Make Ahead Meals

Two days in a row! I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week 2015.  Today's topic is make ahead meals.


I have completely jumped onto the make ahead bandwagon this school year, so I was happy to see this as a topic! Here's how it's working for me so far.

Planning

I am attempting to do all of my meal planning and grocery shopping, as well as some of my meal prep on Sunday. To make it easy on myself, I'm eating the same breakfast and lunch every day. When I get tired of what I'm eating, I'll mix it up. 

Breakfast

I'm currently on a big smoothie kick. To make my smoothies for the week, I need milk, peanut butter, frozen strawberries, ice, and baby spinach (don't knock it 'til you try it!). My go to recipe is:

1 cup milk
large handful of spinach
1 banana
5-6 frozen strawberries
1 T peanut butter

Takes 30 seconds to blend and you have a delicious smoothie that keeps you full until lunch! I notice a huge spike in my energy levels when I drink this, as well as an improvement in my hair, skin, and nails. I would highly recommend these smoothies to anyone!

Lunch

Truth be told, I'm more of a snacker when it comes to lunch. So I grabbed a couple of these Rubbermaid kits...


...and I fill up the containers with cheese, ham slices, pepper slices, grapes, etc. The tiny containers on the top are the perfect size for a hard boiled egg, or a few tablespoons of hummus.  This is the perfect size meal for me for lunch. Just enough to fill me up, and it doesn't make me drowsy like a big lunch does.

Dinner

This has been a big adjustment for me, because I'm not a huge fan of leftovers. It's been a challenge to find things I'll eat over and over again, but I've found a few go-to recipes. On Sunday I'll make a casserole or slow cooker meal that can last through Thursday, and then when I get home during the week I just have to pop it into the microwave and I'm good to go! I have a long commute and I exercise before I leave for work, so I'm up super early...and when I get home I don't want to think about prepping a meal! This way I have something homemade and relatively healthy to eat every night (I treat myself on Fridays). Here are some recipes I've made recently and enjoyed:


Loaded Chicken and Potatoes Ok...this one isn't too healthy but it's sooooo good


Looking forward to getting ideas from other blogs in the linkup! Be sure to visit Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week 2015.




6 comments

  1. I just bookmarked the burrito bowls--they look so tasty! For as often as we eat out at Chipotle, these would be perfect! I'm not a leftover fan either so I always struggle with dinner when I'm not in the mood.

    Tiffany
    KTeacherTiff

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    1. The burrito bowls are great...the recipe makes SO MUCH, and you can kind of mix it up with how you serve it...over salad, with chips, different topping, etc. Highly recommend!

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  2. Since it's just me at home now, I've really gotten into making smoothies for supper--I dink around in the mornings, so I never have time for them for breakfast. :-) I agree about big lunches causing drowsiness. I usually just have fruit and yogurt so I can make it through the afternoon. I'm definitely trying the burrito bowls! Thanks!

    Melanie

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    1. I don't know how people eat big meals and then go back to work for the rest of the day...it's naptime for me when that happens!

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  3. I am definitely a lunch snacker, too! I love those little containers. I actually look forward to my lunch when I know that I have lots of choices.

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