How I Started Meal Prepping for the First Time
Yesterday was a rainy day, I mean seriously it rained all frikkin day. The hubs is out of town for a bachelors party weekend in Vegas, so it's just me and the kiddies. Besides cleaning up, playing and whatever-else, I decided to figure out this meal prep situation. Usually I just write down what we will have for dinner each day but something told me maybe life could be easier if I went a step further. Plus, I know you've seen all these meal pics on instagram and facebook. Meal preppin' seems to have become a trend now. I knew I'd be home all day, no one likes rain, so why not!
My PeaPod grocery order came in early yesterday morning (Read Why I Love PeaPod Here). Instead of putting all my meats in the freezer I put everything in the refrigerator and sat down and wrote our meal plan out for the week. Not only did I plan dinner, but I also did lunch and snacks. Afterwards, I took out a bunch of ziplock bags and containers.
Leah is home for spring break, which means no more rushing to get out the door for drop offs and pick ups to school. This could be a good thing because I may just get a lot of work done while she's home, or not.
Here's why I think I want to, NO I NEED TO, start meal prepping...
Leah loves going in the fridge on her own to figure out what she wants to eat. She's becoming quite independent since she feels like she's a big girl. As for me, snacking is a big PROBLEM. Sometimes, instead of grabbing fruit from the fridge it's easier to snatch some chips or something from the pantry just because its quicker. Being that I want to loose weight and eat healthier, this is not good at all. I also noticed that we seem to forget what's in our fridge and some of it goes to waste, like fruits, yogurt, lunch meat and salad bags, and even left overs
So, before throwing all my meats in the fridge, I unpacked them and seasoned them according to each dinner planned. Then I wrote on the Ziploc what each was for. I also cut up and packaged all other ingredients and side dishes that would go along with it. This way all I have to do is thaw it out and throw it in the crockpot or oven, when needed.
I cut up all the fruits such as, strawberries and kiwis, and put them in mini bowls for snacks. Now it's easier for all of us to grab fruit to eat instead of junk food and nothing has to be washed or peeled. Since I don't have a lot of containers yet, I put all my salads together in zip lock bags to grab and put in a bowl.
I can't wait to get these...
It took me about 2 hours to organize all the food in its containers and now I don't have to worry about cleaning meat or prepping food everytime I cook dinner this week. Hopefully I can continue doing this every grocery day (Fridays). Eventually I'll sort out breakfast and smoothies too, I'll keep you updated on how it goes and how it has helped.