Hello Dear Friends,
I am asked many, many times…how do I have healthy meals ready to go ahead of time?
This was an answer I recently wrote to a sweet gal/s online. I decided I wanted to share this info and decided not to “reinvent the wheel”. I am just republishing what I already wrote. I hope this encourages you!! 🙂
Have a wonderful day in the Lord,
I love to cook ahead and prepare ahead. I have some health issues and usually am fine. But on a rougher day a go to meal is great!! There are soooo many books and you tube videos on making meals ahead….month of meals, freezer meals, etc. I stick to the whole food real food due to severe food allergies in my family. Also with any health issues….healthier eating is always a must do. So I find I need to be a bit more creative in our home. 🙂
Sounds like you are doing a great job!! I buy and order bulk through various healthy food venues in my area…co-ops, farmer’s markets, etc. I save money and it motivates me to get busy when all come in. We also have huge gardens on our property…so my husband and I have a bit of a fun time comparing each others produce!! 😉
I plan according to what is in season and what is in stock. Then when my produce and orders come in, I check off and make a bulk menu usually for the month but sometimes every two weeks (depends on our travel). It is not set in stone but lets me know what is available ready to go. I then leave two nights a week off the list for spaghetti or tacos or whatever we might like “off list” (we LOVE good sharp cheese, organic apple slices, roasted garlic, olives and balsamic marinated onions from the Whole Foods olive bar as a great go to dinner…sounds odd but we just crave it!!). 🙂
And we always have good salad fixings prepared ready to assemble, healthy pancake fixings, our fresh eggs(also some boiled pealed eggs in a glass storage cube in the fridge), smoothie fixings (organic spinach/kale, frozen fruit and super healthy smoothie protein powder). So if anyone wants something “not on menu”…I do have some options. 🙂 And at the beginning of every week, I will make a crock pot of some kind of beans or blackeyed peas for a quick high protein, low fat, high fiber warm and go to snack/lunch/add on to dinner goodie. My family also LOVES homemade veggie relish and fresh cornbread…and voila a meal too! I save all leftovers for next day’s lunch or makeover meal for the next night or two. After three days if not eaten, must be frozen and put up for another meal or our chickens, guineas, ducks and geese receive a lovely feast!! 😉 Nothing goes to waste. 🙂
I know making a month of meals or even a week of meals ahead is exhausting!! 🙂 Just put on some GREAT music, enlist your family or friends!! And have fun!! I LOVE making meals ahead with others….many hands make the load light. We giggle, dance silly and end up laughing non stop!! Then I make a point to have a meal to feed all my “helpers” and then we all kick back, put our feet up and have a fun movie night!! It is a blast!! 😉 I have heard that some ladies will meet at their church kitchen and do this for each of their families…a larger working space is nice!!
If you do not have a group you want to do this with…it is still fun with just one other. Two heads are better than one and I will always walk away with some great dinner ideas from your friends/family. And again ALWAYS have a healthy meal cooking in the crock pot and a plan for fun afterwards!! Will work for food and fun!!! 😉
Hope this helps, I know this isn’t anything specific…just encouragements to keep going. 🙂