The Ultimate Food Prep

We all know I’m a preparation freak. Seriously, I firmly believe that if you fail to plan you’re planning to fail. And the immediate arrival of this little one is no exception!

Needless to say, I had quite the list of things that needed to be done prior to arrival. And of course, one of them was the prep some meals!

We’ve all heard what it’s like those first few week post baby: you’re exhausted, sore, cranky, unable to function or perform basic activities and so much more. The last thing on anyone’s mind is what to make for dinner ๐Ÿ˜›

fatigue

Well if you know me at all, that just isn’t an acceptable form of living for me. Seriously, I eat.. like a lot. And the last thing I am going to want to do post baby is rely on fast food or some sort of microwavable meal- EW

So the planning began. Meals, snacks and everything in between. Then came the shopping.. a lot of shopping. Seriously, I spent $111.47 at the Bulk Barn and not one item in my bag was a treat. Between that bill and, gulp, my Costco meat bill things got a little bit insane for a brief period.

And then the prep began! Somehow, everyone only thinks of what to make for dinner.. but what about the rest of the day?! If I’m too tired to make dinner, surely I’ll be too exhausted to make breakfast? And what about snacks? I couldn’t very well forget those! So more meals were added, the final list being something along these lines:

 

  • No bake protein bars (three batches)
  • Granola bars (two batches)
  • Seed muffins (thirty total)
  • Protein pancakes
  • Breakfast omelet wraps
  • Paleo bread
  • Quicki energy bites
  • Chickenliscous soup
  • Roasted tomato soup
  • Lentil meatloaf
  • Chicken tetrazzini
  • Beef and quinoa chili (two batches)
  • Chicken masala
  • Homemade burgers
  • Crockpot sesame chicken
  • Meatloaf
  • Meatballs
  • African stew

 

Thing got a little crazy in my kitchen for a few days. Between the groceries, vacuum sealer and half prepped, cooked or cooling food everywhere it was a bit of a crazy show

Wraps

The picture below is of back up fridge’s top freezer. It’s stocked to the brim. I also have a freezer full of meat and another area dedicated to bars/muffins/snacks.

Freezer

Since my immediate family knows I’m a crazy person, most have agreed to bring me things like veggie trays and not as many casseroles in the weeks following the little ones arrival. I’ve also stalked up my veggie freezer stash for quick green shakes so I feel pretty confident I’ll be able to eat half decently.

Truthfully, while the process was a bit insane (seriously there was so much chopping!) I am so happy it’s completed. I refuse to let food be a stressor so this will be one less thing to fret over. Healthy habits don’t come easily, you’ve got to make them a priority. For me, the easy way out isn’t an option. With a little extra planning I’ll be able to stick to my normal eating habits and I know my recovering body will thank me (hopefully with extra energy!)

Chili

Plus, all the meals I made are super yummy, it was actually hard not to eat them while cooking.. so I’m pretty excited!

Happy Eating )