Day 1: Sunday Food Prep for the Week

One of the toughest things for me to do during the work week is to get up, get dressed, and get out the door in the morning without forgetting a purse, a shoe, or even a kid! I have come to realize that the difference between leaving the driveway at 6:57am versus 7:01am makes the difference between getting to work on time and, well, not! So, in order to do this, I must start my weekly preparations on Sunday. The hubby and I have found that if we work together for a couple hours on Sunday to get some meals cooked and get our fresh fruits and veggies washed, chopped, and put away, not only do our mornings run more smoothly, but our evenings do as well. Here are a few things that work well for us on the weekends:

~Grocery shop on Saturday afternoons or Sundays after church.

~Spend a few hours washing, chopping, and putting away (preferably in individual-sized containers) any fresh fruits and veggies that we plan on using for lunches and/or snacks throughout the week.

~Cook a couple meals that will work well as leftovers for dinner throughout the week, and store in the fridge in individual servings. This way, the containers can work as a quick grab-and-go lunch or as dinner a few nights during the week.

In addition to Sunday prep, we have made it a point to get lunches and breakfasts for the next day as ready as possible before we go to bed at night. These extra few minutes at night save us from lots of extra stress in the mornings!

 

Here’s a shot of my fridge after this Sunday’s veggie/fruit prep for the week:

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Note: The clear, plastic containers are from Sam’s Club (http://www.samsclub.com/sams/16oz-deli-container-240ct-w-lid/prod8980183.ip?navAction=)! They are amazing little creations! They come in 3 sizes–cup, pint, and quart, and the same lids fit all three sizes! They can go from freezer, to microwave, to dishwasher like little champs! They make organization (in the freezer, fridge, cabinet, lunchbox) a breeze! Getcha some! Seriously!

 

I also made a huge chicken and sausage gumbo on Sunday! We used the cup-sized containers and put rice and gumbo in one container so that we just have to pop them in the microwave, and voila! I’m not sure about your kids, but mine are MUCH happier with a bowl of leftover gumbo (or beans or other homemade meal) than they are with chicken nuggets from the freezer!

 

So, if you are like us, and your morning minutes are ever so valuable, get a plan in place for weekly and nightly food prep routines! I promise, you’ll thank me!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tiffany
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 02:30:11

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Reply

  2. ThisOrganizedLife
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 03:24:39

    Thanks for sharing. I am still trying to make weekly food prep a normal thing in our house.

    Reply

  3. Joy
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 02:39:47

    Wow… you are so neat! Love this!

    Reply

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