The list-making planner in me loves Sundays. I make my weekly to do lists, plan my workout schedule, and do my grocery shopping. In order to make the most use of my time after work and before bed, I meal plan and meal prep on Sundays. Today, I will walk you through the steps of my “Meal Prep Sunday”.
First, I write out my meals for the week (breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks) and make a grocery list. I do most of my shopping at Trader Joes, so I separate my grocery list by aisle to make my grocery shopping time more efficient. When I make my weekly list, I also make a separate list of everything I can meal prep ahead of time.
Once I buy my groceries, I separate everything out to make it easier to put away. After my haul, my kitchen table is covered, but I can put everything away quickly.
Next, I start my meal prep Each week, I make some dinners in bulk. I get my snacks from my snack drawer/prepare snack baggies, pack my lunches, and chop veggies (I buy pre-chopped onions from Trader Joe’s to avoid chopping and crying every week).
Other things I prep ahead of time:
- brown rice/quinoa
- grill chicken
- banana pancakes to keep in fridge for breakfasts (if eating the next morning)
- other snack foods (trail mixes, carrots and hummus, etc.)
Things that I do not prep ahead of time:
- sandwiches- I use avocado and it makes it a little soggy, so I do those the morning of
- chop avocado
- dinners more than 3 nights in advance
I can do all of this in under an hour and it saves me so much time during the week. If you have thought about meal prepping, but aren’t sure how to start, do a little at a time. Don’t try to do too much at once. If you prep even just one meal ahead, you will not have to worry if something comes up and you don’t have time to cook a healthy dinner.
What are your favorite things to do on meal prep Sunday? Leave a comment below.
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