Meal Planning For Broke College Students (Week 1)

After a couple of attempts, I FINALLY am able to share my first meal plan with you! I’m so proud to say that I made five nutritional meals for this week with just under $20 (The ingredients can be split into 6 or 7 meals if you wanted, but I only had 5 Tupperware holders:) If you are the type to eat out every day, $20 could only get you as far as MAYBE three meals, so with meal planning you are getting almost TWICE that!

This recipe is super simple, just make sure you are getting your greens for the day with a green smoothie either for breakfast or before your workout. It is a little time consuming, so give yourself at least two hours to make everything!

Recipe:

  • 5 boneless-skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 3 cups of black beans
  • Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper
  • chicken stock (if you have it)
  • mesquite seasoning (if you have it)

Directions:

Set oven to 350 degrees

Place the chicken on a cutting board and cover each piece (Quarter size) in olive oil. Season with either salt and pepper or mesquite seasoning.

2. Place a pan on the stove and set it to high heat. After it is hot, place the raw chicken onto the pan and just sear until there is a nice golden brown on each side. Don’t worry about cooking it all the way through.

3. Place the half- cooked chicken onto a new pan, and place into the oven for 30 minutes.  (Depending on the size of the chicken breasts, you may have to cook it for longer. If they are small chicken breasts, check on them after 10 minutes by cutting into the thickest part of the breast and seeing if it is pink in the middle.

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4. While the chicken is cooking, measure out 3 cups water (or chicken stock) into a large pot and bring to a rolling boil. (If you have chicken stock cubes or something of the like put it in now). After the water comes to a boil put the rice in and stir a few times. Turn the heat down to a low simmer and cover the pot with a lid. Let the rice sit for 45 minutes while stirring occasionally. (Make sure to set a timer.)

5. As the rice cooks, it should now be time to check on the chicken. If at the thickest part it still seems to be pink then cook longer in 8 min. increments.

6. After the chicken is done, chop each breast into bite size pieces, evenly separating them into your Tupperware. (This is where you can even split the ingredients into a 6th or 7th meal.)

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7. While the rice continues to cook, pour beans into small pot and heat until warm. Add salt to your taste. Then evenly place the beans into the Tupperware.

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8. Once all the water is absorbed in the rice and is cooked all the way through place the rice evenly into each Tupperware bin.

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9. There you go! Now you have 5 (if not 6 or 7) healthy nutritious meals for your week. Just set in the fridge until you need them and then reheat whenever you are ready to eat!

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