the importance of preparation

January 10, 2013 · 6 comments

in food, healthy living, nutrition, organization

i used to have such a great habit of preparing tons of food on the weekends for lunches and easy dinners during the week.

thanks to working from home a lot during the last 6 months of grad school, i got out of this habit since it was easy to prep things as i needed them during the week.

it’s been a slow transition, but i think i’m finally back into that habit!

last weekend i kept things super simple and made a big batch of my three bean salad as well as chopping 6 red bell peppers and two bunches of celery.

weekend food prep - veggies

i also made brad’s weekly package of bacon (he warms up a couple slices every morning as part of his breakfast…).

another of my favorite things to keep on hand is sloppy joe’s.

weekend food prep - sloppy joe's

i made a big batch of them two weekends ago using half beef and half turkey. i scoop 1/2 cup portions out onto a pan that is lined with parchment paper. then i freeze them and seal them in plastic.

i eat these little portions on their own, on top of salads, or, my favorite, on nachos instead of taco meat!

some of my other favorite foods that are great in lunches during the week:

and so many more!

what are your favorite things to prepare ahead of time or to eat as leftovers?

feel free to leave links in the comments!

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Aparna B. January 10, 2013 at 7:14 am

I’m a soup fiend, so I like to make a big batch of soup on the weekend then I can portion out each cup for lunches during the week. We also prepare lentils, beans, and salads during the weekend. And we’re trying to get better at meal planning on the weekends so we have meals planned for the week!
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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen January 10, 2013 at 8:01 am

Oh my gooodness, that is SUCH a good idea! I have never thought of freezing individual portions of sloppy joe (or, well, sloppy…tempeh?). Genius.
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Angie @ Pint of Goals January 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

In my freezer I have a soup, buffalo chicken meatballs, pulled pork, and pasta dishes all frozen in individual Tupperware containers. I eat all the leftovers in my house, so if I think it’ll freeze well, in it goes.
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Miranda @ Biting Life January 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

These are such good ideas! I really like the sloppy joe one. I might have to copy you :) Egg salad, deli meat sandwiches, and fruit are my go-to quick lunches.

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Kimberly (Badger Girl) January 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm

great idea in freezing individual portions of sloppy joes! My freezer is bursting with frozen leftovers, frozen from scratch pizza crusts, overnight waffles, and just about anything else you can imagine. I also loving cutting a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies for the week. :)
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Nadiya @ Milk and Honey on the Run January 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Food prep is a must! I love having hard boiled eggs around because it takes a while for them to go bad. The other thing I like doing is chopping up carrots because I don’t like the baby carrots they sell at stores. Gasp! Unfortunately I usually run out of food by Wed :(
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