I am away from my house for 12 hours almost every single day of the week. Monday to Thursday I leave between 7:30am and 8:30am and get home between 8:00 and 9:15pm. It makes for really long days and packing A LOT of food. I usually have to pack a lunch, a dinner, and various snacks each day and I felt like I had been relying on too much “packaged food” lately. Nothing was really ‘unhealthy’ per se but it definitely wasn’t the most homemade, like Quest bars, protein chips, soy jerky, and crackers. I took plenty of vegetables and fruit each day but I was still craving homemade meals and not just snack foods.
I made it a mission of mine this weekend to do a ton of meal prepping to freeze meals for myself to take throughout the week. I even wrote it in my calendar and made a list of things I wanted to make! It was a long and exhausting afternoon of cooking but I made a bunch of delicious dishes and then made dinner and dessert for my parents and I last night!
I started yesterday with a major sleep in. SO NEEDED. 8 full hours and it was heaven. I got dressed and hit the pavement for 8.08 miles at an 8:40 min/mile pace. It was lovely outside and I couldn’t believe I was running in a long sleeve shirt but no mittens and no ear band in NOVEMBER. Miracles are real people. Once I came home, showered, and ate breakfast, it was almost 11:30 and I headed to the grocery store for a serious haul. I basically took a tour down every single aisle and just grabbed anything I thought I might need. This photo shows everything except the fresh vegetables.
I started by making a vegetarian chili. I didn’t use a single recipe yesterday so I’m sorry I can’t link any recipes, but they are super straight forward and I just got a pot and added whatever ingredients I felt like. In my chili, I started with a base of onions and zucchini. I added Yves soy protein, three cans of diced tomatoes, a can of red kidney beans, and a can of white kidney beans, as well as a TON of chili powder and spices. While the chili was simmering away I made a curry sweet potato and coconut soup on the other side of the stove. THIS is my favourite recipe for soup EVER so I tried to concoct this soup as close to that recipe as I could.
I then cooked a medium sized spaghetti squash and made both a pot of wild and brown rice and a pot of whole wheat bow tie pasta. I used the pasta in a vegetable and squash casserole. I used vegetarian bolognese sauce and a bit of parmesan cheese, and baked the pasta and vegetables for about 40 minutes. I tried a bit for lunch and it was AMAZING.
I used the brown and wild rice blend to make some homemade veggie burgers. I used a chickpea and white kidney bean base with garlic and spices, and then mixed that with shredded carrot and the cooked rice. I baked the patties in the oven for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. My plan is to freeze them and then bring a slice of cheese to melt on top when I heat them up.
Finally, I made a potato, cauliflower, and snow pea soup. This one was really a straight forward potato soup, using an immersion blender I made it nice and creamy, and then added milk and snow peas to finish it off. I tried a spoonful before I individually packaged it and it was so good! I can’t wait to take it to work and school!
As it started to get dark outside and my dad started lurking around the kitchen, I knew it was time to get some dinner started. Even though I had been cooking all day I hadn’t really remembered to actually eat all day so I was definitely ready for dinner. Once again, I just tossed together a ton of things that sounded really good and baked them. TONS of veggies, black beans, refried beans, low fat cream cheese, salsa, and cooked orzo. HOLY MOTHER it was yummy, and my parents agree. 😉 I also was craving a homemade cookie so I made a 1/3 batch of oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies for dessert!
I can’t wait to take all of these dishes to school and work! The freezer is officially stalked and I can stop eating granola bars, trail mix, and an apple for lunch like every day. I love love love to cook and it had been driving my mental that I hadn’t been able to in forever and was so craving some homemade meals. Mission accomplished!
Do you meal prep? Every week? What do you make?
Pick one -> Baking or cooking?
Pick one -> Chili or soup?