FAMILY Meal Prep for the Week! Mexican Casserole, Turkey Burger Buffet & Lunch Kits!

(upbeat music) – Hey munchies, welcome new and old. I am so happy to have you here. We have waited months for the next launch of our comprehensive
course, Meal Prep Ignite. And I have good news, it’s back. So many of you have emailed me asking when you can enroll next,
and the time is now. From today for one week
only enrollment is open. If you don’t know, my
Meal Prep Ignite course is a comprehensive course to teach you how to meal prep for your lifestyle. We did the first launch back in April, and since then, we have
learned what our students liked and what they wanted more of and added to the course for you all today. So many people said
they wanted more family meal prep content, so we added
that in the form of videos, recipes, and inspiration pamphlets. We have also added additional
meal prep video examples and simplified our Meal Prep Ignite system so it can be universally
applied, whether you’re prepping for one person or for a family of people. If you’ve already enrolled,
then you have access to all of the changes, but
if not, now is your time. And we are doing a special
back to school discount for this launch only. You can learn all about
it at But it is seriously only open
until August 9th of this year. If you miss out, then that is it. We are not planning on opening
enrollment again until 2019. So if you want it, get it now. To celebrate and be
excited about this launch, I am sharing a family meal
prep with you all today, and I used my Meal Prep Ignite system, which I also updated and
simplified, to plan it out. It’s a step by step system to
take you from knowing nothing about what you’re going to eat next week to figuring out what you’re going to make and how you’re going to do it efficiently to save you time and money. This example prep is for a family of four, two kids and two adults
for four days of the week. It can be more manageable sometimes when prepping for a family
to not do the weekends so there’s less planning,
and maybe you buy or have a work or school
lunch once a week, a family dinner out, whatever it may be. The menu for this family meal
prep is self-prep breakfast. One of the new concepts I introduce in the updated family meal
prep section of the course is an inspiration pamphlet with ideas for things that you can have ready that your family members
can make themselves. Today you’ll see DIY instant oatmeal, toast options, and cereal with fruit. For lunch, we’ve got tuna
salad pitas and/or salads and squash and chicken sausage bowls. For dinners, we have a Mexican
casserole and salad bar as well as a turkey burger
bar with roasted veggies. And of course, we can’t forget
snacks for the munchies. Get it, munchies like you’re hungry but also munchie like
you, the mind over munch? (beep) For the DIY instant oatmeal,
I combine quick cooking oats, oat flour, cinnamon, and
salt in a large container. Mix to combine. When you’re ready to eat,
simply get about a half cup of the mixture, add a cup of water, and cook over the stove
or in the microwave for two to three minutes. The oat flour is optional,
but it actually helps make the mixture a little creamier. Having this bulk buddy ready makes it easy for any family member to
grab their own breakfast and prep it themselves, and it saves money from buying those instant packets. And not to mention, reduces waste. You could of course portion
out the oats in advance if you want to cut down on an extra step, which could be helpful
depending on how old your smaller family members are. I’m also making sure to have available bread for toast with topping options. In the pamphlet, I give a whole chart with fun toast combination options, but you could do anything. Coconut butter with banana,
cashew butter with blueberries and cacao nibs, or avocado
smashed with lime juice and salt. Making sure that the
ingredients are accessible to your family will be
the key to getting them to prep items on their own. And last but not least,
some cereal with fruit. I’ve got a video sharing tips for making healthier cereal choices,
and I’ve also included a guide for what to look for in the Meal Prep Ignite course as well. Breakfast is served, or, well prepped so that everyone else
can serve themselves. You get it. I’m starting my first lunch
with a tuna salad base. I start with canned tuna
and then add diced celery, red onion, parsley, dill, Greek yogurt, or you could use mayo although it’s not as meal prep friendly,
whole grain mustard, lemon juice, and a pinch of black pepper. You could make any tuna salad you prefer, or maybe your family prefers
salmon to tuna, whatever works. For meal prepping, I’m making
salad and sandwich kits. I add the tuna salad to containers and for the adults, add
salads using spinach and microgreens with a lemon wedge. Baby carrots with nut butter
on the side for dipping, and a squeeze fruit pack for
some extra nutrition and bulk. For kids, I’ve got that
tuna salad, baby carrots with nut butter, the squeeze fruit pack, and instead of the salad,
I’m adding a pita pocket. These kids are ready to go. This keeps the contents separate and fresh and makes for a fun DIY
lunch experience, too. My second lunch is a squash
and chicken apple sausage bowl. I love the Meal Prep Ignite system, because it makes it super easy to plan out different meals for the week if you don’t want to eat
the same thing every day. And it shares tons of
tips so that you don’t have to eat leftovers
if you don’t want to. For the second lunch, I’m
using the same components to change just a few things
for the kid and adult meals. First, I roast up butternut
squash with a little avocado oil, salt, and pepper. (upbeat music) I also chop up some chicken apple sausage. For the kids, I skewer the
sausage with blackberries. Food on a stick is just more enticing. When the butternut
squash is out of the oven and cool enough to handle, I combine that with some fresh blueberries
and slivered almonds. (upbeat music) For the kids’ lunches, I add
the butternut squash mixture and skewers to containers. For the adults bowls,
I add some additional chopped chicken apple sausage to the butternut squash mixture. I fill their containers
with cooked cauliflower rice and the butternut squash mix on top. That is an easy prep that
required the same foods, but we end up with
different food experiences, and that is what it’s all about. I also have some celery with guac packs to add to the adult meals. Premade guac packs can be more expensive than making your own guac,
depending on where you live, but for meal prep, they
can be really great because your guac isn’t going
to go bad or turn in color and it’s pre-portioned. You can of course portion
out your guac the day of if you aren’t a fan. Lunches are done. (techno music) Okay, onto dinners. We are starting with a
Mexican lasagna casserole that I am going to make a day ahead. In a skillet, I cook onion and bell pepper in a little oil until softened. Add lean ground beef,
or you could use turkey or anything else, and
cook through completely. Add chili powder, salsa,
and diced tomatoes. Stir and remove from
the heat and set aside. Separately, I mix together
drained and rinsed black beans, corn, olives, and some green onion. (upbeat music) In a large baking dish, I place a few tortillas on the bottom. Use corn, wheat, gluten free, or whatever works for your family. I add half of that beef
mixture followed by half of the bean mixture and
some shredded cheese. Repeat those layers until
you’ve got two, of course topping it off with that cheese. Save for up to a day before
baking, or bake immediately. I’m storing this overnight
so that I can have a fresh-cooked meal on Monday
with leftovers Wednesday, but it is your call. This can also be frozen once it’s cooked. I am prepping salad bar
ingredients to go with it. Use any ingredients that
your family will eat. A salad bar is a fun way to DIY dinner and encourage everyone to
eat a few more vegetables, not to mention it requires no cooking and is super easy to throw together. Tomorrow night, Monday
for me, I just throw the casserole into the oven
and put all of the salad bar ingredients on the table,
and dinner is served. That Mexican casserole is
freakin’ delicious, too. And the salad bar concept flows right into our second dinner, which is a burger bar. So in the updated course
content for Meal Prep Ignite, I also added an entire
pamphlet with buffet family-style meal ideas. This burger bar is one of them. I get my burgers made on prep day. I mix ground turkey,
Worcestershire, Worshester, Worshe, Wooshter …
– [Camera Man] Worcestershire. – Worcestershire, brown sauce (laughs), parsley, and salt and pep
together and make into patties. Make a slight indent in the center and cook them on the grill or skillet until cooked through, about
five minutes per side. I can store that with the
prepped toppings of my choice. I am also getting some
broccoli and cauliflower ready to go to roast the
day of, and it wouldn’t be a burger bar without
fries, so I am cutting up some sweet potato fries as well. Okay, so bear with me,
but there’s a lot to say about sweet potato fries,
and baked fries in general. First of all, cut potatoes of all types are not great for meal prep. I share this with you in
my Meal Prep Ignite course because I have an entire list sharing the best and worst
foods for meal prepping. Potatoes that are sliced are not ideal. But there are some things you can do. If you are going to cut
sweet potatoes in advance, or any potatoes, submerge them in water, and they’ll last a day or two. So I am only prepping fries for one of the burger bar dinner days. The other, I will cut the day of. Okay, so this meal is prepped. When Tuesday night comes,
I dry out the fries. (upbeat music) Toss them with some oil, salt and pepper, and any seasonings you
like, and then add them to a baking rack on a tray. (upbeat music) I also add those prepped veggies to a tray and toss them with oil and seasonings. (techno music) Into the oven they go,
and in the meantime, I can reheat the burgers
and put out the toppings. I include both buns and lettuce wraps for those who want it protein style and get the table set. And then I’ve got a super
fun dinner experience that’s healthy, veggie inclusive, and family fun for everyone. If you like the bar concept, you will love the other ideas
I have in that pamphlet, a ton of versatile options that you can customize for your family. For a later night dessert, my household loves to keep fruit on hand. I am keeping strawberries whole, because I know thanks to
my best and worst guide that they won’t make it through
the week if they’re sliced. Instead, I simply pop off the stem. This is actually easier
than cutting off the ends and you retain more of
the berry, it’s a win win. I’ve also got cheese
cubes, portioned trail mix, and single serve edamame
ready to go for snacks. For the edamame, I simply
transfer frozen edamame to jars portioned out. This makes them accessible to my family. Then they can just grab
one from the freezer, pop them in the microwave, for a quick protein-packed and nutritious snack. Or you can even just thaw them out in the fridge and eat cold. And that is my family
meal prep for the week. Totally customizable and versatile. It can be completely
gluten free, dairy free, nut free, or whatever your family needs because you can design your own and make the choices
about what ingredients will resonate most and which won’t. The idea isn’t for me to make
a perfect meal prep for you, because I can’t, I don’t know your family. But you can, and I give
you the tools to do that in my Meal Prep Ignite Course. Grab it now, that back
to school discount ends August 9th, at If you like this type of video, I have more examples in the course not available anywhere else. There’s a vegan example,
a gluten free example, a family meal prep, and another
full week’s meal prep video available to course students only. Also, are you on Instagram? If so, are you participating in the 30 day My Self Love Challenge
that I’m hosting right now? You can jump in at any time, so come join us and check it out. I will see you next week
for a brand new episode and remember, it’s all a
matter of mind over munch.

100 thoughts on “FAMILY Meal Prep for the Week! Mexican Casserole, Turkey Burger Buffet & Lunch Kits!

  1. Great video and love that you did family meals versus individual meals. Please do more of them. Maybe do 5 different meals.

  2. Hello everyone! I recently opened my own paleo blog, if you are into that style of eating and want to help me out, go check it out!

  3. To fill that entire rectangular dish you should cut the circular tortillas in half and use the straight edges to line up with the straight edges of the dish. That way you won't have mix falling through the gaps

  4. Fun video but Iโ€™d love to see a zero waste meal prep (using no single serve plastic, etc.) It would be a huge bonus if it was vegan.

  5. It is acc insane the amount of effort that is put into these videos. So much care is put into this content itโ€™s unreal xx

  6. I love the burger bar prep idea! I do a lot of meal prepping for my family of 7 but I definitely feel I could learn a trick or two great ideas xx

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  8. I made the Mexican Casserole for dinner tonight. It was so easy to make and delicious! My whole family love it. I had everything on hand already and had it ready in just under an hour. Thank you for an amazing recipe.

  9. Your YouTube channel is one of my absolute favorites! You really put so much into what you do, and it shows. I'm sure your course is the same, and amazing. I went to the site hoping to be able to enroll, but it's just not possible this year. Perhaps I'll be in a different position when it comes around again next year. Thank you for all you do!

  10. So cool! Cannot wait to try these recipes! Love those glass containers and dipping containers! Where did you get them?

  11. Another great video! Can you maybe offer a course that has some of the info from this Meal Prep Ignite course? As someone living paycheck to paycheck I can't afford a $257 course (and I really wish I could). Thanks! Oh, can you do a Bento Box video next week?!

  12. I love the idea of the meal prep course, but I just canโ€™t afford the cost. That being said, the idea is great, and I loved todayโ€™s video. Keep it up!! ๐Ÿ’œ

  13. Thank you, Alicia!! I`m just thinking would it be possible to make Ayurveda friendly meals? It might be challenging but so fun to try and inspire us ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. This is great!! I'd love to see more meal prepping for a family. If you could also add how long each meal lasts in the fridge / freezer, that'd be super helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Do you offer meal planning courses for ketogenic diets? And if so, can they be customized for strict guidelines (nothing crunchy for myself, no blueberries for the husband)? I've also had a gastric bypass, so my meal times are only one a day. Two meals and a snack each day are a particular protein drink, and I eat one 6-8 oz. Meal per day that consists of half protein and half vegetable.

  16. Thank you for this. I fell off meal prepping after my parents asked me to meal prep for them too. They didn't like the "creativity" of my food combos/ideas, didn't stick to the plan, or just had inconsistent appetites. It was overwhelming for me. I need to start meal prepping again for fall semester. With our busy schedules, I think this will be helpful if they asked me to meal prep for the entire family again

  17. Can I get the course in person in other words in writing so that I do not have to look at the screen except for the video portion?

  18. Nice ideas buy I personally don't like buffet/salad bar ideas as it involves so much washing prepping. Love the one pot meals and a mixed salad options!

  19. All of your videos make me wish there was a "Love" instead of "Like" button. Or multiple likes! Such wonderful and yummy ideas!

  20. What happened to the weekly newsletter and monthly giveaway. I love this video and am happy to be enrolled in this course. Ill have to take the weekend to go through it though. Thank you!!!

  21. Ok you are the meal prep queen. Hands down. Iโ€™ve made many of your recipes and you make it easy, affordable, and fun to eat healthy.

  22. out of curiosity – can you freeze the sliced potatoes? In this case, do all the slicing at one time and save half in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Then when it is time to do the potatoes in the freezer, leave them to defrost , dry well and continue with the recipe?

  23. Worcestershire is pronounced "woostershire". Incidentally, Towcester is pronounced "toaster". Our place names are messed up.

  24. Hi Alyssia, this meal prep is awesome! We made the Mexican casserole today and the whole family enjoyed it! I have a video idea for you: maybe recipes including redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries? These fruit usually are turned to jam or compote but it gets a little boring sometimes.

  25. I live in Worcestershire England where Worcestershire sauce is from, itโ€™s pronounced wustershire. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I made the Mexican Casserole for my lunch this week…. ohmigod how delicious!!!! Thank you for all the great ideas!

  27. I would love some ideas for the holidays and a download of the season of fruits and vegetables in the course. But I love it and am excited to try the different ideas here and in the course!!!!

  28. Can you do back to school lunch bentos? Iโ€™m i new subscriber, Iโ€™m absolutely loving your videos. You should have at LEAST 3 million subscribers by now ๐Ÿ™‚

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  30. GREAT FOR NANNYS. YOU HAVE THE MARKET! its a no brainer. the whole thing is like a craft store for challenged i have 2 dads guys.

  31. That Mexican casserole actually looks really good and imma have to try that ๐Ÿ™‚ Although adding 4 tortillas seems like it would make it a little high in carbs and I know alot of brands of tortillas are high in salt (sodium). Idk if this was suppose to b "healthy" meal prepping. Also turkey burger isnt really better for you then reg red meat. I believe a lot of sites tell you to be careful of turkey ground meat cuz it isnt always the better healthier choice. Just figure Id let you guys know this if youre looking to be seriously healthy. And i mean come on… red meat taste better than ground turkey anyway

  32. If you like mayo in your salad you can add 2TBS of it to about 1/2 cup of yogurt.. Don't forget the juice of half a lemon, tsp mustered, black pepper.. enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I love your channel I've been wanting to eat healthier because of constant constipation and you have inspired me to live a healthy happy life

  34. I was so distracted by the fact that your hair color looks so good with that beautiful shirt! Lol. Loved the meal prep!

  35. Thats a lasagne recipe I can get on board with! I hate regular lasagne but this one looks delicious. I love a good meal prep video, I dont have a family to prep for but you always have great tips just for making my own meals.

  36. I made the DIY instant oatmeal last night and It worked perfectly!! I tried it out on my youngest daughter and she was hooked! I did the oats, oat flour, dry milk, cinnamon, dried apples, a pinch of salt and a touch of brown sugar. Who knew it was so easy??! No more packets for me! I have the small glass containers for snacks and it is perfect to add a 1/2 cup of oatmeal and when I get to work I just add the hot water! Thanks for this idea!

  37. HA! LOL! The correct pronunciation is: WORCESTERSHIRE with WORCHESTER sounding like WOOSTER and -SHIRE sounding like NEW HAMPSHIRE (HAMPSHURE) = WOOSTER-SHURE…it's all fun! Great video!

  38. I looove itt!! All the options are awesome. I hate meal prep where you eat the same meal 5x a week. I like how she included some kid friendly options since I have a 3 yr old son and he definitely doesn't eat like I do.

  39. Thank you! Meal prep is great!
    Can't wait for your fall and holiday episodes coming up! (Hint, hint, lol)
    And btw, I actually made healthy keto vegetable candy bars! Feeling good and they are tasty.
    It's coconut candy bars with a little bit of ground up cauliflower and choc. chips.

  40. Love the concept, and would like to learn more, but not to that expense… Videos are great and very informative,
    but if we are looking for ways to save time energy and money,, the cost to this program kinda defeats the purpose..

  41. That's where I think I'd cut, oil, season, divide, and freeze a whole bunch of sweet potato fries. We go through a lot, here.

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