5 Simple Foods to Prep

So, you’ve made it out to the grocery store and back with all the foods you need for your week. That is NO small feat! Trust me, I know. Now what? How do you ensure that you eat all of that food, it doesn’t go bad and stretches the whole week to feed your family?

–> PREPARATION <–

It’s not as crazy as it sounds, and even though I was resistant to it for SO long (you’re telling me I have to add MORE work to my life?) I realized that by spending an hour or two on a Sunday evening, when everything was peaceful, I could watch a show on Netflix and my kids were asleep – would SAVE me SO much work and hassle during the week when things were crazy – now I’m a HUGE fan.

This list is what I ACTUALLY did last night. It’s based on this 21 Day Fix meal plan I shared yesterday, and it took me less than 2 hrs. *including* clean-up.

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Hard Boiled Eggs-
Place 8 eggs in a pan of water. Place on the stovetop and turn the heat to high. As soon as the water starts to boil, take off the heat and put a lid on the pan for 12 minutes. Transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water until the eggs cool, then drain the water and place the eggs in the fridge. They will keep for about a week.

Chicken Breasts –
Place 5 large frozen chicken breasts into a pot of water. Put on high, boil the chicken breasts for 20 minutes. Remove from stovetop and cut the chicken into cubes, strips or shred it. You will need to add seasoning – I usually throw this chicken into a stir fry or some other meal, where it will get the seasoning it needs.

Sweet Potato –
Wash a large sweet potato. Poke it repeatedly with a fork and place in the microwave. Cook for 5 minutes, if it is a very large potato add another 3 minutes. When cooled, skin will peel off easily and the potato will be easy to mash.

Quinoa –
Rinse the quinoa and add to a rice cooker – add two parts water to one part quinoa plus a few Tbs. Olive oil and Salt. Cook in rice cooker until done.

Salad in a Jar –
Pour 2 Tbs. of your favorite dressing in the bottom of a mason jar. Throw in chopped hard veggies (grape tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli) then add your lettuce. Close mason jar and place in the refrigerator. Salad will last up to a week. (I have a full post on this elsewhere in my blog)

So, there you have it. That’s what I spend last night doing, while laughing with my husband as we watched the last season of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. It was pretty easy – and didn’t feel too much like work.
This morning I had plans to meet my sister at our local children’s museum with the kids. I was able to pack a lunch and snacks for me and the kids and be out the door by 9:30am – no sweat!

If this list seems overwhelming to you – cut it down, just pick 2 or 3 things and prep them on the weekend. I promise you will LOVE getting the work (and mess) out of the way!

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