After a long hiatus, I am back to meal prepping on Sunday. We have been lucky since school has started. All of our activities have fallen on Saturday, so while our Saturday is crazy, Sunday has truly been a day for doing adulting things…church, lunches, signing folders, laundry, ironing, and, of course, MEAL PREP! So much fun!
I started with tuna salad (#looksdisgustingtastesdelicious).
This was made with white meat tuna, carrots, onions, celery, and hard boiled eggs. I enjoy a little crunch in my salad. The dressing is 2 tablespoons of mustard and 1 tablespoons of Hellman’s Real mayo.
This can be eaten over greens, in a sandwich or straight from the container. Let’s be honest, 9 times out of 10 I will eat this straight up. Protein for the win!
Next was carrots and celery. If I prep them and put them in baggies I am more likely to eat them and pack them in my kids lunches. I also washed apples, grapes and blueberries and put the into ready-to-grab containers. In the back are cheese sticks and gogurts for quick snack options.
Finally, cheese and nuts were portioned and placed in containers. I must admit I have spent a fortune on Sargento ready-to-eat containers of cheese and nuts. Then I came out of the fog, developed a grocery budget and realized that had to change. I spent $14 on containers in August and have saved probably $50 on this item buying bulk cheese at Costco and bulk nuts at Trader Joe’s.
I have been protesting dinners lately. I spend so much time making them and then people (aka my kids) will not eat anything. Momma ain’t got time for that! So I am trying to make some kid-friendly but healthy dinners so that maybe, just maybe I won’t have to hear so much whining.
Dinners this week will be as follows:
Monday: Chicken Parmesan sandwiches or salads
Tuesday: Mongolian Beef with brown rice
Wednesday: Leftover ham and beans with pasta and spinach
Thursday: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Friday: Most likely Pizza
Hopefully I am setting myself up for success this week. I am trying to eat a little more clean then I have been so we will see how that goes. Deprivation is not my style so I am making subtle changes as to not feel deprived or overwhelmed.