Prep in Your Step…

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I didn’t get into meal prepping until a few years ago. I was tired of spending so much on packaged snacks, meals, and the whole gambit. I wanted to be able to control what was going in the food. Plus, I wanted to have foods ready to go in case the children were hungry (which was and still is basically all the time, lol), or we just had a night where no one felt like cooking. It can take some time to prep, but if you have the family helping it will go by in no time! It can also be a lot of fun, or you may want to run away screaming! Either way, it will be worth it!

One of the first things I do is make my meal lists and put them in the following categories:

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

In each category I write down our meal suggestions. Dinner is usually the only one I have a designated day for. The others are your choice. A sample for each would be as follows:

Breakfast

Pancakes (blueberry, chocolate chip, regular, and so much more)

Egg sandwiches (we usually do cheese and bacon/sausage)

French toast sticks (thick bread, like Texas Toast, is best for these)

Hard-boiled eggs (quick and easy and also great for a snack)

Muffins (some of our favorites are pumpkin with dark chocolate chips and blueberry)

Overnight oats (my husband loves these for work, and you can add anything into them)

Lunch

Bean and cheese/cheese quesadillas

Pizza (french bread, english muffin, bagel)

Peanut butter and jelly (yes, you can freeze them! Whole wheat is the best bread to use, so when it defrosts, it won’t get soggy)

Homemade macaroni and cheese

Bean and cheese burritos

Soups (chicken noodle, minestrone, beef, etc.)

Dinner

Crockpot lasagna

Enchiladas

Foil packets (kielbasa, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, red potatoes)

Sausage, green beans, and potaotes

Crockpot chicken with salsa and rice

Beef stew

Snacks

Tomatoes and mozzerella

Veggies (celery, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers)

Air-popped popcorn (that way you can add all your favorite seasonings)

Corn muffins with hot dogs

Muffins (not just for breakfast)

Pretzels

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Honestly the list and combinations are endless! Meals that you used to think were unhealthy, you can make healthy with different twists. It’s actually fun to experiment! Most of the prepped items can be frozen up to three months. Any dinner meal I put in the refrigerator 24 hours ahead of time so it defrosts thoroughly. Meal prepping may seem like it takes hours of your time, but it doesn’t have to. Get a system going and be sure to get help from your family. Remember, it helps control what is going in your food, saves money, and with a freezer stocked, you can have a night off or two without having to cook!

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