A Day in the Life Meal PrepFeb 14, 2022
A Meal Prepping Story…
A peek into my kitchen, rolling up my sleeves and prepping
Let me set the scene…Last Sunday I hosted my very first virtual (hands-on) meal prep workshop. It was me and 22 other ladies, all in our own kitchens, preparing and making some meals for the week. The experience was magical. Magical in the sense that I could physically feel the energy of over 14 women in their kitchens cooking with me. It was amazing!
Now, fast forward to Wednesday morning at 6:30 am. I am in my kitchen like every normal weekday. I am gathering food for my husband’s lunch/snacks for the day, while preparing breakfast, feeding the dogs, getting out our daily “prevention” regimen (which is an entire blog all by itself). Just like you, mornings can be a bit rushed for me. So I like to have some of the work done for me. Enter…meal prepping last Sunday.
On Sunday we prepped Turkey burgers. We didn’t cook them, but they were in the fridge ready to throw in the oven. So I preheat my oven, and while it was getting hot, I needed something to go along with it so I grabbed a head of broccoli and chopped the florets up, and steamed them (with seasoning of course).
So in a matter of 10 minutes, I had turkey burgers in the oven and broccoli steaming in the microwave. Thanks to my ritual of keeping cooked quinoa in the fridge, I have now prepared 2 meals (lunches) for my husband in 10 minutes. They consisted of:
Homemade Turkey Burgers (no bun)
Cooked and Seasoned Quinoa
Steamed and Seasoned Fresh Broccoli
As you can also see, we prepped boiled eggs on Sunday. I do this every Sunday because you can:
- Eat them by themselves for a snack (pictured here)
- Slice them for a salad
- Eat them for breakfast
- Slice them in soups
They are loaded with protein and vitamin D, so they are always available in our fridge.
You might also notice we whipped up some homemade trail mix. I generally do not like store-bought trail mix b/c of all the added sugars and oils that are in them. A good quality trail mix is hard to find so I just make my own. And in our workshop, we whipped some up. I say “whipped it up” because it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare a good trail mix.
I tell you all of this because I want to show you just one example of how much time a little bit of weekly meal prep saves me throughout the week.
Could I have done all of this the night before? Absolutely, but my schedule is better if I do it in the morning. That’s the joy of my teachings of meal prep. You make it work for YOUR schedule.
Being candid and vulnerable with you is how I show you what can be done. Keeping Neil & me healthy is at the very top of my priority list and it starts in the kitchen. If I don’t plan some of our meals, we will end up eating out. And you know how that whole thing spirals, right??
The workshop was so wonderful.
It was my trial run and I learned a lot so thank you to the 22 women who were my guinea pigs! I plan to do another workshop in April so keep an eye out on social media and on my website (www.shelleycanhelp.com).
If you know meal planning and prepping needs to happen in your life but you have NO clue where to begin, I encourage you to register for my online mini-course called Healthy Meal Planning & Prepping. You can read about it and sign up by clicking here. It’s a go-at-your-own-speed class so no need to check your calendar. It even comes with recipes!
It’s a smart way to tackle this meal planning challenge. It’s a way to make it work with your schedule, your dietary needs, your family, and your lifestyle.
Here’s my Time Saving Tip:
I love my Zulay Silicone Baking Mat. Nothing sticks to it, it’s easy to clean, and you aren’t using foil.
I hope this little story shows you that creating healthy meals really isn’t as complicated as we sometimes make it out to be. It just takes a little bit of planning, some willingness to try something new, and your trust in me.
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