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Week 8 Meal Prep

This week I decided to play around with my meal planning excel spreadsheet and add macros into my calculations! It took a while to consolidate the protein/carbs/fats for all my ingredients (and some remain only internet-based estimations), but over time as I buy the ingredients again I will be sure to update. Regardless, it’s been fun seeing the general breakdown of my macros and becoming aware of the fact that I have been carboloading without even realizing it!

With my new macros built-in, I went full-force in an attempt to round-out my meals. Therefore, I made a chicken-based dish, sweet and sour chicken that was relatively high in protein despite it being rice-based. For lunch, I whipped up zucchini boats with a side of cole slaw. While the chicken and zucchini boats were definitely recommendable, however, the cole slaw was a complete and utter failure. Maybe my tastebuds were just too sweet from all the Halloween candy this week, but I ended up throwing most of it out after lunch.

Click here to read my review about how each dish held up over the course of the week!

week 8 finished product

60% Carbs
14% Fat

Ingredients Amount Cost (USD) Protein (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) Calories (kcal)
TJ Lettuce Mix 6 cup $1.99 3g 18g 0g 90 cal
TJ Broccoli Slaw 4 cup $1.99 8g 20g 0g 100 cal
Lemon 0.5 lemon $0.25 0g 3g 0g 9 cal
Celery Seed 1 tsp $0.30 0g 1g 1g 8 cal
Salt 2 tsp $0.02 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Pepper 2 tsp $0.06 0g 0g 0g 2 cal
Raisins 0.25 cup $0.29 1g 32g 0g 120 cal
White Wine Vinegar 5 tbsp $0.35 0g 0g 0g 25 cal
Sugar 3 tsp $0.01 0g 13g 0g 45 cal
Mayonnaise 12 tbsp $1.40 0g 24g 18g 240 cal
Chicken Breast 26 oz $4.76 143g 0g 16g 715 cal
Shredded Carrots 6 oz $1.66 2g 16g 0g 70 cal
Crushed Pineapple 2.25 cup $1.39 5g 90g 0g 315 cal
Soy Sauce 5 tbsp $1.00 5g 5g 0g 75 cal
Rice Vinegar 2 tbsp $0.33 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Onion 1 onion $1.00 2g 14g 0g 44 cal
Green Bell Peppers 1 pepper $0.89 1g 7g 0g 33 cal
Green Onion 3 green onion $0.26 3g 6g 0g 15 cal
Fresh Garlic 3 clove $0.10 1g 3g 0g 12 cal
Fresh Ginger 0.25 inch $0.05 0g 0g 0g 4 cal
Brown Rice 2 cup $1.33 32g 296g 8g 1360 cal
Vegetable Oil 2 tbsp $0.10 0g 0g 27g 260 cal
Salt 3 tsp $0.04 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Pepper 3 tsp $0.08 0g 0g 0g 3 cal
Zucchini 3 zucchini $2.99 7g 18g 2g 120 cal
Yellow Squash 2 squash $2.29 5g 13g 1g 140 cal
Olive Oil 2 tbsp $0.20 0g 0g 27g 240 cal
Salt 5 tsp $0.06 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Pepper 5 tsp $0.14 0g 0g 0g 5 cal
Tomato 2 tomato $0.58 2g 4g 2g 70 cal
Hummus 2 tbsp $0.25 2g 6g 5g 80 cal
Panko 0.5 cup $0.31 3g 24g 1g 110 cal
Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce 1.5 cup $1.00 6g 30g 15g 270 cal
Red Onion 0.5 onion $0.50 1g 6g 0g 25 cal
Basil 1 tsp $0.20 0g 0g 0g 2 cal
Light Shredded Cheese 10 oz $3.33 50g 0g 30g 450 cal
Total - - $31.49 281g 649g 152g 5056 cal
Total/Day – – $6.30 56g 130g 30g 1011 cal
Total/Meal — — $3.15 28g 65g 15g 506 cal

Each day I ate one meal of sweet and sour chicken as well as one meal of zucchini boats with a side of cole slaw. In total, that was 1011 calories, 56 grams of protein, 130 grams of carbs, and 30 grams of fat. In other words, as a percentage of total calories eaten, I ate 60% carbs, 26% protein, and 14% fat.

Unfortunately, this week was definitely more expensive than I expected it to be. It cost about $6.30 per day or $3.15 dollars per meal. While the sweet and sour chicken was the most expensive meal, the cole slaw ended up being a much more expensive side dish than my typical homemade bread, so I think that is what pushed the price up.