In my last post, I mentioned that I prep meals and lunches on Sunday for the week ahead. I had a few questions about what’s in my containers in the fridge and how I prep for the week. So here goes nothin’!
I recently took the Enneagram Test to find out what number I am, and it turns out I’m an 8. Long story short, I’m SUPER type A and controlling. I’m not surprised by this, and neither is anyone who knows me. But all this to say, I thrive in calm, orderly, and controlled environments. So things like making a weeks worth of lunches and preparing ingredients for my weeknight dinners makes me really happy. I get that this isn’t how everyone works, but maybe it can help bring some order into your busy week too!
SUNDAY MEAL PREP
On Friday and Saturday, I plan my menu for the week and get the grocery shopping done. Then, on Sunday, I map out what items I can make ahead for dinner so I can just throw the meal together after I get home from work. So here are my meals from last week and how I prepped for them. PS my dinners were Halloween themed since it is, after all, Halloween this week!
* Eyeball Pasta (Recipe HERE): No prep needed. Super quick and perfect for a Monday!
* Spooky Shepherd’s Pie: Use your favorite Shepherd’s Pie recipe and just make a pumpkin shape out of peas and cheese.
Sunday Prep: Make Filling and put it one container. Make mashed potatoes and put in another container.
Night Of: Assemble, top with cheese, and bake!
* Stuffed Pepper Pumpkins (Recipe HERE): I used ground turkey instead of chicken
Sunday Prep: Make filling and store in a container.
Night Of: Prepare the peppers, fill, and bake!
* Gobblin Goop (aka chili with cornbread topper):
Sunday Prep: Cook ground meat, dice pepper and onion. Store in container.
Day Of: Assemble chili in slow cooker and cook during the day. That night, mix the cornbread batter. Fill ramekins with chili, top with cornbread batter, and bake.
* Roasted Harvest Veggies
Sunday Prep: Cut up brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and any other fall veggies.
Night Of: toss on sheet pan with olive oil, salt, & pepper and bake!
Next order of business is school lunches! I love THESE BENTO BOXES from Pottery Barn Kids (and they’re on sale for $10!! Go get you sooooome)! I open up all of the lunchboxes and fill the compartments: fill all berries, fill all yogurts, fill all fig newtons, fill all the apple sauces, make all sandwiches, etc. It’s like an assembly line! The kids actually like to help with this. Having them involved helps because they tell me what they want so I know they’ll actually eat it! Here are some lunch ideas:
FEW! That was a long one. I love making posts like this though! Let me know if you want more of this type of post mixed in! Gotta give the people what the want. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!