Another busy weekend means little time for meal prep again. Rob was nice enough to do the grocery shopping so that at least I didn’t have to worry about that when I got back from NY, but that meant coming up with our meal plan and grocery list on Friday night:
Sunday: salmon, broccoli, baked potato
Wednesday: Bacon, broccoli robe and tomato pasta
Thursday: Beef, broccoli, and sweet potato bowl
Friday: Pasta, turkey meatballs, salad
Breakfasts: Smoothies, Eggs with meat/veggies, Paleo Pancakes
Lunches: Salads with steak or leftovers
Since I am posting this Sunday morning on the train ride home, I haven’t actually done the meal prep (or seen that he has actually bought the groceries). So instead of sharing what I did to prepare my meals for the week, I thought I would share some tips on how to efficiently prep your meals for the week.
- To start the whole process you need to have at least some idea of what you will be eating throughout the week and when. During the previous week I save meals on Pinterest that I may want to make, and then organize them into a board labeled “This Week’s Meals and Recipes”. I either handwrite my meal plan and grocery list, or use my online template. I make sure to plan easier meals on days that I will be home later, or I make sure I can prep food for those nights. I also need to think about how far in advance I can prep certain foods. (For example, meats that I buy on Sunday but won’t eat until Thursday will need to go in the freezer).
Then I make a list of what I want to do for meal prep. So for this week, it would look like this:
- Wash and store fruits
- Make steak for salads
- Cut and store chicken
- Roast spaghetti squash
- Make turkey meatballs
- Make almond butter muffins
- Make Paleo cookies
- Make Paleo pancakes
- Cook bacon for Wednesdays’ meal
Next I think about the order that makes the most sense. If I worry that I won’t have time to do it all, I prioritize. I know I won’t have time on Wednesday to roast the squash, so I might get started on that first. I also know I will want the steak for lunches early in the week so I will make sure to get that cooked.
I also plan to prep foods that use similar appliances/tools together. I will do the baking all at once since I’ll be using measuring cups and similar ingredients, and they usually require similar oven temps. If I have a cutting board out, I will try to do all chopping at once.
I might also start with something that takes the longest, like roasting the squash. While the oven is preheating, and the squash is cooking and cooling I can get a bunch of other things done.
I’m thinking I will do this again in a few weeks with a different set of tips. I’m thinking the next one will be about how to make the least amount of mess possible while doing all of this stuff:) If you have anything specific you want to hear about regarding meal prep, let me know and I’ll do my best to write about it at some point!
Did you meal plan/prep this week?