Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a busy week with nothing good to grab and eat, or no time to cook a good meal?
I’ve been there, and it’s no fun.
When you don’t have much (if any) healthy snacks to grab or healthy meals prepared and you know it’s going to be a busy day/week, then having some of these things ready as you go into your week will help you tremendously. It will reduce the chance of you going through a drive thru, or picking up something that may not be all that good for you.
Today I thought I would share with you some easy meal prep ideas to help you better prepare for you day/week ahead. When it comes to meal prep, a lot of people think you have to spend hours on hours in the kitchen over the weekend..but you can actually achieve this in a reasonable amount of time.
It’s not always big recipes either. Simple things like chopping veggies, fruits, boiling eggs (or the egg muffins below), and just baking a lean meat, like chicken, can save you tons of time throughout your week.
Yesterday I baked several chicken breasts in the oven with minimal seasoning(salt + pepper) so it will be prepared for this week. I have a decent bit of back and forth in my schedule this week, and most evenings around dinner time I will be training, so having this prepared will be wonderful when I come in for dinner.
Even if you will have time to cook dinner, you can have something like this ready for your recipe to save you a few extra minutes!
Something else I like to do every now and then are boil eggs. I have to be in the mood for a plain boiled egg, but I decided to make them this week so it’ll be a quick snack, easy breakfast, or just ready to throw on a salad!
For my veggies I steamed broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes.
There are a few different ways you can steam: microwave, stove top, a steamer, or these (above) handy creations…steamer bags. They are harder and harder to find these days apparently, and the bags I have are leftover from a while ago, so if you ever run across these, grab some! They are perfect if you are short on time during the week. 3 minutes to get this broccoli steamed for the next few days!
(I scooped some off before I remembered to take a pic. I had thin pan covered!)
Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite things ever, and I honestly think roasted sweet potatoes are my favorite…next to sweet potato fries of course! 🙂
I chopped these up, sprinkled them with cinnamon, and baked about 15-20 minutes at 350.
I didn’t chop up my carrots as planned, but I will do that today when I chop some for my salad. The good thing about some of this prep was that I was able to have more than one thing going at a time. My broccoli was steaming while I was getting ready to put the sweet potatoes in the oven, and all the while I had my eggs boiling. Simple things like this will not take up your whole afternoon, and will help you to be better prepared for the week to come!
-What’s your favorite thing to prepare for the week?
-Do you have any meal prep tips/ideas that work well for you?