It is no secret, I am not a great cook.
When it comes to my food I keep it very simple. I don’t do any fancy sauces. It doesn’t need to look pretty. Really, it just needs to be cooked enough so it wont kill me…. I know I set high standard.
Some days, like this weekend… after work, errands, and all the things that are on the to do list, I would rather sit on the couch and watch Adam Sandler movies prepping my meals is the last thing I want to do . Billy Madison may help make my abs better by laughing so hard (yes, I still laugh). I know if I don’t do prep my meal I will have to either make food on a busier week day OR buy somethings pre-made… which hits the wallet and the macros more than I would like to.
A show of hands who has been there before? There’s no tricks and you still need to do it. BUT here’s your promise to keep it simple!
Step 1: Make your plan for the week.
I normally make food for 6 days, leaving Wednesday as my “free” day. No, that does not mean I go out to eat or stay from my path really. Normally, this meals I might try my hand at making a fancy dinner (key word try) .
Step2: Make your shopping list for the store.
I write out my list to the oz/ servings I will need. This week:
Chicken 36 oz
Turkey 36 oz
Tuna 6 packs (which I forgot but I have 2 at home already)
Egg whites 3-4 different veggies for the 6 days (this week Green beans, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Asparagus)
Gluten Free bread
Quinoa/rice/ sweat potato
This was all about $45 for the 6 days of food.
I already had:
Oats Nuts/ Nut Butter
Step 3: Plan your attack.
One of the reason I’m not a great cook is I can never get the timing down. Something is always done way before the rest of the things. For meal prepping for the week that’s not a huge deal but I’m a clock racer… always trying to get one more thing done in a day. This is also one of the “excuses” I get from my clients…. “Kristy, I just don’t have the time”… I say again, keep it simple.
Start time 7:30pm
Start oven and pan on stove.
Get the meats and the sweet potato going. Remember this is lazy meal planning so the sweet potatoes are washed and thrown into the microwave. (Yes, I know it’s not the best, but this is about quick and easy not if I’m going to die from eating microwaved foods).
Wash the veggies and cut them. Because I’m very lazy I’m not going to cook the green beans. I’m just going to eat them raw, they have a great snap to them. 🙂 I did cook the broccoli and the asparagus after the turkey was done So I could use the same pan. (Saving on dishes and clean up)
The hardest and the task that takes the longest… find Tupperware and it’s matching cover! BRRR
Once everything is cooked I weight and measure out the meat and the carbs. But because I am not in prep I don’t measure my veggies, I just make sure I have at least 6-8 cups a day.
Done and cleaned up but 8:08.
I know the plan above seems so easy… THAT’S BECAUSE IT IS. I get it… we all have the thing(s) that take so much energy to start, but all you need is to get the ball rolling. (A confession I hate folding and putting laundry away… I have NO energy for that) 😉
I will leave you with a link below… and yes, this applies to more than just prepping your food.
Keep Moving Forward.