Jul 22, 2014

Prepping for DAAAAYYYZZZZZ!!!!!

Have you ever sat and prepped a TON of food in one sitting??

Have you ever seen people do it and think they were absolute NUTS??

Well the other morning Adie and I did JUST that.  We wanted to prep some healthy meals that were easy for our parents.   With our mother's upcoming surgery, and her being the main cook in the house, we wanted the food to be EASY and ready for her and my dad, and that's just what we did.

Here are a few tips before you start this endeavor..

#1 Grab a friend.

This job was made significantly easier with a second person.  Adie put more time into the "harder" meals" while I knocked out the very simple ones.

#2  Pick out meals that have a few ingredients.

This should be a no-brainer.  Dinner doesn't have to be fancy.  We have talked about this 9 million times on the blog.  You can do basic and delicious.  My limit is usually around 7.  If it has more than 7 ingredients I usually skip it.

#3  Crockpot Meals are amazing.

I love the crockpot.  SERIOUSLY...it is my BFF and is about to be our parents' BFF for the next few weeks.  I love to put the food in and walk away.  A lot of the meals we prepped simple need you to take the meal out and thaw in the fridge for the next day.  Easy as that.

So follow on our journey of prepping 3 weeks of meals...
Since there were two of us we both just picked out five meals each and made lists of what we needed.  Adie made her list and I made mine.  Pretty simple.   Every meal on our list was made Gluten Free and besides the lasagna, most were extremely healthy.  My family is a meat and veggies type of family, which makes eating healthy a lot easier!
Color coding the lists just makes searching in the store that much easier.  It's not rocket science.  If your list isn't in any specific order you will be bouncing around from recipe to recipe.  A lot of people re-write out there recipe by grocery section (Dairy, Produce, Canned, Meat, etc).  Instead of re-writing the list we just took a crayon and colored over our words lightly so we could easily browse over our lists.  This seemed faster in our minds!!!
This really went pretty smoothly.  Only a few things were hard to find.  We weren't sure if they made Gluten Free Cream of Chicken soup...but Dierbergs carries it!! WooHoo.  It was in three of my recipes alone.  Cream of Chicken Soup is great for seasoning stuff in the crock pot!!!
 We caffeinated ourselves for the prep work...this step is obviously optional :)
We didn't take many pictures of the actual work.  All we really did was follow the recipes.  We will share some of our favorites that we made below.   Just remember when you are prepping to write the instructions on the bag and you are finished.  We had a HUGE cooler filled with foods for the freezer.  My parents should be set for weeks.  Now, our family is all about leftovers.  We made large dinners and expect to eat the leftovers for lunch throughout the week.  It is all about what is easiest right now!

So try it out.  Prep some healthy meals and have good food right at hand when you need it!!!

Here are the links to some of our favorites....

PaleOMG Pizza Spaghetti Pie

Chicken with Wild Rice

Creamy Ranch Potatoes and Pork Chops

Potato Soup

Sausage and Peppers

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken

Crockpot Fajitas



2 comments:

  1. Yum!!! I love to meal prep--I usually end up doing it just for me though. I can't wait to check out these recipes!

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  2. OAMC saves my sanity! As a working mom, I must have it. The last thing I want to hear when I get home is what's for dinner. Just a little planning and I'm set. Thanks for sharing your recipes you tried.

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