I am on the final days of my Whole60 (!!) and wanted to keep my meal prep game SIMPLE this weekend. I didn’t want to dedicate a big chunk of time to getting set for the week ahead so I chose easy ideas and spread out my prep into little pockets of work.
Here’s how I broke down my weekend to fit in meal prep — without spending hours in the kitchen!
I got a head start to the weekend by making sure I did my laundry and changed my sheets on Friday/Saturday morning so I could cross that off my to-do list. When I get these chores done, my mind is clearer and able to focus on the food prep part of my weekend.
On Saturday morning, I sat down and made a rough meal plan and shopping list and took out a pack of Thrive Market ground beef from the freezer to defrost.
On Saturday afternoon, I made sure to hit the supermarket (with my 5-year-old in tow) even though we were tired after a morning playdate. It’s not always easy to get up and go but we did it, and it wasn’t all that bad!
When we got home from the supermarket, I asked her to help me in the kitchen, and she obliged! Together, we made a batch of Whole30 mayo and she helped me cut a potato for a sheet pan chicken sausage dinner. I added Coleman’s Natural apple chicken sausage, diced potatoes, onion, broccoli, light olive oil and Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel spice. That cooked while I gave her a bath. One meal done!
Sunday morning, I got up at my normal 5 am time while she slept in! Since I knew I was going to have a chance to hit up a workout class in the evening, I used my early morning hours to do some quick prep. I made a batch of 40 Aprons Egg Roll in a Bowl and also spiced up the mayo I made on Saturday with some Frank’s Red Hot and salt to make it like the creamy chili sauce in the recipe.
I also turned my pack of ground beef into meatballs. I mixed the beef with chopped garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, parsley, Italian seasoning blend, salt and pepper, nutritional yeast, and an egg. I popped those into the oven and while they baked, I sautéed some sweet potato noodles I bought yesterday in avocado oil with salt and pepper. I have a jar of Whole30 Approved Cucina Antica sauce I will use with the meatballs and veggie noodles. Easy peasy!
When my daughter woke up and before our Sunday playdate plans, I enlisted her help to make two batches of my favorite Crispy Green Beans (based off of this recipe from Low Carb Yum – I use nutritional yeast instead of parmesan cheese.)
I shared some of the Egg Roll in a Bowl, the crispy green beans, and the sweet potato noodles with my neighbors and at some point this week, they will share a Whole30 dish or two with me which adds variety to my meal plan!
I have lots of eggs to eat throughout the week as well as frozen burgers to pop into my Air Fryer for quick protein for a weeknight meal. I also have to finish up a little bit of food from last week – which I will do sooner than later – so I know that will get me through another meal or two.
While at the supermarket, I bought two packs of chicken tenders, which have become my go-to easy protein source. Later this week, I will likely turn one pack into Michelle Smith’s Grain-Free Popcorn Chicken, from The Whole Smiths’ Good Food Cookbook.
I will do these when I have a little time – either early in the morning or in the evening when my daughter is asleep. I squeeze it in when I can!
To keep my veggie supply up later in the week, I will make a bag of cauliflower rice from the freezer and roast some sweet potatoes, onions, and the leftover broccoli from my sheet pan meal.
I know that I have enough “emergency food” to get me through and in a super duper pinch, I can always grab a Whole30 compliant salad at Sweetgreen toward the end of the week. I don’t think it will come to that but it’s nice to know I have a back-up if I need it.
And there you have it – quick and easy meal prep that didn’t take over my weekend or cause me serious stress. I kept it simple and I know I will finish my Whole60 strong!
Do you have any favorite easy meal prep hacks? Do your kids ever cook with you?