I'm a huge advocate of food prep because I would fail miserably at healthy eating if I didn't take an hour out of my weekend to fill storage containers with all the little things I need to make quick and healthy meals. Cooking has been difficult since the arrival of my 2nd child, Stella. That was 2 years ago and it hasn't gotten any easier for me to make fancy home-cooked meals. Now, meals are simple and nutritious and most importantly, fast to make!
Although I'm not a pro at food prep, even just preparing the basics is the difference between a week of healthy eating and a week of... well, let's not go there. Here's what I usually make in an hour on the weekend:
- a dozen hard boiled eggs
- prepare 2 cans of tuna with olive oil, salt, pepper and a dash of mayo
- rinse and tear apart 2 heads of lettuce
- chop 1 red onion
- wash, peel and slice celery and carrot sticks
- roast beets and chop them
- steam a couple stalks of broccoli
- wash and prep radishes
- prepare a giant pot of vegetable soup OR a roasted vegetable & lentil salad
It's a solid hour of work, but it's usually enough prep to carry me through to the next weekend. Plus, one hour on the weekend saves me several hours of work during the week. After I have done my food prep, I have healthy sides, snacks and meals to choose from which keeps me on track and makes it unnecessary to spend money on packaged food and restaurants. It's a win-win.