Over the weekend, I had a friend come up to me and ask me how she could start eating better. She finds herself running through fast food lines at lunch, where a wholesome meal is hard to find.
For this I recommend implementing some time-savers into her meal planning!
There some days during the week, where it’s 7:00 a.m., and I should have left the house 5 minutes ago. Instead, I’m in the middle of desperately trying to find something edible and somewhat tasty to put in between two slices of bread to call it lunch, so I don’t find myself from looking to other options, such as paying for a meal from somewhere come lunch hour.
Fortunately, these days are far and few between because of some time-savers I implement into my meal planning for the week!
Each weekend when I have a few free hours, I’ll pre-make a few dishes that can be refrigerated and reheated up again.
A few dishes that are always good make-ahead candidates:
- a big batch of brown rice for the following week’s dinners
- a dozen or so veggie burgers that I can stick in salads or make a quick sandwich with
- A huge pot of lentils to stick in salads or pasta for extra protein throughout the week
- Steel cut oats – I’ve found this variety of oats do the best job as leftovers
- Cooking several chicken breasts for the husband
- Washing chopping any veggies I plan to use the next few days to cut down on prep work
- Casseroles or lasagnas
Like I mentioned in this morning’s post, this past weekend, I spent some time in the kitchen making a big polenta casserole and well as a gigantic batch of quick and easy veggie burgers, and some lentils.
Today since I’m working at the gym all day long, I had to pack a lunch and snacks. I only had an hour after my morning spin class to get ready and be at the gym, so I needed to make my food in a snap.
*snap* – done! I pulled out a veggie burger from the fridge, spread some hummus on an Arnold Sandwich thin along with some arugula, and put it together in less than a minute.
I ate the veggie burger cold – it’s just as good this way!
Add an apple and the rest of my TJ’s pb pretzels – and voila! A super quick and simple lunch.
Hope you guys are having a good Monday! I gotta get back to work for a few more hours…and then later tonight I’m playing in a volleyball game! It’s gonna be a late night for this kid 😉
What are some time-savers you do when you have a couple free hours to spare yourself frustration during the work week? I’d love to know!! I hate feeling rushed.
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