Happy Monday! Yesterday I spent a few hours doing some food prep for this week so I wanted to share with you what I prepped, how long it took, and how much it cost.
Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean is the queen of food prep and I always think “I am going to do that” but I rarely do.
Why Should I Food Prep?
What’s the point, right? Food prepping takes a lot of time and energy and it’s not really worth it, right? Wrong! Yes, it takes some time and planning, but as Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” and that is oh so true!
What I Made
The items I prepped for this week include:
- Sweet Potato Banana Bites
- Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Baked Pasta with Spinach & Ricotta
- Quinoa Bowl with Grilled Chicken, Veggies, & Goat Cheese
- Fresh Strawberries
- Extra Quinoa & Veggies
How Long It Took
Grocery shopping for this food prep took maybe 30 minutes to an hour, if you include driving time. The actual cooking took about 3 hours and I was simultaneously doing laundry and trying to keep up with the dishes because I have a tiny kitchen and it gets overwhelmed easily. Multi-tasking at it’s finest!
How Much It Cost
All of the ingredients I needed for the above pictured food cost me roughly $54 total.
Why Food Prepping is Worth It
If you consider that if I ate out for lunch and dinner every day during the week (5 days) and spent roughly $10 for lunch and $20 for dinner, that would be $150 for just lunch and dinner on weekdays (And yes, I know you could eat fast food for less than this but let’s also be health conscious here). Compare that to the $54 it took me to food prep enough food for all my lunches and dinners this week plus some breakfast items and/or snacks (however they may be used). That’s a big difference! Almost $100 for ONE WEEK saved!
If you don’t like to eat the same foods for a few days in a row, you would simply need to make less quantity of more meals. I prefer the simplicity of making a couple dishes that will then last for a few days. I also already have apples, string cheese, and Greek yogurt that I regularly take to work for snacks.
Food prepping is worth the time! You get it all done in a few hours one day and then you are set to eat healthy all week. Now all I have to do is heat up my lunches and dinners this week and enjoy! I don’t have to think about what food I need to buy or where/what I’m going to eat or how long it’s going to take or how much it’s going to cost. You get the idea. So when I am busy hitting up lots of fitness classes for the Twin Cities Fitness Guide, I know that I will have yummy food ready and waiting for me when I get home.
How do you prep for the week?