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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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