While the majority of the country seems to be going back to school, the students at the University I work don’t come back for another month (Thank god! My to-do list is still way too long). I can’t help but notice the “back-to-school” feeling in the air though. While I was always sad that summer was over growing up, I loved back to school time as a kid. Back to school shopping made me giddy (Lisa Frank everything, please) and I’m one that thrives off of routine.
This summer has been a wild one, to say the least, so meal prepping has been an afterthought. I’ve still planned out our weekly meals in order to stay sane, but there has been little to no prep done ahead of time. What did this equate to? Me running around in the morning trying to get lunch and breakfast prepared and myself out the door on time aka me getting out the door late and cursing every red light as I biked to work. Not exactly Zen.
I recently started making lunch bowls in an effort to essentially get my shit together. Yes, I know that bowls have been all the rage for a long time now. Sometimes I’m quick to hop on trends, like putting frozen cauliflower rice in smoothies, Do it! Other times, I jump on board around the same time as my 85 year old grandma. I’ve quickly realized that making bowls full of cooked and raw veggies, hearty whole grains and plant or seafood based protein, makes my mind and body very satisfied. On that same note, it seems to be great for bowel movements. Gotta love that fiber!
With the back to school excitement all around, I decided last weekend was a good time to get back into meal prepping mode. I probably spent about 1.5-2 hours in the kitchen jamming out to Brooks n Dunn and annoying my neighbors as I belted out the lyrics to “Cowgirls Don’t Cry”. I’ll be honest, I was pretty tired by the time I was done and didn’t even finish. Deviled egg aspirations turned into “hard boiled eggs will do”. However, my future-self is going to be very thankful for the extra time I spent in the kitchen on Sunday. In fact, I was oddly confused when I was ready for work 5 minutes ahead of schedule this morning and wasn’t stressed about rushing out the door. Unfortunately, the stress quickly came back when I realized I clearly shouldn’t have been biking in the dress I chose to wear.
Are you looking to get into a routine? Here is some meal prepping and planning inspiration for you!
- Sunday: Teriyaki pork, bell pepper and onion kebabs + butter lettuce salad w/almonds
- Monday: Kale steak Caesar salad with homemade pretzel croutons
- Tuesday: Mushroom and bacon omelette
- Wednesday: Picnic in the Park!
- Thursday: Chicken parmesan sandwiches + roasted carrots
- Friday: Pizza slices after golf
Food I Prepped:
- Greek yogurt Caesar salad dressing
- Cut up a cantaloupe
- Hard boiled eggs
- Destemmed and sliced one head of kale
- Sliced a cucumber
- Sliced mushrooms
- Lunch bowls: zoodles, canned salmon, brown rice, broccoli rice, canned green beans, diced bell peppers and olives. I’ll plop a dollop of spicy hummus on top when I’m ready to eat them!
- Shredded zucchini to freeze and throw in smoothies, oatmeal or chia seed pudding
- Spiralized zucchini for my lunch bowls
- Don’t forget the cookies! Butterscotch, chocolate chip and graham cracker balls of joy
Are you getting back into a routine around this time of year? What’s your favorite tip getting organized and ready for the week?