weekly meal prep


On Sundays I feel like half of my Facebook news feed is pictures of my friends doing their weekly meal prep: a bunch of cooking, carefully divided up in to seven containers for lunch, seven containers for dinner, a perfectly color balanced medley of protein, veggies and lean carbs. Ya know what I think about that? Well, first, I am veggie averse. It’s terrible, I know. For real, this is one of the big convos hubby and I had before deciding to procreate. WE DON’T EAT VEGGIES. Aggh. The travesty. How can we raise a child without eating veggies? We came to the conclusion that when she is old enough to eat real food and we serve her veggies and she has to eat them and we don’t, we will just tell her we had to eat them when we were her age and when she grows up to be a mommy, she can skip the veggies and make her kid eat them all. Til then, eat up little lady!

I digress. Weekly meal prep…yea, it doesn’t happen in our house. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to cook. We LOVE to entertain. Cooking for me is therapeutic. I like to think the hubs and I have this beautifully choreographed ballet as we drift softly around the kitchen island, him chopping, me sauteing, sipping our favorite sauvignon blanc with Frank Sinatra playing in the background. That’s how I enjoy my kitchen. Weekly meal prep is a chore and chores suck, IMHO!

So, since weekly meal prep is against our religion, the typical weekday afternoon Skype conversations between the hubs and myself go a little something like this:

Me: What do you want for dinner tonight?

Hubs: I don’t know hun, what do you want?

Me: Eh, not sure. You decide. I picked last night.

Hubs: Let’s do something light, I’m trying to watch what I eat this week.

Me: Hmmm, well. Let’s go to [insert restaurant name here]. It’s Wine Down [insert day of week here] there. And they have a great happy hour.

Hubs: Sounds great. Make a reso!

Me: Done!

Let me tell ya what this leads to: lots of money spent and lots of calories consumed on the daily. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fabulous way to live…until you realize you’re carrying around an extra 40lbs and you get an email from Mint.com every Sunday showing the pie chart of where you spent your money the previous week and food/dining is about 90% of that colorful chart!

So what are we going to do to fix this little “problem”? Who will do weekly meal prep for me at a reasonable price with food low in calories but still tasty enough that I’m willing to eat it? Fit Eats…that’s who! From the comfort of my own bed, bright and early on Sunday mornings, I log on to my Fit Eats account, scroll through their menu and pick out the delights we would like to dine on for the week and when I open my front door on Monday mornings at 5am, I’m greeted with my bag of freshly prepared meals for the week. I simply put them in the fridge and have the peace of mind knowing that I won’t have to go to the grocery store or think about what we are going to eat all week. No cooking involved (I don’t consider the microwave to be cooking). This also allows us extra time with our little squish because we aren’t distracted in the kitchen, instead we are getting in our baby snuggles after long days in the office.

If you’re not in the Sacramento area, you can also check out Freshly.com. It’s a similar service, but they mail you the prepared food instead of leaving it on your porch.

*not a paid advertisement, this is just me doing a public service announcement for y’all! Enjoy!

 


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