Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Meal Plan/Food Prep Linkup Shebang

Hello neighbors! Before we get down to business, I want to wish my brother Stephen a very happy 30th birthday. Here's his blog from last year. You'll hear some pearls of wisdom from him tomorrow.

Every weekend I do my food prep for the week to ensure I have easily accessible healthy options, and then I do my food prep so that I don't have to come home from work and cook most nights.

Do I get up excited to do meal planning and food prep on Sundays? No, I do not. In fact this Sunday I wanted to sit my fat ass on the couch all day and watch 80s movies, but I finally got into the kitchen with a frown on my face and 40 minutes later I was back to the beloved couch. I knew if I didn't get in there and do it I'd be kicking myself all week while eating cookies and tortilla chips for dinner, and regretskies are not for me.

This week was a bit different since I'm only going to be here for three days, but I still did enough to get me through the shortened week.

Breakfasts: egg salad (lots of celery) made with avocado and plain greek yogurt instead of mayo on whole wheat sandwich rounds and strawberries. I need my eggs in the morning and have been doing egg bakes for a few weeks so it was time to switch it up.
Lunches: Quinoa with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and a bit of feta. I flavored it with some onion powder and a dijon/olive oil/white wine vinegar dressing.

Snacks: Sliced cucumbers, carrot sticks, grape tomatoes. I prep the cucumbers in the morning, I don't like for them to get gross. I have some hummus to take to work and leave there as well.

Sunday dinner: homemade pizza topped with pizza sauce (made on Monday), homemade dough (made Saturday), olives, baby bellas, and sliced mozzarella.
Monday dinner: Orzo caprese salad (just orzo, halved grape tomatoes, chunks of mozzarella and a balsamic vinegar dressing), steamed broccoli, rotisserie chicken
Tuesday dinner: black bean quesadillas from the freezer
Wednesday dinner: leftovers!
Quinoa and orzo going simultaneously to save time / caprese pasta salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing I whipped together / pizza toppings
All set for the week in 40 minutes of prep time on Sunday. What's on your menu?

Link up with me and Nichole from Casa de Crews!!


  1. Yummy! I like your idea for egg salad in the morning, I almost always make baked eggs but am getting a tad bored. Happy Birthday to your bro!

  2. Mmmmmmm... where are the recipes?

  3. So not only are you going to come organize my closets and makeup drawers, you are gonna help me with me food prep, too?!?!?!

    Hahahah. You're an inspiration to us all. I really need to start doing something like this, but I only know how to make the same 5-6 dinners over and over.

  4. I love that you're doing this link up and I wish I could participate, but ... well, you know me.

    Happiest of Birthdays to Stephen!

  5. Your food looks beautiful,too. Planning like this you do not sabotage yourself and eat crap.
    Love the egg salad idea, too.

    And, I have another child in their 30's! Time to make his chocolate cake!

    Enjoy this glorious day.
    love your Momma

  6. yumm. i'm sure it sucks beforehand but then you are just DONE. awesome!

  7. omg I need you to come cook for me, seriously. Avocado and yogurt? Interesting! I HATE mayo, or mayo like substitutes, it grosses me out.

  8. That orzo salad looks delish. I made a mediterranean one a few weeks ago, and it is a new favorite.

    I am so intimidated by quinoa. I need to get over it and just give it a shot.

  9. Making egg salad with Greek yogurt is so smart!

  10. One day I will conquer this...

  11. you've given me some ideas for meals and snax! thanks!


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