January 25, 2016

Weekend Food Prep 1

Happy Mon-YAY everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram you see that almost every weekend I post a few pics of my weekend food prep.

I personally love reading blog posts on food prep because they give me such great idea. So I thought I’d try a new little segment I am calling Weekend Food Prep {genius, right?!?!}.

Some weekends are so busy that I don’t do a ton of food prep. Others, like this weekend, are full of it!

I guess what I am hoping is that by sharing my weekend food prep, it will inspire some of you to do the same because prepping food on the weekend leads to less stress during the week.

Let me know in the comments what you think about this new blog segment!

Both mornings I was up early and made sure to enjoy a few cups of coffee before starting on the food. No coffee could lead to bad things like me cutting off some fingers and nobody needs a trip to the emergency room that early in the morning!

I had originally planned to cook a new soup recipe in my big stockpot on the stove while I let some chili cook in the slow cooker. Then I realized that I was down to only a few cups of homemade broth in the freezer, so I changed my plans.

From the freezer I gathered the turkey bones I had put away after Thanksgiving along with some veggies and herbs and started on a batch of turkey broth {using this recipe}.

Once my broth was cooking away, I started prepping for a delicious and economical new soup recipe that I will be sharing soon! A soup that makes me go back for a second bowl and is affordable is a keeper in my book!

At this point both my broth and my soup were on their own and I could move on to some fun food experiments.

I have always wanted to know how green beans would taste roasted and the answer is AMAZING!

Gary said the finished product reminded him of french fries, which is what I was going for. Within 30 minutes of coming out of the oven, they vanished into our stomachs!

I’ll show you the finished product in another post where I share my simple & delicious recipe!

For dinner we ate some of the soup with the sweet potato fries pictures below.

Besides dinner for Saturday, my soup recipe will give us at least 8 more servings. I froze the remaining soup for a dinner later this week and some lunches.

Sunday morning I awoke to the scent of finished turkey broth. After I strained it, I enjoyed a fresh cup while I started on another day of food prep.

I started with roasting some butternut squash that I threw into the slow cooker for chili.

In that same chili, I added some browned ground beef, mushrooms, canned tomatoes and onions. I totally blanked and forgot to buy bell peppers this week, so it was a very simple chili.

I also roasted a few trays of sweet potatoes for breakfast during the week. Once it was done, I cut up some sausage and mixed it up in a container.

Finally I cooked up some Coconut Mustard Chicken. I know that in the next few weeks I won’t have as much time to food prep on the weekends and want some meals ready to go!

Looking back on this weekend, I realize that I did a TON of cooking! The funny thing is that I don’t feel like I spent a lot of time in the kitchen.

For those of you wondering how I am doing on my Whole30, this weekend was a breeze. Today starts day 7 and it will be a long day at work {I’ll be there 12 hours for Homecoming activities} so I am bringing extra food just in case.

Hope your Monday is as awesome as you are! 🙂

Did you do any weekend food prep?
Were you snowed in this weekend?


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  1. Your food looks delish! We don’t do food prep for the week ahead but I do all my menu planning and shopping on Sunday. My husband cooks most nights, but I do cook on my day off.
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  2. Ok Gary has me IN with the french fry reference. I shall report back :-).
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  3. I do wish I was better at food prep everything looks so organized! Have a great week
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  4. No snow and no food prep here. 🙁
    All of your food looks SO great! My husband makes food prep nearly impossible since he won’t eat any soups or chili or anything that has been frozen. He’s a near raw meat kind of guy. Honestly I do so much better on weeks he’s away on business. Sigh.
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  5. Your meal prep is impressive!

  6. Great job! I need to food prep each week…it’s been a struggle and I think I just don’t know where to get started. I’m glad you’re writing these posts because I honestly need the inspiration! The soup sounds really good!
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  7. I love weekends where I get to space out the food prep. We often have to do it all on Sunday afternoons which makes for weird dinner that evening because I am so tired of all the food we’ve been making! This all looks delish and I totally love your Cinderella mug
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  8. I am not a food-prep-er. I do my meal plan for the week on Sundays, and that’s about as far ahead of myself as I get! Though, realistically, most of the things we eat do not really require much prep. And anything that is ever overly-complex is normally something that goes in the crockpot anyway, so it can be done earlier in the day (which the energy is still there, versus trying to do it at night when I’m wore out from everything else that happened!).
    I have, however, debated doing this many times – I think it may be time soon! I’ve found quite a few different chili recipes I’m looking to try out! 😀
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  9. Nicely done! I do a moderate amount of food prep. I’ll make some post-workout snacks and anything that will take longer than an hour to cook. Then I bring all my salad ingredients to work with me and just stash ’em in the fridge there so I can make a salad everyday at work. For dinner, I usually make a big meal Monday night and we have leftovers all week long. 🙂
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  10. Yum on the roasted green beans! I try to do some meal prep on the weekends, but it’s not this extensive – good for you!

  11. I usually just menu prep over the weekend, but plan for easy, healthy to make meals for days when I know that I won’t have much time to cook. My husband is picky about leftovers, so I fear doing much food prep over the weekend and then his share of the food going to waste.
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  12. We were traveling this weekend, so no food prep here. Actually, no food prep usually – I’m really not so very good at it! Hopefully, posts like this serve to motivate me – this is one area I wish I was better at, and I would love to get in a groove with it.

  13. I need all the recipes! I do my meal prep on Monday and Tuesday (shop Monday, cook Tuesday) because my kids are in school and I have time. But I need some new yummies in my life and you have a lot in this post that I could get behind!
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  14. That’s serious meal prep! I enjoy weekend meal prep. Is that weird?
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  15. I’ve started meal prepping on the weekends for the past month or so, it makes life so much easier and we are eating so much better!
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  16. I definitely think you should keep up with this segment! It’s always helpful to see what other people are doing for meal prep, since it can serve as inspiration for my own meal prep (when I’m good and actually do it). Can’t wait to try that broth recipe!
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  17. Wow you are super organised. I love the look of your food, yum. Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon

  18. I keep seeing food prepping happening and I NEED to jump on the bandwagon. Thanks for sharing your process.

  19. Those sweet potato fries sure look tasty, Thanks for sharing on the Creative K Kids Linky Party this week. I hope you will join us again next week.

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