Meal prepping. Some people love it and some people hate it. I used to not want anything to do with it.
As a mom of six, I’ve found that this is a non negotiable for us. When I don’t do it, even the littlest amount, it makes life crazier.
One thing God has taught me in life is to never say never and really take time to find practices that will make my life flow easier. Work smarter and not harder, does that sound familiar?
I was at a point, not to long ago, where I really struggled to do all the things, especially when it comes eating healthy and eating at home. We can order food so easily now we often forget just how much that adds up. With a family of my size we are spending at least $100 per order and not getting high quality foods. When we do this it leaves so much room for a lower quality of life but also ruins our bank account because I’ve also ordered groceries and they just sit in the fridge and go bad. Groceries are way to expensive to just go to waste!
For all of those reasons, I decided to lean into this area of my life and figure out how to make it better. What I found was simple, make things easier to consume and they will actually be eaten. Challenge accepted!
So how exactly do I meal prep and make it some what easier? Check this out ⬇️
1. Decide what meals you’re making – my husband and I do this together because we split cooking responsibilities. Pinterest is my friend when it comes to picking out meals we’re going to eat.
2. Pick a day to cook – this is for anything you want meal prepped. I like to shred a bunch of chicken and have it ready to go for meals. I also like cooking things we eat a lot of like boiled eggs.
3. Grocery shop for ingredients – I make a list on my phone of what we need and I even break that list down by meals, snacks, breakfasts, school lunches, etc. Anything we need is sharing on the list and then I shop online and have it delivered. At this point, I’m shopping from 2-3 places to get everything but I’ve looked around at quality and prices and found the ones that work best for us.
4. Wash and sit out the containers – setting everything out on my counter really helps me prep mentally. It helps keep me on track and then one by one I fill my containers and put them away!
5. Meal prep everything – I know it can be a hassle but taking the time to cut up your fruit, veggies, put together a few meals or snacks you know you’ll want will save you hours of time during the week.
My day to do my meal prepping Sunday. I like to play worship music, set the kids up with coloring books and the older ones helping and zone out. Doing it on Sunday helps everything flow easier during the week and allows for less craziness surrounding Monday. I’ve gotten the kids involved by giving them tasks like soaking our produce in the sink or putting foods in their containers before storing in the fridge. If you’re interested in what I use to meal prep my food, check out these three must haves in my own home.
This week on our meal menu are some of our family favs, I like to give my kids the option to pick some of our meals so I know what everyone will be excited to eat.
Making this a priority in our home has made such a positive change for us. Would you consider trying it?