5.18.20 Meal Prep Monday

They say that if you wait until you’re absolutely ready to start something, you’ll never start because you’re never going to feel absolutely ready. So here I am! Not feeling ready, but going to do the thing anyway.

I’m an avid home cook and baker, but what really brought me back to my love for cooking after a bit of a break was starting to meal prep. Every weekend I make my plan, make my grocery list, go to the store, and set myself up for a great week. Now that we’re all in quarantine, I’ve had a lot more time to meal prep and I’m not constrained to re-heating food in the microwave every day. I’ve taken full advantage of that this week with my delicious spread of chicken, flatbread, hummus, roasted veg, and a tangy, yogurt-y dip. It’s easy to mix and match, cooked up super quickly, and I’m truly excited to eat it all week. Check out the components below:

  • homemade flatbread – just flattened out some pizza dough and cooked it up in my cast iron pan with some oil until golden brown and a bit crunchy
  • chicken – marinade recipe below, but I switched up from my usual cooking method by starting in a pan to get a bit browned then switching to the oven until fully cooked. so juicy and flavorful!
  • homemade hummus topped with a bit of oil and za’atar
  • roasted zucchini and carrots topped with some scallions, bc I put scallion on everything
  • tangy yogurt sauce – just plain greek yogurt, tons of lemon juice, salt, cumin, and some dried basil. it’s perfect with the chicken!

Lemon & Za’atar Chicken


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 C oil, I used olive oil but veg would work too
  • 1/4 C lemon juice, from ~1 lemon
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 T za’atar, or use any spice mix you have
  • heavy pinch of salt
  • pepper

What to do

  1. make marinade by mixing together all ingredients, either in a medium bowl or quart sized bag
  2. add chicken to the marinade for at least 1 hour or up to overnight
  3. heat pan over medium high heat and prehead oven to 425*. add chicken to pan and let cook until the first side is slightly browned. flip, and continue cooking until browned on the second side
  4. move pan into oven if oven safe, or move chicken to a lined pan. bake chicken about 20 minutes, or until it has an internal temp of 165*
  5. let chicken rest for at least 10 mins, then cut and enjoy!

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