Hey all! Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Ours was pretty good here, though busy. A few things are still being caught up on from me being sick last week, but I think I’m getting close to caught up! Speaking of me being sick last week….This meal prep is quite possibly the shortest I have ever done. (keep in mind these are staggered by one week, so this post is for last Sunday’s prep) I was still feeling not-too-great, so I planned for quick prep meals and the bare minimum of active cooking. I also forgot to photograph the salads and the picture of the main prep isn’t my prettiest picture by far 🙁 All that being said, I am really glad I still did my prep! I started feeling better on Monday and was back up and active by Tuesday and I’m so glad that I didn’t have to worry about the cooking then! All the food I did make was really tasty too, so at least there is that!
So with all that being said, enjoy this week’s prep! I even have a couple recipes that I don’t think I’ve shared on the blog before, so make sure to check them out below!
Ok, I know I said I didn’t photograph the salads, and that’s true. This photo is from a relatively recent meal prep and is basically the same thing I made this week. Plus it looks so much prettier with the salads!
Before we get going, I want to add in a few tips that were super-useful this week! Meal prep can be rough sometimes, especially if you aren’t feeling well. But you can plan for it! So even when you aren’t at your best, you can still be set for the week!
My 3 Tips for Planning an Easy Meal Prep
- Larger dishes – This may sound basic, but a lot of dishes out there only make 4ish servings. If you can plan for large casseroles, soups or stews that make more, that means less total dishes to cook!
- Don’t worry about cook time, pay attention to prep time – Each of the dishes I made this week took over an hour to cook. But each one only took 20 minutes (max!) to get going. Look for dishes that don’t require a lot of chopping and are basically “set and forget”
- The slow cooker is your friend – Like, your best friend. Seriously. I have a slow cooker and a rice cooker that usually is used as a slow cooker. This week I used both and it made things so much easier. Now, remember that all slow cooker dishes are easy and quick to get going. So keep an eye out for ones that are and you can draw on those when you aren’t feeling great!
So on to the main dishes! We had three this week, one of which you may recognize. I made the Meatballs in Burgundy Sauce again this week. Super tasty and less than 10 minutes of active cooking!? Perfect for this week! The other two dishes are Meatloaf Parmesan and Easy & Yummy Slowcooker Chicken. Everything turned out wonderful, and took roughly 1 1/2 hours of active meal prep to complete!
I think my favorite of the week was the Meatloaf Parmesan, cause hello pasta-y goodness 🙂 Draz favors the Meatballs in Burgundy Sauce, which is delicious too! The Chicken may sound like the sad one out, but trust me…it is tasty! Perfect comfort food.
That’s it for this week! Have you ever had to meal prep when you weren’t feeling well? How did you deal? I love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!