Meal prepping reminds me when my parents would cook in bulk like they were cooking for a party. Growing up I thought why do they always cook so much? Is someone coming over? Nope, it was just for me, my sister and my parents. Do you remember eating the same meal every single day and you would get mad at your parents and ask for something else? Yes, I was that kid. But now that I think about it, meal prepping is embedded into our culture. But now society associates “meal prepping” as a diet or a fad to eat healthier. Which is all true, but when I think about it now it’s about saving my sanity and time.
I never thought I would love meal prepping as much as I do. People always ask, don’t you get bored eating the same thing everyday/every week? And I say no. Why?
Because I make variety dishes, not the same dish for lunch/dinner. Funny thing is we don’t eat dinner during the week. We’ve been on this so called diet where we only eat a very light dinner of cottage cheese or Greek yogurt with blueberries. Sounds depressing…but it actually works! My husband and I eat most of our calories during the day so lots of snacks at work which helps a lot.
But the big change was now cooking meals for a toddler and now a 7 month old baby who is starting to eat solids. My son for the most part eats what we eat. He can be picky at times but I rotate his favorite foods throughout the week for his school lunches and dinners. We cook veggies, oatmeal, rice in bulk so it accommodates EVERYONE!
As working parents, thinking about what we are going to eat is the last thing I want to think about and cook; especially coming home from work. And by planning ahead our meals, the time being spent cooking is now time being spent with my kids. Even if it’s only 30 minutes, it’s more time than we can have during the week.
Food is probably the most money we spend every month and I’m ok with that. We still go out to eat and try out restaurants on the weekend. By us meal prepping it allows us to splurge a little on the weekends.
Don’t get me wrong, I sometimes want to go buy lunch at work and not eat what I bring. But I ask myself will it be worth the $15? Where I can spend that money elsewhere. Which is mostly on my kids.. LOL.
Mindset starts to change when you think about food and family. You start to make more effort of planning and prepping meals ahead of time just so you have some sort of sanity when the kids are home. It’s a huge check off my list and to me that’s a huge MOM WIN!
I get a lot of questions about how do I meal prep so fast…what do I do? So I put together a guide that goes through my Family Meal Prep Secrets! Which you can download below by signing up! I hope you find it helpful for your family!
Please share what meals you like to meal prep!