✗ Food Prep/ Part 1
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How I Prepare My Food List & Meals For The Week.
Personally I am a list lady, so I find making a weekly food menu list and a list for the grocery store easy. If that statement makes you want to hurl than you might want to skip this post and check out a different one.
I make my dinner menu list first (example below). By spending more time on dinners it makes my over all meal-prepping time shorter and easier.
A trick I have learned is to leave a day open incase we want to go out to eat or we are invited to dinner at a family members. It is a good idea to have something in the freezer incase you need something.
– Monday: Chicken/ Steamed Veggies
– Tuesday: Leftovers/ Dinner At Work
– Wednesday: Steak/ Sweet Potatoes
– Thursday: Baked Chicken Breast/ Steamed Broccoli
– Friday: (Leave Open)
– Saturday: Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps/ Brown Rice
– Sunday: Venison Taco Salad (or Wrap/ hard-shell)
For Breakfast I will normally do something like yogurt, fruit, and granola for the week. The next week I might do oatmeal and fruit.
I keep Chex Peanut Butter Cereal in the pantry if I want to change things up (I like this one because it is gluten free and tastes good!). I keep it pretty simple here friends.
For Lunch I will do a Herbalife shake (post to come about them). Or I will have leftovers from the dinners throughout the week. If I feel like switching it up I will swing into the grocery store and pick up a premade salad.
I like to get more creative with dinners so that is were I spend the most time planning.
After I get my dinner menu planed out. Now I have an idea of what I want to do for breakfast and lunch. Time to move on to my grocery list. I break my grocery list into 5 areas: Veggies, Fruit, Grain, Dairy, Meat, and Other. That way I know what I am looking for in each section of the store without having to look around at my list.
We try to go to the store on Sunday nights so that we do not have to worry about it on Monday. Try picking a day that works best for you to go get your goodies, that way it just becomes part of your week.
Sometime life doesn’t work out that way, so just incase that does happen I try to keep a pack of chicken breast in the freezer as well as some type of steamer pack for veggies. That way we have something on hand so that we do not make bad “food choices”.
Saving Some Cash!
By taking the time to prepare for the week I am better able to watch what I am eating as well as cut back on how much we are eating out. If I do not prepare for the week we end up eating like crap and spending way to much money at restaurants. We are spending about $50 each ($100 a week for both) on groceries once a week. I know that seems like a lot to spend but when you break it down it really isn’t.
When my husband and I go out to eat we can easily spend $80-100 for the two of us for ONE meal. We are spending $100 for a weeks worth of meals, just a little food for thought if you are trying to save some money.
Do you think this is a helpful tip? What are some things you do to make meal prepping easier?
Food perp/ Part 2 will get you on your way to your next adventure.
I hope you are having a wonderful day and that you remember to be kind to yourself today.
※ Your Challenge: Try making a food and meal list for the week!
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