I was speaking with two different clients last week about upcoming busy weeks in their lives. One was about to return to work after paternity leave, the other was anticipating getting through her first week of exams - both knew their schedules were going to be totally up in the air.
If you know you have travel, work events, holiday parties, guests in town, etc coming up then this message is for you!
When we know our schedules are going to pick up, rather than default to take out regretsies, let’s do something about it! Take one thing off your plate (he he) and get your food in order. You’re doing this for your future self. Making a plan is not going to be enough - I want you to make the food, freeze it, and simply pull it out of the freezer when you’re slammed!
It’s time to start looking at your freezer as your pantry, and your pantry as the place where very little food should live. The pantry should hold canned goods, oils, and very little processed snacks. The freezer can be your backup resource for healthy home cooking.
Because I love you, I wanted to give you a list of easily freezable meals. Pick two of these to make in addition to your batch cooking this weekend:
As you’re making this, focus on how happy your future self will be to pull these out of the freezer so you can spend your energy on kicking ass in all the other areas of your life.
Weekly Meal Prep
Zucchini noodles with meat sauce, fresh basil - this is my overused 10 minute meal. What can I say? I'm a busy girl and I like meat sauce. I chop onions and garlic, throw the meat in a pan over medium, and once it's almost cooked I add tomato sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Chicken Fajitas with guac and salsa - grilled chicken, sauteed peppers and onions, guacamole (you can buy store bought), and salsa. You can wrap these in almond flour or brown rice tortillas or throw it all over a salad.
Pumpkin Walnut Chili - I'm making this vegetarian dish for the first time this week. Try at your own risk (along with me!)
Avocado Salmon Cakes with side salad - I make three times as many as I need and then I freeze them so my future time crunched self can enjoy.