You’re out and about doing important things … Do you ever freeze when you think, “What’s for dinner?” You forget what you have in the fridge and freezer – all you know is that you’re starving and the clock is ticking. Why not work within a meal-prep framework?
Make a meal plan from food types that you like, perhaps:
pasta and sauce
baked potato with chili topping
chef’s salad with lettuce, prepared vegetables, boiled eggs, sliced ham, roast beef, onion, etc.
baked fish from frozen
pizza from pre-made crust, topped with vegetables you previously prepared
quinoa-skillet with quinoa, spinach, onions, peppers, etc
When you make up a list like this (add what you like), you see that you can create a pattern to your meals to help planning. For example, you could do:
- Sunday – roast (there’s hardly anything easier than a roast, try pork, beef and different cuts) make way more than you need and use for meals later
- Monday – pizza (vary from week to week by changing out the recipes – try ethnic themes)
- Tuesday – rotisserie chicken (buy pre-made from the store)
- Wednesday – Chef’s Salad
- Thursday – baked potato with chili (microwave one for about 15 minutes, bake for about 35 minutes – Open a good quality can of chili to top (or buy from the deli – top with sour cream)
- Friday – baked fish (lots of types to try during the month)
- Saturday – pasta with sauce (fresh from the deli section is a nice change, sauces come in jars, can or the deli section)
Build the rest of your meal around the main dish – this would usually be a salad and quinoa some form of potato (if you’ve had time to boil, bake or fry one).
If you are too hungry to even prepare the full-on meal, you have your pre-made proteins and vegetables to create a quick wrap meal or make the salad your main dish, i.e. Chef’s Salad.
The Survival Foods (yesterday’s post) can be for any snack, lunch or supper
and the wrap is an absolutely perfect lunch to take to work or school to provide a good, satisfying and quick meal.
If you want to do the calendar method so you have some pattern to your life, then DO it. Get a separate calendar for your meals. If you don’t live alone, this will give the same peace-that-comes-from-organization to the rest of the people in your household.
While you’re doing that, also enter the days that will be best for you to do your other basic Survival Food prep – two times a week so the foods stay at their best. This will be around your own schedule. If you prepare your proteins and vegetables at the same time, it should be enough to leave yourself two hours at the max to cook, peel and chop. This will save you tons of money in fast food and keep you health.
The foods listed above are simply suggestions, but might be a start for you.
I will breathe more life into this post as I am inspired, and led by my own children 🙂 (You ARE reading this, right?)