I’m a Prepper!
This weekend I did some meal prep. When I was younger, I did a lot of advance meal making, and recently you’ve heard me talk about my love of freezer and crock pot meals; however, since I became vegetarian and have made an effort to minimize the processed food I eat, I haven’t figured out the meal prep just yet – but that changed this weekend!
My friend Melissa introduced me to a raw broccoli salad that Mr. T and I both just love (which is rare, he’s not near as happy with me being a vegetarian as I am!) but I try and keep a bowl of that in the fridge every other week for some easy meals.
I cut up a mini watermelon.
I discovered I have expired eggs in my fridge. Don’t judge.
As I was chopping up the broccoli for the salad, I knew I was going to have baked potatoes for a few meals… but my mom was making potato soup… so, I got soup going, diced the broccoli stems and a couple carrots and threw them in with the potatoes and onions. Once it was cooked and cooled, I portioned those suckers up and today for lunch I grabbed a container and 2 minutes and 22 seconds later my lunch was ready! (Is anyone else so lazy that they will just punch in the same number instead of moving their finger? No? It’s just me?)
I made a 2nd batch of homemade Lara bars. Now, I’ve never had a real Lara bar, so I don’t know how they compare, but it is so easy! I’ve included the YouTube from Colin at Hip to Save as you must watch this and then go make these. They are my favorite snack. They are my favorite breakfast. They are my favorite!
Lastly, I am in love with the Sargento’s Balanced Breaks…
but I already had almonds, raisins and string cheese on hand… so I made my own! Those are the little things you see in the cheese drawer. I grabbed one of those for my morning snack, and it was perfect.
All together, I spent less than an hour in the kitchen and have breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks all ready to go at a moments notice! Yes, there is some repetition in the meals, but with broccoli salad, baked potato with steamed broccoli on top and then potato soup, I am not eating the same thing 2 days in a row; and with my fruits and veggies cut up, it has made eating so much easier on me this week!
Yes, I hear you crying out to the computer, “but what about Mr. T? What will he eat?”. 3 days a week he goes from school, to cheer, to work, and he gets a free meal at work, so he’s being feed at school and work. On game days, I’ve paid and he gets food delivered at school. So that leaves one night a week I have to worry about feeding him, and well, my mom took care of that. When she does her meal prep, she will portion out an individual serving for Mr. T! My fridge and freezer both have meals she’s sent home for him!
What about you? Are you a prepper?