I’ve been prepping this post for a while and I’m glad to finally get to share it this week! A couple of weeks ago, we skipped meal prepping and I definitely missed it. Getting back from Disney was just a little bit too hectic, so we just decided to wing it. During that week, I really missed having prepared breakfasts and lunches ready to go. I found that I wasn’t eating as healthy as usual, I skipped lunch a few times and I just didn’t feel as good.
Once we got back to it, I felt so much better even just starting the week with a full fridge and easy, healthy and accessible food!
Since I started posting about our Sunday meal prep on Instagram, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the recipes, what we make, how we do it, if the meals get boring throughout the week, and many others. So today I’m going to try and answer at least some of them, but always feel free to message me with any others!
How Did You Get Started Meal Prepping
It was very much a “let’s try this and see how it goes” sort of thing for us. And it was done more for convenience than really to get healthy meals (although it worked out for both!). Clint had purchased these containers a few months back with the idea that we’d do this but they sat unused for quite some time. Randomly one week we just decided we’d spend Sunday cooking and give it a try.
Our first week we did lunches and breakfast tacos. Within a couple of weeks, we liked the lunch bowls so much that we decided to start creating breakfast bowls (using these containers), snacks and things for the kids. Some weeks we get a little carried away, but we try to at least do one lunch and one breakfast (8 servings of each meal) to get through the week.
I would say that our goal for meals is to make things that are quick and easy, add more veggies to our diets and to overall make our weeks easier. This especially helps in the morning when we’re getting everyone ready for school and work, and we know that we’re covered!
Isn’t This A Lot Of Work?
Yes. Yes it is.
I won’t lie to you. It takes a couple of hours some weeks to get everything together. But the way I look at it is that we take more time at the beginning of the week to get everything together and it saves TONS of time throughout the week.
So, how do we try to make the prep process easier? Well, we do all of our grocery shopping with Shipt. This has been a complete game-changer, as far as I’m concerned. I’ll add items to our “cart” throughout the week as we need things or as we come up with meal prep ideas for the following week, and then I schedule the delivery for a time on a Saturday or Sunday after breakfast.
Clint and I also work on meal prep together. We split up the work and it goes by much faster, and we also really enjoy it!
What’s For Breakfast
We have created a few breakfast bowls that we really like:
- Diced sweet potatoes and sautéed onions with eggs and chorizo. We add salsa and smashed avocado to serve.
- Diced sweet potato or russet potato and eggs with spinach, bacon and tomatoes. Topped with avocado to serve.
- Diced russet potato and eggs with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, green peppers, onions. Sometimes sprinkled with cheese and added salsa to serve.
So, as you can see, we start with a potato base and that seems to work well for us. We just make up these recipes but each uses 8 eggs and the bowls are really filling, fresh and so good!
Breakfasts are all pretty much the same formula, so to speak, but we get a little more creative when it comes to lunches and these have been a few favorites that we’ve made up:
- Vegetable “fried” quinoa with honey garlic shrimp
- Marinated pork tenderloin with cilantro lime quinoa and grilled asparagus
- Pan seared salmon and orzo with spinach, tomato, cucumber, kalamata olives and feta (and a lemon wedge).
- Chicken fajita bowls with rice, sautéed peppers and onions, served with salsa, smashed avocado and sour cream (and a lime slice).
Other Things We Make
We also get Plated almost every week so that we have 3 “nice” dinners each week. Other nights are typically for sandwiches or leftovers and that works well for us on the nights where the boys have activities or we just don’t feel like cooking! A few things I’ll also make for snacks or to have around for those “no cooking” nights:
- Chicken salad with grapes, toasted pecans and dill
- Chocolate blueberry energy bites
- Breakfast granola cups (for the kids)
Plus we will always wash up grapes for the boys, cut up melon or other fruit for snacks for the whole family and make sure to have lots of yogurt, goldfish and pretzels around for everyone to pick at.
If you have any questions or would like a recipe for anything, please E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a comment and I will get it to you!