People ask how I manage to bring my breakfast and lunch to work and cook my dinners so many days a week. I work 10 to 11 hours a day and I run or go to spinning 4 to 5 days a week. This definitely doesn’t leave much time for cooking.
The key to making this happen is planning ahead and harnessing the power of Sunday. First, use Sunday nights to prep meals for the entire week (and it doesn’t take all day)
Write out your menu for the week: Figure out when you’ll be home at night, what is going on at work/school and then write down what you’ll be eating for all your meals and snacks (don’t forget snacks!). Take into account that you’ll be making large batches of meals to eat as leftovers throughout the week. For example: Tonight I made enough veggie burgers to last me 5 different meals (lunch or dinner).
Go to the grocery store and stick to your list: If you follow your carefully thought out list you’ll stay on course instead of randomly grabbing ingredients that you aren’t sure when you’ll use. This helps cut back on having to throw away unused produce at the end of the week.
Prep: Tonight I boiled a dozen eggs because I eat hard boiled egg whites (and a banana) for breakfast. I made veggie burgers for the week. I cut up carrots and celery to eat as snack. I made a beet salad. I baked a banana bread.
Pack: Every morning all you need to do is open your fridge and pull out what you’ve already made!
When I’m leaving for work I always feel happy knowing that I’ve already figured out what I’ll be eating that day so I don’t need to worry or even spend time thinking about it. Plus, when I know I’ve packed healthy snacks I’m less likely to hit up the office supply of cookies and chips!
A few other tips I’ve learned along the way:
PBJ is your friend. It’s so easy to make and if you pack it once a week you won’t get sick of it! I also occasionally make tofurky, tomato and cheese sandwiches.
Freeze your leftovers. I always make extra, but sometimes I make EXTRA and pop it in the freezer so there is always a back up.
This might not be the healthiest option BUT, I keep an emergency box of Amy’s Mac and Cheese in my cupboard for nights when I just do not have the energy to cook. Make that in 10 minutes and microwave some frozen broccoli and voila: dinner.
My weekly staples include: Eggs, bananas, apples, avocados, black beans, lentils, tomatoes, giant yogurt tub, milk, english muffins. These items get me through the week.
I hope someone out there finds this helpful! It’s totally worth the couple hours it takes on a Sunday evening.
This entry was written by food blogger Michelle of “An Eclair to Remember”. You can see the original post here.
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"Glenn Beck be damned: Don’t buy gold bars; buy chocolate.”
I was sitting, rather unpleasantly, at a large communal table of highly opinionated guests who spent the majority of our meal waxing poetic on their opposition to gay marriage, agnostics, and religious indifference. No controversial social issue would go unexamined, it seemed.
…and then the check came.
For the first time in three hours, very comprehensive dialogue had suddenly sputtered into awkward silences despite being presented with a moral question that happens to be just as subjective: How much should you tip your waiter/waitress?
I tell you, dear readers, it was difficult to hold back a flood of pithy remarks and a sinister laugh, the irony of the situation almost too much for me to endure. Apparently this was not covered during weekly bible study…
I realize the mere thought of pan frying a calorie bomb like birthday cake in butter might cause a sudden flush of guilt mixed with self-awareness. I doubt you were as self-conscious that night you decided to down a pair of Long Island Iced Teas and a few beers during the span of a few hours either. People are just funny like that sometimes…
If it’s really that big of a deal, cutting it down to an amuse-bouche will likely help you live with yourself for the rest of the day…