Weekend Recap + How I Cooked A Weeks Worth of Meals in 2 Hours (This Week’s Meal Prep)

  Sep 10, 2018  |  #Eats/WIAW

I hope you had a great weekend! Cam and I went to a Sweet Feet meeting on Saturday, which is a team of runners around the state who will be representing NC Sweet Potatoes! If you guys remember, I developed some recipes for them earlier this year and many of them are runner friendly. So, we got to eat them at the training day! These are the sweet potato coconut ginger energy bites + sweet potato blueberry baked oatmeal.

We also did a scavenger hunt of finding sweet potato signs around the city, went over some logistics, and I got to meet the other team members. We also toured a sweet potato packing facility (where they store them before cleaning and sending them to the grocery store) and the farm where they grew them!

On Sunday, I went for a 5 mile run in the cooler morning weather (I LOVED it!), then did some grocery shopping and meal prep. I thought it’d be fun to show you guys what I prepped this week, in just a few hours time. I feel so good knowing I won’t really have to cook much this week. I’m a huge fan of meal prep, but I’m very inconsistent with it. But, I KNOW how much easier it makes my life, especially with a newborn. There just isn’t enough time at night to cook dinner, clean up, hang out with Cam, blog, etc. I really have no idea how to do it all and some days I just feel like a complete mess.

I based my grocery list off of these recipes. I tried to pick recipes to use up a lot of what I had (i.e. lentils). I only spent $54 on groceries this week since I had the majority of what I used. This is actually another motivator to meal plan, because I know I’ll save so much $$.

Anyway… Here are the recipes I chose for the week. I’ve been really craving some spaghetti squash so that went on the menu.

Sunday/Monday

BBQ Lentil Sloppy Joes. I don’t have a pressure cooker, so I just made them on the stove. I love the flavor. I think I’ll be throwing these on salads, pasta..everything..in the future!

How I Cooked A Weeks Worth of Meals in 2 Hours

Tuesday

Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats. I was going to use my recipe, but I forgot to buy canned artichokes. It was good to try something new! Plenty of extra stuffing too.

How I Cooked A Weeks Worth of Meals in 2 Hours

Wednesday

Turkey Burgers + Alexia Sweet Potato Fries. I already had both of these.

Thursday

Planning on leftovers this day or maybe grabbing dinner with a girlfriend.

Friday

Out. When we eat out, we go early (like 5:30pm) so we can get back for Cam’s bedtime. I’m pinning down where I want to go.

Snacks:

Tahini Brownies – I made these Saturday night and they were gone by Sunday afternoon. Definitely recommend, especially paired with oreo ice cream.

How I Cooked A Weeks Worth of Meals in 2 Hours

Pumpkin Cookies – I made these and wasn’t super crazy about the texture, so gave them to Ed to snack on while driving lol. I’m more of a hearty (regular flour) kinda girl for my cookies.

Chocolate Lentil Bars – These are nice and chewy! These will be perfect to just eat before client sessions or snack on in the car. The times I’m most mindless is when I’m snacking because the breastfeeding hunger will just come on all of a sudden and I need something quick. I haven’t been great at having prepared snack options, so this week I changed that. Between these and the muffins (and the fruit/string cheese I bought), I should be good.

How I Cooked A Weeks Worth of Meals in 2 Hours

Banana Chocolate Muffins

Methods:

I actually made the lentils earlier on Sunday – super easy. Boiled them for a few minutes and then just let them sit. While they were sitting, I drove to the grocery store to pick up on my online grocery order (still milkin’ this – I may never grocery shop again! Lol). When I came home, I unloaded groceries and had cooked lentils for the recipes. So, I first mixed the chocolate lentil bars in the blender and threw those in the oven. While those were baking, I microwaved the spaghetti squash (a super easy way to cook it – see here if you’re curious), and in a pot, started the ingredients for the BBQ lentil sauce. In a pan, I also started sauteeing onions, pepper, beans, corn and spices for the spaghetti squash stuffing mixture.

Once the lentil bars were done baking, I separated the squash from the seeds and finished sauteeing the stuffing for the squash. I threw the stuffing back in the squash, topped it with cheese and baked it for 10 more minutes. While that was baking, I checked on the BBQ lentil sauce, and mixed in the already cooked lentils, and let that start to cool. Then, I started mixing the batter for the banana lentil muffins. I was going to sautee from zucchini and mushrooms that I bought as well, but I got a little sidetracked and that will have to wait until tonight or tomorrow night.

I now feel like I have a much clearer head going into this week. And it’s such a relief to not have to worry about dinner. For lunches, I’ll probably do a combination of leftovers and turkey sandwiches. I bought turkey, some fruit, milk, yogurt, nuts, cheese, veggies and dark chocolate at the grocery store. So, that’s where the rest of my money went.

Do you meal prep consistently or just wing it? 

Do you have a recipe that you make all the time?

8 responses to “Weekend Recap + How I Cooked A Weeks Worth of Meals in 2 Hours (This Week’s Meal Prep)

  1. I bet Cam loved all of the new sights and sounds on the potato factory tour. I never thought about the intermediate when it goes from farm to grocery store.

    I don’t meal prep per say but I will plan my meals so I know what is for dinner each day. Although I say that and I didn’t plan for this week haha. Oop!

    1. Yea, it’s a really interesting process. I’m so fascinated by farmers and how they do the work they do!

  2. It is SUCH a relief to know you have lots of things you can just grab and have all through your week. That is definitely me, specifically with baking muffins and snacks just to have if I want them. Such a good feeling. So well done! You were a definite master this weekend. And yay for amazing lentils!! Aha. I had those bars pinned earlier – definitely going to make them soon

  3. I do a lot of meal prep too! I feel like once I go back to work after maternity leave its going to be even more important to prep. I plan out my meals and try to prep for the ones early in the week and do faster meals towards the end of the week. I used to make lots of snacks and desserts but I’ve let that slip lately!

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