It’s been a while since I’ve last posted and life has been busy! I’m due with baby girl #3 in a couple weeks (or any day now :o) and have been getting ready for life as a family of 5. Yikes! 🙂
One thing that was a huge help before I had both my other daughters was making frozen dinners ahead of time, so when I was super sleep deprived and relying on quick dinners, we had some go-to options. This time around, I’m doing it again but making some healthier frozen dinners.
I usually thaw the meals in the fridge overnight so they’re quicker to cook up the next day.
Here’s what I now have on hand in our freezer — nine healthy freezer dinners:
One of my favorite mid-morning snacks is a muffin. They’re so easy to grab and pack in lunches and taste so good with a cup of coffee or green tea.
It has become a weekend tradition now where I make muffins with my girls as part of meal prep. They love stirring and pouring in ingredients and of course the best part: taste-testing the batter.
Even though these muffins have quite a few ingredients, they’re easy to make since you can put all ingredients into one big bowl. I love the burst of fresh blueberries in these and the subtle lemon flavor. So good!
At least once a week, we have some type of bowl for dinner (Alex turns his into a burrito), with veggies, grains and protein. What I especially love about this Quinoa Cauliflower Bowl is that it’s packed with veggies (about 3 servings per bowl), lean protein, healthy fats and fresh ingredients. Plus, it’s super quick to make if you have cooked quinoa on hand.
For a couple hours a week, I meal prep. It’s something I’ve actually come to enjoy. I usually put on some music, (sometimes pour a glass of wine too — when I’m not pregnant 😉 ), and prepare for a healthy week ahead. When I don’t make time to meal prep, I’m more likely to turn to quick, unhealthy dinners and lunches, which can get expensive too. I know myself, and know that meal prepping and planning ahead are key to staying healthy.
I thought I’d share how I meal prep for a family of four. This is what a typical Sunday meal prep looks like, plus a few tips that make it easier for me.