Meal prep doesn't mean eating the same old thing all week long. Prepping side dishes is a great way to be prepared but leave flexibility in your menu. Especially prepping anything fresh that you will look forward to come meal time. Keeping it simple with side dishes also lets you get creative with flavors for when you do opt for basic chicken and broccoli as the bulk of your prep for the week.
You can opt for a different salad dressing or even Safflower Mayo if you don't like spicy. Check out the variations I have below.
You can buy the broccoli slaw or coleslaw bagged fresh from the store
The coleslaw version usually makes a mess but once it soaks up the vinegar it calms down. I find that I get 4 portions of the coleslaw bag and 5-6 servings from the broccoli slaw bag. The broccoli is far more dense and also keep much longer in the refrigerator.
When making the skinny broccoli slaw replace the 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar with 3 tbsp pickle juice to add flavor and help break down the broccoli.... unless you like the crunch. Even add in a fe pickled chopped up.
I make the "skinny version" when I know I am going to pair it with a beyond burger or something else high in healthy fats. This way you are keeping your macro nutrients balanced.
The Skinny version is to cut the dressing down from 4 tbsp to 2tbsp and swap for more citrus or vinegar or pickle juice. You may want to add a few dashes of salt as well.
Spicy Broccoli Slaw
(as pictured above with the beyond burger)
1 bag organic broccoli slaw
1tbsp apple cider vinegar or pickle juice
4 tbsp Tessemae's Habanro Ranch dressing
add a dash of salt and pepper then mix and refrigerate overnight
To make the meal prepare a beyond burger as suggested and place it on top 4 leaves of red bib lettuce. Then sprinkle with a tbsp feta and top with a bread n butter pickle (or regular pickle if you prefer). This meal is approximately 375cal and very satisfying.
Spicy Cilantro Lime Coleslaw
1 bag of organic coleslaw
1 bag organic baby peppers
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1 lime cut into slices then squeezed into the mixture
2- 4 tbsp Tessemae's Habanro Ranch dressing
I love serving this with chicken breast seasoned with cumin that has been baked in the oven and shredded with 1/4 cup of rice.
To meal prep this flavorful meal use 1 pound organic chicken and 1 cup rice or quinoa.
I would love to hear and variations you come up with from this post or your meal prep ideas.