First of all, grocery shopping on Sunday morning before 8am is the BOMB. The entire store was to myself, my daughter (in pajamas of course) and fresh food deliveries everywhere. I got a coffee, a Kind Bar, and set off on a nice stroll through the store for an hour.
I came home, laid it all out on the counter and got ready to clean out the fridge, pantry, and #PrepForSuccess for the week.
The first step is always making a game plan so you don’t get overwhelmed with food/options and schedules. It is also MUCH easier to do this when someone is home to play with the kids so you get some alone time.
Here’s how I tackle a #PrepForSuccess time.
1. The Recipe. I limit my time spent on a recipe to one or at most 2 easy ones that I can either fully cook or get 80% prepped for to make it easy to throw together when I need it. This week it was Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and it was awesome! I added quinoa and broccoli to the broth in the slow cooker too to have it later in the week because I honestly hate waiting on grains to cook.
2. The Vegetable Prep. This is always the longest part but the prettiest:). I put all my vegetables and fruit in the sink and give them a bath together. My vegetables included: zucchini (3), carrots, celery, and red & green bell peppers. Once these are done, I feel like I am the healthiest person alive.
3. Roasting Section. I usually have brussels sprouts, broccoli, and asparagus to roast while I slice and dice the other vegetables but today I decided to do carrots (and zucchini which was a mistake) using this recipe and they were DELISH (I added some to my Lemon Chicken above for dinner on top of spinach.)
4. Pantry Plan. I always clean out my pantry during prep time because I don’t like to look at boxes and I want to know how much I have left of something, what I have at one glance, and get meal ideas for the week. My pantry process looked like this:
More of my grocery purchases;
- Homemade pizza – sauce, mozz cheese, and shaved vegetables from above.
- Spaghetti squash will microwave it to use with my shaved vegetables one night.
- Corn on the cob- my kids LOVE
- Garbonza beans for roasting or adding to salads
- Annie’s spaghetti os for quick meal for kids…also fries, waffles, and ragu cheese to make home-made mac and cheese using whole wheat pasta so I can control the amount of cheese and save $.
And I make my own air popped popcorn now for the kids and I because I can control the oil/butter and salt. This popper was like $15… so worth it!
I hope you get some ideas.. comment below if you have any questions about what I do with some of the food you see. It is all pretty self-explanatory but ask away!