oz on Sunday and leave the other 7 oz for Wednesday night). Put however much cooked pasta you want into your lunch container. I pack about a cup or so. Throw on 3oz of the ground turkey. Save the rest for the next day or two (this is why you freeze half, you don’t want to cook it all and eat five-day-old meat. Yuck). Sautee/steam/bake/whatever any other vegetables and toss those in. Put it in the fridge and forget about it until the next morning.
While you make your breakfast the next morning, throw a packet of Health Blends into the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. Toss ’em on top of everything else in your lunch container. There’s already sauce and seasonings on the veggies, which should be enough for the whole meal. If not, drizzle a little extra olive oil and seasonings. Pack up, heat at lunch, eat, and you’ll be set until dinnertime.
I’m almost always hungry for a snack around 3pm. After two days of having this for lunch, I don’t get those afternoon cravings anymore. I’m not a huge breakfast eater during the week (which I’m trying to change), so lunch is one of my bigger meals. And this lunch is amazing. It covers the bases of carbs, protein, healthy fats, and lots of veggies. And it takes practically no time to put it together once the Sunday and Tuesday/Wednesday prep work is done (which takes all of 10 minutes). The variety of veggie packs mixes things up throughout the week so it doesn’t get boring. Switching out the pasta for rice or another grain, or the turkey for chicken, tofu, or any other protein also adds to the possibilities.
If you try this out, tell me what combo you made and what you think!