Does meal prep ever become daunting? In my years serving home cooked meals to my family, occasionally I’ve fallen into some of the same comfort zones rather than branching out. Taco night and frozen pizzas are two solid staples in our home, for example. Thankfully, in the last year, my husband and I discovered a meal prep app that gave us the chance to, literally, spice up our menu.
Mealime is a free app available on Apple or Android devices that takes meal prep one glorious step further. Instead of simply providing users with meal ideas, it facilitates getting those ingredients right to your front door.
Here’s a brief run-through:
Browse Mealime’s vast selection of meals, selecting your week’s menu from spiced honey chicken with sauteed snap peas, carrots, and cabbage to roasted salmon and asparagus with balsamic-butter sauce.
When you build your meal plan, the entire list of ingredients will automatically flood onto your grocery list. You can customize this list to fit your pantry.
Choose your method of delivery between Walmart, Instacart, or Amazon Fresh, and get your groceries in a matter of hours!
Since I’ve had the chance to sample several of the recipes offered on Mealime, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. I particularly appreciate the emphasis on a healthy balance of vegetables, grains, and proteins. I love being able to serve my family recipes with a twist that still provide a bounty of nutrients.
Seared Chicken Breast with Green Beans and Sauteed Mushrooms
Cook Time: 45 minutes
1.5 lbs chicken breasts
4 cloves garlic
1.5 lbs green beans
1 lb white mushrooms
Combine trimmed and quartered mushrooms and shallots into medium bowl. Add pressed or minced garlic. Preheat skillet to medium heat. Slice chicken horizontally and season with salt and pepper. Add butter to skillet and cook each chicken fillet until golden brown.
Bring a saucepan half full of water to boil. Add green beans and cook until bright green, three to four minutes. Juice a lemon into a small bowl. Remove chicken from skillet and add shallots, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook 5-7 minutes. Add lemon and additional butter to skillet. Cook until veggies are golden.
Steak with Roasted New Potatoes and Sugar Snap Peas
Cook Time: 35 minutes
1.5 lbs new potatoes
1.5 lbs ribeye steak
1 (8 oz) package sugar snap peas
Extra virgin olive oil
Virgin coconut oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Quarter potatoes and transfer to baking sheet. Sprinkle olive oil, salt, and pepper atop potatoes, then spread them in a single layer. Roast 20 to 25 minutes, turning them halfway. Add sugar snap peas halfway through the cooking time.
Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Generously season steak with salt and pepper. Add coconut oil to skillet and cook steak, rotating it every half a minute or so.
(One of my favorite ways to cook a mouth-watering steak in a skillet is taught by Gordon Ramsay in this video.)
Cheesy Penne with Zucchini, Corn and Basil
Cook Time: 35 minutes
2 small packages of fresh basil
1 cup frozen corn
2 cloves garlic
⅔ (8 oz) block mozzarella cheese
2 oz Parmesan cheese
12 oz penne pasta
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 medium yellow onion
2 medium zucchini squashes
Crushed red pepper
Boil water in large pot, then add salt and penne for eight to 10 minutes. Drain pasta and set aside.
Heat large skillet over medium. Add oil, diced onion and garlic until softened. Add frozen corn, zucchini and spices. Increase heat and stir frequently until vegetables are soft and golden. Reduce to simmer and add tomato sauce for three to four minutes.
Add sauce, veggies, grated parmesan and mozzarella, and diced basil leaves to pot with cooked pasta. Stir and serve.
What’s your favorite meal prep tool?
I’ve given you a look into my favorite meal prep app Mealime, but what about you? Do you have a tool that helps save the family money, helps you achieve your health goals, or just makes cooking in the kitchen more fun? You’ve seen what steps our family has taken to shake up the menu. What steps will you take this week to create a simple change of pace?
Neither I nor Home Reserve received any type of incentive or compensation for reviewing the Mealime app. This article is meant for informational purposes only. The recipes listed above come directly from the Mealime app recipe database. For more delicious meal prep ideas, download Mealime on your Apple or Android device.
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