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In this weekly series, “Meal Prep Friday,” I want to show you how do-able it is to eat healthfully throughout the week with wholesome meals if you put a little effort into planning and prepping in advance. I will share with you my weekly “game plan,” my purchases at the store, and any helpful tricks and tips I’ve learned along the way. Let’s get cookin’! 

This week was a continuation of my mission to clean out my pantry and freezer. Like I had mentioned, I’m pretty good about stocking up but terrible at using up my purchases. That’s def not smart shopping! So, just like last week, only the basic essentials came home with me (and yes, those TJ’s Triple Ginger Snaps are a necessity). It turns out I had enough food in my arsenal to last me through these last two weeks.

Meal Prep Friday 5.1.15

 Total: $46.80

As usual,

Meal Prep - MJ and Hungryman

Weekly Meals

Overnight oats

Overnight oats = the perfect grab-n-go breakfast. Now that the weather is in the 90s, it’s time to bring these guys back into my routine. I normally like to add equal parts old-fashioned oats and milk (I used coconut milk) + 1/2 banana + 1 teaspoon chia seeds. I’ve found that the banana sweetens the mixture just enough, so that when I add the toppings in the morning (usually fruits & nuts), it doesn’t become overly sweet.

Meal Prep Friday 5.1.15

You know the drill by now. If you are new to this series, every week all the prepped veggies get thrown into a giant bowl to make a hearty and nutritious salad. No matter how hectic your weekdays may be, you, too, can enjoy a nourishing meal like this if you invest some time to prep ahead!

Crunchy Asian Soba Noodles in Almond Butter Sauce

The Hungryman wanted to take a break from the Mason jar salads, so I made him Asian soba noodle salad in almond butter sauce. While going through my pantry, I marveled at how much Asian noodles I  had on hand! I mean 3 soba noodle packages?!? I won’t even start with the rice noodles.

To the salad, I added the roasted pork that I made and froze last week. Apparently, I didn’t do a good job of mixing all the ingredients together, as the Hungryman didn’t hesitate to let me know in his text – “there were 2 pieces of pork in my lunch today! (insert angry face emoji)” Oops…sorry?

Shrimp Stir Fry

I got home pretty late on Wednesday, and while I was super tempted just to eat a bowl of cereal and call it a night, the Hungryman would have none of it. So I threw in some broccoli, sugar snap peas and shrimp (frozen and thawed) onto a baking sheet (followed this recipe). After about 20 minutes, we sat down to a meal that was much.much more nutritious than cereal. Again, I can’t remember when I had purchased this shrimp, but I asked myself what I was thinking at the time. I mean could they be any smaller?

Caramelized Apple and Onion Pesto Pizza

I also came across this jar of pesto and quinoa (yes, one of my impulse purchases) that was tucked away in the dark corner of my pantry as well as a frozen whole wheat dough from Trader Joe’s…and so this pizza was born. Whenever I make homemade pizza (Bulgogi Kimchi Pizza, Vegetarian Mexican Pizza), I always turn to this dough.

Caramelized Apple and Onion Pesto Pizza

Carmalized onions + apples + pesto + cheddar cheese = oh my heavens!

Caramelized Apple and Onion Pesto Pizza

 Caramelized Apple & Onion Pesto Cheddar Pizza

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium, yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced (I used Fuji)
  • 1/4 cup pesto of choice
  • 1 large prepared pizza crust
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook until caramelized, stirring every 5 minutes, 20-30 minutes until soft and caramelized. Season with salt and pepper and set aside (see note)

Preheat oven to temperature indicated on a pizza crust package.

Wipe skillet clean; add butter and melt over medium heat. Add apple slices and saute for about 10 minutes, or until softened, stirring frequently.

Top pizza crust with pesto, caramelized onions, apples, and shredded cheese in that order. Bake for time indicated on package or until cheese has melted.

Note: To shorten cooking time, caramelize the onions ahead of time. You can even prepare them in a slow cooker.

Adapted from Oh My Veggies

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Caramelized apple and onion pesto pizza-3

While fresh pizza always tastes the best, we enjoyed it a couple of days later (surprisingly, toasted quite beautifully in our toaster oven) with a random side of veggies + hummus.

I still have a lot of food in my pantry that I can use for the upcoming weeks, but I’ve made a big enough dent in my stash that I don’t feel too guilty now. Time to go shopping! JK…or am I? 😉 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a Cabot Cheese Creamery Cookbook + a cheesy-licious package! The giveaway ends this Sunday.

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Questions

  • Are you a food hoarder like me?
  • Do you examine what’s in your pantry before you go shopping?
  • Whatcha making this weekend?

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About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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9 Comments

  1. Hi, I just found your blog today. Oh yum! I want to try SO many of your recipes.
    Thank you for sharing

    P.S. I love your sense of humor and your writing style!

    1. Aww you just made me blush 😉 Thank you for your kind words, Susie! Hope you have a blessed weekend!

  2. Hi Min!

    I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and I’m so happy that I did! I’m heading to school this fall to pursue my MPH/RD and I’ve enjoyed reading through your archives and learning more about your path to become an RD.

    I am really impressed with your meal-prep and I’m super inspired to do a better job of planning my meals for the week. Thanks for sharing – and that pizza looks ah-mah-zing!

    Lauren

    1. Hi Lauren! It’s so lovely to connect with you ;).

      I just checked out your website, and I’ll need to spend much.much more time browsing through all your previous posts. Your writing is wonderful and the pictures are gorgeous! Congratulations on getting into the program! Seattle is such a beautiful city. I look forward to following your journey ;).

      1. Thank you, Min! 🙂 I’m looking forward to digging through your archives as well!

  3. I need that pizza in my life! Another impressive week for you! Hope you enjoy your weekend 🙂

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Yes yes make this pizza. It’s super easy to make and oh-so- yummy!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!!

  4. Everything looks amazing. And I so need to do this as we are moving in less than 2 months and I still have a pantry full to the brim! 😉

    1. Oh wow sounds like we are on the same boat here. We are also moving!! We are hoping to get our house on the market at the end of this month. Yes, my pantry is out of control…