Even though my day has been super busy today, it’s definitely better than yesterday. The weather is better, my coffee has kicked in, and I’m on a roll today!
Plus, packing lunch last night was extremely easy since I finally did a little meal prep and planning this weekend.
Even just a few months ago, I was doing really good with planning ahead and having foods ready during the week.
I guess between weekend trips to see family, the holidays, and our trip overseas, I lost my organizational skills in this area.
We always have food to eat, but I didn’t have extra lunch options ready like I normally do.
So – this weekend, I buckled down during our rainy Sunday afternoon and got back to it!
While we often have dinner leftovers to bring for lunches, I love having something in the fridge just in case. Sandwiches just don’t do it for me (unless they’re freshly made) and having something as simple as a grain salad gives me a jump start on those days when we have no other options.
This weekend, I cooked 1 cup of oat groats in a mix of water and vegetable broth with some red onion, garlic, and carrot. After the grains were cooked, I stirred in some fresh parsley, salt, pepper, and 1 can of chickpeas.
So easy! Since I’m saving the pasta dish we had last night for leftovers tonight, I just grabbed a container of this for lunch today along with the green beans and peppers from last night’s meal.
While this was cooking Sunday afternoon, I also chopped up some carrots and celery so Nick and I could grab them in the mornings to pack with some hummus for lunch or snacks, too. Not having to chop veggies every night is great (mostly because I forget), and now we have fresh veggies for the whole week!
Do you meal plan or prep on the weekends? What are your best tips?
I love chopping veggies on the weekend. That can take up so much time each night, and it’s easy to just keep the cutting board out and do everything at once.