“Meal prep takes too much time”
“I don’t have the time for that”
“I don’t have the patience for that”
Excuses no longer!
Yes, I am a firm believer in meal prep being the answer to success but I do understand it’s a time suck. I choose to do full meal prep since the time it takes during my weekend I gain back during the week days. After waking up for 5:30am crossfit + full day at work + long commute times, I have no desire to cook when I get home. When it’s fully done for me I find myself less stressed and less likely to go through a drive-thru.
However I am realistic and know this doesn’t work for everyone. The answer is partial meal prep!
Since I have been fairly content with my schedule lately I thought I would give this a whirl. There’s times where eating out of tupperware gets old so I wanted to partial meal prep so the brunt of the work is done for me and I can finish up when I get off work.
First things first…Meal plan. (my favorite part)
I’m a list person almost to a fault..
Pork belly Hash w/ poached eggs
Trail Mix Tuna Salad (Down South Paleo)
Chicken Cacciatore (for the boyfriend)
Blueberry Beef Roast (Adapted from Down South Paleo)
Southwest Pulled Pork Salads
Fish & Veggies (Swordfish + Tuna)
Crab Stuffed Beef Roulade
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Marinated Chicken Breast + Bone Broth
So from this list I had to see what can be made or prepped now to make my life easier.
This meant –
- Starting bone broth
- Pork roast in the slow cooker
- Cut all veggies
- Make crab salad for roulade
- Make Breakfast Hash
- Complete Cacciatore for boyfriends work lunches (easy recipe might as well bang it out)
By doing this partial prep it cut my usual meal prep time in half but also allowed me to save time during the week so I did not have to prep the veggies, make the crab salad or worry about the most difficult meal to worry about – breakfast!
Mushrooms & Peppers for Cacciatore, Carrots for Bone Broth, Chives for Crab Salad, Potatoes for Hash
Delicious pork belly for breakfast hash!
Sweet potato hash for me – Regular potato for the boyfriend
I really wanted this to be corned beef hash but the store didn’t have corned beef. Pork belly is a great substitute in anything, right?
I seared the pork belly on both sides until a nice golden color and since they were pretty thick slices I just tossed them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 min to cook through. For the potatoes I small diced them and tossed in olive oil, salt & pepper and roasted them at 400 degrees for about 25 min. Dice up the pork belly and mix together. Saute for breakfast and top with a poached egg. Yum!
For more on bone broth be sure to check out my past post!
One of my quick go-to favorites, Southwest Pulled Pork Salad
Just added a boneless pork roast with my favorite bbq rub and let it go until you can easily pull away the meat with a fork. Timing will definitely depend on the size of the roast.
Lettuce, tomato, red onion, pulled pork, Annes BBQ sauce & chipotle mayo. Always a winner! My pulled pork is ready to go for the yummiest salad ever. Also great with chicken thighs.
Chicken Cacciatore with Brown Rice for the boyfriend.
Sauteed mushrooms, peppers, garlic then added chicken breast and tomato sauce to the pan once the veggies are soft. Serve with rice and I added some chopped olives for fun!
Meal prep will normally take me about 4 hours to finish for the week but all this only took about 2. Especially since 2 of them are slow cooker recipes so it didn’t require much work. Now during the week I only have to worry about rolling up my crab stuffed beef, tossing another roast in the crockpot and assembling salads!
Did that seem so bad?
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