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The "Ahas" of Prep Ahead: Save Money, Save Time, Prep Ahead

Some weeks are harder than others when it comes to feeding our family, staying on track with our schedules and in general, just not falling apart.  While prepping meals ahead is not for everyone, it can save money, save time, ensure that you are eating delicious healthy meals and serving those meals to your family.

I've always been a prep girl, even before Stella was born.  After our daughter was born, I fell into the abyss of motherhood, completely overwhelmed by all the responsibilities on top of motherhood, that I basically ate crap for over a year while I nursed and tried to find my way out of the fog.

Reconnecting with meal planning has, once again, been a life changer for me and my family.  Our weekly ritual of grocery shopping, prepping and packing meals has become the mark of a strong prepared beginning to our week.  One that has a greater potential of not falling apart as it would if we had not prepared.

Some people are "scared" by my meal prep guides.  I get a lot of, "I can't spend two hours on Sunday doing...".  Or, it just looks like a long list and they think it's not quite real.  It's a common theme with those who are on the fence.  But, then I walk them through what's involved in prep and what their week is like and I will often get "ahas" that mean they will give it a try.

This post marks a series of posts about who, what, when, where and how much around the meal plan and prep concept whether you are a member of my program, someone else's or decide you can do this on your own.  My goal is to help you find a less stressful route to feeding your family healthy delicious meals consistently.

BREAKFAST

Even if breakfast is going to be consumed at home, it is prepped and portioned out.  The recipe takes the same amount of time whether I'm cooking for 1, 3 or 5. And, if I' musing my time wisely, while breakfast is cooking, I am also working on another meal for the week.  

Last week's menu had Sweet & Spicy Meatballs & Hash for breakfast.  I made three servings and packed them for the week.  These photos and video are not gorgeous, but it shows you the real life process of getting this done for my family.

Sweet Potato and Carrot Hash on the Stove

Sweet Potato and Carrot Hash on the Stove

Six Sweet & Spicy Meatballs just out of the oven.

Six Sweet & Spicy Meatballs just out of the oven.

Three Breakfasts Prepped and Ready to Go.  Reheat or eat cold.

Three Breakfasts Prepped and Ready to Go.  Reheat or eat cold.