99 problems but meal prep ain’t one

It’s Sunday and that means it’s meal prep day! Are you ready for it?

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This post is brought to you by a dear friend of mine! Meal prepping was on my blog topic list for a while but I was recently asked if I could share my tips and tricks and first, EEP! I got a request, which MADE my day! So let me take a second to sincerely thank ALL of my awesome pals (And all the new ones!) who have already shown me SO much support on this bloggin’ adventure! You guys ROCK and it really does mean the world to me! ❤

Alright so meal prepping. I know, it sounds awful and wonderful at the same time. The idea of having lunch allllll ready to go each day of the week so that when you wake up in the morning (Already NOT wanting to get up, because come on, none of us are really “morning” people, are we?) all your meals are just a grab in the fridge away. Isn’t that the life? The closest some of us will ever get to having a personal chef? It is. It is as amazing and life changing as you dream it can be.

But it’s hard at first, at least for me it was. I was ready. I found recipes. Several. Because,  girl needs options. What if I didn’t want chicken one day? I should be able to trade that out, because Taco Tuesday, duh! Yes, we needed options and we needed the cute lunch boxes, we had some cute Pyrex bowls, but I needed more. Wrong, wrong and WRONG.

img_20180114_192711-e1516553021354.jpgOh it was overwhelming, so much so. It was 7 p.m. on a Sunday night and I was spent. All I wanted to do was relax on the couch for a couple hours before mentally preparing for another Monday to roll around. Instead I was elbows deep in dirty dishes and new recipes, “Why did I buy more than one meal for lunch?! These containers don’t even stack! Sweetie! We need a bigger fridge if we are going to meal prep.” And lets not pretend all that cooking cleans itself up either and not just the dishes. UGH! I hated life. The meals were prepped alright, but I’m pretty sure the sink was full of aftermath dishes until that next Friday.

Oh, but the next morning, it was glorious: open fridge, grab container, close fridge, leave for work. And it was delish! We were liking this! The weekend rolled around and I bought all the stuff to meal prep again, but Sunday night came and I was having flashbacks to the Sunday prior, so I blew it off. We had a fridge full of lunch food that wasn’t cooked, that was a GREAT decision for our stomachs AND our budget, ha! Go me!

I went through that cycle for a week or two but I knew meal prepping was something I wanted to make a part of our life. It made life so much easier during the week! So, we tried again. Ever heard of KISS? Not the rock-n-roll-all-night kind, but the Keep It Simple, Stupid kind? Yeah, that one. That’s what we vowed to do.

So we bought a big bag of frozen chicken breast at Costco and a few of our favorite veggies, ordered some stackable containers (Easier storage both in the fridge AND in the cabinet when not being used!) and worked together. The husband grilled the chicken while I roasted the veggies and we portioned it out together.

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We got smarter along the way. We added a FABULOUS vegetable chopper which easily took a good 15-20 minutes off meal prepping time. It got cold and grilling the chicken wasn’t an option, so we started using Aidells chicken sausage, which we knew we already enjoyed! (The pineapple and bacon is HEAVEN!) It’s pre-cooked, so you just heat it on the stove top for a few minutes and you’re done!

 

We have evolved a lot from when we started, but now it’s part of our routine AND get this! I even meal prep breakfast for the week! Whaaaat?! It’s amazing! I make a casserole full of eggs, cheese, bacon, spinach and onions and we grab a slice each morning and heat it in the microwave for a few seconds. Ta-da!

All that said, you’ve got this! You’ll learn as you go what works best for you and you’ll get into your own routine, but if I were to have a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to meal prepping, this would be it:

  1. Choose simple recipes. Don’t overcomplicate it.

  2. If your prepping includes any vegetable dicing, buy this.

  3. These containers are the bomb.com and we even wash them on the top rack of the dishwasher. Easy peasy!

  4. The earlier the better! Last Sunday I had prepped breakfast and lunch for the upcoming week by Noon. It was glorious! I don’t know who started the meal-prep-on-Sunday-night thing, but it’s for the birds! The last thing I want to do is prep food and re-clean my kitchen the last night of the weekend!

  5. Plan to order in or have an easy dinner that night, we often times will pick up a rotisserie chicken from Kroger and some salad for Sunday nights. Little prep and no additional dishes to clean. You’re already cooking for the WEEK, give yourself a break here.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of our favorite recipes including Keto friendly for all my low-carb lovers! 🙂

Fresh Sriracha Broccoli Salad {Keto, Low-Carb, LCHF} is one of our most recent recipe finds. Easy to prep and yummy to taste. You can check it out over at Wicked Stuffed, where you’ll find TONS of great recipes and Keto tips!

Don’t forget to share your tips, tricks and questions on meal prepping below in the comments! 🙂

Happy Sunday!

 

 

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