Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Meal Prep in 1-2 Hours a Week

You all know I hate cooking and yet value nightly family meals immensely. So I am always trying to hack my way through it! 

I feel like I am finally almost in a rhythm. Each Sunday, I start meal prep at 3:30pm (with the goal of being totally done by 5pm). It helped to give myself a specific time. Prior to that, I would sort of spend all day Sunday dreading the start of meal prep. Now--not so much! 

We cook five meals a week at home (and eat out on Friday and Saturday nights). This week we are having:

  1. Mac-n-cheese (homemade, not from a box)
  2. Enchiladas
  3. Crispy tacos (yes, we have to eat a lot of Mexican food for all the gluten-free and vegetarian restrictions around here)
  4. Indian curry in the Instant Pot
  5. Spaghetti with lentils
I get the boys started on their lunches while I start meal prep for the week. Tate has to do two components of the lunch, and Henry does the other three. We do things like hard-boiled eggs, cucumbers, freeze-dried fruit, applesauce, lunch meat, popcorn, pretzels, etc. 

Meanwhile, I get to work on meal prep for the week. This week, I made the entire mac-n-cheese meal + the enchiladas + the crispy tacos (for dinner that night). The other two meals will be super quick and easy during the week. 

It feels so great to head into the week with so much ready to go! 

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