Sunday, October 27, 2013

Weekly Food Prep

Besides confirming my sensitivity to gluten and eggs, the biggest influence the Conscious Cleanse has had on my life is the increased prep work and precooking I do on the weekends. I had planned meals, grocery shopped and done some prep work on the weekends for years, but now I spend several hours each weekend making sure that there is plenty of food we can all eat when we get hungry.

Since the focus of the cleanse is fresh, unprocessed veggies and fruits, it is really essential to precook a lot so that you always have something you can grab when you get hungry. In fact, the only time I get a bit frustrated while doing the cleanse is when I don’t have anything ready to eat when I am hungry. And it’s really my fault.

Since I have been spending more time prepping on the weekend, we are all  eating a lot better because most of my prepped food focuses on veggies.

Here is what I prepped for the coming week. Next week my prepped food will look slightly different as some of the things I made for this week are not allowed on the cleanse.

Meal Prep 1027
  • Veggie bags (carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber slices, and bell pepper slices)
  • Hummus
  • Grape cups
  • Lentil soup with onions, celery, and carrots
  • Black rice
  • Baked tofu (I sliced firm tofu and coated it with a mixture of rice vinegar, gluten-free soy sauce, and sesame oil and baked it at 375 for 12 minutes on each side.)
  • Sautéed onions, mushrooms and ground turkey 
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Roasted asparagus
I officially signed up for the Conscious Cleanse last week. Registration closes tomorrow, Monday, October 28, in case you want to join me. Smile

Questions: Do you meal plan? Do you prep or precook on the weekend? Do you have any tips you’d like to share? What was the highlight of your weekend?

Be well,
Andrea

38 comments:

  1. I don't usually meal plan but do like having one kind of breakfast for the week so I don't have to think every morning. For this week ill have protein pancakes with chia jam and cottage cheese, together with my green juice.

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  2. And this weekend I also cooked a big batch of soup for lunch! Really looking forward to have it! :)

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    1. I love having lots of soup around for lunches! Enjoy! :)

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  3. Love(!!!) your food prep posts. You have such great practical ideas that are so easy.

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  4. I have never ever seen black rice in my life ;)
    I have two night trip planned at my parents and I plan to 'pack; all my food so I dont give in to bad foods!
    You give me a great idea! (how to pack the food)

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    1. I first saw the black rice at Costco and buy it there once in a while.

      I always take food on a trip. I feel so much better when I eat mostly my usual food.

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  5. Is it strange that I find the above picture gorgeous? There's something amazing about perfectly arranged healthy foods :) All the color in those beautiful veggies just shows how nutritious they are! I'm going to have to try your baked tofu recipe.

    I've been doing a lot more meal planning on the weekend, although not a lot of food prep. I think part of it is because I work from home some of the time - but I think I'd save more time if I did pre-prep and pre-cook ;)

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    1. Thanks, Jessie! :) I actually love looking at the food and all the colors when I'm done with my food prep/precooking. :)

      I do less precooking in the summer when I'm home more.

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  6. I love this!
    I find prepping on the weekends really helps out a lot during the week!

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    1. Yes, when there is healthy food in the house that everyone can grab the week goes usually a lot better! :)

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  7. Impressive!!!!! I used to do food prep but I don't really have the room in my fridge anymore. :-(

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    1. I think all the things you cook in the RV is more than impressive!!!

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  8. This is a great idea, not only for your cleanse, but in everyday living. I need to do this!

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    1. Yes, it makes life a lot easier. It's definitely one of the things I love that I learned and started doing because of the cleanse.

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  9. I saw your last food prep post and was very inspired. I try to plan out what to make for dinner during the week and I do a little food prep on Sundays, but I really love how organized you are with the prep. I have taken some cues from you and what a difference it makes during the week.

    I won the Conscious Cleanse book last year off their FB page. I did one cleanse back in March and loved it. I started again today to cope with the temptations of Halloween. I would love to join the online program, but with my schedule lately I wouldn't be able to take full advantage of the resources. I'm sure the extra support is helpful though. Good luck to you.

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    1. Thanks, Aimee. I'm glad food prep is working out for you!

      I'm glad you liked the cleanse you did and that you'll do another one. The extra support is really helpful, but I'm sure you'll do great! The second time is so much easier than the first time since you already know what you are doing.

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  10. It all looks do good and fresh. What a difference planning ahead makes. I used to meal plan every week (when the kids lived at home) and I would post the menu of the fridge for all to see. I would grocery shop for my menu and it resulted in a lot less waste and made life easier.

    Now with an empty nest and hubby traveling more for work it's more difficult for me. I do cook ahead soups and veggie burgers, prep veggies and fruits for the week ahead. Once I find out what days he will be home I plan around that. If I have lots of soup leftover I freeze it and left over veggie burgers for future meals.

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    1. I used to freeze soups and stews. I'll have to do that again! It's so nice to pull a healthy, home-cooked meal out of the freezer when things get busy!

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  11. I make food in advance & depends for how many days based on what it is - does not look like yours though! ;) I had a nice weekend & great weather!

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    1. Glad you had a nice weekend & great weather!

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  12. Love your food prep! Yep, I'd be lost without a plan. My husband still doesn't get it - he's like "how do I know I will want pork chops on Thursday?!"

    I now come home and give him choices for dinner - all on my meal plan but it makes him happy!

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    1. Glad you make your husband happy! :)

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  13. Your planning and organization is truly inspirational Andrea!

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    1. Thanks, Roz! It keeps me somewhat sane... ;)

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  14. you are on fire! food prep is SO worth the time save during the week. love your ideas, thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Janetha! Yes, it's totally worth the time!

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  15. Thanks for visiting A Life From Scratch! Your prepped food looks delicious!

    Yes, each Sunday I meal plan our dinners for the week. Breakfast is typically the same, lunch we are all on our own, and then dinner is a homemade meal. I love planning it out - makes grocery shopping easier and more efficient!

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    1. Yes, planning saves time and money, I think.

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  16. I am SO impressed with your meal prep :-) Although I do menu plan, I don't typically prep my food for the week, but I do keep extra veggies, etc. from meals stored in glass containers in the fridge to make meal time easier. My weekend was filled with kid stuff....3 baseball games, 1 soccer game, plus soccer try outs for the All Star team, then a Potluck dinner and meeting with my daughter's Girl Scout Troop. It was busy :-) Loved your photos from Disneyland-so glad you had such a wonderful time!

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    1. Your weekends sounds super busy! Yes, Disneyland was great!

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  17. It is so important to prep. You have got this down to a science!

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  18. Impressive prepped works! Good luck with the Conscious Cleanse!

    Yes, sometimes I do meal plan if we are traveling and have limited ingredients/appliances, but not so much back home in Oregon. We usually pick random recipes from NYTimes, The Guardian, etc. and then make them on the same day or the following weekend. Plus, we are just two people, and sometimes with a family member.

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    1. Thanks!

      Your meals while traveling with limited appliances are very impressive!

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  19. How do you eat those veggie packs ? I mean are you going to cook them ?

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    1. We eat them raw, usually with a little guacamole or hummus for dipping.

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