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Sunday Meal Prep 10.26.14

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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

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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:

  • Oats
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Hummus
  • Tofu/tempeh
  • 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.

ALSO…

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!

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2 Comments

  1. Your meal prep looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I always make lentils too, so cheap and delicious. Meal prep has changed my life so much! I actually just made a little free guide– if you’re interested, although it looks like you’ve got it covered 🙂

    http://bethleahnutrition.com/

  2. This sounds delicious! Did you post recipes for the coconut curry lentils or Pineapple coconut stir fry with tempeh and cashews anywhere on your site? I couldn’t find it. Thanks! Great site.

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