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How to make a week’s worth of food in 3 hours.

February 16, 2017

Last week I tested a theory: by following a precise meal plan and prepping an entire week’s worth of food, my life would get exponentially easier. 

Here’s the rundown of what I ate for the week:

  • Breakfast M/W/F: Sautéed Kale and Red Bell Pepper Egg Cups
  • Breakfast T/Th: Greek Yogurt Bowl
  • Snack M/W/F: Strawberry Coconut Shakeology
  • Snack T/Th: Peanut Butter Banana Shakeology
  • Lunch M/W/F: Seasoned Turkey and Black Bean Burrito Bowl
  • Lunch T/Th: Spinach and Roast Beef Salad
  • Snack M/W/F: Herbed Yogurt Dip with Raw Veggies
  • Snack T/Th: Hard-Boiled Egg and Baby Carrots
  • Dinner M/W/F: Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce and Parmesan Cheese
  • Dinner T/Th: Jalapeño and Cheese Turkey Burgers

The coolest part is that this fit perfectly into my meal plan — precisely what I’m trying to get nutrition-wise based on my caloric intake. Been eating this way for almost 2 years now and it is a no-brainer. So, I thought, well let’s take it up a notch and REALLY meal plan it out this way. And it worked! Went shopping from my list and it only took 3 hours to prep everything (though I did blow up my kitchen that Sunday, it was nuts). My fridge has never been so damn stocked, it was hard to get everything in there. And when I woke up on Monday, I had a plan in place. And the next day too! And even the next day!

What some of my meals ended up looking like throughout the week –>

Crazy fun, right?

Well, it was crazy fun until Thursday rolled around and I realized that I’d be eating THE SAME DAMN THING for dinner come Friday night. And yes, I’d already had that re-run the day prior so I wasn’t very excited about it. Yes, it was wonderful to stay on-plan. But dang was I bored. It just sorta lost is glimmer… too much of a good thing I guess.

So lesson learned: I’m cool with eating the same thing breakfast, lunch and snacks… but for dinner? Nope. Gotta mix that one up a bit. So I’m going back to the drawing board next week to figure out just what I can incorporate from this meal planning and prepping experience. Because there were some really great things that came out of it…

For instance, I had SO MUCH TIME on my hands! An extra 30 minutes before dinner became play dates with my son at the trampoline. And extra 10 minutes for breakfast became a heart-to-heart conversation with my hubby. That extra 30 minutes at lunch? I got to play with my son before his nap time, rather than prep for dinner.

So yeah, I got about 70 minutes of my life back DAILY prepping this way. Mind blown, right?

Next week, I’ll be taking those 3 hours on Sunday for sure to:

  • boil eggs
  • pre chop veggies for every meal
  • make a big fruit salad for snacks/breakfast
  • make a big pot of oatmeal
  • make quinoa that can be reheated or added to salads
  • cook and shred 2 pounds of chicken
  • pre cook spaghetti squash

Because hey, I’ll spend 3 hours on a Sunday during my son’s nap time prepping so that I get an extra 20 minutes here & there during the weekday with my family. Wouldn’t you do this too?

That said, I’ve created this meal plan as a downloadable if you want to try any recipes from it, or heck, if you want to go all in with it! Message me and I’ll email it to, happy to share.

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