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I love prepping.
I am obsessed with all things planning related. Fun pens. Cool calendars. Cute highlighters.
These things all give me the illusion that I have my life together.
I have learned however, that about 2 weeks into the month of January, my calendar goes silent, I lose the fun pens, and the highlighters are dry. I simply cannot sustain something that loses its appeal to me.
Something I have been able to stick with is what I call “Simple Meal Prep.”
At my core, I love planning and I love helping others plan. I have scoured Pinterest for weeks looking for the best comprehensive meal prepping guides.
What I discovered, profoundly disappointed me.
I have seen many meal preps for the Keto Diet, the Paleo Diet, and the Whole 30. I have seen way too many to go containers stuffed with flavorless grilled chicken and soggy steamed broccoli. No ma'am. Not in this house.
These discoveries have led me to believe that there is a severe lack of real life meals!
Real meals, for real life people, who are just trying to get the food on the damn table to feed their family.
You with me here?
We need information for busy people who want a quick dinner to whip up on a weeknight. If you are new to prepping or really just want a new view, I have listed below the essential truths of real meal prepping.
- Find meals you actually like- okay this sounds stupid, but its real. I would immediately surf Pinterest for 'meal prepping' and I would all of the sudden convince myself that I liked kale and quinoa and was going to learn how to cook a rack of lamb.
Ma’am. It is okay- be real with yourself. Find meals you can see yourself making and you can see your whole (or almost whole) family eating! Once I realized that it was okay to find a post with 60 recipes and only take one to actually try, I liked my prepped food so much better. Also cheese. Once I found posts with cheese I was 130% happier.
- Ease into it- you know what is overwhelming? Making 35 meals in one day. Sure is. Its terrifying. I am not sure about you, but that makes my organized mind feel a bit uneasy. If you feel like 35 meals is something you can do easily, then by all means honey, you get your Ziploc bags and go! But for me, I like to break it into smaller chunks that I don’t get as overwhelmed by. Start with one to two meals that you prep. When you feel more confident, add another. It is as simple as that. Build confidence in yourself and your success will flow from that.
Head over to my recipe section. I have plenty of meal prep ideas that are painfully simple but extremely delicious!
Okay here is the list!
- Don’t over complicate it- What I mean here is, don’t bog your mind down with too much research. We live in a world where information is constantly available and constantly changing! It is way too easy to become overwhelmed by all of the ideas out there and to just give up. Don’t do that, prepping is too rewarding to give up, I promise! The biggest way people overcomplicate is by trying to tackle too much at once. Don’t pick 25 recipes your first time prepping- you will want to die. Similarly, don’t invest in too many expensive supplies. You may hate it, and then what? You have a $200 vacuum sealer you now have no use for. I have a very simple, very cheap list of supplies to get when you are beginning to meal prep. Most items you already will have in your kitchen.
- Take a poll! Chat with your family and see what sounds good to them! When I ask my husband what sounds good for dinner this week he usually meets me with a “whatever you make sounds fine.” While that is extremely helpful, I usually press a bit more and give him three options and ask which sounds best. People tend to work better with absolutes rather than hypotheticals. Try that next time your kid rolls their eyes and says, “Ugh, Mom, I don’t know what I want to eat!”
- Make it fun! You will find that making household things fun is a constant for me. I believe that if you find a way to make the mundane tasks fun you will like them a bit more. Simple, right? By this I mean, put on your favorite show, have a glass of wine, reward yourself for being a prepared woman and take a long bath! Whatever you like, incorporate it into the tasks that make you nervous or are new to you.
Personally, I ask for some time to myself and turn on Netflix. When I have those two things- I can cook for like 20 hours and be just fine.
So, what do you think? Are these things that could help you become a more confident prepper? Can you make these work in real life?