Friday, March 6, 2009

Planning Ahead Grilled Chicken

Planning your meals is half the battle when you are dieting. For me, it is so important to have quick meals and snacks that are high in protein. I try to have protein with every meal and every snack. To make this easier, I plan ahead. Here is one thing I do:

This week I found boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale for $1.69/pound. I bought about 20 pounds and put 10 of it in the freezer for later use. I had two packets of McCormick Grill Mates in the zesty herb flavor so I prepared those marinades in two separate gallon size Ziploc bag. I then separated the chicken evenly into the two bags, massaged the bag to cover the chicken with the marinade, and then put them in the fridge for an hour.

After the chicken was marinated, I grilled it all up in a couple batches.

After the chicken was all grilled up I let it cool on a plate so that it would be easier to handle.

Then I sliced up most of the chicken breasts and put serving size portions in snack size bags. I didn't count, but I had probably 30 serving size bags.

I then put the small bags into a labeled gallon size freezer bag.

I also cut some of the breasts in half to make a serving size. A serving size of chicken should be the size of a deck of cards. The chicken breasts I purchased were easily 2 servings per peice. I put 2 halves in sandwich bags and then place all of the sandwich bags in a labeled gallon sized bag for the freezer.

So, now I have a bunch of sliced chicken for wraps, salads, pasta, or for whatever I want. I also have some bigger chicken peices to have with veggies and brown rice for dinner. All I have to do is take it out of the freezer, microwave it and I'm all set!

Here is a printable menu planner from Chart Jungle to plan out your week. Hang it on the fridge for quick reference.

1 comment:

  1. mmm..this looks good. I love having grilled chicken. And i never want to buy that pre-grilled stuff from CostCo cuz it's too pricey! I will have to do this!


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