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Grocery Haul # 1: Healthy lunch prep for under $20.00

September 10, 2015

I'm starting a new series of "grocery haul" posts. I am going to show you how it can be pretty easy to eat healthy and do meal prep without taking too much time out of your weekend or free time, or spending too much money! Time and money constraints seem to be the #1 issues people have with eating healthy consistently (or at least what people have told me since I've been a trainer). So I'm on a mission to help people realise they actually can eat healthy without too much hassle and expense. And it doesn't have to be fitspo goji berry chia layered complicated puddings. We can make easy, simple and delicious foods and meal prep can be pretty straight forward and basic.

Yesterday (Sunday) I went to the shops with one goal/experiment in mind: to return with enough ingredients to make a few meals (lunches) for the week, and to see if I could keep it under $20.00. I didn’t really think it was possible to grocery shop for meal prep and spend that little. ! I returned home with enough to make an enormous salad to have for 4 lunches!  Spent just over $17.00 on a kilo of mince Turkey, two types of lettuce, 3 tomatoes, a can of corn kernels, and an onion. (I already had the kidney beans, a pack of taco seasoning and a couple lemons at home.)

Here is what I made:

My turkey bean taco salad

Not only is this recipe very affordable but it's also easy to make, inexpensive and high in protein.


1kg Turkey mince
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can of kidney beans
1 small Iceberg lettuce and 1 small cos lettuce roughly shredded/or chopped
3 tomatoes chopped
1 red onion thinly sliced
1 can of corn kernels
Jalapeños to taste (optional)
Light shredded cheese to sprinkle on top
Dressing: equal parts lime or lemon and olive oil mixed together with salt and pepper

Fry up the Turkey mince in the taco seasoning
Let it cool and mix in the kidney beans.
Mix in all other ingredients except the dressing and cheese
To finish add the dressing and toss. Then sprinkle with grated cheese.

I divided my servings in individual servings and this made me 4 lunches! I also have some more carbs with this on training days, whether it's rice or sweet potatoes etc.

There are SO many meal prep options that can be created from healthy and simple staples, and shopping for staples simply forces you to work within your means and be creative with what you cook!




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