Minimum meal prepping I like to get done each week.
The post was sponsored by Luvo.
I get easily overwhelmed with meal prepping. When I start to feel a sense of dread at the thought of having to spend a few hours prepping food I often end up not prepping anything, which sets us up for a more stressful week of throwing together last-minute, less-than-satisfying meals. Something that’s helped me lately is knowing the minimum amount of prep each week that sets us up for a smooth week when it comes to food.
For us, I’ve found our week flows better if we at least:
- make one bulk meal
- have two Luvo meals on hand for quick meals (my favorite is the quinoa & veggie enchilada verde!)
- make something for Jojo
And that’s it! Three things.
For the bulk meal I try to fill up my favorite green Le Creuset Dutch Oven with something. This week I made a gnocchi bolognese soup. I usually have a recipe I use for inspiration, but then I put my own twist on the recipe based on my cravings (and disinterest in following recipes because I get bored with reading instructions haha).
The Luvo meals come in handy as a grab-n-go lunch on the 2 days/wk I see clients all day. I’ll pack snacks for hunger throughout the day, but knowing I don’t have to make a lunch helps me and Jo get out the door faster on out-of-the-house work mornings.
When I’m with Jojo she mostly eats what I eat, but there are 2-3 days a week we are apart so I like having some meal components made for her. We rely on fruit/vegetable squeeze pouches somedays, but I also like having some finger foods ready to go. For her, I usually plan a protein, vegetable and a carb. This week for Jo I got a can of beans for protein, made steamed zucchini and cauliflower with a bit of butter for a vegetable, and made muffins for some carbs based off this bread.
(The below photo is the mess our house typically is during meal prep and other times of the week. Also, we’re still waiting on our vent hood to get finished!)
For us, just getting/prepping 3 things is a low stress and sustainable way to consistently have
some ready-to-go meals for the week.
Do you have a go-to plan for meal prepping? Are there any strategies you enjoy following?