Ok guys, here we are! It’s MEAL PREP MONDAY and this week we’re into it! Let’s get going.
So I usually sit down on Friday or Saturday evenings to write my grocery list, we usually shop Sunday mornings because that’s what works best for our family and I can process what I need to prep on the same-day. That works for me; you can decide what works best for you. This was my planned menu for the week:
Then I did an assessment of what I already had on hand:
- Steak Cubes in the freezer for Kabobs
- Parmesan Cheese in the Fridge for Salad, Paninis, Pizza and Sauce
- Olive Oil, Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Hot Sauce, Vinegars, Spices for Dressings/Marinades, etc.
- Rosemary from my Garden
- Crushed Garlic in a jar in the Fridge for all the things
- Roasted Red Peppers in a jar in the Fridge for Paninis and Lo Mein Noodles
- Pasta for Lo-Mein Noodles (I use spaghetti because its handy)
- Sushi Rice (I order mine from Amazon)
- Pizza Crusts (I get these from Trader Joes and keep them in the freezer because they are handy)
- Ground Beef & Sweet Italian Sausage Links in the freezer for Sauce
- Frozen Welsley Farms Angus Meatballs for Logan add-ins, panini toppings, pizza toppings
After that I made my grocery list for the week. I shop primarily at BJ’s Wholesale and Target because that’s what’s local and convenient for us. Turns out they had no brussels sprouts at the store (whomp) so I switched that salad up to a regular salad as required. Luckily a good friend had an abundance of lettuce in her garden that she just happened to share at the perfect time! #goodluck #improv #iguess
Here is what my prep on Sunday ended up looking like:
*Of note: I need to get better practiced about double checking what I prepped when I take a photo. Missing from this photo are the beef kabobs, container of sautee’d mushrooms, watermelon, meatballs or trail mix. #whoops
This is what I prepped:
- Hard Boiled 1 dozen eggs per this method (which works perfectly every time), peeled and popped in fridge (only 10 or so made it in – Ged ate a few while I peeled).
- Shredded whole rotisserie chicken and popped in fridge for basically all the meals.
- Marinated thawed steak cubes and half of the package of whole mushrooms for kabobs and popped them in the fridge to marinate.
- Sliced second half of mushrooms and sautee’d them with house seasoning, Worcestershire sauce and butter. Half of that went to the box for Lo-Mein Noodles, the other half for Panini toppings/Pizza Toppings.
- Matchsticked carrots, roasted red peppers for lo-mein noodles.
- Mixed soy sauce, a teaspoon of cornstarch and sesame oil in a small mason jar for Lo-Mein Dressing.
- Assembled carrots, red peppers, mushrooms and garlic into a box and set aside for lo-mein night.
- Slice cucumbers for snacks and Sushi Bowls, pop in the fridge.
- Cube up imitation crab meat for Sushi Bowls and Snacks, pop in the fridge.
- Cubed a small watermelon and popped into fridge, sliced ½ of the nectarines for snacks and additions to dinner.
- Cut up a package of strawberries for snacks.
- Washed the tomatoes and diced a small container worth for recipes.
- Cooked 4 frozen meatballs, let them cool and put them in the fridge.
- Mixed a batch of BBQ-Chipotle Sour Cream with the 4oz of leftover sour cream from the week prior. Added BBQ Sauce and Tabasco Chipotle to taste. Store in fridge.
- Mixed a batch of S’mores trail mix ( A few handfuls of cashews, chocolate chips and marshmallows) and bagged them into 1/3 cup portions for snacks to pack in lunches and remainder in a bowl in the pantry for easy snacking.
- Top up my salt & pepper containers, house seasoning containers and taco seasoning containers.
- House seasoning for me is 1 tablespoon each of salt, pepper, granulated onion powder and granulated garlic powder. I use it in most everything.
- Taco seasoning (I’ll be posting this recipe soon)
- Refill my squeeze bottles of BBQ sauce, Siraccha Mayo and Soy Sauce with Wasabi mixed in.
This prep took: 56 minutes! Usually it takes me longer but I was in the zone on Sunday.
This is what we did for the week:
*Of note, Landon is 8 months old, I am adding his to document what we’re feeding him as he grows. It was helpful for me as a young first-time mom to look-around on blogs and have a bit of a guide to WTF to feed him at mealtimes to get him used to dinner with the family. He has a bottle and a variety of baby foods for his meal-meal. His list is what we feed him to get him used to eating solids and sitting with us for dinner. Full disclosure for those who might say OMG HOW CAN YOU FEED YOUR 8 MONTH OLD CHICKEN, he has a lot of teeth (as of today he’s got 8 teeth and 4 more are working their way in as we speak. He does fine with it and really enjoys the chicken, but yours might not. Everything of his is cut into small pieces, enough that he can chew it to get used to the feeling but not enough that he could choke. I’m usually starving by the time we sit down and he self-feeds himself the pieces as we go. TL;DR: I’m not a pediatrician, I just know my own kids.
Sunday: Heated the grill and threaded the marinated steak and mushrooms onto skewers. Microwaved the potatoes for 5 minutes and tossed them in olive oil and rosemary, wrapped into a pouch of tin foil. Put a piece of marinated frozen chicken, the steak skewers, and the potato pouch on grill. Cook until done. Microwave a bag of steamfresh broccoli.
Total time: 28 minutes including the grill-heat time.
- For Logan: Grilled a piece of chicken, served with cut up potatoes, watermelon and broccoli.
- For Landon: A few bites of broccoli and watermelon.
*The frozen chicken we buy frozen-pre-marinated from our local food warehouse. You could likely do the same thing at home by dipping chicken breasts in a thickened marinade and freezing them until solid. We put them on the grill frozen and cook until they are tender and cooked thru.
Monday: Heated oven to 350 degrees. Spread tortilla chips into a 11X9 baking dish. Topped with shredded rotisserie chicken, shredded cheese, some of the diced fresh tomatoes and sprinkled the whole thing with taco seasoning. Mixed up a 1 avocado batch of guacamole (some removed for the kids). Served with BBQ Sour Cream and the rest of the watermelon on the side.
Total time: 16 minutes including oven warming time
- For Logan: Nachos and nectarines with the family, avocado on the side un-guacamole’d. He later decided it was too hot for hot food so he asked for a salami snack plate instead (sliced salami, cheese slices, tomatoes, avocado, watermelon and tortilla chips)
- For Landon: A few bites of chicken and avocado.
Tuesday: Boiled a pot of spaghetti, drained. A little olive oil to the pan and added the entire box of prepped vegetables. When crisp-tender for the carrots I added back the spaghetti, threw in a handful of rotisserie chicken and added the jar of lo-mein sauce. Stirred until the sauce thickens, added more soy sauce as required. Served, topped with avocado and sirracha mayo for some spice.
Total time: 22 minutes including water boil time.
- For Logan: Usually eats the noodles from this but on this day decided he REALLY wanted a grilled cheese so he had that with cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries and goldfish on the side.
- For Landon: A few bites of chicken and avocado.
Wednesday: My mom (ChiChi) was over to visit and she wanted to try sushi bowls! Yes ma’am. Added rice to the rice cooker and turned it on. When it was finished dressed the rice per the recipe and parsed to bowls. Set aside for a few minutes to cool while I sliced avocado. Topped rice with furikakke flakes for me and Ged – none for ChiChi. Added pre-diced crab meat from fridge, pre-sliced cucumbers from fridge and sliced avocado. Topped with soy sauce and siraccha mayo.
Total time: 25 minutes including the time it took the rice to cook.
- For Logan: He decided his grilled cheese was so good yesterday he would have another lol, crab meat, cucumbers, avocado and strawberries on the side.
- For Landon: Buttered toast and avocado.
Thursday: The family decided they wanted pizza on the porch so I pulled a package of Trader Joe’s Frozen Pizza Crusts out of the freezer and set the oven to heat. The crusts are thin so they thaw as you prep them, topped two crusts with sauce and cheese. Topped mine and Geds with leftover meatballs and leftover mushrooms. Baked. While they baked prepapred a two avocado recipe of guacamole and chips.
Total time: 28 minutes including oven heat time.
- For Logan: 3 slices of cheese pizza, the rest of the strawberries, cucumbers and tomatoes
- For Landon: Rice Crackers and strawberries
Friday: The family decided we wanted to relax and have takeout, so we did. 🙂
Saturday: I made this (unprepped) in the crockenpot in the morning after breakfast time and let it go for 8 hours. Boiled pasta. Topped with parmesan cheese and made garlic bread with what survived of the giant loaf of bread.
Total Time: (at dinnertime) 18 minutes including water boil time.
- For Logan: Family dinner as above, just no garlic bread.
- For Landon: Pancakes and Nectarine
What was leftover: 2 meatballs, some of the sour cream and a few mushrooms. Not much waste this week!
That’s all she wrote, gang. What do you think? Do you have any questions?