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    BeachLily reacted to ladyshanny in HELP! Need Complete Meal Prep Help (Printable)   
    Hi @BeachLily - you might want to hit this a different way rather than trying to find literal "recipes" that hit the meal template. LOTS of us that have been around for awhile just cook a bunch of "stuff". I don't write it all out very often anymore because it's in various versions all over the forum, but I will below give you a 2-hour cookup that should give you a very good start. Then, at meal time, you take your protein of choice, a couple veggie choices and a fat choice, put it on a plate and eat.
    So, first you can take a tray of chicken thighs, throw onto a pan and sprinkle w/ salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Bake for 35 minutes at 435F. Put a few sweet potatoes on the oven rack also to cook at the same time.
    Now, get two frying pans going, each with a couple pounds of ground meat (pork, chicken, beef, turkey). Season neutrally (S&P) and get them cooking.
    Put 8-12 eggs in a pot on the stove and get them hardboiling. 
    This is your protein for the week and the hands on time is only about 10-15 minutes, if that.
    Now get going on some sauces and the veggies. Make mayo, this will get you FAR. So versatile....make it a double batch. Steam some brocoli and some green beans and then run under cold water when done to halt the cooking process. During your shopping trip get baby cukes, bell peppers, baby tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, snow peas etc. These are simple veggies that are great raw and add color and interest to your plate.
    By now your chicken and ground meats should be done, you can peel your eggs and wash up your dishes.  Your two hours is probably almost up but you could also take some time to make a big oven-egg-bake which can be cut into squares and eaten hot or cold for breakfast. Just add some fat and some of your veggies when you plate it.
    Add canned fishes to your pantry stock and you have MORE than enough food to get you started. Then you just build your plate. 
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    BeachLily reacted to slc_melissa in HELP! Need Complete Meal Prep Help (Printable)   
    Consider making yourself, say, a 7 day or 4 day plan that you repeat.  No need to eat something different every single day of the month.
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    BeachLily reacted to ShannonM816 in HELP! Need Complete Meal Prep Help (Printable)   
    The problem is going to be that no one has the same taste you do, not everyone is cooking for the same number of people, has the same like/dislike of leftovers you do, so the chances you're going to find one plan that will work for you for 30 days are pretty slim.
    There are some weekly menus with grocery lists here, but she doesn't do meal planning where every meal is assigned a particular day and meal time, it's more about having food on hand all the time:
    I haven't looked through everything here but it might be helpful:
    If you're willing to pay for a meal planning service, Real Plans might be an option:
    Or, it would take a little more work to set up initially, but is a free meal planning website and app that lets you add recipes from the internet or your cookbooks, plan a week or more of meals, and will create a shopping list you can either print or access on your phone or tablet.