About a month ago I started doing a meal plan and sticking to it. For real. I write out the plan before going grocery shopping and then I do the food prep. Obviously meal planning seems like something I would be an expert at since I am the person who makes all the meals in our home but no, I’m terrible at meal planning.
I’ve always done food prep after grocery shopping but now it’s very intentional, and it’s actually planned for the first time ever haha.
One thing I’m doing every week is making three large pizzas. I put two in the freezer for those nights that I’m behind or dealing with crazy kids and then I cook up one as a reward the night of food prep for doing all the food prep. It rules.
I use my standard bread recipe to make the dough.
I let it rest in the fridge for an hour or two before rolling it out into the crusts. I’ve been making pizzas for a long time and my process is really simple. Once the dough is rolled I pour tomato sauce on it.
This week I made one veggie, one pepperoni with olives and on bbq with chorizo sausage.
Once the toppings are on I sprinkle mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and then drizzle it with olive oil very lightly. The olive oil helps the cheese brown better. Then I sprinkle some herbs and salt on top to finish it.
Next I like to prep a few breakfasts and lunches for Shane. I don’t prep all of them since some need to be made closer to the day for freshness. But I do make a bunch of breakfast sandwiches.
The only lunches I prepped ahead this week were a bunch of homemade hot pockets.
They had tomatoes, onions, spinach, ham and cheese. I made a big batch to freeze. Some will go to a lunch this week and next week but it’ll last longer than this grocery cycle which is nice.
Other lunches I have on the meal plan for him are salads, sandwiches, and one leftover.
It saves a LOT of money to make his breakfasts and lunches. He sometimes leaves before the boys and I get up so having them ready to go is really important.
The one other thing I prepped on Saturday was a batch of beans.
Eli and I love beans. Shane and Avery aren’t big fans. However, having a quick addition of protein in our meals is nice. I mostly just have Eli eat them at lunch and I put them on my salads. I don’t put them in dinners unless I quickly make them into refried beans for tacos or something. No need to make them eat something they don’t like.
I also made granola…but I guess I forgot to photograph it! It was just a typical batch (coconut oil, maple syrup, nuts, dried fruits, oats, cinnamon, etc) but I added vanilla this time and it was SOOOOOOO good. I need to do that every time!
My meal prep time was brought to you by a long nap and the one time ever that Avery and Eli played together with the toy cars.
Avery is possessive of his cars and Eli is wild with them so they never play together with toys. However, this was a rare and beautiful moment.
Meal planning is hard but it’s really worth it. As for food prep, I have always loved it and setting aside that block of time on a slow Saturday is reeeeeallly nice. Who needs therapy when you can just cook all day?! Okay, I know it’s not everybody’s favorite thing but cooking has always been something I enjoy.
Do you meal plan or food prep?