Deconstructed Cheeseburger Bowls and Firecracker Chicken
These are my two favorite recipes. The cheeseburger bowls can be customized to your liking. I used 85/15 beef here but using a leaner beef or turkey can cut the caloric load by quite a bit. For the Firecracker Chicken I like to cut the chicken into thin slices so that it cooks faster and so that the surface area is increased to allow for more sauce to coat the meat. The sauce is the flavor in this meal so having the sauce spread out across more surface will lead to a more even distribution of flavor.
If you are good with a knife and know how to optimize your cooking strategy, each of these dishes could be completed in under 40 minutes and you could have 5 meals ready to go for your weekly lunches. One thing normies often say about meal prep is “yeah it’s cheaper but when you factor in the time it takes to make the food, it’s worth it just to eat out.” Unless you’re someone who works every waking minute of your life and have zero downtime, this is a horrible excuse. Plus you have to go to the restaurant, wait for the food to be made, and then go back to your business. That all takes time too. If we conservatively say a meal prepped lunch cost $5 and a takeout lunch costs $10, you’d save $1,250 per year by prepping your lunches. If you put that $1,250 in an index fund every year for 10 years at a 4% rate of return, you’d have almost $17,000. The financial benefits are even secondary to the health benefits you would receive by cooking all of your meals at home.
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