a.k.a. How to Accomplish Meal Prep Even When You’re 98% Sure You Have Been Afflicted With West Nile Virus
I have 15 metric tons of watermelon in my fridge.
My husband went out and bought the biggest watermelon he could find. Like, he chopped it up and I thought, “Why would I need to do meal prep this week? Clearly we have enough watermelon to feed ourselves breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire month of August.”
Which is good actually, because I have been so lazy this week when it comes to the whole meal prep thing. Some weeks are just like that. On Sunday, I woke up with a sinus infection from hell. Sunday is typically the day I do my shopping and all of my prep work. And even though my brain and I were going into Sunday all “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose”, my body went in another direction and chose to ambush us with treachery. This sinus infection- it was so awful that I was actually Googling the symptoms of Zika and West Nile Virus because I was 98% sure that is what I had. So, in the end, I decided to go with the lazy man’s meal prep.
Kidding! Although that really was basically my daughter’s lunch on Sunday.
Actually, this is a good lesson for all of us. Because! Even though my sinus infection was so bad that I had to shower sitting down because the vertigo made me feel like I might pass out. (My husband thinks a sit-down shower is genius and has now coined it, “The shower bath”.) And even though I didn’t get out of bed until 2:30 in the afternoon, meaning I didn’t make it to the grocery store until 3 P.M., still, I found time to meal prep! So here’s what an hour in the half in the kitchen will get you.
I got home at 4. Immediately I seasoned the chicken and threw it in the slow cooker on high. I put the rice in a pot to boil. I had Nate start the spaghetti sauce and put that on simmer while I got to work on hard boiling eggs, chopping veggies and fruit, washing and drying lettuce, and other basic prep for the week. By the end of the night, we each had a lunch and dinner for 3 days with our spaghetti and slow-cooker spiced chicken (recipe coming on Friday). It was fairly simple since we went with two recipes that basically cook on their own, and only require 5-10 minutes of prep time. Plus we had time to prep plenty of snacks with hard-boiled eggs, watermelon, apples, grapes, strawberry, sliced bell peppers, celery, cheese (so much cheese as you might have noticed if you glanced at our cheese drawer) and deli meat.
Oh, and another trick. If you wash and dry your lettuce the day you purchase it, you can keep the lettuce in a Ziplock with a dry paper towel (so it stays crisp.) That way, you always have lettuce on hand for a quick salad or to throw on a sandwich. Friday is typically salad day around here, as we’ll sometimes find ourselves with a lot of random leftovers. I make these “garbage disposal” salads with strawberries and goat cheese and hummus and… Well, the combinations can get a little weird, but at least everything gets eaten!
So there you have it. The lazy man’s meal prep. On Monday, I’ll hopefully be able to walk you through an actual meal prep week with more recipes. Unless my body decides to betray me again. At least I’ll never want for watermelon.