I’ve gotten questions as to what exactly I do on the weekends to make myself organized for the week, and make it easy for packing lunches. I actually love the look of a full fridge because it means that my week is going to be a healthy one full of great lunches and dinners.
It all starts on Thursdays. I (typically) start to look at recipes and make a meal plan for the following week, starting Sunday. (Check out some of the previous posts for meal plans!) I then make a grocery list, and check out what I have at home and what I need to buy. I usually get my grocery shopping done on Fridays after work. I love having it done before the weekend, but sometimes that doesn’t happen and I go Saturdays. Either is fine but I just prefer having it done Friday.
On Saturday or Sunday (depending on the weekend plans) Aaron and I start to meal prep. Here’s what it comes down to!
Aaron eats his breakfast at work, and if I don’t pack it, he won’t eat. I hate him not eating breakfast, so I made his breakfast. There is a usual rotation of oatmeal with Cookie Butter, Toast with Apple Butter, or Waffles with Cookie Butter. I simply place the cookie butter and apple butter into small containers (one for each day), place the bread and waffles into Zploc bags, and make the oatmeal and put it in the container. Then, it’s put in the fridge and ready to go! I have more time in the morning to make my own breakfast, and usually don’t know what I want until the morning of, so most times I don’t prep anything for me.
Lunches are a bit trickier, or more time consuming. Our lunches include either a sandwich or leftovers, and those will get made or packed up the night before. Everything else is done over the weekend. I buy the big containers of Vanilla Greek Yogurt (1/2 cup), so I divide those into 10 containers for the week. I will also make granola for Aaron if we are out, or just bag some Kashi Cinnamon Crumble Protein cereal (1/4 cup) for me to put on the yogurt.
The next part is the veggies. We both eat veggies every day. Aaron will have sweet peppers, celery, and carrots, with hummus. I will take baggies of celery and carrots, and sometimes green peppers (remember, I don’t like veggies too much, haha, so this is good for me!). I place hummus into each container for Aaron (sometimes I get some), before adding carrots. We use one bag of baby carrots between all of our lunches for the week. I then cut up the celery and divide it accordingly. We usually have about 5 or 6 pieces of celery each day. There are typically leftovers that I put in a container in the fridge to munch on. Aaron usually cuts up the peppers (I don’t like cutting those, haha) and divides those into his lunch.
Fruit is sometimes a play it by ear thing. This week I bought a huge mango, so I was able to divide that into three days worth. I love these containers that have three compartments! I only have two of them, but it fits the yogurt, veggies, and fruit in them.
Sometimes I will cut up an apple with top it with some cinnamon the night before, or I also bought strawberries for the week which I cut up and divide. There are some days when I just throw a banana in; I like to switch it up.
In my lunch, I add a Luna Protein bar and a Clif Chocolate Chip Cookie bar (the kids ones, haha) to have as snacks if needed. I usually only have one but it depends when my lunch is. Typically I am full from a sandwich or leftovers, fruits, and veggies, and save my yogurt for my afternoon snack.
Aaron will take either a Clif bar or pretzels or animal crackers to work, also, to have for snacks.
Dinner can be tricky and some things you just can’t prep. I tried to do all I could this week and am excited for how it turned out.
We had Chicken Parm on Sunday, so I breaded the chicken during my food prep so all we had to do was throw it in the oven and cook up some noodles.
We are having zucchini and broccoli a lot for dinners, so I sliced up the zucchini in the food processor (and put it in separate containers for each night) and cut up the broccoli and places those in containers. This way, we just have to grab it out of the fridge and throw it in the pan or in the pot!
We are having a chicken and cheese croissant type dinner this week (actually tonight) so that recipe called for two cups of broccoli cooked and chopped, so I also did that.
This week’s meal plan included two crock pot meals– my favorite things, ha. I just love how easy they are! One is Lasagna Soup and the other is Crockpot Pizza Casserole. Both needed ground meat browned, so I also did that and placed those in containers for easy access. In baggies, I mixed up some of the other ingredients. I chose to not include the sauces as I will just throw those in the morning of. I put the spices, any garlic or veggies, onions, and any other add ins in the baggies and put those in the fridge.
That’s a look at a pretty good meal prep week. I love having the healthy options on hand, and having things within easy access. Aaron is a huge help on the weekend with all of this. He knows how important it is and will do anything I ask, including all the dishes. (That’s the one part I don’t like). At night, all I do is make a sandwich or put leftovers in a container, and grab each container out of the fridge and put into our lunch bags. In the morning, we just pull out the lunch bag and off we go! Saves so much time in the morning, also.
Do you meal prep?
How do you stay healthy for the week?
And because it is basically What I Eat Weekly, I am hooking up with Jenn for WIAW! Make sure to check out her blog for more meal ideas!