I like to eat food that tastes good. I like to eat food that makes me feel good. I like to think about eating food. I like to prepare food. I like to think about how I would prepare food. I like watching food shows. I like reading food recipes (and then brainstorm how I would change the recipe to suit me better). I like food. Actually, that isn’t accurate. I love food. That is more accurate.
As you can see, I fall into the “live to eat” category instead of the “eat to live” category.
It is SUPER easy to get overwhelmed with meal prep and trying to nourish yourself. It gets REALLY hard (at least in my opinion) when you treat each meal as a new thing to prep. Face it, we are busy people…..and making three meals per day, seven days per week……ain’t nobody got time for that. That sounds overwhelming. and exhausting. And not realistic.
So, I thought I’d share how I meal prep each week. I have to warn you though, I’m not a real meal prepper. I’ve followed a menu plan before, and have tried to make new or fancy recipes frequently through the week and I get frustrated like that. I don’t follow “a plan.” I wish I could…..I might do better prepping and shopping and following a grocery budget, but to be honest…..I’m a fly by the seat of my pants type girl. And I sort of like to think about one or two things I’d like to eat this week, or eat AND prepare, and then just sort of wing it.
I know what we have on hand this week in the freezer, fridge, and pantry. We are sort of at the point of needing to grocery shop soon, but will be out and about for like half the week eating out at the county fair, so I am trying to prolong grocery shopping til this weekend or next week. So, what we DO have on hand is a freezer full of beef (various cuts), pork (various cuts), and like 3 bags of frozen chicken breasts (1 of which I had pulled out and was sitting in the fridge, so I dumped some marinade in the bag yesterday and let them sit for a day getting yummy). And a rack of ribs somewhere, but those aren’t needed this week.
We also have plenty of cottage cheese and Greek yogurt, eggs, a head of romaine, a few sugar snap peas, mushrooms, red onion, a half eaten bag of broccoli slaw, grapes, and plenty of gold and red potatoes. And rice. I’m probably going to the store later for bananas, because I’m obsessed with them lately.
So, what seemed easy to do today was brown the chicken breasts in a pan (in butter, on high, just until they started getting nice and toasty brown and then flip them, and brown the other side), and then finish them off in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes. I already had quite a few potatoes going in the oven (washed and pierced the skins) to have them on hand for baked potatoes all week. This whole process took less than 5 minutes.
I also pulled out a big pork roast to do something with tomorrow. I’m going to see what sounds good tomorrow and then adjust, but it will likely be rubbed down with a mixture of garlic, chili powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper, and browned on all sides, and then thrown into the crockpot to finish off cooking for a BBQ inspired roast. And whatever the heck random veggies and stuff sound good tomorrow. And, I’m a little obsessed about eating BBQ pork with eggs and potatoes and onions in the morning for breakfast, because it tastes amazing. Because BBQ always does.
There is a good chance I will raid an extra bag of chicken breasts later in the week to make some sort of chicken taco salad. We seem to eat some sort of taco inspired thing at least once a week because we all love tacos because they are fun.
The big thing, for me, about eating meals and food and loving it all…..is that I can’t eat food that tastes blah. I won’t eat it. It will sit in the fridge and stare at me for a week or two before I finally get over the guilt of not eating it, and then I’ll throw it away. I need food to taste good and make me FEEL good. So, I end up making a lot of the big things for the week, and then piece meals together each day, but it doesn’t matter, because it all tastes good, so who cares? Leftovers are your FRIEND! Most meals we eat contain some sort of leftover each day. It’s just easy. And not overwhelming.
I think what is important to do is get your “usual” suspects down in terms of food items to have on hand. Our grocery list doesn’t change a whole heck of a lot each time we shop. We are usually stocked with the spices we like. And sometimes we buy things that will be a special meal, but more often than not, we just don’t.
And, to be honest….food is fun. Eating our own food is fun. Preparing our food is fun (for me). We’ve been out to eat a lot in the past few months, and are always like “meh”…..that was ok, but eating at home tastes better. Certainly, this is NOT to say that going to eat isn’t fun, it IS!! I think it’s just more social than “good food” though.
Here we go! I will show you my not-at-all-amazing-and-sexy meal prepping (and what comes out of the leftovers). Stay tuned!