The Discovery of Meal Prep

By: ChildcareBlog
Oct
31
2014

This week I have discovered a game changer for my family!

I have days when I am just too tired or too busy to cook. I want my family to eat healthy and I do not want to order pizza AGAIN. However, I find that with all the activities the girls are involved with, our calendar fills up quick and sometimes I am not left with many other options. They have to eat right? So, I did something new this week. This magical thing called meal prep! I will admit that for me, meal prep seemed like a Pinterest idea for people with more time and more patience than me. Although eating well is important to me, I feel as though lately I've been eating more and more convenience foods. Something had to change.photo 2

I decided to make my meal prep day Sunday. Sunday is a more relaxed day in my house. I researched recipes ahead of time and was ready to get to work. For my first attempt at this meal prep concept, I made a double batch of homemade butternut squash soup, two different kinds of protein muffins, a zucchini bake, cooked up some vegetarian protein and cleaned and cut fresh vegetables. The whole process took me about two hours, but I'm sure I could get it done faster once I get a few practice runs under my photo 3belt. The protein was hard for me because I am a vegetarian but if you eat chicken, you could easily throw an onion and a pack of chicken in the crockpot and have shredded chicken all week.

photo 1The moral of the story is that I ate well this week and my family ate well this week. Healthy snacks were a breeze. Although I did not prep enough for every meal, it sure was nice to have healthy food ready to go. A homemade cup of soup, matched with a sandwich on the plate and Voila! I actually made so much soup that I was even able to freeze some for another upcoming week.

I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to look at a refrigerator full of healthy foods ready to go!

 

Here are the Recipes I used:

Butternut squash soup-- Roast one butternut squash, one onion and two small apples until soft. Blend. Add broth to desired consistency. Add seasoning to taste.
 
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Lisa Pokoluk is a stay at home mother of two beautiful girls aged 3 and 6– both with special needs. She believes motherhood is the ultimate adventure and approaches every aspect of parenting with a little comedy and a positive attitude. Lisa is a motivational coach, an online fitness coach and runs free clean eating challenges monthly on Facebook. You can connect with Lisa at Fitness Faster with Lisa Marie on Facebook or at www.teamheartandgoals.com

Tags: Health & Fitness, meal prep, fast dinner, New Moms, Recipes, Parent Tips and Tricks

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