How To Meal Prep

March 9, 2015

I used to think of meal prep as something families do. It's just me, why should I spend a day or 2 making food to have for the week? It seemed pretty silly - until I started to eat much healthier. I needed a way to better plan out meals since I was good at staring into my refrigerator, clueless as to what I should make for dinner. (I can't even remember when I started meal prep because it's been part of my weekend fun for months!)


Meal prep/planning doesn't have to be complicated - especially if you have a Crock Pot. I use mine all the time for many different meals. It's such a time saver! I'm breaking down what I do each weekend (usually just on Sundays) to make sure I have meals for the week.

I start the process by washing all fruit for the week (except the bananas of course). This week, it's strawberries, grapes, bananas and apples. What I buy usually depends on stock and quality.

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Once I have all my fruit washed, I cut it if needed and divide it into storage containers. That way I can grab and go in the morning when I am deciding what fruit to have with my lunch or as a snack at work.

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Next, I plug in the crock pot which I always have handy, to make chicken. Not a cook? No worries! All I do is throw chicken breasts and enough chicken broth to cover them. Cook on low for 8 hours, shred it with a fork (which isn't necessary because it just falls apart) and just like that you have tons of protein for the week as a side, in a sandwich or more.

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Next up: QUINOA. Which is my favorite thing to eat, second to avocados but that's a whole different post. I did not know until recently there is flavored quinoa - but I'm a 'plain Jane' and still buy the... plain stuff. I make it taste yummy by adding tons of veggies and sauces. I've even added it to chili - so good!

While my protein is cooking away in the crock pot and my quinoa is cooling, it's time to make some sweet potatoes.

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I found individually packed ones at Giant Eagle and they're perfect for me. In 10-12 minutes you have a perfectly baked sweet potato. (Pro tip: since you're not supposed to poke holes in them, they will whistle in the microwave. This is normal, yet still scary. You may think it'll blow up but I've been doing this for a while and it hasn't happened.... yet.) Also, all the condensation is a great way to keep your microwave clean. #yourewelcome

A few other notes:

-I usually devour these meals at lunch so for dinner, I cook a different protein (i.e. turkey or pork) and then make a whole buncha rice that I can also swap for quinoa or sweet potatoes.

-I also make veggies to add to the meals because those are important, too! My go-to: sauteed sweet peppers and onions, broccoli, peas and a medley of green beans/carrots/corn and peas. Look Mom, I like veggies now!

-I also add different sauces with each meal since sometimes quinoa + veggies and turkey burger could be a little bland. Lately it's been Sriracha because that sh!t goes on everything.

-I don't follow this same plan every week. I've made turkey meatballs, Italian meatballs (which I also made yesterday and threw in one day to eat), turkey chili and more. Be creative!

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Now I have 5 yummy meals and lots more left over. What I love about meal planning is the "mix and match" aspect. The possibilities are endless! If you want to start small, choose a new meal or 2 to make when you have time. I'm always pinning recipes on Pinterest and make at least 1 new meal each week so I don't get bored. (Even if it's a new dessert ;)

Speaking of dessert, I made Taylor's Blondies yesterday and they are YUMMY! You'd never know they were made with a very unusual ingredient.....

Do you do any meal prep? What are your secrets?


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