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Hey there! I’ve gotten a few questions recently about my meal prep. Again, one of my goals for 2020 is to focus on my health. You can read about all of my goals here.
As a mom of five, a wife and a full time employee one of the most frequently asked questions I get is HOW. How do I do it? I’m not kidding, some days I truly don’t know how I do it. BUT! I do know that meal prepping is one of the many things I am able to do to make my life easier. Because it makes life easier for me, I thought I’d share my easy meal prep steps to make your week successful!
Before We Begin…
I know you’ve searched high and low for meal prepping pictures. You’ve looked on Instagram, Pinterest and so much more. Each picture looks so delicious and yet, seemingly difficult to prepare.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Meal prep is so simple. So simple a caveman can do it, no offense to my caveman readers. Before you begin you’re meal prep there are a few things you may want to pick up.
Meal Prep Containers. Depeneding on your work schedule and how many people you prep for, you’ll want to get containers for your meals. For example, I prep for myself. I prep based on the weeks I work. I work 5 days one week, and 2 days the following week. I also eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at work. Therefore I need at minimum, 15 containers. I currently use the Good Cook brand of containers. I use the two compartment, half cup for breakfast and a three compartment for lunch and dinner. These come in a variety of colors and sizes so add your personal flair!
Lunch Box. Another important tool in preparedness is something to take your meal prep with you when you go! I have tried countless lunchboxes. The most important thing about lunchboxes is the ability to fit your meal prep containers. I was lucky enough to be gifted a lunchbox for Christmas that fits all of my containers and then some! You can find my lunchbox here.
Room in the fridge. Clear room, especially if you are a Monday-Friday employee. You’ll need space in your fridge to store the meals as you grab and go for the rest of the week.
Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy.
I’m gonna let you in on a secret. Are you ready? Come in close…
I’m no expert on meal prep, I draw ideas from my Pinterest board and “build” my own.
Shocker, I know. But, seriously! I look for simple ideas on Pinterest. I find things that look good, that look appetizing and that are easy to modify. Check out my Pinterest board, Meal Prep Central for your own inspo.
I typically meal prep the day before my shift. So if I work on a Monday, I’m meal prepping Sunday. If I don’t work till Wednesday, I’m meal prepping Tuesday. That means I’m gathering the ideas, shopping and ready to prep before these days!
To begin, I look at my weeks work schedule. Let’s look at next week for me. I work Wednesday and Thursday next week. I’ve already pre-planned my two meals. I eat the same thing for both days.
Breakfast – 2 Eggs/2 Oz Johnsonville Chorizo/2 oz Steamed Sweet Potatoe w/onion.
Dinner – 1 Cowboy Turkey Burger, Slaw, 1 Cup Grilled Zucchini.
See, how simple it is?! I cook starting with breakfast and make my way down. Any extras I have I utilize on my day’s off. I try to keep it as simple as possible. I will admit, I am not great at sticking to recipes but I do try! The most complicated thing on this meal prep is the California Sushi Roll Bowl but it’s still simple! You just have to break down what works for you. Protein, Veggie, Carb. That’s it.
You can do this same thing with dinner, though I prefer using my Instant Pot. You can find all of my favorite Instant Pot recipes or ideas on Instant Pot Dinners, here.
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