Weekly Meal Prep Plan #1
HI GUYS! I’m really excited to share this, as it’s something I’ve been thinking about and working on for a looong time. Longer than anticipated, actually, since I have that other thing called my “real job” taking up lots of my time. Ha. For the record – even though this little site isn’t by any means a “job” for me yet, even if it were, it would never feel like work since I absolutely love talking about/writing about/making food! Can you tell?! 😉
Anyway, I’m very glad I’ve been able to slowly carve out some extra time each weekend to dedicate to this space, because it genuinely makes me so happy to share my little tips and tricks and creative ideas here (even if only my mom reads them lol). I know a lot of people struggle with meal prepping and planning, and I totally get it. Honestly, it does take work and extra planning – there’s no question about that. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s SO worth it. And I find that once you get into the habit of meal prepping, it becomes quicker and easier and not a big deal. So I want to help you!
I usually put together rough plans for my meals each weekend so I can have some food prepared for the week ahead, and I figured I might as well share what I do with the world in case it can help anyone else do the same 🙂 I find it easiest to think about the different meal components I want to have around based on what I’m craving or what’s in season. That way, I can have a bunch of items to mix and match and I don’t have to make one huge batch of something and eat it every single day – I know some people do this but I could never. I REALLY need to have some variation in my meals or I get incredibly bored. I also like to calculate rough costs so I know what I’m spending each week (and let’s be honest, also so I can fulfill my mission of proving to the world that eating healthy is not expensive).
If you’re into this, I’ll try to post my meal prepping plans/ideas and approximate costs here each Sunday (and make the format pretty for you of course) to hopefully inspire and spark some kitchen creativity. These plans won’t be exhaustive in the sense that they won’t cover every single thing that you will consume in a week, but they can be used to figure out some lunch and dinner meal components to mix + match that should last you a good 4-5 days. I’ll try to include recipes for some of these components on my site too. Oh and FYI – these plans will also assume that you have some basics around that don’t need to be included in your weekly costs, like oils, nut butters, spices, etc.
Week #1 is below with some recipe links – I hope you love!
No Sugar Added Banana Bread (from Bakerita – love this recipe!)
Turmeric Squash Lentil Daal – my recipe is coming soon; this one from Nutrition Stripped is similar!