Sunday, 13 May 2012

Lunches for the week - Chicken with Spicey Tomato Szechaun Sauce

So today I decided to get my act into gear, pop to the store and buy all the ingredients for lunches this week.  Here is my shopping list below:

I know not everyone has even a tenner in their pocket these days, but I don't think this is too bad considering the only thing I used all of was the chicken and packet of sauce.  Everything else has been put away for next week, so I just need to top up on chicken and a sauce :)

I entered the details of this meal into MyFitnessPal and here is the nutritional info.  Don't quote me on this, but I don't think that 371 calories and a whopping 38.1g of protein is that bad right?!   Winning!   I usually eat my lunches as main meals through the day, right after the gym.  I can not wait to get stuck into this on Monday.

To start the ball rolling with my cooking I weighed out all my frozen veggies and put them into bowls with boiling water. 

I usually do this to thaw them out as I don't want to cook them completely and then put them in the fridge or freezer, and then cook them again during the week.

I weigh out the pasta and put that boiling away on the stove, then prepare the chicken and onion to be cooked in the fry pan.  I tend to cook the chicken until it is at least all over white before adding the onion.  I am really funny about how I cook chicken and I know it sounds stupid, but I don't want the onion to affect how the chicken is cooked.  Call me OCD, but yeah, chicken first then bring the onion in :)  I let that simmer together for a while before adding a teaspoon of Flax Seeds.

I love the smell of onion cooking by the way.... Nom!  Once everything appears to be cooked (I always cut a few pieces to make sure it is cooked all the way through) I pour the sauce on and again, let it simmer for just a few mins more on a low heat.

By this point in time, the pasta is cooked and the veggies are no longer frozen.  I separate out into 5 containers and just eyeball it to make it as even as possible.

And there you go!!  Five portions that I can either take in for lunch or have as dinners during the week.  Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail.  And if you are in my situation, and are constantly broke, this is the BEST idea for you.  Now all I need to do is add some snacks that I made yesterday (chocolate protein muffins) and maybe buy some fruit at work and I am set for the day.

I can totally eat the same lunch every day for 5 days.  What about you guys?  Do you like to change it up or are you happy to eat it, as long as it tastes amazing?

14 comments:

  1. I have no problem eating the same few for a few days in a row. I usually make three days wroth, and then am sad when it's all gone. People who complain about leftovers make no sense to me at all.

    That looks delicious!

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    1. I completely agree about leftovers! I like making extra of certain dishes, so I can take servings to work for lunch.

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  2. what sauce do you use?

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  3. What sauce do you use for the chicken?

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  4. What sauce is used? Sorry if I'm not seeing it, but I've re-read this 5 times!

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  5. I love the idea but I live in the US. What's the sauce like?

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  6. what sauce do you pour over the chicken? and how much pasta

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  7. Can you put weights on please?

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  8. I think the sauce in the picture is Blue Dragon Szechuan Tomato stir fry sauce.

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  9. Love, that you cook the chicken ahead of the onion. Makes complete sense to me. Not OCD at all. :)

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  10. Found you on pinterest. This prep is genius

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  11. Hi Jenn, love the simplicity of the recipe not to mention how healthy and tasty it looks. I would love to know your thoughts on the recipes on my wife's recipe blog, http://glutenfreemethod.com

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  12. It looks really healthy and mouth watering. I better try these.

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