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This past weekend has been crazy busy. We have had so much going on ad we did not get to our meal planning and prepping like normal and boy did we hate it! We just flow so much better when we are prepared and ready for the week.
Friday I helped a friend paint her condo. Saturday we cleaned house but I never made it to the store. Lots of little things that we got taken care of and then we had date night. Love Date Night!
Sunday we went to church then dropped off some fliers and then helped a friend move into her condo. Then went grocery shopping and came home and did meal prep. We were not going another week without it! Last week sucked without planning. Man, it didn’t take long for us to get into this routine. So here is our menu for this week. Again lots of these are foods that are on sale at Publix this week.
Our prep has become so much faster. Even after being out all day long we still got home and got our prep done. I love that we do this together. Makes it so much easier.
Recipes for this week.
Hope everyone has a great week. Keep on THRIVIN’!
We got out meal prep done! I think we did it in record time. LOL I love that my wife helps with prep, it really goes by so much faster. We alternate two days of meals for the week which makes it so much easier to meal prep.
So this week day 1 we have 2 eggs and 1 banana, apple and caramel dip, greek meatballs with pita bread and tzatziki sauce, celery and ranch dip, dinner make each night. Day 2 we have 2 apple oatmeal muffins, nutella with pretzel sticks, unstuffed cabbage rolls, cucumber and ranch dip, dinner make each night. We have 6 of every item you see in this picture. That is enough for both of us for 3 days. All items are prepped and put in the fridge for the week. Total grab and go to make life simple and easy.
The best part about prepping for 2 people is that most recipes serve 6 people so that gives us the perfect portion for the week. We only have to eat the same meal 3 times a week instead of 6. 🙂
Snack bags are the best!
We are ready for another week. Feeling wonderful about out meal prep and meal plan for this week and THRIVING!!!
This week Publix had so many meat items on sale. Add the fact that lots of them were Greenwise meats and this mama is in heaven. I almost always buy organic meat, organic eggs, and organic milk. I try my best to buy organic fruit and vegetables when I they are on sale. Organic can be expensive so I make the best of it and do what we can afford but for me meat, eggs, and cheese are a must to buy organic!
Our menu this week has lots of sale items on it. We live in a true BOGO state for Publix. This means we have to buy 2 items to get the one free. We cannot buy 1 at half price. So the items in green are the ones that are on sale this week at Publix. BOGO and sale items are great to stock up on if you need to. Jennie-O Ground Turkey is on sale for 3.99 a package, normally 5.99. GREAT stock up item that can be frozen!!! WIN!
I will be using turkey sausage for Tuesdays dinner. Also for Friday I am using pre-made teriyaki sauce instead of making it from the recipe. I alternate ingredients to make the recipes healthier. I always use turkey sausage or ground turkey instead of beef. I am using a pork tenderloin instead of a pork roast this week too.
Most of the spices I have on hand already. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar are BOGO this week so I bought some for stock up. I also bought extra ground turkey to put in the freezer that is not on this shopping list. Publix frozen veggies are another great stock up freezer item if you can afford it and have the freezer space. Hellmans Mayo is also BOGO if you need that for a stock item. 🙂 Happy Shopping!
Recipes for this week.
Meal prep is a huge advantage to help you stay on track. If it isn’t easy and readily available, you are not going to stick to your plan and get to your goal. Let’s face it, we are all busy and run around all the time. If you take just a few hours to prep your week you will see how much easier your week goes, how you stick to the meal plan, how you are prepared for dinners, and how much less stressful eating healthy becomes. We start our week on Monday so we prep on Sundays.
The first time we did a meal prep it took us about twice as long as it does now. Once you get a system down it becomes easier. I put my two helpers to work and we get meal prep for the week done in about 2 hours.
Having just a few meals to prep for breakfast and lunches makes prep go by faster as well. Don’t try to get overly fancy and alternate 7 lunches a week. You will get worn out and not stick to it. We alternate between 2 days of meals thru the week (every other day we eat the same thing). This means you can make one batch of turkey chili for the week (6 servings, 3 lunches for each of us). Two packages of chicken thighs will feed us the other 2 days (4 servings of 4oz of chicken, 2 lunches for each of us). See what I am saying. You don’t waste food either by having leftovers sit in your fridge and go bad.
Portion Cups are the best thing ever!!!
I bought a box of 500 portion cups and a box of lids to go with from Sams club. These are 2oz cups and work perfect for just about anything you only need a small amount of, or a single serving of. I use these for ranch dip, caramel dip, spinach dip, shredded cheese, sour cream, hummus, etc. You get the point. They are great to separate your foods into single serving sizes. Use portion cups with snack size baggies and you are set. We split out carrots, grapes, celery, and pretzel chips into portion sizes. This saves money because you are not buying single serve portions. You buy a normal bag and separate yourself. We use a small scale to measure the portions by grams or ounces.
We use these disposable containers for lunches. You can also wash them and reuse but if they get nasty just toss and buy new. These are $8 for a package of 25 at BJs and are a great size for lunches.
We have a pretty good system down. D portions out the snack items while I cook the breakfasts and lunches. This is what one day of breakfast, snack am, lunch, snack pm looks like. Since we both eat the same thing we make enough for each of us per day.
Meal prep for the week is done and ready to go.
Again, all dinner meals are made each day but having the menu and food ready for each meal take all the hassle out of cooking dinner. Give it a try!
Happy New Year!
The goal this year is fitness and nutrition. I am a believer you can change your life by diet and exercise. This is my new years resolution.
I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be fit. There is a huge difference! The last few months D and I have started meal planning and changing the way we eat to be a bit more “clean” – meaning less processed foods for us. While I know this isn’t the clean eating version some people have, it works for us. When I grocery shop, I shop the perimeter of the store more than the aisles. The goal is to eat natural growing and healthy foods and stay away from boxed and packaged processed foods. With that being said, I am also one of the worse and pickiest eaters ever! I am not adventurous with my meals at all and I don’t see that changing any time soon. So as I post our meal plans and grocery lists you will see that these meals are fairly simple. This also makes them very kid friendly which helps anyone who is cooking for a family.
This is the menu for this week. Each day comes out to around 1400 calories.
This is the shopping list and pricing for this week. I shop at Publix and this is the price for an entire week of food for our family (3 adults and 1 child). The items with no price are items that I had in the house already so I did not have to buy. Staples like seasoning and what not that I have on hand are not included in this list. When items are BOGO (buy one get one) I tend to stock up when I can. I buy frozen vegetables for dinners so they do not go bad in the fridge before I can use them.
Recipes to go with the menu.
We do meal prep for the week for breakfast and lunches. Dinners are made fresh every day.
Do you meal prep? What are your favorite meals?
So what do you do with a pallet that you have sitting in your garage collecting dust and taking up space? Your wife has many ideas she has found online but has not pin-pointed any one idea that she would like you do to with it. But don’t dare throw out that pallet!!! Oh no, that would be wrong. So finally we found a great use for that pallet that has been sitting in our garage for almost a year.
How about a pallet garden? This idea was so cool and so easy and fun to do with baby J. She is such an out-doorsy girl and she loves to plant flowers and grow things. This seemed like a perfect way to teach her about growing our own food. She was so excited.
So we went to the store and picked out what we wanted to plant. Of course we all wanted something different so we came home with half the store. Hope they grow. LOL
So let’s make a garden. Things you will need: Pallet, Hammer, Tacks, Weed Barrier, Dirt, Plant/seeds.
Start with a nice cold beverage. Please do not attempt to start this project before having all the necessary tools. This is the most important of all the items needed.
We found the perfect spot for our garden – partial sun – partial shade – the pallet fit great.
I took 4 of the slats out of the pallet, every other one, to make the areas larger for planting.
Cut the weed barrier to fit around the sides of the pallet and underneath.
I used U tacks to nail the weed barrier in place.
Tack the barrier around all the sides of the pallet.
I folded the edges over to keep them tight.
After the weed barrier is tacked down you can add your dirt. Having a cute little helper is a must!
Lay out your plants.
Once you have a good layout – Plant them.
Water when finished.
This was so much fun to do. We had a great time and baby J was so excited. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, egg plant, cantaloupe, zucchini, and squash.
After just a few weeks we already have veggies growing!
Baby J goes out every day and checks on her garden. She makes sure she waters it and checks to make sure everything is growing. It is adorable to watch her taking care of her garden and I love the delight and pride on her face when she sees new veggies growing. I am so glad we did this with her. D is going to bring home another pallet so we can plant more. LOVE our little garden.