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How Meal Prepping Can Save a LOT of Time for Busy Stay at Home Moms

Meal prepping is something that I’ve always wanted to do, but not something I necessarily want to dedicate an entire Sunday to… Does that sound familiar? Let me tell you why I was wrong to think this way and How Meal Prepping can Save a LOT of Time for Busy Stay at Home Moms like YOU!

As stay at home/work from home moms, we make a lotta food. I’m sure you’ll agree when I say there is NOT enough time in a day.

But what if you could spend under 3 hours in the kitchen and come out with 15 Ready-to-Eat Meals for Breakfast, Lunch, AND Dinner?! Trust me, it IS possible. First let’s take a look at some Pros and Cons to Meal Prepping.

 

Pros

  • Saves A LOT of time
  • You’ll never forget to eat a meal (darn that mom brain)
  • Helps you to eat healthier
  • Saves you from stressing over what to eat

Cons

  • Eating the same meal every day
  • It takes a few hours to get everything prepped

 

Now let’s talk about those Cons. First off, yes it usually does take a little over two hours to get everything prepped. HOWEVER, answer me this: How much time do you waste trying to figure out what to eat for dinner every night? OR what to make YOURSELF and your child(ren) for lunch, while also being sure it’s something healthy enough to bring some nutritional value??

Secondly, you don’t have to eat the same thing every day. Don’t be afraid to switch it up! It may take a LITTLE extra time to make a second batch to prep, but again, it’s worth it in the long run.

I’m going to disclose right here that I am NOT a meal prepping expert. I am not a chef and I am not a nutritionist. I do not know the calorie count or nutritional value of the super simple meal preps I used. I’m going to tell you how meal prepping worked for me and what meals I cooked up in less than three hours. These meals may not work for you in your specific situation. (And that’s why I strongly recommend the Ultimate Meal Planning Bundle)

When I decided to meal prep, I ended up doing my own thing with items I pretty much already had in my kitchen. Since then, I’ve ventured out and found a few Food Bloggers who have GREAT meal planning tips and recipes! I will link them at the bottom of this post.

Below you will find the meal prep schedule I used to save over 5 hours a week meal prepping. I came up with these recipes myself so I don’t have specific details, but they’re pretty self explanatory for the most part!

 

 

 

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How Meal Prepping can Save a LOT of Time for Busy Stay at Home Moms

To begin, I didn’t prep meals for every single day of the week.

On Sunday, I prepped 5 days worth of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The reason why I did this is because I wanted to have lenient days where I could make whatever I felt like putting together.

For Breakfast, I made 5 days worth of Overnight Oats. These are healthy, nutritious, AND there are TONS of recipes out on Pinterest for them. I love this variety of Overnight Oats from Wholefully.

For Lunch, I made Turkey and Cheese Spinach Wraps (my son LOVES these!) with a side of cucumbers and I would alternate between carrots, grapes, and applesauce.

For Dinner, I cooked up some Chicken with a side of rice and some broccoli! You can buy Jasmine Rice in a box or frozen broccoli that you can just pop in the microwave to make prepping even simpler!

It’s as easy as pie. And you’ve saved hours of time spent staring inside the fridge, stressing about what to cook, last minute grocery store trips, etc.

 

If you’re more interested in learning about Toddler-Approved recipes, I’ll be posting an amazing roundup on Thursday!

 

how meal prepping can save a lot of time for busy stay at home moms

 

 

 

**Side Note:

After I wrote this, I took a look at my Ultimate Meal Planning Bundle and came across Erin Palmer’s eBook, The Art of Meal Prep 2. I cracked up because she mentions (and I’m quoting her here), “Hopefully you didn’t arrive here because you enjoy eating a few different variations of chicken, rice and broccoli for every meal.” Welp, my bad you guys! She’s the expert! (AND she’s my Featured Food Blogger of the Day! Go read more about her eBook over on my Facebook Page!)

 

An additional tip:

Whenever I cook up some pancakes, somehow I ALWAYS come out with way too many (hold on… is there such a thing as too many pancakes?). When I do cook more than my family can eat in a serving, I freeze them! The easiest way to do this is to separate each of the pancakes with parchment paper, wrap them in tin foil, and toss them in the freezer. They’re good for up to a month! When you’re ready to scarf down a quick breakfast, nuke them in the microwave and pair it with some fruit and yogurt! Take that for some easy meal prep!

 

how meal prepping saves A LOT of time for busy stay at home moms
 

Sometimes it’s hard to find a good meal prep schedule over the internet and even through Pinterest. Although Pinterest has many amazing meal prep ideas, I catch myself pinning for hours instead of pinning with a purpose. Then I rarely go back to actually read up on them. The rare times when I do, I can never find anything that really suits MY needs.

Then this little miracle called the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle came around and it is something you NEED to look in to.

If you’re a part of my email list or you follow my Facebook page, you’ll know that I am highlighting one Food Blogger included in this bundle every day this week. If you haven’t already, go read up on them after I tell you all about this amazing bundle!

 

The Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle

This bundle includes 4,099 fresh and healthy recipes! If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry I got you covered.

There are a total of 10 mini bundles included in this BIG bundle. This means they are categorized separately. Each bundle has the perfect combination of digital cookbooks, ready-made meal plans, shopping lists, kitchen tips, and more! You can choose to buy one of the mini bundles for $27 OR you can buy the whole bundle (ALL 10!) for only $20 more!

Trust me, it is a STEAL. I already purchased mine and started implementing my new meal planning routine today!

I’m sharing this information because I truly think it would be of great value to you! If eating healthy and/or losing weight is something that is important to you, then I encourage you to check them out. You can read more about the specifics of each mini bundle here.

One more thing, this bundle is time sensitive. Because of how awesomely (is that a word?) put together this bundle is, it is ONLY available from December 29th through January 5 at 11:59pm EST.

Healthy Meal Planning
 

If you’re not interested in purchasing the bundle, that is a-okay. But I also want to share with you that they are having a FREE Meal-Plan-Along Live Simulcast coming up tomorrow, January 3rd! You can register now and follow along to see how six different women feed their families using simple strategies to stay more organized, make meals come together more easily, spend less time cooking, and ensure healthy meals make it to the table even in the busy times.

 

Do you agree that meal prepping can save a lot of time for busy stay at home moms? Are you a meal prepper or a meal planner? How do you balance your meal planning/prepping? What recipes are your favorite go-to recipes?!

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  • Nicole
    January 2, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Oh how I need to improve in this area this year! Thanks for the reminder 🙂 Checking out the bundle!

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 2, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      You’re so welcome! It makes things SO much easier, doesn’t it? I hope you enjoy the bundle!

  • Kalyn
    January 2, 2018 at 8:01 am

    I’ve been meal prepping breakfasts for my husband and I since August and it saves so much time. I spend an hour a week to make it all and then don’t have to think about it again!

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 2, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      That’s awesome! Definitely easier to grab something and go in the morning! What kinds of breakfast do you prep?

  • Jen
    January 2, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I find if I don’t meal prep, we eat less healthy and get in a pasta rut. I love pasta, but we shouldn’t be eating it too often. When I’m organized, we eat a lot of fresh produce and healthy protein.

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 2, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      Yes, I feel the same way. If I don’t meal prep, then I end up settling for frozen or easy peasy dinners because I don’t want to deal with the stress of not knowing or cooking something up to then realize that I don’t have all the ingredients! (can you tell I’m speaking from experience?)

  • Melissa Javan
    January 2, 2018 at 9:31 am

    This isn’t just for SAHM, but good for working moms too. I needed a reminder to do this. Cooking every night is tough.

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 2, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      You’re right it’s definitely not just for Stay at Home Moms! Everyone should meal prep or at least meal PLAN! It makes dinner run so much more smoothly because then you can expect what you’re eating for dinner instead of stressing to figure it out last minute.

  • Jessica
    January 2, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I haven’t gotten where I meal prep many dinners or lunches yet, but I always meal prep breakfasts and it is a lifesaver! The mornings are too busy to try to cook breakfast. lol!

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 2, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      This is so true! I absolutely LOVE making Overnight Oats because they’re super easy and tasty! What kinds of breakfast do you meal prep??

  • Erin Haugerud
    January 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I need to make this a priority in 2018!

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 3, 2018 at 5:20 am

      Girl so do I! I love meal prepping/planning but sometimes I fall off of it as well. But this year will be different!

  • Vanessa / FashionAveMom
    January 3, 2018 at 6:13 am

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thanks!

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 3, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Of course! I’m so glad it’s helped you!

  • candy
    January 3, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Meal prepping is a life saveer. You don’t have to eat the same meals everyday. When I cook I like to cook say chicken where we will get several different meals out of one chicken.

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 3, 2018 at 9:57 am

      Yes I completely agree! I was just telling someone over on my Facebook page that meal prepping and just meal PLANNING is perfect because you can set it up so you have all meals with similar ingredients and in the long run, spend less money!

  • Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor
    January 3, 2018 at 7:49 am

    I have recently fell in love with meal prepping for lunch. My husband recently got a new job where he now works from home, so we are now together for lunch on most days. And without fail every day at 11am he asks me what’s for lunch. LOL! Now with meal prepping I know.

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 3, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Hahaha that’s awesome! And meal prepping sounds like the perfect solution for that! Although I’d be like, “You tell me buddy, it’s your turn to cook!” Haha!

  • Yolanda
    January 3, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Good reminder! I’m especially a fan of freezing food when I’ve made too much of something. I always freeze chilli and soups but need to do more. I got a waffle maker for Christmas and have already frozen a load of waffles. Need to plan more though to really get it together!

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 3, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Freezing waffles is a great start! You got one meal down! That already saves a lot of time haha!

  • Juanita Deloris
    January 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I’m not a mom, but I think the information you’ve shared is great for anyone who prepares meals for themselves and/or others. I’m going to pass this along.

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 3, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      You’re completely right, you definitely don’t have to be a mom to benefit from meal prepping! Meal prepping is great for anyone who wants to eat healthier or save more time in the kitchen!

  • Renee
    January 3, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Could not agree more! Meal prepping has been an absolute life saver as a SAHM.

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 4, 2018 at 12:52 am

      Girl, same here!! Love how much time I save!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries
    January 4, 2018 at 12:35 am

    One of my goals for 2018 is to be better at meal planning, and to not spend money on food that I never end up eating. I love your tips!

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 4, 2018 at 12:52 am

      Thanks so much! Even I’m still trying to get better! It’s tough sometimes but I keep thinking about how much stress will be taken off when i do 🙂

  • Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy
    January 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    I really want to get into meal prepping my lunches. I meal plan for dinners (I didn’t do it last week b/c I was all off from the holiday) and it was a disaster!

    • Sigoni Macaroni
      January 7, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      I know exactly what you mean. Any time I don’t meal plan it’s always a disaster. I was the same. These past few weeks I haven’t been meal prepping because of the holidays and going on vacation. Then when I was finally home and back to a routine, my meal prepping was not and I have wasted so much time staring into the fridge! This week I’m getting back on track though!