It’s a known fact that if my husband and I don’t do at least a little meal prep on Sundays (or even sometime during the week) then we are all over the place for our meals during the week. We also end up spending more money at the grocery store because we have more of the “grab 1-2 things” grocery trips but end up buying more like 5-6 things. I think I have read in the past that every time someone goes to the grocery store, they typically buy at least one thing that they did not plan to buy…so basically, the more often you go, the more stuff you buy that you do not need.
For those weeks that I don’t have time to meal plan because life is just crazy or we have been out of town, this post on How to grocery shop when you don’t have a plan is super helpful!
Here’s my meal prep for today – it took about 1.5-2 hours total (I did it while my 6 month old took her afternoon nap):
Starting from the bottom left and going clockwise:
- Meat Sauce for the Spaghetti Squash – I like Trader Joe’s No Sugar Added Marinara because of the short ingredient list and then will add in my own seasonings to taste.
- Roasted Zucchini – Slice zucchini about 1/4 inch thick, toss in avocado oil (or olive oil), spread on baking sheet, and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast at 375 degrees for about 40-45 minutes. I flipped them about 1/2 way through.
- Roasted Broccoli – Chop a head of broccoli into florets, toss in olive oil, spread on baking sheet, and sprinkle with garlic salt. Roast at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
- Spaghetti Squash – I stuck the whole spaghetti squash directly into the oven while the other veggies were baking. It took a little longer than 45 minutes to finish because it was a pretty large squash.
- Chia pudding – for breakfast, snacks, dessert, etc.
- Salt & Vinegar Roasted Garbanzo Beans – addictive & filling snack
- Protein Energy Bites – I doubled the amount of protein powder and used a chocolate 100% whey protein.
- Quinoa and Spinach Patties from Skinnytaste – I went ahead and doubled the amount of quinoa I was making so I could use it throughout the week for other meals. I especially love these patties with a poached egg and extra sprinkle of Parmesan.
On an ideal week, we will also do another smaller meal prep in the middle of the week which may entail cooking a whole chicken in the pressure cooker and roasting some more veggies or making a big batch of egg muffins, etc.
For more food prep inspiration, check out all of these ideas from Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean.