I don’t know about you, but I’m busy…and tired…and lazy (haha getting a sense of why I need this Meal Plan so badly?) and the thought of spending time in the kitchen during the work week is dreadful. So, I pre-planned the Week One meal by prepping what can be done ahead. I thought I’d share with you what I did so you can be ready, too!
Oatmeal: not much you can do here. It’s fast and easy as is.
Pancakes: make all 6 servings at once. Let cool completely. Freeze in a single layer. Bag in freezer-safe ziplock. Morning of: just nuke for 30 seconds or until warmed through.
Crepes: I decided not to pre-make these since they will taste sooo much better if you don’t freeze. And, since it’s Sunday’s meal I can spend a few mins in the kitchen. But, if you want, follow the same steps for prepping as we did for the pancakes.
Roast edamame. Store in fridge in air tight container. I got the small tupperware cups so I can pre-measure and store in a single serving.
Chop pineapple. Similar to edamame (above), store in tupperware in single servings for easy grab and go!
Meatballs: mix, cook, cool, freeze, bag just like Pancakes. Pre-bake the sweet potato and roast the cauliflower. Let both cool completely and store in air-tight containers in the fridge. Nuke everything in the microwave to re-heat.
Turkey wrap: you could totally pre-make these, but I don’t like the idea of a soggy tortilla. So, to make morning-of prep work a cinch, I placed all the ingredients I’ll need in a grocery bag and stored it all in the fridge that way. The morning of, I’ll only need to grab the one bag and I know everything I need will be in there.
Smoothie: I’m going to just make this on the day of since, again, it’s Sunday and I have more time. But, you could totally pre-make this, freeze it. On the day of, remove from freezer and leave at room temp until time to eat. It should melt back to smoothie consistency in a few hours.
Protein drinks: I’m not **that** lazy! 🙂
Hummus: portion the hummus, chop your celery…Store all in fridge until time to eat.
Quinua salad: You can pre-make this entire recipe and just store in the fridge in a tupperware. I imagine the longer the salad sits, the better it will taste! I decided to just pre-make the dressing so I could get some-what of a fresh meal out of this.
Stir fry: Stirfry is meant to be cooked quickly and you can’t replicate the texture after the veggies are frozen. But, you can pre-cook your chicken breast (not sliced), steam the cabbage, slice zucchini, bell pepper, and onion and store all together in tupperware until cooking time. You’ll just be reheating everything rather than actually cooking it. It’ll save a few minutes.
Burger: Again, I didn’t prep this ’cause it’s Sunday’s meal, but you could pre-roast the mushroom, form the patties (and freeze), and pre-bake the fries if you know you’re going to be in a time crunch. The veggies will loose their texture she you re-heat in the microwave, but they’ll still be healthy!
Hope this helps ya’ll be successful this first week!