One of the things I discovered very quickly in my marriage is that cooking is not quite what I thought it would be. Did anyone else run into this scenario?
Before I married Jake in January, I honestly did not cook for myself. Eating out and microwaving meals was about all I could do while planning a wedding, moving, and getting used to my new job. Plus, since it was just me, leftovers from restaurants seemed like they could last me forever so why worry about making my own meals?
I knew that living with Jake, we’d want to eat at home to save money and have better control over our diets. And even now, though I still dislike cooking, I see it as a way to love and serve my husband when he gets home from a long day. So how have I managed to decrease eating out and start making healthy meals at home? Meal Prepping!
And no, I don’t spend an entire weekend day cooking for the week like a lot of fellow meal preppers might. I like my weekends to be filled with friends, family, adventures, and naps, NOT cooking.
So here’s how I do it:
- Grocery Shopping: Jake and I typically shop for groceries on Sundays after church like what seems like the rest of all mankind. During this trip, we buy ingredients for two meals that I will make and sometimes a frozen family skillet meals or pizza to allow ourselves some wiggle room for the week.
- Cooking: I make these one or two large meals usually on Monday and Wednesday. Because I just hate cooking, I use my crockpot as often as possible to have food cooking while I’m at work or asleep so that’s even less work on me!
- Freezing: Depending on when the meal is done cooking, I pack some up in a container for lunch or dinner/leftovers and freeze the rest in individual tupperware that I take for lunch all throughout the week.
Making two large meals a week helps break up the monotony of eating the same things every day but can create a space problem in our freezer. When this happens, I try to either space them out as much as I can or make a larger serving of one that I know Jake and I will love and smaller serving of the other.
Anyone else have any meal hacks to share? I’d love to hear how you make healthy meals last in your house! Ideas are welcome in the comments below!