Prepping food ahead of your week is one of the easiest ways to save time and money throughout the week. I love freezer crock pot cooking, and find that it makes my life SO much easier, especially with our current summer schedule (which involves 3 evenings of swim lessons for my big 3 kids, 2 nights of gymnastics team for daughter #1, one night of gymnastics for daughter #2, one night of karate, a church night, and one music class that I teach).
Last night while I cooked dinner (this one pot pasta dish...a delicious past meal that costs less than $5 to make), I prepped food for the week. In total, I probably spent around 2 hours prepping yesterday. Here's what I prepped for the week:
|Passion Tea Lemonade|
*Half gallon of Passion Tea Lemonade (one of my favorite summer drinks)
|Homemade Peanut Butter|
Sides & Snacks
*4 cups brown rice for meal sides
*6 cups of crock pot refried beans for enchiladas and/or tacos in the coming week
*2 cups peanut butter
*8 cups of granola for cereal of yogurt add-ins
|Freezer meals, granola, and granola bars|
*Black Bean & Salsa Chicken ($8...I crock pot this and shred it for tacos)
*Teriyaki Chicken ($10...Crock pot meal, served over rice)
*Stuffed Bell Peppers ($9...Enough for two separate meals)
Also on this week's menu is Lentil tacos, a favorite meatless meal, and enchiladas since I never cooked them up the last time I put them on my menu :)
Do you cook ahead for the week? What are your favorites to prepare ahead of time?