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Week 3 Meal Prep

This week I took a recipe from the Budget Bytes playbook! If you haven’t already seen her website, go check it out for more meal prep inspiration!

For lunch I cooked up a traditional Mexican vegetable casserole, followed by a traditional Indian dish Chana Saag, and then a show-stopping loaf or two of my all-time favorite bread challah. In addition to the Chana Saag, I also made my own Naan, which was surprisingly delicious.

As of updating this post on 10/10/17, I can still say that this was my favorite meal prep week to date! None of the dishes disappointed.
Read my review about how Week 3’s meals held up!

week 3 finished product

In case you don’t want to click on each recipe individually, all the ingredients you’ll need to make this week’s meal prep are below:

64% Carbs
19%Protein
17% Fat











Ingredients Amount Cost (USD) Protein (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) Calories (kcal)
Water 2.5 cup $- 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Active Dry Yeast 1 packet $0.33 3g 3g 0g 21 cal
Honey 0.5 tbsp $0.11 0g 9g 0g 30 cal
Vegetable Oil 4 tbsp $0.21 0g 0g 54g 520 cal
Eggs 4 egg $0.43 25g 2g 20g 288 cal
Salt 1 tsp $0.01 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Flour 8 cup $0.74 96g 704g 0g 3520 cal
Small Corn Tortillas 12 tortilla $0.75 12g 120g 9g 540 cal
Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1.5 cup $1.64 48g 6g 27g 420 cal
Zucchini 1 zucchini $1.00 2g 6g 1g 40 cal
Black Beans 3.5 cup $1.58 49g 133g 7g 770 cal
Corn 1 cup $0.45 4g 22g 1g 160 cal
Diced Green Chiles 8 tbsp $0.89 0g 4g 0g 40 cal
Green Onion 4 green onion $0.34 4g 8g 0g 20 cal
Cilantro 3 leaf $0.30 0g 0g 0g 3 cal
Salt 6 tsp $0.07 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Vegetable Oil 2 tbsp $0.10 0g 0g 27g 260 cal
Chili Powder 6 tsp $0.64 2g 9g 3g 48 cal
Flour 0.125 cup $0.01 2g 11g 0g 55 cal
Water 2 cup $- 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Tomato Paste 2.7 tbsp $0.21 2g 8g 0g 41 cal
Cumin 0.5 tsp $0.05 0g 0g 0g 4 cal
Garlic Powder 0.5 tsp $0.05 0g 1g 0g 5 cal
Cayenne Pepper 0.25 tsp $0.03 0g 0g 0g 2 cal
Light Sour Cream 3 tbsp $0.32 3g 3g 4g 60 cal
Pico de Gallo 20 tbsp $2.99 0g 40g 0g 100 cal
Vegetable Oil 1 tbsp $0.05 0g 0g 14g 130 cal
Onion 1 onion $1.00 2g 14g 0g 44 cal
Fresh Garlic 2 clove $0.07 0g 2g 0g 8 cal
Fresh Ginger 2 inch $0.40 0g 0g 0g 30 cal
Curry Powder 1 tbsp $0.13 1g 3g 1g 18 cal
Cumin 1 tsp $0.11 0g 1g 0g 8 cal
Salt 0.75 tsp $0.01 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Tomato 5 tomato $1.45 5g 10g 5g 175 cal
Frozen Chopped Spinach 4 cup $0.99 8g 12g 0g 80 cal
Chickpeas 4.5 cup $2.09 54g 162g 18g 990 cal
Full Fat Coconut Milk 1.5 cup $1.69 6g 6g 66g 660 cal
Water 0.5 cup $- 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Active Dry Yeast 1 packet $0.33 3g 3g 0g 21 cal
Sugar 1 tsp $0.00 0g 4g 0g 15 cal
Water 0.5 cup $- 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Flour 3 cup $0.28 36g 264g 0g 1320 cal
Salt 1 tsp $0.01 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Olive Oil 4 tbsp $0.40 0g 0g 54g 480 cal
Plain Yogurt 0.33 cup $0.50 4g 6g 0g 40 cal
Eggs 1 egg $0.11 6g 0g 5g 72 cal
Total - - $22.87 377g 1575g 317g 11037 cal
Total/Day – – $3.73 46g 156g 42g 1197 cal
Total/Meal — — $0.45 7g 31g 6g 216 cal

All together the Challah made 30 servings (1-inch slices), the Naan made 10 servings of 2 pieces each, the casserole made 6 servings, and the chana saag made 5 servings. In total, this cost $22.87 dollars to make or about $3.73 dollars/day.