Weekly Food Prep

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

Thurs: Spaghetti

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!