Typically I have been posting on this website every Wednesday. Sometimes I am really good about making new recipes or having ideas on something I want to post and sometimes I am just not creative or motivated to come up a new idea. And sometimes I am just too busy. With summer quickly approaching, (thank you for nicer, warm weather finally) I have gladly been spending more time out and about and less time in my kitchen.
Instead of a recipe, I thought I’d share a few tips on what I do for meal prepping or to get things a bit prepared so I am NOT in the kitchen so much.
I eat an almost embarrassingly large amount of food. Right now, I blame it on training for the 50k in June. I am pretty active for 2 hours a day most days but sit throughout the day at work. At home I try to keep active and only watch the news and Wheel of Fortune on TV. I found cutting out TV to be a great tool to increase my NEAT and just not have an excuse to lounge. When I do lounge I instead try to read either a book or news on my phone and of course, scroll social media. I also spend time prepping food instead of lounging. I am not kidding when I say I eat more than my husband. I don’t know what will happen after training for this run is over!!
- Ease of grab and go
- Healthy options at your fingertips
- Less excuses for grabbing less nutritional foods
- Cook according to the season (right now that means a lot of grilling and FRESH veggies or fruit)
- Work once, eat several times – one bigger chunk of time pays dividends for several days
- Work smarter, not harder
- Make a big batch of muffins or healthy banana bread
- Mix up my yogurts (I like to mix my yogurt with powdered peanut butter and sometimes with a bit of protein powder) and I mix them in individual plastic wear all measured and ready to grab because I am always dilly dallying up until the last minute
- Boil and peel hard eggs, I usually do about 15 at a time
- Assemble egg sandwiches (sliced hard eggs make a great sandwich and are so easy)
- Portion and bag fruits/veggies for smoothies and keep in the freezer to blend up quickly
- Bulk cook some easy carbs – I prefer beans or sweet potatoes – both can be made in the Instant Pot
- Bulk cook a variety of veggies – grill asparagus, green beans, Brussels, etc. or steam broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
- CLEAN and CHOP produce – the easier it is to grab and use, the better
- Sandwiches or wraps are easy to transport and can be made 2-3 days in advance without getting soggy, especially if you toast the bread first
- Portion out any sides like cottage cheese or snacks you have in the afternoon to ensure portion control
- Grill – no one wants to cook inside on these warm days. Take out a bunch of meat, I mean 3-4 pounds and grill it. Be sure to season to your preference and once it is cooked and cooled, cut it for use that week and freeze the rest to use in the future. If you are already grilling meat, you might as well double up. This works especially well for chicken and turkey. I don’t care for steak or pork leftover as much
- You can grill pretty much any veggie and even fruit if you like
- If you do need to bake (like banana bread) just bake in the morning before it gets too warm
- Salad kits are our friend. These are so easy to use and bulk up to your preference. We have been loving these, especially since romaine lettuce is a bit scary with the e. coli breakout. See photo above for an example – the kit comes with toppings and dressing. If you don’t like the topping, leave it. If you don’t like the dressing leave it. Some dressings make great marinades for meats. Or I like to bulk them up with meat I have already grilled. These packages say they serve 3-3.5 but we typically get two large salads out of them for a hearty meal
- Flatbread pizza. Use a tortilla or thin dough and throw it on the grill with sauce, cooked meat and veggies and you have a meal in minutes
- Ground beef – grilled burgers or taco are always a hit. Remember if you make a pound of taco meat, you might as well make two and freeze part of it for late
I hope those few tips help you out. Not every meal needs to be gourmet and goodness knows we have to soak up the outdoors and warm weather while we can. Enjoy!