February 14, 2019

Weekly Meal Prep & A Free Printable!

Before our sweet Nova came into our lives, I was a huge meal planner. I would prep on the weekends for our entire week full of breakfasts, lunches and dinner. Ryan and I both worked full-time so doing this saved us from having to eat out regularly! With the arrival of our second daughter coming just around the corner, I've decided it's as good a time as any to bring meal-prepping back to life in the Fullerton household! 

I talked a little about how I meal-prep on my Instagram stories over the weekend. It all got interrupted when Nova spiked a fever Saturday evening but I was able to accomplish so much! I'll be sharing just a few of my favorite ways to meal-prep so that your week can run a little smoother. 

This may seem like a no-brainer but it's really a make-it or break-it type situation! If you run into the grocery store with the intention to meal-prep but have no real plan, you will most likely end up frustrated. You will have to run back when you realize you've forgotten something or many things! So, make a plan for your week including all three major meals and even snacks. 

I have found that seeing all of our meals for the week written down helps me to better prepare my grocery list. I can look in the house to see what we have to accomplish every meal and write down the things we don't. I made a printable that I will be sharing for *free* with you! This has been a game changer, people! You are free to print it, virtually write on it or even print one single one out, throw it in a picture frame and buy a couple erasable markers. 

Once you've returned home from the grocery store, grab your favorite snack or drink and throw on some music because you'll be stuck in your kitchen for a few hours! For me, it works best to do this on the weekends when my husband can be home to give our little the attention she needs. She is still a little too small for me to feel comfortable involving her but if you feel your kids would enjoy it, I say go for it! More help, the better.

Here are a few links to my favorite recipes for prepped meals:

The key is to remember that you can meal prep anything. I used to get overwhelmed by meal-prepping because I thought I needed specific recipes or techniques but it's much simpler than that. We have a few favorite recipes that we eat religiously in our house! I just try to make extra every time so that I prepare lunches for several days. For example, I can throw in a couple pounds of chicken breasts, taco seasoning, 1/2 cup of chicken broth and some ranch dressing mix in the crock pot and boom! A few hours later I have chicken taco meat that will last the entire week! 

Find what you like, cook a bunch of it or at least prep it so that when you are ready to cook it for dinner or lunch or whatever, it's ready to go and you really don't have to do much. Along the lines of think simply, cut all your veggies for the week! I'm talking cucumbers, broccoli, bell peppers, salads! Any of the veggies that your family loves to include in their meals, prepare it on the weekend to line up with what you have planned for your weekly meals. 

This is crucial. Don't waste all this time, money and food by getting lazy during the week and ordering take out. Make a plan, execute that plan and stick to the plan!! You can do it.

Then, at the end of your prepping session, you will look into your fridge and freezer and be SO glad that you did all that work. Your evenings will seem a little less hectic around dinner time and you won't be standing at the fridge wondering what to eat for lunch every day. Good luck! 

Last Tip: Washi tape works great to label prepped lunches/dinners!

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