There is no shortage of meal preparation tricks out there for busy people. Every Sunday, my Instagram feed is full of pictures of people preparing beautiful meals for an entire week. They make it look so simple. I’m sure it is. Yet I find myself still in the process of figuring out what works for my schedule and my family.
We are in a season where trying new recipes and food is just not happening. We recently moved into a new home and have an endless list of house projects. I love it! But it does require most of my attention and energy, therefore exploring and preparing new meals has taken a back seat.
You may find you are in a similar season. A busy season of work may be requiring your full attention. A little baby may be requiring your full energy. This summer season may have totally changed your schedule, which requires you to adjust your routine. A new job, a new house, a new dog, (just fill in the blank for you) can all take you away from being creative with food options at meals.
If you are in the same boat as I am or foresee yourself being in this boat in the near future, I’ll share with you the best trick I have found that is helping me take the stress out of weekly meal preparation.
Formula for my meal prep trick:
- Pick two recipes with similar ingredients.
- Double the recipes.
- Prep the ingredients on one day.
- Make one recipe on the day you prep the ingredients.
- Make the other recipe the following day.
- Eat leftovers the next two days.
- Four days of meal from just one day of meal prep.
Here are my two go to recipes that my family loves (my 10 month old daughter loves both of these meals so no extra prep for her):
Both recipes require diced celery, carrots, onions, and garlic. I dice TONS of celery, carrots, onions, and garlic in one day preparing to cook the Turkey Bolognese recipe. I save the leftover vegetables to prepare the Lentil Soup recipe the following day. We eat leftovers the next few days. I didn’t work to create these meals on my own. I simply followed these recipes, making it simple during this busy season. The recipes have become hits in our home. Yes, much to his own surprise, my husband loves the zucchini turkey bolognese!
It’s nothing special or a new, but it has worked for me during this busy season. I hope it can be useful for you as well!
Do you have meal preparation tricks? If so, I would LOVE to hear them in the comments below!