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Busy days call for some pre-planning. These easy, and tasty, meal prep ideas will save you time in the morning and be the talk of the lunch room at the office! We have recently embraced meal planning and Sunday meal prep and it has made a world of difference.
My husband works in IL Monday through Friday, while I stay at our house in Michigan throughout most of the year. This is a relatively new arrangement for us, and while it was going “ok” at first, it quickly became apparent that my husband was going to eat takeout 5 nights a week. Not only is this unhealthy, it is SO expensive! What to do?
We started planning and meals for the week and meal prepping on Sunday afternoons. It is surprising how little time it takes to whip up lunches and dinners for the week! My husband eats on the road on Friday nights, but going from five take out meals to one each week has been a great savings. We usually make 10 lunches and 8 or 9 dinners. Often I will eat leftovers one night, which also works out great. The following recipes are great for lunches and dinners, and are sooooo good!
If you are just starting to meal plan, you’re going to need some to-go containers for your meal prep. I use these containers for all of my husband’s prepped meals. I also often make dinners for my college-age daughter to have on hand in her freezer. (I like to load her up when she visits, and these work well from freezer to microwave.) They come in a package of 50 for under $20, they take up very little storage space, are a good portion size and are dishwasher friendly- not one has melted yet! Plus, they can be disposable if he (ahem) happens to leave a used one in his car for 3 weeks and I am terrified to open it, let alone wash it. <ick> My husband is not into separate compartments, so these bowls are perfect for him.
I prefer my food to be compartmentalized, and I work from home (so there is no risk of leaving my container in a hot car for weeks on end,) and I use these awesome glass containers. I LOVE these meal prep containers! They are under $30 and come in a package of 4 with lids that lock tight and keep food perfectly fresh for days. They are microwave and dishwasher friendly, and I find the compartment sizes to be perfect.
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