Preparing for the Week Ahead

I find that I can really benefit myself by planning my weekly menu and getting a head start on Sunday mornings. I start my Sundays with about 1-2 hours in the kitchen preparing some of our go to foods for the week.

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The first thing is to make sure I have a plan. I then lay out all the ingredients and start the items that need cooking first.

The plan for this week is hard boiled eggs, pickled eggs, lentil bowls, cashew date balls, over night oats and  fresh chunk pineapple.

I first put the lentils and eggs to simmer and boil. While this was happening I chunked a pineapple. Next, I prepared my mushrooms, zucchini and onions for my lentil bowl topping. By the time I had all this chopped and ready to cook, my eggs were boiling and ready to sit for a few minutes and my lentils were also done. While my mushroom mixture was cooking, I  threw together three quick over night oat mixtures for fast hot breakfasts this week. Mix, shake and into the frig, done! Then it was time to peel eggs, I hate this job especially when they do not peel nicely!!! After peeling I prepared the pickled mixture and let it cool in the frig while I then made cashew date balls.  Mixed them up in the food processor, formed into balls and walla, done. Finally, I poured the cooled pickled mixture over a few eggs in a glass jar and back into the frig.

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Now, I feel pretty prepared for the week ahead. Our go to meals and snacks are made, dinner menu for the week is planned and our workouts are scheduled. Now, I can only hope the week goes smoothly. By the looks of it, mother nature may have her own ideas. Today we have been warned of another major snow storm and Thursday they are preparing us all for a good amount of rain. If it’s not severely below zero here then it seems to snow. I guess that’s winter in Wisconsin.

Do you plan ahead to make life easier?

What are your go to meals/snacks during busy weeks?

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