Weekly Meal Prep& Menu Plan 7 August
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Where do the days go? I can’t believe this is already my fourth meal prep post! Wow! I’m working on a month of blogging! Hooray! My pantry is looking a little bare again (already) so for this week’s session, I’m going to have to get a little creative.
On the Menu
Italian rollups with ham pepperoni and herbed mozzarella
Mediterranean tuna, white bean and feta salad with arugula
South of the border spicy pinto bean and rice bowls
Here We Go!
Because my dad had to work this weekend and the baby and I have been sick, we didn’t make it to church today. We DO however, have a family thing this afternoon and a lot to do around the house. I woke up in a bad mood, probably from being sick all weekend. I HATE feeling rushed and that probably contributed to my bad attitude but alas, meal prep waits for no woman.
I spent all morning feeling grouchy and disoriented but FINALLY, after two cups of coffee, I managed to get myself together. I rummaged through the kitchen to determine what needed to be used up first and came up with my menu plan.
Gather Your Supplies
As always, my first step was to gather my ingredients, my handy meal prep containers, my food scale, and my silicone baking molds. I love each of these items and feel like they have contributed to my success. If you follow IIFYM, a food scale is a must. The meal prep containers are very sturdy and have held up to five months of daily use, plus they come with a free meal prep ebook included! The silicone baking molds I use more than I expected I would. They are also sturdy, eliminate the need of baking spray, and help keep my food fresher by separate foods with more moisture inside my meal prep containers.
Next, I always start the protein. As it turned out, we’re out of my usual protein source (chicken) so I had to get creative. Actually, it turned out we were about out of meat in general but I decided instead of going to the store, I would just use this as an opportunity to try new things. So, all we have in terms of protein are beans, tuna and lunch meat. There’s lots of red meat in our deep freeze but we usually save that for weekend grilling and also, I just wasn’t in the mood to defrost anything.
If at First You Don’t Succeed…
After my rocky start, not having what I wanted to make and being a grouch, I started to just give up and NOT meal prep this week. Then, I realized that would make me grouchy all week so I decided the best thing to do would be to just get the thing done and stop being grumpy.
I rinsed my pinto beans and put them in a pot on low for about an hour to do a quick soak on the stove top. Idk about you, but as a southerner, it is a fact of life that pinto beans are immensely better when cooked fresh from dry beans versus beans out of a can. Next, I put them in the crock pot with some chicken stock, some green onion, some bacon and a dash of smoked jalapeno because I like things spicy. Now, it’s time for baby man’s nap, so I walk away from the kitchen for a while.
I am truly hooked on this smoked jalapeno seasoning. I add it to pretty much everything. One of the dieting tips I have read is to eat spicy foods because you can’t eat as much of a spicy food. Ha. Obviously these diet experts underestimate me. 😉
Much Ado About Nothing
At this point in the day, I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time working to accomplish nothing so once the baby is down for his nap, it’s time to get moving!
Ha! Just kidding. He slept for about ten minutes. It was just long enough for me to start the rice and the hard boiled eggs. I managed to make the Italian rollups while he played with his toys at my feet. It’s simple: tortilla, ham, pepperoni, mozzarella. Roll and go!
They aren’t very pretty but you get the idea…
OK so I feel kinda bad saying this but I kicked my husband and kid out. I sent them to grandma’s. I just needed some time to myself. It’s been over a month since I had more than an hour to myself! Now the house is quiet and I’m cooking with Crisco as they say down south. I mixed up the tuna, bean and feta salad. Store it in a container separate from the salad or your lettuce will get soggy and no one likes that!
Next, I weighed out the bean and rice bowls. Top with salsa and cheese. I weighed out the salads, peeled eggs, and portioned veggies and fruit. Whew! Boiled eggs are THE best for meal prep. When peeled they are good for a couple days in the fridge, unpeeled they’re good for a week!
At this point, I am SO done. Even if there are a few more little things I could do… just no. I need a break! Now, to speed clean my house before the fam returns. Is it weird that I’m stoked to have a few hours alone to scrub like a maniac? Ooh, how motherhood has changed me!
There it is guys! An easy, budget friendly meal prep! Whoo hoo.
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