This weekend I finally stopped fighting the Sunday church crowd and made my grocery run on Saturday. Oh what a difference 24 hours makes. Things were in stock. No one got in my way (or vice versa). I didn’t have to wait for samples. And my cart was never at any point mistaken for anyone else’s. (One time someone accidentally hijacked a cart I had painstakingly filled with items that were being tracked on an elaborate budget/nutrition facts combo spreadsheet and I almost wept.)
I’m in my fifth or sixth week of Sunday meal prepping like I mean it, and it just keeps getting easier and remains cheap at less than $60 for all my food each week. Since I flew out of bed at 6am like I had somewhere to be today, I decided to use those extra early morning hours for this work.
Today I made:
- Coconut curry lentils (I always make lentils)
- Brown rice
- Pineapple coconut stir fry with tempeh and cashews
- Pineapple and honeydew chunks
On reserve in the fresh produce department I have:
- Green beans (for steaming as a side)
- Broccoli (for roasting as a side)
- Cauliflower (for boiling and mashing and topping on a lentil shepherd’s pie)
- Bananas (for smoothies and oatmeal)
- Carrots (for snacking)
My always-on-hand staples are:
- Whole wheat tortillas
- Canned beans
All that food goes a really long way. If you’re looking to do Sunday meal prep (for one), I recommend something along these lines:
- 1 batch of whole grain (like rice or quinoa, which is actually a seed but whatever) to use as a base for most meals
- 2 big one-pot meals (like lentils, soup, chili, stir fry, casserole or slow cooker recipes) to go over rice
- 3 proteins (mine are usually tempeh/tofu, nuts and beans) to top off your meal
- 4 fresh fruits (I usually go with pineapple, berries, melon and bananas) for snacks, breakfast, smoothies and whatnot
- 5 fresh vegetables (mine are usually green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts and a leafy green) for sides and snacks
- assorted staples: almond milk, bread (or wraps), hummus, peanut butter, oats, CHOCOLATE
That’s how I come at it. Anybody else on the meal prep bandwagon.
I know I’m not the only one who cleans upholstery like this. Do not lie to me. Vacuum cleaner attachments are a waste of time.
Have a great week!