Meal Prep for a busy momma!

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This weekend we were supposed to go to Leavenworth for Oktoberfest with a group of our friends. One of the tough parts of parenthood is losing the ability to do what you want, when you want…like showering, sleeping, peeing…or having adult only time. (Note- don’t get me wrong, it’s 100% worth it…but also, 100% a reality!) We were unable to find a babysitter, and we had to opt out. Despite the disappointment, we had a very productive weekend!

Saturday I clipped both our kids nails (always a challenge), we cleaned the whole house, did laundry, washed all the sheets, organized Wesley’s room, replaced the Scentsy burners in our house (excited yet?) and organized the kitchen. Our spice/seasoning/baking area has always been annoying. Every time I try to find a spice I had to dig through  four different areas and what felt like hundreds of containers. Would you believe that I found SIX containers of chili powder? Crazy, right? For most spices/herbs I had two to three containers I was able to combine. In the past, I could never find anything, so I just bought new jars of spices. What a waste of money- and space! Now, everything is easy to find and organized, which means less spending on things we don’t need, less irritation when cooking, and easier meal prep. I am a happy woman!

In Wesley’s room we organized sections and got rid of toys. For the first time in his life he was able to tell me which we could get rid of (and actually have some in the pile) and which he felt he really needed to keep. He now has a designated place for costumes, big toys, his piano and guitar, little cars, little planes, action figures, and a box for things like watches, sunglasses, rings, etc. We explained each area, hopeful he would adapt and follow the plan. We have also been battling legos (thanks Chrissy ;-)  )- everywhere, and in perfect range for his sister to grab and pop into her mouth. We gathered them all up and put them up high and told Wesley since he couldn’t keep them off the ground he would have to request to play with them when he wanted them. It’s only day two but he has been putting everything back right where it goes and asking me questions if he is unsure of where something should go. Praise the Lord for a mommy victory! Again, happy momma!

We have some really good friends who have a garden and chickens (this is on my bucket list…maybe post Doctoral degree and baby years…and post apartment!). They gave us cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes that they had extra of. Today was meal prep day and I was able to put them all to good use! Between two kids, a full time job, school, coaching Girls on the Run, and everything else in life- I’m a busy mom, and meal prep once a week is absolutely essential to me not living off caramel popcorn and coffee. Most of the time my meal prep day is Sunday and I prep six days of food for myself. This usually consist of breakfast and lunch since dinner is usually our 20 Costco meals.

Here is this weeks meal prep for me:

First up is just some random concoction I made. This is typical of me. I rarely ever follow a recipe and I am pretty much a master of using what I have available to create these amazing meals (at least in my eyes, don’t expect a cook book anytime soon!). I have friends who give us extras from their garden which I cut up and freeze. I freeze the extra food from our 21 Costco meals. I freeze any extra meals we have. Today’s concoction included a can of black beans, a can of diced tomatoes, lots of squash, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic cloves, garlic salt, onion powder, fresh lemon, cilantro paste, basil, and I’m not really sure of what else. I combine it all in a pan and let it cook for about 20 minutes and then separate it into my 6 containers. This one turned out great!

 

meal prep

 

Next up was cutting up all the veggies our friends gave us. I made this amazing tomato, cucumber salad. I just cut up the tomatoes and cucumbers and added olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic salt and onion powder. I ate it for dinner, and in the words of my friends husband- it was bomb! My kind of super easy prep, healthy meal!

cucumber meal prep

 

Last but not least…my favorite. Quinoa with what ever fruit I have available, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a  touch of coconut oil. This is such a tasty, healthy breakfast!

breakfast meal prep

You’ll see in the picture below that a huge reason I meal prep is to be able to grab and go.

Sunday meal prep

 

 

I get up at 4:30 am. The last thing I have time to do in the morning is prepare food. When I prep on Sundays, I make all six meals, freeze three (minus the cucumbers because they don’t freeze well) and save the other three. So at 5 am when I am still waking up and making my way out the front door, all I have to do is grab my meals and go. I love meal prep Sundays!

What do you do to prepare for a healthy week? I love to hear everyone’s meal prep/week prep strategies!

 

Cheers to you, Healthy Mom!

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