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2018/05/15 22:23:04 (permalink)
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Anyone buy pre preped meals?

I’ve been busy recently and cutting so just buying my meals pre prepped for £5.50 a pop.

It seems pricey but it really isn’t when you compare it to on the go food in London.

Anyone tried out a few companies? What were you favourites?

Atm I’m using Diets2go. It’s really tasty but they keep getting the orders wrong which is messing with my cut a little. I also don’t think their macros are accurate.

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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 06:58:58 (permalink)
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    tried a few out of the gym when iv'e been caught short or in a rush , food was 5/10 a little bit watery and not cooked exactly how I would cook it, serving sizes where not as stated (lots of rice not much chicken ) and the price was expensive £5-8 per meal , I understand they need a kitchen/rates/health safety/ and all the other things that increase the cost of a business but i think on the whole it isnt for me , I can cook my days food for less than £10 (7 meals) in about about 35 mins every 2-3 days , if your sponsored or washing money then its a good business idea and a good service , but I would rather use something like Huel than meal prep services.
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 08:19:49 (permalink)
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    Too expensive for me, and as you said, don't really have much faith in their advertised macros.
     
    It costs me about £30-£35 a week (5 days) to meal prep all my food and hit my macros.
    Takes about an hour to make it all on a Sunday. I am only eating 1850kcal at the moment though.
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 08:38:00 (permalink)
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    Too expensive for me, and as you said, don't really have much faith in their advertised macros.
     
    It costs me about £30-£35 a week (5 days) to meal prep all my food and hit my macros.
    Takes about an hour to make it all on a Sunday. I am only eating 1850kcal at the moment though.


    what protein source are you using that you can cook once per week ? I use mainly chicken and only feel comfy cooking it every couple of days .
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 10:08:17 (permalink)
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    Prep your meals lol. I worked 70-80 hours a week and for 6 years competing planned my diet meticulously. Cheaper and cooked exactly how you want it with the correct macros etc... Either the night before or at the weekend and refridgerated/frozen for the following week. If refrigerated eat cold if frozen microwave.
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 10:23:47 (permalink)
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    How long so people keep chicken refrigerated after cooking ?? could i get away with 1 big cook in a week ? It woud certainly save me a lot of time.
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 10:53:02 (permalink)
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    My work has opened a kitchen up where they deliver to your desk.  They do the usual rubbish, bacon sandwiches etc, but also have chicken salads, sandwiches and a daily special where there is a healthy option.  This is basically some kind of chicken and rice/cous cous or potatoes.  My fall back is the chicken sandwich which is packed full of freshly cooked chicken.
     
    Yes macros may vary, yes I sometimes get tempted and order pie and chips!  And of course £3 (for a main meal) per day does add up, but for me it's easier than shopping and prepping and if I have the will power I eat just as well as I did when I brought my own chicken and rice.  
     
    Just to add, I'm not bodybuilding as such these days.  Just weights twice a week and I'm now doing triathlons so my diet is more relaxed.
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 12:01:47 (permalink)
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    How long so people keep chicken refrigerated after cooking ?? could i get away with 1 big cook in a week ? It woud certainly save me a lot of time.




    I have tried this, the chicken is good for days 1-4, on that 5th day though it just diddnt taste right. 
     
    I use mainly lean beef mince, chicken, cheese and eggs for protein.
     
    Beef = good for 5 days in fridge once cooked in air tight container.
     
    Chicken = good for 3/4 days in fridge, Now i leave 3 meals in fridge, place 2 in freezer, once im on my last chicken meal i just take them both out, let them defrost and good to go for the following 2 days.
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 12:46:48 (permalink)
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    How long so people keep chicken refrigerated after cooking ?? could i get away with 1 big cook in a week ? It woud certainly save me a lot of time.




    Freeze it after cooking instead, it will last months then. Just put it in the fridge to defrost the night before.

     
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 12:58:37 (permalink)
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    I cook every two weeks and put meals into little zip-lock sandwich bags. Use packs of frozen veg and add cooked rice when you defrost. Very economical and you have greater controls over macros etc.
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 13:18:52 (permalink)
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    I used Fresh Fitness food when I lived in London. Tbh even meal prep is bloody boring when I used to do it sitting there grilling 20 chicken breasts and 20 bits of fish then rice then spicing them all up etc was such a ball ache I would rather have just bought them even if as you say it does cost £5 a pop. 

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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 16:01:01 (permalink)
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    How long so people keep chicken refrigerated after cooking ?? could i get away with 1 big cook in a week ? It woud certainly save me a lot of time.




    Freeze it after cooking instead, it will last months then. Just put it in the fridge to defrost the night before.


    does it taste as good after it defrosts ? I know a lot of pub meals are like this with warm up meals , tbh never thought of doing it this way 
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/16 17:57:30 (permalink)
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    I used to freeze my meals did it for a long time but the chicken doesnt taste as nice when defrosted texture is not the same either imo. Beef doesnt seem as bad but i cook enough for 3 days max now. Never used pre prepped waste of money and less accurate as already mentioned?
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/17 06:14:59 (permalink)
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    My thinking was... I can just aim to work another hour and then that’s the extra costs covered. I like cooking fresh one off meals but I do find mass meal prep a chore over my actual occupation.

    Realistically I can meal prep but often things get in the way and I have to end up eating out.

    I’m still cooking. Atm I have the diets2go meals for lunch and then an emergency dinner. Good to have some sitting around.

    Rasp - fresh fitness food looks good but pricey!

    Maybe I just need to keep complaining at diets2go until they pull their fingers out. I’ve already complained twice and my third order didn’t come right either. I just feel like they’re going to hate me and spit in my third after a third complaint :D

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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/17 07:22:52 (permalink)
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    I try to make my meal prep as simple as possible.  They do need to be cooked in a micro wave, but it takes about 6 minutes.
     
    I buy a kilo of oats and split it into plastic zip lock bags with 100g of oats and a scoop of flavoured whey.
     
    I also keep all the plastic containers from take-aways (they all use the same ones these days or you can buy a bunch from Asda).  In each there is 100g frozen fish, 100g a frozen mixed veg, some frozen spinach and spices.  I have one of these with a bag of microwave rice.
     
    Whole week of food prep takes about 15 minutes and involves no cooking.

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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/17 08:03:26 (permalink)
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    How long so people keep chicken refrigerated after cooking ?? could i get away with 1 big cook in a week ? It woud certainly save me a lot of time.




    Freeze it after cooking instead, it will last months then. Just put it in the fridge to defrost the night before.


    does it taste as good after it defrosts ? I know a lot of pub meals are like this with warm up meals , tbh never thought of doing it this way 


    Cooked chicken breast doesn’t imo. Always comes out with the weird texture and dry as fook.. but swapping breasts for skinless chicken thighs makes all the difference! Yes it’s a bit more fat (just adjust macros from other meals if low fat is your thing) but so much more tastier.. slow roasted, smoked or pulled chicken thighs
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/17 09:12:26 (permalink)
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    How long so people keep chicken refrigerated after cooking ?? could i get away with 1 big cook in a week ? It woud certainly save me a lot of time.




    Freeze it after cooking instead, it will last months then. Just put it in the fridge to defrost the night before.


    does it taste as good after it defrosts ? I know a lot of pub meals are like this with warm up meals , tbh never thought of doing it this way 




    I dont think chicken ever reheats as well as when eaten fresh, although when its cooked in a sauce it can help retain moisture. When it comes to meal prep though the idea is to keep meals convenient and cheap, it will never be the same quality as a fresh cooked meal.
     
    My pre prepped meals are fairly basic though, chili and rice, or curry and rice. They always taste nice reheated.
     

     
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/17 10:41:21 (permalink)
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    How long so people keep chicken refrigerated after cooking ?? could i get away with 1 big cook in a week ? It woud certainly save me a lot of time.




    Freeze it after cooking instead, it will last months then. Just put it in the fridge to defrost the night before.


    does it taste as good after it defrosts ? I know a lot of pub meals are like this with warm up meals , tbh never thought of doing it this way 




    I dont think chicken ever reheats as well as when eaten fresh, although when its cooked in a sauce it can help retain moisture. When it comes to meal prep though the idea is to keep meals convenient and cheap, it will never be the same quality as a fresh cooked meal.
     
    My pre prepped meals are fairly basic though, chili and rice, or curry and rice. They always taste nice reheated.
     


    yep im with you on that , simplicity>taste 
     
    When you say chilli are you buying pre made sauces or making your own , iv'e bought a few and tried making some of my own , just cant get enough of it but chilli beans do worry me a little. love the tinned stuff but have ony ever made it fresh . Dont know whether to cook it then freeze it or just warm it up as I eat it . 
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/17 11:32:47 (permalink)
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    I make everything from scratch, I prefer to because I know exactly whats in it, plus its cheaper as well. I don't work out exact macros of my meals but I could quite easily if I wanted to.
     
    My chili consists of:
     
    500g beef mince
    1 large onion
    2 tins of chopped toms
    tomato puree
    1 tin of kidney beans (rinsed first)
    beef oxo cube
    chili powder
    seasoning (salf/pepper/basil)
    teaspoon of brown sugar
    teaspoon of cocoa powder
     
    I sometimes add in a green pepper, mushrooms or some other pulses, and I let it cook for about 90mins on a low heat. I can get on with other stuff then while its cooking.
     
    Makes about 5-6 decent portions. My rice is cooked seperately and frozen seperately. I freeze it all straight away, don't even let them cool down first sometimes if I'm in a rush. I have a big freezer with a drawer dedicated to just prepped meals.
     
    I take a portion of rice and a portion of chili or curry the night before and defrost them together in one tub. Been doing it for years, never has any issues like food poisoning.

     
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    Re: Anyone buy pre preped meals? 2018/05/17 11:52:44 (permalink)
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    I use Nando's bbq peri peri chicken rub from the shops to flavour my chicken, still tastes good once defrosted and reheated. 
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