Weekly Food Prep Ideas: Be Prepared!

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  1. Krysten says:

    Megan, this was an amazing post! You are too funny, and I think I am like Scar when I don;t have a meal when i am supposed too. meal prep is super important if you are trying to diet and be healthy because you are not tempted to eat off your plan with something unhealthy.

    Last night, I was cooking 9 chicken breasts, 10 servings of rice, turkey burgers, and packing all my greens in tupperware. I do this every sunday, and once you have a routine in plan, it gets really easy! i generally watch netflix and cook all day on Sunday and have learned to enjoy it.

    Again, awesome post! You have a great style!

    • Megan Pulvermacher says:

      Thanks so much Krysten! I agree…meal prep gets so much easier once you have routine. It almost becomes mindless – makes more room for focusing on Netflix, haha. Sounds like you have some delicious stuff on tap for the week! Thanks for stopping by — keep it real :)

  2. Stella says:

    Hi! I enjoyed your article. I also found many useful tips. Ill definitely try the banana preparation and also with the chopped pepper and onions. Those were really great ideas. It will have the food ready to use when I need it. Thank you.

    • Megan Pulvermacher says:

      It’s AMAZING how much time I save during the week having everything already chopped up — the cooking part isn’t too big of a deal, but the back and forth to the fridge and all the tedious things that come with prep are nice to have out of the way, for sure. Freezing bananas basically changed my life, haha. Shakes taste (more) like thick, creamy milkshakes, and banana almond butter ice cream is to die for!

      So glad you were able to take away some useful tips — Have a great day, Stella!

  3. Bridget says:

    Great suggestions! Will try freezing pealed bananas…and coconut oil in coffee

    • Megan says:

      Thanks for the comment Bridget! I think you’ll find both methods to be borderline life-changing, not to mention delicious 😉 Stop back sometime and let us know how it’s going!

  4. William says:

    Excellent post Megan. I like the idea of trying to prepare for the week and especially browning all of your meat at once. I will definitely incorporate some of your ideas into my weekend so that my weekdays will be more easy cooking wise. Keep up the good work.

  5. Leo Emery says:

    Hi Megan,

    Being a chef for a long time doing meal prep came pretty naturally for me at home. Along with much of the same things you do I also make meals like a large batch of spinach lasagna, turkey meatloaf and such.

    I then portion it into the proper size and the wrap it in plastic wrap and then put all of them into a freezer bag and toss them in the freezer

    Now I have a frozen entree for dinner or lunch – I simply take it out the night before and I’m good to go along with a nice big salad.

    I also make all my own soups and do the same thing, make a big batch and then portion it into freezer bags, enough for two meals.

    Along with my fresh fruit I also have frozen fruit that I use for smoothies. Which includes freezing bananas. It makes smoothies nice a creamy.

    Fantastic post, keep them coming.

    PS. It sounds like your fridge and pantry is the same as mine – all full of good eats.

    Cheers
    Leo

    • Megan says:

      Hey Leo! Sounds like you’re definitely on your game! Being a chef before is probably a big help, haha. Frozen bananas take you smoothie game to a whole new level, don’t they? It’s good stuff :) I think you’re the guy I’ll go to if I need any ideas for recipes to mix up my prep!

  6. Lin says:

    I have found that when you have something prepared and waiting for you that you can live the straight and narrow so much easier. I have a new mantra…Earn your Hunger. If I am not hungry I don’t eat. Sounds simple right? Well, this goes hand in hand with advance food preparation. If the food is there ready and waiting I am more apt to eat healthy rather than run to a fast food place.

    Great website!

    • Megan says:

      Thanks Lin! Having food ready to go is a huge help, and really ends up saving a lot of money, too – since those fast food totals add themselves up pretty quickly. Timing when to eat is a struggle for me — if I eat a good breakfast in the morning, I find that I’m hungry more often throughout the day, which I love, because I usually bring a lot of food to work and I know it means my metabolism is fired up! I agree though, if I’m not hungry — I usually don’t make a trip to the fridge, unless I’m low on my macros for the day. I tell ya….the struggle is real!

  7. Amanda says:

    I really need to start preparing food ahead. I am always at a loss at what to eat and always go for the quick and easy. I am a stay at home mom, which is probably the worst job to have when you want to watch your weight and what you eat, at least for me it is. Too many snacky choices and bad foods in my cupboard. Plus I bake and decorate cakes as a hobby business and that doesn’t help matters. Preparing my food might actually help me curb that, but I always find everything so expensive when you buy too many fresh fruits and veggies. I guess I just need to try it anyway.

    • Megan says:

      I totally hear you on the temptation lurking around when you’re a mom. It’s so hard to say no to all of the extra stuff that’s around, and doing a whole extra meal prep, in addition to what the rest of the family is eating, is really hard. A good place to start might just be replacing one or two snacks a day with something that easy for you to prep — easier said than done, but it might be an easier place to start than full blown meal prep. Fruit and veggies can rack up the grocery bill quickly, for sure — I’m so glad summer’s here, for that reason! I have to shake my head every time I put out $3-4 for a head of cauliflower… I mean, really?

      Thanks for stopping by Amanda! If you want any more specific ideas for snack or meal recipes that you can integrate — let me know! I’d be happy to send some your way :)

  8. Andrea says:

    Hey Megan! Thanks for the grocery list ideas– I’ve been reading more about healthy eating and I’m seeing a lot of recommendations to start the day with 30g of protein. I’m all for eggs and turkey bacon, but do you have any other ideas to reach that goal daily? I’d like to get some variety in there so I’m not eating eggs every morning. Thanks for keeping it real!

    Andrea

    • Megan says:

      Great question, Andrea! Sounds like some good advice — I usually have around 40g of protein at breakfast, which comes from (usually) ground beef or turkey and an egg or two. BUT there are definitely days when I don’t have time to throw all of that together, so I’ll go with a shake — protein powder, frozen bananas, water/almond milk, donezo. Depending on protein powder you’re using, it’s pretty easy to hit 30g. You can make it lower carb by using ice instead of bananas. I love a good coffee shake in the morning — lots of options. I’ll be putting out a post with some shake ideas in the next week or so, so you’ll definitely want to check that out!

      Bars are another great way to get in some easy protein. Quest Bars are my personal favorite — Chocolate Mint Chunk is my jam right now. Ten second in the microwave, and you have a mint brownie on your hands, no joke. Quest Bars pack 20-24 grams of protein, so it’s a really good start to the day if you’re not able to get whole foods.

      Hope that helps a little!

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