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.
- 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
- 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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?!