It Happened…

Meal prep…

I never thought I would be one to do it, but it is super useful, especially when you are trying to get your junk food addict of a husband off fast food. Convenience is everything.

I’ve been “off the grid” lately on my instagram just because I needed to be for me, and the last few posts on the blog were recipes I had prepared before October believe it or not. So now that I’m getting back to it, I’ll be getting some of the meal prep ideas for a mixed-food family. Some of the recipes I’ve already shared with you will be part if them, but some will not and will be fresh and new.

But until then, I wanted to share with you my “Easy, I don’t care, just throw something in a bag” meal prep. It was what got me started. It’s pretty much a little kids meal, but it works and is super easy, inexpensive, and you don’t have to think about lunch for a few days.

In one ziplock bag…

  • Handful of baby carrots
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • Handful of raw broccoli florets

In the second ziplock bag…

  • 1/2 peanut butter and jelly sandwich – yep…

1 oz. container

I make enough for 5 days. By the time I’m finished munching on the veggies, sometimes I don’t even get to the sandwich to be honest. I’ve become a “muncher” at lunch lately and it’s been nice not having that slump mid afternoon. You can always throw in a small snack bag of almonds as well if you need to. And then, throw in a can of flavored sparkling water. Done!

Of course you can’t have PB&J every weekday lunch – or at least I can’t. It’s been the second week, and although I love just pulling out bags from the fridge and dropping them in my lunch, and the fact that the food prep for this takes about 10 minutes for 5 meals, I’ll be making other lunches in the next few weeks that are more sustainable for busy and hungry people.

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3 thoughts on “It Happened…

  1. crichtonscoop says:

    Loved your intro! I’ve thought about this, but with a deep freezer we can get a way with a big day of cooking and freezing it, and most of the time are left with leftovers for lunch. It is handy not having to think about lunches whatever way you choose to prep

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    • The Shared Skillet says:

      Thanks! I’ve been thinking about freezing meals also since we have our kitchen fridge and our garage fridge for extras and drinks. Plus the more you have in the garage fridge/freezer, the less it has to work in warmer months so it’s a win/win. I’m sure at some point I’ll add that in to my meal prepping day soon. Something else that I found out is that I like having a day to cook. You get in the groove with no pressure and go. Not to mention it’s something to do with the family (if they’re willing) and of course a glass of wine. 😉 Love it!

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      • crichtonscoop says:

        I agree – the food tastes so much better because it has been cooked with love, care and yes🍷! And you ensure that you don’t waste food items as you can plan meals that use similar ingredients and less dishes to do during the week! Def a win/win. Looking forward to reading about your future meal ideas 😀

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