Alright, you aren't going to find any mind blowing tips here today, but I wanted to share some simple things that I do to help save time during the week. I'm always on the lookout for healthy & fast meals/snacks, so with the new year here I thought I'd share my usual routine with you. Dustin and I both work full time and then spend 3 nights after work at the gym, plus I normally have LifeGroup 1 night a week as well. We really do not have a lot of spare time on weeknights to plan or prep food. (I'm not complaining, we enjoy working out so this is just how we have to find time)
#1 for us is meal planning. I grocery shop every weekend for that week and have our meals planned out for the week. The 1-2 weeknights that we are home, that evening usually consists of meals I can spend a little time on. The 3 nights we spend at the gym are usually lighter & quick options- salads, grilled or cold sandwiches, leftovers, chicken quesadillas or soups. I can spend 1-2 hours tops on the weekend doing a little food prepping and have everything ready to go throughout the week. I know this may not be for everyone, but for us it's what works.
one | Pre-wash and pre-chop your veggies
I can't tell you how many times I've bought veggies and thrown them out because I didn't have time to chop them before a meal or was just too lazy. If I prepare them ahead of time and have them ready to go, I'll use them without fail.
two | Cook & shred chicken in the crockpot on Sunday
We prepare plain or salsa chicken in the crockpot all the time! We'll use it for all kinds of recipes - baked burritos, quesadillas, salads, tacos, pizzas, pastas, quinoa mixes, etc.
three | Prepare lunches & snacks for your work week
Same as number one, I will buy stuff and it'll go bad because I'm running behind for work and don't have time to wash & prep stuff. Having everything washed, cut, bagged, divided and/or placed in Tupperware ready to go makes all the difference.
Other things I'll often do?
- Make meals that serve more than 1 purpose. For instance - 1 pot of chili can serve us a bowl of chili, chili turkey dogs, Frito chili pie and can be frozen for future use.
- Make banana nut muffins, homemade granola bars or my Egg White & Chicken Sausage Quinoa Cups to keep on hand throughout the week for quick & healthy grab and go breakfast options.
- Put your meat in the fridge the night before so it's thawed and ready to go when it's time to cook it. I know thawing doesn't take a whole lot of time, but I love when it's just ready to go.
Some of our favorite snacks during the week?
Veggies with Greek Yogurt Ranch
Peanut butter toast
Apple or banana with peanut butter
Green smoothies (I drink one every morning, YUM!)
Lite cinnamon applesauce
Almonds or trail mix
Do you have any time saving tips?
What are your favorite healthy snack options?