I’m a meal prep pro – how to make 35 meals each week for just £17, it hardly takes any time either | The Sun

FOOD shopping can be expensive these days, but one meal prep pro has revealed how to make 35 meals for just £17.67.

TikTok user @themealprepking shared how he even cooks them all in one sitting so he saves hours of time during the busy week.

In a video which has racked up over 14,000 likes, the meal prep pro shared what you need to buy from Aldi.

First up he made his snacks, and filled glass containers full of popcorn.

He then made chicken and salad wraps, pasta salad, beans and rice, soup and rolls and loaded wedges.

He explained: “This is £17.67 worth of food and this is what I made with it.

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“This week I made 35 meals. You can keep the cost down by buying things like tinned chickpeas, chicken on the bone and making things fresh from flour.”

He preps for four and a half days in advance to save him time cooking during the week.

Known to his army of social-media followers as The Meal Prep King, John began batch-cooking after his weight ballooned to 21st 6lb. 

Planning a weekly series of low-calorie meals helped him battle the bulge — and by the time he met partner Charlotte on Facebook in 2017 he had shed nearly 9st.

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At 16st, she was the heaviest she had ever been but, with John’s help, she lost 6st 4lb. 

After they shared their story with The Sun, he won a book deal and the result, The Meal Prep King Plan, is out now.

Former truck driver John says: “I love looking in the fridge on a Monday and seeing my week’s food all there. 

“It’s a heavenly feeling. It’s not a diet, it’s a new way of living — prepping meals in advance gives you choice and freedom around food.

“Although we make all of our meals in one go, on a Sunday, the plan is flexible and, if it works better, you can do it day by day instead. It depends on lifestyle.”

John and account manager Charlotte, who live in Bolton, spend six hours a week prepping their breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, each containing no more than 496 calories and costing just 60 pence a portion.

He says: “I have discovered how to achieve permanent weight loss in an easy, healthy and affordable way. I could see how unhappy Charlotte was and I suggested meal-prepping might be worth trying because I could see she wasn’t eating enough (while trying to slim).”

After just a week of John showing her what to do, she was hooked. 

Charlotte, originally from Blackpool, bonded online with John over weight struggles. 

She says: “Before, I was pretty much starving myself, living on just one meal a day as a last-ditch resort to lose weight. 

“I always wore black and wasn’t comfortable in my own skin.

“I had spent years trying different diets but nothing had worked. I initially declined several offers to meet John as I was too embarrassed about how I looked, but he had a way of making me feel comfortable. 

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“He never pushed me for a date and was happy to go at my pace. He told me he used to be over 21st, and I felt he could relate. 

“He never judged me, and over time I started to open up to him. One of the reasons I fell in love was he saw something in me that I couldn’t.”

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