I’ve been obsessed with meal prepping for the week since I discovered /r/MealPrepSunday on reddit.
I’ve been making lunches for my husband and I for our work week on and off for a long time now and since being enlightened to the genius idea of preparing everything for the week IN ONE DAY my life has been changed for the better.
Since its our busy season with work and activities I started preparing the majority of our meals for dinner as well all on Sunday before the work week begins. I love being able to come home after a long day at work and not have to make decisions about what to cook and then spend the next 40 minutes cooking.
Sometimes I just want to get home and sit down and when the villagers need fed I wave in the general direct of the fridge and everything is magically ready to eat.
Fantasies aside, I’ve been spending most nights NOT cooking dinner and instead I play with my daughter for an hour after work and when the hubby gets home we all sit down and enjoy a meal.
Here are 5 reasons why you should meal prep:
- Portion control – it always seems like we are watching what we eat, I’ve been tracking my food intake with MyPlate and since I measure everything out evenly into each container I know how much I am eating each day.
- Cost Savings – On the weeks that I don’t prep our lunches, the hubby and I can spend up to $150 in a week on eating out at work. I spent about $30 on salad ingredients so that’s a pretty substantial savings. Eating out every day vs. bringing from home is a cost savings of $6,240 of the course of a year!
- Saves Time – If I’m going to go through and chop everything up I might as well finish the job. I know it’s normal to make your lunch either the night before or the morning of before heading out for the day. I save myself the 10-15 minutes in assembling a meal. In the morning I just grab my pre-made lunch and hit the road!
- Better Quality – Since I am the one who hand picks out our food for the week and I create our meals with care and attention to details, our food is so much better. Its fresher and prepared how we like it!
- Eliminate Food Waste – This is a big deal for me since I both hate throwing out food and over buying things that we won’t use. Of course I got to this point after a lot of trail and error. I found that if I leave a little bit of salad greens in the fridge, they will get overlooked and thrown away after spoiling, but if they are already in a salad those greens are much more likely to be consumed.
Bonnie’s Amazing Salad Recipe
- 2 cups of mixed salad greens
- 1 hardboiled egg
- 1.5 oz of cooked chicken
- 4 cucumber slices
- 3 cherry tomatoes
- 6 kalamata olives
- 3 slices of picked beats
- 1 oz goat cheese crumbs
Salad dressing pack separate for each meal, or just take the whole bottle with you to work
Shelf Life – 6 days, depending on the freshness of your ingredients
- Cooked chicken – chopped into cubes
- Raw broccoli – to be cooked later
- Raw brusselsprouts – to be cooked later
- Raw zucchini – for snacking
Shelf Life – 10 days
I hope that you enjoyed my Sunday routine. Stay tuned for more of my life!