The easiest way for me to stay on track with a good healthy meal plan is to spend some time prepping our food for the week. I usually do my grocery shopping and prep work on Mondays while the younger two kiddos have school. Since meal planning tends to be something I’m asked about quite often, I wanted to share with you an idea of what I prep! You can also read through a previous post I wrote about my meal planning process here.
This week I’m trying something new. My kids have a tendency to open a box of crackers, shove handfuls in their little mouths, and then claim they aren’t hungry for dinner! So I am trying out this for a week. I portioned out the snack foods I bought into snack sized Ziploc bags. Each of the kids were told they could have one bag of crackers and then needed to have fruits, veggies, or cheese. I’m hoping to stretch a box of crackers out beyond a day
Here’s another quick trick that makes for a great afternoon pick me up. When we have leftover coffee in the morning (a rarity!) I pour it into ice cube trays. Then when I’m in the mood for a mocha Shakeology or an iced coffee, I use these in place of plain ice. Adds great strong coffee flavor!
Every week I prep some chicken. I either put a whole roaster in the crockpot and let it cook all day. Then the chicken can be used for tacos, salad, stir fry, or my FAVORITE Buffalo chicken quinoa. You can find the recipe here. I then use carcass to make chicken stock using 100 Days of Real Food stock recipe. It’s the easiest thing to do and smokes store bought stock! For additional protein, I hard boil eggs or cook up some ground turkey
If you prep nothing else, prep your fruits and vegetables. I try to get them washed, cut, and stored as soon as I come in from the grocery. I am so much more likely to reach for some peppers and hummus if they are all ready to eat! My kids know they can have fruits and veggies at any time so having them easily accessible encourages those healthy habits.
A rainbow of strawberries, peppers, carrots, broccoli, celery & grapes.
After all of that fruit and vegetable prep, you can get a great start on your compost!!
Finally, I will make some muffins. Usually i just use a recipe that works with whatever we have on hand. This week it’s going to be Whole Wheat Banana Muffins from Honeybee Housemaker.
So there it is! What my prep for this week looks like. What do you prep? Do you find it helps to keep you on track?