I cannot believe another weekend is coming to a close! It was beautiful and hot here all weekend. Sunshine every day, all day. Adam and I enjoyed a long-ish bike ride on Friday, pool time on Saturday, and a dog walk tonight.
But I’ll provide a recap in a later post.
Tonight I wanted to go over my meal prep tips. Adam and I have started meal prepping very consistently every Sunday to prepare for the week. Our meal prep is primarily focused on breakfast, snacks, and lunch but we consider dinner options and keep them flexible depending on the weather and where the evening brings us.
Our favorite method to meal prep is brainstorming over brunch after church on Sunday and then grocery shop while full! This helps cut down on random items making their way into the cart (although a few still seem to inevitably sneak in there!).
Everyone is different and I welcome you to share your meal prep strategies and recipes in the comments but here are my tips from the past few weeks of meal prepping for two:
- Mix it up – we don’t make the same thing for lunch every day. We usually pick 2 different recipes so we don’t get bored during the day and cave into office temptations.
- Pick a protein – We like to pick a protein or two and wrap the recipe around that idea. Usually we do this based on what is on sale… but I typically use chicken or ground turkey in my meals. Adam occasionally has red meat in his.
- Use flavors that POP – lunch does not have to be boring to be healthy! We use a lot of jalapeno or clean marinades for roasted veggies and grilled meats. There are plenty of flavors that pack a punch and help to spice up your afternoon!
- Plan on two snacks – You never know when cravings will hit and while there are not usually free food options in my office, there are many local temptations with cookies, lattes, etc within walking distance that get my attention if I am surprisingly hungry again at 2:30pm.
- Make breakfast substantial – there is so much truth to “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”! It has taken me a long time to jump on that bandwagon and some days I still struggle with it but I try to bring something that will keep me full until mid-morning (and snack #1!).
- Make it fun – Adam and I meal prep together and it makes it so much more fun! He handles grilling the meat, I prep the vegetables, we peel eggs together, it is much less daunting of a task when you share it with someone! And the time passes more quickly!
We’ve tried all sorts of recipes, hot and cold, and we will keep mixing it up. One of our go-to options is to create tin foil packets with veggies, meat, and sauce. The combinations are endless but we often do a mexican one and a teriyaki one. Veggies for the mexican one includes: black beans, sliced peppers, onions, corn, and chicken with cumin, paprika, garlic powder, pepper and salt. After grilling or baking the packet (you fold it all up and seal it in the tin foil), we separate it into a few different Tupperware for lunch-sized portions, and then top it with salsa, pico de gallo, or guac. The teriyaki one includes: broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and chicken with a teriyaki marinade. After it is cooked, you separate it into containers and you are good to go! Super simple and delicious!
We also always have hard boiled eggs ready to go as a snack! They are easy to make and store and we can grab them when hunger hits up!
Confession time: I actually barely meal prepped tonight… but I really missed it! I am traveling every day with work this week and Adam has three lunch commitments at work so it wasn’t necessary. Plus we have some leftover food from last week and this weekend so plenty to hold us over! I cooked our sweet potatoes and put them in a container for an easy veggie this week when we need it. Other than that, we are ready for Monday!
Closing up on Sunday:
- What do you meal prep?
- How do you plan for the week?