How do you feel about meal prepping? Is it something you do currently? Something you’d like to try? Maybe it sounds too difficult?.. Well, let me tell you a little bit about my style of meal prepping for the week, and why I think you should do it too.
Meal prep can be done many different ways, whatever works best for you. It will help you to save time in the kitchen later in the week, but gives you an edge because you’ll have fresh whole foods readily available for meals!
I like to start at the Farmer’s Market on Sunday’s. I get farm fresh eggs, fruits, veggies, & hummus there. Sprouts Market, &/or our local meat market follow depending on what we need.
When I come home, I organize the dry foods and refrigerated stuff. I clean out anything not good in the fridge and start over. That always feels great to start fresh for the week, don’t you think?! I’m not gonna lie, refrigerators can get scary!
Next, I put a few organic boneless skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot for 4 hours on low so I have access to shredded chicken all week. It really makes lunches and quick dinners a snap! At least until Thursday when I’m usually ready for some Mediterranean food from my local fave. 😉
Next up – fruits and veggies. I cut, chop and clean all the things that need it and can be prepped early. Then I put them in containers to store in the fridge and have ready to grab. I find it makes making dinner each night just a little more simple, and saves a lot of time. Plus then all my veggies are ready to make a good salad or a stir fry if the mood strikes. Which it usually does. I love a good stir fry.
Final step is making a big batch of long grain brown rice and/or quinoa. But first, I soak the the grains for 1-24 hours. This helps to make the grains softer and easier to digest. I also think it cuts down on the cook time as well.
You could also prepare a couple sweet potatoes (I prefer the white ones) to have as an easy snack, a quick lunch, or to add to breakfast or dinner! I like to roast mine on the grill. They turn out so delicious.
It may sound like a bit of time upfront, and it is a few hours of your time to prepare your foods for a few days – but – I promise if you give it a try you will see how much time and stress it saves you during the week. Plus, having delicious whole foods that you love prepared and ready to go ensures that you will make the best choices come meal time! 😉🌟
I have prepped/cleaned the berries and cut & cleaned the kale & brussel sprouts. The chicken is cooking in the crockpot. Rice is soaking.
Fresh farmers market veggies cleaned and cut and ready to eat!
Containers ready for grab and go fuel!
Happy Meal Prepping! Let me know how it goes for you or if you have any tips for me!