Making my own meals is a crucial part of both my budget and my healthy eating. To make it easier, I prepare most of my food in a weekly food prep session, and I wanted to share how on this beautiful Free for All Friday! It’s much easier to say no to Chipotle or Jimmy John’s when I know that I have yummy, healthy food prepped and ready for me at home. Each week, usually on Sunday afternoons, I head to the grocery store and pick up everything I need for the week. Then I take an hour or two and get everything ready. First, I usually throw something in the crock pot (like the burritos I’ll be sharing with you on Mouthwatering Monday!) and let it simmer all day. It’s just me at school, so I make a big batch that will last me through most of the week. I prep so that each day I can have fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch, hummus and veggies for a snack, and my crock pot meal or cooked veggies for dinner.
Next, I wash and chop a bunch of romaine, for salads at lunchtime. Sometimes I store it right in the salad spinner, but if the fridge is low on space I put the lettuce into a gallon-size Ziploc bag and throw it in the crisper drawer.
Then I get all of my vegetables and fruit together and wash everything. I usually slice carrots, celery, and peppers to dip in hummus and chop on salads. Slices are more versatile because I can make them smaller if I need to, but they’re still great for easy snacks. This week I quartered some mushrooms too. Usually I prep my fruits too, but this week I had blueberries and grapes which just need a quick rinse before eating.
When my veggies are done, I make a batch of my Quick and Dirty Hummus and that’s pretty much it! I’m not kidding, prepping my food is pretty quick (no more than 2 hours but usually around 1) and makes a huge difference in my week. After I come home from school, my crock pot meal is all ready and I have dinner for that night and a few more days.
Some people chop and marinate meat, hard boil eggs, make a big batch of brown rice — you can personalize your food prep however you want! This is just to give you an idea of what works for me, but your preparation won’t be exactly the same.
Do you have a food prep day? What do you make? Share with us in the comments below!