A lot of people have asked me what goes into my meal prepping. Well first I start with my weekly chart, I promise its not as scary as it sounds. I start by drawing out a table with the meals I will be making and I give myself a budget. (see chart below) Since there are only 2 of us and I make 90% of our meals I give us a budget of $100 a week, which I usually only spend 2/3 of. I make about 30 meals a week for us and they cost us roughly $3.33 a meal each, which you can’t go out and eat for that.
Every week I make 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and meal prep 3 dinners (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) so I can just throw them together. I do all of my grocery shopping on Fridays, I am fortunate enough to pull that off since I am on leave for work, 38 weeks pregnant! I tend to cook Saturday morning, we eat leftovers for lunch and then splurge and go out Saturday nights. My cooking time, if I plan accordingly usually will take me anywhere from 2-3 hours. Recently, closer to 3 hours because I get tired more quickly.
After I make my lists of what I need for breakfast, lunch and dinners I look through my weekly circular ads. I do a majority of my shopping at Schnucks and Meijers because those are my options. You can grocery shop anywhere you can find the best deal. I have found the produce to not be as good at Walmart but each Walmart is different. I always check online to if the store has a rewards program because often times they have online coupons associated with them which saves me time from clipping.
I then head to the grocery store and pick up everything I need and unload it into my fridge. I then strategize a list of what gets cooked when. I know I sound like a crazy person, but this is the only way I can be most time efficient. I plan out what can cook at the same time, usually starting with all my oven items first because roasting veggies takes the longest. Then I do all of my stovetop and the rest of my food chopping. I move a lot while getting everything prepped but like I said the more efficient I am with my timing, the more gets done.
Side note on food storage: if there is something on sale for a great deal like canned beans for 59 cents a can I will stock up on them as well. I will post more about meal prep food storage later.