Meal Prep, Simplify

SIMPLIFY MEAL PREP

I love finding ways to simplify things around the house, and if I can find a way to do a bunch of work at one time and then not have to do it later I’m a happy mama.

So when it comes to meal prep I have a system that I use some weeks and when I do it I LOVE it.

I prep meals for the entire week on one day in an hour or less.

Yep. That’s right. I spend one hour or less in the kitchen and I’m good for the whole week!

And yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds.

So how does it work. Well I started out using the plans from Five Dinners in One Hour she gives the meal plan, a shopping list, and EXACT directions on preparing the meals. I HIGHLY recommend her plans – she offers a free sample plan to give it a try and there are several different meal plan options to choose from.

From the website describing how it works:

5 dinners 1 hour is a unique meal prep system created to save you time and money. 5 dinners are prepped in an hour (or less) and ready for you to easily cook on on even your busiest weeknights. Meals are fresh, not frozen and hang out in your fridge until ready to cook.

  • Organized shopping list that makes shopping easy and stress free.
  • Detailed prep instructions to get 5 dinners prepped in a hour or less.
  • Cooking directions that help you get dinner on the table fast.

 

I love, love, LOVE this system and knowing that usually all I need to do is pull a dish out of the fridge and stick it in the oven in time for dinner. NO worrying. I use these dishes to easily stack the meals in the fridge until time to cook the meals, then I just stick them in the dishwasher for easy clean up.

Once I had done a few of the plans I felt like I had learned enough to adapt some of my own meals (plus I saved all my meal plans I had received from the site) so now I have a repertoire of meals that I can prepare on Monday and be ready for the week.

If you like preparing ahead of time, but are overwhelmed by things like once a month cooking or don’t have a huge freezer for meals, this is PERFECT! I recommend you give this a try and let me know how it works for you!

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DO LESS, BE MORE

Sometimes when I’m perusing Pinterest I see all the things and think how some people do so much. Some moms do way more than I do, things like work, craft, do photography, run businesses, or just keep their house nice and clean.

And then I read posts about ways to get more done every day, or how to get things done faster so you can do more. And I think those ideas are all great, and I’m glad that so many women are talented in so many ways and they are finding ways to do more.

But for me, that just doesn’t stir my heart. I don’t get excited about having a long to do list or about stretching every second to be the most productive. I want to sit and enjoy, to breathe and take in the moments.

I want to do less.

(Please don’t misunderstand me, sometimes I wish that I wanted to do more, or that I was gifted in the ways some women are, but that’s just not who I am. I really want to cheer women on to do the things they are called to do!)

As I read ideas for getting through tasks quickly or time saving methods, I think of them as a way to have more freedom. If the house is clean enough and dinner is in the crockpot then we are free to go to the park after nap time. If our workout is done in twenty-five minutes first thing in the morning, I’m free to sit and talk with my husband at night after the kids are in bed. If my morning routine of getting dressed and ready is quick and easy then I’m free to sit in the floor and play with my kids.

I’ve been writing blog posts in my mind for a few months now – you know thinking through them at times when my hands are too full to actually type them. And now I’m ready to get them out of my mind and written down. All of the upcoming posts are about doing less and being more. Simplifying tasks so we’re free to enjoy life. It’s a message that has been on my heart for a while, but I believe The Lord has been honing it and refining it so that it’s a clear message, and now is the right time.