5 Days Of Meal Prep | Try Living With Lucie | Refinery29

I'm Lizzy Fink and this is five days of meal prep hey guys it's me happy 2018 welcome back to try living with Lucy if you're new to our YouTube channel I promise you we are so fun so informative and so entertaining so you should probably click right here to subscribe and if you're a returning subscriber then welcome back and please give this video a thumbs up it's 2018 and I know that a new year always seems to bring that urge to start taking control of your life and in my case to start really being an adult because I am one so I need to be one and for me a major new year's resolution was to start a meal prepping before this week meal prep looked kind of like this to me I love you too so this weekend I spent a ton of time planning and organizing and then I went out to buy the ingredients for five days of five servings of food so for each of the days this week I've made breakfast lunch a snack dinner and dessert yesterday on Sunday was my full meal prep day so I spent three hours right there in my kitchen preparing everything for the week ahead and here is what I made chia seed pudding for breakfast burrito bowls with a ton of fresh veggies for lunch roasted and seasoned sweet potato fries and chickpeas as a snack vegetable noodles with basil pesto cherry tomatoes and shrimp for dinner and chocolate chip peanut butter chickpea bars for dessert yes chickpea don't worry because each day in this video as I go through five days of eating the meal prep foods I'm gonna focus on one of the meals so either breakfast lunch the snack dinner or dessert so that I can break down the full recipe for you and then also break down my strategy behind everything I got all of my meal ideas this week from chef and cooking instructor ELISA Gagarin who is a meal prepping goddess through my experience I've learned all the do's and don'ts of meal prep and have gathered my top tips for Lizzy's meal prep new so tip number one is it's all about strategy the total cost of meal prep cook for one person for a week's worth of food is approximately $100 depending on what you choose I spent one hundred and seven dollars total on all of the ingredients yesterday which if you divide by five days and five servings of food a day comes to four dollars and 28 cents per dish pretty good overall my first day of eating the meal prep foods went quite swimmingly if I do say so myself I ate my first breakfast chia seed pudding this morning which was delicious I brought all of my lunch bowls to the office and I stored them in the refinery29 fridge dinner was so easy to compile because all of the individual pieces were in their own containers and dessert was obviously delicious because it's dessert so as I said because I'm focusing on one meal a day today I'm Monday I'm focusing on my breakfast here is how I made that chia seed pudding I mix four cups of coconut milk with one cup of chia seeds add in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a drizzle of maple syrup and then I cut up different types of fruits to make different topping so that each day would have a bit of a different flavor then I poured them into individual mason jars sealed them and line them up in my fridge for the week and drew my cameraman gave the pudding his final stamp of approval by actually licking the remainders of it from the bowl it was good today I'm sharing the recipe for my lunch burrito bowls if you've chosen any recipes with avocados here's a pro tip for you buy avocados of different ripeness one that's right to use now one that will ripen in a couple days and one that has the entire week to be ripe so that by Friday or Saturday it's perfect verbal walk following Alyssa's recipe I made a giant pot of rice seasoned out the raw chicken with salt pepper paprika and other spices chopped up some vegetables like romaine purple cabbage and fresh tomatoes and then popped open a can of black beans and corn once everything was done cooking I assembled the burrito bowls into five separate lunch boxes with rice on the bottom and then the vegetables lined up on top in rainbow order I know that was most is the way that it tastes but the fact that it was so beautiful and looks like a rainbow on my plate it didn't hurt at all I am loving these little boxes that I got for lunch this week because they feel really tight to lock in the freshness they're microwavable they're reusable and it's only day two but I'm already starting to notice how meal prep is drastically reducing the amount of waste that I'm creating throughout the day and to make this week even more zero waste friendly I'm using a set of bamboo kitchen utensils that I got from Lauren singers package free shop in Brooklyn hashtag trash is for tossers I'm one of those people who cannot go between lunch and dinner without munching on something so I decided to make a really healthy snack idea this week but to turn it very delicious by adding spices and seasoning to it I got pre-cut sweet potato fries and a couple of cans of chickpeas and I seasoned them both up with olive oil salt garlic powder paprika and more I put them onto separate trays because they needed to cook for different amounts of time at different temperatures that was really tough for me and it was difficult for me to balance the different temperatures with the different cook time so at some point I just put them both into the oven together and decided to eyeball it now this is a very important thing to know about meal prep from the footage that you've seen so far it probably looks like first I whipped up my cheesy pudding and then I made all of the ingredients from my lunch and that I moved on to seasoning my snack you get the drill but the truth is that is not how I did this at all Sunday in my kitchen was a complete and utter whirlwind of chaos I feel like I like a chopped how do we want to chicken house that rights to it ha these chickpeas are roasting that space bracing against I was running around doing six things at once I had the rice on the stove while I see his in the chicken in the shrimp I was roasting up my snacks while I put my chickpea and peanut butter brownies into the food processor a lot of things a lot of moving parts tip number three when you are choosing your recipes for the week think of using multiple cooking methods that utilize various different tools so that you make the most of your time as I was planning my meals for this week actually I took Alyssa's advice to heart and I realized how silly it would be if I chose meals that all use the oven or all needed the stovetop because that would just not be strategic with my time and with my kitchen space my proteins for lunch and dinner were cooked on the stovetop the snacks were roasted in the oven the vegetables didn't need to be cooked at all and my dessert was the only thing that needed a food processor so you see what I did there very smut just had my fourth chia seed pudding cup of the week and they never get old they're so good but it was a little bit extra hungry this morning so I woke up and I popped in oh waffle it was tough picking a dinner recipe for this week because if I know anything about myself it's that I really like diversifying the meals I'm having from one day to the next and the only exception to this rule is pizza because I could literally eat pizza every meal every day forever but sadly I wasn't making pizza this week so that was tough I needed a dinner idea that allowed me to pick and choose different pieces so I could make it differently each night I got a vegetable noodle medley made of sweet potato noodles squash noodles noodles and more I kept them raw so they didn't get soggy I cooked the shrimp with salt pepper and olive oil I made a basil pesto and I have the cherry tomatoes the first night I made this I just tossed all of the ingredients into a pan with olive oil salt and pepper and I saw it up on the second night I changed up the flavor a bit by trying out some different seasoning and spices on top and tonight I was really not in the mood for a hot noodle dish instead I wanted something cold and refreshing like a salad so I kept the noodles raw and crunchy and then instead of the basil pesto I just squeezed some lemon juice on top and it's not just my dinner that I'm doing this with actually yesterday at lunch I wanted to spice up the burrito bowl a little bit so I bought a tortilla and I turned the burrito bowl into an actual burrito and if I learned anything about myself from the experience it's that I cannot roll a burrito for the life of me but I do have to say that turning the bowl into a burrito made the lunch look feel and taste completely different so that was good happy Friday everyone today I'm sharing the recipe for these incredible chocolate chips peanut butter chickpea bars y'all ready for this Dan Anna and then I don't incidents and I said that if you're one of those people who looks at a dessert made of chickpeas and seriously judges it for what it is don't and don't even try to imagine what this tastes like because you just can't until you try it and when you do try it you'll see that it tastes like dessert not chickpeas this is Alyssa's recipe and oh man oh man it was epic I preheat the oven to 350 and then I mixed half a cup of natural peanut butter with one 15 ounce can of drained and rinsed chickpeas I added two tablespoons of maple syrup two tablespoons of honey 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract half a teaspoon of salt 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter teaspoon of baking powder I blended this all up in a food processor until it was smooth and shiny and delicious looking and then I spread it into a baking dish and added chocolate chips on top they baked for 18 minutes exactly and came out perfectly I put them in a Tupperware and I had two rows with a piece of parchment paper in between and then I stored them in the fridge to give them a fudge like consistency and in a few hours I'm gonna have my final serving of dinner and dessert and after that I will have officially eaten all of the meal prep foods that I bought and made this weekend actually taking the plunge and doing this challenge come to my fears about a how long it would take to meal prep everything and B how expensive this would be I actually think I saved money this week now we want to know some of your favorite meal prep recipes and if you've never done this before comment below and let me know if this is something you can see yourself trying I would highly recommend it and as always let me know what you want to see you next time I'm try living with Lucy go Lucy girl Lucy woo if you're looking for more meal prep recipes inspiration or tips find me on instagram subscribe on youtube all Atalissa go garyun or my website add Alyssa Karen comm hey YouTube thanks for watching five days of meal prep click here to watch another video in our channel right here to subscribe to us on YouTube definitely click here and right here from my personal YouTube channel see you next 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  1. What 5 Day Challenge should Lucie try next? Comment below!

  2. Am I supposed to start eating chickpeas now? ;-;

  3. Huh. I meal prep for the week for 2 and it costs me less than $100. This week was around the $65 mark and I thought that was expensive. Usually, it’s more like $55. Guess I’m just cheap. LOL
    I like to make different meals that use mostly the same ingredients. That way we don’t waste food and you buy less groceries. Anyway…
    I’m definitely going to make that chia seed pudding. Sounds amazing. 💕

  4. It's 2019

  5. Why are your eyes perfect circles

  6. This is the most hipster video I have ever stumbled upon on youtube.

  7. If you would do this a full month, you'd pay 400 (!!!!) Dollars per month (weekends excluded). This is definitely too much for almost everyone I know.

  8. I am not going to eat the same meals each and every way.boring!

  9. 4 cups coconut milk
    1 cup chia seeds
    Teaspoon of vanilla extracts
    Drizzle of maple syrup
    Strawberries , raspberries, kiwis, banana

  10. It is

  11. my favourite yet x

  12. My name is Lucy and I'm exactly like you.

  13. I love shrimp but i have no idea how to safely store, defrost and heat it up for meal prep

  14. Where did she get the jars (from the chia seed pudding)

  15. 9:20 ALL THAT SUGAR but still no propper free healthcare 😂😂😂😂😂 get over yourself ‘Merica

  16. I was gonna do this but then I saw the time it took to prepare. screw it , who wants to come to mcdonalds with me?

  17. She’s soooo pretty. She looks like my primary school teacher, who was really nice. She just reminds me of fun and myself. I love this series!

  18. Do u heat ur meal b4 u eat them? Isn't it dangerous?

  19. You're camera man is adorable : )

  20. i dont see a lot of people mentioning this in their video mep, but never put the meal prep in the fridge when its still hot, you want to wait that the food temperature drop down to the room temp and then put them in the fridge otherwise it will fked your food, just think of it as going out naked with a fever.

  21. Amazing video! I would get kind of bored of the same foods! But just my opinion!😊

  22. I ❤️ Chia seed pudding me and my mommy make it together

  23. I could listen to Lucie talking forever

  24. Okay but the thumbnail looked like a ton of kid cuisines

  25. Why are all camera men named Andrew?!😂😂

  26. Did she use absolutely all of the ingredients from the $107?? That does seem pretty high to me, but I haven’t tried meal prepping in that way

  27. By the way you still had a tag on your jacket on Friday

  28. What's the difference between baking soda and baking powder??????

  29. Her teeth are brighter than my future…

  30. also before brexit the amount she spent is the same amount as my family of 5 lol

  31. she be like
    “i’m one of those people who snack between lunch and dinner” ….bro that is every human being 😂 x

  32. Keeping cooked food upto 5 days n eating that seems quite unhealthy to me 🙄

  33. I ❤ ya! Your so funny and beautiful❤

  34. 5 days of zero waste or five days of being more generous 🧬

  35. i love this pleassss do it next time

  36. Happy 2019!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳

  37. Her eyes are bigger than all of our futures TF

  38. I did this meal prep but failed to put the food in rainbow order and it tasted like shit.

  39. I would seriously just meal prep pizza and Mac n cheese

  40. Who is now watching in 2019?

  41. umm i know this is dumb but how do you keep your protein fresh like the chicken??

  42. 100$ is a lot for five days Refinery.

  43. That's alot of money for just one week….

  44. 5 days Zero waste

  45. I used to love zoodles until one night I had them for dinner and I got a stomach bug and threw it all up I can never eat them again it was “ scaring “ . Lol 😆

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