I feed the Hubby all week long, despite the fact he spends most days and nights living in a different state.
I feed myself too and our three ornery felines, one of whom is more food obsessed than me. I’m pretty sure feeding all these mouths on a regular basis makes me Superwoman. Then again, I have a high opinion of myself. Either way, I rock.
So I’m either a feminine superpower (insert superhero theme music here or the sound of an extra sharp whip cracking against your backside 😉 ) or I do a ton of food prepping on the weekends and willing take help from others whenever I can get it. While the former certainly sounds more exciting and obviously feeds my extra large ego, the latter might actually be more accurate. I still rock though.
Today I’m foregoing our traditional Week In Review recap, and instead I’m going to share how you can feed yourself and one other incredibly hungry human for an entire week. Of course I realize I’m breaking the rules of my own link up my party, but it’s my blog and I can cry if I want to, or switch the rules mid-post, sans crying. It’s so much less emotionally draining that way. Besides I did make and/or purchase an awful lot of this food in the past few days, and I’m still giving you a weeks worth of something. Fine, it’s a stretch; I’m doing it anyway.
I’m also going to link this up with one of my other favorite parties, What I Ate Wednesday. Yep I’m breaking more rules, throwing all caution to the wind and still justifying my errant behavior. I figure I’m doling out way more than a single day’s worth of eats, so it counts, and do you really want to argue with Superwoman?
I think not, but you totally want to know How To Prepare A Week’s Worth of Meals in a single weekend. I can’t say that I blame you.
Step One: Get Creative.
As much as I love lists and planning, I shockingly don’t create a formal meal plan every week. Instead I come up with some meal ideas loosely based on what ingredients I have on hand and what struck my fancy that week on the internet. For example, Saturday’s night Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala was inspired by the remnants in my fridge (half a can of garbanzo beans, about to expire cream, leftover lemon butter from Thursday night’s artichokes, an entire head of cauliflower, onions, carrots, bell peppers and a jar of Tikka Masala sauce), while Sunday night’s Crockpot Lasagna was something that simply caught my eye. It sounds fairly eye-catching, doesn’t it?
Step Two: Make A List and Shop.
You knew a list had to be a part of this. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make a list and check it twice. Oh wait, that’s Santa, and I’m Superwoman today, although I’m fairly certain she had a pen and paper stashed in those boots. Either way, make a list. Scour your pantry, your fridge, and your rough meal ideas and write down any ingredients you need. Then get shopping.
Step Three: Get Cooking
Plan to spend a couple of hours in the kitchen over the course of the next day or so. It helps to have some tunes and perhaps a glass of wine handy. If you do your prep in the morning, a mimosa wouldn’t hurt. The point is to enjoy yourself, while trying to optimize your time. If you know you need carrots for more than one meal, cut up enough carrots for everything, even if you don’t plan on cooking it all up right away.
For example, this weekend, I cut up carrots for the Hubby’s lunchtime wraps, salad toppings, my Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala, and my Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables all at the same time. The same for the onions and bell peppers.
Now that my friends is how you prepare a week’s worth of meals in three easy steps.
While it sounds simple enough, I’m going to take it a notch further and share exactly what those meals look like when you put my 1-2-3 plan into play because visual stimulation is where it’s at.
I bought two bundles of bananas, a ginormous box of spinach, some blueberries, and a loaf of really good multi-grain bread. I also made a batch of Lemon Blueberry Granola, enough to get the Hubby and I through the majority of the week.
Therefore, breakfast options include bananas, smoothies with those same bananas, more fruit and buckets of spinach, toast with peanut butter or straight up cow butter, and granola with Greek yogurt and more fruit, this time of the berry variety. I eat some variation of this Monday through Friday and on weekends, when I have more time, I get extra indulgent and make omelets, pancakes, French toast, or a Breakfast Salad.
I get help here from my local grocery store, Nature’s Bin. The bottom line is I don’t like to spend a ton of money on lunches, and the idea of eating out daily doesn’t appeal to me because it leaves me feeling overtly full and dragging by the time three o’clock hits. Plus, lunches out mean I miss my sweat session at the gym and that’s no bueno. Yes, I’m a bilingual Superwoman, although sadly that is the extent of my Spanish.
I also recognize I can’t cook or prepare three square meals every single day for the Hubby and myself without losing my mind in the process, and we all know I need to keep whatever sanity I have left. Um hello, I think I’m Superwoman. Hallucinate much?
Which is where Nature’s Bin comes in. They have a fabulous catering section, so I get the ease and convenience of frozen meals, without all the garbage. They’re also way more creative than your typical Lean Crap-Sine. Oops, did I say that? Of course I did.
When we’re not eating Nature’s Bin lunches, the Hubby will have a wrap stuffed with veggies (cut up ahead of time on the weekend) and some blue cheese (his favorite) or hard-boiled eggs, and I’ll have a salad (hence the giant vat of spinach), leftovers or lots of snacky type foods. Super heroes should always be powered by spinach and hummus.
Speaking of, my snacks consist of fruit or nuts, maybe some cheese if I’m feeling lucky. I’m consume them with a side of coffee or a cup of tea and always an extra large glass of H2O. I drink enough water for Superwoman and Superman combined.
Dinner’s are either prepared or partially assembled on the weekend.
For example, this past weekend, I scored some baby red skinned potatoes at the store, specifically so I could whip up another batch of Oven Roasted Vegetables with bell peppers, sweet potatoes, garlic, tomatoes and carrots (all of which I had on hand). I also picked up some asparagus because it was the right price and I just so happen to love it. I’ll happily combine the two for dinner one night and top the roasted veggies with a fried egg another.
On Sunday, I made Crockpot Lasagna in a sizeable enough quantity that it fed us dinner that night, plus enough for at least three extra meals this week: two for me, one for the Hubby. That’s my kind of math right there. What? Superwoman needs her fuel.
In that same vein, I deliberately had enough leftover from Saturday night’s Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala to make another meal out of it, especially when I top it with some brown rice or pair it with a couple of Parmesan Rosemary Drop Biscuits from my deep freezer.
Because I like options, I also bought and baked four large russet potatoes over the weekend, which are essentially waiting for me to reheat them and stuff them with all sorts of veggie goodness; maybe even a little cheese because Superwoman needs her protein.
To recap (because I’ve typed long enough that we need one…my bad):
Things I Prepped Over The Weekend To Make All of the Above Possible
- Lemon Blueberry Granola
- Hard-Boiled Eggs (for the Hubby)
- Baked Potatoes
- Cut Up Onions, Peppers, and Carrots for Salads, Wraps, Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala and Roasted Vegetables*
- Roasted Vegetables*
- Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala*
- Crockpot Lasagna
*Items where I had the Hubby’s assistance. His knife skills are strong. Maybe I’ll let him into my superhero club.
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