what the avricks eat // plus, my first food-prep adventure

so, um, today is gorgeous.
like, what even happened?! all of the sudden, it’s warm and sunny and beautiful and I’m too hot while wearing pants.(hallelujah)

it did make shopping a little more of an adventure though, being terrified of my produce sitting in the warm car as I ducked into giant for some extra items aldi didn’t have… hmm.. WORTH IT. 🙂
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in order to get right on with telling all in regards to how my day of food-prepping went, I’ll just jump right into our weekly menu.

DINNER
monday // summer veggies, sauteed, with rice and beans
tuesday // grilled chicken and apple salad
wednesday // pulled pork stuffed sweet potatoes
thursday // out with family!
friday // chili lime chicken in lettuce boats
saturday // sweet potato corn cakes with sunny side up eggs
sunday // tomato soup and grilled cheese

LUNCH
monday // snacked on all the food I was prepping!! 🙂
tuesday // chicken, rice, and broccoli
wednesday // jar salad with tortilla chips
thursday // chicken, rice, and broccoli
friday // jar salad with tortilla chips
saturday // chicken, rice, and broccoli
sunday // jar salad with tortilla chips

BREAKFAST
monday // nothing 😦
tuesday // home made granola bar OR nutella toast with strawberries
wednesday // yogurt + granola parfait with kiwi and cheese stick
thursday // apple with peanut butter and cheese stick
friday // home made granola bar OR nutella toast with strawberries
saturday // yogurt + granola parfait with kiwi and cheese stick
sunday // apple with peanut butter and cheese stick

SNACKS
carrots with ranch
celery with peanut butter
cucumbers with catalina dressing
strawberries
craisins
tortilla chips
kettle chips
cheese stick

it’s going to be a GOOD week 🙂

as far as food-prep goes, I didn’t really know what I was doing.. 😉 so I just followed the many strands of advice I’d taken from websites and chatting with ladies who do this thing on the regular!
because this was my first time trying this out, and I was snapping away with my camera, it took me more like 3 or 3 1/2 hours, but I have a feeling it will go much more smoothly (and quickly!) the next time around.

my first move was to set everything that needed preparation out on the table.
I then washed everything.
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like, everything.
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rinsed it,
picked out any icky pieces,
and set it out on paper towels to dry.
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I did this with ALL of my produce, before cutting, chopping, trimming, or whatever that particular produce required for easy prep.
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MAKE SURE YOU LET YOUR PRODUCE DRY before storing it. 🙂

I then built my jars of salad:
dressing
chopped veggies
cheese
meat
lettuce
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and my “hot meals” to toss in the microwave for lunch
rice- I cooked 1 1/2 cups
chicken- just used deli chicken!
broccoli- a microwaveable bag, divided among the three lunches
(and salt and pepper!)
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I love that I’ll have the variety of the salad (cold lunch) or the rice, meat, and veggie (hot lunch) 🙂

of course, I also stored the rest of my fruits and veggies…
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if nothing else, I LOVE how organized my refrigerator is!! ❤
I attempted to organize it further by designating the top shelf to breakfast items
middle shelf for lunches and snacks
bottom shelf for items prepared specifically for dinners/ leftovers/ miscellaneous/ etc.
(and that cookie sheet at the bottom has home made granola bars firming up in it!! more on that later!!)
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I’m excited to tell you more of what did and didn’t work as the week goes on!
(and also if being so organized helps me eat more regularly and healthfully!)
but as of now… I’m loving it! 🙂

any tips? thoughts? 🙂

till next time!
moriah

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