Meal prep. Do any of us actually enjoy preparing 5-6 days worth of lunches, dinners, and snacks all in one day? No. The answer is no. However, I am always happy that I took 2 hours out of my Sunday to cook said meals come week nights when I am too exhausted/rushed to cook a healthy meal. And I feel much better too, not having had thrown dinosaur chicken nuggets in the oven, (because I am a child) or run through Wendy's for a #10, chili instead of fries, sweet & sour please. (also, because I am a child)
FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT, HERE ARE MY SUNDAY MEAL PREP CHRONICLES FOR THE WEEK.
Step one: remove sweet potatoes, green beans, and chicken from freezer. **THE VEGGIES WERE FRESH WHEN I FROZE THEM, MY EYES WERE BIGGER THAN MY MEAL PLAN A FEW WEEKS AGO.
Step two: go on walk, turn around half a block later because coffee sounds better than walking.
Step three: dick around on the internet & preheat oven
Step four: mix up balsamic honey glaze **I WAS FEELING AMBITIOUS.
Step five: chicken is still frozen. I'll cook that later
Step six: roast veggies
Step seven: take out of oven
Step eight: sample. **EW. WHAT THE FORK? I'M NOT A BAD COOK. WHY? NOPE.
Step nine: must be because I froze them.
Step ten: formulate Plan B.
Step eleven: go to grocery store **I WAS REALLY TRYING TO AVOID THIS
Step twelve: chop
Step thirteen: blacken chicken
Step fourteen: shit, it is smokey in here. OH NO.
Step fifteen: yep, there's the alarm. cool.
Step sixteen: is this the chicken or the spaghetti squash?
Step seventeen: chicken. DAMN.
Step eighteen: open windows.
Step nineteen: cook corn, peppers, and tomatoes
Step twenty: how the fork is this chicken not done?
Step twenty-one: throw chicken back in pan
FOR EASY GRABBING FOLLOW THESE STEPS
Step twenty-two: divide raw veggies into individual snack containers
Step twenty-three: dish out some hummus into individual containers
Step twenty-four: divide cottage cheese into containers
Step twenty-five: dish out meals
Step twenty-six: clean the disaster area
Step twenty-seven: gahhhh dammit scorched the pan. not surprised.
Whew. Glad that is finished. I need a drink.
STEP TWENTY-EIGHT: POUR HEFTY GLASS OF WINE
While this week may have been
more eventful harder than most weeks. I am always happier & feel better during the week knowing at least one thing is going to be streamlined and easy. I feel like that is me in a nutshell, always trying to figure out the best system to insure things that don't have to be hard are in fact, not hard.
In all honesty: if you do not meal prep, I encourage you to try it. Especially if you are as busy as I am during the week. Believe it or not, it takes a weight off your shoulders knowing food is planned.
CHEERS TO AN EXCELLENT, STRESS FREE WEEK!