I am sure I am preaching to the choir when I say that my weeks are insanely busy. Tuesday through Friday I work from 9am till at least 7pm. I know, 9am isn’t that early at all, but I am NOT a morning person regardless of how hard I try to be. So on those days, I don’t have time to do much of anything but take care of my pets and work. I am very fortunate to have three day weekends and I do not take them for granted. Just like every other part of my life, my weekends are super scheduled.
Saturday is usually my cleaning day. I take a couple hours cleaning the house from top to bottom and do laundry. Sunday is either a chill out day where I do any crafts or projects I am working on, and about once a month, it is dog day. I have 5 Shih Tzu’s that I groom and a few other dogs I do nail trims on besides my own herd. I will tell you all about them another time. Monday is food day. I do all my grocery shopping for the week, start dinner in the crockpot and sometimes chicken and things like that, that I can precook to help my week to go as smoothly as possible. Then the “fun” starts.
My husband Kevin and I have been trying to eat a lot healthier so there is a lot more food to prepare lately than normal. The past two weeks we have been on a salad kick. On Monday, I prewashed and tore up heads of romaine lettuce and stuck them in a huge bowl in the fridge so that we can easily refill our bowls each day when we get home from work. I cut up a whole bunch of peppers, carrots, and cucumbers to toss in the salads. I have also been boiling a dozen eggs every week to either add to the salads or just eat as a snack between breakfast and lunch.
I try to plan out dinners two weeks at a time so that I don’t have to do major grocery shopping every week. Every other week will just a fresh produce run. I like to plan things out so that if we are having something that takes a long time to cook, like chicken, on Mondays I can make like 5 or 6 breasts in one of my crockpots and then season them however I need during the week. That way I am not taking so much time when I’m making dinner waiting for them to cook through.
The weeks I precook crockpot chicken breasts, I try not to have them every night so that we don’t get burnt out on it, but in a typical week that I make crockpot chicken beforehand might look something like this:
Mon: Crockpot anything that isn’t chicken
Tues: Chicken Tacos
Wed: BBQ chicken pita pockets
Fri: Chicken Caesar Salads
Other weeks I try to plan out more complex meals for the weekend and then keep all my 30 minute or less meals for the 4 days that I work. Since I have started prepping in advance for the week I have noticed a big change in my energy level and overall attitude about the week. I don’t know if it’s because I am eating less processed crap food or if it’s because I just feel less rushed every day. Let me know in the comments below, do you have any go-to weekday meals that are quick and easy that you like to make? Do you do food prep to help save time? As always, I would love to hear from you and thank you for reading!