Monday, September 17, 2012

Meal Prep Work and Weekly Meals

Swimming, soccer, & parties – that seems to be our life these days. Well, and then there is work and school of course. Not that I am complaining, but life is busy, like for many.

Oh, and we met Batman, but as you can see, the kid wasn’t all that impressed…


To remain calm (most of the time), I am still planning our weekly meals and do as much prep work as possible on the weekend.

Here is what I usually prep on Sundays:
  • Boil eggs: Hubby and I only eat the egg whites of the eggs I boil. Hubby takes two eggs to work almost every day and eats the whites in addition to his sandwich. He says the egg whites really keep him full until dinner time. I often make an egg white open-faced sandwich when I am home for lunch. I like spreading a Laughing Cow cheese wedge on a slice of European bread from TJ’s and top it with two sliced egg whites. Then, I drizzle a little Sciracha sauce on top. These days I usually eat a couple freshly picked tomatoes with the open-faced sandwich.
  • Wash and cut veggies and fruits: Yesterday, I cut up a watermelon and a cantaloupe. I also washed grapes, pears, apples, mini tomatoes, regular tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers. I cut up a few carrots and a small cucumbers for today’s dinner. I also washed (and dried very well) some lettuce.
  • Cook meat for the week: We don’t eat a lot of meat, but I usually cook one meat dish per week. Yesterday, I marinated some thinly sliced beef in my bulgogi marinade
  • Cook rice: I usually cook some rice/mixed grains on the weekend. If we don't have the grains for dinner during the week, I often have some for lunch. I also like to top some rice with an over-easy egg once in a while for breakfast.
  • Cook pasta: It doesn't take long to boil pasta, but on busy nights, it really pays off if everything is ready to go. I have found that it's best if there are absolutely no excuses to get take-out...
Here is this week’s menu:

Meal 1: Bulgogi, mixed grains, & a salad.
Meal 2: Lots of veggies, a few Asian noodles, & a little bulgogi meat.
Meal 3: Mushroom, onion, egg sandwiches. I’ll toast some bread. In the meantime, I’ll sauté lots of mushrooms & onions. Once the onions and mushrooms are sautéed, I’ll set them aside. I’ll mix a few eggs with a little milk and salt and pepper and make an “egg pancake.” I’ll cut the egg pancake into pieces and assemble the egg pancake, sautéed mushrooms & onions, lettuce, and tomato slices on the toasted bread, on which I spread just a bit of hummus.
Meal 4: Salad topped with spicy tuna salad. I’ll mix some canned tuna with plenty of lemon juice, spicy mustard, and just a little wasabi mayo. I’ll assemble the tuna salad on mixed greens, lightly dressed with olive oil, rice vinegar, salt, & pepper.
Meal 5: Leftovers/refrigerator finds.

Questions: What’s on your menu this week? Do you do meal prep work on the weekend? Any tips & tricks you’d like to share?

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. I love all the prep work you do for cooking- so smart!

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    1. Thanks! :) Just my attempt not to get too overwhelmed... :)

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  2. I'd love to try yur bulgogi recipe. I love to eat it, but have never tried making it myself. I'm so impressed with all your prep work. I've got my meals planned out and my grocery shopping done, but I don't usually prep things ahead of time, unless we do ledtovers (often my lunch the next day). Son not impressed with Batman?? Hmm....Hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. The bulgogi recipe is simple if you have all the ingredients.

      Have a great week, too!

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  3. Greta: Oh ha !!!! The first picture with batman is very good.This week i want search mushrooms in the forest with a friend,i hope we will find same.Than the dinner is perfect.

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    1. I hope you'll find some mushrooms! Enjoy!

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  4. Those Batman pictures are CLASSIC! The guy's costume was lame, so your son was right t o not be impressed! lol

    I used to pack hard-boiled eggs in my lunch often, but I stopped for some reason (and I did eat the yellow part, it's very good for you, until cholesterol comes into the picture....).

    Our weekly menu is similar to yours in some ways, actually. I had a tuna salad last night, tonight we're having enchiladas and LOTS of mushrooms because they were on sale, and tomorrow is an egg-white dinner :) With...mushrooms!

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    1. Yes, we don't eat the yolk (most of the time) because hubby has elevated cholesterol, and I can't digest hard boiled yolks well because of my gallstones.

      Your menu sounds good!

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  5. I can't blame him for not liking batman! ;)

    I've been VERY lax about meals over the summer, but now that school & sports are ramping up I have to get back into it. Maybe that'll give me the push I need to start posting to my blog again!

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    1. We are just getting started with sports with the kids, and I remembered all of a sudden how hectic week nights with school pick up and late practices can get...

      Hope to see a new post soon! :)

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  6. I can't seem to make myself plan although I really need to - all of my trips to the store need condensing!

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    1. Even though I plan, I still forget stuff... :)

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  7. All right, I'm definitely taking you as inspiration for my new found desire to do meal planning :) I haven't gotten around to the actual prep-on-the-weekends part, which I'd better get the hang of before we have kids! The only thing we've been doing consistently is making a LOT of each meal so that both Peter and I can eat leftovers for lunch during the week.

    P.S. Your pic of the kid with Batman is too hilarious!

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    1. I LOVE leftovers! They make life so much easier... :)

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  8. I love all the veggies! I find that planning them into meals before the meal actually happens makes a big difference. And its such a great way to add extra flavor, texture, and even fiber to the dish. My biggest tip for make ahead meals is to really maximize those leftovers. I love it when one meal actually makes two. :)

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  9. Hi Andrea! The picture of Batman & son is so funny! Today's kids are rarely impressed with anything, they're so desensitized. :D

    I need to go make boiled eggs this moment. I pop the yolks too. The egg whites really make a good snack.

    :-) Marion

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    1. Yes, kids are very hard to impress these days...

      Have a great weekend!

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  10. Hehe...the second picture of the kid with Batman is hilarious...his expression is great ;)

    I need to get into the habit of doing the things on your Sunday list!

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    1. Yes, the list helps a lot to make things go more smoothly during the week...

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  11. That is too cute he wasn't all that impressed with batman. Too funny!
    I think you are doing great with prep! My weeks go so much smoother when I do.

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  12. I love his face in second Batman picture! Soooo cute and funny!!

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